The Council on Mind Abuse
(COMA) was a Canadian non-profit organization
promoting education about "cults
" from 1979 to 1992.
COMA's Founder and President was Ian Haworth
, an international anticult activist from the U.K.
Haworth also co-founded FOCUS Network
in 1982 in Dallas, Texas. The September 10th, 1983
article "Cults" in the Toronto Star
attracted the attention of Rob Tucker
, a psychiatric counselor. In 1984, Haworth
wrote to the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons
to warn doctors in Ontario
about a mass-mailing from Narconon
drug and alcohol program.
assumed the role of Director in 1987 when Haworth
returned to London
to found the Cult Information Centre
, a non-sectarian, educational charity.
COMA was a target for lawsuits as early as January 1983. COMA remained actively involved in co-operative efforts with other agencies to end ritual child abuse
. Litigation aimed at revealing the sources of COMA's funding proved problematic. In 1992, Director Rob Tucker
announced the end of COMA after his seven year involvement, noting the damage that lawsuits
and others had done. He also described the merging goals of cults
: "We have to recognize that cults are successful organizations
with techniques now being borrowed by other successful organizations
and others in the power structure
interested in how to get people into working for free
, and totally motivated
continues as General Secretary of the Cult Information Centre
, focusing on exposing the dangers of cults as a public speaker, expert witness and consultant, as well as publishing articles in the national and international media. As late as 2000, Rob Tucker
was still an active speaker and writer on the subject, attending the ICSA
2000 Conference in Seattle, Washington
and talking about his book An Age For Lucifer
which postulated an emerging spirituality of Social Darwinism
. Robert Tucker
died on March 15th
, 2003 in Mexico
of a heart attack.