MR. DAVID MISCAVIGE PRESENTS THE 2003
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTOLOGISTS
FREEDOM MEDAL AWARDS
1n 2003, before 5,300 people in attendance at the 19th Anniversary Event of the International Association of Scientologists, several church members were acknowledged for their humanitarian good works. Freedom Medals were awarded to anti-drug lecturers and campaigners Michael Neilson and Åsa Graaf of Sweden; Bruce Wiseman was awarded for his championing of children‘s rights in the U.S.; and Wendy Honnor of Australia was awarded for her earthquake relief efforts in India and community betterment actions in Tasmania.
Arresting the decline of drug proliferation was the first topic in Mr. David Miscavige
‘s round-up of the year’s accomplishments. It was, as well, the cause championed by the evening‘s first IAS Freedom Medal winners Michael Neilson and Åsa Graaf, leaders of a team of drug education specialists in Sweden who, in Mr. David Miscavige
‘s words, are “doing more to handle the drug problem than any other group on the planet.”
Neilson and Graaf set out ten years ago to save Swedish children from a drug problem of epic proportions. In that time, they have not only salvaged an entire generation, they have created a nationwide movement for a drug-free tomorrow.
The Los Angeles businessman has, for 14 years, been exposing multi-billion dollar and multi-national psychiatric scams. He has brought to the American public and political consciousness the views of parents who, due to the proliferation of psychiatric drugging of school children, were once powerless in keeping their children drug-free.
In returning the power of choice to the families, he has not only opened the eyes of a nation to psychiatry‘s greatest hoax — the unscientifically documented diagnoses by psychiatrists of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — but also broke their spell over American education by spearheading resounding prohibitions of mandatory child-drugging in state and federal legislatures.
Australian Wendy Honnor, the third Freedom Medal recipient, is a Scientology Volunteer Minister
working one-on-one with residents of all social strata in her native Tasmania.
“Our final Freedom Medal Winner didn‘t just answer a call — she led a charge,” said Mr. Miscavige
in introducing Honnor, “In fact, her personal mission of bringing real help has given new meaning to that old phrase ‘charity begins at home.‘”
Honnor assists local leaders in communities throughout her island home state with the 19 technologies a Scientology Volunteer Minister
is trained in. In so doing, she has helped to change the tune of media headlines from those that once trumpeted “the land of gloom and doom” — marked by the nation‘s highest suicide rate and 10-year economic slump — to the upbeat of a state now enjoying a full social and economic resurgence.