George Felos employs New Age means to "discern" a "terminally ill" person's "wishes" to die...and there is some type of connection to the dangerous cult group, the “church” of $cientology (remember their mis-treatment of Linda McPherson, where she *died* under their “treatment” (dehydration, etc., just like in Terri’s case) in *Clearwater*, Florida (where $cientology has an *intense* stronghold for many years?).
Here is result of my search so far:
Google search using "Felos bizarre beliefs" (after hearing allegations he could "look into a non-communicative terminally-ill person's soul, and, and discern that they wanted to die"), and guess what turns up? BINGO!
“The Bizarre Motivation behind Michael Schiavo's Right-to-Die Lawyer George Felos" at: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2003/oct/03102304.html:
However, the motivation behind Michael Schiavo's lawyer George Felos, in fighting the case is ideological.
Felos has been described as "a right-to-die activist, new-age guru lawyer with a messed up personal history." Felos has authored a book called "Litigation as Spiritual Practice" published by Blue Dolphin Publishing. The ad for the book calls him "a nationally recognized expert in right-to-die cases." It notes "He is best known for the landmark case that helped establish an individual's constitutional right to refuse or have withdrawn unwanted medical treatment, Guardianship of Browning, and the current case of a vegetative young woman, Terri Schiavo."
The article then references a link to Felos's book, _ Litigation as Spiritual Practice_,at http://www.bluedolphinpublishing.com/Felos.htm
and a link to "The Spirit and the Law" story
from the St. Petersburg Times, at:
The article is *very* revealing regarding Felos' New Age/ Eastern Mysticism beliefs, that directly influence his legal and "right to die" views:
“The spirit and the law"
By SHARON TUBBS
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 25, 2001
Felos' spiritual and professional lives intersected in a public way 12 years ago, in the case of Estelle Browning. The case gained him a reputation as the person to see when you want to let someone die.
Browning, of Dunedin, had written a living will in 1985, saying she did not want to be kept alive by artificial means if she ever became ill. A year later, she had a stroke. But the nursing home refused to stop feeding her because she was not technically brain dead. Her cousin and former roommate, Doris Herbert, asked Felos to take the case.
He wanted to see Browning for himself. She could not speak, but Felos says his spiritual side picked up on something. He says her soul cried out to his soul and asked, "Why am I still here?"
In recent years he has been writing a book of his own: Litigation as Spiritual Practice. In 320 pages, to be released this fall by Blue Dolphin Publishing, Felos contends that his belief in God is what drives him, even in the civil courtroom where the object is to win, or at least settle for an adequate sum.
There is a photo of Felos in a Yoga meditative position in the story, and the article also reveals he is in the stages of his second divorce...
More bizarre beliefs of Felos, on visualization of death:
From a website, "Liberty to
the Captives," by Gary and Lisa Ruby (disclaimer: I do not necessarily
endorse all of the views expressed on that site, on other matters, *but* the
$cientology material is stands on its own, as all the footnotes and links do
check out - - Richard):
“George Felos and Scientology OT 8 Doctrine: Kill With a Thought"
George Felos, attorney for Michael Schiavo, related an incident in his book, Litigation as Spiritual Practice, which reveals his ability to "kill with a thought":
"About a half-hour into the journey [plane trip] the thought crossed my mind, I wonder what it would be like to die right now? The thought particularly intrigued me since I felt so "conscious" at the moment. I indulged the thought by imagining the plane starting to lose its trajectory and descend. As the nose of the aircraft headed down, I distinctly felt concern arise and swiftly shift to panic among the passengers. My visualization was particularly vivid. As we went into a free fall, I heard screaming everywhere and saw objects frenziedly flying and smashing all around the cabin."
$cientology connection to Judge Greer?
(note: Time Magazine did an excellent expose’ in 1991, _Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power_, by Richard Behar, at
http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/time-behar.html, on the “church” of $cientology, which stands on its own merits 14 years later, in spite of unending harassment and lawsuits against the author, and Time Magazine)
A link from the Liberty for the Captives site, that alleges a "church" of $cientology connection (remember the Linda McPherson woman, who died under the pseudo "mental health" Scientology specialists in Clearwater, FL, not too long ago?) to the Terri Schiavo situation, and a link to a photo that shows Judge Greer next to some $cientology officials, at:
Judge Greer: Friends With Scientology
Attorneys From Way Back
links to soc.rights.human forum at:
Judge Greer: Friends With Scientology Attorneys From Way Back
I would like to share a quote and a picture that "Ptsc" posted on the soc.rights.human forum:
Indeed, Greer is a long-time crony of various Scientology lawyers.
His bias is no surprise.
is a picture of him from years ago.
Left to right: Chief Judge David A. Demers, Tim Johnson, Probate Judge George Greer, John Blakely, Bruce Bokor, and then Wally Pope. Wally Pope was (at times) listed as Scientology's lead counsel in various parts of the Lisa McPherson-related cases. Blakely and Bokor are or were both partners in the law firm Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel, & Burns, which often represents Scientology.
$cientology influence in Clearwater, FL:
Legal, educational, and governmental, as well as President Bush’s approval of a $cientology Narconon “drug rehab” program; see
Florida Officials are Holding Hands with the "Church" of Scientology
Many Florida politicians and government officials have an accommodative relationship with Scientology. For example, Pinellas County Sheriff Everett Rice, along with "over 540 dignitaries and guests from throughout the Tampa Bay" attended the gala event on January 18, 2003: the 76th Anniversary of the Fort Harrison, Scientology's international religious retreat.
The guests included the Mayor (Brian Aungst), Deputy Mayor and City Commissioner of Clearwater, the Clearwater and Hillsborough County Commissioners, the Sheriff (Everett Rice) and Deputy Sheriff of Pinellas County, mayors from seven surrounding cities, a representative from the Florida State Attorney's office, two former state senators, the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives (Johnnie Byrd), hundreds of local judges, attorneys, top business executives and other opinion leaders from throughout the community.
(Quote source: Florida Politicians, Government Officials & Scientology, at: http://home.tampabay.rr.com/sp/FLA.html )
Florida Governor Jeb Bush is also on friendly terms with the "church" of Scientology. He publicly endorsed and legitimized this already extremely wealthy organization by approving grants for one of their front organizations, the World Literacy Crusade—a Scientology reading program designed for public schools:
In October 2000, the World Literacy Crusade of Florida was one of the organizations in the Tampa Bay area to be presented with a grant of $10,000 from Verizon’s “Tampa Bay Reads” program by Governor Jeb Bush. The grant was repeated in November 2001 at an event sponsored by the University of South Florida’s College of Education and officiated by the Florida Secretary of Education, Jim Horne. 9
President Bush also assists in public relations for the "church" Scientology by endorsing and funding Narconon, the drug rehabilitation program run by the 'church' of Scientology:
The Church of Scientology™'s Narconon® program seems to be fairing well under the President's initiative. 10
The current mayor of Clearwater, Brian Aungst, Sr., strongly supports Scientology:
The current mayor of Clearwater is strongly supportive of Scientology, frequently attending anniversary and other public relations events at the Ft. Harrison hotel. (Gabe Cazares on Scientology, at http://home.tampabay.rr.com/sp/GABE1.html )
The Florida Bar Association (http://www.libertytothecaptives.net/scientology_clearwater_bar_association_judge_greer.html )is on cozy terms with Scientology. They have their meetings in Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel! (http://www.clwbar.org/res_ipsa_1102_full.pdf )
A revealing quote from “Scientology, The Clearwater Bar Association, and Judge Greer
I find these words rather ominous when I reflect on "the test" Judge Greer has been passing—all these years. Judge Greer's consistent practice of upholding Scientology doctrines over and above Florida law (http://www.libertytothecaptives.net/florida_law_vs_scientology_policy.html) is being lauded by the Clearwater Bar Association! The "test" Robert Dickenson III is alluding to is the "test case." The euthanasia test case.
Footnotes to article:
(see this revealing quote:
The World Literacy Crusade was born in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Surrounded by devastation, Baptist minister Alfreddie Johnson decided to do something that would make a difference in the lives of residents in Compton, an inner-city community in Los Angeles County. After working for years with homeless adults and gang members, he realized he did not have all the tools he needed to win the battle against crime and violence.
Within days of the riots, Rev. Johnson was introduced to the study technology of author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard. He began using Mr. Hubbard’s methods, saw immediate results and was determined to get the word out. What started as one program has since grown to 35 on five continents.
While Mr. Hubbard is widely recognized as the founder of the Scientology religion, his secular developments in the field of education are used by individuals and organizations of all creeds and persuasions the world over. Scientologists and many others support programs that use Mr. Hubbard’s methods because they get results.
(comment: Rev. Johnson is obviously blindsided
to the dangers of $cientology and Hubbard – Richard )
views on people with disabilities (this is important!)
**Ron Hubbard had a low regard for the disabled, which he called downstats:
Hubbard considered handicapped people, and
especially mentally handicapped people to be degraded beings, suffering from
their transgressions in earlier lifetimes. His attitude about blacks is well
known. (Ex-Scientologists Speak, at
All non-producers are considered to be downstats in Scientology. Downstats are not to be helped (Terri Schiavo is not being given state-mandated therapy!) and are penalized for the crime of non-production or "down statistics":
**Scientologists have even published textbooks which misrepresent disabled people:
"The books were not approved by the state because they misrepresented the disabled and minorities, state officials said. For example, disabled characters were shown with canes, representative more of the aging process than of a disability, said Ruth McKenna, the state's chief deputy superintendent of public instruction. A disabled character in the texts also was shown in a wheelchair alone, isolated from others. In addition, the books did not depict enough disabled people. 17
Need I say more? The spiritual battle-lines are clearly drawn; I remember an artist’s illustration from an old Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa newspaper, that depicted a man sitting at a chessboard, and an Angel and a Demon watching over him, as he contemplated his next chess move…and a quote from Ephesians 6:10-12:
Thanks to Bonnie James for sending!