A few years ago, “Baldwin Research Institute -- A Scientology Fraud?” appeared as a thread on the WhyWeProtest.net website. Baldwin owns and operates the St Jude Retreats.

The person who raised the question expressed concern that St. Jude was a Scientology organization that had “escaped detection” and observed that on the St. Jude website (now removed) “there is a lengthy, insane kook rant claiming miracle success rates for Scientology all while legitimate drug treatment regimes are bad mouthed.” It was noted that the same telephone number appeared on “a whole slew of web sites, all of them basically making the same unevidenced claims, all of them building up the Scientology ‘NarCONon’ fraud, making wild, unevidenced success claims, all of them denouncing actual treatment regimes that have success rates far greater than Scientology's 6% -- which is less than the placebo rate of doing nothing of 11%.”

A former client and employee of St. Jude then appeared on the website to insist that it was not related to Scientology, to which another individual responded to the employee that “It would appear since you only joined today, have only made one post to a very specific thread that you are here to do damage control.”

One reader noted that on the Baldwin Research Institute website, “Narconon is praised, while Alcoholics Anonymous, The Roman Catholic Church, and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services are dismissed as evil, money grubbing, incompetent saboteurs.”

Although that statement of fact is correct, no evidence was presented that actually linked Baldwin or St. Jude to either Narconon or Scientology.

In reaction to this controversy, Gerald J. Brown, co-founder of the St. Jude Retreats created a webpage on which he stated that “Baldwin Research Institute, Inc., Saint Jude Retreats and Saint Jude Home Program has never been, nor will it ever be, in any way, associated with or to or supportive of the Church of Scientology, Narconon and/or L. Ron Hubbard regardless of the innuendoes and misleading and baseless defamation posted on whyweprotest.net.”

Given this authoritative and definitive statement by one of the co-founders, and given the fact that no evidence has been presented on the whyweprotest.net website, it appears that this matter should now be considered a non-issue. There is no reason for anyone to avoid the St. Jude Retreats simply because of the apparently unfounded concerns that they are related to either Narconon or the Church of Scientology.

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