'Cult' fights claims of child sacrifice
November 22, 2006
AN ANTI-CHILD-SEX campaigner accused an occult religious group
of hosting parties at which naked children acted as waiters
and at which members had sex with and murdered children, a tribunal
was told yesterday.
The obscure group Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO) claims Dr Reina
Michaelson and the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program described
it in a website article as a satanic cult that sacrificed children
and ate their organs and blood.
It has complained under Victoria's religious hatred law that
Dr Michaelson and her organisation vilified OTO members, causing
revulsion, ridicule, hatred and contempt.
According to OTO's statement of complaint, Dr Michaelson said
it was not a religion but a child pornography and pedophile
ring, that its members practised trauma-based mind control,
sexual abuse and satanic rituals to discourage its victims from
complaining to the authorities, and that it condoned kidnapping
street children and babies and children from orphanages for
sex and sacrifice in religious rituals.
The case began at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
yesterday, but was adjourned to today to allow a last-ditch
attempt to settle out of court.
The article, still accessible on a website run from NSW, suggests
senior politicians and television celebrities are part of a
top-level pedophile ring and have been protected by some police.
It says some members of the ring pretended to support Dr Michaelson's
campaign and became board members of her group to subvert it
Adam Paszkowski, for Dr Michaelson, who was named Young Australian
of the Year in 1997 for founding the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Program, said the article was published on the website "without
her knowledge or consent or authority".
Dr Michaelson last year called for a royal commission to investigate
her claims that Victoria Police did not properly investigate
pedophile ring allegations.
Earlier complaints led to a report by the police ombudsman in
2004 that was highly critical of two senior detectives.
OTO members follow a religion known as Thelema, founded by occultist