Additions, June 1, 1998
by Miguel Martinez
On June 1, 1998, I received a further non-reply
I do not know exactly what that is supposed to reply to. Judging from the constant and unsolicited mention of how many books CESNUR has (every document by the organization claims a growing number of them), book collecting seems to be the main activity of the organization. Introvigne's home must be quite small - a friend of mine who lives in a small house has a private collection on cults and owns about 10,000 books, plus tens of thousands of newspaper clippings and about 400 legal case documents. He does not however put this information on his calling card.
Now that's a scholarly reply. The problem is that Introvigne attacked me and I replied, and this has very little indeed to do with "attacks" by the "anti-cult movement". It is certainly true that Introvigne is invited to speak on TV, but I have never heard that anybody invited him because he was controversial, as was the case with the poor Satanist Marco Dimitri. Introvigne is invited because he has an undoubted flair for putting himself across as an undisputed authority.
I wonder if Introvigne is seriously saying that my alt.religion.scientology item moved the University of Turin to give shelter to him? And I go on calling myself just an interpreter! Or is it that the University was looking for an undisputed expert on Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira's thinking?
More seriously, one wonders on what basis a patent lawyer can feel authorized to discuss such a delicate matter as "brainwashing" in a professional environment. Or has he become a "psychologist" as well as a "sociologist"?
When I was in New Acropolis, I used to
teach a subject called "psychology" too. Maybe Introvigne and I are colleagues.
Dr. Miguel Martinez
July 14, 1998