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Title: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 20, 2008, 08:46:31 AM
Just realized we need a thread where news items can be posted.

Here is the first;  (Have a vomit bag handy)

Church of Scientology co-sponsors UN summit

Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology co-sponsored the fifth annual international human rights summit in New York, aimed at getting the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights applied by nations across the world .

SPONSORED BY Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) and the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International, the summit was a packed series of events all aimed at getting the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNUDHR) actually applied by nations across the world -- and the celebration of the 60th anniversary of its adoption.

Youth representatives from 27 nations joined more than 1,000 human rights advocates, religious leaders, governmental officials and artists at the fifth Annual International Human Rights summit in New York last weekend. The event was co-sponsored by the Human Rights department of the Church of Scientology.

?There are over 300,000 children involved in armed conflicts as child soldiers in African and other countries. There are 800,000 children trafficked across borders every year in an international sex slave trade that is one of the most lucrative black markets in the world. You only have to read the news to see the need for the declaration to be enforced,? said Tracie Morrow, the human rights youth coordinator of the Church of Scientology International.

For the rest....

http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?title=Church%20of%20Scientology%20co-sponsors%20UN%20summit&articleID=141477


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 20, 2008, 02:34:17 PM

Protesters Invade Katie's Broadway Debut

(Sept. 19) - About 30 anti-Scientology protesters stood outside Katie Holmes' 'All My Sons' Broadway debut on Sept. 18. They used the publicity to voice their opinions about the dangers of Scientology, and weren't protesting Katie Holmes or her play. In fact, some were trying to save Katie from Scientology's grasp. While we aren't taking sides, some of the signs were quite funny. Check out some of the best ones:

http://www.popeater.com/movies/article/protesters-invade-katies-broadway-debut/181270


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 23, 2008, 12:13:58 PM
Scientology thinks it`s so important to free people from suppression
that it suppresses people in the process.

Listen to the video testimony of a resident of L ron Hubbard Way
(Up one side of Big Blue in Hollywood.)
And a Free Speech advocate.

http://laist.com/2008/09/22/nonscientologists_live_on_l_ron_hub.php



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Eugene on September 24, 2008, 06:50:38 AM
I expect their justification for it all is that everybody else on the street who isn't a Scientologist is merely a lowly wog and their movement is sooo much more worthy than the wogs' causes. Way to prove themselves as humanitarians =|


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 24, 2008, 08:00:48 AM


This story made it onto the California TV news.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltsLfkbABdo

Scientology rep says we want to "work it out"
Translation. We want to "get this story out of the news."

And by the way...
Larry Brennan`s talk at the Hamburg conference
is now up on youtube.
Here is part one of four.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwQIRHjJxV4



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 05, 2008, 02:25:15 PM
Amy Winehouse approached by Scientology.

It seems Celebrity center Int. contacted Amy
about their NarCONon program.
NarCONon has a 6% success rate.
Slightly worse than doing nothing about the problem at all.

Full story here...

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/celebs-on-sunday/2008/10/04/scientologists-call-amy-winehouse-to-offer-their-help-115875-20773874/



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on October 05, 2008, 03:24:52 PM
'But I said, No, no, no'


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 06, 2008, 01:17:05 PM
Katie Holmes quits Scientology !!!!
Please be true.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77JqmNUSNOk

Womans day...
http://womansday.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=640960

Katie Holmes has reportedly dropped a bombshell on her husband Tom Cruise by announcing her intention to quit Scientology.

Buoyed by her new-found independence in New York, Katie finally took the plunge and told Tom of her plans to turn her back on the religion after beginning to question some of its rules and practices.

Now friends say that the star couple's marriage may be facing a crisis as strict Scientologist Tom contemplates having to tone down the rules he has reportedly laid down to raise daughter Suri, 2.

"Katie got bold and told Tom that she's ready to leave the religion," claims a friend. "Tom is worried and now their marriage may have to change in a lot of ways."

According to some former Scientology members, anyone who leaves the church must be disconnected from current members, including their spouses and children…

Read the full story in this week's Woman's Day (on-sale October 6, 2008)


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on October 06, 2008, 01:36:06 PM
If it is true there WILL be consequences.

I don't like to hear of any marriage break ups especially where children are involved.  However in this instance I will make an exception!

Run Katie run!

regards
Martin 


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on October 06, 2008, 06:15:26 PM
This is the only way that Suri has any chance of a 'normal' upbringing.  I hope it's true


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 07, 2008, 07:29:26 AM
The Sydney morning Herald has picked up
the Womans day story about Katie Holmes...

"Finally, WD says, in the gravest of tones, that Katie Holmes has announced her intention to quit Scientology. Such a decision would, the magazine says, require her to "be disconnected from current members, including their spouses and children". Stating what seems the crushingly obvious, David Graham, a "former high-ranking Scientologist", tells WD that such a situation "could put a significant strain on their relations".

http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/people/has-katie-had-enough-of-scientology/2008/10/06/1223145258337.html
bottom of the page.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 11, 2008, 03:03:32 PM
A scientologist has posted their outrage at having
LRH tech applied to them .  WTF ???

http://www.nolanchart.com/article5171.html

The comments are worth a read as well.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on October 12, 2008, 07:10:17 AM
Well the Women's Day mag is now out on the shelves for everyone to see.  I wonder if the scios will try to buy every copy to bury it?

That's the penalty for deliberately recruiting celebs.  When it goes wrong everyone knows about it.  How much damage has Tom C. and Katie done the scio movement??  I would definitely say more harm than good.

Silly scientologits - can't get anything right.

regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 12, 2008, 08:36:39 AM
Go Borat.

As Newspaper "Kasakhstan Today" reported on the 8th of October: The leaders of the COS in Kasakhstan are facing trial, started by the Commitee of National Security.

For the crimes that are filed under "section 190" of the "Criminal Codex" they are facing up to 5 years of imprisonment.

"According to the investigation, members of the organisation were engaging themselves in unlicensed educational and medical activities, and getting a substantial profit, which is currently non-taxable", - reported the press-service.

Today, with the approval of the head prosecutor of City of Almaty they carried out "searches" in all of the known properties of COS.
Found and confiscated a large number of files and archives containing personal information of confidential nature liked to people who are connected to the church in any way, as well as imported "Medicine" which was illegally brought into the country and was not approved by Kasakhstan government.
Experts concluded that using those drugs can cause serious damage and health problems.

According to the DNKB (kinda like the kasakh fbi) they sent all the financial records of COS to experts in order to estimate the damage made to the state.

The fun will proceed in court after experts finish.


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Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on October 12, 2008, 12:19:07 PM
Just another example of silly scientology

don't they realise that these countries allow only one secret police - theirs!!

Having lived in Russia for a time (yes it's true) the last thing I would EVER do is be involved with scientology.  Talk about asking for trouble.

Just another example of how dumb dm really is.  He could have asked me - I would have set him straight!

regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 12, 2008, 01:28:10 PM
Paulette Cooper interviewed by "VICE MAGAZINE". October 2008.

....."Have you been keeping up those ?Anonymous? guys from 4chan and their whole pissing match with Scientology?

Anonymous has done more in eight months to change the public?s perception and attitude about Scientology than I was able to accomplish in 15 years of fighting and exposing them. Most of these people have had no personal involvement with Scientology or ax to grind, yet they realize there are some pretty bad things going on. They have stuck their necks out and risked harassment and lawsuits to help get the truth out. I love them all even though I?ve never met any of them personally.".......

Read the whole interview here...
http://vice.typepad.com/vice_magazine/2008/10/new-york---paul.html

This is one tough lady. I am in awe of her.
She was the first person to stand up to Scientology.
Those she went to for support were Scientology spies.
But did they break her ? No fucken way !!!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: anonyrat on October 12, 2008, 05:17:07 PM
A scientologist has posted their outrage at having
LRH tech applied to them .  WTF ???

http://www.nolanchart.com/article5171.html

The comments are worth a read as well.


I see Kevin Owen popping up in the comments pimping out CCHR, wtf random. And lol at Tom Newton's baaawing.

Go go Kazakhstan!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 12, 2008, 06:21:56 PM
Yep. Good old Kevin Owen.
I`ve met up with him online a few times
over the years. He posts all this scio PR crap
but then when I ask him a few probing questions
 he goes all quiet .
He lives in Rotorua.
If you`re ever there and see Dianetics posters
pasted on shop walls , do like I did and tell the
shop keepers that Kevin Owen has been graffiti-ing
their buildings, "Kevin Owen " from Scientology.

For anyone reading this if you know of anyone
who is criminally insane. Send them to see Kevin
Owen of Rotorua. Apparantly he is some sort
of Authority in the field of mental health.

Is that right Kevin?
Kevin ........?
Are you there ....?
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
By Kevin Owen.

Fireman Said "When your on the way to the fire, don't worry about the yapping dogs".

 PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS
MANUFACTURING MADNESS

[link edited for length]

Webster's [dictionary] defines fiction as "anything
made up or imagined. "Anyone reviewing psychiatry's
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and
the mental health section of' the International
Classification of Diseases (ICD: tenth version)
would find it difficult to place it in, any other
category. They are literally psychiatry's "bible"
of invented mental illnesses. Of course, psychiatry
will protest that they do not invent the behaviors
defined. And this is true the behaviors are often
observable. However psychiatry's unscientific and
arbitrary bundling together of behaviors and
emotions under the fraudulent tag of "mental
illness" is pure fabrication - calculated to further
the myth of mental illness and precipitate a Mental
Health State.

For more information contact:
Citizen's Commission on Human Rights?
Ph/Fax 09-3733897
PO Box 5257 Auckland
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
http://myurlisname.blogspot.com/2007/07/scientology-cited-in-australian-murders.html

http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/more-scientology-related-deaths-in-australia/10128099/
 


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 16, 2008, 02:40:51 PM
Here is evidence of the real danger that Scientology poses.

Scientology moves politically and legally.
ie. It infiltrates, and manipulates political process.
It uses the best lawyers money can buy to confound the legal system.
Witnesses have observed up to 20 lawyers meeting with Miscavage at a time.


Once it has entrenched itself safely in societies foundations it
can dictate to whole populations with impunity.

"IN an unanimous landmark decision, the European Court of Human Rights gave a verdict in favour of the Scientology religion, upholding religious freedom throughout the 46 nations that comprise the Council of Europe, in a precedent-setting ruling that will help guarantee these rights for people of all faiths. The court overturned the Moscow City government?s refusal to register the Church of Scientology of Moscow as a religious organisation."

Full article...
http://www.merinews.com/catFull.jsp?articleID=144483

What Hubbard just did to Russia and appears to have succeeded , is what Hitler tried to do in the 40`s and failed.

Luckily for us the same cold Russian winter that caused Hitlers troops to starve,
is about to start again. Soon the cult will have to burn their court decision just to stay warm.
Hitler`s troops encountered row after row after row of Russians saying "Fuck you."
They knew that Hitler was not liberating them. Just as they know scio isn`t.






Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 17, 2008, 04:38:38 PM
Scientology takes another gigantic kick in the nuts.


New York, NY (PRWEB) October 16, 2008 -- New York Times bestselling author and award winning filmmaker Ian Halperin is proud to release his newest film, His Highness Hollywood, onto DVD. In his latest 'outing,' Halperin poses as a gay actor to infiltrate The Church of Scientology and the world of Hollywood.

Here are some reviews for 'His Highness Hollywood':

"Much Like Borat...But with Substance."
-- NY Times No.1 Bestselling author Andrew Morton

"Halperin posed as a gay man wishing to be cured by Scientology...he received the most offensive response imaginable."
-- Ben Widdicombe, NY Daily News

"After claiming to be a gay actor afraid that revelations of his homosexuality would ruin his career, the Church took him in, promising they could 'cure him of his sexuality through auditing,'or, you know, asking him to pay up."
-- Gawker.com, NY

Full article...
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Ian/Halperin/prweb1439914.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 23, 2008, 03:31:11 PM
Here is a very accurate article about the kid
arrested for bringing down scios web site in January.

Dmitriy Guzner anonymously helps to cause a Scientology website to be unavailable and almost gets 10 years in prison plus a $250,000 fine.


http://www.nolanchart.com/article5251.html

This by the way is what has inspired Scientology
to try to connect EVERY threat they receive to
the criminal, terrorists at anonymous.

Remember the PR training.
Position yourself with the desirable
Position your opposition with the undesirable.

In 1974 a man was found wandering inside the
grounds of Buckingham Palace.
When asked what he was doing there , he
told security that he was in love with Princess Ann.
So he was taken to a mental hospital. !!!
This actually happened.

No it wasn`t Cptn. Mark Phillips.
His name was never released...

Mike, your job for the long weekend is to
connect him with anonymous.
If that was too easy work on Charles Manson.
So far the FBI can only connect him with Scientology.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 24, 2008, 03:49:40 PM
Re : the above.

Interesting article posted

DDOS Retaliation Against Church of Scientology, Understanding Motives

DDoS attacks are harmless, nothing is damaged nor defaced... the mass alarm is uncalled for and exacerbated.

::::::::

I recently spoke to a intelligence professor at a local university in the San Francisco Bay Area, who wants to be unnamed because of possible harassment from the cult, about the DDoS attacks against Scientology and their illegality. The professor laughed at the issue at hand where a young teenager in New Jersey is being charged for maximum penalties. DDoS wasn't a big deal at all. Nothing was defaced, nothing was destroyed, and the site was restored eventually. He laughed harder when I asked about the "cyber terrorist" label which Scientology likes to throw around. He stated that "Unless someone attacks a government website to steal information or cause harm to the government or citizens, there's no way [Anonymous] are terrorists. In fact, he said "we know about real terrorists, you're definitely not." In fact, the DDoS is considered a "cyber sit-in" by some national security experts, akin to peaceful acts of civil disobedience. Which are reminiscent of the 1960's in the Civil Rights movement. Sit-Ins in restaurants that didn't serve African-Americans throughout the south were the main highlight of civil rights. Standing up for freedom which Anonymous is carrying out.

More...

http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=10312

And another one here...

http://www.opednews.com/articles/DDoS-Hacker-Responds-To-Sc-by-Kate-Noelle-081023-596.html

And another which is of interest from Boston.

Boston Scientology: Sorry No Head On Pike For You

The Suffolk County DA's office today dropped charges of criminal harassment against Gregg Housh, of the Greater Boston Area, related to protests outside the Church of Scientology's Boston headquarters.
Full story...
http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/diarypage.php?did=10295

Okay... Get back to what you were doing.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 04, 2008, 11:38:11 PM
Scientology has an important message for the world.

We are not crooks !!!
You want money ?  Here have money.
Believe us now ?  We have more money.
We smile. We have celebrities.
We care about the community. We come in peace.
How can we be bad ? Look ....We have money.
Here are 60,000 reasons to like us.
"One day, and maybe that day will never come,
we may call on you for a favor.....
In the meantime accept this gift on the day of your daughters wedding.
                                                            Vito Corleone

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/79921


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on November 05, 2008, 08:23:11 AM
so who will be needing an air ambulance?  Insurance for miscabbage or cruise?

The hospital at East Grinstead were pioneers in plastic surgery - during WW2 all burnt pilots went there and are known as the Guinea Pigs.

Maybe helicopters and plastic surgery is the exit strategy??

just a thought

regards, Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 07, 2008, 04:40:17 PM
More developments on the $ 250,000,000 lawsuit against scientology
by Peter Letterese. 

The very first comment posted is by a NZ scilon, and drug rehab
expert Kevin Owen.  Kevin never stays around for a debate.
Just likes to leave bits of theta and then BLOWS OFF.


http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlLA/geekdom/scientology_takes_off_kid_gloves_against_exsciento_guy_99924.asp


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 08, 2008, 04:20:18 PM

Press release from Rev. Gwen Barnard....Community Affairs Church of Scientology
PORTLAND Oregon

They are moving temporarily while their org is renovated.
But get the "Good roads and good weather" PR bullshit !

"The growth of the Scientology religion has been accelerating in recent years. There are now more than 7,810 churches, missions and groups across 163 nations with 1,500 opening in the last year alone. The church has expanded more in the last five years than in the previous five decades combined. As an indication of the tremendous world-wide interest in the Scientology religion, Beliefnet, the premier organization monitoring religions on the Internet, established that Scientology was the number one searched-for religion on the Internet in 2006.

'We are here to serve our parishioners and our community at large. We look forward to continuing to work side by side with like-minded individuals and organizations to improve life in a troubled world,' said Rev. Crandell."

Rev Crandell ....clear the word "deluded."



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 08, 2008, 08:58:07 PM
The reason it's the most searched-for religion on the net is because people want to look at the sites and go ....

Bwaaahaaahaaa

Is this for real???


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 10, 2008, 03:22:48 PM
John Duignan who escaped for the cult then wrote a book
about it only to have it withdrawn mysteriously from
amazon.com.....   Has just received massive coverage in
Dublin Ireland`s "Sunday world"
See the article and photos here...
http://forums.whyweprotest.net/15-media/jd-sunday-world-full-win-again-31436/

This is another  major kick in the nuts for the cult.
The public are on our side. The media are finally coming to the party.

Make sure to order a copy of his book.
"Money talks bullshit walks."


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 10, 2008, 03:39:47 PM
Also published in THe Sun...UK
on line and in hard copy.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/real_life/article1881317.ece

Wonder if Miscavige has sorted out his hide away yet.
Better get a move on Davy boy.
The world is coming for you and they are pretty mad.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 13, 2008, 07:40:12 AM
GERMANY...

Today the state parliament of NRW (Northrhine Westphalia) is going to discuss a motion, which will probably pass, concerning more organized spreading of information on Scientology, especially its efforts in the areas of education and economy (offering help for pupils and infiltrating businesses). This is an interview with a member of the SPD parliamentary group which created the motion. It is about the Church of Scientology in the german state of NRW.

original here: Interview: Landtag will Ma?nahmen gegen Scientology beschlie?en - Panorama - WDR.de

Quote:
Scientology on the Advance in NRW

State parliament to decide on informational concept on wednesday (November 12th 2008) on a common motion by the parliamentary groups of SPD, FDP and CDU, which aims at clearing the path for a more targeted observation of the Scientology Organisation. Businesses and teachers ought to be informed better, says SPD member of parliament Wolfram Kuschke.

WDR.de: Is there an increase in Scientology activity in NRW?

Wolfram Kuschke: Yes. On one side in the form of [institutes for educational support] to especially gain access to children and youths. Furthermore, the Verfassungsschutz has indications that Scientology tries to gain influence in a targeted manner by involving themselves in existing businesses or by founding new businesses. Such educational institutes demonstrably exist in Oelde, Lichtenau near Paderborn, M?nster and Essen, in addition to this two official branches exist in D?sseldorf- "Scientology Church" and a "Celebrity Center". Then there is an organisation with the misleading name "Youth for Human Rights". All this supports the [conclusion], that apparently there is intention for a new campaign to get started and to do it consicously in the biggest state, NRW.

WDR.de: Two years ago there was already excitement about the organisation's appearance in NRW, yet afterwards there had been silence surrounding Scientology.

Kuschke: We're observing wavelike movements: When one makes Scientology the topic, the organisation is taking cover. When, after some time, public scrutiny eases, it is coming out again. Since some months this has been the case again and Scientology apparently tries to get a foothold in NRW as well.

WDR.de: How does the organisation go about this?

Kuschke: Often by very cleverly devised strategies, which are often connected with offers of help - as is the case with educational help. Through this it is being tried to slowly introduce Scientology's ideology. The same happens with regards to the infiltration of businesses. Often there are written questionnaires which -siding harmless answers- investigate into private personal matters in a targeted manner. This happens via questions on e.g. your own feeling of self-worth, this way it is tried to influence the [approached] personality by creating insecurity inside of it. And we're of the opinion that people, who lack professional experience, are pretty helpless when confronted with this strategies before they even realize what is happening to them. We know of many former Scientology adherents that they actually got dependent, got sick till being depressed and were also financially exploited in the end.

WDR.de: Which measures are you demanding in the motion to the state government posed by the SPD parliamentary group and which is now brought forward together with CDU and FDP?

Kuschke: Three things: We want a continuation of the public information work on Scientology, which is in part already being done by the state government, in the areas of children, youths and parents, because this is just the area, which is particularly in Scientology's focus. Second, we want to portray the new area of business infiltration in a more open way, by informing the chambers of industry, commerce and trades themselves. Third, we want Scientology to remain in observation by the Verfassungsschutz in NRW. For we don't consider Scientology a religious community, but a business which is aiming for profit.

WDR.de: How may the target groups - businesses, pupils, teachers, parents - be informed better?

Kuschke: On one hand there has to be written information, but also events offered in a targeted manner, so that e.g. personell departments of businesses can inform themslves on the scientologic strategies. While Verfassungsschutz is already offering such informational events, they are far too irregular and unstructured. These should not be singular events, but rather a continuing, long term offer, because unfortunately, the strategies of Scientology are long term too.

WDR.de: Who could a business man approach, who has had a suspicious contact?

Kuschke: We have an excellent institution in NRW: The bureau for cult info [Sekten-Info] located in Essen. However, we also would like to see a point of contact within the state government itself, i.e. at the ministry of interior or economy, but also in the school ministry.

WDR.de: How fast may these concepts be realized?

Kuschke: We assume that there will be such offers already at the beginning of next year. Furthermore, we will request the state government to create a report at the beginning of the year, on how far the realization has progressed.

Conversation led by Nina Magoley.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 13, 2008, 08:52:59 PM
Top level scientologist on trial for
practising medicine without a license in the USA.

Wednesday, Nov 12
Jury Still Out On Butcher 'Guru To The Stars' Trial

The jury is still out on the Feline Butcher -- holistic health guru to such stars as Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley and Queen Latifah -- who is facing 17 counts of practicing medicine without a license and one count of grand theft.

The jury's verdict could put Butcher's holistic health clinic out of business, but it could also put her behind bars. It would weigh heavily on the Church of Scientology, which is a big supporter of Butcher's anti-drug regimen for treatment. Butcher is an avowed high-ranking church member.

More....

http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlLA/darwin_was_right/jury_still_out_on_butcher_guru_to_the_stars_trial_100472.asp


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 13, 2008, 09:02:39 PM
Tom Cruise uses his influence to squash "The Complex."

An independent source revealed to me that Amazon had a meeting last week with executives and Tom Cruise was in attendance. Is it mere coincidence that after that meeting we are seeing this book, which was serialized in the UK?s Sun last week is now being pulled from the Amazon UK? Doubtful.

More...

http://glosslip.com/2008/11/12/tom-cruise-meets-with-amazon-now-amazon-uk-pulling-scientology-expose-from-site-coincidence/


Title: Speaking of the amazon
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 14, 2008, 03:51:56 PM


Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour is pressing on, down the Amazon River. Traveling east from Leticia in Columbia and Santa Rosa in Peru, they have now crossed into Brazil, where they continue to bring Scientology technology to people along the shores of one of the most remote regions of Earth.

They seem to be finding it harder and harder to locate people
anonymous hasn`t brought the truth about them to.

http://www.pr-inside.com/scientology-volunteer-ministers-amazon-r913587.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 21, 2008, 05:53:09 AM
An interesting article about the money scientology
is scamming from people.
It estimates Scientology has a Total estimated annual revenue: $500 million to $550 million.
How much of that do you get Mikey ?

http://www.portfolio.com/news-markets/national-news/portfolio/2008/11/19/Monetary-Value-of-Scientology


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 21, 2008, 06:17:26 AM
Scientology not to be banned in Germany.

I just want to remind everyone that many organizations can legally
exist. However some have, never the less, perished through lack of public support.

"The chairman of the German Conference of Ministers of Interior said on the weekend that the controversial Church of Scientology will not be banned in Germany.

The head of the secret service of the German State of Brandenburg who also is the chairman of the Conference of Interior Ministers in Germany broke the news on the weekend that "Scientology will not be banned" in Germany. A year ago plans in this direction had been announced broadly and reported about internationally.

A secret 46-page report on Scientology of the German internal secret service, Office for Protection of the Constitution was leaked to the media earlier last month and revealed that the German government had not found any evidence for criminal or anti-constitutional activities of the Church of Scientology and strongly recommended not to start a banning procedure.

The news agency ddp reports (a somewhat English translation): Sch?nbohm: Scientology will not be banned Berlin. The controversial Scientology Organization may not be in fear of being banned in Germany. "We have come to the result that a banning would not be helpful", the Brandenburg minister of interior Schonbohm said to Welt am Sonntag according to a report.

Schonbohm is chairman of the Conference of Ministers of Interior (CMI) that is coming together in Potsdam on Wednesday. Last year the CMI conference had ordered the Secret Service to check for a ban per the association law. Sch?nbohm now said to have had a skeptical viewpoint since the very beginning. "We tend to forbid ideas when thinking them to be not fully correct. But we live in a liberal and democratic society where freedom of opinion is of high value", he said. He wishes more trust in democracy. "I consider someone a coward who believes seriously to be at risk because of 5,000 Scientologists", Sch?nbohm said."

Link here.....http://newsblaze.com/story/20081119053535zzzz.nb/topstory.html

http://diepresse.com/home/panorama/religion/430552/index.do?_vl_backlink=/home/index.do

More information in the German and French media:

http://www.welt.de/wams_print/article2732204/Warum-Scientology-in-Deutschland-nicht-verboten-wird.html

http://www.morgenpost.de/printarchiv/politik/article979103/Scientology_wird_nicht_verboten.html

http://www.pr-inside.com/de/scientology-verbot-offenbar-vom-tisch-r918547.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 21, 2008, 08:34:46 AM
He wishes more trust in democracy. "I consider someone a coward who believes seriously to be at risk because of 5,000 Scientologists", Sch?nbohm said."

Yeah right... he doesn't know the half of it
5,000 scn fair gaming a person isn't exactly a democracy


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Eugene on November 21, 2008, 02:01:42 PM
Oh sad pandas. =( They were so close too.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 21, 2008, 04:34:06 PM
Scientology is mentioned in the blurb the Press puts out called "Weekend".  It's an article about "Landmark" which is a seminar-based programme which   'Promises life-changing weekends at $625 a pop.'  A reporter from the Press went along to find out about it. 

He writes: 

In the 1980s there was a fad for est seminars created by Werner Erhard, former Californian Scientologist, used-car and encyclopedia salesman. 
They sounded freaky.  Friends told of being trapped in a conference room, forbidden to take peebreaks, harangued all day about their miserable ineptitude as human beings.
In 1991, Erhard sold his seminar 'technology' to his brother, sister and former employees so they could set up the private company, Landmark Education.


This from http://skepdic.com/est.html

Quote
Erhard and Scientology

In the late 1960s, Erhard studied Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard became a significant influence. Scientologists to this day accuse Erhard of having stolen his main ideas for est from Hubbard. We do know that when Erhard set up est he considered making it a non-profit, as Hubbard had done with dianetics and the Church of Scientology. But Erhard decided to incorporate as an educational firm for profit in a broad market.

Erhard and his supporters accuse Scientology of being behind various attempts to discredit Erhard, including hounding by the IRS and accusations of incest by his children. Erhard won a lawsuit against the IRS and the incest accusations were recanted. Erhard has claimed he has good evidence that Scientologists made a strong and concerted effort to destroy him.

est is not dianetics

est bears little resemblance to Dianetics or Scientology, however. est is a hodgepodge of philosophical bits and pieces seemingly culled from the carcasses of existential philosophy, motivational psychology, Maxwell Maltz's Psycho-cybernetics, Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts, Freud, Abraham Maslow, L. Ron Hubbard, Hinduism, Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale, P. T. Barnum, and apparently anything else that Erhard's intuition told him would work in the burgeoning human potential market. (I'm not saying that such eclecticism is a bad thing or that Erhard consciously constructed est out of just these sources. I employ bits and pieces from many of the same sources in my teaching. In fact, after a Socratic performance on the first day of an Introduction to Philosophy course, a student once blurted out: "This is just like est!")

What did Erhard promise those who would shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars for his programs? He promised he would "blow their minds"* and "empower" them "to produce effective action." He would enable them "to produce new ways of working." He would transform the basis of their communication. They would be able "to cause life instead of just living it." "Werner Erhard held out the tantalizing promise of transformation, a word and a concept never precisely defined in the fuzzy syntax-twisted jargon of est" (Pressman 1993).


Bloody hell.  They're everywhere.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 21, 2008, 05:50:45 PM
Yeah, Landmark produce the zombie like traits you see in scn. They become fixated on their goal and their communication changes, most become almost manic in their approach to life

Nothing like what is going on in scn at the moment, but then again, Landmark doesnt have a Sea Org (or an OSA)

I realise this is a pretty generalised assumption but when you meet them, my words will ring a bell in your head

They also lack the scn organisation to back them up, Oh and they don't have a fair game policy


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 22, 2008, 06:36:26 AM
Oh, is that right tt.  Well I'd never heard of them until this artiicle.  One positive thing about them though is that they at least aren't trying to call themselves a religion and claim charitable status.  Scientology is as much a business as this crowd, but this crowd are honest enough to acknowledge that they make money are are out to make money.  Scn doesn't do that, but hides behind the 'religion' facade.

Interesting how Erhard had been fairgamed though, and in the NZ cults page http://www.cults.co.nz/l.php
they have this to say about their fair game policy: 

Landmark Education Corporation.  Started in 1985 with the old est "technology". Headed up by Harry Rosenberg, who is the brother of est founder Werner Erhard. This particular group was originally known as Landmark Forum, which is now just the name of the initial (and most popular) training course they offer. This report from a Landmark researcher:

Landmark borrows very heavily on a large number of other very successful and well-proven [albeit often erroneous] ideas and beliefs putting then all into one package. The ideas they borrow come from diverse fields such as Zen Buddhism, Dale Carnegie, the New Age, Scientology and L Ron Hubbard, etc.

Their courses are hideously over priced. Basically you are placed in a classroom setting for up to 14 hours per day over three and a half days being subjected to intense peer pressure from "volunteer landmark workers" - they call them coaches. During this 14 hour day (yes 14 hours) you WILL NOT be provided with any written material at all (take your own notes), neither will Landmark supply you with any refreshments (except water) at all. Not bad considering you paid them NZ$500, is it?

Landmark Corporation is a dubious organisation that preys on the vulnerable people in society (people with personal issues mainly - eg, I don?t love myself, or my parents, or my partner).

Landmark does absolutely no discernable marketing in New Zealand via any of the main stream media (radio, television, print). Their primary way of marketing is via pyramid selling of attendees signing people up for for what is called the communication course.

Do not be fooled at all, the communication course curriculum from Landmark states quite clearly that the object of your communication is to phone as many people as possible and get them to sign up for a Landmark course. This is all cleverly disguised as getting you to communicate better and is backed up by occasional short classroom sessions.

Due to a slightly secretive nature (they certainly would not respond to any of my queries), it is very hard to gauge how large they are, but they are certainly very active in Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland.

In other countries (USA, Australia, Netherlands) Landmark Education has made a name for itself for suing those who publish information about it. For more information and some great examples of how badly Landmark Education takes criticism, see the Landmark Education article at Apologetics Index, or the Skeptic's Dictionary Landmark article which points out Those in need of psychotherapy should not participate in LGAT [Large Group Awareness Training] programs. They may be too intense for the emotionally fragile. Landmark Education competes with Neuro-linguistic Programming.




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 22, 2008, 09:12:34 AM
Just a quick note here as a sort of an overview.
There have always been groups that offer to
help you to become enlightened to one extent or another.

People get suckered into this quick fix type of seduction.
And despite the fact these "en lighteners" have been around forever we`ve
only had a handful of individuals throughout history who have
found that most elusive of ambitions .....  completeness.
None of them graduated from something.

So hopefully this statement will save you time , money
and heartache ...

" No one is coming to rescue you from yourself."

Ever noticed how people go around asking for advice
and yet wind up doing what they had already decided anyway.

They were just looking for the first person who mirrored
back to them what was already in their heart.

Isn`t that exactly why people get involved with particular
self help groups anyway ???

Join groups to perpetuate drama.
Keep your own counsel to eliminate drama.

Don`t deceive yourself about it. 

If what I`ve just told you meets with your agreement
it`s because you already knew it was true.
I just reminded you.
So you see, you knew it before I told you.

Without you.... nothing would exist.
Grasp that and you understand that looking
for yourself outside of yourself is all a delusion.

This may seem off topic.
But I assure you the thing that will cause
Scientology to lose it`s grip on the world is evolution.
And Anonymous is the vanguard of that.

Bet you`re sorry you started reading this.....
Or maybe not...







Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 22, 2008, 12:28:12 PM
I guess in all this, the warning is... if you start to lose any self determinism, or the ability to decide for yourself what you will and will not do.. get the f@%k out of there.

You can still decide from a distance what your next step is going to be... but it will be on your time and your decision rather than the pressure of someone else


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 22, 2008, 05:03:55 PM
Yes, tt, but that is the danger.  THe danger is when you actually don't know that you are losing your determinism.  Part of the trap is that they actually can cause you to be unable to trust your own decisions, and so you go with the flow, because you think that they know you better than you know yourself.

Take Mike Ferris for example.  He has had all of his self-determinism taken away yet he thinks he is acting of his own accord.  What person in his right mind would imagine that 53 page document of lies would convince an employer that their employee was a Nazi, KKK, cyber-terrorist?  Only a person who had lost his way, lost his sense of reality, but still believed that the cofs knew best would do this.  And that's what scn is.  A sucker of souls.   A breaker of wills.  A destroyer of self-determinism.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 22, 2008, 06:58:19 PM
Well yes, the trap is actually the subtle changes that happen as you get dragged into the cesspit. Lets face it, even the most intellectual and intelligent have been caught (Mike Ferris aside) My post was far too brief to take all the nuances into account for sure...

But lets take Mike Ferris.. I am still of the belief that people do know right from wrong and that is what makes his crimes all the worse. He is prepared to break up families, lie and be totally deceitful all for the name of something that even he doesn't believe in... no sane person would want to put children in danger or harms way. no sane person would try to deny another to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others, no sane person would deny the rights of others to their own lives (the problem is he would never admit that) Add in the fear that is a part of scn doctination... the fear that you will denied this bridge to total freedom, and there you have the completion of the trap.

Here is Mike Ferris... destroying families, spreading lies and utter bullshit (so much so, that anyone in their right mind cannot even come close to believing) Standing there demanding to know what ordinary people have as their crimes and yet, he is committing crimes that are morally worse than anyone he questions.

To protect a person like Nigel who has mentally damaged his own child, is criminal. I would question anyone who sees this as normal behaviour... yet Mike Ferris has done just that, protected Nigel. For what purpose??  Yet he can pull information out of PC folders and mention those things in public. Something that all religions uphold... the sanctity of parishioners confession... is blurted out in public by Mike Ferris, someone who should not have any contact with that information. To make the crime even worse, he construes the information around to make it appear far worse than it is. Frankly speaking he is placing himself in a precarious position

This, of course will weigh heavy, and as with every criminal, he will continue shooting himself in the foot until he makes the fatal mistake and then it will be handled by the law of the land.

Sad but true.

So if anyone is contemplating scn, then maybe this is the warning to you... Mike Ferris is a shining example of what can happen to you as scn slowly but surely stifles your self determinism. Mike Ferris is just one person... the trouble is that scn is littered with individuals exactly like him. All striving to make a name for themselves in the eyes of other scn, so they can be commended by scn, what a price to pay for adoration.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on November 22, 2008, 09:11:17 PM
I came into scio before the ethics that is rampant today.  When the 'ethics" were introduced in the late 60's it was very noticeable that some people relished it and others (like me) didn't.  Don't get me wrong - I was never a perfect individual but however I didn't agree with the corporate vilification of an individual.

I guess there will always be people that get pleasure on shitting on people.  Mikey - you have to be one of these.  Sorry mate I don't see it any other way.  Tell me I'm wrong.

Mikey isn't getting rich on scio - like DM and cronies.  So why does he do it?  It gets his rocks off. QED.  Every cult has it's hit men - scio is no different.  The people to rise through the ranks to be these hit men are those who would be the hit men in any cult.  As they say - shit floats to the top!  I cleaned out my septic tank a few weeks ago and it's true!!  I saw a few Mikeys in there.

Mikey,  I am not the best human being in the world, but I wouldn't ever do what you do.  I belong to the species homo sapiens - you belong to the feaces homo shit. 

regards, Martin



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 22, 2008, 09:55:02 PM

Mikey,  I am not the best human being in the world, but I wouldn't ever do what you do.  I belong to the species homo sapiens - you belong to the feaces homo shit. 

regards, Martin



THank you for making me laugh, Rocky!!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 22, 2008, 09:56:20 PM
Well yes, the trap is actually the subtle changes that happen as you get dragged into the cesspit. Lets face it, even the most intellectual and intelligent have been caught (Mike Ferris aside) My post was far too brief to take all the nuances into account for sure...

But lets take Mike Ferris.. I am still of the belief that people do know right from wrong and that is what makes his crimes all the worse. He is prepared to break up families, lie and be totally deceitful all for the name of something that even he doesn't believe in... no sane person would want to put children in danger or harms way. no sane person would try to deny another to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others, no sane person would deny the rights of others to their own lives (the problem is he would never admit that) Add in the fear that is a part of scn doctination... the fear that you will denied this bridge to total freedom, and there you have the completion of the trap.

Here is Mike Ferris... destroying families, spreading lies and utter bullshit (so much so, that anyone in their right mind cannot even come close to believing) Standing there demanding to know what ordinary people have as their crimes and yet, he is committing crimes that are morally worse than anyone he questions.

To protect a person like Nigel who has mentally damaged his own child, is criminal. I would question anyone who sees this as normal behaviour... yet Mike Ferris has done just that, protected Nigel. For what purpose??  Yet he can pull information out of PC folders and mention those things in public. Something that all religions uphold... the sanctity of parishioners confession... is blurted out in public by Mike Ferris, someone who should not have any contact with that information. To make the crime even worse, he construes the information around to make it appear far worse than it is. Frankly speaking he is placing himself in a precarious position

This, of course will weigh heavy, and as with every criminal, he will continue shooting himself in the foot until he makes the fatal mistake and then it will be handled by the law of the land.

Sad but true.

So if anyone is contemplating scn, then maybe this is the warning to you... Mike Ferris is a shining example of what can happen to you as scn slowly but surely stifles your self determinism. Mike Ferris is just one person... the trouble is that scn is littered with individuals exactly like him. All striving to make a name for themselves in the eyes of other scn, so they can be commended by scn, what a price to pay for adoration.

Good posting tt.  Thanks for this.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 23, 2008, 03:04:22 PM
Not to get off topic, but....

The problems scn is having with ethics at present is that ethics are a individual or personal thing... a person keeps his own ethics. When the group becomes involved, it is a justice matter (these are my own words of the actual scn quote which I havent got) What is happening is they are actually not applying and mis-applying their own belief system when it comes to ethics

What they are trying to do is protect scn from being attacked. What they fail to acknowledge is that the attacks are coming due to their actions trying to apply their own form of justice. They have forgotten about "lightest touch" which is also well written about in their "own" technology

SO don't expect a scn to be able to decipher between good and bad... they can't. They are fighting some "enemy" that doesnt exist except for in their own organisation and they have been taught to look outwards rather than finding the devil within


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 23, 2008, 03:35:07 PM
This sounds very feasible.

Well I'd be quite happy for them to carry on!  If it means that they end up destroying themselves in the process of protecting themselves then so be it!  Saves us from doing it for them.

Do you know if social welfare have been informed that the org in Auckland are hiring/ have hired under-aged staff; ie children that should still be at school?


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 23, 2008, 03:49:10 PM

Do you know if social welfare have been informed that the org in Auckland are hiring/ have hired under-aged staff; ie children that should still be at school?

By the time it came to my attention, the girl in question had reached "of age" so the issue couldn't be acted upon as far as I know.

I would love to see the staff contract though... the date would make things very interesting legally... but I am sure they have already covered up that little oversight. Take it as a given that Auckland is signing up under age children. If you get a chance, talk to the girl in question... She is at most of the protests... if nothing else, that conversation alone would prove the damage that has done from a lack of schooling (and the abuse she has suffered).


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on November 23, 2008, 04:00:11 PM
The underage employment issue is one for the media methinks!!  As it's a "woman's" issue I thing Sarah from 60 Minutes should be informed.
---------------------------
I joined in 1965 - there was no ethics then or very mild stuff - for members that is. At that time the enemy was outside the organisation.  Then el wrong went to sea in his little boat and it all went off the rails and the enemy became every member as well the outside world.  Paranoia I think they call it!

El wrong started playing power games with his first sea org crew and that got written up as ethics and was applied to every scn worldwide.

However keeping your own members in total fear works to keep them in line.  They don't ever ask questions - like "why doesn't this tech work?" Whilst you have member afraid of losing their eternity you can do anything you damn well like with them including bleeding them dry.  Everyone informs on everyone else and even minor indiscretions become major crimes.  Typical despotism.  They can't talk to each other and they can't talk to outsiders.  Sad, sad, sad.  

regards, Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 23, 2008, 07:27:33 PM

Do you know if social welfare have been informed that the org in Auckland are hiring/ have hired under-aged staff; ie children that should still be at school?

By the time it came to my attention, the girl in question had reached "of age" so the issue couldn't be acted upon as far as I know.

I would love to see the staff contract though... the date would make things very interesting legally... but I am sure they have already covered up that little oversight. Take it as a given that Auckland is signing up under age children. If you get a chance, talk to the girl in question... She is at most of the protests... if nothing else, that conversation alone would prove the damage that has done from a lack of schooling (and the abuse she has suffered).

Some of them have spoken to Natalie at the protests, and the verdict is that they feel really sorry for her.  They say that Nigel doesn't let her speak on her own accord, and that he covers for her lack of ability to speak for herself.  She appears like a 10 year old or even younger - in that she doesn't really know how to conduct herself.  She has obviously been indoctrinated into thinking that Anon is the enemy, and would never question this.  Even if she did decide to leave scn where would she go?  How could she live?  A girl of her age should have many friends her own age and doing teenage stuff.  She should be making choices for herself and its so blatantly obvious that it isn't going to happen.

THere are a few things on the boil atm, I will PM you.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 25, 2008, 12:10:28 AM
Just in...

 An ex scientologist showed up at Celebrity center Hollywood on Sunday
to say thanks and is shot dead by security.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-scientology24-2008nov24,0,6552577.story

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1110ap_scientology_shooting.html

http://cbs2.com/local/Scientology.shooting.sword.2.871697.html

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gr29VycNJh5j8QuZDOFWlwliF7TAD94KTU2O0

Bet you anything the PES counted all the cops and paramedics and the victim on his
"bodies in the shop" stat. You think I jest !!!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 25, 2008, 12:18:24 AM
and on youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EfqshI93EA


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 25, 2008, 08:29:31 AM
The name of the epic sword guy was Mario Majorski. 48
The cult has admitted he was involved in scio in a minor
way in the distant past

However in June  2004`s "The Auditor he is listed
as being a prospect for the SHSBC.
You only do this if you are a serious scio.
It`s referred to inside as "The wall of tapes."
----------------------------------------------------------------
WHO'S COMING TO THE SAINT HILL SPECIAL BRIEFING COURSE NEXT AT ASHO

......
Niki Magni
Mario Majorski
Tracy Marashlian
Carol McLeod
.......
http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/browse_thread/thread/1fb5252bcbbe868a?pli=1
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Also he was personally known by Cult attorney Kendric Moxin,
Having had a lawsuit filed by Moxon against Flamboyant
american psychiatrist and university lecturer Dr. Jolly West. 1993

         SCIENTOLOGISTS SUE UCLA
                  University is also named a defendant
 
                                ACT - 14
 
                 Copyright (C) 1993 Homer Wilson Smith
       Redistribution rights granted for non commercial purposes.
 
 
                    From Free Spirit Vol 10, Issue 2
 
     The Church of Scientology, bristling from public criticism by a
nationally recognized psychiatrist and UCLA professor, has sued the
outspoken educator and the university.
 
     In a lawsuit filed this week in Santa Monica Superior Court, two
student followers of the controversial church claim that Dr. Louis J.
West has waged a smear campaign of religious intolerance and hatred on
university time.
 
     The church calls the psychiatrist's persistent verbal attacks a
violation of both U.S. Constitution and state statutes.  Such religious
persecution is against the law, church leaders say.  And taxpayers are
paying a hefty price for it, they say.
 
     Kendrick L. Moxon, the attorney who filed the lawsuit Wednesday on
behalf of UCLA students John VAn Dyke and Mario Majorski, said "major
First Amendment concerns" are at stake.  It is illegal to discriminate
against someone because of race, sex or religion.
 
     Pat Alston
     Staff Writer, Daily Breeze
 
http://www.lightlink.com/archive/homer/act14.memo
--------------------------------------------------------------
He`d also done one of the L`s.
http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/m/mario-majorski.html

What this says to me is that Mario was a dissatisfied customer.

The question that needs answering is "What caused Mario to lose it on Sunday ?"

Any comments Kendrick ?


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 25, 2008, 09:57:59 AM
Hey but get this....  scn will be taking this as positive media as most reports say the killing was justified... OSA will be claiming to be upstat yet another victim dies at the hands of scn

They drive people to their deaths and try and blame outside influences. Their creed is being openly flouted... They want a world without insanity yet they create it by their actions

Quote
And we of the Church believe that the laws of God forbid man:

To destroy his own kind;

To destroy the sanity of another;

To destroy or enslave another's soul;

Do you think this will be mentioned in the security guards comm ev????



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 25, 2008, 11:35:12 AM
What  is so frustrating with the media is that scientology is so
evil and insidious that the media can`t conceive of it.
It makes them stupid.

The media is one of the laziest professions on the planet.
Yes they are all pretty much owned by four multi national
media moguls. However the laziness is shocking
and inexcusable at the ground level. 

I could take virtually any article published in the main stream media
and within ten minutes of research come up with a more honest,
informative, accurate and balanced article.
And my only qualification is common sense.
Anyone care to pick an article at random and test me???

What the media need to look at re this story is
"WHAT CAUSED A RELIGION  TO SHOOT DEAD ONE OF ITS OWN MEMBERS ???"

Isn`t this a glaring out point ?



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: ttamaad on November 25, 2008, 11:45:32 AM

What the media need to look at re this story is
"WHAT CAUSED A RELIGION  TO SHOOT DEAD ONE OF ITS OWN MEMBERS ???"

Isn`t this a glaring out point ?

Couldnt agree more
It is a glaring outpoint... what other religion has armed security guards with the orders to kill like that???

but then we aren't really talking religion here are we? Only for the purposes of tax evasion and slave labour


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on November 25, 2008, 01:12:55 PM
THey've already started to lie by saying that this fellow was involved in a 'minor' way.  Anyone willing to go to court as a witness to testify for the cofs is not involved in a minor way.

One lie, and everything else they say is immediately put under suspicion.  Doesn't matter who or what owns the media, people basically know what is bs and what isn't.  They can claim all they like, but the fact of the matter is that a former parisioner (and I use that word sarcastically) was so upset with the cofs that he did this, and was killed for it.  THat's what people will listen to and what will be remembered.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 25, 2008, 03:28:44 PM
I`ve been told this story ran on TV one news this morning.
I think it`s called Breakfast News.
Anyway...there is  good chance it will be on New Zealand
TV news this evening. Tuesday November 25 th 2008

I mentioned early on in at this board that being involved
with the exposure of this dangerous cult was the greatest show in town.
I know it`s taking a long time to topple .
But it is an action packed ride. You never know what`s gonna happen next.

Sadly, on this occasion,  a human life has been extinguished.
I mean.... who could have predicted this one ?

This is a rough game.
Raw human emotions with deep seated beliefs will inevitably
create the most bizarre outbreaks of drama.

Stay with it everyone.
When it`s all over.
Be one of the people who can say...
I played my part in bringing down possibly the most dangerous cult that has ever existed.






 


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 26, 2008, 10:43:49 PM
A riverside county (ie Gold Base) newspaper just published this...

By JULIA GLICK
The Press-Enterprise The Church of Scientology's concerns about protesters outside their Gilman Hot Springs base led Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone to seek and gain approval Tuesday for county restrictions on picketing in residential neighborhoods.
Only Supervisor Bob Buster voted against the ordinance, which forbids demonstrators from coming within 300 feet of a home they are targeting in unincorporated Riverside County.
Buster said a 300-foot buffer would effectively quash demonstrations outside residences. He said the ordinance threatens free-speech rights.
Stone said that protesters can still present their message, but at a safe distance that prevents violence.
"We need to do what we can locally to allow people to have freedom of expression but not provide a bully pulpit for hate," he said.
County Counsel Joe Rank and Samuel Alhadeff, an attorney representing Golden Era Productions, Scientology's film division, said Tuesday that higher courts have upheld the constitutionality of the 300-foot restriction.
The county ordinance is based on a similar one in Palm Desert, Stone said.
Stone described mask-wearing protesters who have appeared in recent months outside Scientology's Golden Era campus off Gilman Springs Road as "hatemongers."
While many Scientology demonstrators have taken pains to remain anonymous, they have publicly accused Scientology of mistreating and exploiting members and harassing critics.
Alhadeff said Stone's office decided to put forward an ordinance following an Oct. 26 incident in which a protester bit a Golden Era security guard outside the fence of the Scientology compound.
A protester crossed onto church property, prompting security guards to detain him, said Lt. Patricia Knudson of the Riverside County sheriff's Hemet station. The protester bit one of the security guards, she said. Police arrived and arrested the man on charges of battery and trespassing.
She said there have been sporadic protests outside Scientology grounds over the past several months, but this is the only instance of violence she recalls.
Buster said residential protests could be an annoyance to their targets. He cited a protest of environmentalists in March outside Supervisor John Tavaglione's Riverside home. Protesters opposed warehouse projects he had approved.
But Buster said the ordinance would also have outlawed demonstrations such as 2005 protests outside a Mead Valley halfway house. Supervisors including Stone and Buster joined in picketing the residence, which was home to paroled rapist David Allyn Dokich.
"Picketing has long been part of the hurly-burly of democracy," Buster said, adding: "I think that's an unfair restriction on people."
Reach Julia Glick at 951-368-9442 or jglick@PE.com
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This is a perfect example of why Scientology is so dangerous.
Obviously Miscavige has sent his team of lawyers (He sometimes meets
with 20 at a time.) down to city hall to get the rules changed.

No doubt he has infiltrated the local police force as well.
Scientology is a fanatical, military style, group that will stop
at nothing to rule the world.
And what will that world be like?
The above is is an example of what they can do when they
are in a state of siege. Imagine what they would do globally if
they didn`t have a serious opponent !!!




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on November 27, 2008, 07:15:31 AM
Which is why anons have to be careful not to be enticed.  Luckily we don't live in either California or Florida where they exert $ influence on some of their communities political and law enforcement.

Do you see how they twist the truth and lie their socks off?  They enticed one guy onto their property (gold base) and then jumped him, getting him face down in the dirt with a knee on his neck.  Then they claim he bit one of them and got him arrested for it.  Then this gets used for their black pr and legal claims.

Whatever you do kiddos they will lie about it.  Take care out there.

Aren't we so happy Mickey has no influence here - in fact probably the opposite.

regards, Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 27, 2008, 06:43:35 PM
There is a course in Scientology called the PTS/SP course.
In it there is instruction on how to PR your way out of
a crisis. It`s called "Good roads and good weather."

example... Your aunty criticises your involvement in scientology
so you ignore this entheta (bad news) and manufacture something
positive to talk about.

It is pure bullshit. Smiling while your heart is breaking.
All to perpetuate a scam.

Tom Cruise has obviously done the course..
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However, the star insists the negative press actually made his relationship with his actress partner stronger.

He adds, "I was surprised by the criticism but it brought everyone close together. Katie's entire family and my family.

"Going through that stuff is not pleasant, and I think it hit an extreme, but Kate's a very sure and confident and strong woman. She gets it, you know."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?blogid=7&entry_id=33007


Title: CCHR
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 03, 2008, 06:24:20 AM
An article in the online newspaper "The Australian" claims that...
"UNPUBLISHED figures show that nearly 4000 children under the age of 10 were prescribed anti-depressants last financial year, including 553 children under five and 48 babies.......



........The Health Department figures were obtained by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a Church of Scientology-backed lobby group opposed to anti-depressant therapy........"

Full article...
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24743413-23289,00.html

I am delighted to see that the "scientology backed lobby group" wants to expose  child abuse.
Here are some interesting testimonials of children who have been abused.
CCHR, please investigate these.

http://exscientologykids.com/

If these kids are all liars. Please investigate how an organization can produce kids that tell lies.

Post your conclusions here.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Eugene on December 04, 2008, 01:06:37 AM
It's the psychiatrists, I tell you! They're RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE LIES IN THE WORLD! =P


Title: Scientology drug program in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 04, 2008, 04:31:02 PM
A controversial drug rehab program on Albuquerque's West Side may be on the verge of losing its state funding.

Second Chance has been ridiculed for its expensive carrot juice and sauna approach to cleaning up addicts and now, some people are questioning whether it's a good use of taxpayer dollars.

"Lets put that money, especially right now, when were on real hard economic times, lets put that money where we know it has a proven successful track record," said Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White.

White says Drug Court has best track record for getting addicts off drugs. He says that he has a problem with a an unproven program shrouded in secrecy with potential ties to scientology getting tax dollars.

"I've been in Santa Fe fighting for money for drug courts and not been as successful as we should be and here they come into town one day and the next thing you know they are getting hundreds of thousands of dollars," White said.

Second Chance received about $600,000 in state money last year and some state lawmakers have already vowed to fight for more money for the program.
Here is the link.
There is a short news item video re the above at the site.
http://kob.com/article/stories/S690059.shtml?cat=519


Title: Excellent article by "The Guardian."
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 04, 2008, 04:35:28 PM


How Scientologists pressurise publishers
Over and over again, critical publications have been blocked



Last week we learnt that Amazon.co.uk has bowed to pressure to stop selling a book by a former senior Irish Scientologist. The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology (Merlin Publishing, Dublin) describes John Duignan's 21 years in the religion, not all of it a happy tale. According to Amazon, "Unfortunately, we have had to withdraw The Complex by John Duignan in the UK because we received a specific allegation that a passage in the book is defamatory regarding an individual named in the book" Other bookshops are also thought to have been warned not to stock the book. And everyone who has ever encountered the Church of Scientology sighs and says, "Here we go again."

Scientology has a long history of trying to suppress material written about it that it doesn't like. Several times they've taken legal action to try and stop websites revealing their teachings ? particularly those which, to outsiders, might look a bit odd. (I won't quote them, but just type "Xenu" into a search engine, then sit back and marvel.)

With books, their usual tactic is to get their solicitors to send out letters alleging defamation; I had one myself a few years ago. If bookshops receive such a letter, most of them chicken out immediately. They lose very little by not stocking a book - except their honour.

I was lucky. Knowing Scientology's reputation for litigiousness, when I wrote my second book on new religions eight years ago I had long discussions with a senior Scientologist. Eventually it seemed as if we'd reached an agreement: if I didn't tell the Xenu story, they wouldn't sue me for saying several other things they didn't like. We shook hands on what I thought was a deal - a gentlemen's agreement - in a tea shop somewhere in Covent Garden.

But as Samuel Goldwyn said, a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. As the book was at the printers a long letter arrived from top libel lawyers Peter Carter-Ruck & Partners, accusing me of several counts of defamation in the previously-agreed chapter. Fortunately my publishers had a good lawyer; we made a few changes and went ahead and published, and never heard a word from Scientology or their lawyers again.

Others weren't so fortunate. Back in 1971 American writer Paulette Cooper published The Scandal of Scientology. The Church of Scientology set up a campaign called Operation Freakout to discredit her. One internal document later seized from the Church by the FBI said their aim was "To get P.C. incarcerated in a mental institution or jail, or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks." She had 19 lawsuits filed against her worldwide, her neighbours received smear letters claiming she was a prostitute, and the Church falsely told the FBI she had sent them two bomb threats. In Canada the Church threatened to sue public libraries if they didn't withdraw Cooper's book and three other books on Scientology.

In 1980 the Church of Scientology asked Gerry Armstrong, stepson of the Church's president Heber Jentzsch, to research an official biography of founder L Ron Hubbard. Armstrong claimed to have discovered a disjunction between the "approved" story of Hubbard's life and what he found from Hubbard's personal archives, to which he had full access. He brought this to the attention of the Church and subsequently left Scientology, before being declared a Suppressive Person - an enemy of the Church. Armstrong had made copies of enough material to support his claims, and the Church took him to court to recover the material they said he had stolen. The court cases went on for some years and eventually the Church won. Armstrong filed for bankruptcy and fled to Canada. The Church filed further lawsuits against him in the 1990s and into the new century. There have been numerous other examples of Scientology trying to suppress criticism.

It's hardly surprising that, despite all the money they spend on PR, the Church of Scientology has such a poor public image.

But one astonishing PR coup is getting the media to quote unquestioningly Scientology's supposed membership figures: ten million worldwide, 120,000 of them in Britain. As I've shown elsewhere the 2001 Census revealed just 1781 Scientologists in England and Wales ? less than 1.5% of the figure claimed by the Church. An official survey in America the same year estimated there were just 55,000 Scientologists in the USA, meaning that the world total can't really be any higher than 100,000 ? a little different from 10 million.

I'm no opponent of new religions. Because of the unbiased descriptive stance of my books on new religious movements, anti-cultists have accused me of being a "cult apologist". I'm not that, either. I have no problem with new religions if they behave reasonably, if they're up front about their mistakes ? and their membership! ? and if they learn to accept criticism gracefully. Those, I think, are signs of maturity in a religion. It's a shame that some religions still act like troubled, insecure and aggressive teenagers.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2008/dec/04/religion


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 04, 2008, 06:07:07 PM
Los Angeles Timies: No charges against guard who killed sword-wielding man at Scientology building

    The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has declined to file charges against a security guard who fatally shot a man swinging two samurai swords outside a Scientology building in Hollywood last month.

    L.A. police detectives detained the guard for questioning Nov. 23 but said a surveillance tape at the facility backed his claim that he fired his semiautomatic handgun to protect himself and two colleagues.

    In rejecting any charges against the guard, prosecutors said the sword-wielder, Mario Majorski, had a history of threats and stalking. They also noted that the guard had no criminal record and was a retired Seal Beach police sergeant. Prosecutors concluded that he'd fired in self-defense.


Title: Scientology on trial in France.
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 06, 2008, 11:36:07 PM
 Originally Posted by Goggle translator improved
05/12/2008 18:03


PARIS, Dec 5 2008 (AFP) - Scientology: cancellation of a dismissal and referral required correctional appeal

The Prosecutor General has requested the cancellation of an order of dismissal in favor of members of the Church of Scientology, accused of "fraud and illegal exercise of medicine, and their return to correctional trial lawyers of the case said this Friday .

Signed in September, these written submissions have been handed over to parts of the case during a hearing of the Court of Appeal of Pari last friday.

After twenty-five years of proceedings, a judge in Paris had delivered on 12 October 2007 an order of dismissal saying there was no charge against anyone.

The position of prosecutor general is a turnaround compared with the Paris prosecutor who requested a dismissal in this case on 4 September 2006 arguing that the investigation had not revealed that the plaintiffs have made fraudulent maneuvers or extorted funds.

This, according to prosecutors, since these members of the Church of Scientology under investigation, have shown themselves "convinced of the effectiveness of proposed services and motivated by genuine faith in their representations" .

The National Union of Associations for Defense of Families and the Individual (Unadfi), a civil party in this matter, had appealed the judge's order before the "Instruction chamber" of the Court of Appeal of Paris, which controls the work of judges.

The case review, expected this Friday, was postponed at the request of former members of the Church of Scientology's lawyers who pleaded inadmissibility of the civil party at the time of the call. The study on this the case is scheduled for 20 February 2009.


This is a WIN, people.

Originally posted on WWP. 

Basically this means Scientology`s lawyer has asked for a dismissal on the grounds
that even if the accused defrauded people, they did it genuinely believing that scientology works.
And the judge has said "tough shit !!!



Title: The Complex
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 07, 2008, 06:56:33 PM
It would appear that the author of the book
"The Complex" will be interviewed on National radio
tomorrow morning (Monday 8th Dec) at 9:00 am. Call sign 101 FM.

Apparently at 9:00 am Catherine Ryan or her replacement,
Lynn Freeman, gives the rundown on what is coming up.
So  John Duignan  the brave Irish ex scio senior exec will
be on sometime between then and 10: 30.

I have my copy of the book.
What I`ve read so far is right on the money.
Google it if you need more info.

Spread the word about the radio show.

This book has an interesting history.
Pulled by amazon.com  .Seems the only place to get a
copy is Ireland.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: anonyrat on December 07, 2008, 07:58:41 PM
Looks like it's on Tuesday (http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/highlights/nine_to_noon_publicity/nine_to_noon21). Hopefully an mp3 of it up afterwards!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 07, 2008, 09:50:37 PM
http://www.planetaudio.org.nz/
PLANET FM 104.6
THURSDAY

Time     Programme
06:00    Maile 'o Telusa (Tongan News)
07:00    G&T Show (Gay)
08:00    Green Planet (Tim Lynch)
09:05    Highland Cattle Forum
09:40    Korean Catholic Radio
11:35    Samleng Khmer (Khmer/English)
13:35    Radio Buddhist (Cantonese, talkback)
14:45    Scientology
15:20    Talamua (Samoan)
16:15    Thaemadura Tamil Osai
16:50    Tongan SDA
17:25    Taulama Fakakosipeli (Tongan)
18:00    Na Parokaramu ni Bula (Fijian Health)
18:30    Cook Islands Health
19:05    Kannada Vani
19:40    Women's Voices (Migrant & refugee women)
20:15    Thursday Night (Korean)
21:25    Radio Akwaaba (Ghanaian)
22:30    See Sara Lanka


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: AnonKiwi on December 07, 2008, 10:10:21 PM
That's worth a careful check and then some dox if they are unawares of the Scilon evil. Anyone going to do it? Perhaps someone in Auckland who is likely to actually listen should check in? And this deserves its own thread.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 08, 2008, 02:09:39 AM
In Progress.

I heard the show last week.

Tape play of slick Scio PR man raving on
about Dianetics, on a recorded scio  promo.
Then MIke Ferris continuing the PR bullshit
for a few minutes plugging the local org.

Mike makes it sound like scientology is as normal
as fraud and abuse.
Scientology improves peoples lives.

But that just isn`t the truth is it MIKE ?
Give New Zealanders all the information.  Or.............
..........You still have a chance to walk away.

Time is running out.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 08, 2008, 07:50:04 AM
From Quebeck Canada

Translated from French..Yar  So you get a sentence in French then English Yar.


  The manager of Zellers Galleries of the capital, Ga?tan Verrette, feels he was "playing" with representatives of the Church of Scientology who do not disclose their identity to get a booth in his shop, yesterday, causing the dissatisfaction of certain customers.

M. Verrette a affirm? qu?un repr?sentant de l??glise l?avait contact?, la semaine derni?re, pour louer un stand dans son ?tablissement, mais qu?il n?avait pas d?voil? son appartenance ? la scientologie, approche que le g?rant a qualifi?e de ? malhonn?te ?. Mr. Verrette said a representative of the Church had contacted him last week, to rent a booth in his establishment, but had not disclosed his membership in Scientology, an approach that the Manager described as "dishonest".

? Un homme m?a joint et m?a dit qu?il faisait des tests de stress et ce genre de choses, at-il affirm?. "A man joined me and told me he did stress tests and stuff like that, he said. Cette personne est venue il ya une semaine me demander si on louait des espaces et on en a lou? pour diff?rentes activit?s. This person came a week ago asking me if we rented space and rented it for various activities. Mais je n?aime pas ?a me faire jouer de cette mani?re-l?. But I do not like me to play this way then. ? "

Le stand, qui se pr?sentait sous le nom de Centre de dian?tique Hubbard hier, faisait la promotion de la dian?tique, m?thode pr?sent?e comme ?tant une alternative ? la psychiatrie et au r?glement de probl?mes de sant? mentale par la prise de m?dicaments. The stand, which was in the name of Hubbard Dianetics Center yesterday, was promoting Dianetics method presented as an alternative to psychiatry and resolution of mental health problems by taking medication. Les participants ?taient invit?s ? faire un ? test de stress ? au cours duquel les deux pr?pos?s posaient des questions sur leur situation de travail, familiale et autres. Participants were invited to "stress test" during which the two agents were asking questions about their work situation, family and others. Un appareil, selon les deux repr?sentants, ? lisait ? ensuite leurs r?actions aux questions. A device, according to two representatives, "read" then their responses to questions. Ces derniers sont cependant rest?s vagues quant ? son fonctionnement. They are, however, remained vague about its operation.

Le stand faisait aussi la promotion de livres et de DVD du p?re de la scientologie, L. The stand was also promoting books and DVDs of the father of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, mais les repr?sentants ont toutefois refus? d?en pr?ciser le contenu. Ron Hubbard, but representatives have refused to specify the content. ? Tu ach?tes le livre. "You buy the book. Tu le lis. You read it. Si ?a fonctionne pour toi, tu le fais. If it works for you, you do. Sinon, tu ne le fais pas ?, a affirm? Didier au Journal, l?un des deux repr?sentants. Otherwise, you do not, "said Didier Journal, one of two representatives. Il a refus? de pr?ciser comment il avait obtenu son stand. He refused to specify how he had obtained his stand. ? Ce n?est pas de vos affaires. "This is not your business. Je connais d?j? votre article. I already know your article. Je n?ai pas ? r?pondre ? vos questions. I do not have to answer your questions. ? "

Dehors Out

La pr?sence de membres de l??glise de scientologie a d?rang? des clients du Zellers. The presence of members of the Church of Scientology has upset customers Zellers. ? J?ai deux ou trois clients qui ont manifest? leur m?contentement. "I have two or three customers who have expressed their discontent. Pour moi, c?est assez pour ne pas avoir ces gens, a confirm? M. Verrette. For me, this is not enough to have these people, confirmed Mr. Verrette. Ils m?ont dit qu?ils ne trouvaient pas ?a correct qu?on ait ces choses-l?.? En r?ponse, le g?rant a d?cid? de ne pas laisser les scientologues tenir leur stand jusqu?? la fin de leur contrat. They said they did not find it correct that we have these things. "In response, the manager decided not to allow Scientologists take their stand until the end of their contract. ? C?est une petite erreur ou accroc, mais ils ne seront pas ici demain. "It's a small error or glitch, but they will not be here tomorrow. Je ne veux pas faire d?histoire. I do not want to make history. J?ai juste dit aux messieurs que j?ai des clients qui ont manifest? leur m?contentement. I just told the gentlemen that I have customers who have expressed their discontent. On ne savait pas le fond de l?histoire. We did not know the background. Maintenant, on le sait. Now we know. C?est dommage, ils avaient pris pour deux jours et ils ne seront pas ici demain (aujourd?hui). It is a pity they had for two days and they will not be here tomorrow (today). ? Le g?rant a soutenu que sa d?cision a ?t? prise ? par respect ? pour sa client?le. "The manager has maintained that its decision was taken" out of respect "for its customers. ? Je pense que deux ou trois plaintes, c?est assez. "I think two or three complaints is enough. Les gens sont libres, mais je n?ai pas d?attache ? ces choses. People are free, but I have no attachment to these things. Si ?a ne pla?t pas ? nos clients, on va les ?ter de l? et c?est tout. If it does not like our customers, we will remove it from there and that's all. ? "

Les deux hommes pr?sents ont soutenu qu?ils ne faisaient pas la promotion de la scientologie. The two men argued that they present did not promote Scientology. Le num?ro de t?l?phone qu?ils ont donn? pour parler ? leur relationniste ?tait cependant celui des bureaux de l??glise de la scientologie ? Qu?bec. The phone number they gave to talk to their PR, however, was the offices of the Church of Scientology in Quebec City. Leur porte-parole n?a pas retourn? les appels du Journal. Their spokesman did not return calls from the Journal.

http://lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/journaldequebec/actualites/archives/2008/12/20081207-000121.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on December 08, 2008, 07:56:33 AM
Hey but look at the company scio is keeping on that radio show!!!!

Which shows just how  "mainstream" scio is in NZ.  -

highland cattle
Korean Catholics
Buddhists
and others I haven't got a clue who they are!

Talk about how far off the radar scio is!

Just a thought, Martin




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on December 08, 2008, 01:47:27 PM
God in heaven.  Mike Ferris on the bloody radio.  Talking shit. 

Squeezed in between foreign language programmes and information about sheep. 

How appropriate.



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 08, 2008, 04:13:50 PM
Mayor abandons anti-drug program affiliated with Church of Scientology
By Ashley Meeks/Sun-News reporter
Posted: 12/07/2008 12:00:00 AM MST



LAS CRUCES ? The city is immediately ending an anti-drug program aimed at third-graders after it was revealed it was created and bankrolled by the Church of Scientology.

The "Drug-Free Marshal" program, started in late November, had only been presented to five schools but was intended to be promoted eventually among all third-graders in the Las Cruces Public Schools.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima apologized Saturday and said it was not his intention to promote the religion. The mayor said he was approached this summer by Richard Henley, of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, who showed him a pamphlet adorned with the seals of El Paso, Espa?ola, the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Department and the Horizon City, Texas, and Socorro, Texas, Police Departments and asked if the city would "support eradicating drug use in the community."

In small type at the bottom, the pamphlet is copyrighted by Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Narconon and Association for Better Living and Education, all Scientology programs.

"It's my fault for not checking it out," Miyagishima said. "This is something that I have to put an end to, this portion of it, since it was brought up to me."

Since all the material was free, Miyagishima said he asked about the funding. He said Henley told him it was donated by a private individual who was interested in eradicating drug use.

"He gave me a couple of names, but not (founder and science fiction author) L. Ron Hubbard," Miyagishima said.

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of the literature deals with illegal drugs, but one pamphlet specifically focuses on Ritalin, considered by Scientologists to be a harmful and "mind-altering psychiatric drug." According to Scientology.org, "psychiatry is not a science."

Henley said Saturday the church was only one backer and that the material did not have a religious message, comparing it to the multi-faith origins of United Way.

"There is no religious message in any of the materials and the only message of Mr. Hubbard is in connection with the discovery of the toxins," Henley said, also describing the foundation as "secular."

When asked if he told Miyagishima about the connection with the Church of Scientology, Henley said "it's all in the videos on the Web sites that they acknowledge (the connection between the pamphlet and the church)."

Henley also declined to say if the materials had been provided to other New Mexico schools, saying the requests had come from "individual teachers or classes ... for two or three years."

As for the foundation's message against psychiatric medication, Henley said such prescriptions were up to a "medical doctor" or "medical physician," terms used in Scientology to distance such doctors from psychology and psychiatry. But he was clear about what he said was the danger of such prescriptions.

"Every single one of the shooters in the schools have been on one form or another of these psycho-pharmaceutical drugs," he said, though Scientology is opposed to far more than these drugs. According to the Scientology handbook, even aspirin will make someone "unfeeling, insensitive, unable and definitely not trustworthy, a menace to his fellows actually."

The "Marshal" program was one part of Miyagishima's "5-2-1-0" fitness initiative, which also encouraged children to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables, spend no more than two hours watching TV, get an hour of exercise a day, and not to drink sodas ? aspects which have recently been praised by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen.-elect Tom Udall and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Only the "Marshal" program is affiliated with Scientology.

"I'm going to have to pull the marshal's badge (program)," Miyagishima said. "First off, I'm not happy that I wasn't fully informed, obviously, and two, that's something there that I can't be ? the city can't be seen as promoting any type of religious activity."

LCPS Superintendent Stan Rounds said the mayor's decision Saturday was a good solution to a common problem. As superintendent in Des Moines, N.M., Rounds said his staff was given boxes of materials on math that also contained messages about "the godliness of study" and other evangelical themes. "We had to black all of that out so we could use the materials," Rounds said.

Miyagishima said he would give out Las Cruces Police Department sticker badges at future events and that anyone with a Scientology-provided badge could trade it in.

"I don't want to lose any momentum with this program," Miyagishima said.

As for the Scientology material, Rounds called it "regrettable, but I think the mayor's planned direction is the right one. Our message to kids is not to use illicit drugs."

Ashley Meeks can be reached at ameeks@lcsun-news.com; (575) 541-5462


http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_11158958


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 10, 2008, 08:27:55 AM
John Duignan being interviewed by Kathryn Ryan
of Radio New Zealand.
Once you get the page below.
Just scroll down till you see John Duignan and Scientology.
It was the fifth one down just a moment ago.

I believe it will be downloadable for one week.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon

If anyone has a better link to this audio file please feel free to post it.

At the end of the interview Kathryn reads
an excerpt from Scilon DSA Mike Ferris`s letter to her.

I`m halfway through the book , "The complex"
A real page turner.



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 10, 2008, 08:36:05 AM
Just checked the link.
This could be a better one.
Either way...
The interview was Tuesday 9th Dec

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/20081209


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on December 10, 2008, 05:11:26 PM
Yeah I heard it.  So did lots of people I know.  They yawn and say, we all know how evil scientology is.  What about that lame statement from Mike.  OMG!!  Surely he could do better than say that people were just trying to make money out of their stories.  What about scn making money out of people's stories!!

Get a life Mike Ferris.   Your statement was LAME  and no one would consider you had anything decent to say because you are a fool.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 10, 2008, 06:19:19 PM

                                         County supervisors back away from anti-picketing measure

3:00 p.m. December 9, 2008

RIVERSIDE ? Concerned that a proposed anti-picketing ordinance might be too restrictive ? and that it did not address the issue that inspired it ? the Board of Supervisors Tuesday backed away from the measure, but indicated it may be brought back in different form.

?I don't agree we should abandon this completely, but I want us as united on this as possible,? said Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who sponsored the measure.


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?It's not an attempt to limit the right of expression, or the right to protest. I fully support that,? he said. ?We should come up with something that allows for the right to protest ... but also protects those being protested against.?

Under the tabled proposal, ?targeted picketing? in unincorporated communities would be confined to no closer than 300 feet of the subject's residence.

Stone proposed the ordinance two weeks after receiving complaints from members of the Church of Scientology, who said the group's San Jacinto compound had been the site of repeated protests, allegedly by hate groups.

During Tuesday's board meeting, Stone identified the protesters as members of an international network known as ?Anonymous.? The supervisor showed photographs and literature that members of Anonymous allegedly published, some of which depicted children pointing guns at their own heads and wearing explosives.

Passages from one leaflet advocated a return to segregation and attacks on Scientologists ? as well as Christians and Jews. ?I believe in the right to protest, but I also believe in the freedom of religion,? Stone said.

Several of the individuals who participated in the half-dozen protests outside the San Jacinto compound denied any association with the pamphlets Stone presented.

?The groups on the Internet that the supervisor brought up have nothing to do with our group protesting Scientology,? said Francois Anon Orange, who led a demonstration outside the compound on Oct. 26.

He claimed he was beaten by compound security guards, who wanted him off the property.

?Scientology is dangerous. It's a cult,? Orange said.

Fellow protesters Patricia Curtis and Susan Elliott, both of Irvine, also disavowed any association with the literature and photos shown at the board meeting.

?None of us have ever seen the pictures that Supervisor Stone showed,? Elliott said.

?We had balloons and were holding signs (during the October protest),? said Curtis, a self-help speaker and author. ?The whole idea behind Scientology is to make your critics look like crazed criminals, to villainize them.?

The women said they have friends who they allege were abused while living and working in facilities owned by the Church of Scientology, and vowed to continue to protest.

Supervisor Bob Buster, sharply critical of Stone's proposal when it was introduced two weeks ago, reiterated Tuesday that he felt the anti-picketing measure was over-reaching.

?I don't think the ordinance, whether it prohibits picketing 300 feet ... or 300 miles from a residence, is going have an impact on the concerns being raised here,? Buster said. ?If there are hate crimes being planned, there are strong state and federal laws against that kind of thing.

?What seems to be happening is the board is being dragged into a ... particular religious dispute, and I think that's dangerous ground on which to proceed,? Buster said.

Buster put a premium on freedom of speech and the right to assemble guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He said the incidents at the San Jacinto compound failed to justify restrictions on residential picketing.

?If there were ongoing problems countywide, I'd say 'O.K., we need to take some stronger steps,?' the supervisor said.

He also repeated his previous arguments that relocating protesters 300 feet away from a targeted residence moves the problem to someone else's front yard, and said a ?moving protest? ? in which demonstrators march up and down a street ? further complicates the issue by creating public safety concerns.

Buster said he might support a similar ordinance, with different time, place and manner restrictions, as long as the sheriff's department has a chance to weigh in.

Board Chairman Roy Wilson said Stone's proposal was worth ?massaging and tweaking,? and recommended that the county's legal team work with the sheriff's department to produce a compromise measure.

Stone agreed, and the board voted unanimously to defer further consideration of the matter to an unspecified date.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/riverside/20081209-1500-picketing.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 10, 2008, 06:25:16 PM

                        Tom Cruise wants to sing

Tom Cruise wants to be a song and dance man.

The star of movies like Mission: Impossible, Top Gun and Rain Man, in town to promote his upcoming World War II thriller Valkyrie, tells the Star he'd like to make a musical.

"I'm glad musicals are coming back, so I can really embarrass myself," Cruise said with his trademark hearty laugh.

We know Cruise has the right moves ? from his underpants dance in Risky Business to last summer's comedic turn as foul-mouthed and flabby producer Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, he's good on his feet. But we've never heard him sing.

"Exactly!" said Cruise with a grin, slapping his knees with his palms.

"I will sing, if I can find the right one, I will sing and you will tell me if I did it or not. It's an interesting challenge."

Cruise said he was anxious to spend a couple of days promoting Valkyrie in Toronto, a city "I love." It's also where he started to learn to fly in 1994.

The movie, which opens Christmas Day, stars Cruise in the true story of Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, who lead a plot to overthrow Adolph Hitler by assassinating him in 1944.

Directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, the X-Men movies) and with a heavyweight supporting cast including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Terence Stamp, Valkyrie has had its share of problems.

The opening dates has shifted a number of times from last summer, and there were initial reports Cruise and Singer were prevented from shooting in Germany because of Cruise's Scientology faith. Both have denied that in published reports.

Cruise was also quick to deny the latest rumour swirling ? that wife Katie, starring on Broadway in All My Sons, is expecting a sibling for 2 1/2-year-old Suri.

"No she's not,' he said.

Would they like to expand the family? Cruise also has two older kids, Isabella 14 and Connor, 12, adopted with ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

"I will have 10 children, I always wanted to be a father and I love kids," he said. "I feel very fortunate to have the children, a 2 1/2-year-old and the teenagers. It's a great dynamic."


http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/550867


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 11, 2008, 07:45:06 PM
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) on Wednesday published its "2008 Year-End Zeitgeist," its brain scan of the world's Internet users rendered in search queries.

It's only a partial picture of what's on our minds, however, because subjects pertaining to pornography and gambling have been framed out of the image.



Many queries in the U.S. were phrased as a question. These "what is" searches sought answers on a broad range of topics, including: 1) what is love; 2) what is life; 3) what is Java; 4) what isSAP (NYSE: SAP); 5) what is RSS; 6) what is Scientology; 7) what is autism; 8) what is lupus; 9) what is 3G; 10) what is art.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/reporting/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212400223&subSection=News

From Me.  Naturally Scientology will say... "Look... so many people want to know about scientology.
But just be honest for a second.  What do you suppose brought this surge of interest?
That`s right...Anonymous are out there telling people to find out about scientology.

Want to see what these internet users get when they search for scientology on line...
Try it yourself.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 21, 2008, 04:15:39 PM
                      Diskeeper Accused of Scientology Indoctrination


"Two ex-employees have sued Diskeeper Corporation in Los Angeles Superior Court after being fired, alleging that the company makes Scientology training a mandatory condition of employment (complaint, PDF). Diskeeper founder and CEO Craig Jensen is a high level, publicly avowed Scientologist who has given millions to his Church. Diskeeper's surprising response to the lawsuit (PDF) appears to be that religious instruction in a place of employment is protected by the First Amendment." The blogger at RealityBasedCommunity.net believes that the legal mechanism that Diskeeper is using to advance this argument ("motion to strike") is inappropriate and will be disallowed, but that the company will eventually be permitted to present its novel legal theory.

http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/08/12/20/2239255.shtml


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 22, 2008, 04:08:53 PM
Anonymous gets a mention in The LA Times

Summary of 2008.

"Anonymous lives: In March, a video of Tom Cruise extolling the values of Scientology leaked onto YouTube. When Scientology officials tried to stamp it from the site, the church drew the ire of young Internet denizens around the world, spawning a wave of masked protest that put Scientology on the defensive.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-ca-sarno21-2008dec21,0,6151186.story


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 26, 2008, 05:45:53 PM
                                                      Nighttime shuttles clear
                                                           rehab center

Second Chance blew last chance?

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Under cover of darkness Wednesday the troubled Second Chance rehab center mysteriously shuttled nearly 50 patients or inmates away from its facility just ahead of a deadline to explain who it's been housing.

Albuquerque police who put the West Mesa facility under surveillance said they witnessed the bizarre twist in the Second Chance saga early Wednesday. Later in the day the rehab program was under a 5 p.m. deadline to document all its inmates and clients to the city of Albuquerque.

The city wanted to make sure Second Chance wasn't violating its lease by taking inmates without a judge's referral.

Police said they caught a bus and a van sneaking people out.

"This is very disturbing," Chief Public Safety Officer Pete Dinelli told KRQE News 13. "I'm very disappointed."

Dinelli said received documents naming 46 people listed as patients or inmates at Second Chance. But he said he wants to know why 48 apparently additional people were bused out of the addiction-treatment facility early in the morning.

"I don't know if there's a public-safety issue, because I don't know what those 48 individuals were doing there," Dinelli said.

Police followed a van with eight individuals from Second Chance to Interstate 40 and then west until it left the city limits, according to Dinelli. Cops also tracked a bus with 40 others from the facility east to the St. Martin Hospitality Center, a shelter in downtown Albuquerque.

When News 13 went to St. Martin's Wednesday afternoon two workers closing up for the holiday said they did not know of anyone brought in.

So who are these 40 individuals with addiction problems? Were any of them sentenced to the facility as an alternative to jail, and where are they now?

"I think the city's entitled to answers, and we better get those answers," Dinelli said. "Otherwise we may be faced with a situation of evicting."

Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White is among many critics of the facility's addiction-treatment plan that is based on the teachings of the founder of the Church of Scientology and includes vitamin and sauna treatments.

"If anything were to go wrong out there, we wouldn't even know what we're dealing with," White said. "This is a real safety risk for the people of Bernalillo County."

He said the busing of patients should mean no more chances for Second Chance.

"Shut them down," White said. "It's time to put them out of business."

However the city, which leases a former jail near the Double Eagle II Airport to Second Chance, isn?t quite at that point yet.

"We're going to be asking for a further explanation as to what happened this morning," Dinelli said.

News 13 attempted to reach Second Chance President Joy Westrum but instead got a return call from her number from a man who declined to identify himself. However he said he was speaking for Westrum in saying that News 13 was presenting "a false picture to the public."

However the man did not address any of News 13's questions.

If the city decides to evict Second Chance it would take at least 30 days.  Dinelli said he'll spend this holiday weekend reviewing the documentation Second Chance provided late Wednesday.


Plus a short video.

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/politics/politics_krqe_albuquerque_nighttime_shuttle_clears_rehab_center_200812242340


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 26, 2008, 05:54:03 PM
Plus another article about the same fiasco..

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/2100194/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: AnonKiwi on December 27, 2008, 01:06:34 PM
WWP reports indicate that the mayor has decided to evict!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 05, 2009, 05:54:29 PM

                    Riverside County supervisors to take up revised picketing proposal


07:18 PM PST on Sunday, January 4, 2009

By JULIA GLICK
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors are set to vote Tuesday on a revised ordinance to limit picketing at residences and outside the Church of Scientology's base in Gilman Hot Springs.

The proposed ordinance, supported by the church and Supervisor Jeff Stone, would restrict picketing to 50 feet beyond the property line of a targeted residence or to an across-the-street sidewalk.

Stone is also urging supervisors to approve an urgency ordinance Tuesday. If at least four supervisors approve that urgency measure, the limits on picketing could take effect immediately. Normally, supervisors must vote on the ordinance at a later meeting and it takes effect 30 days afterward.

"This urgency ordinance is necessary to protect the right of privacy and the feeling of well-being and tranquility which members of the community should enjoy in their dwellings," Stone's proposal reads.

Supervisors initially supported an earlier version of the ordinance, but then decided not to adopt it on Dec. 9. That first ordinance would have prohibited demonstrations within 300 feet of a targeted residence, but did not mention any restrictions regarding the property line.

Supervisors Roy Wilson and Bob Buster said the first proposal was too sweeping and could unfairly constrain free speech.

They mentioned the 2005 protests outside the then-home of paroled rapist David Allyn Dokich at a Mead Valley halfway house. Supervisors, including Stone, participated in those pickets.

At the Dec. 9 meeting, debate over the ordinance gave way to arguments about the Church of Scientology. The church's opponents, members of a group known as Anonymous, accused the church of harshly punishing its critics and dissenting members.

Stone read from a pamphlet, produced by church members, alleging that Anonymous members are anti-Semitic, racist and anti-religion.

Both sides said their opponents were lying.

The Church of Scientology supported a residential picketing ordinance following an October protest outside the base that turned violent. Church representatives and the sheriff's office say a demonstrator trespassed and bit a security guard who was trying to detain him.

Demonstrators say the security guards lured them onto the grounds and the man bit the guard in self-defense while under painful restraint.

The base includes dormitories for its employees and church members, which would fall under the ordinance's definition of residences. The base is about 700 acres and its property line extends along both sides of Gilman Springs Road, which has no sidewalks.

Reach Julia Glick at 951-368-9442 or jglick@PE.com



http://www.pe.com/localnews/rivcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_S_picket05.37e9907.html


Title: Graham Berry to the resue
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 05, 2009, 10:16:41 PM
                                      BERRY LETTER ON RIVERSIDE ORDINANCE.


GRAHAM E. BERRY
ATTORNEY & COUNSELOR AT LAW
3384 McLAUGHLIN AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90066
Telephone and Facsimile: (310) 745-3771
Email: grahamberry@ca.rr.com

January 4, 2009


By Fax, Email and Hand Delivery.

The Chairman and Board of Supervisors
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
County Administrative Center
4080 Lemon Street-Fifth Floor
Riverside, CA 92501

Re: Proposed Ordinances 884 and 888: Targeted Residential Picketing
Board meeting January 6, 2009, Agenda Items 3.28 and 3.29 (Supervisor Stone)

Honorable Chairman and Gentlemen:

The real purpose of the two proposed ordinances is to prevent staff employed by the Church of Scientology Sea Organization from seeing or hearing the messages of persons engaged in peaceful First Amendment protected activity outside the Church of Scientology International Headquarters and Golden Era Productions facilities at 19625 Highway 79, Gilman Hot Springs, CA 92583. Scientology senior management call the property ?Gold Base? and I shall too. In that regard, I urge you to do an Internet Google search of ?gold base.? The Church?s only need for urgency is an anticipated public picket of Gold Base on January 24, 2009, and the orders of Scientology?s totalitarian, self- appointed leader, David Miscavige, that the picket be stopped irrespective of what doing that costs.

For over a decade, a steady stream of public pickets along the side of Highway 79 outside Gold Base have contributed to many Church of Scientology staff members finding a way out of what many ex-members describe as a forced labor and detention camp where some staff members have been confined for many years on what Scientology calls the ?Rehabilitation Project Force? or the RPF, and the even more draconian RPF?s RPF. For example, it has been reported that over the past decade the number of Gold Base staff has declined from about 1,200 to about 400. Consequently, for nearly a decade Scientology?s leader has tried to deter these public protests with contrived arrests, contrived criminal charges and perjured civil claims. The flavor of some of this sordid history can be read through a Google search of the terms: hemet henson corruption. Indeed, an appeal of the travesty of justice in one of the Henson cases is now pending before the Fourth California District Court of Appeals. A more recent case involving hogtying by Scientology security goons, excessive force, false imprisonment and personal original is now commencing its journey through the criminal and civil courts.

Gold Base is not an ecclesiastical or fraternal dormitory as Scientology has argued elsewhere. Gold Base includes the offices and residences of Scientology?s senior international management staff, the RPF and RPF?s RPF which many former Gold Base staffers have compared to Soviet Gulags and Nazi concentration camps (where, ironically, work would also set the inmates free).

Gold Base also includes the very profitable manufacturing E-Meters (a form of lie detector), film production and the publishing facility for Scientology media as well as The Golden Era film studios which are also understood to be rented to non-Scientology entities from time to time. The Scientology E-Meters, which cost less than fifty dollars to manufacture, are sold to Scientologists at prices that range from a few thousand dollars to nearly thirty thousand dollars. Gold Base is, in reality, a slave labor camp as illustrated by the enclosed copy of a September 23, 2008, letter initiating a now pending California Labor Commission claim against Gold Base. Scientology staffers at Gold Base sign billion year employment contracts and work 100 hour plus weeks for about 39 cents per hour.

In addition, as you can read in the enclosed news article called ?Selling Scientology,? many of these so-called life-long religious volunteers at Gold Base have been physically assaulted by Captain David Miscavige, the leader of the para-military church and ?best friend? of Scientologist Tom Cruise who himself lobbies political and governmental officials on behalf of the Scientology enterprise. As you will also read among the enclosures with this letter, Gold Base includes fortified facilities complete with an armed sniper overlooking the City of Hemet.

What happens to all the money from the sale of these E-meters, books, videos, courses, auditing (counseling) hours, etc.? This is how it has been recently explained including approximate amounts, percentages, etc., herein for illustrative purposes only. In 1999, there was a reporting change in the income system and then again in 2007 there was another change in connection with reporting book sale revenue. However, it has been explained that the Church of Scientology now uses secret Merrill Lynch numbered bank accounts for these monies. Approximately 50-75% of the money ?earned? is deposited into numbered Merrill Lynch accounts in Los Angeles and Antigua. Apparently, there are about forty numbered ?Pool Accounts? in secret Scientology accounts with Merrill Lynch in Antigua. After its deposit into these accounts, the money is then apparently transferred elsewhere offshore. Almost all of the Scientology money goes through the numbered Merrill Lynch accounts so that there is no way to trace it. Scientology?s totalitarian leader, Captain David Miscavige, has absolute power over the money. There is no accounting to anyone else within the Church of Scientology International, The Religious Technology Center or Scientology?s apex corporation the shadowy Church of Spiritual Technology. Please Google these various entities. Because the 1993 settlement agreement between the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Scientology conglomerate makes the Scientology enterprise responsible for its own tax compliance, the Church does not have to worry about the IRS ever seeing the second set of financial records. Allegedly, the Church of Scientology has largely ignored most of the requirements of the secret tax agreement that also gives individual Scientologists, the Churches and Corporations of Scientology special tax advantages and exemptions that are not permitted to any other United States taxpayer or church. Google: Sklar v. IRS.

It has also been alleged that Merrill Lynch itself is infiltrated by Scientology operatives. The amount of Church of Scientology money that regularly is moving offshore through the secret numbered Merrill Lynch bank accounts is apparently in the many tens of millions of dollars. It is said there are Pool Accounts in Los Angeles, CA. and Clearwater, FL. Additionally, Bridge Publications Inc., apparently has a numbered account in Merrill Lynch New York and the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) has a numbered account at Merrill Lynch in Los Angeles as well. There are also secret numbered Merrill Lynch accounts in Europe; for example: Merrill Lynch in London.

In mid April/May 2003, there was a problem in the Church of Scientology ?Incomm? finance system. Many longs hours were required to provide a proper paper trail to deal with all the money that was just sitting in the Incomm. ?Pool? accounts. There was an ?invoice drive? to create six years of invoices for things that were never received. This would be false invoicing and apparently Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon was extensively involved. It took a good deal of effort involving a big push to get all of the false invoicing completed by a certain date. Mr. Moxon was in his office pushing the Incomm staff to get it done 24/7 to fix ?the Flap.? The ?shore story? was that there was lost data and un-transferred data between the old and new Incomm. systems. It is claimed that about $25 million had to be cleaned up in this allegedly attorney supervised fraud.

Let?s use the example of a $1,000 course payment paid to a Scientology Class IV Church or ?Org.? Once a week, the Org pays its revenues into the Church?s electronic ?Incomm? finance system where it is transferred to the Treasury Secretary at the Flag Banking Office. Some money is retained at Flag for the provision of services. The rest of the money goes to a ?Pool Account? which is a numbered account inside the Scientology Finance System. The payment itself is also assigned a number. Donations, invoiced payments and debits are then paid into different secondary accounts within the numbered Merrill Lynch accounts. Returning to our $1,000 course payment example, $500 would be deposited ?on account? into a Services account and the other $500 for an OT package (usually costing many thousands of dollars) into the ?Pool Account.? Of this, 30% would be transferred via Merrill Lynch to the Religious Technology Center (?RTC?) secret numbered account in Los Angeles for the various RTC licensing fees [then up to Church of Spiritual Technology or CST]. The other 70% would also be paid into a Merrill Lynch numbered account, but transferred offshore to another numbered Merrill Lynch account in Antigua.

The frequent and numerous Scientology ?special events? also provide a vehicle for pushing money around offshore in numbered accounts. For example, there may be a M.V. Freewind?s event. Some of the money would be paid to the Org and transferred into the ?Pool Account.? Thirty per cent of that might be paid to RTC for its license fees. The rest of the money would be paid to the ship?s account offshore from which another 30% would be paid to RTC for its license fees. Here we see that RTC is, in effect, ?double dipping.? Thus from a $10,000 payment, $5,000 would be paid to the Org from which $1, 500 (30%) would be paid to RTC and $5,000 would be paid offshore to the ship from which about $1,500 would also be paid to RTC.

There is also a great deal of money flowing into the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (?WISE?) every week. Some of the money stays in the local chapter for operating costs. Most of the money goes to WISE Int. (International). From WISE Int., (1) a variable amount (more than 30%; likely 40-50%) goes to RTC; (2) the rest is paid into the WISE Chapter ?Pool Account.? It is used for buying church buildings and for forming real estate companies to buy buildings (e.g. Waterfront, Inc., in Hamburg, Germany). Consequently, tax exempt IRS section 501 (c) (3) religious monies are allegedly being paid into offshore numbered Merrill Lynch bank accounts and then invested into various for profit projects and into for profit corporate accounts. It has been alleged to me that many of these companies (false fronts) then declare bankruptcy, the documents disappear and on the W.I.S.E. account books you merely see ?company ceased operations.?

All Scientologists must belong to the International Association of Scientologists (?IAS?) which has multiple levels of very expensive memberships. Officially the IAS monies are paid to the U.K. but this is another ?Scientology shore [or false] story? for the United States tax authorities. In fact, IAS monies get bundled and are paid into a Merrill Lynch Pool numbered bank account, one of about forty different numbered Merrill Lynch pool accounts maintained by the Church. For example, there is might be IAS membership drive requiring every Org to raise $20,000-$30,000. A total of five million dollars is bundled. Then a certain amount of that bundle is transferred to the Church accounts in the U.K. The Church then waits until the currency exchange rate is as high as possible. However, as between IAS [CoS] and Merrill Lynch there is an agreement that currency exchanges and transfers will be made at a fixed exchange rate. Allegedly, only the lower rate is reported to the U.S. IRS. The IAS has a trading account with Merrill Lynch and Merrill Lynch has one with Travel Ex (on behalf of the Church of Scientology). Subsequently the difference between the higher exchange rate and the lower exchange rate is transferred to the numbered Merrill Lynch accounts in Antigua. The rest of the money [of say $5 million] from the IAS drive [say $2.5 million] goes to the IAS goal drive. So the Scientology public is [fraudulently] told that all the money goes to the U.K. but in reality it is only a small percentage of what is actually raised. Most of the money has been transferred to a secret numbered Merrill Lynch offshore bank account in Antigua (and other favorable havens).

The next step of one of these alleged frauds may well go like this: IAS might launch a new campaign by the Scientology front-group Citizen?s Commission for Human Rights (?CCHR?) a group opposed to the mental health profession. It requires publications and videos which will be produced by Gold Base at Gilman Hot Springs, CA. For example, Gold Base might charge the IAS $2 million for the video but the actual cost to the IAS will be only $1 million. So there is the invoiced amount and the amount actually paid. Then, say $1 million is paid by Gold Base to RTC for the use of the LRH copyrights. The same type of scheme is used for the book sales by Bridge Publications (BPI).

Other sources of Scientology income are also amendable to this alleged fraud by the Church. For example, the Scientology ?chapel? might be rented out for cash, say $1,500 per month. This cash all goes into the ?Pool Account? and then to one of the secret Scientology offshore numbered Merrill Lynch bank accounts in Antigua. Meanwhile, for operating purposes, the Church of Scientology maintains many local bank accounts. For example, with Bank of America and Washington Mutual.

Let me give one recent example to those celebrity opinion leaders who say the Church of Scientology is a harmless mainstream church that should be ignored and allowed to go about its business of making money. Allow me give one example of how insidious and despicably deceitful, dangerous and deadly this faux church is, even to its own celebrity members such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

In 1987, the Church of Scientology bought the 5,000 ton cruise ship the M.V. Freewinds. At the time, the Church of Scientology knew that the ship was riddled with blue asbestos. It said this all over the plans and they were told that by the engineer in charge of converting the ship to Scientology use. David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology intentionally and negligently ignored the warnings. Why? Because the ship would be used by upper level Scientologists who are immune to all disease or injury, and because Scientology E-meter monitored auditing will cure all injuries or illnesses anyway, including, by way of example, cancer, and since Hubbard never wrote that asbestos can cause cancer, it cannot be true. In 1991, there was another reminder that the M.V. Freewinds was a killer ship exposing its passengers and crew to deadly cancer causing blue asbestos. The affidavit of Lawrence Woodcraft, the man who advised Miscavige of the cancer causing blue asbestos was posted on the Internet. Three months ago, the Scientology killer ship, M.V. Freewinds, was arrested in Curacao, because of asbestos contamination. Experts say the ship cannot be fully stripped of the deadly substance. Scientology is stripping away what asbestos it can, with its slave labor who believe that Scientology will protect them from asbestosis.

Today, Scientology staff is callously still being exposed to deadly cancer causing agents. Asbestos is being dangerously dumped in landfills. This is a public health and safety outrage involving thousands of people knowingly and intentionally being exposed to asbestos and the potential of Asbestiosis. Tom Cruise, John Travolta and all of the other Scientology celebrities have been intentionally, knowingly and negligently exposed to cancer causing blue asbestos, which is the very worst sort of asbestos. Scientology has ignored the problem. Scientology denies it. Scientology is now selling cruises and Scientology courses on the Freewinds in spite of the asbestos contamination. This is a public health and safety threat, and a huge looming public health cost. The Riverside County Supervisors should not be supporting the Church of Scientology in its attempts to prevent its staff members at Gold Base from receiving information and regular monitoring for asbestosis. Suppressing freedom of speech to prevent Scientology staffers from learning, among other things, of their potential exposure to deadly blue asbestos is despicable. You should Google: ?Scientology and IRS? and ?Blown for Good? and you should also read: www.xenu.net/ and www.whyweprotest.net/ and www.forum.exscn.net/ and http://www.exseaorg.com/ and www.lermanet.com/ and www.whyaretheydead.net/ and www.scientology-kills.org/ , and the many dozens of related web sites critical of the criminal conduct, human and civil rights violations, and other abusive conduct of the corporations and churches of scientology.

I urge each of you vote against the proposed ordinances in any form that might arguably be applied to limit the proximity of public protests along the edge of Highway 79 outside the Church of Scientology?s Gold Base at Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet.

In addition, I urge each of you to introduce and/or support a full, transparent and public investigation, with public submissions and public hearings, into any actual unlawful activities, unlawful conduct or human rights/civil rights/labor rights violations that have occurred in, and in connection with, the Scientology facilities known as Gold Base. Remember Jonestown and Waco. Your oaths of office require nothing less.

Respectfully,


Graham E. Berry

Map of Scientology?s International Headquarters:
http://www.portlandmercury.com/extra...e/base-map.pdf from: Selling Scientology, A Former Scientologist Marketing Guru Turns against the Church by Matt Davis http://www.portlandmercury.com/news/...ent?oid=862344

www.grahamberry.com


Ccs: Per separate list. Enclosures: Per separate list.


Supervisor Roy Wilson, Chairman
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
4080 Lemon St., 5th Floor
Riverside, CA 92502

district4@rcbos.org
Fax: (951) 955-2194

Tel: (951) 955-1040

Supervisor Bob Buster
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
4080 Lemon St., 5th Floor
Riverside, CA 92502

district1@rcbos.org
Fax: 951-955-1019
Phone: 951-955-1010

Supervisor Marion Ashley
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
4080 Lemon St., 5th Floor
Riverside, CA 92502

district5@rcbos.org

(951) 955-1050

Supervisor John Tavaglione
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
4080 Lemon Street, 5th Floor
Riverside, California 92501

district2@rcbos.org

(951) 955-1020

Supervisor Jeff Stone
Riverside County Board of Supervisors
4080 Lemon St., 5th Floor
Riverside, CA 92501

district3@rcbos.org
Faxes: (951) 955-2194, (951) 301-8571, (951) 791-3465

(951) 955-1030

Press Enterprise: Riverside News Fax (951) 368-9023; Hemet News Fax (9510) 763-3450

Los Angeles Times: michael.owen@latimes.com tenny.tatusian@latimes.com


http://www.forum.exscn.net./showthread.php?t=9328




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: AnonKiwi on January 06, 2009, 07:54:31 PM
TL:DR.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on January 07, 2009, 08:49:13 AM
Yes maybe a bit long but still worth a read.

I suspect Graham's purpose was to get "something" substantial on the record.

Anyway his explanation of the finances was something I didn't know and something every scio should know.

regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 07, 2009, 08:55:46 AM
The town meeting was held under urgency at
Riverside County and they went through the
motions of hearing submissions and then
passed the new Ordinance 888 by a vote of 5 to none.

This is a little microcosm of the world where Scientology
gets a foothold.

Understand this. Scientology has taken away American citizens
right to peaceful protest outside of it`s Riverside County facilities.

The ramifications of this lunacy means that any evil sod being protested
in Riverside County,
can now put a few beds on their facility and say it is residential.
Then call the Riverside County Sheriffs Department (Boss Hog)
and have the protesters arrested.

When people ask "why is Scientology something to be afraid of ?
I`m not going to get involved ...."

They need to understand that Scientology removes that choice from the table.
Scientology moves legally and politically to  manipulate an invisible fence around them.

It`s stated goal is to control the media, the judiciary, the field of mental health,
government, education and religion, globally.

So you see while people are NOT getting involved with Scientology...
Scientology IS getting involved with them.

But of course here on earth we have systems in place to prevent
a fanatical science fiction , mafia cult from gaining control.....

Anyone care to name what that is ......

But you say ...so long as they operate within the law what`s the problem ?

Of course they operate within the laws.
They make them.  
Riverside County has just experienced scientology.










Title: Follow up from Graham Berry
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 07, 2009, 04:08:25 PM
                                                             The Aftermath.



I believe that ?the fix? was in before the meeting was even convened. Yesterday I faxed and emailed each of the Supervisors and others my January 5, 2009 letter which can be seen at www.angrygaypope.com or www.grahamberry.com. I also emailed each Supervisor an assortment of Additional Enclosures. This additional document, and my Argument Notes, are (or soon will be) available on www.angrygaypope.com. If anyone wants a PDF copy just email me a request. This morning each of the Supervisors received a bound copy of the same materials. Watching each of the Supervisors looking through it I got the impression that some were seeing it for the first time. In the past the cult has placed people in the mail and fax rooms of government and other offices for the express purpose of ?culling entheta? [material adverse to Scientology] and as part of Operation Snow White to remove all anti-Scientology material from government files, court files and public libraries.

Gold Base is within Riverside County Board Supervisor Jeff Stone?s district. At this morning?s meeting Jeff Stone was first sworn in for a new term and then unanimously elected as the new County Chairman for the next year. He was curious as to anyone?s links to Anonymous, adamant he was not a Scientologist, proud to live in a country that recognizes religious diversity, and insistent that Scientologists should be able to live without the presence of picketing. He said that recent events at Gold Base had prompted the need for the new ordinance (after making a swearing-in speech condemning the passage of more laws!). He also said that the Scientologists and his staff had been working on this ordinance for sometime and that it had been upheld as constitutional by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In these circumstances there would have been much pressure by Jeff Stone?s staff on the other four staffs to support the Scientology ordinance because ?the new Chairman really wanted it.? This is what happened when Berendo Street was renamed L. Ron Hubbard Way (whose way was not the American way!). It was also the sort of scientology government infiltration that former Scientology staffer John Duignan writes about in ?The Complex.?


The County?s legal counsel, and several Supervisors, insisted that the ordinance would not preclude picketing outside all parts of Gold Base. It only precluded targeted residential picketing and picketing could occur from across the other side of Highway 79 even though Scientology has property and accommodations at several different locations on both sides of the road. Personally, I think you can have a lawful picket anywhere along the edge of Highway 79 provided it is not ?targeted at a particular dwelling.? In other words, only ?targeted picketing? as defined in ordinances 884 and 884 is an offense. Certainly, I expect we will need test the issue before the courts with an arrest in circumstances of our choosing.


There were over 100 other people in the meeting room. Only Scientology?s real estate, land use and zoning attorney (a Lutheran) spoke for the cult?s ordinance and tried to shut down discussion of cult abuse. Six people spoke against the cult?s ordinance.

http://209.128.123.171/ppportal/agen...b-e78e5be07cd8


If you click on the hyperlinks for agenda #3.28, it will take you directly to the video portion of our speeches with the Board. The link for 3.29 is the board discussion of the ordinances & the final votes [Anon Poet starts at 56:52, Scarff starts at 1:01, Berry starts at 1:04, etc.].


When the Scientology ordinance was unanimously approved almost the entire audience departed. The Scientology contingent and our band of brothers and sisters also departed the auditorium and gathered outside. Jeff Stone?s wife and son had also been present for Mr. Stone?s swearing-in and his new chairmanship. They also departed with the rest of us. However, they stopped in conversation for at least 10-15 minutes with Muriel Dufresne from Scientology?s Gold Base and several with her. It was clear that Muriel Dufresne, Mrs. Stone and Stone junior were very well and warmly acquainted. I was stunned although I should not have been surprised. The family of Supervisor Stone cavorting with a senior Scientology Gold Base staffer! Perhaps the scientology connections and benefits run more broadly than some have suggested. Certainly I have often been told that Riverside County is one of the most corrupt counties in the United States (considered to be the 18th least corrupt nation on the planet).

                                                                         End.

http://www.forum.exscn.net./showthread.php?t=9328&page=2


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 14, 2009, 04:15:17 PM
Chicago dentist to settle forced Scientology, harassment case

By James P. Miller | Tribune reporter
    12:44 PM CST, January 13, 2009

A Chicago dentist has agreed to pay $462,500 to settle federal allegations that he violated U.S. discrimination laws by sexually harassing workers and by forcing employees who wanted to keep their jobs to submit to indoctrination in the tenets of Scientology.

The Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had filed a civil lawsuit against James L. Orrington in September 2007, asserting he had discriminated against 18 employees by subjecting them to sexual propositions, comments and improper touching. The suit also alleged that Orrington violated federal law by requiring workers "to engage in Scientology religious practices and learn about Scientology as conditions of their employment."

The suit, filed in Chicago federal court, also alleged that Orrington violated civil-rights law by firing or taking other retaliatory actions against some employees who had complained about his behavior.
              Chicago dentist to settle forced Scientology, harassment case



A consent decree filed with the U.S. District court Tuesday calls for Orrington to pay $462,500 to the workers involved and enjoins him from further sexual or religious workplace discrimination.

A consent decree resolves a lawsuit, but doesn't include an admission of guilt by the defendant.

"The misconduct here was shameful – combining sex, forced Scientology and putting people's jobs on the line – and it was especially shameful because the person doing it was a medical professional who occupied a position of trust in his community," said EEOC regional attorney John Hendrickson.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-dentist-sexual-harassment-jan13,0,5505435.story


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 16, 2009, 07:45:33 AM
County suspends new protest rule to clarify it

07:51 PM PST on Tuesday, January 13, 2009

By JULIA GLICK
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday suspended enforcement of a newly approved picketing ordinance, backed by the Church of Scientology, and instructed county staff to return in one month with clearer rules.

"I want to make things easier and simpler for everyone involved, particularly for the sheriff which has to enforce it," Supervisor Bob Buster said of the picketing ordinance. "We don't want to pass ordinances that are used in an incorrect way to ... intimidate people from exercising their rights."

Last week, supervisors fast-tracked and unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting picketing within 50 feet of the property line of a targeted residence, with the exception of a sidewalk across a street. They also passed an urgency ordinance that put the picketing rules into effect immediately in unincorporated Riverside County.

The Church of Scientology has pushed for the ordinance in order to limit sporadic protests outside its sprawling base in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet.

Tuesday's unanimous decision followed a demonstration outside the base last week that led to Scientologists calling sheriff's deputies and uncertainty over whether the new ordinance applied.

The roughly 700-acre Scientology compound, which includes film studios, staff apartments, homes for church officials, offices and recreational amenities, sits on both sides of two-lane Gilman Springs Road.

County Counsel Pamela Walls and the church's lawyer, Samuel Alhadeff, both assured supervisors last week there would be plenty of legal places for protesters outside the compound, but did not indicate where those were.

At Tuesday's meeting, Walls and Scientology spokeswoman Catherine Fraser could not agree whether the ordinance would permit protesters outside the compound's front gate.

Fraser and Alhadeff defended the ordinance, saying it should remain in effect while the church and county staff worked out with the Sheriff's Department the specifics of its enforcement.

Demonstrators, who spoke at the meeting, say they are picketing beatings and brainwashing of Scientology church members who reside and work at the compound.

Church representatives have called protesters' allegations lies. They claim pickets have threatened the safety of church members, charges the protesters say are fabrications.

"I don't want to wait for an instance of someone getting maimed and killed for us to pass an ordinance," said Supervisor Jeff Stone, who introduced and has supported both ordinances.

But Stone joined the other four supervisors Tuesday in voting for a re-examination of the ordinance.

Tuesday is the second time supervisors have withdrawn their support for an ordinance limiting picketing. An earlier version proposed in November sought to limit pickets to 300 feet from a targeted residence.

Reach Julia Glick at 951-368-9442 or jglick@PE.com


http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_S_supes14.39ae5a9.html


And........
Scientology attempts to ban picketers due to their HIV status
Thursday, 15 January 2009, 2:33 pm
Press Release: Anonymous
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0901/S00342.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 21, 2009, 11:26:23 PM
                            Scientologists hit out at criticism

    Jano Gibson Urban Affairs Reporter
January 21, 2009



THE Church of Scientology has appealed for religious tolerance after its $12 million bid to redevelop its Sydney headquarters sparked fears from neighbours of an increase in "menacing" and "aggressive" recruitment tactics.

The church has sought approval from the City of Sydney to add two floors to its five-storey building, Scientology House, on Castlereagh Street. The increased floor space would help turn the building into an "Ideal Org", the name Scientologists give to their most significant churches.

But almost 150 people in the neighbouring Victoria Towers complex have signed a petition warning of an increase in on-the-street recruitment drives using the "infamous IQ and personality tests".

"The street activity often results in menacing interaction with members of the public and has been known to be aggressive and persistent at times," the petition states.

More than 30 individual objections have also been lodged, including one from the owners of a neighbouring building occupied by the Department of Defence, which cites the security risk posed by a recent spate of anti-Scientology protests.

"Increased activity at 201 Castlereagh Street will encourage increased public protest in the area, which already occurs regularly and again presents a serious security concern for the occupiers of Defence Plaza," the Industry Superannuation Property Trust said.

Other submissions raised concerns about the potential loss of views, "toxic emissions" from air conditioning units and the heritage impact the proposed development would have on the neighbouring historic St George's Presbyterian Church.

The president of the church, Vicki Dunstan, said the residents' claims were "extremely vindictive and untrue".

About 20 church supporters have already sent in submissions, pleading to be treated by the council without prejudice. Ms Dunstan said 600 people had also signed a petition in support of the proposal.

In one of the submissions, the executive director of the church, Caroline Collen, wrote: "We pride ourselves on being responsible neighbours and friends to the local community and want to be given the same rights to expand and use our air space as any other property owner in your precinct."

Another parishioner wrote: "There have been other upgrades carried out by other religious organisations such as St Mary's Cathedral and St Andrew's Cathedral and I feel that we should also be granted the right to upgrade our building so that we can make a more aesthetic location for our parishioners to come to."

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/scientologists-hit-out-at-criticism/2009/01/20/1232213646771.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 28, 2009, 08:11:40 AM
Graham Berry interviewed outside Gold base.

http://nz.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk0M9rNnzGs


Title: The Vancouver Sun
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 04, 2009, 04:39:57 PM
             
Scientology website recommended by Education Ministry


A scientology website has been identified by the B.C. Education Ministry as a resource for teachers delivering lessons about social justice. This incredible story came to light during the week I was away through an email delivered far and wide to reporters.

The link in the email is now dead, which suggests the ministry didn't know what it was doing when it listed the Youth for Human Rights International website as one of several dozen that teachers could consult to help with lessons about social justice and diversity. The recommendation was included in the ministry's controversial new teaching guide called Making Space, Giving Voice. (The teaching guide was developed as a result of the Corren agreement and was delivered to schools around the province.)

Here is what it said before listing the "helpful" websites:

"The selected web sites listed here are not intended to represent an exhaustive list; rather, these sites, current as of April 2007, represent a 'starter set' of potentially useful sites relevant for teaching social justice across a range of curricula."

Last year, Youth for Human Rights International was invited to give a presentation to a Vancouver school, St. Patrick's regional secondary school. Principal John Bevacqua told me at the time he was unaware of the group's background when the invitation was issued. (Link here.)

You've got to wonder - doesn't anyone check this stuff? I will post the ministry's explanation as soon as I get it. Meanwhile, it might be fun to check all the other websites listed. Who else does the ministry think teachers should consult before teaching about social justice?

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/reportcard/archive/2009/02/03/scientology-website-recommended-by-education-ministry.aspx
 


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 05, 2009, 06:54:25 AM
Last night on Australian TV the worlds longest kept
secret was revealed. And Scientology`s biggest
celebrity, Kate Ceberano was exposed as a liar.

For 75,000,032 years the great catastrophe that
sentenced humanity to imprisonment here on planet earth
was completely unknown. 

Yet in 1967, high on reds, the great
visionary L. Ron Hubbard, was able to take himself in his own hand
and pull it off. Yes it was only Hubbard, who broke his back doing this
research, that uncovered the deepest mysteries about why we are here
and why society has gone mad.

Ron made the facts about this "Wall of fire" available for anyone with
$ 150,000  to find out. Finally he is getting the recognition he deserves.
It`s ironic that this level OT 3, produces "freedom from overwhelm."
Yet overwhelmingly the world is rejecting Hubbard`s discoveries as the rantings
of a looney. 

Hubbard also made it known in "Rons journal `67" that finding out about
"the great catastrophe" before parting with your cash would cause death.

Accordingly it can be assumed that Australian funeral directors
are in for a boom. Maybe 5X their stats.

 This played on Australian National TV Feb 4th 2009.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tSkSpI1JQM



Title: Hubbard House closed
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 05, 2009, 03:40:08 PM
Phoenix


Will the L. Ron Hubbard House Turn a Camelback Neighborhood Into a Scientology Recruitment Mecca?

By Robert L. Pela
Published on February 03, 2009 at 3:36pm

(snip)

It wasn't, Brock insists. "Only a handful of people would visit the house on any given day," she says. "And they'd be required to park in the parking area behind the house, not on the neighborhood streets."

No matter. The shit really hit the fan when people started showing up at JoEllen Feltham's door looking for Tom Cruise. Shortly after, the City of Phoenix busted Brock for posting a sign stating that the Hubbard House was now a museum. Meanwhile, Feltham helped create a neighborhood coalition called Neighbors Against Business Operations at Residential Sites (NABORS) to protest the Hubbard House as a public, profit-making place.

The group circulated a petition, collecting 256 signatures opposing the house's museum status and zoning violation. They complained to the city that the Scientologists' request to have local zoning ordinances rewritten to allow them to operate a museum (or, as rumor had it, a Scientology church) in a residential neighborhood would impact the entire city in a negative way, allowing any for-profit business to call itself a museum. And they flooded the City Council with letters, forcing Brock to suspend tours of the Hubbard House until the issue got sorted out.
...

Maybe they can move it to Universal studios and put it beside the
house from the movie Psycho.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 05, 2009, 05:30:06 PM
                             France Accuses Scientologists of Fraud   


Germany may have been the first to declare Scientology a cult, but France has brought the Church to court on charges of organized fraud, according to France-Info radio.

If the CoS (Church of Scientology) is found guilty, the church could be declared illegal and disbanded. France hasn't outright banned it before, as authorities have considered it a sect, rather than a religion.

The charges themselves come about from the "illicit arguments and procedures" that CoS uses to sell its products and services, with the "Fair Game" policy likely to receive a lot of the flak.

The "Fair Game" policy itself, in the words of the founder L. Ron. Hubbard, states "the law can be used very easily to harass ... The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage, rather than to win - if possible, of course, ruin [the target] utterly." He later retracted the policy with respect to "bad public relations."

On the side of CoS, there has been an argument from the public prosecutor that the charges should be dropped because the officials of the Church of Scientology did not personally benefit from the organization's revenues. I'm sure Bill Gates doesn't benefit from sales of Windows either.

The trial is scheduled for May 25th. Let's just hope the jury isn't all wearing "V" masks.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/89169-France-Accuses-Scientologists-of-Fraud


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on February 05, 2009, 09:02:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUeZ1bbFI70

the follow up!!

It just keeps on getting better


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 12, 2009, 04:04:43 PM
Copied from ex scientologists message board.
.......................................................................

I found this thread on a financial/money blog:

http://goldismoney.info/forums/showthread.php?t=348308


Scientology project raises questions, ire in Wyo.

By MEAD GRUVER
Associated Press Writer


SWEENEY CANYON, Wyo. (AP) -- The construction began last summer, stirring up dust that wafted down this desert valley and into a small community of off-the-grid homes.

As many as 20 heavy trucks a day hauling construction materials and equipment rumbled down the valley's main gravel road, passing into a gate marked with a "No Trespassing" sign. Helicopters flew in sling loads of cargo. Powerful work lights lit up the valley at night.

Public planners in southwest Wyoming's Sweetwater County - a sagebrush expanse roughly the size of Massachusetts - say the contractor hired for the project has told them it intends to build a 22,000-square-foot underground storage vault to store documents.

Whose documents exactly? Apparently, the writings of the late L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology's founder, and other church records.

But plans remain vague. County land use planner John Barton said the county also has been told the vault might hold any number of things besides documents.

"We've had everything from underground housing of sheep or hay," Barton said. "We've had cemetery discussed. We've had mining discussed."

The contractor, International Ground Support Systems of Santa Fe, N.M., also has said it plans to build a 3,500-square-foot caretaker house and an airstrip, county officials say. But they allege that IGSS has failed to apply for two required permits for work done so far.

The mysterious project has riled some neighbors, who value the solitude of their remote community, located about 150 miles east of Salt Lake City.

"I don't care if it's Church of Scientology, the Roman Catholic Church or, you know, Kraft Foods," Barton said. "We have development activity occurring - has occurred and, rumor has it, continues to occur - without required permits."

A local attorney representing IGSS, Robert Reese, said the earthwork already done is similar to improvements that would be made at any ranch. He said that's consistent with the site's agricultural zoning and past use as a cattle ranch. Therefore, he said, the contractor hasn't needed to get a permit.

"Our position is that everything that has been done so far falls well within the agricultural use and no permit is required," Reese said.

IGSS has a majority ownership stake in the 3,500-acre property along with a handful of locals who otherwise don't appear to be directly involved in the project, according to county officials.

Neither the Los Angeles-based Church of Scientology - a roughly 50-year-old religion noted for its unconventional beliefs and celebrity followers - nor IGSS officials returned several phone messages seeking more information about the project.

However, an entity called the Church of Spiritual Technology has been known to build underground vaults to store Scientology documents, including near Petrolia, Calif., and Trementina, N.M. According to records from Humbolt County, Calif., IGSS received a permit in 1990 to build the Petrolia vault for the Church of Spiritual Technology, which is based in Los Angeles.

The Church of Spiritual Technology doesn't have a listed phone number.

The Church of Spiritual Technology and the Church of Scientology are linked, according to Larry Brennan, of Bow, N.H., a former Scientologist who now writes a blog about the religion.

The Church of Spiritual Technology holds Scientology's copyrights and trademarks and stores church documents in underground vaults to preserve the religion in case of nuclear war, he said.

The developer's lack of permits prompted the county to issue a stop-work order in September. When work didn't stop, the planners referred the matter to County Attorney Brett Johnson, who said he's contemplating legal action if work continues without a permit.

"There's been a lot of earth moved. It's quite clear that they're preparing to do a lot more work and we just want them to come in and get the proper permits," Johnson said.

John Ledford lives in a solar-powered home within sight of the construction zone. He said the project has stirred up considerable dust and he worries that the construction could cause his water well to run dry.

"They've ruined the road, and we live with the fact that the road has gotten ruined. But the air and the water? It's just not right," Ledford said.

IGSS attorney Reese said that far from doing harm, the company has improved the property.

"They're doing nothing but agricultural work out there in the last couple of months," Reese said. "They've got grazing permits, cattle are being raised, they were cleaning stream beds, fixing up the property, getting a lot of trash out there. It's much nicer than it was."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT


................................................................

Sure would be interesting to know what they are really up to.


There is no way on earth these guys are spending vast sums of money
to put Hubbard`s tech underground. Particularly its so much cheaper to
put it in a land fill.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 12, 2009, 04:44:30 PM
Nietzsche Is Dead: Internet warriors? war on Scientology legitimate

Matthew Albright

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Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We are Anonymous. We are legion. Anonymous does not forgive; Anonymous does not forget.

This is the creed of Anonymous, the shadowy Internet-based group that has declared war on the Church of Scientology.

The group originated in the murky underbelly of the Internet. Its origins are generally traced to the image board 4chan, where users can post whatever they want.

When I say anything, I mean exactly that. The Web site is full of some of the most fascinating ? and absolutely most disturbing ? content the world has ever produced.

If you value your sanity, avoid this Web site at all costs. Imagine the absolute darkest, sickest things the human mind can conceive. Now imagine a world without censorship, where no one knows who or where you are and this sickest of material is posted freely.

That is 4chan.

The anonymous nature of the Web site is what gives the group spawned by the image board its name.

Because of its origins, Anonymous consists almost entirely of computer-obsessed ?basement dwellers.? The group?s previous achievements include hacking the American Epilepsy Foundation Web site and embedding images with bright flashing colors and loud noises, causing countless seizures nationwide.

The group is also infamous for harassing posters to its threads. Once their documents are found, Anonymous typically hacks the victim?s MySpace or Facebook account, posting huge amounts of pornography and shock images.

To be fair, the image boards Anonymous populates have created some truly hilarious content ? the popular Internet memes ?roflcats,? ?demotivational posters? and even ?rickrolling? originated on either 4chan or a similar Anonymous stomping ground.

Recently, Anonymous has made a name for itself by combating the Church of Scientology (CoS), which has a history of conflict with Internet organizations. The Church elicited the rage of the group when it began using its crack team of lawyers to regulate what content was posted on YouTube.com. The group began applying pressure to the site that led to videos criticizing Scientology being removed ? in some cases, anti-Scientologists even lost their accounts.

The final straw came in January 2008, when a video of Tom Cruise was posted to YouTube. While ?Mission: Impossible? music played in the background, Cruise ? looking manic, even insane ? rambled about his love for Scientology, making such absurd claims like only Scientologists can help after a car accident and that Scientologists are the leading authority on curing addictions.

After threat of litigation from the Church, the video was removed.

The actions by the CoS ? who Anonymous refers to as Co$, deriding their apparent greed ? infuriated a great deal of Internet junkies, who saw the act as Internet censorship.

The war on Scientology ? which is being termed ?Project Chanology? ? began with massive computer attacks on the church?s Web sites. An unknown number of hackers employed programs that flooded the Scientologist servers with server requests.

Without getting into the techno-babble, the Scientologist Web sites were brought down.

The Church proceeded to hire a Web-hosting service that specialized in securing servers against attacks. The Scientologists then issued a press-release informing Anonymous of this movement, warning them not to try the attack again.

Apparently, the CoS grossly underestimated their enemy. Before the day was out, the Web sites were down again.

In addition, Anonymous used the Google Bomb tactic to route users who search ?dangerous cult? to the Church of Scientology main Web site.

As Operation Chanology continued, the pressure mounted to switch to legal tactics against the organization. This pressure came to a head when Mark Bunker, known as ?Wise Beard Man,? called them out and switched to conventional tactics.

Instead of hack attacks, Operation Chanology now largely consists of real-life protests outside CoS buildings. In these protests, participants almost always wear some form of mask (most commonly a Guy Fawkes mask, popularized by the movie ?V for Vendetta?), and wield signs and bullhorns protesting the group?s attempts at censorship.

Also, the group has begun challenging the organization?s tax-exempt religious status. Because the Church requires payment for many religious services, they believe it should lose this tax-exempt status.

Although it seems almost  criminal to condone the actions of basement-dwelling hackers with a penchant for ruining lives, Anonymous does actually raise some strong questions.

Why should Scientology be allowed to force YouTube to remove content that damages their image while politicians, celebrities and ordinary people are defamed in videos every day?

Scientology is essentially using threats of litigation to censor what information is posted about it on the Internet. If this weren?t bad enough, the group is only able to do so because it requires payments ? sometimes exorbitant ones ? to advance within its ranks. Thus the Church of Scientology has gathered deep coffers with which to wield the justice system as cudgel of intimidation to censor the Internet.

This is unacceptable.

As long as Anonymous continues to use legitimate means of protest, their cause is also perfectly legitimate.

Even if the way they function is relatively unconventional.


--
Contact Matthew Albright at malbright@lsureveille.com

http://www.lsureveille.com/opinion/nietzsche_is_dead_internet_warriors_war_on_scientology_legitimate-1.1370344


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: anonyrat on February 12, 2009, 05:33:32 PM
Pretty crappy article excluding the last five paragraphs.

roflcats, lolwut. And where does Nietzsche come into it?


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 16, 2009, 04:39:55 PM
Scio front group gets an article published.


The washington times


FEFFERMAN: What values are shared?
Dan Fefferman
Monday, February 16, 2009

   

Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times Erlan A. Idrissov, Kazakhstan's ambassador to the United States, says Russian reports of his country agreeing to host U.S. military bases are "groundless," although American planes will be allowed to make emergency landings at Kazakh airports. If only his country treated its religious minorities with such respect, argues Dan Fefferman.

COMMENTARY:

Kazakhstan's Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev wrote in The Washington Times Feb. 3 of "stronger cooperation of progressive nations sharing common values" and his confidence that Kazakhstan-U.S. relations will "continue to grow" under the new administration.

Recent human-rights violations by Kazakhstan's government against its religious minorities, however, cause some in the United States and Europe to doubt whether Kazakhstan has earned the right to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as it is scheduled to do in 2010.

The act of Kazakstan's Constitutional Council in overturning parts of a repressive new religious law on Feb. 11 is a step in the right direction. However, the political climate in the country continues to bode ill for religious minorities, and human-rights experts fear the parliament may still pass other new repressive measures.

Even without the new religious law, Kazakhstan has recently taken actions against its religious minorities that cause serious concerns.

The recent jailing of Unification Church missionary Elizaveta Drenicheva for teaching her church's doctrine on original sin is only one example of how Kazakhstan's view of religious freedom diverges from the mainstream of the community of nations. Freedom of religion is, after all, one of the key "common values" shared by nations with a commitment to human rights.

The judge in Mrs. Drenicheva's case ruled that by teaching her church's doctrine of the Fall of Man, the 30-year-old Russian missionary had violated Kazakhstan's constitution. "She taught that people should be divided into sinful and righteous groups," explained Kazakh press attache Zhanbolat Ussenov. "That is discrimination on a religious basis." But experts in religion point out that virtually all religious groups do the same, and the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's vision of an ideal world where people of all races and religions live in harmony hardly justifies Kazakhstan's concern that Mrs. Drenecheva is sowing fertile seeds of ethnic hatred, as is charged.

Article 18 of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that everyone has the right to express their religious views both privately and in community. Yet the judge sentenced Mrs. Drenicheva to a two-year prison term merely for sharing her religion with people who had come voluntarily to the church's center in Almaty to hear her lectures.

The clampdown on smaller religious groups in Kazakhstan has been attracting the attention of human-rights groups for some time. The Forum 18 News Service reports Kazakhstan has resumed jailing Baptists who refuse to register their worship services with the government. Khrishna devotees have witnessed their properties bulldozed and their leader banned from the country. The Church of Scientology reports that its centers and members' homes have been illegally raided by the secret police (KNB).

Coupled with government and police actions, a wave of negative media reports against minority religious groups has targeted Seventh-day Adventists, Baptists, Pentecostals, Ahmadi Muslims and Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as the newer groups. "All these articles have one source," claims Almaty Helsinki Committee head Ninel Fokina, "the KNB secret police."

In the early years after the demise of the former Soviet Union, Kazakhstan was often seen as a model of human rights and religious pluralism. Its majority Muslim population seemed willing enough to live in peace with its substantial Russian Orthodox Christian minority, together with a growing segment of Western religions. The recent shift toward repression reflects growing pressure from the two mainstream groups and old-guard secularists of the communist era that there are now "too many religions" in Kazakhstan.

Some see Mrs. Drenicheva's trial as a test case. Unlike the Baptist churches whose ministers were jailed for refusing to pay fines relating to registration issues, Mrs. Drenicheva's church is officially registered with the government, and she has been sentenced to prison merely for what she taught.

Some voices within Kazakhstan have spoken out against the repression. Commenting on the Drenicheva case, Evgeniy Zhovtis, chief of the Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights, stated: "You could hardly imagine a better way to discredit our country."

Mrs. Drenicheva's case is now on appeal, but the 30-year old Russian missionary remains in prison. She is considered in the human-rights community to be a prisoner of conscience. Freedom House, the oldest human-rights group in the United States, said it "strongly urges the court of appeals to throw out Ms. Drenicheva's conviction on the grounds that it is a clear miscarriage of justice and the continuation of a worrisome campaign in Kazakhstan against minority religious groups."

For her part, Elizaveta Drenicheva tries to put a brave face on her situation. "Don't worry, I'm fine!" she writes to her co-religionists. But she confesses it is not always easy for her to keep her spirits up while confined. "When I at last see the sun I'll surely dance of joy," she writes. "I miss the sun so much!"

Dan Fefferman is executive director of the International Coalition for Religious Freedom: www.religiousfreedom.com

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/16/what-values-are-shared/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 16, 2009, 08:23:37 PM
New German Film on Scientology, ?The Brainwashers,? Now Subtitled in English

February 15, 2009



By Lilly von Marcab

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (RushPRnews) 02/15/09- An outstanding new German documentary about the Scientology organization has just been subtitled in English and is now available to watch on YouTube. The 45-minute film, The Brainwashers ? How Dangerous is Scientology? appeared on ARD, a major German television network, in late January 2009.

The film features interviews with Ursula Caberta, head of Hamburg?s task force on Scientology; former Scientologists, including several who had held high positions in the organization; and members of the worldwide ?Anonymous? protest movement against the cult. The documentary investigates Scientology?s ?fair game? revenge policy; its ?Rehabilitation Project Force? internal prison system; and its seemingly benign network of ?social betterment? spin-offs (such as Narconon, Criminon, ABLE, etc.) that in reality exist only to generate income, expand Scientology?s power in society, and recruit new Scientologists. It also examines the mysterious 2008 death of Scientology critic Shawn Lonsdale; and much more.
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The Brainwashers: How Dangerous is Scientology?

The Scientology cult was founded in 1950 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Its primary goal is to ?clear the planet? by ?obliterating psychiatry.? Scientology?s many front groups include the Citizens? Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), Criminon, Narconon, and Applied Scholastics. Scientology claims to be the ?world?s fastest growing religion,? with some 8 million members, but mainstream demographic surveys have shown that the number of members is closer to 55,000 worldwide, and declining. Scientology is currently under investigation in several countries for a variety of human rights abuses, including child abuse, violation of child labor laws, kidnapping and running secret internal prison camps, as well as for visa fraud and a number of financial crimes. Scientology has already been kicked out of Greece and Italy; in France its leaders are being prosecuted for fraud; it is on very thin ice as well in Belgium, Norway, and other European countries. While Scientology is not illegal in Germany, the nation has declared it a ?threat to democracy,? just as they have done with organized crime and Islamic extremist groups.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS7JtR0rJiQ

http://www.rushprnews.com/2009/02/15/new-german-film-on-scientology-the-brainwashers-now-subtitled-in-english/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 23, 2009, 07:33:41 AM
             Trial date set for fraud case against Church of Scientology in France

A trial date has been set in a fraud case against the Church of Scientology in France. The date for the first hearing has been set for May 25, 2009. If the Church is found guilty, then Scientology would be ruled illegal and would be banned from operating in France.
Scientology Celebrity Centre on Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles, California
Image: Minnaert.

Prosecutors claim that the Church is engaged in illicit practices in attempts to sell their alleged self-help material. The Church also faces charges of illegally operating as a pharmacy by illegally treating individuals with prescription medications.

The charges come from an unnamed woman, who in 1998 purchased nearly 140,000₣ (US$30,000) worth of Scientology self-help material which allegedly included prescription drugs. After a few months passed, the woman said she felt like she was being scammed.

Following several complaints from other unnamed individuals and an investigation, judge Jean-Christophe Hullin ordered the Church's 'Celebrity Center', and the seven managers to be put on trial for fraud and "illegally practicing as pharmacists."
   The special treatment reserved for the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center raises questions about the equality of the justice system and the presumption of innocence.    

?Church of Scientology statement

On September 8, 2008 the Church released a statement following the order to stand trial saying that they felt "stigmatized" by the French judicial system.

"The special treatment reserved for the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center raises questions about the equality of the justice system and the presumption of innocence," the Church said in a statement to the press.

This is not the first time the Church has been accused of fraud in France. They have also been convicted of it several times, including the Church's founder, L. Ron Hubbard who was convicted of fraud in 1978. In 1997 the Church was convicted of fraud in Lyon and 1999 in Marseille. The 1978 convictions included Hubbard and and his wife at the time, Mary Sue, both now deceased, and two other Scientologists.

   


The 1978 convictions included Hubbard and four Scientologists after a seven year investigation into the Church by the French authorities. The court ruled that Hubbard and the others were using Scientology by making fraudulent claims that it was curing people from diseases to "increase the financial revenue" of the Church, and the ruling ordered Hubbard and the Scientologists to serve four years in prison.

However, Hubbard, along with the four Scientologists fled France, never to return, and never served a prison term.

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Trial_date_set_for_fraud_case_against_Church_of_Scientology_in_France


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 03, 2009, 04:18:16 PM
Germany and Scientology: The battle continues

Out in the world today ... Remember the ruckus that came out of Olympia when an atheist group got state permission to put up an anti-Christmas sign in the state Capitol? Imagine if the state posted its own anti-religion message -- in front of a church.

That's kind of like what one district of Berlin did to the headquarters of Germany's Church of Scientology in January -- but only if you consider Scientology a religion. Germany, along with several others countries, does not.

In the latest in a long line of courtroom skirmishes between Scientology and the European country, the Berlin Administrative Court today ordered the district take the message down (see the Church of Scientology press release).

The city had placed a kiosk with a poster bearing a stop sign and a message that the local district "expresses its opposition to the activities of the Scientology sect in this district and in Berlin, and hopes that responsible parties in Berlin will watch the Scientology sect with a critical eye in the near future, and that any new information will be made public," according to Der Spiegel.

Government surveillance of the organization was deemed legal by a German court in December, according to German news service Deutsche-Welle.

Germany and Scientology have been on bad terms since well before Germany's failed attempt to ban the organization last year.

"This organization pursues goals - through its writings, its concept and its disrespect for minorities - that we cannot tolerate and that we consider in violation of the constitution. But they put very little of this into practice," Erhart Koerting, Berlin's top security official, told The Associated Press at the time. "The appraisal of the government at the moment is that (Scientology) is a lousy organization, but it is not an organization that we have to take a hammer to."

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/thebigblog/archives/163197.asp?from=blog_last3


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Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 03, 2009, 04:21:09 PM
France Accuses Scientology of Fraud, Schedules Trial
By Carol Forsloff.

   

 
Scientology is once again in the news. This time it is not about anything good, at least not for the religion's public relations. France is prosecuting Scientology for its materials and methods that the country believes makes fraudulent and extravagant
Lilly von Macarb in PR News provides a critical discussion of Scientology and once again gives the reader a detailed overview of what's happening in France. These news items, buried at the bottom of information segments, can sometimes reveal what folks need to know as they learn for themselves what faith is or isn't. In a world where some people can create a religion out of whole cloth, people often seek information that comes from outside the religion itself sometimes in order to know about any problems with which they might not otherwise be apprised. McCarb has been done several articles on Scientology that provides that extra information found in the news.

This time McCarb writes about the upcoming trial of France Vs. Scientology scheduled for May 2009. The case surrounds charges made by a woman in 1998 who acquired membership in Scientology after meeting a group of people outside a public transport station. After that the woman paid 140,000 francs for materials that included ?purification packs? and books making ?extravagant claims.? More about her complaints continued after the initial investigation which is why this case has extended to the present time and over a number of years.

The case is now proceeding to court following Judge Jean-Christophe Hullin's decision that the bookstore in France called ?Celebrity Centre,? bookstore and seven top managers should go on trial for committing and practicing as pharmacists without proper qualifications. May 25 is the scheduled trial date.
On a page not yet completed on the Internet a timeline of criminal events involving Scientology is being put together. It includes the convictions in France in the initial timeline as well as charges and convictions that have occurred in other countries in Europe where members of Scientology have been found involved in crime, usually fraud. Other individuals have created reference pages that involve the timeline of specific charges and convictions of the Scientology group in the years before 2000. index.http://www.lermanet.com/scientologyscandals/criminal.htm

McCarb underlines the issue that in publicity surrounding this case Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard isn't mentioned. She finds this surprising given the fact that Hubbard faced fraud charges himself in 1978 and fled France after he was sentenced to four years in prison.

The author of the most recent article on Scientology is one of a number of writers who have worked on exposing some of Scientology practices. McCarb covers the history and specifics of Scientology from its literature and from mainstream references in a clearly-refined and specific way. But some folks have gone beyond that to discuss Scientology and got into real trouble for their outlandish ways of doing it.

Keith Henson left the United States following his release of documents Scientology considered secret and helping to initiate a forum on the Internet exposing some of Scientology's practices. Henson's picketing and rhetorical advances, however, created a court backlash because of his particularly unusual ways of advancing his claims. Some see him as a martyr and some as just someone who wants attention.

France isn't the only country recently concerned about Scientology. Although Germany has had its own encounters in past years, during the past month some government leaders have been concerned Tom Cruise, one of the high profile practitioners of Scientology, might use his movie Valkyrie to advance the cause of his religion during his publicity about his recent film. The film has become popular in Germany and therefore a worry to politicians such as Michael Brand, a Christian Democrat. Brand believes that the heroic nature of Valkyrie combined with the charisma of Tom Cruise might mask Cruise' religion Scientology and its questionable practices. Brandt pointed out to his fellow legislators that Cruise had previously advocated Scientology claims previously. Perhaps he was referring to Cruise appearance on the Today Show some years ago defending Scientology in an argument against psychiatry. In any case Brand called for a boycott of the film and asked for his fellows to follow his lead and call for a nation-wide boycott. Brandt declared that the hero of the film, Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the army officer who was the key figure in a foiled attempt to kill Hitler, would have rebelled against Cruise because of Scientologist's pursuit of what Brand refers to as totalitarian goals.

In the meantime Scientology has been in the news a good deal over the past several months, with the claim of autism and John Travolta's son Jett, who died accidentally in December, which allowed the religion to produce statements about its beliefs which it declared in line with the law. Next came Tom Cruise making the rounds to discuss the film Valkyrie and German authorities" concerns,and now this trial in France, written about by McCarb.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/268341


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 04, 2009, 06:08:02 PM
Church of Scientology Berlin Wins Case to Remove Anti-Scientologist Campaign



In a landmark decision for religious freedom in Germany, the Berlin Administrative Court ordered the immediate removal of anti-Scientology propaganda placed by the Berlin City Administration on January 21, 2009 in front of the Church of Scientology of Berlin.


The Court found that the City's actions violated the Church of Scientology's right to human dignity under Article 1
of the German Constitution. The Court also found that the City violated the Church's right to religious freedom under Article 4 of the Constitution.


In reaching these conclusions, the Court held that the City of Berlin had violated its duty of religious neutrality and its obligation to remain objective on religious matters. City officials had placed a kiosk in front of the Berlin Scientology Church that contained anti-Scientology propaganda urging the public to "STOP SCIENTOLOGY." The court decision forced officials to rapidly remove the offensive kiosk, which they ruled served no justifiable purpose.


"The City's actions amount to a hate campaign in complete violation of the law," said Sabine Weber, president of the Church of Scientology of Berlin. "We are happy that the Court has reaffirmed our right to religious freedom." In the last 30 years German courts have acknowledged the religious character of the Church of Scientology in more than 50 decisions.


The Church of Scientology is recognized as a major religion throughout the world in countries including Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Hungary, Italy, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more.

http://www.pr-inside.com/church-of-scientology-berlin-wins-case-r1090194.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 06, 2009, 07:10:14 AM
                             Sheriff raises campaign funds


        

10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 4, 2009

By DOUGLAS QUAN
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff amassed almost $100,000 in contributions within four months of forming his campaign committee in August 2008, according to campaign finance reports.

The reports filed with the Riverside County Registrar of Voters show contributors included current and retired sheriff's personnel, home builders, judges and small business owners.

The largest contribution -- $10,000 -- came from the Riverside Sheriff's Association political action committee.

Sniff held fundraisers at Temecula's Falkner Winery in September and at the Riverside Marriott in November. One is planned today at the Palm Springs Hilton and another is planned next month at the Jackalope Ranch Restaurant in Indio.

The election is scheduled for June 2010.

The Board of Supervisors appointed Sniff sheriff in September 2007 after Bob Doyle abruptly resigned to take a spot on the state parole board.

Sniff said that, unlike his predecessor, none of his executive staff is involved in his campaign activities. That removes any perception of favoritism or conflicts of interest, he said.

Some of the department's highest-ranking members are among Sniff's contributors, the records show. They include Assistant Sheriff William DiYorio ($1,000), Assistant Sheriff Craig Kilday ($100), and Jerry Gutierrez, who was named the department's first-ever correctional captain in July 2008 ($500). Sniff also received contributions from several lieutenants.

Asked whether receiving contributions from department personnel could still create perceptions of favoritism, Sniff said it wouldn't.

"Individuals have the right to contribute to whatever they want," he said, adding that individuals' decisions to contribute or not to contribute to his campaign have no bearing on promotions or transfers. Plus, senior staff make those decisions, he said.

Sniff also received contributions from Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco's campaign ($1,000), Riverside County Chief Probation Officer Alan Crogan ($350), former Riverside County Sheriff Larry Smith ($1,000), and Riverside County Superior Court judges Robert McIntyre ($250) and Paul Zellerbach ($125).

Some of Sniff's civilian contributors interact with the Sheriff's Department or have law enforcement connections.

Temecula resident Melissa Lippert, co-owner of Fausto's Bail Bonds, contributed $1,000.

Lippert said she likes Sniff's no-nonsense style. Morale in the department seems to have improved under Sniff, she said.

David Fisher, who took over Victoria Auto Towing in Riverside in 2007, contributed $125.

Fisher said he occasionally gets calls to tow county vehicles, including Sheriff's Department vehicles.

Fisher, a former Air Force mechanic, said he likes Sniff's background as a colonel in the Army Reserves.

"This is a disciplined guy," he said. "This is the type of guy I like to see in law enforcement."

Faddoul Baida, a Temecula resident, jewelry shop owner and self-described law enforcement consultant, contributed $500.

Baida said Sniff is a good listener and down to earth. He said he likes how Sniff has pledged to work together with the district attorney, board of supervisors and the sheriff's union.

According to an ad in The Police Chief magazine for Baida Jewelry, "all items are sold to our law enforcement colleagues for a fraction of a price compared to retail stores."

Other contributors included San Jacinto-based potato grower Agri-Empire ($5,000), Beaumont-based building and contracting company Baldi Bros. ($5,000), Supervisor Marion Ashley ($500), Beverly Bailey, CEO of Stronghold Engineering ($250), Muriel Dufresne, spokeswoman for Golden Era Productions, a division of the Church of Scientology ($250), and Charles Beaty, board president of the Riverside Unified School District ($100).

Sniff spent about $26,000 of his campaign money, the records show. The Falkner Winery received $6,137.44. The Riverside Marriott got $2,571.04. And the Williams Company, Sniff's campaign consultant, received $12,196.14.

Reach Douglas Quan at 951-368-9479 or dquan@PE.com

http://www.pe.com/localnews/sbcounty/stories/PE_News_Local_S_sniff05.2f6f78c.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 06, 2009, 07:13:21 AM

                 Scientology protests prompt new Riverside County law

Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today tightened limits on how protesters targeting a Church of Scientology compound near Hemet can conduct demonstrations.
The measure requires anyone protesting near private residences to remain at least 30 feet from the property line. Critics contend it violates free speech.
By David Kelly
10:10 PM PST, March 3, 2009
Reporting from Riverside -- Protesters targeting a Church of Scientology compound near Hemet now face stricter limits on how they can conduct demonstrations, according to a new ordinance adopted Tuesday by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

The measure, which critics say violates the 1st Amendment and gives the church special treatment, requires anyone protesting near private residences to stay at least 30 feet from the property line.

 Graham Berry, a lawyer and one of the protesters, told the board that the ordinance "does not pass constitutional muster."

"It is vague, ambiguous and unenforceable," he said.

The ordinance, which applies to all unincorporated county areas, was proposed by Supervisor Jeff Stone last November in reaction to what he said were trespassing and threats of violence by opponents of Scientology at the Gilman Hot Springs location.

Small groups of demonstrators often gather outside the gates of Golden Era Productions, which produces movies and CDs for the Church of Scientology, to protest what they say is an abusive religious cult. The compound is home to roughly 500 church employees. When protesters show up, church officials usually call the authorities.

"A good ordinance should be clear and consistent and have a compelling interest behind its passage," said Supervisor Bob Buster, the only one to vote against it. "Eventually you will spend a lot of money in court to determine what it means, and it will cause more strife than it solves."

Critics accused Stone of letting the church's lawyer write the ordinance. Attorney Sam Alhadeff, who represents the Scientologists, denied that, saying he submitted similar ordinances from other counties to Riverside County Counsel Pamela Walls so she could see how they were written.

"I don't find that out of bounds," he said.

Supervisor Roy Wilson asked for a Sheriff's Department report in six months stating how many arrests were made due to the ordinance.

Berry said his group will continue its protests.

In January, Riverside County supervisors had passed a similar protest ordinance, but it was temporarily suspended for revisions.

david.kelly@latimes.com


http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-scientology4-2009mar04,0,7429837.story

photo at link above.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 08, 2009, 09:31:54 PM
CPS gives Scientologists same legal protection as mainstream religions

                                The daily mail  UK.

By James Millbank and Jonathan Petre
Last updated at 10:00 PM on 07th March 2009

   


The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that anyone who attacks Scientology can be prosecuted under faith hate laws.

The move will for the first time provide the controversial Church of Scientology ? described by some as a cult ? the same protection as other mainstream religions.

Critics of the organisation, whose members include Tom Cruise and John Travolta, attacked the decision last night, saying it would encourage Scientologists to push for official recognition in Britain.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are two of the highest profile followers of scientology

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are two of the highest profile followers of scientology

The Mail on Sunday understands the CPS passed down the guidance after it received legal advice from the Treasury Counsel to regard the group as a religion alongside Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

It means that any alleged offenders who ?abuse? or ?threaten? the Church of Scientology can be charged under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

It is understood the decision was made this month after the Police Diversity Directorate asked the CPS to clarify its position on the organisation.

It follows the arrest last summer of a 15-year-old boy for calling Scientology a ?dangerous cult? during a demonstration outside the Church?s ?23million headquarters in London.

Scientology, which was founded by the sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard in the Fifties and teaches that humans are immortal spiritual beings known as Thetans, has long been accused of using dubious methods to recruit members.

As far back as July 1968, it was described in Parliament by a Government Minister as an organisation that has ?authoritarian principles and practices? that are a ?potential menace to the personality and wellbeing of those so deluded as to become its followers?.

Ian Harris, founder of the Cult Information Centre, said last night: ?Scientology has always wanted to be recognised as a religion but it doesn?t even have a God. This decision is news to me and it is frankly quite upsetting and shocking.

?The Church of Scientology will be delighted and will want to use this to give themselves more credibility.?

A CPS spokesman said: ?It is ultimately for the courts to decide how to interpret legislation.?

Graeme Wilson, public affairs director for The Church of Scientology in the UK, said last night: ?Scientology is the chosen religion of millions of people around the world, a point which has been recognised by numerous governmental bodies.?


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1160263/CPS-gives-Scientologists-legal-protection-mainstream-religions.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 11, 2009, 06:39:07 PM
                Propaganda and Payoffs? Scientology vs. 'Anonymous'

Posted: March 11, 2009 01:52 PM

By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

PART THREE

Protests in front of the Church of Scientology's headquarters near Hemet may soon be illegal.

Sheriff's deputies keep reminding protestors with the group known as "Anonymous" to stay within 50 feet from the center of the road going through the Scientology compound.

Video shown in our first segment shows just how forceful Scientology guards are willing to confront those who get a dozen feet past the line.

Last fall, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone proposed a law that would ban protesting near residential zones. That includes the Scientology headquarters. Members of anonymous came to defend themselves.

Supervisor Taviglione asked one protestor at a public meeting, "What's the difference between your organization and the Klu Klux Klan?"

Protestor Francois Choquette responded, "It is not an organization."

Taviglione pressed, "Whatever you want to call it. The group that you are affiliated with."

Choquette replied, "It is a collection of people that protest anonymously."

Taviglione commented, "You know you're on TV here."

Choquette answered, "Absolutely. And I'm glad of it."

"Good. It's a good thing you didn't wear your cape and your mask," commented Taviglione

Supervisor Stone presented a booklet to his fellow supervisors. It alleges that Anonymous is a domestic terrorist group. The booklet claims Anonymous's web postings prove they hate Blacks, they hate Jews and they hate Gays.

Stone told his fellow supervisors while presenting pages of this booklet, "Here, they tell young people how to commit suicide. They show you exactly where to cut your wrists. I mean, is this not the most sickening material you've ever seen? Or here, let's promote suicide amidst our youth."

There is one thing the booklet does not have. It has no byline, no group publicly stating who wrote and produced this 50 page booklet. It is anonymous evidence to convict a group known as "Anonymous."

Late Tuesday, staff members from Supervisor Stone's office said they weren't certain where the booklet came from or who supplied it to them.

Campaign contribution forms show Sam Alhadeff, the attorney who pressed the Supervisors to ban protesting near Scientology headquarters donated $5,400 to Jeff Stone's campaign.

The head of the Scientology compound's public relations department, Catherine Fraser, donated an additional $600.

News Channel 3 was invited by the Church of Scientology to tour the inside of their headquarters in December. After months of their postponements, we decided to give ourselves a tour.

Our cameras spotted long stretches of motion detector fencing. Many of the fence posts have spikes. The spikes face inward, not outward like most security fences.

We also spotted a hilltop observation post with camouflage netting and telescopes with a commanding view of the area. When they spotted our live truck mast camera looking at them, we were interrupted in the middle of an interview with protestors outside the headquarters gate.

As we asked attorney Graham Berry, "Tell me about the frustrating process if all these ordinances..."

At that point, a Scientology public relations employee tapped us on the shoulder and said, "Ok. I don't need the cameras on. This person has been trying to get a hold of you. His name is Mr. Tommy Davis. He is out media informational person. If you can please call him, that would be appreciated."

We asked, "Do you have anything to say to the folks out here?

The Scientology employee responded while walking back to the gate, "No. I don't."

One phone call later and we had our interview set with one of the Church of Scientology's leaders. News Channel 3 was heading to Hollywood.

Our one-on-one interview with Tommy Davis comes next. We ask why violent confrontations are happening in front of his headquarters and why camouflaged observation posts are needed. We confront Davis with the confidential works of L. Ron Hubbard and ask why there are threats of pneumonia for those who read it.

More here...
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=9983088&nav=9qrx


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 12, 2009, 05:31:23 PM
              Interview with Tommy Davis.
 
High-Ranking Scientology Official Explains 'Anonymous' Booklet, Videotaped Arrest

Posted: March 12, 2009 01:34 PM
By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

PART FOUR

In the shadow of the conflict between Scientology and "Anonymous," we go inside Scientology's Hollywood complex for the first part of an exclusive one-on-one interview with one of the church's top leaders, Tommy Davis.

Davis serves as the Church's spokesman. During the visit, we showed him video shot by members of "Anonymous" as they were being accosted and arrested by guards hired by the Church at the Scientology grounds in Hemet. Davis contends that the protestors arrested assaulted the guards.

The following is a transcript from the interview:

Nathan Baca: How is Anonymous a clear and present danger?

Tommy Davis: Really, it does boil down to hate crimes and a religious hate group that is really intending to bring about harm and bigotry and upset as much as possible to individual members of a church and a religious organization.

NB: Supervisor Stone read this booklet. He gave it to me. "Anonymous: Who They Are, What They Do." This is, I believe, you were mentioning, this is from the Church of Scientology. Was this produced by the Church of Scientology?

TD: This is a publication that was put together by a group of individuals that work with the Church and also work with other groups, human rights organizations, and other religions.

NB: But it has no byline. It has nothing-- "written by" or "funded by." That's just kind of a puzzle to us about this book. It became exhibit one in this sense with the supervisors. The main exhibit that convinced Jeff Stone that he used to convince the other supervisors that this is a hate group, "listen to this" and there was a very powerful presentation, but we just didn't know who it was by because there is no byline. That's why we were kind of puzzled by it.

TD: Ok. I just told you that the Church is absolutely involved in putting that together and it was a compilation of information that's easily locatable on the internet. If you want to know, really, if you want to know who that booklet is by, it's by the people who produce the hate and those people are members of Anonymous.

NB: Why is a camoflauged observation post needed in the hills above Golden Era (a movie production studio)?

TD: Well, that's no secret. Those are digital cameras and they used to be able to sweep the entire property for security purposes. I don't know if someone's trying to give you the idea that's some sort of secret or there's something nefarious about it.

NB: No. I'm just curious about it. It's a camoflauged observation post with telescopic lens. It's not something you see everywhere.

TD: Sure. No problem. You also wouldn't want to mar the landscape of a hillside either.

** Violent confrontation video plays **

NB: Tell me what happened with the security guard. Was he bitten?

TD: Yeah.

NB: Ok. When was he bitten?

TD: In that incident.

NB: Was he bitten before or after? Was he bitten as he was taken into custody? When exactly in the timeline was he bitten?

TD: When he was making a citizen's arrest of that individual you saw there on the ground.

NB: Was it while he was on the ground?

TD: I don't know at what point. But it's a subject of-- obviously, that individual who was arrested has been charged. What you saw there was a citizen's arrest.

NB: But why not just call the Sheriff's Department. At most, it's misdemeanor trespassing. Why not just call the Sheriff's Department? They arrived just a minute later or so.

TD: Sure.

NB: Why tackle him down?

TD: To my knowledge, they had already been called.

NB: A woman was walking up and the guard does a back side sweep and nearly trips the woman...

TD: ...And then she kicks him.

NB: I don't quite see that.

TD: Anyway.

NB: I'm just wondering.

TD: In all honesty, Nathan, this is something that is a matter for law enforcement.

NB: The spikes facing inward. Why are the spikes facing inward?

TD: that's just how they were installed.

The second part of the interview with Tommy Davis will be available Thursday.

It`s worth going to the site... for more.
http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=9990429&nav=menu191_2


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 13, 2009, 10:23:49 PM

PART FIVE
Scientology Official Addresses Works of L. Ron Hubbard


By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

PART FIVE

Our second half of our one-on-one interview with one of Scientology's leaders continues in Hollywood.

We confront spokesman Tommy Davis with the confidential works of L. Ron Hubbard and ask why there are threats of death by pneumonia for those who read it.

Nathan Baca: Somebody from the Village Voice apparently said the Church of Scientology is about "ridding the body of space alien parasites." And your reaction then and now is what exactly to that claim?

Tommy Davis: You know, here's the thing. There are outrageous claims out there on the internet about what Scientologists believe. These are claims that are forwarded by anti-Scientologists. The best and easiest and most transparent way in which people learn about it is through L. Ron Hubbard's books and lectures.

NB (pulling out 650 page book of "Technical Notes of Operating Thetans"): Looking at Mr. Hubbard's own works, what seems to be in a sense curious is at least, according to L. Ron Hubbard's own words, and I quote, "the head of the galactic confederation. Seventy-six planets around larger stars visible from here..."

TD: I can stop you. I know what you're talking about. I'm familiar with the material. I think what you're getting at is the confidential scriptures of the Church.

NB: But this is about the fundamentals of-- is this not about the fundamentals of your belief, though? This goes into the sense of the soul.

TD: Right. For you to talk to me, you as somebody who is not a Scientologist to talk to me about what my beliefs are or to ask me to explain any core religious belief, that's an offensive concept. Nobody should ever be asked to do that.

NB: And is that the reasoning for the cease and desist letter for just about everybody who has published these works, the esoteric works. From Sunshine Press to Google, I believe, has also been given a cease and desist letter from Moxon & Kobrin (law firm). That's the reasoning behind it, correct?

TD: Absolutely, I'm not interested in somebody else's version of my religion or somebody else's idea of what my religion is, or something that somebody stole from the Church that is legitimately Church materials and is trying to show it to me for the only intent of knowingly violating my religious beliefs and knowingly violating how it is I see fit to practice my religion.

NB: But arguably isn't the reason why they are potentially-- wouldn't want to read it is because the book itself says that if you read it out of order, in effect "free wheeling," according to one of the pages, physical harm will come of you. I believe it mentions pnuemonia. There is an actual fear, a physical fear, arguably. There is a physical cause and effect, saying that if you read this, before you're ready for it, physical harm will come of you. I've read, though, arguably not understood much of OT's 3 through 6. According to this, as I read it, I should have had some kill switch and I should have died of pnuemonia. Why am I not dead yet?

TD: I...I... (laughs then pauses) Here we're going to the basic fundamental point that I'm trying to make. OK. What you're doing right now and what it is you're saying to me is an intent to ridicule religious beliefs. That's really what we're talking about. And you're just forwarding an agenda of hate.

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=9996728&nav=9qrx


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 13, 2009, 10:36:44 PM
Tommy Davis interview.

There are four parts.The original link is on the page
linked to above.

Just in case you missed it...  Here it is.

He sure stammers a lot.
He`s actually useless at his job.
Remember as you watch the videos, Tommy has been through
the Hubbard study method. He will have attested to
the fact that he can be at cause over the press etc.
Plus he will have been drilled for hours before doing this
interview. Getting flunked every time he didn`t do what Hubbard says to do.
Then practiced and drilled like a boxer.

And still he`s a fuck up.
What a loser.!!! If his mother wasn`t a movie star, Miscavige would have
given him a bloody nose and a black eye after this.

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=9998312


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 14, 2009, 10:08:35 PM

Scientology Gets Its Ass Kicked In the Desert
Posted by Tony Ortega at 11:14 AM, March 13, 2009

From "The village voice."


[Tommy Davis on the hot seat, from KESQ]

SEE UPDATE, after the jump.

Wise Beard Man tipped us recently that KESQ, a local television station in Palm Springs, California, has put together a pretty terrific 5-part investigation of Scientology.

Why Palm Springs? Well, one of Scientology's stranger facilities is located in the California desert, well away from the prying eyes of big-town journalists. For years, the Hubbard cabal in Hemet, California has been able to push around local politicians and law enforcement, convincing them, for example, that protesters at the desert site should be jailed for things like random Usenet posts.

So it's encouraging that even out in the middle of nowhere, Scientology can't escape a thorough drubbing by an alert media.

Our favorite part, naturally, was the episode in which a KESQ reporter made reference to the Voice as he was grilling one of our favorite Scientology tools, Tommy Davis, a church spokesman and son of actress Anne Archer.

KESQ's Nathan Baca asked Davis, "Somebody from the Village Voice apparently said the Church of Scientology is about 'ridding the body of space alien parasites.' And your reaction then and now is exactly to that claim?"

Davis answered, "You know, here's the thing. There are outrageous claims out there on the Internet about what Scientologists believe."

Very clever response, Tommy. Yes, the stuff Scientologists believe is pretty outrageous, and it is plastered all over the Internet. Davis, with that answer, is implying that the "outrageous" material isn't true, but of course, it is true. Because the stuff we at the Voice, and many others, have written over many years regarding the actual beliefs of Scientologists is based on court records and other sources of L. Ron Hubbard's own writings.

But here comes the best part. Davis himself then asserts that the "easiest and most transparent way" to learn about Scientology is "through L. Ron Hubbard's books and lectures."

Baca's ready for that, and he whips out one of Hubbard's many arcane and very stupid manuals about space aliens and federations of planets and counseling tomatoes, and whatever.

"I can stop you," Davis says. "I'm familiar with the material. I think what you're getting at is the confidential scriptures of the Church."

But Baca won't be dissuaded: "Is this not about the fundamentals of your belief?"

And here comes the classic Scientology dodge. Davis says that discussing the beliefs of his church is offensive: "For you to talk to me, you as somebody who is not a Scientologist to talk to me about what my beliefs are or to ask me to explain any core religious belief, that's an offensive concept. Nobody should ever be asked to do that."

No, certainly not! After all, a Christian would be deeply offended if you asked him about this 'Jesus' fellow. And who would ever think it appropriate to question the spokesman of a religion about the core beliefs of his faith? Oh, the rudeness!

Look, we've said it many times, and we'll say it again: Scientology should never be treated as a legitimate faith by local governments as long as it insists on charging people hundreds of thousands of dollars before telling them the most basic, most fundamental of its core beliefs.

Christians aren't shy about telling you that believing in Jesus will get you everlasting life. Jews aren't reticent about telling you that they have a special compact with God. Muslims, well, they are a bit touchy about Mohammed, but what more is there to understand about Islam than a total devotion to an all-powerful Allah? The rest, in every case, is just detail, and if you really want the rest, all you need to do is spend a few bucks for a used Bible or Koran at your local thrift store. And of course, it goes without saying that you don't have to believe any of them.

Scientology wants a small fortune before telling you that your body is crawling with invisible space-alien parasites, and that L. Ron Hubbard discovered the only way to get rid of them, by holding onto a couple of soup cans connected to a sweat-meter while being grilled about your most embarrassing secrets.

Sounds like loads of fun. And it's utter bullshit, of course. But too often, Americans who are squeamish about religion in general buy into the idea that Scientology somehow shouldn't have to explain itself, even as it impoverishes the gullible.

So congratulations to KESQ for calling Tommy Davis on that nonsense.

UPDATE: From the comments, a classic Scientology response: "The religious practices of Scientology are primarily the auditing process wherein a spiritual being is guided by a trained auditor in various processes to better his spiritual condition."

Why are Scientologists afraid to be a little more specific, as in, "The religious practices of Scientology are primarily the auditing process wherein a spiritual being pays tens of thousands of dollars per spiritual level to be interrogated by a trained auditor about his most privately-held secrets in order to find the things holding back his spiritual condition, things which our most highly-esteemed leader tell us are actually the disembodied souls of ancient space aliens, as laid out in our leader's sacred texts, which may not be altered or negated in any way."

Why, Scientologists, why? Why can't you just own up to that the way people of other faiths are happy to tell about the origin stories and arcana of their own belief systems?

Oh, are you afraid it might be tough to get those high prices if people knew what they were getting into on the front end of the deal?

Just asking.
For article and comments...
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/03/scientology_get.php

The complete Tommy Davis interview is up on youtube
where he deals with the answers "as he feels fit and so on and so forth."


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 15, 2009, 11:15:49 PM
                        Narconon settles lawsuit with full refund


Florida man claimed his brother was molested, discriminated against at the rehab home.
By Brianna Bailey

Updated: Friday, March 13, 2009 10:19 PM PDT
There are 1 comment(s) View Comments

The Newport Beach-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation home Narconon agreed to refund a Florida man?s money on Friday after he sued, claiming his brother was sexually molested, forced to scrub pots and pans and take unspecified pills that made him ill at the treatment center.

?The parties are settling for a full refund. Any allegations in the lawsuit are never going to get to trial,? Frank Hollander said, an attorney for the two Florida brothers. ?The parties are amicably resolving their differences. All we wanted was the refund.?

Seeking help for cocaine addiction, Miami-Dade County, Fla., resident Pablo Mendoza claimed he attended treatment at Narconon?s West Ocean Front triplex in Newport Beach for three days in September 2008, according to the lawsuit, filed March 6 in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

The lawsuit described the Newport Beach treatment center as ?freezing,? ?filthy? and ?smoke-filled? with ?dirty walls, dirty rugs and an unbearable odor.?

Pablo Mendoza immediately wanted to leave the treatment center, but Narconon representatives refused to let him use the phone to call home, according to court documents.

The lawsuit went on to claim Narconon representatives forced Pablo Mendoza to take unspecified pills that made him vomit and have diarrhea.

He also was forced to sit on a ?ripped up and broken couch? for most of the three days he spent at the treatment center, according to the lawsuit.

Pablo Mendoza also claimed a male instructor at Narconon rubbed his crotch on his hand during a massage.

Narconon representatives forced him to clean pots and pans in the treatment center?s kitchen, according to legal documents. They also tried to get Pablo Mendoza to clean the bathroom, the lawsuit claimed.

?Pablo Mendoza refused because he realized they were discriminating against him on the basis of race as he was the only Hispanic student,? according to the lawsuit.

Pablo Mendoza?s brother, Adonis Mendoza, paid $29,000 to Narconon for his treatment, according to legal documents.

Narconon agreed to give Adonis Mendoza a full refund on Friday, Hollander said.

As part of the agreement, Narconon admitted to no wrongdoing, he said.

Narconon declined to comment on the lawsuit on Friday.

?We can neither confirm nor deny the presence of any person at our facility at any time; past or present,? Catherine Savage, a spokeswoman for Narconon said in a written statement.

http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2009/03/13/topstory/dpt-narconon031409.txt


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: anonyrat on March 16, 2009, 09:40:00 PM
Good article, shame it doesn't mention the word "scientology"!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 20, 2009, 08:24:44 AM
PART SIX
Former Scientologist Recounts Imprisoning Atmosphere at IntBase

Posted: March 19, 2009 11:10 AM
   Former Scientologist Recounts Imprisoning Atmosphere at IntBase (3/18)
Jeff Hawkins, the former marketing director for the Church of Scientology, says of living at the IntBase as that of punishment and imprisonment.
Jeff Hawkins, the former marketing director for the Church of Scientology, says of living at the IntBase as that of punishment and imprisonment.


By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

PART SIX

News Channel 3 sent former Scientology marketing director and Portland resident Jeff Hawkins to KATU-TV, the local ABC television station, where he revealed what happened during his years inside Scientology's world headquarters in Hemet, called "IntBase."

His account of what goes on behind these fences is one of religious punishment and imprisonment.

"Within that Hemet compound, they work 100 hour weeks, seven days a week. They have no breaks. They have no vacations of any kind. They work around the clock. They have no private time. They're paid around 40 cents an hour and they're subjected to all kinds of punishments and abuse. If they do things that are wrong or if they don't toe the line, they have to run around the buildings, sometimes for miles in their street shoes, they get thrown in the lake out there which is pretty cold this time of year. And, if they refuse to come around and toe the line and be good members, they can go to these rehabilitation camps that they have in Los Angeles and in Clearwater which are virtual prisons and people have been there for years. They don't go outside. They don't see anybody. They are paid maybe 10 cents an hour for hard manual labor. They make furniture for the churches."

"They spend part of their time studying Scientology and the rest of the time doing physical labor. They're not allowed to contact anyone outside of the rehabilitation project force, they're virtual prisoners. They stay in dormitories, 30, 40 people to a room, with one bathroom. I've been down there. I was actually assigned to the R.P.F. for one day. Then, they said it was a mistake," said Hawkins.

Longtime staff members tell News Channel 3, IntBase in Hemet was built in the 1970s after L. Ron Hubbard left his La Quinta cove ranch near Avenida Juarez and Calle Yucatan because he felt it wasn't secure enough.

Hawkins continued, "A fellow took over the church after Hubbard died, a guy named David Miscavige, who is very, very authoritarian and very oppressive. He has transformed that international base into really, a sort of cult compound."

"I personally was physically assaulted on four occasions by the leader of Scientology, David Miscavige," added Hawkins.

Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis talked with News Channel 3 at Scientology's Hollywood Celebrity Center and says there's nothing abusive or illegal going on inside the Hemet headquarters.

"When you have allegations like this made that somehow indicate some sort of secretive or nefarious something or rather having to do with the church anything along these lines. It's just untrue. It's ridiculous," said Davis.

Why haven't celebrity Scientologists spoken out about abuses of IntBase workers? Hawkins explains why, "Tom Cruise has been to the headquarters. The staff is not allowed to talk to him. He's been given tours and I've been on the other end of those and they're very orchestrated. They're on walkie-talkies and they go, 'He's going into this building, he's going into that building.' They have certain staff set up and rehearsed in those spaces to give him a certain scripted talk."

What happens when a Scientologist tries to leave the Hemet base? The second half of Jeff Hawkin's interview airs Thursday night at 11 on News Channel 3.

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=10031575&nav=menu191_2


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 20, 2009, 04:14:25 PM

Scientologists Wanting to Leave Church Face Life-Changing Consequences

Posted: March 20, 2009 09:32 AM

By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

PART SEVEN

Since our News Channel 3 investigation into the Church of Scientology began, nearly a dozen former church members came forward to tell us their accounts of what happens inside the church's world headquarters in Hemet. Jeff Hawkins was the first. He is the church's former marketing director.

Hawkins explained the Scientology faithful, "It's a combination of fear and faith. Because anybody who is in Scientology is there because they believe. It's a very fundamentalist sort of cult. They believe the teachings of Scientology are the only way to spiritual salvation. So they feel they need to tow the line or they will not be saved spiritually."

But if things are so bad inside church headquarters, why don't people just leave?

"Technically, they can get up and they can leave and nobody can legally stop them, but you don't know that. And you are kept under watch by security people 24 hours a day. The entrances are all guarded. Nobody is allowed to leave," said Hawkins.

One 2005 police report obtained by News Channel 3 describes an incident in which a Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy responded to reports of people driving by Scientology headquarters witnessing several men fighting.

The deputy met Marc Headley who claimed he wanted to leave the church and claimed the guards prevented him. The guards claimed they were just concerned for Headley.

Headley was escorted to a nearby U-Haul center. One of the guards followed the deputy. The deputy warned the guard to back off.

Headley is now suing for years of back pay.

The Church of Scientology has its own intelligence department. It's part of the Sea Organization. It's called the Office of Special Affairs.

Documents show how they use the church's e-meters to question those suspected of wanting to leave the Hemet headquarters.

Hawkins continued, "I received what was called security checks, where they go on and on, 'What have you done? What have you done? What are your crimes? What are your crimes? And, I had this for weeks, 6 weeks, every day, 'What are your crimes? What are your crimes? What have you done? What have you done? They try to guilt you into backing off."

Hawkins finished by saying, "People ask me why did I stay so long? The fact of the matter is, in order to leave, I had to leave all my friends, I had to leave my wife, I had to leave my job, I had to leave my religion, I had to leave my entire life as I had known it for the past 30 years and go out into a world I had been told was hostile and dangerous because that's what they tell you inside. With no money, no job, no house, no friends, go to a strange city and just start my life anew at 58."

We continue our investigation into the war between Scientology and Anonymous next week. Keep coming to KESQ.com for more updates on when our next segment airs.

We have learned that KATU-TV story in Portland, Oregon will air their investigation next week as well.

We have still received hundreds of email news tips from both sides of this conflict. Those who wish to comment publically to KESQ about our coverage can email Newsline3. Those emails may be archived online in KESQ's public file as written.

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=10038050&nav=menu191_2

To get other parts of this ongoing investigation and readers comments.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: anonyrat on March 21, 2009, 08:00:18 PM
Great coverage!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 22, 2009, 06:06:32 AM
An article about an early scientology celebrity from the UK`s "Daily Mail."

.......It is easy to see how Joel?s death fits in with the pattern of these killings. Many of these victims were once close to The Family ? but were now drifting away from its clutches. Manson wreaked his bloody revenge on them and their newfound friends.

Joel?s relationship with Sandra had broken down and he had left his association with The Family behind him. This meant that he too was now, in Manson?s eyes, an enemy ? and a traitor of The Family?s twisted cause.

Local district attorney Frank Fowles was concerned about the activities of The Family. He contacted Interpol to discover what Manson?s right-hand man, Davis had been up to. He learned that Davis had made a connection in the UK some months back with another controversial group, the Scientology religion.

Records showed Davis had been staying at a Scientology retreat in Felbridge, Surrey, before returning to the U.S. on April 25, 1969. .......

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1163573/Did-Charles-Mansons-murder-gang-strike-Britain.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 22, 2009, 04:26:14 PM
 Kiwi link to UK double drowning case
4:00AM Sunday Mar 22, 2009

NZ Herald

A tragic mother-and-daughter double-drowning case with a New Zealand link took a bizarre turn yesterday when it emerged the mother had forecast "a big story in the newspapers".

Just days after flying out of New Zealand, the bodies of Jude Richmond and her daughter Millie Whitehead-Richmond, aged 9, who had cerebral palsy, were found in a lake next to their home in England.

As the tragedy unfolded, Jude Richmond's husband Nick was trapped in New Zealand getting his passport renewed. It had expired, forcing him to stay behind while his family returned to their Gloucestershire home.

Mother and daughter returned from New Zealand on March 12 and were last seen on March 15. Police divers recovered their bodies from a lake less than 50m from their home in the Cotswolds village of South Cerney on March 18. Officers broke the news to Nick Richmond when he got off the plane at Heathrow.

Nick (45) said in a statement: "They were everything to me. It feels like my insides have been ripped out." He also confirmed the couple were having relationship problems but had expected them to be resolved. Jude Richmond had worked as a florist, supplying rock stars and royalty. She sold her shop just before Christmas to coincide with the family trip to New Zealand, where the family were planning to move.



The investigation into the deaths continued yesterday as it emerged that Jude Richmond had been seen with two mystery men in the days before she and her daughter disappeared.

A man with blond spiky hair was seen walking with Jude Richmond on Saturday. Both Jude Richmond and Millie were seen with a dark-haired man three hours before they went missing.

The Sun newspaper reported last night that Jude Richmond sent a string of bizarre text messages the day before she went missing.

In the text messages - sent to a complete stranger - she said she had been told her daughter did not actually have a physical handicap. She also claimed that Millie had recently developed autism and that she could "cocoon her in love" in the United States, leading to a cure.

Another text said: "Keep your eyes peeled for a big story in the newspapers to prove once and for all the Government are lying to us."

The paper also claimed that Jude Richmond believed her daughter had been "poisoned" through a vaccine, and that Scientology held the cure.

Pam Keevil, head teacher of Cirencester Junior School, which Millie attended before leaving for New Zealand, said had been expecting the girl to return to classes after Easter. Keevil said the family were in the north of the North Island and were investigating buying a business here.

Millie had suffered very badly from coughs, colds and chest infections in England and the balmy weather of a New Zealand summer was improving her health. "We had an email from her telling us how she was going swimming every day and really enjoying herself. She added that she had not had a single day sick since she had been in New Zealand."

A memorial service for the mother and daughter will be held at South Cerney's All Hallows Church on Sunday evening (tomorrow morning NZ time). Reverend David Bower, who knew Jude well as she often provided flowers for the church, said the community was devastated. "The whole village is in shock. Jude was absolutely full of energy and she was also very sensitive and caring. Millie was a lovely little girl who lived life to the full. They were lovely people."

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10562878


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on March 23, 2009, 02:33:38 PM
Thanks ididntcomeback.  Bloody hell.  Another child dies because of scientology.  How many now?


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 28, 2009, 07:47:31 PM
             Another Former Scientologist Speaks with News Channel 3

Posted: March 27, 2009 05:54 AM

By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

We interviewed former Scientologist Maureen Bolstad last Friday. News Channel 3 met her in front of Scientology's IntBase in Hemet. She told us about years of abuse and coercion at the hands of Church management. Bolstad showed us her Social Security tax forms. Many of them show zero income for several years she was working in Scientology's film unit. The church claims an exemption for these workers as "religious volunteers." It is an arrangement the IRS has recognized since the 1990's.

Bolstad also showed us the letter given to her by the Church of Scientology declaring her a "suppressive person." This Scientology policy letter makes it a punishable offense to talk to the media about Scientology without management permission. It also states a quote from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard that those declared suppressive "cannot be granted the rights ordinarily accorded rational beings."

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2009 on News Channel 3 at 11:00 PM, we will continue our investigation into the working and security conditions at Hemet's IntBase.

Here is an excerpt from our Monday segment:

What is life like inside hemet's IntBase for the hundreds of Scientologists who live and work there?

Former members out in the open and current members whose identities we're keeping confidential tell

News Channel 3 these inside details.

Scientology security sources confidentially tell News Channel 3 as of a few years ago there are:

Eight 12-gauge shotguns.

Six .45 caliber pistols with hollow-point bullets.

One bolt-action .308 caliber scoped sniper rifle.

The guards are not regularly armed, nor have they ever. The weapons are kept in safes scattered around the base.

And, as far as all the cameras, they went up after multiple drive by shootings 15 years ago. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department began to appreciate the cameras on the roadway. Every time there was a chase or suspected criminal driving on Gilman Springs Road, the Church handed over their video when asked to police and began a close relationship.

We will have more on the Church security and Maureen Bolstad's interview beginning Monday, March 30, 2009 on News Channel 3 at 11:00 PM.

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=10076802

And here is Maureen`s full story.
It`s a real page turner...

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?t=2483


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 28, 2009, 07:53:25 PM
Whenever people tell me that they don`t need to worry
about Scientology because they just won`t ever join it.

I say to them. Scientology is dangerous because it
will move legally and politically to ensnare whole
populations.

If Clearwater, Florida and Riverside County aren`t enough proof...

http://gawker.com/5185380/sarah-palin-advisers-secret-scientology-plot-to-take-over-washington?skyline=true&s=x

And more...

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0309/Palin_advisor_once_planned_scientology_PAC.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 31, 2009, 11:15:45 PM
             Life Inside Scientology Headquarters 'IntBase' in Hemet

Posted: March 31, 2009 05:37 AM
By Nathan Baca, News Channel 3 Reporter
nbaca@kesq.com

PART EIGHT

Up until the late 1990's, each person inside received five cards. There's a pay card, a berthing or "housing" card, a chow card, a social card, and, a bonus card. If the production statistics for a worker or their team go down, management took a card or two away.

If you lost your chow card, you had to make do with rice and beans. If you lost your berthing card, you lost your apartment. If you lost your pay card, you didn't get money.

The card system was dropped some years back, but the system of privileges and punishments remain. Workers typically get $50 a week in cash on Fridays. To keep up with management production goals, some work up to a hundred hours a week.

Confidential IntBase sources say internet usage is severely restricted. All letters written inside are read first by the church's Office of Special Affairs. Documents obtained by News Channel 3 state the Office of Special Affairs regularly works with private investigators.

Workers produce E-Meters used by the church, promotional videos and books. Since the workers are given room and board, they're told they don't get paid minimum wage because they are religious workers. Some are members of the elite Sea Organization. These administrative and intelligence workers sign contracts lasting one billion years.

When it comes to security, the spiked fences called "ultra barrier" are no secret. Confidential Scientology security sources tell us they went up after equipment thefts more than 20 years ago.

It's also no secret there's a camouflaged observation post in the hills above. Our cameras spotted it.

When it comes to weapons, this place is loaded. Scientology security sources confidentially tell News Channel 3 as of a few years ago there are:

Eight 12-gauge shotguns.

Six .45 caliber pistols with hollow-point bullets.

One bolt-action .308 caliber scoped sniper rifle.

The guards are not regularly armed - nor have they ever. News Channel 3 is investigating accounts that some guards have been armed on specific occasions. The weapons are kept in safes scattered around the base.

As far as all the cameras, they went up after multiple drive-by shootings 15 years ago.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department began to appreciate the cameras on the roadway.

Every time there was a chase or suspected criminal driving on Gilman Springs Road, the church handed over their video when asked by police and began a close relationship.

There is actually a three way war going on here. There is a group of protestors who often gather outside the gates. There is a group of Scientologists who left this place but still believe in their religion away from the reach of church administration. Those who remain behind these gates do so because they believe they are saving the world. The question some are now asking is: at what cost?

News Channel 3 continues its investigation Tuesday and Wednesday night at 11. Former Scientologist Maureen Bolstad speaks out about her years inside the Hemet Scientology

http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=10095482&nav=9qrx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o44_TPWVRVM


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 11, 2009, 05:28:33 PM
Dawn from Glosslip has posted an article on her site.

http://glosslip.com/2009/04/10/the-fort-harrison-hotel-where-scientologists-check-in-but-minds-and-wallets-check-out/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 13, 2009, 04:00:48 PM
Suri Cruise about to start at Scientology run school.

http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/9678


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 01, 2009, 12:15:56 AM
Scientology email scam dragged into SA Parliament
   
PM - Wednesday, 29 April , 2009  18:38:00

Reporter: Nance Haxton
MARK COLVIN: The Church of Scientology is at the centre of an unholy row in the South Australian Parliament.

The Liberal Opposition claimed in Parliament that it had emails and invoices from a Labor source.

It said these confirmed that Scientology had made a $20,000 donation to the Labor Party, and was getting special favours from the Premier Mike Rann.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2556332.htm

But the Labor Party says all the documents are fake and that the Liberals have been duped.

Now the Deputy Premier Kevin Foley is demanding the resignation of the Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith.

Nance Haxton reports.

NANCE HAXTON: It was meant to embarrass the South Australian Labor Government.

But a Liberal Opposition ambush using a chain of emails to expose an alleged funding scam seems to have backfired.

The emails allegedly between lobbyist and former federal senator Nick Bolkus and the ALP state secretary Michael Brown in March this year, discuss the details of a $20,000 donation to the ALP's South Australian branch from the Church of Scientology.

Part of the email reads:

'Happy to give up to 20 K as a start but want to do it under the radar.'

The documents include detailed invoices for four payments of $5,000. State Premier Mike Rann says the emails are obvious fakes.

MIKE RANN: Here we have the leader of the Opposition dropping in Parliament documents that turned out to be forged, that are actually fraudulent document. So we've got an Opposition leader who is so desperate and but so reckless that he's prepared to accept the work of criminals and then drop it in Parliament in order to try and embarrass the Government.

NANCE HAXTON: While Deputy Premier Kevin Foley is now demanding the resignation of the Liberal Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith.

MIKE RANN: This is a person who purports to be the alternative Premier, somebody who must be sensible and solid in his governing of a state, who has shown an appalling lack of judgement

NANCE HAXTON: Nick Bolkus says he is considering taking legal action over the accusations that he was somehow involved in payments from the Church of Scientology to the Labor Party.

NICK BOLKUS: The invoices are not ours; the whole lot of aspects of these emails are not Labor. This is the sort of sting that a mug would fall for, so my lawyers are very keen to look at this and the Opposition leader will be getting a letter from them.

Look, the only time I had any contact with the Church of Scientology from my memory was when I was a member of the Senate and I used to harass them on social issues.

NANCE HAXTON: The Church of Scientology has issued a statement saying it has never made any financial contributions to the Premier of South Australia Mike Rann, nor met with him.

In the statement, church spokeswoman Vicki Dunstan says the church is completely non-political in nature and does not provide any donations to any party or political campaign.

The ALP state secretary Michael Brown says their records show Labor has had no dealings with any of the organisations mentioned in the emails.

MICHAEL BROWN: Well, if indeed someone from Labor has given Mr Hamilton-Smith these documents, he claims that he received them from a Labor source, it beggars belief that he would not have done the basic checks to see whether these documents were correct.

Legal action is something we'll be considering. We're also talking to people about the possibility of getting the police involved. We are very concerned that someone's out there purporting to produce documents that are from the ALP.

NANCE HAXTON: Throughout the day, Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith wasn't conceding but late this afternoon he accepted he'd been duped. He apologised to Parliament but hasn't elaborated on who the authors of the email actually were.

MARK COLVIN: Nance Haxton.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 03, 2009, 07:50:06 PM
From The Sunday Times
May 3, 2009
New libel law is a threat to free speech
Suspicion that move to up-date Defamation Act is an attempt by desperate government to divert voters’ attention

The government’s plan to create a crime of blasphemous libel, punishable by a fine of up to €100,000, should be of concern to anyone who values freedom of expression. The stealthy manner in which Dermot Ahern, the minister for justice, inserted the blasphemy clause into the Defamation Bill was itself a cause of concern, with his justification unconvincing.

The new offence of publishing or uttering blasphemous matter is defined as anything “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion, thereby causing outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion”. The offender must intend to cause such outrage.

Mr Ahern’s justification is that the Irish constitution states that “the publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious or indecent material is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law”. The Defamation Act of 1961 is outdated, Mr Ahern argues, and he needs to modernise it.

He does not. The justice minister’s protestations that the mention of blasphemy in the constitution “cannot be ignored” ring hollow. Article 40.3.3 upholds the right to life of the unborn child, but no legislation has been passed to give effect to this. Pleas from judges to successive governments to give effect to this constitutional clause have been ignored. So much for Mr Ahern’s assertion that he would never undermine the constitution.

The outdated blasphemy clause in the constitution could be changed by referendum. This, Mr Ahern says, would be a “costly and unwarranted diversion”. Nonsense. A perfect opportunity arises in the autumn when we are forced to vote again on the Lisbon treaty. How easy it would be to hold a blasphemy referendum on the same day. It would be more practical to allow the constitutional prohibition on blasphemy to wither on the vine, as so many other arcane provisions of that 1937 document have done. Defenders of religion already have other mechanisms with which to tackle irreverence. Last year, this newspaper was the subject of a complaint from the Catholic church to the Press Council of Ireland over a derogatory comment made by columnist Liam Fay about St Padre Pio. The complaint was dismissed.

Precedent tells us that religious advocates will seize on this new legal provision to make regular complaints about “blasphemous” material, usually little more than critical or mocking comments about their particular brand of faith. Experience has shown us, such as in the case of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, that “a substantial number” of outraged adherents can easily be mustered.

Religious beliefs are not inherently deserving of respect or legal protection. In exceptional circumstances a government might need to take special measures to defend an oppressed religious minority. But generally speaking freedom of expression, one of the most important rights in any country’s constitution, is what needs to be defended and upheld.

It should be remembered, too, that preventing the publication of “blasphemous” insults does not just protect mainstream religions such as Islam and Catholicism. It will provide a shield for every cult and visionary, since “religion” will not be defined in the Defamation Bill. It may also safeguard such outfits as the Church of Scientology, the Moonies and Opus Dei from legitimate scrutiny and criticism.

So flawed is Mr Ahern’s proposal that the suspicion nags that something else is afoot. Could this blasphemy initiative be an attempt by a desperate government to distract public attention? All the more reason to resist it.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6211334.ece


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 09, 2009, 08:33:34 AM
Man Accused Of Abusing Minor At Scientology Church

A man was arrested today accused of having sex with a teenager at the Church of Scientology in Downtown Cincinnati.

Twenty-one-year-old Ben Kasle is charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition.

Investigators say he had sex with the girl who is now 14-years-old.

Police records indicate the alleged offenses happened at the church on Fourth Street between October 2007 and September 2008.

An attorney representing the church says the church is aware of the investigation and is cooperating with police, however, the church has no comment since the investigation is ongoing.

He is due in court on May 6th.

http://www.kypost.com/content/wcposhared/story/Man-Accused-Of-Abusing-Minor-At-Scientology-Church/qVq4Nl2tMESaX4sT3z47lg.cspx


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on May 10, 2009, 03:11:44 PM
Scientology email scam dragged into SA Parliament
   
PM - Wednesday, 29 April , 2009  18:38:00

Reporter: Nance Haxton
MARK COLVIN: The Church of Scientology is at the centre of an unholy row in the South Australian Parliament.

The Liberal Opposition claimed in Parliament that it had emails and invoices from a Labor source.

It said these confirmed that Scientology had made a $20,000 donation to the Labor Party, and was getting special favours from the Premier Mike Rann.

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2556332.htm

But the Labor Party says all the documents are fake and that the Liberals have been duped.

Now the Deputy Premier Kevin Foley is demanding the resignation of the Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith.

Nance Haxton reports.

NANCE HAXTON: It was meant to embarrass the South Australian Labor Government.

But a Liberal Opposition ambush using a chain of emails to expose an alleged funding scam seems to have backfired.

The emails allegedly between lobbyist and former federal senator Nick Bolkus and the ALP state secretary Michael Brown in March this year, discuss the details of a $20,000 donation to the ALP's South Australian branch from the Church of Scientology.

Part of the email reads:

'Happy to give up to 20 K as a start but want to do it under the radar.'

The documents include detailed invoices for four payments of $5,000. State Premier Mike Rann says the emails are obvious fakes.

MIKE RANN: Here we have the leader of the Opposition dropping in Parliament documents that turned out to be forged, that are actually fraudulent document. So we've got an Opposition leader who is so desperate and but so reckless that he's prepared to accept the work of criminals and then drop it in Parliament in order to try and embarrass the Government.

NANCE HAXTON: While Deputy Premier Kevin Foley is now demanding the resignation of the Liberal Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith.

MIKE RANN: This is a person who purports to be the alternative Premier, somebody who must be sensible and solid in his governing of a state, who has shown an appalling lack of judgement

NANCE HAXTON: Nick Bolkus says he is considering taking legal action over the accusations that he was somehow involved in payments from the Church of Scientology to the Labor Party.

NICK BOLKUS: The invoices are not ours; the whole lot of aspects of these emails are not Labor. This is the sort of sting that a mug would fall for, so my lawyers are very keen to look at this and the Opposition leader will be getting a letter from them.

Look, the only time I had any contact with the Church of Scientology from my memory was when I was a member of the Senate and I used to harass them on social issues.

NANCE HAXTON: The Church of Scientology has issued a statement saying it has never made any financial contributions to the Premier of South Australia Mike Rann, nor met with him.

In the statement, church spokeswoman Vicki Dunstan says the church is completely non-political in nature and does not provide any donations to any party or political campaign.

The ALP state secretary Michael Brown says their records show Labor has had no dealings with any of the organisations mentioned in the emails.

MICHAEL BROWN: Well, if indeed someone from Labor has given Mr Hamilton-Smith these documents, he claims that he received them from a Labor source, it beggars belief that he would not have done the basic checks to see whether these documents were correct.

Legal action is something we'll be considering. We're also talking to people about the possibility of getting the police involved. We are very concerned that someone's out there purporting to produce documents that are from the ALP.

NANCE HAXTON: Throughout the day, Opposition leader Martin Hamilton-Smith wasn't conceding but late this afternoon he accepted he'd been duped. He apologised to Parliament but hasn't elaborated on who the authors of the email actually were.

MARK COLVIN: Nance Haxton.


I haven't seen about this on ESMB - do you know if it has been posted there?


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 13, 2009, 03:52:36 PM
Church of Scientology in Belgium to be prosecuted?


A Belgian court will decide on Tuesday whether the Church of Scientology will be prosecuted.
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Two years ago Belgian public prosecutors stated that the Church is a criminal organisation.


The prosecution, if it happens, will be a world first.

In September 2007 detectives completed an investigation into the Church of Scientology. The activities of the organisation during the past twelve years came under scrutiny.

Their verdict was not a flattering one.

The public prosecutor's office claimed that the organisation was involved in fraud, blackmail of members and illegal medical practices.

Earlier the Belgian Parliament put the Church of Scientology on its list of 'sects'. Abroad, the church has been recognised as a religion.

The Church of Scientology is eager to defend its position. In the past it took the Belgian state to court on several occasions.

If the matter comes to court now, a procedural battle is on the cards.

Lafayette Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology in 1954. Under its teachings each individual is an immortal soul.

The organisation claims thousands of members in Belgium, though there is little evidence of this.

It is particularly popular in the US.

The actors John Travolta and Tom Cruise are among its more famous followers.

http://www.expatica.com/be/news/belgian-news/Church-of-Scientology-in-Belgium-to-be-prosecuted_-_52517.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 21, 2009, 07:31:37 PM
France declares war on Sect influence in the United Nations
By Michael Cosgrove.

   

A French Government report on sect deviance has denounced what it calls excessive sect activity in international institutions. Scientology and other groups are in its sights, and these groups are putting up fierce resistance.
France has a government agency called the Miviludes, unique in Western countries, whose job it is to track and counter those religious and other groups it considers as being sects. Miviludes is an acronym of the French phrase ‘Mission interministérielle de vigilance et de lutte contre les dérives sectaires, i.e. ‘Interministerial Mission for Monitoring and Combating Cultic Deviancy.’ A sect is defined here as being any religious organisation which can be characterised as employing any of the following methods;

Mental destabilisation, exorbitant financial demands, a rupture with members’ original environment, power in the hands of one person, the invasion of a person’s physical integrity, the recruitment of children, antisocial preaching and troubling public order, activities which lead it to be tried in a court of law, using parallel economic structures, attempts to infiltrate the workplace, schools, and public powers.

There are around fifty religions or groups which are being tracked, the most commonly known of which are; Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, Mormons, The Universal Church, Raelians and The Unification Church (Moon.)

Criticism of the Miviludes is fierce, and since the organisation began extending its activities to organisations outside of France it has also been attacked by foreign government agencies such as the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, which has in the past been highly sceptical about the motives of the Miviludes.

Yesterday saw the release of their 199-page Annual Report, of which ten pages are consecrated to a stinging criticism of the activity of sects and their supporters in the UN and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.) The OSCE is the biggest security-oriented intergovernmental organisation on the planet. Its job is to surveille and uphold principles such as fair elections, press freedom and human rights. It is an ad-hoc UN Agency.

The report notably singles out NGO’s (Non-governmental organizations) which it says are attempting to legitimise sect activities under cover of the principles of religious freedom. They are said to be acting in concert to limit the influence of the Miviludes within the UN by using tactics such as official complaints and smear tactics.

OSCE/UN services said to be particularly infiltrated are the Office of Democratic Institutions and that of Human Rights. Other major institutions said to be affected are the European Council and the US State Department and its Report on Religious Freedoms in the World.

NGO’s said to be active in trying to destabilise the Mivilude’s work include Human Rights Without Frontiers, the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty and the Information and Advice Centre for New Spititualities.

These and other organisations are said to be acting as front organisations for various religions who do not have UN accredited presence. Most notable amongst them is the Church of Scientology, which has launched several attacks on the Miviludes, notably by using the US State Department’s clout at the UN. The Scientology Internet site logo looks very much like the UN logo and the Church presents itself as being ‘Associated with the UN Department of Public Information.’

One week ago the Paris offices of the Miviludes were visited by OSCE officials demanding to audit the report before release and check it for what it called any possible human and religious rights abuse. The staff present refused that any documents be taken away. The OSCE intervention was applauded by the Church of Scientology which had appealed to the UN and OSCE in order that they surveille the activities of the Miviludes.

The fact that France is a fiercely secular country provides a partial explanation for the existence of an organisation as unique and with as much influence as the Miviludes. It has been involved in long-running battles with various religious organisations, or sects as they call them. Now that this battle has moved onto the international stage the stakes have gone up and both sides are sharpening their knives.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/272841


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on May 22, 2009, 01:27:26 PM
Is Scientology breaking the law? http://www.scientology-lies.com/investigation.html

And now in France:
Scientology's survival at stake in France
http://www.la-croix.com may 18, 2009 - by Marie BOËTON
[Texte intégral]

Translation by Anonymous http://forums.whyweprotest.net

The Church of Scientology is due to appear before the Correctional
Tribunal in Paris beginning on Monday on a charge of "organized
fraud". If convicted, it could be dissolved.

The headquarters of the Church of Scientology in Paris is in a state
of maximum alert. The organization's legal problems are certainly not
new. Several of its members have already been convicted in the past by
French courts. But until now, judges have never considered the charges
as anything other than misbehavior by individuals. "This time, the
prosecution will focus on the methods which are systematically used by
Scientology, not just on the actions of some of its officials," says
Olivier Morice, a lawyer for the civil parties.

The Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology stands accused,
as a legal entity, of "organized fraud" by three plaintiffs. This is a
first. In addition, seven individual members of the association are to
face the court not only for fraud, but also for illegal practice of
pharmacy, following a complaint filed by the National Order of
Pharmacists.

Specifically, the Spiritual Association of the Church of Scientology
is suspected of having "misled victims through fraudulent maneuvers",
of having "falsely persuaded them that the Scientology Center was able
to identify and resolve their psychological problems", and of having
applied psychological domination for "the sole purpose of siphoning
their wealth."

"Electrometer"

Beginning next Monday and for about ten days, the judges will attempt
to identify the practices of the association, especially the most
controversial ones, such as the use of "electrometer", an electrical
device sold for 4,847 € and which is supposed to "measure the
variations in a person's mental state and allow conclusions to be
reached about his or her personality." According to the order for
trial, this device is "a fraudulent prop whose purpose is to give a
scientific flavor to a procedure which has nothing to do with
science."

Another target of the examining magistrate will be the vitamins sold
by the association. According to the magistrate, these vitamins plunge
new recruits into "a state of extreme fatigue" and cause "a gradual de-
socialization, occupational problems, and, finally, a state of
submission." "There is now sufficient evidence to assert that these
states of fatigue and submission are deliberately sought by
Scientology doctrine itself," adds the judge.

The order for trial devotes a great deal of attention to the
association's "obsession" with "financial performance." To illustrate
this, the magistrate quoted a document from the founder of
Scientology, Ron Hubbard (who died in 1986), which tells the officials
of his organization: "You must at all times seek to control every
person who enters your office, (...) from the first moment until the
final moment when a check is signed."

"Individual misbehavior"

In defense of the Church of Scientology, lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve is
confident that the criteria required as proof of fraud cannot be
demonstrated for the legal entity and that only individual misbehavior
may have been observed. In the weekly L'Express (May 14 issue), the
famous criminal lawyer does not hesitate to draw a parallel with the
Catholic Church: "The discovery of a pedophile priest does not call
into question the entire Catholic Church. I expect the prosecution to
demonstrate that Scientology is a group of swindlers who intend to be
swindlers."

Olivier Morice finds this parallel revolting. "The Catholic Church has
never advocated pedophilia in its teachings! On the contrary, the
methods used by Scientology officials are a literal application of
their organization's doctrine."

--

http://www.anti-scientologie.ch/english-index.htm
http://www.anti-scientologie.ch/index-videos.htm#index-english


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 22, 2009, 05:21:37 PM
This is wonderful news.

You do realize that the last time Scientology, as a group, came close to
prosecution in France, all of the governments case against them was stolen.


Hope the courts have learned from the last time.
There is going to be a few embarrassed people when
it is finally revealed that all their hard work and deprivation
has been to support David Miscavige`s Real estate investments.

The Ferriss family are on the front of the recent newsletter from
Auckland org. They have, between four of them, donated $100,000
towards the new Ideal Org.

David Miscavage still won`t be satisfied though.
"More... more ...more ... I need more !!!"





Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on May 22, 2009, 06:27:24 PM
Quote
The Ferriss family are on the front of the recent newsletter from
Auckland org. They have, between four of them, donated $100,000
towards the new Ideal Org.

OMG, that is so sad. So very very sad. 


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on May 23, 2009, 05:54:56 PM
I just had a thought.  At a rough guess, I would say that Mike is doing a trip through the lower ethics formulas and this $100,00 is  'making up the damage' for his blunders on the radio interview.   Imo, Mike's $100,00 donation for the 'ideal org' (translate that to $100,000 paid to DM's property fund)  is penance. 

Mike, I really do feel so sorry for you.  Another mortgage was it? 


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on May 26, 2009, 09:12:06 AM
BBC says "Scientology on trial in France"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8066743.stm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on May 26, 2009, 09:15:51 AM
and here

http://www.p2pnet.net/story/22294

photo of el wrong demonstrating rs45!!!

actually everywhere!!

http://news.google.com/news/more?pz=1&ned=us&ncl=dDxsL6yJdfL5akMcVA6dR860jqGpM&topic=h


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on May 26, 2009, 04:41:43 PM
even here

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10574578

but why it is the entertainment section...??  When did TC entertain anyone?


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 26, 2009, 07:53:31 PM
The trial against Scientology in France was covered this evening
on two TV channels. The german news on Triangle.
Plus 5:30 Pm TV News on Prime.

Here is the story...
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&object
id=10574578


Also was out on Saturday evening (a rarity for me) Met a person who knew of me
through someone else. This person I met told me... "Hey I was listening to
.....  ......... radio show a few days ago. Someone rang in glorifying Narcanon
and Criminon.  This DJ said  "Who ?  .... Then went Oh that`s those crazy scientology fronts.  No I`m not promoting them for you...click !!!"

That`s a flunk scientology !


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: OnceBitten on May 27, 2009, 01:12:46 PM
That reminds me of an ad I heard on the radio while I was in Sydney.

Imagine a gross American accent:

I need a sign.  I need a really big sign.  I need the biggest sign I can find for my Church of Scientology! (Hysterical laughter)

Ozzie accent now:  Oh, Hi Tom.  We can help you.  We do signs, no sign too big or too small.  

US accent: Oh that's just great.  I'll also have a sign for my fleet of small cars.  My mini-cruisers!'  More hysterical laughter.

What a joke.  Tom's sure done scientology some BIG favours.

Oh, and yayness ..... The French thing was in the Press too!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 27, 2009, 04:21:21 PM

Update on the latest in religion news: from KXnet.com

PARIS (AP) The Church of Scientology could be dissolved in France if it's convicted in a trial that opened Monday in Paris.

The religious group and seven of its French leaders are charged with organized fraud and illegal pharmaceutical activity.

The investigating judge's indictment criticized practices he said were aimed at extracting large sums of money from members and plunging them into a "state of subjection." A lawyer for the Church of Scientology in France dismissed allegations of organized fraud, although he acknowledged there could have been individual abuses.

The Church of Scientology, founded in 1954 by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, has been active for decades in Europe but has struggled to gain status as a religion.

http://www.kxmb.com/News/380644.asp


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 29, 2009, 04:31:10 PM
Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology

   
Posted in Music and Media, 29th May 2009 00:23 GMT


Exclusive In an unprecedented effort to crack down on self-serving edits, the Wikipedia supreme court has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.

Closing out the longest-running court case in Wikiland history, the site’s Arbitration Committee voted 10 to 0 (with one abstention) in favor of the move, which takes effect immediately.

The eighth most popular site on the web, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free encyclopedia anyone can edit." Administrators frequently ban individual Wikifiddlers for their individual Wikisins. And the site's UK press officer/resident goth once silenced an entire Utah mountain in a bizarre attempt to protect a sockpuppeting ex-BusinessWeek reporter. But according to multiple administrators speaking with The Reg, the muzzling of Scientology IPs marks the first time Wikipedia has officially barred edits from such a high-profile organization for allegedly pushing its own agenda on the site.

The Church of Scientology has not responded to our request for comment.

Officially, Wikipedia frowns on those who edit "in order to promote their own interests." The site sees itself as an encyclopedia with a "neutral point of view" - whatever that is. "Use of the encyclopedia to advance personal agendas – such as advocacy or propaganda and philosophical, ideological or religious dispute – or to publish or promote original research is prohibited," say the Wikipowersthatbe.

Admins may ban a Wikifiddler who betrays an extreme conflict of interest, and since fiddlers often hide their identity behind open proxies, such IPs may be banned as a preventative measure. After today's ruling from the Arbitration Committee - known in Orwellian fashion as the ArbCom - Scientology IPs are "to be blocked as if they were open proxies" (though individual editors can request an exemption).

According to evidence turned up by admins in this long-running Wikiland court case, multiple editors have been "openly editing [Scientology-related articles] from Church of Scientology equipment and apparently coordinating their activities." Leaning on the famed WikiScanner, countless news stories have discussed the editing of Scientology articles from Scientology IPs, and some site admins are concerned this is "damaging Wikipedia's reputation for neutrality."

One admin tells The Reg that policing edits from Scientology machines has been particularly difficult because myriad editors sit behind a small number of IPs and, for some reason, the address of each editor is constantly changing. This prevents admins from determining whether a single editor is using multiple Wikipedia accounts to game the system. In Wikiland, such sockpuppeting is not allowed.

The Wikicourt considered banning edits from Scientology IPs only on Scientology-related articles. But this would require admins to "checkuser" editors - i.e. determine their IP - every time an edit is made. And even then they may not know who's who.

"Our alternatives are to block them entirely, or checkuser every 'pro-Scientology' editor on this topic. I find the latter unacceptable," wrote one ArbComer. "It is quite broad, but it seems that they're funneling a lot of editing traffic through a few IPs, which make socks impossible to track."

And it may be a moot point. Most the editors in question edit nothing but Scientology-related articles. In Wikiparlance, they're "single purpose accounts."

Some have argued that those editing from Scientology IPs may be doing so without instruction from the Church hierarchy. But a former member of Scientology's Office of Special Affairs - a department officially responsible "for directing and coordinating all legal matters affecting the Church" - says the Office has organized massive efforts to remove Scientology-related materials and criticism from the web.

"The guys I worked with posted every day all day," Tory Christman tells The Reg. "It was like a machine. I worked with someone who used five separate computers, five separate anonymous identities...to refute any facts from the internet about the Church of Scientology."

Christman left the Church in 2000, before Wikipedia was created.

This is the fourth Scientology-related Wikicourtcase in as many years, and in addition to an outright ban on Scientology IPs, the court has barred a host of anti-Scientology editors from editing topics related to the Church.

Many Wikifiddlers have vehemently criticized this sweeping crackdown. Historically, the site's cult-like inner circle has aspired to some sort of Web 2.0 utopia in which everyone has an unfettered voice. An organization editing Wikipedia articles where it has a conflict of interest is hardly unusual, and in the past such behavior typically went unpunished.

But clearly, Wikipedia is changing. In recent months, the site's ruling body seems far more interested in quashing at least the most obvious examples of propaganda pushing.

Scientology's banishment from Wikipedia comes just days after the opening of a (real world) trial that could see the dissolution of the organization's French chapter. ®

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/29/wikipedia_bans_scientology/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 03, 2009, 10:07:29 AM
This story broke in 1996.

But its something that few people know about.
And gives an insight into the strong emotions
involved in this subject...

Historical !!!  1996

http://blog.oregonlive.com/oregonianextra/2008/11/stories_about_the_scientology.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 18, 2009, 04:19:25 PM


              Scientology Media Blitz to Counter Critics Seems Counter-Productive


http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/06/scientology-media-blitz-to-counter-critics-seems-counter-productive/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 25, 2009, 03:51:07 PM
                                  PANDA SECURITY


The firm is ratcheting up its sales operations to lay the groundwork for plans to float the security software firm within five years.

Juan Santana, chief exec of Panda Security, said: "We plan to continue this type of investment over the next few years and continue growing with a view to flotation on the stock market in three to five years."

Control of Panda Security was transferred to a group of investment funds led by Investindustrial in 2007, since when the firm has embarked on a plan of expanding its international footprint outside its traditional sales base in continental Europe. Panda's founder and former chief, Mikel Urizarbarrena, stepped down at that point and sold 75 per cent of the business, allowing the firm to distance itself from Urizarbarrena's controversial faith in Scientology.

Its technology has always been pretty well regarded, but the Scientology affiliation of its chief exec raised political troubles, for example involving its ability to sell software into French schools a few years.

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/06/24/panda_expansion_plans/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 01, 2009, 02:15:19 AM
                 Scientology's "Flirty Fishing" Experiment in Advertising

See for yourself...

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/6/29/747792/-Scientologys-Flirty-Fishing-Experiment-in-Advertising


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 07, 2009, 04:06:43 PM
                           Scientologists Advertising With Alias Web Sites

Web and animation designer Reese Leysen is inundated with Google Adsense and YouTube ads on a daily basis, much like the rest of us Internet dwellers.

One day he decided to poke around a bit and noticed that the site for "Foundation for a Drug-Free World" was chock-full of top-dollar production, the sort that would be far out of the reach of a typical non-profit organization on a limited budget. This left him scratching his head.

Later on, however, he stumbled across "The Way To Happiness Foundation," and noticed more than a few parallels. "The site had the exact same technical design style and mentioned how the teachings behind its 'way to happiness' principles are based on a book written by L. Ron Hubbard," writes Leysen on his blog. A bit of searching turned up official references proving that the other sites were also run by the Church of Scientology. In other words, the Scientology folks are funding these sites, despite no official indications that they are connected.

While he does point out that he's not judging, per se, and that one's religious pursuits are indeed their own, he makes the crucial point: "[The] idea of billboards and banners all over the Web, advertising companies and non-profits that are secretly run by a religious organization with its own agenda is a scary one to me."

Yeah, us, too. [From: Ipower]

http://www.switched.com/2009/07/06/scientologists-advertising-with-alias-web-sites/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 08, 2009, 04:02:49 PM
                 
                Google, Scientology & Adsense: What's Going On?

For the last week or two something very odd has been happening. When I've done my daily rotations through the Apple news sites (MacRumors.com, 9to5mac, AppleInsider, etc..) I've noticed a bizarre preponderance of ads for the Church of Scientology. At first I thought I was just seeing things, or crediting the ads as being more common than they really were because they stood out so much. Apparently I was wrong; someone else noticed it too.

A few days ago Seth Weintraub over at Computerworld noticed that virtually every advertisement on his adsense block was for the Church of Scientology (CoS). This disturbed him a little bit. The CoS has a controversial history, and besides that their ads don't really fit at all on a tech website. Computer nerds want to see ads for gadgets and games, not religions. It's understandable that Mr. Weintraub would want to get rid of the CoS ads.

Unfortunately, he was utterly unable to find any way to switch the ad rotation for his site. Numerous complaints to Google and posts on the Adsense forums were to no avail. In fact, no one at all responded to his requests on the Adsense forums, or to any other similar requests that other webmasters made.

Weintraub notes that Google has also recently removed the Anonymous AdSense account. Anonymous is a group of folks from 4chan who have spent a good portion of the last year or so crusading against Scientologists. This sounds a little worse than it is. AdSense partners have never been allowed to crusade for "advocacy against any individual, group, or organization."

That doesn't explain away every issue that Weintraub brings up, though. Mark Bunker, a journalist who was about to post a 3 hour documentary with a movie star who fled the church, had his YouTube account suspended by Google. He'd had previous accounts banned due to copyright violations, which is how Google justified the ban.

This would be perfectly acceptable, had Google not let the CoS reregister an account after their first one was banned for putting up the personal information of several members of Anonymous. Corporations holding double-standards for lucrative clients is hardly something new, but I think we all expect a little bit better from Google.

Here's what it sounds like happened. The CoS decided to roll out a huge new ad campaign, and they paid Google a whole load of money to advertise as much as they have been via AdSense. Once they were pumping all of this money into Google, they started to complain about content that attacked them. Google put profits before integrity and agreed to help quiet some dissident voices. If there is nothing fishy going on here, then why the double standard? And why are they refusing to answer webmaster's about the content of their ad rotations?

This is not a religious issue or an issue with the teachings or adherents of Scientology. This is an issue with Google, and their apparently schizophrenic sense of integrity. They'd better be careful with how they handle all of this; news involving the CoS travels fast around the Internet, and they risk losing an awful lot of their hardcore supporters if they continue to fold like this.



http://www.i4u.com/article25744.html
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Can I just add that per Hubbard`s ethics conditions, in a state of emergency
step one is PROMOTE.
And what is promote exactly ?

"It is making things known, it is getting things out, it is getting oneself known,
getting one`s products out."


And what does a condition of emergency look like on a graph ?
Well it`s a downward slide. Not as steep as 45 degrees.
But it`s symptomatic of a decline of statistics.

ie.  Deluge of Scientology promotion = A shrinking cult !!!

ididntcomeback





Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on July 08, 2009, 05:51:38 PM
scio is not in emergency - they may think they are though.

Personally I think they are in treason!!   But then scios so called "conditions" don't work anyway.

Regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 09, 2009, 09:13:46 AM
                 Scientology AdSense abuse - Sign the e-Petition (takes 30sec)


Dori and the hubbers
Some of the writers at Hubpages are very distraught over the use of Scientology ads on their websites. This has nothing to do with the website Hubpages.com but is's writers feel offended that such ads are placed on their site. We are asking that Google at the least match ads to the content, or otherwise stop these ads immediately. Writers work hard to produce worthy material and the Scientology ads can deter traffic as well as offend the author and reader.
SIGN HERE


http://forums.whyweprotest.net/12-active-projects/scientology-adsense-abuse-sign-e-petition-takes-30sec-48954/#post929033


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 09, 2009, 09:25:23 AM
You are correct Rocky.
The chaos experienced in scientology orgs is proof that the conditions
are crap.

There are serious business people out in the world who will
use anything to assure financial success.
And no one but scientologists attempt to use the conditions.

Like everything else Hubbard advises they have been ignored by the real world.
Scilons will say ah...but that`s because the world at large doesn`t know
about them.

Well what actually happens in the real world is people mimic
and follow successful people.

Who is applying Hubbard`s tech that would be an example people would
want to follow ?



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 14, 2009, 04:51:45 PM
  DAILY EGYPTIAN

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Scientology: Dangerous cult, international scam

Andrew O'Connor

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Published: Monday, July 13, 2009

Updated: Monday, July 13, 2009

Today’s topic is Scientology, and the next 500 words will guarantee that I won’t get work in Hollywood.


The Church of Scientology is something many people have heard about, but few know much about it.  Allow me to set the record straight: Scientology is a dangerous cult founded by a tax-cheat, B-list science-fiction writer that continues to use its vast wealth and land ownership to harass the critics who dare criticize it.


Scientology is structured in a hierarchal pyramid, where the more “auditing” $essions a person goes through, the more of the founder’s (L. Ron Hubbard) “truth” they are exposed to.


Of course, thanks to the Internet, the highest level “science” Hubbard ever dropped on humanity has been published for more than a decade.  And here is the basic gist (familiar to those who have seen the South Park episode): Ahem, 75 million years ago evil space emperor Xenu captured a bunch of aliens, put them all in space planes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs in volcanoes on Earth.  The souls of these dead space aliens then tried to float back out into space only to be trapped on Earth by Xenu’s ozone layer-esque alien soul stopper. The souls roamed the Earth for a millennium until they found something to which they could attach themselves in man. These parasitic alien souls, called Thetans, are the reason for our depression and bad television today.


Now let me be fair, I don’t want to defame blatantly individual scientologists.  I’m sure that many Scientologists are good, decent people who have just found something of value.  It is not my, nor anyone’s, place to disparage anyone’s right to believe anything he or she wants.  I was raised Catholic so I am quite familiar with, ahem, more fanciful beliefs (Transubstantiation is just archaic Jesus Magick).  My problem here (like my problem with Catholicism) is the institution and specifically the church leadership.


A few weeks ago, Marty Rathbun and Mike Rinder, the two most senior officials ever to leave the Church of Scientology detailed the bizarre, violent and potentially criminal goings on of high-level church management, specifically the head of the church, David Miscavige.  Now like all things Scientology, this takes some backstory.


Hubbard founded Scientology a little more than 50 years ago.  Since then the empire has grown into a worldwide force, with millions of members, huge amounts of wealth and power and a whole bunch celebrity converts.  How do you get all that in such a small amount of time?  You lie, cheat and steal every chance you get.


From their tax fraud to their criminal break in of government buildings to extreme intimidation and harassment of family members, governments and journalists, they have cut themselves a huge slice of the pie, which they operate from a cartoonishly evil cruise ship command center (look it up) and the home base in Florida (where else?).


When Hubbard died, there was a power vacuum that was created in church leadership and Miscavige filled that vacuum.  The head of the church reportedly beat, humiliated and abused other high-ranking members of the church in order to maintain a dictatorial control.  Under his leadership, the church has conducted numerous “black” campaigns, which often use less-than-legal tactics to harass and intimidate anyone defined as an “Enemy of Scientology”(like yours truly).


There is a plethora of credible information available out there on the dangers and evils of the Church of Scientology worth reading, but the real point is this: Scientologists aren’t allowed to read this.  Members are conditioned to ignore anything out there that is critical of the church.  Any member of the church reading this should know, I love you and so does Jesus, especially when you question your leaders.


So please, if you have family members in the church (especially if they just started) read up on Scientology, and try and persuade them to as well.  And if you are approached by Scientologists (or its cover, Dianetics and Business Management Technology) run, don’t walk, toward the nearest escape hatch.  Then the 75-million year war for the Earth will be won.


Praise Xenu.

O’Connor is a junior studying
political science and philosophy.

http://www.siude.com/voices/scientology-dangerous-cult-international-scam-1.1773778


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 27, 2009, 06:02:54 PM

                      Scientology values.

Category: Religion
Posted on: July 26, 2009 1:08 PM, by PZ Myers

Some leaked documents from the Church of Scientology reveal their priorities — these are papers they require new staffers to sign, and there is no way anyone in their right mind would sign them. The gist is that they want your promise that you are financially solvent, so that nothing can cause you to pull back from your "commitment to the church", and then there are a whole lot of threatening agreements: you'll have to pay a 'penance' to the church if you leave, you can never, ever sue or hold the church liable for anything, and the church is not under any circumstances obligated to fulfill anything they ever promise.

It's amazing stuff, but I have to give the scientologists credit for at least being honest with their acolytes.





http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/07/scientology_values.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 29, 2009, 01:08:43 AM
                         Scientology mounts a PR pushback

                                        LA TIMES
Dan Neil
July 28, 2009


The Church of Scientology has had a bad couple of years, PR-wise. You could start the damage-control clock running in January 2008 with the release of the Scientology indoctrination video featuring Tom Cruise -- you know, black turtleneck, eyes spinning -- claiming that Scientologists are the only ones who could really help at an accident scene. This summer the church was tried for fraud in France. In May, Wikipedia said it would ban entries originating from Scientology IP addresses on account of the church's self-serving wiki-revisionism. And last month the St. Petersburg Times published a devastating four-part expose of Scientology's tiny tyrant David Miscavige, based on testimony from four former high-ranking executives in the church.

Then there was last week's Katie Holmes "homage" to Judy Garland on "Dancing With the Stars." Talk about the scene of an accident.

All of which has left the church with a smoldering crater where its public image ought to be. And yet, the church didn't get to be La-La Land's Holy See for nothing. In May the church launched a series of new commercials, and they are nothing short of brilliant. Sleek, chill and nonthreatening, these ads are visually beautiful, with a kind of tonal waveform of celestial bliss that invites fellow questers on a journey of self-discovery. "Scientology: Know yourself. Know life," the tag line runs. Well, who wouldn't want a piece of that?

The pleasure of these ads derives from their glossy cinematic execution, of course -- the cerulean monotones, the exquisite jib camera work, the husky, hunky voice-over, the tranquil soundtrack (think U2 jamming with Vangelis).

But it also must be noted that, finally and surprisingly, the church with the greatest affinity for and proximity to Hollywood has finally turned up a decent branding spot. I mean, these are the people of the exploding volcano.

If these spots were produced in-house, somebody's thetan deserves a case of beer or something.

To be clear, I'm no fan of Scientology, and what I've read of its cosmology -- the whole tale of Xenu -- sounds like a rejected "Star Trek" script to me. Still, I kind of love these ads, or at least their perfect cynicism.

Consider the spot titled "Truth." Over a series of close-ups of gorgeous young faces, the copy reads: "You are not your name, you're not your job, you're not the clothes you wear or the neighborhood you live in. . . . not your fears, your failures or your past. You are hope, you are imagination. You are the power to change. . . . You are a spirit that will never die. . . . You will rise again." In terms of marketing a religion, this ad has a proven winner of a message. It is a direct co-opting of Christianity's language of resurrection and eternal life -- which is of a slightly different spiritual chemistry than Scientology's usual promise of millions of reincarnations. In a stroke, Scientology positions itself as Mac in the Mac-versus-PC rivalry.

Another spot begins: "We're all looking for it. . . . " Again, a series of quick cuts of young people who seem to have been drafted out of the Ford modeling catalog. "Some of us have been looking for it our whole lives. Some think they can buy it, some think they can wear it. Some travel the world in search of it. . . . " Here there are shots of people doing amazing things, cave-diving, mountain climbing, which seem to be counterposed to suggest vain and misguided attempts at self-fulfillment. "Most don't even know what they are looking for. But we all feel it, that aching desire, that unexplainable emptiness that can only be filled by one thing. . . . " A woman standing looking in awe at a star-filled firmament. " . . . The Truth."

Awesome, with an emphasis on "awe."

These are virtuoso pieces, tremendously appealing and remarkably shrewd.

For instance, nowhere in any of the three spots does the church take a defensive stance or refer to any boiling controversy around Scientology.

That would violate the first rule of advertising, which is: Never mention your competition. Nor do the ads bother to associate themselves with any of the oddball trappings of the actual practice of Scientology -- no auditing or e-meters and absolutely no discussion of Xenu-focused back story, which simply cannot pass the laugh test in public discourse as far as I'm concerned.

And yet, as splendid as these spots are, I do have a couple of questions: What if you're not good-looking? Nearly everyone in these ads is pretty, handsome or better.

And some of these dewy, dreamy creatures are downright distracting, they are so beautiful. Does Scientology offer hope to the plain? What about the homely? Or should they stick with Catholicism?

I'd also note that almost everyone in these ads is under 30. Now, reasonably, this is an age group that is more susceptible to the message, still searching, still curious, still credulous. However, it is also much less likely to be affluent. If money was important to my client -- and money, it seems, is truly the dark matter that binds Scientology's universe -- I'd pitch to an older and better-heeled crowd.

These ads might recruit only an anguished army of baristas and part-time shoe clerks.

Lastly, judging from these ads, Scientology doesn't seem to have anything to offer those who are actually at peace with themselves and the universe.

You know, sometimes people investigate faiths out of a sense of curiosity and wonder, not because they hate their job or tend to sabotage their relationships.

It seems to me the Scientology ads leave a lot of conquest sales on the table.

dan.neil@latimes.com

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-neil28-2009jul28,0,2040712.column


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 29, 2009, 01:14:09 AM

                  Scientologists reported for harassing Swedish family


A family from Kävlinge in southern Sweden has reported the local Church of Scientology to the police for harassment after a fortnight of incessant phone calls, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

The Church of Scientology in Malmö began ringing the family around two weeks ago as part of a drive to update their contact information over current and former members.

The religious sect first rang asking to talk to a woman that, according to their records, had attended a self-realization course in the 1980s.

But it turned out to be case of mistaken identity and the church was duly informed.

However since that initial contact the sect has called the family's phones on more than 70 occasions.

Despite repeated requests to stop harassing them, the calls have continued unabated.

A letter even arrived from the church last Thursday apologizing for the calls, explained the circumstances, and conceded the case of mistaken identity.

But still the calls continued.

The Kävlinge family finally had enough and decided to report the matter to the police.

"If this is true then it is very regrettable. We are busy updating our large database of members in Sweden and there must have been a mix up," a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology in Malmö told The Local on Tuesday.

                 

The Church of Scientology is a new religious movement founded in 1954 and is based on the writings of US science fiction writer L.Ron Hubbard.

The movement has been established in Sweden for 40 years and has been registered as a religious community (trossamfund) since 2000.

In November 2008 the group completed the 50 million kronor ($6.8 million) purchase of sugar firm Danisco's former head office in Malmö suburb Arlöv as their new base in southern Sweden.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se/+46 8 656 6518)

http://www.thelocal.se/20948/20090728/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on August 02, 2009, 05:53:45 PM
http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1023717.ece


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 02, 2009, 08:49:33 PM
Wow. An amazing read.

And to think I was just two clicks away from working up
at Int.
I wonder who will be the first Kiwi to reveal that Miscavige used
his own brand of ARC on them.

Can`t wait till this little Hitler is in jail. So I can write to him
every day and send him personal accounts of his victims.

It`s only a matter of time.
The shit storm that`ll be hitting the west coast of America is still building force
Apparently it`s a real doozey.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on August 03, 2009, 07:52:00 AM
I would love to get my hands on Laurise - no not in the way all your dirty minds are thinking!!

Now she would have a story to tell.

Any way here is a link to the scio repost to the Tampa Bay series.  I haven't read it but I'm told it is a hoot.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2T0B3AV3

regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 06, 2009, 10:04:09 AM

             Secret mission to expose L. Ron Hubbard as a fake


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article6740831.ece


Title: Viewers Are Skeptical of New Scientology Ad Campaign
Post by: rockyslammer on August 07, 2009, 08:13:49 AM
http://www.mediacurves.com/Religion/J7477-Scientology/Index.cfm

"The response curves, which measured viewers’ believability, revealed a considerable level of viewer believability throughout the ad until the Scientology reference at the end was displayed. “Typically when a logo or advertiser name appears in an ad there’s a decline in interest and/or believability. However, I have never seen such a precipitous decline in curves as was seen when the Scientology identification was shown on the screen,” noted Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research."

Personally I think scio has gone past the point of no return - anything they do now will only hasten its slide down.  I guess we owe it all to Miss Cabbage.

The mainstream media don't fear scio now as they used to and it's payback time for the past harassment, threats and lawsuits.

What goes around comes around.  What you sow is what you reap etc etc. 

As I see it scio couldn't do anything now to save or redeem itself.

Just my opinion
regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 07, 2009, 08:51:35 AM
I had an OT phenomenon experience yesterday.
While I was out and about, I saw two OTs who
know me well. This was two separate incidents
within a half an hour of each other.

Neither OT even noticed me.
Both were heavily out of present time.
Looking downtrodden and stunned.

They had as much opportunity to notice me as I had to
notice them.

This has happened more times than I can easily count.
If I`d been out doing Tone scale drills.
I`d have rated them both at apathy.

Just confirming Rocky`s post.
Past the point of no return.
In Hubbard`s own words ..
Once apathy sets in , death soon follows.

And while we are on the subject.
Where the fuck is Hubbard ?
His cult is taking the ass kicking that
he deftly side stepped.

Surely as an OT of OT`s Hubbard would use his powers
to rescue mankind's only hope of total freedom from
the brink of extinction.

Ron !  Ron ?  Where for art thou Roneo ????




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 07, 2009, 09:04:39 AM
                               THE DAILY MAIL

       Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard exposed as a 'fraud' by British diplomats 30 years ago



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1204715/Scientology-founder-L-Ron-Hubbard-exposed-fraud-British-diplomats-30-years-ago.html

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1204715/Scientology-founder-L-Ron-Hubbard-exposed-fraud-British-diplomats-30-years-ago.html#ixzz0NRHaZq70



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 12, 2009, 05:59:14 PM
      Scientology defends reputation as Castlereagh St headquarters expands

A FEW months ago, Sydney Council approved a development application for the Church Of Scientology’s Castlereagh St headquarters with little incident.

It was somewhat of an anticlimax after the bitter opposition by residents and anti-Scientology activists, who argued the group would increase recruitment drives which “harass, and badger people to join” if the proposal was approved.

Residents said they feared the church would use “menacing activity” to target people on Castlereagh and Bathurst streets for recruitment.

The $12-million expansion involved adding an extra level and a half to the heritage building and renovating the facade. The church initially wanted three stories added, but this was later amended.

Residents and businesses lodged submissions in opposition to the proposal, including the owners of a building occupied by the Department of Defence. In the submission, the Industry Superannuation Property Trust complained that street protests targeting the church posed a “serious security concern for the occupiers of Defence Plaza”.

More than 30 submissions against the proposal were received as well as a petition signed by 150 residents from the nearby Victoria Towers apartment complex.

One opponent wrote in their submission: “I am sure you are aware of the protests which continue outside the building by all those who disagree with operations of this group. Too many poor, unsuspecting young people are sucked into their control.”

The church presented a petition in support of its DA with more than 600 signatures.

Church spokesman Cyrus Brooks rejected the allegations and said Scientology was unfairly painted as a sinister organisation.

“The church has been here in this location for over a quarter of a century and many of our members live in the city,” Mr Brooks said. “We have operated here peacefully and have enjoyed many good relationships with surrounding businesses and we provide valued custom to our neighbours.”

Mr Cyrus said the actual use of the Castlereagh St building was similar to mainstream churches, including sermons, weddings, a type of naming ceremony and discussions.

The church also has a branch in Glebe on Greek St, where members go for “advanced religious studies”.

“Since early on, the church has been a refuge from the difficulties of the work-a-day world, where any person can attend and find out solutions to life’s problems,” he said. “For over 49 years, Sydney Scientologists have studied the works of L. Ron Hubbard to learn about the mind, spirit and life, both for their own personal enhancement, and most importantly, to gain the ability to help others.’’

Following the Castlereagh St expansion, Scientology has also opened new temporary premises in Surry Hills on Hercules St.

The building is being used for recruitment activities with a sign at the entrance inviting people in for free personality tests.

At a protest at the church’s Castlereagh St headquarters staged last year, hundreds of people affiliated with the anti-Scientology group Anonymous demonstrated against the church and its activities. Anonymous has accused the church of being a cult engaged in brain washing and mind control that exploits its members for financial gain.

A statement on a blog site set up by locally based Anonymous members outlines the groups goals.

“We should attack the system from the inside and reduce the number of new members joining Scientology,” the post said. “The best way to do that is to educate the poor souls and give them insight into what it is that the church really wants them to believe, without personal and financial sacrifices to them.”

Mr Brooks said the church and its members had been subjected to frequent harassment by Anonymous and labelled the group a “cyberspace terrorist hate group”.

“Unfortunately, history is rife with such individuals who act out of prejudice because of race, religion, disability or other differences, and governments have brought legislation world over to protect human rights,” he said. “The actions of this hate group are to inhibit such rights.”

See comments...
http://sydney-central.whereilive.com.au/news/story/scientology-defends-reputation-as-castlereagh-st-headquarters-expands/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 17, 2009, 10:31:20 PM

                                 Church bid to gag critics

   
         

THE celebrity-studded Church of Scientology in Australia wants negative media reports about the controversial religion outlawed.

Scientology, which boasts members including Tom Cruise, said it wanted a law "to prevent the dissemination of anti-religious propaganda in the media, which is based on unfounded hearsay and either known or reasonably known to be untruthful".

Churches and individuals who have been "defamed" should be able to sue for damages, the religious organisation said in a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Scientology has long been unhappy with reports of doctrines including that, 75 million years ago, Earth was visited by an alien space lord called Xenu who stacked souls around volcanoes and blew them up with nuclear weapons.

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"The Church of Scientology has regularly been subject to relentless ridicule and misinformation by the media," Scientology said.

Scientology also said police should have the power to unmask internet activists who stage protests against the church and belong to a loose organisation known as "Anonymous".

It wants serious religious vilification made a crime "the subject of a fine, imprisonment or both". Scientology's submission, filed in February, reveals the religion's concerns that its tax-free status, established in a landmark 1983 High Court judgment, would be threatened if the Federal Government imposed "unduly difficult taxation compliance measures" on religions.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/church-bid-to-gag-critics/story-e6frf7jo-1225775351107?from=public_rss


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 19, 2009, 05:27:11 PM
                        Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Tonga

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour is targeting drug abuse and homosexuality in Tonga, island nation near Samoa in the South Pacific. Volunteer Ministers will also offer inexpensive introductory seminars and courses in Scientology ethics.

BRINGING THE right technology to those who need it most, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour is helping the island nation of Tonga to solve its toughest problems.

In an interview with Radio Tonga News on the island of Tongatapu, Mathew Andrews, the leader of the South Pacific team, explained that the tour concentrates on providing services to address the precise problems that exist in the countries they visit. Although Tonga has only a few psychiatrists, their pernicious influence can be seen everywhere. Drug abuse and homosexuality are rampant among Tonga’s youth, which is a critical concern to officials. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour will be providing workshops to combat these problems.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers will also offer inexpensive introductory seminars and courses in Scientology Ethics, a subject that has proven amazingly popular throughout the South Pacific countries the tour has thus far visited.

Demand also runs extremely high throughout the region for training in the study technology developed by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. The tour recently held a training session for students and teachers in one of the colleges on Tongatapu. “Thank you for this very improtant programme,” wrote one teacher who completed this training. He went on to state that it enabled him to “solved problems of teaching and learning on the part of the students.”

The Goodwill Tour also provides workshops on how to improve communication skills and training in Scientology Assists, a technology that provides a gentle message when someone is in the midst of a crisis or life-threatening emergency.

Having already provided similar guidance and training in Fiji and Samoa, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour will be in Tonga for three months before continuing on to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

When disaster strikes, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers are among the first to arrive. Trained to respond to emergency situations, they provide whatever is needed to immediately alleviate suffering and bring order quickly. And because the technology they apply is simple and affective, they quickly train others so they too can provide help. As the world's largest volunteer relief agency, over 100,000 strong and spanning every continent of this planet, there are more than ten times as many Scientology Volunteer Ministers as there are people in the US Peace Corps; more than twice as many as are in the US Coast Guard; and about half as many as are in the US Marine Corps.
 
Volunteer Ministers work directly with community leaders, officials, support personnel and citizens to bring order and real help in the face of any disaster. Scientology Volunteer Ministers work hand-in-hand with the Red Cross, the Girl Scouts of America, the Fire Department of New York and other key agencies, to provide assistance where it is needed. In point of fact, Scientology Volunteer Ministers are the only people on the planet who can truly help when disaster strikes.

http://www.merinews.com/article/scientology-volunteer-ministers-in-tonga/15784485.shtml


Posted by "Citizen Journalist" Tommy Davis
http://www.merinews.com/cj/ScientologyInternational


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: NED on September 20, 2009, 07:24:59 AM
They are just point scoring over there coz there ain't no money there,  Funny thing is it's got Scientologies name all over it but I'll guarantee that not one cent came from Scientology it'll be from the dono's of the poor bastards doing amends!


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 21, 2009, 04:21:19 PM
September 20, 2009
                           Scientology state HQ facing opposition

The planning commission in the affluent Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs is opposing plans to turn a former office building into the Georgia headquarters of the Church of Scientology.

The commission doesn't have the authority to stop the project, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, but its 3-2 vote against it is to be taken into account when the city council votes next month.

This caught our eye because we reported a story a couple of weeks ago about the difficulty large churches, synagogues and mosques are having winning municipal approvals for major expansions or new building projects. One imagines Scientology, being enduringly controversial, facing additional hurdles.

Federal law makes it illegal to discriminate against building projects over religious affiliations. But church builders say complaints about traffic, aesthetics and other issues are often a cover for hostility toward the faith to be represented.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says 30 opponents attended the planning commission meeting last week. No one is quoted as having a problem with Scientology.

Read more at ajc.com.
Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 1:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)
       
Comments

The families in that area will be under their SP policy, if the mother and/or Father opposes the cult.

The Child will be forced to disconnect from his/her parents and look upon them as monsters because they oppose the cult.

That is just the beginning of the problems all families will face.

THE RONBOT HUNTER
SECURED PARTY CREDITOR

The extreme majority of Ex-Scientologists have already declared the Cult as a Godless, greedy and evil corporation.

Posted by: THE RONBOT HUNTER | September 20, 2009 3:30 PM

Scientology has policy to "handle" this situation. They will bribe anyone necessary, and cheat, steal and lie, to get whatever they want.

Just look how they bought representative Jeff Stone, in Riverside, CA.

Posted by: Thea Orskin | September 20, 2009 3:49 PM

This organization has built a reputation as trying to push around the communities they move into. They have bent the rules with zoning and variances in many many cities and towns. Residents are more aware of this than they used to be.

In LA, they frequently close a public street for personal use. In Phoenix, they tried to establish a museum in a residential area without permission. In Hemet, they have tried to have a major road closed that runs by their property.

It's not the religion people object to, but the methods of the organization.

Posted by: Jen | September 20, 2009 4:06 PM

If this cult doesn't get its way through infiltration and subversion (Google "Operation Snow White"), it will pressure, sweet-talk and lie to the necessary people until they cave in. The Scientology cult is a vicious criminal organization. Far from being allowed into an area, they should be completely shut down. It's not about "belief" -- nobody cares what they believe -- it's about the rampant criminality of Scientology management. People, this is not just "some wacky cult" -- it's an international crime network. Please educate yourselves. http://www.xenu-directory.net

Posted by: Marie | September 20, 2009 6:10 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Normandy
Project Normandy is the code name for a top secret Church of Scientology operation wherein the church documented its plans to take over the city of Clearwater, Florida by infiltrating government offices and media centers.[1]

A 1977 FBI raid on Scientology headquarters uncovered internal Church of Scientology documents marked "Top Secret" that referred to their secret operation to take over Clearwater as "Project Normandy." The document itself states its purpose is "to obtain enough data on the Clearwater area to be able to determine what groups and individuals B1 will need to penetrate and handle in order to establish area control."

Secret plans are being drawn up as we speak, private detectives are being hired to investigate the dissenting commissioners, and lawyers are getting retained to draft lawsuits. Since Scientology does'nt give any money to charitable causes it has a lot of money to spend on this stuff.

Posted by: rotal ubrutne | September 20, 2009 7:31 PM

Don't go lumping the zoning issues Scientology in GA brought upon itself with other groups trying to expand their properties. Scientology bought that building before investigating what it was zoned for and how many parking spaces were allowed. It's a fairly new purchase, made in haste. They made their enemies in that neighborhood because of this.

As well you failed to mention this from the article:
"Residents, too, pledged to turn out in force when the matter heads to the City Council. More than 500 people have signed petitions, urging a denial of the rezoning because of parking and traffic problems. Sixteen of the city’s homeowners associations have also formally voted to oppose the rezoning.

“We are really glad that they recognized the problems, but we know that we will be back,” said Patty Burns, president of the Round Hill Condominiums, which sit across from the proposed church site."
This is not a religious matter. Anyone trying to do what Scientology has tried to do in that neighborhood would be treated equally.

Posted by: Mary McConnell | September 20, 2009 9:46 PM

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/faith/2009/09/scientology.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 02, 2009, 04:02:39 PM
                Russia: Scientology Ban Is Ruled Illegal

   
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Published: October 1, 2009

Russia’s ban on the Church of Scientology is illegal, the European Court of Human Rights said Thursday in a binding ruling. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, ended a case brought by two Russian Scientology branches that were refused listing as “religious organizations” because they had not existed for at least 15 years as required by Russia’s Religions Act. The court, based in Strasbourg, France, said Russia could not ban the Church of Scientology only because it had not been in the country for long, and awarded the groups a total of nearly $30,000 in damages and costs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/world/europe/02briefs-ScientologyBrf.html?_r=1


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 23, 2009, 10:06:14 PM
               Scientology snubs coroner over suicide soldier records

SCIENTOLOGISTS have sent records of a newly recruited soldier who suicided after one of the church's courses out of an Australian coroner's reach.

The Church of Scientology refused to provide records demanded by a coroner investigating the death of the soldier who killed himself two days after finishing one of the church's intensive courses.

The Australian reports that the American headquarters of the church instructed its Australian branch to send the soldier's "audit file" to the US - outside the coroner's jurisdiction - before warrants were issued.

Edward Alexander McBride was found electrocuted and hanged at an Energex substation at Everton Park, in Brisbane, on February 7, 2007.

The soldier, who was based at Brisbane's Enoggera Barracks, was on leave from the army at the time and had been doing Scientology courses almost full-time for about a month.

McBride had paid the church $25,000 for the courses and finished the last one two days before he died.

In interim inquest findings handed down last week, coroner John Lock said that was when "something unusual happened".

In the days leading up to McBride's death, church members tried to contact him repeatedly on his mobile phone, and sent text and voice messages mentioning an "audit" and "LRH" - a reference to Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Mr Lock said requests by police and him for the Church of Scientology to see McBride's audit file were unsuccessful.

He said the Australian Scientology authorities appeared to have been obeying orders issued by the church's US headquarters.

"A clear inference can be made that this course of action was taken as a deliberate decision (by the US church) not to produce the auditing file," he said.

Australian Church of Scientology spokeswoman Vicki Dunstan said the audit file was returned to the "mother church" in the US before the Australian church had received a request from the coroner.

She said the file did not shed any light on McBride's state of mind or cause of death.

Read the full story at <i>The Australian</i> Read the full story at The Australian

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,26248803-948,00.html


Title: ABC Nightline - first of several programs
Post by: rockyslammer on October 24, 2009, 08:43:21 AM
http://www.abcnews.go.com/Nightline/scientology/scientologists-level-accusations/Story?id=8792417&page=1

It isn't going to get better folks - this is going viral

Get out while you can

regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 25, 2009, 12:15:28 AM
                Scientology on Nightline

Part one of three.

Miscavige`s dog had a Sea Org uniform, had to be saluted by staff,
and could sniff out out ethics.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yoc-AQ0RDxo


Title: Scientology Spokesman Storms Out of 'Nightline' Interview
Post by: rockyslammer on October 25, 2009, 08:05:42 AM
"Nightline" just can't get through an interview anymore.

This week, PRNewser reported on a contentious interview in which Dan Harris was repeatedly interrupted by a publicist on Monday's "Nightline." On Friday night's episode, an interviewee just walked away in the middle of a sit-down.

ABC's Martin Bashir got into a heated discussion with Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis. After Bashir began to ask about the church's scriptures and beliefs, Davis got upset and eventually ripped off his lapel mic and walked out of the room. Clip starts at 3:40 below.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/abc/scientology_spokesman_storms_out_of_nightline_interview_141186.asp

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now i have run out of popcorn - someone please send more - HELP!

regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 30, 2009, 04:41:21 PM
                Godeka's exact motives were unclear but he claimed that Scientology drove him crazy, ruined his business and owed him $50,000.

Review board grants two requests from man responsible for 1996 Scientology shooting
By Noelle Crombie, The Oregonian
October 29, 2009, 9:17PM
The man responsible for shooting four people at Portland's downtown Scientology Celebrity Centre in 1996 took a step toward greater independence this week.

The Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board on Wednesday granted Jairus Chegero Godeka's request to get to and from his job without a staff chaperone.

Mary Claire Buckley, executive director of the board, said a three-member panel also granted his request that he advance from a level four patient to a level five, which means Godeka, 51, is eligible to take 30- to 60-minute outings without supervision. The highest level a psychiatric patient can reach is six.

Buckley said one of Godeka's victims – Helen Healy, who was Helen Burke at the time of the shooting – spoke at the hearing in Salem. Church member Gwen Barnard spoke as well.

"They were quite gracious and acknowledged that Mr. Godeka has done well and (were) pleased he had received this treatment," Buckley said. She said Healy told the panel that she did not fear for her own life, but "public safety in general. She never wanted it to happen to anybody else," Buckley said.

Healy, who still lives in the Portland area, could not be reached for comment Thursday, and a church official had not returned a phone call by Thursday evening.

In June 2005, Godeka was moved from the state hospital to a secure residential treatment facility in Lane County.

"The man has been a model resident there," Buckley said. "He has never been late or missed an appointment or treatment group. He has been completely compliant.

"We have not had any occasion to revoke his conditional release," she said.

Godeka works at a cafeteria job in Lane County and until this week has been required to have a staff member drive him to and from work each day. Now he will be able to get to and from work using public transportation.

The Scientology shooting was one of the more spectacular crimes in Portland's history.

During a busy downtown lunch hour Sept. 25, 1996, Godeka went into the center at 709 S.W. Salmon St. with a red can of gasoline. He shot Helen Burke, who was pregnant, with a .45-caliber Ruger semiautomatic handgun as she sat at the lobby desk.

The gunshot paralyzed her from the waist down. He then quickly shot and wounded two men who came to the woman's aid. A third man discovered he had been shot about an hour after the incident. Godeka held a fifth person hostage for a few minutes before police talked him into surrendering.

Godeka's exact motives were unclear but he claimed that Scientology drove him crazy, ruined his business and owed him $50,000.

In March 1998, Godeka was found "guilty except for insanity" and placed in custody of the Psychiatric Security Review Board for up to 120 years.

That sentence included consecutive 20-year terms for each of the four people Godeka shot at the center, 20 more for kidnapping a Scientology employee, and 20 for arson because he spread gasoline around the building lobby and set it on fire.

The judge ruled that all four shootings constituted attempted murder even though Godeka asked Kerry Chipman, his attorney, to argue that he didn't mean to kill anybody. When it was over, the judge asked Godeka whether he had anything to say.

Godeka asked the judge to let him go.

 Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Godeka is the second-oldest of nine children  Once a successful small-business operator, he came to the United States in about 1979 and was a student at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

Godeka had a history of mental illness going back more than 20 years. He was involved only briefly with the church, had made threats against it in San Francisco, and in 1994 threatened to kill church employees in Portland if they did not pay him $50,000.

-- Noelle Crombie   

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/10/reivew_board_grants_request_fr.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 31, 2009, 04:01:13 PM
                         Protester Sues Church Of Scientology

College Student Says Peaceful Protest Intent Led To Arrest
Reported By Dennis Ferrier

POSTED: 4:10 pm CDT October 30, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A college student is suing the Nashville Church of Scientology, a security company and three off-duty Spring Hill police officers for $6 million. Thomas Parker said he was knocked to the ground, handcuffed and arrested, for nothing more than attempting to peacefully protest.

Video: Man Sues After Scuffle Before Scientology Protest | HOME VIDEO: Scientology Protesters, Guards Have Spat

The Church of Scientology's grand opening turned into a grand mess when hired security arrested protesters. It would have been a he-said, she-said -- except that it was all caught on tape.

Parker was on his way to protest the grand opening. He was still blocks away when security guards cut off him and his group.

Three off-duty officers working for Hayes Security and hired by the church took down Parker, handcuffed and arrested him.

The church had taken out permits to block the street for the wrong day.

Parker, through his attorney, Nathaniel Koenig, is suing all of the above-mentioned parties.

"I'm just hoping that right will be done," Parker said.

Brian Fesler, a Church of Scientology representative, said the group had threatened the church in the past.

http://www.wsmv.com/news/21480322/detail.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 31, 2009, 09:19:12 PM
           Scientology faces multiple setbacks within one week

From "The Guardian."

The past few days have not gone well for the secretive religion known for its celebrity followers

Most religious organisations can weather a high-profile defection or two. Many might successfully explain away a fraud conviction in a foreign criminal court, or deal with the spectacular suicide of a member, or muddle through a less than stellar public performance by a prominent spokesman.

Rarely, though, does a religion have to face up to all these challenges in the same week.

The past few days have been little short of a nightmare for Scientology, the strange, secretive religion that thrives on its coterie of Hollywood celebrities and its promises of personal empowerment through psychological counselling.

First came the defection of Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director of such hits as Crash, Million Dollar Baby and In the Valley of Elah, who accused the church fathers of lying about everything from their position on gay marriage to their policy of ordering certain followers to sever their ties with close family members.

Haggis said he knew for a fact that Scientology practices a policy of "disconnection" – something it denied in a recent interview with the cable news channel CNN – because his own wife was ordered to stop talking to her parents for more than a year.

"To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: 'What else are you lying about?' " Haggis wrote in a long resignation letter to church spokesman Tommy Davis, which was meant to be confidential but found its way onto the internet over the weekend.

Davis himself, meanwhile, earned less than positive notices for his decision to walk out of an on-air interview with the British television journalist Martin Bashir. Bashir invoked both the science-fiction origins of Scientology and what are widely believed to be its deepest secrets when he asked: "Do you believe that an intergalactic emperor called Xenu brought his people to earth 75m years ago and buried them in volcanoes?"

Davis called the question offensive, said it was against his religion even to talk about the subject, pulled off his mike and walked away.

Meanwhile, a French court found the church guilty of fraud because of the large amounts of money it charges its members to conduct idiosyncratic counselling sessions (known as "auditing") and other services. The court, essentially characterising the whole enterprise as a scam, imposed a fine of €600,000.

And on the other side of the world in Brisbane, Australian investigators openly criticised the church for failing to hand over documentation they want to examine for clues about the suicide of a 30-year-old soldier who threw himself at an electricity substation tower two years ago. A coroner's report said church officials had been pressing the soldier, Edward McBride, to finish the final stage of his auditing and called him 19 times in the 48 hours before he took his life.

Davis, the church's 37-year-old spokesman, has spent much of the past week issuing denials and rebuttals. He insisted the church never supported an anti-gay marriage initiative in California and that the San Diego chapter's inclusion in a list of supporters was a mistake. He told one interviewer his remarks about "disconnection" on CNN had been misunderstood.

He also faced questions about John Travolta, the Hollywood leading man and hitherto loyal Scientologist who recently acknowledged that his dead teenage son Jett suffered from autism - a condition Scientology does not acknowledge along with other mental illnesses (Scientologists believe that psychiatry is a fraudulent "industry of death").

While Jett was still alive, Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston insisted he suffered instead from Kawasaki disease, a condition characterised by inflamed arteries.

Davis also came under scrutiny for his own activities – including the allegation that he once so displeased the church that he was made to scrub toilets with a toothbrush for a week (he denies it ever happened).

Davis is the son of the Hollywood actress Anne Archer, another prominent Scientologist, and is believed to owe his rapid rise through the organisation as personal minder to the biggest star adherent of them all, Tom Cruise.

Many of the church's misadventures this week can be traced back to two huge recent defections.

Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun have been described as Scientology's equivalent of the top Nixon aides HR Haldeman and John Ehrlichman in the Watergate scandal. Together, they helped the St Petersburg Times newspaper in Florida put together a huge three-part series last June in which they and other defectors accused church leader David Miscavige of using physical and psychological violence to keep his supporters in check.

They said Miscavige would repeatedly slap and kick his subordinates, and encourage them to do likewise. He would also force his fellow church members to jump fully clothed into pools or lakes, and play all-night games of musical chairs.

The church said at the time the accusations were baseless and motivated by the defectors' desire to stage a coup and take over the church for themselves. The defectors said they had no such interest and merely wished to expose the dark side of the religion to which they devoted most of their lives.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/30/scientology-tommy-davis-paul-haggis

What did scientology do to pull this in.

Personally I don`t believe in the overt motivator sequence.
But scientologists do. So what have you scientologists done to pull this in.

Please feel free to submit your O/W write ups here.

By the way there is still the shit storm to hit the west coast of America.
So brace yourselves for more motivators.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on November 01, 2009, 08:07:08 AM
yes indeedy!  Thanks to you all I now have a fresh supply of popcorn and beverages!

Last year was bad - this year even worse for our scio friends.

We can only imagine about next year - never mind the remainder of this year.  I hear the discovery process in the Headley cases is set for some fireworks - Guy Faulks mask anyone? - Nov 5th coming soon!!

This time I suspect miss cabbage (slappy to his friends) is the one to burn.  Of course he can't be served as he's hiding out in Columbia with his other friends - the drug warlords.

I always thought it would be death by a thousand cuts for scio.  However some of the cuts are going to be nasty.  What's the betting slappy will just run off with the cash and leave everyone else to sink?

Popcorn anyone?

regards
Martin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 02, 2009, 04:13:56 PM
Defections, court fights test Scientology

By ERIC GORSKI (AP) – 10 hours ago

The Church of Scientology is going through a difficult season.

Over the course of two days last week, a French court convicted the church of fraud and Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis' resignation from the church over a litany of concerns was aired publicly. On one hand, it was just another bad press week for the embattled institution founded in 1953 by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

But for former Scientologists and scholars of the movement, the setbacks pose a greater challenge coming on the heels of defections of top-level Scientologists who lifted a veil of secrecy on the organization and alleged a culture of violence and control under Hubbard's successor, David Miscavige.

"With any organization, the loss of a substantial number of your most experienced people and chaos at the upper levels is problematic," said David Bromley, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor who studies new religious movements and has written on Scientology. "There are PR implications, the possibility of legal actions ... That dwarfs the other things."

The church has strenuously denied the allegations against Miscavige, portraying the accusers as lying disgruntled ex-employees.

Church spokesman Tommy Davis said Scientology is flourishing, with more than 8,000 Scientology churches, missions and groups in 160-plus nations. He said assets and property holdings have doubled over the past five years, including a new church in Rome and another opening this weekend in Washington, D.C.

"From our perspective, things are going pretty great," Davis said. "In fact, that's downplaying it. Actually, what's happening with the church right now is frankly spectacular. To the degree there are these various things happening, it really is a lot of noise."

One major survey of American religion shows Scientology declining in the U.S., however. The estimated number of Americans who identify as Scientologists rose from 45,000 in 1990 to 55,000 in 2001, then plummeted to 25,000 in 2008, according to the American Religion Identification Survey.

Davis said that while the church avoids membership estimates, it's "absolutely in the millions" globally and growing in the U.S.

Scientology has long been controversial. The Internal Revenue Service granted the church tax exemption in 1993 after a nearly four-decade battle over whether it should be considered a religion. Critics say Scientology is a business, preying on people by charging exorbitant sums for services.

The church continues to fascinate, fueled by interest in celebrity adherents such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, as well as beliefs that don't fit into typical American religious boxes.

Hubbard taught that the "thetan," the equivalent of a spirit, can be cleared of negative energy from this and previous lives through a process called auditing. With the aid of auditors, Scientologists seek a state called "Clear" and then advance through various levels of "Operating Thetan."

The allegations of violence were leveled by four former high-ranking Scientology executives who told their stories to the St. Petersburg Times last summer. The executives said they witnessed Miscavige, chairman of the board that oversees the church, hit staff members dozens of times and urged others to do the same.

Davis called the allegations "absolutely, unquestionably false" and "sickening and outrageous." ABC's "Nightline" aired a report this month covering much of the same ground.

To critics of Scientology and ex-members who have grown increasingly vocal in recent years, it's a breakthrough — critical voices from former members of the inner circle, not the media or outsiders.

"When you have dozens of people speaking out, it's no longer too credible to say they're all malcontents and criminals," said Jeff Hawkins, a former Scientology marketing guru who defected in 2005. "(The church) is either going to reform or collapse, and I think it's going to be the latter because they're incapable of reform or admitting any wrongdoing."

One defector, Marty Rathbun, who served on the church's board and was a top lieutenant of Miscavige's, said a growing movement of people hold to the tenets of Scientology, but reject the institutional church.

"I don't foresee another church," Rathbun said. "That was the first attack on me — that this was a coup, that I'm trying to tap a schism or start another church ... That's not an objective of mine or a positive way to go."

Haggis, the Oscar-winning director of "Crash," was not a high-ranking Scientologist. But his defection is significant, said actor Jason Beghe, who left the church in 2007 and has become a critic.

"He was somebody the Scientology community was proud of, and therefore I'm sure he helped hold some of their base in place," said Beghe, who appeared in the film "G.I. Jane" and TV's "Everwood" and is cast in Haggis' next film, now shooting in Pittsburgh. "Anybody who is a Scientologist is harboring doubts."

It was Rathbun who obtained a copy of Haggis' critical letter to Davis and posted it on his blog. Haggis complained that Davis didn't do enough to distance Scientology from proponents of California's gay marriage ban. He criticized the church's "smearing" of the high-level defectors.

The filmmaker also wrote about the church's practice of "disconnection," in which members cut off contact with loved ones who leave or advocate against the religion — something Davis said is not mandated.

A day after Haggis' letter went public, a Paris court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud and fined it more than $900,000, but stopped short of banning the group's activities in France. The organization's French branch likened it to a modern-day Inquisition and said it would appeal.

Davis questioned the attention paid to the French verdict, saying that little notice was given when the church won court victories in Italy and Russia that cemented the church's presence in those countries. He said the top-level defections are not troubling, but rather a gain for the church.

Some scholars of Scientology believe the recent setbacks are momentary.

Defectors are overly optimistic about doing any real damage, said J. Gordon Melton, director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, Calif., and editor of a book on Scientology.

"If five cardinals walked out of the Roman Catholic Church and turned on it and said there are bad things happening, it'd be a storm, but the church would weather the storm," Melton said. "I think Scientology is big enough to where it can and will weather the storm."

Most religions, Scientology included, experience disagreement and leadership turmoil after a founder's death and survive, said Susan Palmer, a religious studies professor at Dawson College in Montreal.

"I think they'll end up like the Mormon church or Jehovah's Witnesses, that were very controversial in our time but now are largely accepted," Palmer said.

Others think the Church of Scientology is in trouble. Along with the defections and French court setback, Scientology has been unable to stop Internet leaks of confidential material that members must pay a premium for, said Hugh Urban, a professor in the department of comparative studies at Ohio State University.

"They're really losing what has been the bread and butter," Urban said.

Meanwhile, an online betting parlor is taking wagers on the next celebrity Scientologist to leave.
On the Net:

    * Church of Scientology International: http://www.scientologytoday.org/
    * Marty Rathbun's blog: http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5isbebXXYeD3dQSnye_rIpvCEkXtAD9BMSPHG0


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 06, 2009, 10:19:29 PM

"The Village voice" reviews Marc Headley`s new book, "Blown for good."


Page one of four.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/11/tom_cruise_was.php?page=1


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 07, 2009, 07:28:35 AM
          PEREZ HILTON COVERS "BLOWN FOR GOOD."

Uh oh! The cult church of Scientology isn't going to be too happy about this.

A new book is being released by Tom Cruise' Scientology apprentice that reveals some bizarre deets about one of Scientology's most famous members....
continued...

http://perezhilton.com/2009-11-06-new-book-reveals-tom-cruise-xenu-secrets



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 07, 2009, 07:33:30 AM
                  Scientology: Dangerous cult targets Africa  

http://culturekitchen.com/leo_igwe/blog/scientology_dangerous_cult_targets_africa       

“…the African tribesman, with his complete contempt for truth and his emphasis on brutality and savagery for others but not for himself, is a no-civilization”. –L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought, Bridge Publications: Los Angeles, 1997

29 October 2009 - The Church of Scientology, recently fined for fraud in France, is making inroads in Africa. It has already infiltrated South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nairobi, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and, in February this year, set up a school in Ghana.

It seems to have arrived in Africa without controversy, unlike its establishment in European countries where it has been beset by legal problems, bans and, as in France, not accepted as a genuine religion.

Scientology was established in 1953 by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard and later rebranded as a religion. Many define it as a money-making cult that uses hypnotic techniques to control its members. Unusually, for a religion, members have to sign lengthy contracts and waivers before joining. It also has a vast security and intelligence network which it uses to infiltrate government agencies and foreign embassies and to persecute anyone critical of its practices.

Scientology policy, as written by Hubbard, is to use seemingly innocuous front organisations to gain approval. They are vehemently against psychiatry and see many evils in the world as attributable to psychiatrists. As an alternative they offer their own ‘auditing’ methods and quack cures, some of which have led to the death of its members.

The four main Scientology "front groups" are:

Citizens' Commission for Human Rights (CCHR)
Education Alive (to promote their ‘study technology’ and ideas)
Narconon (a controversial drug rehabilitation program)
WISE (to promote their ideas in the business community)
Youth for Human Rights International (to recruit young people)
Scientology uses lies and deception employing the language of free speech in order to hide its true nature. The founder Hubbard said that “truth is what is true for you”. According to Hubbard, when dealing with the "raw public" one must be careful to give them an "acceptable truth" (both are Hubbard's terms).

For example, publicly they claim to respect all religious beliefs and claim their organisation is compatible with all religions. Yet once inside the organisation, members are taught that all other religions are lies implanted into people’s heads by an evil ruler of the universe over 75 million years ago.

Reports of child abuse, deaths through lack of genuine medical care (Lisa McPherson being the most publicised), the destruction of families through its ‘disconnect’ policy, dubious medical practises and its obsessive dislike of psychiatry have plagued the organisation.

Scientology’s ‘fair game’ policy states that any methods can be used to attack critics. Operation Freakout was a plan to get author and ex-church member Paulette Cooper imprisoned or committed to a mental institution by attacking her “in as many ways as possible” and to undertake “wide-scale exposure of PC’s sex life”. The plan was uncovered by the FBI.

It is a cause for concern that they are training Africans in their techniques and setting up schools which using highly dubious teaching methods.

It is time for African governments to look carefully at the history of this organisation to protect its children and citizens. We need to look beneath the veneer of this organisation and question whether Africa really needs this kind of help.

For more information contact: Leo Igwe, Center for Inquiry/Nigeria

Email: nskepticleo@yahoo.com

Steve Tel: +233 262 458521

Email: steveghana@ymail.com

Web Links:

The Inner Secrets of Scientology

http://www.xenu.net/

Scientology fact sheet

http://youfoundthecard.com/scientology-fact-sheet.php

Africa Clear Continent

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Cowen/essays/southafrica.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 16, 2009, 07:56:19 PM
             Former Member Tells Post About Scientology Experience


Last weekend, NY Times reporter Ariel Kaminer wrote about her experience taking the Church of Scientology's personality test and almost managing to go a little deeper into the mysterious group. This weekend, the Post tries to up the ante by speaking with a former member: "MANDY MULLEN, 20, a shop assistant from Old Bridge, NJ, joined Scientology last year when the religion claimed it could fix her spinal disorder, Scoliosis. But, she tells The Post, it did nothing but destroy her finances and mess with her mind — forcing her to break free a few months ago..."

Mullen writes:

    "Your face makes me want to puke.”
    “You look like a big dufus sitting there.”

    For two straight hours, I sat in a chair, not allowed to move a muscle or blink, staring into the eyes of the man slinging insults at me.

    I was in a TR — or Training Routine — at the Church of Scientology on West 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan, a session that cost $150.

    The process was called “auditing.” Ultimately, it was supposed to make your IQ skyrocket and give you greater confidence and control in life. At one point, the church brass even told me that Scientology — the religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard in 1952 that offers spiritual rehabilitation — could straighten my spine, which has been curved with Scoliosis since I was born.

She also says she once witnessed, at a fundraiser where members are implored to donate (staffers would yell, "This is your planet and all you care about is your money! You should be giving every last dollar! If you don’t give your money you’re a Suppressive Agent!") one man cry, “I’ve donated so much money that I’m broke. I have nothing left. You took all my money.”

Mullen herself directed thousands to the group and couldn't move out of her parents' home, which was problematic to the church, since she was supposed to distance herself from non-believers. She ultimately left—after much drama— after an ethics officer said, “You’re too open-minded to be a Scientologist" (perhaps for looking at an anti-Scientology site) and ended up joining a Scientology protest taking place outside!

http://gothamist.com/2009/11/15/ex-scientologist_tells_post_about_e.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 17, 2009, 12:14:36 AM
I opened up the www.msn.com home page this morning and was greeted with a link saying: "Scientology under fire?" so I clicked on it and there was a nice page linking to a number of recent negative news stories.

             

  Search: Scientology Loses Fraud Case, A-list Member

With a fraud conviction, an Oscar winner's angry departure and rumors of another A-list defection, the Church of Scientology is under fire. Here's a primer on the controversial religion and its recent round of negative press.

A Paris court has convicted the church's French wing of fraud, after two ex-members alleged pressure to buy treatments and vitamins. The fine?

Director departs: Citing its anti-gay-marriage stance, "Crash" filmmaker Paul Haggis recently quit Scientology after 35 years. Read his resignation letter.

Who's next? Though John Travolta has dismissed rumors that he will leave Scientology, an Irish bookmaker gives 9-4 odds the actor will split.

Quick history: Writer L. Ron Hubbard founded Scientology in the 1950s on the core belief that people are "immortal, spiritual beings" capable of rehabilitation through "auditing." Learn more.

Conduct reports: Florida's St. Petersburg Times reported a culture of abuse among Scientology executives. The church denies the claim.

Unfair interrogation? "Nightline" host Martin Bashir recently asked Scientology's Tommy Davis about church beliefs. Davis ended the interview. Find video.

Courting stars: The church counts many celebrities among its faithful, including a:
* "My Name Is Earl" star
* Fox News anchor
* "Simpsons" voice actor
* "Loser" musician
* "Cheers" alumna

http://specials.msn.com/A-List/Scientology.aspx?cp-searchtext=Scientology%20+%20French%20Fraud%20Case%20+%20Paul%20Haggis%20Defection&form=msnhal


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 17, 2009, 05:07:28 PM
There was a time when Scientology intimidated the press.

But now it`s open season on the cult.

You see what happens when you try to hold
something bad in.... It ends up getting vomited out
with force.

This is one of MANY anti scio stories running in the
worlds media.

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/strange/article_212268048.shtml

The only good press scientology gets these days is posted by themselves..
Trouble is ,  Only they read it.

The rest of the world find the truth far more interesting than PR bullshit !!!




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 02, 2010, 12:52:26 PM
                        Shooting at Scientology business in Denver


A gunmen entered a Scientology owned business, Fowler Software in Thorton, a suburb of Denver Colorado and shot Rex Fowler a Denver Scientologist before shooting himself. Fowler software is known to employ several Scientologist and is considered a "Scientology business." The shooter is believed to be a disgruntled worker, but there are no further details on the shooter.

The news story is here:
                                  http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?t=15646

more here...     http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Rex_Fowler


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: AnonKiwi on January 02, 2010, 08:34:37 PM
Read ED! Turns out the scilon was the shooter! Terrible news all round really.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 13, 2010, 11:40:11 AM
                      Kazakh Scientologists Appeal Church Closure


        June 23, 2009  Just got wind of it
QARAGHANDY -- The leader of the Church of Scientology in the central Kazakh city of Qaraghandy has said he will appeal a decision to close their church, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

The Qaraghandy Appeals Court on June 12 upheld a lower-court decision to close the church.

Church leader Vadim Vitushkin told RFE/RL that if the decision to close his church stands, then other churches could face closure in the future. He said the closure of his church violates Kazakh law and the rights of the 5,000 followers of the Church of Scientology in Qaraghandy.

The Church of Scientology was officially registered in Kazakhstan in 2000 and has since come under pressure numerous times.

The Qaraghandy court ruled the church's activities were "threatening Kazakhstan's stability and security."

Vitushkin estimated there are more than 30,000 Scientologists in Kazakhstan.

   
http://www.rferl.org/content/Kazakh_Scientologists_Appeal_Church_Closure/1760918.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 13, 2010, 04:36:00 PM
              Charlotte Church has put plans to wed Gavin Henson on hold

Read more: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1524721.php/Charlotte-Church-has-put-plans-to-wed-Gavin-Henson-on-hold#ixzz0cSowHtnQ



By Sophie Eager Jan 12, 2010, 11:15 GMT

Welsh singer Charlotte Church has reportedly put her plans to wed boyfriend Gavin Henson on hold after he said she was nagging him.

The 23-year-old star, who has two young children with the rugby legend, had reportedly planned to get hitched later this year, but the plans are currently on hold.

A source said: 'He told her not to nag him about marriage in 2010, though he'd like another baby.'

The couple recently enjoyed a night out in Cardiff, but it reportedly ended in arguments after Gavin, 27, said he was interested in Scientology.

But Charlotte replied that it was 'bulls***'.

Read more: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1524721.php/Charlotte-Church-has-put-plans-to-wed-Gavin-Henson-on-hold#ixzz0cSoYJTtC


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 14, 2010, 06:52:21 AM
   Update on Denver shooting...

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/22219438/detail.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 23, 2010, 11:57:09 AM
                This business owner is an OT V11 , maybe  8


Adams Co. business owner thought to be victim now charged in death of former co-worker
By The Denver Post

The owner of an Adams County software company has been arrested and charged with the murder of his former business partner.

William Rex Fowler was charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 30 shooting at Fowler Software Design that killed Tommy Ciancio, 42, the Adams County district attorney and sheriff said today in a news release.

Ciancio was shot several times in the head. Fowler, who owns the company, was critically injured, also with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities initially thought Ciancio was the gunman but later described him as a victim.

Ciancio had resigned from the firm in November over business disagreements and had gone to meet with Fowler to receive a settlement check.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14248447#ixzz0dO9Ee2WO

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14248447

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14248447#ixzz0dO90ZAWM



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 23, 2010, 10:01:00 PM
Adams Co. business owner thought to be victim now charged in death of former co-worker

The owner of an Adams County software company has been arrested and charged with the murder of his former business partner.

William Rex Fowler was charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 30 shooting at Fowler Software Design that killed Tommy Ciancio, 42, the Adams County district attorney and sheriff said today in a news release.

(...)
Employees of the software company, which reportedly had suffered financial difficulties since 2008, related in part to the transfer of as much as $200,000 to a church or charity by Fowler, told investigators that Ciancio arrived around 10 a.m. Dec. 30 to collect his check.

(...)
Investigators say the gun was registered to Andrew Hyung Fowler, 26, who lived at 1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles, when it was purchased. In interviews with police, Andrew Fowler said he gave the gun to his father for Christmas in 2007.

Police also found a briefcase and a typed note, dated Dec. 30 and signed by Fowler, that advised there was nothing confidential in the satchel and that it should be given to his wife, Janet.

When Janet Fowler was interviewed by detectives, she told them she wanted the briefcase returned immediately.

"It is important to me and my church. It is religious material and I want it now," she said to investigators. "Even if you looked at it, and read it, you would not understand anything in it. Because it is way above a normal person and you would not know what it meant. I want it back right now."

Janet Fowler also reportedly told investigators that her husband "is a Scientologist and would not have gone without a fight. He would have grabbed a gun in a struggle and would not have let someone shoot him."

She also told investigators that Ciancio had sent e-mails to Rex Fowler, threatening to hire an attorney and sue over money he said was owed him.

Adams County officials said Fowler is in custody, but would not say where he is being held. He was last at Denver Health Medical Center, but his name no longer appears on patient rosters.


Title: Trouble in the house of Hubbard
Post by: rockyslammer on January 24, 2010, 07:49:53 AM
http://www.smh.com.au/world/trouble-in-the-house-of-hubbard-20100122-mqoh.html



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 24, 2010, 04:37:29 PM
   Interesting read here...

Adams County software-firm owner charged in killing of ex-business partner
By Jeremy P. Meyer
The Denver Post

A 58-year-old businessman and founder of an Adams County software company was arrested Friday on murder charges in a bizarre office shooting at the end of the year that left him injured and another man dead.

Adams County District Attorney Don Quick filed charges against William Rex Fowler in the shooting death of 42-year-old Thomas Ciancio, his former business partner at Fowler Software Design.

Investigators say Fowler shot Ciancio three times in the head with a 9mm Glock handgun when Ciancio came to Fowler Software Design to collect $9,900 in severance pay.

Police had originally thought Ciancio was the gunman but later described him as a victim.

Ciancio, who was Fowler Software's chief operating officer,
Extras

    * Read the affidavit related to the case. (PDF)

resigned Nov. 23 in a dispute over the way the company was being managed.

On Dec. 29, Ciancio agreed to a settlement and to sign a waiver of release in exchange for the payment, company chief executive Laura Zaspel told investigators, according to a court document supporting the filing of charges.

Employees of the software company told investigators Ciancio had blamed Fowler for the company's recent financial difficulties.

The employees said Fowler had taken about $200,000 of the company's money without asking and gave it to a church or charity, according to the arrest affidavit.

Ciancio had "become very frustrated with William Fowler," according to the arrest affidavit.

Ciancio arrived at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 to collect his check. He chatted with employees, asked about their holidays and was preparing to attend his son's birthday party later that day.

Ciancio asked to speak to Ubaldo Ciminieri, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, but he had stepped away from his desk. Ciancio then went to Fowler's office.

Two minutes later, according to the affidavit, employees heard gunshots. Police were called by another tenant in the Elati Building, near West 84th Avenue and Elati Street in unincorporated Adams County.

When deputies arrived, they saw Fowler making his way through the front door, bleeding from the head. Investigators said he took one step past the threshold, then went back in. Police rushed into the building, escorted Fowler back out and called for an ambulance.

When Fowler tried to speak to deputies, blood poured from his mouth. They asked if Ciancio was still in the building, and he shook his head up and down to say "yes." They asked if Ciancio shot him and Fowler did not respond, investigators said.

Fowler was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for a wound from the bottom of his chin through the top of his head. During the surgery, police said, Fowler's hands were bagged to protect evidence of gunshot residue, which was later collected by investigators.

Inside Fowler's office, police found Ciancio's body. They said he appeared to have been sitting at a table when he was shot. They also found what they believe is the murder weapon and four 9mm Luger shell casings. They found a handgun magazine on the table and another in a closet in the office.

Investigators say the gun was registered to Andrew Hyung Fowler, 26, who lived at 1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles when it was purchased. In interviews with police, Andrew Fowler said he gave the gun to his father for Christmas in 2007.

Police also found a briefcase and a typed note, dated Dec. 30 and signed by Fowler. The note said nothing confidential was in the satchel and that it should be given to his wife, Janet.

When Janet Fowler was interviewed by detectives, she demanded the briefcase.

"It is important to me and my church. It is religious material and I want it now," she said to investigators. "Even if you looked at it, and read it, you would not understand anything in it. Because it is way above a normal person and you would not know what it meant. I want it back right now."

Janet Fowler also reportedly told investigators that her husband "is a Scientologist and would not have gone without a fight. He would have grabbed a gun in a struggle and would not have let someone shoot him."

She also told investigators that Ciancio had sent e-mails to Rex Fowler, threatening to hire an attorney and sue over money he said was owed him.

Adams County officials said Fowler is in custody but would not say where he is being held. He was last known to be at Denver Health Medical Center, but his name no longer appears on patient rosters.

No court date has been set for Fowler.

Ciancio's family members said they did not want to comment on the case. Calls to Fowler's Broomfield home and to the Church of Scientology were not returned Friday.

Several websites that scrutinize Scientology have been following this case, with links to records that allegedly reveal Fowler was a senior Scientologist. The sites claim that Fowler Software was a member of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises.

According to the arrest affidavit, Ciancio's brother gave investigators four binders of Scientology materials that Fowler had given to Ciancio, asking him to study the religion.

Ciancio was raised a Roman Catholic, his family said, and had attended New Hope Presbyterian Church in Castle Rock.

Jeremy P. Meyer: 303-954-1367 or jpmeyer@denverpost.com

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14251372#ixzz0dV8y6qws


Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14251372#ixzz0dV8n0Jro



http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14251372


Title: Fowler evidence
Post by: rockyslammer on January 24, 2010, 10:05:40 PM
http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2010/0123/20100123_022551_fowleraffidavit.pdf


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 25, 2010, 07:30:08 AM
Thanks for the link Rocky.

I wonder if they will call the Ideal Org in Denver
"The Rex Fowler Ideal org" as a tribute to a man
who gave everything he had, and everything he didn`t have,to Scientology.

You do realize that if this was a Scientology world, Rex Fowler
would be protected by Hubbard`s ethics tech.

And actually, would be due a "commendation."


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 01, 2010, 07:04:59 PM

Special Report: Denver murder may be linked to Scientology
By Randy Sly
2/1/2010

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=35333


Title: Cruise was impetus for German film about scientology
Post by: rockyslammer on February 03, 2010, 07:13:29 AM
Complete with ads FOR scientology!!


http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,675298,00.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 03, 2010, 08:59:49 AM
This is good news.

This whole media explosion against scientology around the world is a great lesson.

If you suppress something, it doesn`t stop it. It just  builds up pressure.

For decades Scientology has tried to put a cork on free speech.
Now the bottle has been shaken and the cork has lost its grip.

This bottle has had sixty years of built up pressure.

And for any "still in Scientology" readers...  Doesn`t it make sense to
have all the facts before making decisions ?
You are still free discard some of them as lies.

Or is your confront so bad that you allow others to sort out what
you should see and hear ?

And still, no one is stopping you from hitching your wagon to Hubbard`s star.
After all ... So many others are now experiencing the freedom of doing
what Hubbard or Miscavige tells them to. Like .... ?   .....?  ................... ?
Um..........   Ah .............   ???  Rex Fowler !!

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2010/0123/20100123_022551_fowleraffidavit.pdf

Or google him.





Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 04, 2010, 03:56:34 PM
Lots to see and do hear...

                             Vulture ministers in Haiti

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/03/while-baptist-group-is-questioned-scientologists-are-praised-in-haiti/

Just to pacify your frustration at this bullshit.

Surveys are done....

What do people hate ?.........    Religious extremists, terrorists and pedophiles

What do people like ?  ..........  Do gooders, volunteers, caring benevolent people


Scientology PR dictates that one pretend to be what people like meanwhile accusing ones enemy of being what people hate.  !!!

Simple as that.  Why else do VMs give precedence to their cameras over medicine,water and food.
It`s an exercise in PR. Plain and simple.

In days of old it was called..."A wolf in sheep`s clothing."


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 15, 2010, 04:11:11 PM
                           From Variey


Teuton telepic tempest
ARD's 'Nothing' takes aim at Scientology
By ED MEZA

German pubcaster ARD is sure to ruffle some feathers -- and generate plenty of international interest -- with an upcoming TV movie about Scientology, titled "Until Nothing Is Left."

Germany has long been at odds with the organization, labeling it a sinister group with totalitarian designs.

"We are not dealing here with a religion but rather an organization that has far different motives," said ARD program director Volker Herres at a special screening of the film earlier this month. "Scientology is all about power, business and the expansion of its network."

ARD has said it's seeking to show how Scientology manipulates, re-educates and exploits its members. The movie, produced by Berlin-based Teamworx for ARD, is based on real events and on testimony from former Scientology members and had been kept tightly under wraps. It airs on ARD on March 31.

"Until Nothing Is Left" follows a young married couple who join Scientology. The husband later leaves the org after losing his money and seeing his wife become deeply involved in the group. He also loses contact with his young daughter, who is likewise being taught by Scientology. Felix Klare and Silke Bodenbender star.

Scientology officials have criticized the film, saying it foments "an atmosphere of intolerance and discrimination against a religious community."

Herres countered that the doctrine of Scientology was "pure science fiction, no religion, no church, no cult."

ARD also will showcase Scientology in its magazine show "Hart, aber fair" following the movie, while regional pubcaster SWR will air a documentary report titled "Until Nothing Is Left: How Scientology Destroys Human Life."

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118015212.html?categoryId=3534&cs=1


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 03, 2010, 04:17:26 PM
Scientology Uses Stolen Star Wars Clips to Fire
Up Its Members Against Entheta


Scientologists just love copyright laws, because they allow them to demand that YouTube take down their extremely embarrassing internal videos. But when it comes to stealing other people's copyrighted material to make their own motivational cult films—that's different.

This terrifying Scientology motivational video, apparently designed to fire up Las Vegas Celebrity Center staffers to become an "ideal org," encourages members to "play for blood" and wage total war with spears and lasers against psychiatrists and then blast off into space to rid the galaxy of entheta, or something like that. It does so by way of clips from Star Wars, Braveheart, assorted Tom Cruise films, and Independence Day.

We contacted some of the studios that own these films to see how they feel about Scientology using their copyrighted material for weird internal team-building psychiatrist-killing exercises. (We should note that it's not clear from the video, which was leaked to YouTube, just how publicly it was designed to be distributed, so we're not certain that Scientology's use of the clips actually infringed on any copyrights. But given the cult's conservative interpretation of copyright laws in the past, we imagine it would be sensitive to the issues involved.)

A spokesman for Twentieth Century Fox, which owns distribution rights to Lucasfilm's Star Wars series, wasn't aware of the video until we brought it to his attention. "Well, we'd never seen it until you emailed me and didn't authorize it, so we're now investigating with Lucas and will take whatever next steps we have to," he said via e-mail. Not long after, the video was disappeared from YouTube "due to a copyright claim by Lucasfilm Ltd."

UPDATE: The anonymous person who posted the video to YouTube writes:

    1 - The video was produced this month as a staff recruitment tool to get people to sign up for staff for the new Celebrity Center that opened in vegas.
    2 - The video has never been made public until now.
    3 - The video is only shown internally at the Org when some prospect comes into and asks about joining staff.
    4 - The video is kept on a DVD that's locked up...when not in use.

See it here...

http://gawker.com/5484030/scientology-uses-stolen-star-wars-clips-to-fire-up-its-members-against-entheta?skyline=true&s=i


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 03, 2010, 04:21:10 PM
                          Police probe another dodgy document

Independent MP Kris Hanna has urged Federal Police to investigate a fraudulent email he thinks was aimed at ruining his career in South Australian politics.

Mr Hanna says the email aimed to set him up in a similar way to the 'dodgy documents' affair which led to Martin Hamilton-Smith's demise as SA Liberal leader last year.

Mr Hanna says a South Australian Police investigation has reached a dead end, but he thinks an independent commission against corruption would be likely to have greater success.

"This is far more than a prank, I mean it really was calculated to do one MP out of a job and secondly to influence the outcome of the election, so it's an extremely serious matter," he said.

"I would call it a corruption of democracy, it is that serious.

"If we had an ICAC then it would be top of the agenda for something like this to be investigated. I can't expect SAPOL to drop cases against armed robbers and homicides to deal with the issue, but nonetheless it is a very serious issue."

Mr Hanna says the false email he received implicated Attorney-General Michael Atkinson in the documents affair which affected Mr Hamilton-Smith's career.

"I think it is a matter which the Federal Police could bring their expertise to bear upon," he said.

"They have expertise in dealing with telecommunications crimes and they may have useful experiences interstate which are relevant to investigating this particular matter."

In a statement, SA Attorney-General Michael Atkinson says the police have confirmed that the document is a forgery and did not originate from his office.

Mr Hamilton-Smith used false documents in the SA Parliament to allege Labor links with a branch of the Church of Scientology.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/03/03/2834854.htm?section=justin


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 06, 2010, 03:03:18 PM
                               Scientology documentaries.

Someone asked for them on "Why we protest"

I want to create a large .torrent of documentaries and exposes that focus on Scientology. This documentaries don't have to be only English-speaking... with the power of the web (and this board), it is possible to create subtitles from other languages.

I am interested in official shows from network TV (the BBC, ABC Australia, Nightline, etc), as well as stories from news outlets. I am not interested in raw footage for this torrent; my hope is that by putting this together, if someone searches for a Scientology documentary torrent, they will be able to pull several very interesting shows off at once. They can then find the raw footage themselves.

So I'd like to ask for your help... please list the shows/news-stories you've seen, and maybe where I can find them. I'll deal with pulling them off the web, converting them (if need be), and then compiling a .torrent for it.

Just some of the ones I already have...


Check it out...

http://forums.whyweprotest.net/15-media/looking-scientology-documentaries-exposes-62541/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 07, 2010, 02:45:17 PM
                               The New York Times.

Breaking With Scientology
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: March 6, 2010

   
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Raised as Scientologists, Christie King Collbran and her husband, Chris, were recruited as teenagers to work for the elite corps of staff members who keep the Church of Scientology running, known as the Sea Organization, or Sea Org.

They signed a contract for a billion years — in keeping with the church’s belief that Scientologists are immortal. They worked seven days a week, often on little sleep, for sporadic paychecks of $50 a week, at most.

But after 13 years and growing disillusionment, the Collbrans decided to leave the Sea Org, setting off on a Kafkaesque journey that they said required them to sign false confessions about their personal lives and their work, pay the church thousands of dollars it said they owed for courses and counseling, and accept the consequences as their parents, siblings and friends who are church members cut off all communication with them.

“Why did we work so hard for this organization,” Ms. Collbran said, “and why did it feel so wrong in the end? We just didn’t understand.”

They soon discovered others who felt the same. Searching for Web sites about Scientology that are not sponsored by the church (an activity prohibited when they were in the Sea Org), they discovered that hundreds of other Scientologists were also defecting — including high-ranking executives who had served for decades.

Fifty-six years after its founding by the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986, the church is fighting off calls by former members for a Reformation. The defectors say Sea Org members were repeatedly beaten by the church’s chairman, David Miscavige, often during planning meetings; pressured to have abortions; forced to work without sleep on little pay; and held incommunicado if they wanted to leave. The church says the defectors are lying.

The defectors say that the average Scientology member, known in the church as a public, is largely unaware of the abusive environment experienced by staff members. The church works hard to cultivate public members — especially celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Nancy Cartwright (the voice of the cartoon scoundrel Bart Simpson) — whose money keeps it running.

But recently even some celebrities have begun to abandon the church, the most prominent of whom is the director and screenwriter Paul Haggis, who won Oscars for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash.” Mr. Haggis had been a member for 35 years. His resignation letter, leaked to a defectors’ Web site, recounted his indignation as he came to believe that the defectors’ accusations must be true.

“These were not the claims made by ‘outsiders’ looking to dig up dirt against us,” Mr. Haggis wrote. “These accusations were made by top international executives who had devoted most of their lives to the church.”

The church has responded to the bad publicity by denying the accusations and calling attention to a worldwide building campaign that showcases its wealth and industriousness. Last year, it built or renovated opulent Scientology churches, which it calls Ideal Orgs, in Rome; Malmo, Sweden; Dallas; Nashville; and Washington. And at its base here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it continued buying hotels and office buildings (54 in all) and constructing a 380,000-square-foot mecca that looks like a convention center.

“This is a representation of our success,” said the church’s spokesman, Tommy Davis, showing off the building’s cavernous atrium, still to be clad in Italian marble, at the climax of a daylong tour of the church’s Clearwater empire. “This is a result of our expansion. It’s pinch-yourself material.”

As for the defectors, Mr. Davis called them “apostates” and said that contrary to their claims of having left the church in protest, they were expelled.

“And since they’re removed, the church is expanding like never before,” said Mr. Davis, a second-generation Scientologist whose mother is the actress Anne Archer. “And what we see here is evidence of the fact that we’re definitely better off without them.”

‘Bridge to Total Freedom’

Scientology is an esoteric religion in which the faith is revealed gradually to those who invest their time and money to master Mr. Hubbard’s teachings. Scientologists believe that human beings are impeded by negative memories from past lives, and that by applying Mr. Hubbard’s “technology,” they can reach a state known as clear.

They may spend hundreds of hours in one-on-one “auditing” sessions, holding the slim silver-colored handles of an e-meter while an auditor asks them questions and takes notes on what they say and on the e-meter’s readings.

That`s page 1.

Click here to read pages 2, 3 and 4.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/us/07scientology.html





Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 08, 2010, 07:08:20 AM

                                        Scientology: Cult or Worse?

The Spectator
Alex Massie
Sunday, 7th March 2010

The problem Scientology has... Let me start again, among the problems with Scientology is that it wasn't founded a couple of thousand years ago. Had it been it might not seem quite so obviously fraudulent and, well, nuts. Age rubs off the harsh edges and all that and at least permits the creation of a splendid literature, if nothing else. And that literature is a bit more than nothing. But Scientology, apart from its artistic desert, also seems to be a wicked organisation. Consider this New York Times story:

    Raised as Scientologists, Christie King Collbran and her husband, Chris, were recruited as teenagers to work for the elite corps of staff members who keep the Church of Scientology running, known as the Sea Organization, or Sea Org.

    They signed a contract for a billion years — in keeping with the church’s belief that Scientologists are immortal. They worked seven days a week, often on little sleep, for sporadic paychecks of $50 a week, at most.

    But after 13 years and growing disillusionment, the Collbrans decided to leave the Sea Org, setting off on a Kafkaesque journey that they said required them to sign false confessions about their personal lives and their work, pay the church thousands of dollars it said they owed for courses and counseling, and accept the consequences as their parents, siblings and friends who are church members cut off all communication with them.

    “Why did we work so hard for this organization,” Ms. Collbran said, “and why did it feel so wrong in the end? We just didn’t understand.”

And, by way of background:

    Scientology is an esoteric religion in which the faith is revealed gradually to those who invest their time and money to master Mr. Hubbard’s teachings. Scientologists believe that human beings are impeded by negative memories from past lives, and that by applying Mr. Hubbard’s “technology,” they can reach a state known as clear.

    They may spend hundreds of hours in one-on-one “auditing” sessions, holding the slim silver-colored handles of an e-meter while an auditor asks them questions and takes notes on what they say and on the e-meter’s readings.

    By doing enough auditing, taking courses and studying Mr. Hubbard’s books and lectures — for which some Scientologists say they have paid as much as $1 million — Scientologists believe that they can proceed up the “bridge to total freedom” and live to their full abilities as Operating Thetans, pure spirits. They do believe in God, or a Supreme Being that is associated with infinite potential.

    Ms. Collbran, who is 33, said she loved the church so much that she never thought she would leave. Her parents were dedicated church members in Los Angeles, and she attended full-time Scientology schools for several years. When she was 8 or 9, she took the basic communications course, which teaches techniques for persuasive public speaking and improving self-confidence and has served as a major recruiting tool.

    By 10, Ms. Collbran had completed the Purification Rundown, a regimen that involves taking vitamins and sitting in a sauna (a fixture inside every Scientology church) for as much as five hours a day, for weeks at a time, to cleanse the body of toxins.

    By 16, she was recruited into the Sea Org, so named because it once operated from ships, wearing a Navy-like uniform with epaulets on the shoulders for work. She fully believed in the mission: to “clear the planet” of negative influences by bringing Scientology to its inhabitants. Her mindset then, Ms. Collbran said, was: “This planet needs our help, and people are suffering. And we have the answers.”

All this, of course is the purest and worse sort of baloney. You have to read the piece to see how controlling and ghastly the loony Hubbardites really are. Suffice it to say that it's not a pretty picture and should serve as warning anytime any of these apparently well meaning folk want to attract anyone you know to their hideous so-called church. They're in it for your soul and your wallet.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/alexmassie/5822842/scientology-cult-or-worse.thtml


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 10, 2010, 06:21:26 PM
                    The Ed Show

24 MB download.

http://depositfiles.com/en/files/f5hbghue2

Or search youtube...

YouTube- Scientology on the Ed Show, MSNBC


Title: CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Explores the Church of Scientology’s Leadership
Post by: rockyslammer on March 24, 2010, 09:06:44 AM


http://www.newsonnews.net/cnn/2282-cnn-s-anderson-cooper-360-explores-the-church-of-scientology-s-leadership.html

CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Explores the Church of Scientology’s Leadership
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:01 Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:01

Anderson Cooper 360In a special series beginning Monday, March 29th, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° takes a close and revealing look at the leadership of the worldwide church of Scientology. The week-long series, Scientology: A History of Violence, will examine allegations that Scientology leader David Miscavige has for years beaten, kicked and choked top members of the church. These are allegations the church aggressively denies, saying violence from inside came from those making the claim.

Anderson Cooper will speak with former, high ranking members from the Church's inner circle, who says the David Miscavige not only carried out, but encouraged the culture of violence at the highest levels of the church management. Cooper will also speak with members who claim extreme hardships, and some say intimidation, the church imposes on anyone who decides to leave and speak out.

Scientology: A History of Violence will air at 10pm ET on CNN and will also air on CNNInternational. Anderson Cooper 360° airs weeknights on CNN at 10pm ET.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 24, 2010, 10:43:45 AM
   This is BIG.  CNN are syndicated all over the world.

And it runs nightly for a week.

By the time it is over David Miscavige will
be recognizable all over the world.

He will be a wanted man.
Maybe even wanted enough to show
up on "America`s most wanted" with John Walsh.

Nothing says goodbye to a cult like having the leader
convicted as a criminal and jailed.

And all these scios will be saying "If I knew
this was going on, I would have just walked out. "

Well now you do know it has been going on.
David Miscavage has taken your time, your money,
your friends and family,
and your life.

The truth will set you free....from Scientology !!!



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on March 25, 2010, 07:24:50 AM

http://www.businessinsider.com/in-a-race-for-ratings-cnns-anderson-cooper-goes-after-scientologists-2010-3

In A Race For Ratings, CNN's Anderson Cooper Goes After Scientologists
 
Anderson Cooper

Although the health care reform vote recently boosted CNN's ratings typically middling numbers (far behind Fox News), the network is known as an "afterthought" in the cable news ratings race, as MarketWatch's Jon Friedman recently put it.
But here's a glimmer of hope via an announcement from the network: Beginning Monday, March 29, Anderson Cooper will debut a series in which he battles Hollywood's most mysterious, and powerful organizations. Scientology: A History of Violence airs at 10 p.m. each night next week on Anderson Cooper 360.
According to Turner's (TWX) announcement, the silver fox "will examine allegations that Scientology leader David Miscavige has for years beaten, kicked and choked top members of the church. These are allegations the church aggressively denies, saying violence from inside came from those making the claim."

Anderson Cooper 360 is one of CNN's marquee shows, despite dwindling ratings. February was his worst month in the ratings in five years in total viewers and the 25-54 demographic, according to MediaBistro. (Although a CNN spokesperson said those numbers are skewed because CNN had a huge ratings last year.)

So can Cooper save CNN? Tell us if you'll watch it.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/in-a-race-for-ratings-cnns-anderson-cooper-goes-after-scientologists-2010-3#ixzz0j7ip758Q


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 26, 2010, 02:38:27 PM
    Senator who created L Ron Hubbard Day ousted


Tom Cruise and his Scientology buddies must be upset this morning. They’ve lost their political supporter in New York City.

Disgraced state senator Hiram Monserrate lost a special election yesterday to Queens Assemblyman Jose Peralta.

Monserrate was kicked out of the State Senate after being convicted on misdemeanor charges for slashing his girlfriend’s face with a glass.

As a city councilman in 2007, Monserrate drew criticism for creating an L. Ron Hubbard Day in honor of the science-fiction writer who invented Scientology. Despite the New York City Fire Department’s objections, the corpulent loser supported Tom Cruise’s “detox” plan for firemen who’d been in the World Trade Center disaster. He appeared with Cruise at a 2007 fundraiser.

Monserrate went so far as to say he’d actually tried the Scientology “purification” and that it worked for him.

In December 2008 Monserrate was charged with slashing with his girlfriend’s face with a glass. The following October he was convicted of a misdemeanor for recklessness.He tried to keep his seat in the state senate, but the mission proved impossible.

http://buzz.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/03/17/tom-cruise-new-york-politician-mission-impossible/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 28, 2010, 11:12:06 AM
                  Yahoo news   Most viewed.

http://news.yahoo.com/most-popular/viewed

Comments are at 600+
Scientology is upstat...


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: BLiP on March 28, 2010, 11:28:16 PM
Good to see this in the local papers today:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/3517840/Ex-Scientology-lawsuits-reveal-elite-group

Quote
Ex-Scientology lawsuits reveal elite Sea Org group

 At the edge of arid foothills far outside Los Angeles, hundreds of Scientology followers live on a gated, 500-acre campus and work long hours for almost no pay reproducing the works of founder L. Ron Hubbard and creating the church's teaching and promotional materials.

The church says its 5,000 so-called Sea Organization members are religious devotees akin to monks who are exempt from wage requirements and overtime. But two lawsuits filed by two former Sea Org members, as they are known, allege the workers are little more than slave laborers, forced to work 100-hour weeks for pennies and threatened with manual labor if they cause trouble.

Marc Headley and his wife, Claire, are seeking back pay and overtime that could add up to $1 million each, according to their attorney, Barry Van Sickle.

Experts say the plaintiffs face an uphill battle; one similar lawsuit in state court has already been dismissed, although the plaintiff plans to appeal.

But the dispute has nonetheless focused unwelcome attention on the Sea Org, which operates as a nerve center for the church's most important business. While Sea Org members hold positions of authority within the international church, from the public relations team to the top leadership, lower-ranking members make up much of the work force.

The members are Scientology's most devoted followers: they sign a billion-year pledge, vow not to have children and live and work communally.

Scientology has been sued by disgruntled members before, but experts believe these suits are the first to use labor law to challenge the premise that the Sea Organization is akin to a fraternal religious order.

A victory for plaintiffs would "certainly go to the heart of Scientology's self-identification as a religion," said J. Gordon Melton, director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion and author of a scholarly book on Scientology.

"If they were to win this suit and the people who are in the Sea Org decided they wanted money, that would lead to, if not the collapse, then a great deal of harm," he said. "They depend upon these people."

Marc Headley devoted half his life to churning out the works of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard on an assembly line before working on in-house films and designing the audiovisual displays seen in Scientology churches worldwide.

Headley, who claims he escaped the gated facility in 2005, says he and others were threatened with forced labor and psychological abuse if they caused trouble.

"These folks are working for a year or two or three in a row on an hour or two of sleep a night. They're zombies," Van Sickle said. "If people had some money in their pockets or a good night's sleep, they probably wouldn't stick around."
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The Church of Scientology vehemently denies the allegations and claims the plaintiffs are liars looking for money.

"When you sign up as a Sea Org member, you're signing up as a member of a religious order," Jessica Feshbach, a church spokeswoman and 16-year Sea Org member, said of the plaintiffs. "You're a volunteer. You sign a contract that says, 'I'm not going to be paid minimum wage and I know that.'"

Headley's federal lawsuit, which alleges labor violations at the Hemet facility, is set for trial in November in Los Angeles. His wife, Claire, makes similar allegations, but also claims she was coerced into having an abortion to comply with the Sea Org members' no-child policy, Van Sickle said.

Church officials say Sea Org members are not asked to have abortions, but must leave the order if they become pregnant.

The lawsuits are similar to unsuccessful claims filed by an ex-seminarian who left the Roman Catholic church and sued for minimum wage over menial labor, said Melton, the Scientology expert. A federal appeals court last week upheld a finding that minimum wage law did not apply.

Headley joined Sea Org at 16 after being raised by Scientologist parents. He moved to the gated campus near Hemet in 1989.

At first, he devoted himself to Hubbard's teachings, a blend of Eastern religion, alternative psychology and management theory.

Practitioners believe they can eliminate negative energy from past lives through study and "auditing" sessions that use electronic devices called "e-meters" to detect mental trauma. Adherents hope to attain a state called "clear" before becoming "Operating Thetans," or pure spirits.

The Sea Org traces its roots to 1967, when Hubbard, who was also a science fiction writer, took his most dedicated followers on sea voyages to explore early civilizations and spread his teachings. Its members - called ministers - live communally and often wear maritime-style uniforms with ranks.

Headley, 36, says he began to question the religion while working for an average of 39 cents an hour to mass produce cassettes that he says cost the church $1 to make but sold for $75. He also helped make CDs and DVDs and the expensive e-meters used in auditing sessions before graduating to working on in-house film production, he says.

In 15 years, he said he earned $29,000, a total he surpassed in his first year of business on his own.

Church leaders, who have labeled Headley a heretic, dispute his story and say he was an incompetent troublemaker.

Sea Org members happily receive room and board, medical and dental care, a $50 weekly personal allowance, three weeks of annual vacation and free auditing and religious instruction for their lifetime devotion, church officials said.

Each day includes two hours of Scientology study and short meal breaks.

At Golden Era Productions, about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles, a guard keeps watch at the compound's main gate.

Inside, some 400 Sea Org members live in hotel-like dorms modeled on Scottish highland architecture and eat in a log cabin-style cafeteria that features super-sized bottles of multivitamins on each table. The grounds include a golf course, a large lake and a network of paths.

The facility is calm - until the topic of Headley comes up. During an AP reporter's visit, which was videotaped and photographed by the church, spokesman Tommy Davis repeatedly admonished the reporter for inquiring about Headley and other detractors, whom he called "terrorists" for associating with Anonymous, a group that has targeted Scientology with protests and has hacked into the church's Web site.

"We're kind of sick of people who think that they can do this with us, people who used to work here, who can leave, who are lying - and we know they're lying," said Davis. "It's a pretty nice place to live and work, and we feel that way."

Headley, who has written a book about his experiences, said during a phone interview that he endured 24-hour surveillance, roll call three times a day and censored mail. Sleeping quarters were watched at night, floodlights illuminated the campuses and escape routes were blocked during security drills. The church denies that, saying Sea Org members are free to come and go as they please.

Headley said he decided to leave in 2005 after church officials accused him of reselling old film equipment. They said they were going to begin investigating his actions and place him in a rehabilitation camp.

Davis said Headley embezzled more than $13,000, but they never filed suit against him or sought criminal charges.

Headley says he was given permission to sell old equipment on the Internet, and that he never stole anything. He claims he fled on a motorbike with $200, two days' worth of clothes and a cell phone. Security gave chase, but when Headley crashed his bike in a ditch a passer-by called 911 and sheriff's deputies arrived, he said. He thinks the officers scared off his pursuers and prevented his recapture.

Headley's wife got out of Golden Era two weeks later by fleeing a "minder" who had been sent with her to an off-campus doctor's appointment, Headley said. She found her husband through an old e-mail address he never shared with the church.

"There's no shortage of the things Scientology will do to silence their critics," said Headley, who now lives with his wife and two kids in Burbank, where he runs his own audiovisual installation business.

"Hopefully, we can end this and other people won't have to suffer like I did."


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 30, 2010, 08:47:54 AM
Great to see the nz media don`t afraid of stupid litigious cult no more.

Meanwhile Tom Cruise has decided to help a real Church.

Follow on from post #195 at the top of page 14 of this thread.

                       Tom Cruise 'wants to help Church in US'

Monday, March 29 2010, 16:12 BST

By Daniel Kilkelly, Entertainment Reporter
Tom Cruise 'wants to help Church in US'

Rex Features

Tom Cruise has reportedly decided that he wants to help Charlotte Church develop her career in the US.

According to the Daily Star, Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes are both fans of the Welsh singer and believe she should search for theatre and movie roles across the pond.

A source told the newspaper: "Tom and Katie think Charlotte would be great in a Broadway show and reckon she has a blossoming career ahead in the film world too, if she wanted."

Church is currently busy working as a judge on BBC talent search Over The Rainbow, which launched last week.

She has also secured a deal to make a pop comeback and is expected to release a new album later this year.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a211331/tom-cruise-wants-to-help-church-in-us.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 03, 2010, 04:01:20 PM
             And for 40 days and nights the media plague blighted the CoS


Feb: Military Officer
Feb 22: Washington Post
Feb 22: Drudge Report
Feb 22: Talking Points Memo
Feb 22: Beliefnet
Feb 22: Arret sur images
Feb 22: Ch7 - Today Tonight
Feb 23: Columbia Journalism Review
Feb 23: Crikey
Feb 23: Huffington Post
Feb 23: Ch7 - Today Tonight
Feb 23: Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Feb 24: Télé-Québec: Les Francs-tireurs
Feb 24: Beat the Press
Feb 25: True/Slant
Feb 25: National Catholic Reporter
Feb 26: Poynter Online
Feb 27: National Public Radio
Mar 1: Technorati
Mar 1: CBS - Moneywatch
Mar 1: KSLG Radio
Mar 7: New York Times
Mar 7: Spectator
Mar 7: KSFO Radio
Mar 7: RadarOnline
Mar 7: Leggo
Mar 7: La Stampa
Mar 7: Il giornale
Mar 7: Ticin Online
Mar 8: Times of India
Mar 8: AOL News
Mar 8: ABC - Triple J Radio MP3
Mar 8: ABC - PM Radio
Mar 8: ABC News
Mar 8: ABC - Four Corners
Mar 8: NBC - Today
Mar 8: ABC -News Nightline
Mar 8: Herald Sun
Mar 9: InfoCatólica
Mar 9: WCCO Radio
Mar 9: MSNBC - The ED Show
Mar 9: Catholic Online
Mar 10: RichardDawkins.net
Mar 10: WAZ.EUObserver
Mar 11: Ch7 - Sunrise
Mar 11: Australian Senate
Mar 11: Ch7 - Today Tonight
Mar 11: The Guardian
Mar 12: ABC - News
Mar 12: Baptist Planet
Mar 12: Wikipedia
Mar 12: Huffington Post
Mar 12: WOR Radio - John Gambling
Mar 13: AOL News
Mar 13: The Age
Mar 13: Gawker
Mar 14: Ch7 – Weekend Sunrise
Mar 14: Ch7 - Sunday Night
Mar 15: Slashdot
Mar 15: Hollywood Reporter
Mar 15: Radar Online
Mar 16: NBC - Today
Mar 16: The Daily Beast
Mar 16: ET
Mar 16: Perez Hilton
Mar 16: Express
Mar 17: The Australian
Mar 17: Ch9 News
Mar 17: SBS World News
Mar 17: HLN Bizar
Mar 18: Australian Senate
Mar 18: 2GB Radio
Mar 18: 3AW Radio
Mar 18: Sydney Morning Herald
Mar 19: Ch7 - Sunrise
Mar 19: Ch7 – Morning Show
Mar 19: Sydney Morning Herald
Mar 20: Politiken
Mar 21: Le Soleil
Mar 21: VG Helg
Mar 22: Le Nouvelliste
Mar 24: TIME Magazine
Mar 25: Der Spiegel
Mar 27: James Randi
Mar 29: CNN - AC360
Mar 30: British Medical Journal
Mar 30: CNN - AC360
Mar 31: ARD
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Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: rockyslammer on April 09, 2010, 08:17:28 AM
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2924752/Scientologists-infiltrate-jails.html
http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/04/academic_anonymous_scientology.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 28, 2010, 09:29:17 AM
                               Scientology court for rent arrears
                                           Holland
April 27, 2010

Libra landlord has a short action lawsuit against Scientology. The movement is facing a rent arrears of 78,000 euros. The Telegraph reports that Tuesday.

Gisteren was the interim measures required evacuation of the building on the Damrak and payment of arrears of rent. It is the second time that Libra gets to go to court to force payment. "Sometimes it takes a long time, but until now they always come with money on the table. The case is for us a big stick," the lawyer Libra.

A spokesperson says Scientology is not a worry about the debt. "We are busy with more important things, like a project where we help children eleven years of their addiction to come." Thursday, the court ruling. Scientology in the Netherlands about 500 supporters. The move is controversial because it would be a cult and brainwashing followers and financial undress.

Link to Amsterdam newspaper...

http://www.webregio.nl/amsterdam/regionaal-nieuws/artikel/1134926/scientology-voor-rechter-om-huurachterstand.aspx#

http://www.examiner.com/x-47081-Religion-In-The-News-Examiner~y2010m5d4-Scientology-behind-on-rent-in-Amsterdam


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 28, 2010, 06:59:52 PM
          1000 Ex-Scientology Church Members Have Left And Spoken Out

 Author: Dawn Olsen
Published: April 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Read more: http://technorati.com/entertainment/article/1000-ex-scientology-church-members-have/#ixzz0mNME1xtr


Read more: http://technorati.com/entertainment/article/1000-ex-scientology-church-members-have/#ixzz0mNM7cL2Y



Just in time for Scientology leader David Miscavige's 50th birthday (this Friday, April 30th, Happy Birthday Dickhead), internet activist group Anonymous has released a list of 1000 people who've left the Church — and spoken out against it.

While some of those who've left still follow the tenets of Scientology, all are now free of the oppressive, bankrupting, immoral, family separating, labor law breaking, government spying, member abusing, abortion-forcing cult. In a press release issued by Why We Protest, the details of this major milestone are highlighted.

    ...The stories told by these ex-members are similar to the revelations made recently by former members speaking out against Scientology in highly visible stories in the New York Times, the St. Petersburg Times, and most recently, in a five-part series on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360. According to the Church of Scientology, these former members are "liars" and "apostates" with an agenda to destroy the church. Anonymous wonders whether Scientology will also call all 1,000 of these former members liars.

I remember when the wave of criticism grew from a few outspoken critics, like Arnie Lerma, Mark Bunker and Gerry Armstrong, to a massive body of masked and unmasked individuals who decided it was time to take the Church of Scientology to task.  Since then, a grassroots movement has helped add their voice to those who've been abused by this government sanctioned ponzi scheme/cult, that enjoys tax benefits no other religion gets, may have killed members, has driven members to suicide or bankruptcy and uses famous celebrities to create a facade of legitimacy built on bilking innocent people for millions upon millions of dollars.

In honor of this monumental occasion, I am posting the original video which inspired me to look deeper, closer and with greater scrutiny at a religion that most deem as simply kooky, but I`m much, much more sinister than you can imagine.

For those who've left, you have my respect.  For those still stuck in their Scientology nightmare, there is hope...and help.  Please, take the first step to free yourself and join your 1000+ brothers and sisters.  Smell the fresh air of freedom that awaits you.

Read more: http://technorati.com/entertainment/article/1000-ex-scientology-church-members-have/#ixzz0mNLmmTJo

http://technorati.com/entertainment/article/1000-ex-scientology-church-members-have/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 03, 2010, 09:35:48 AM

    Scientology leader David Miscavige accused of snooping in secret celeb      confessional files

Rush & Molloy

Sunday, May 2nd 2010, 10:57 AM

Happy birthday Davey...




http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/05/02/2010-05-02_scientology_leader_david_miscavige_accused_of_snooping_in_secret_celeb_confessio.html#ixzz0mmEBCIJE


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 04, 2010, 10:40:37 PM
              Perez Hilton runs the Miscavige snooping through celebs confidential folders.

http://perezhilton.com/2010-05-03-scientology-leader-is-a-total-gossip-monger



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 08, 2010, 04:11:34 PM
                    OOOps !!!!  Noe the Village Voice has run the story.

                                                  Scientology

Tom Cruise Was Secretly Videotaped So Scientology Leader David Miscavige Could Regale Party Guests?


http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/05/tom_cruise_was_1.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 10, 2010, 07:27:06 PM
                                               The Examiner

                       Scientology allegedly betrayed Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is famous in part for his devotion to Scientology, a religion that some consider a cult. Scientology has been especially known for its celebrity members including Kirstie Alley and John Travolta.

TMZ reports that high level Scientologists secretly taped Tom Cruise as he confessed details of his personal life. A former high-ranking Scientologist, Mark Rathbun, says that he did the videotaping and gave the tapes to David Miscavige who showed them to other high-level Scientologists as entertainment.

Rathbun says he was ordered by Scientology leader, Miscavige, to create transcripts of the sessions to be read out loud at gatherings of elite Scientologists.

Rathbun did not say what the confessions involved.

Tom Cruise was recently included in a Scientology tell-all and his involvement with Scientology is said to have been part of the reason he and ex-wife Nicole Kidman were divorced.

http://www.examiner.com/x-40713-Celebrity-Relationships-Examiner~y2010m5d9-Scientology-allegedly-betrayed-Tom-Cruise

and here...

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1050399


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 11, 2010, 11:43:15 PM
                          Cruise’s confessional betrayal and John Sweeney

The post of two nights ago regarding Miscavige betraying Tom Cruise’s confessions has gone viral.  News media have contacted me from several countries asking for interviews. I will tell you what I told them.  I am doing no interviews on the subject until the BBC Panorama investigation has aired.  It is BBC’s exclusive as far as I am concerned. The reason is that Panorama’s John Sweeney actually connected the dots on all this. Sweeney can investigate,  folks. Why do you think DM worked so hard utilizing reverse Scientology tactics to make him snap?  Do you realize the crux of  Sweeney’s 2007 investigation was evidence that Miscavige beat people on a regular basis?  The effort and money that Miscavige devotes to discrediting Sweeney is directly  proportional to the investigative skills and persistence of Sweeney.  Stayed tuned.

Marty Rathbun

http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/
--------------------------------------------------------
More viral

Tuesday, May 11. 2010
Church of Scientology makes fun of Tom Cruise confessions

http://www.metrowny.com/blogs/archives/620-Church-of-Scientology-makes-fun-of-Tom-Cruise-confessions-75b0xw00d.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 25, 2010, 04:53:26 PM
Nevada Open Records Request Seeks to Discover Connection Between Church of Scientology, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Sharron Angle


(PRNewsChannel) / May 24, 2010 / LAS VEGAS, Nev. / An open records request filed today by the political website YourPoliticsNews.com seeks to discover the extent of any connection between the controversial Church of Scientology and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

Up until last week Angle has been a virtual unknown and has not received the same coverage or scrutiny as her opponents.

In 2003, then Assemblywoman Sharron Angle backed a trip to Mexico to visit The Second Chance Program, a program backed by the Church of Scientology.  Second Chance claimed to detoxify inmates by administering vitamin and mineral supplements, massage and sauna treatments to drain the body of drug toxins.  But Angle did not reveal the Church of Scientology connection when she championed the program to her colleagues and arranged for a paid trip to Mexico to see the program in action.  Interest in the program quickly waned once the connection to the Church became public.

Four years later the same program became the focus of a 'Wall Street Journal' report after New Mexico adopted the program for its state prisons.

In its story, the ‘Wall Street Journal' (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07019/755193-28.stm) described Second Chance as "one of the country's most unusual alternatives to the nation's prison systems. Founded by a Scientologist and former real-estate developer -- and funded partly by federal tax dollars -- Second Chance is a treatment program for nonviolent prisoners with substance-abuse problems.

"It is based on principles of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion, who argued that toxins from drugs and pesticides accumulate in the body's fatty tissues, making it difficult for addicts to kick their habit. Saunas and vitamins are intended to purge these residues. Facing few options for successful long-term ways to treat criminal defendants with serious drug problems, 24 of New Mexico's 84 district judges have sentenced more than 50 prisoners to terms at Second Chance."
Sharron Angle, Scientology Connection?
The Open Records request, filed with Angle's campaign, seeks to discover Angle's connection to the Church; including if she has received campaign contributions directly or indirectly from the Church; her connection to known Scientology members; and whether Angle, her family or staff received any gifts from the Church that may have inspired her support for the inmate program.

Angle is a former, four-term Republican member of the Nevada Assembly who represented the 26th district from 1999 to 2005.

Though some call it a religion, Scientology has also been described as a cult.  In 1979, several Scientology members were convicted for illegal activities, including the largest theft of government documents in U.S. history.

For more information, please visit http://www.yourpoliticsnews.com. 
Source: yourpoliticsnews.com

This press release was sent by the press release distribution service PRNewsChannel. Follow on Twitter, Friend on Facebook, Connect on Linkedin.

http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=0&a=2577


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 13, 2010, 07:07:41 PM
                New alarm over Scientology HQ opening 'soon'

   Published: 12th June 2010 11:54  Birmingham UK

Moseley and Kings Heath residents are again growing concerned about the arrival of a controversial 'cult' on their doorstep.

News that the Church of Scientology plans to open its regional headquarters in the neighbourhood 'within weeks' according to media reports has led to renewed alarm among local residents.

Pitmaston Moseley BirminghamThe redundant office block Pitmaston House has been apparently empty since the story first broke more than two years ago. It was reported that the Scientologists paid more then £4 million for the former home of the Ideal Benefit insurance company.

The Los Angeles-based group is known for its belief in aliens and includes Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its celebrity followers. One Moseley resident, who lives near Pitmaston House, described the scientologists as ‘crackpots who target the vulnerable members of society'.

But a local councillor who has lived with the Scientologist on his doorstep for more than a decade in Sussex said the locals of Moseley and Kings Heath have nothing to fear. (That`s an easy thousand dollars)


http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/West-Midlands/Birmingham/B14/News/Local-News/166869-New-alarm-over-Scientology-HQ-opening-soon

Earlier story here...
http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/West-Midlands/Birmingham/B14/News/Local-News/89433-Don%E2%80%99t-fear-cult-says-councillor-living-on-Scientology-doorstep


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 15, 2010, 05:46:22 PM
           An American political advert.

Scientology gets a mention.


http://www.frumforum.com/reid-attacks-angle-on-social-security


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 21, 2010, 09:53:35 AM

                 
UK NEWS
                         FURY AS CHURCH BUYS UP REFUGE


Sunday June 20,2010

PLANS to turn a former sailors’ refuge into a Church of Scientology headquarters have caused uproar.

The religious order with star converts such as Tom Cruise and Peaches Geldof has bought the Royal Fleet Hotel in Plymouth for £1million.

Queen Victoria was its patron on a former site before it opened in 1902 as the Devonport Royal Sailors’ Home.

Owner Kailash Suri, 55, sold it last month and the church will take control on Tuesday.

Falklands War veteran Doug Dale, 60, said: “I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous. They should have chosen something far more suitable for such a historic building.”

A local ex-church member, who did not want to be named, said: “All it will do is fleece the gullible.”

But spokesman Graeme Wilson said: “The majority have been supportive.”


http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/181960/Fury-as-church-buys-up-refuge


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 01, 2010, 12:26:35 PM
        Scio upstat on calls in.


 Scientology 'prank’ calls numbered in thousands

28/Jul/2010



A MANDURAH man accused of calling the Church of Scientology thousands of times appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on July 23.

John Desmond Allen (31) pleaded not guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

Police prosecutor Mick Fallows said police would allege Allen called the Church of Scientology in March and said the church should be eradicated from Australia.

Police allege Allen called the church hundreds of times a day and repeatedly harassed staff.

Senior Constable Fallows said it was alleged about 2000 calls were made over one month and on one day, there were 375 calls.

Police allege Allen made the calls to block up the phone lines to prevent other people from contacting the church.

Magistrate Terence McIntyre asked the police prosecution and defence to discuss the issues because a trial would give Allen a “platform for expounding his views”.

A trial was set for September 13.



http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Prank-calls-numbered-in-thousands/7563603/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 09, 2010, 04:07:59 PM

             Dan O’Neill: Why respect beliefs most of us consider are loony?

Sep 8 2010 by Dan O'Neill, South Wales Echo

LET us today consider the word “stupid”.

Defined by my big fat dictionary as “showing lack of reason or judgement”.

This was the word used, light-heartedly, by Adamsdown councillor John Dixon to describe the Church of Scientology.

Which is why he will face the council’s Standards and Ethics Committee this month because the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Peter Tyndall, received a complaint from a scientologist accusing Dixon of “bigotry”.

Instead of bunging it into the bin, Tyndall took it seriously, showing, I reckon, lack of reason or judgement and we all know what that means.

This farce began when Coun Dixon, while ambling through London, tweeted: “Didn’t know there was a Church of Scientology on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off.”

That’s bigotry? Well a certain John Wood, scientologist, thought so.

And claimed it was criticism of a person’s religion which, in these poisonously politically correct times, makes it almost a hate crime.

But hasn’t Coun Dixon got a point? The sci-fi writer Lafayette Ron Hubbard, who founded scientology in 1951, told friends four years earlier: “I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is.”

He was right about the money but doesn’t this suggest that the late L Ron wasn’t exactly inspired by Word From Above?

Anyway, our ombudsman decided that Coun Dixon had a case to answer and among his more pompous pronouncements was this: “I expect members to be respectful and show consideration to all members of the public and their views.”

And do I hear, unspoken, the thought “especially if those views are religious”?

But why? Why should we respect views that plainly show lack of reason or judgement?

If the sainted David Icke complains to our ombudsman that I don’t respect his view that the Queen and Prince Charles are shape-shifting lizards from another galaxy, will I be hauled before our local inquisition?

Meanwhile, to call Jedi a stupid “religion”, when it’s based on a series of fantasy movies, is simply a statement of fact.

While Asatru, a newish “religion” claiming that the universe is a giant ash tree with we humans living in one of the roots is undoubtedly stupid (come and get me Mr Tyndall).

And what other word than stupid described the First Presbyterian Church of Elvis and its rival, the Church of the Two Elvises?

Am I disrespectful in calling the Aetherius Society stupid because I think they ARE stupid. Its founder George King met Christ on Venus, piloting a flying saucer in the great battle against aliens intent on stealing earth’s oceans.

Not so much sci-fi as Marvel Comics.

And there are equally bizarre beliefs found in the world’s major religions as well.

Anyway, L Ron’s gospel tells us a super being called Xenu brought people to earth 75 million years ago, stacked them around volcanoes, then blew ’em up with hydrogen bombs.

Their souls stuck to the bodies of what life there was on earth, starting with clams, then working their way up to us, bringing all their memories with them.

So L Ron’s methods would help us remember every aspect of our past lives, including details of our birth in this one. And more. Much more.

Yet our ombudsman expects Coun Dixon to be “respectful and show consideration” of these views. Shouldn’t his views also be respected? Coun Dixon’s freedom of speech is more important than the sensitivities of a scientologist seeing bigotry where none exists.

It seems to me our ombudsman has shown what we might call a lack of reason and judgement.
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/columnists/2010/09/08/dan-o-neill-why-respect-beliefs-most-of-us-consider-are-loony-91466-27222231/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 12, 2010, 11:36:14 AM

                      Vulture Ministers find a gas leak larger than Hubbard


Assistance is overflowing in San Bruno neighborhood, but frustration builds with displaced residents
September 11, 2010 |  2:20 pm

Outside the blast zone in San Bruno, a neighborhood gymnasium and park have been transformed into a one-stop assistance center for those still displaced three days after the destructive explosion.

The city recreation center and its grounds have become a bazaar of companies and organizations: carpet cleaners, insurers, animal services agencies, the Mexican consulate -- even volunteer ministers with the Church of Scientology wearing firefighter-like yellow suits had set up a table.

While the Lions Club served snacks outside, a stream of cars wheeled into the park offering donations of food, clothing and basic necessities.

Cherie Sekulich, 35, hasn't been home since the flames burned within two feet of her house on 1460 Claremont Drive, destroying the backyard deck. She said some of her neighbors ran down the street, away from the flames, barefoot, some in pajamas or underwear.

"All I could grab was my two cats, my two birds and my dog," she said, speaking while the rest of her family conferred with their next-door neighbors in the gymnasium.
She and other evacuees said they were grateful for the companies and agencies offering vouchers for hotels, food and clothing to replace their smoky clothes or pajamas they were wearing when they abruptly had to abandon their homes.

"It's nice to know that the companies around here that have a vested interest don't forget about us," she said.

Sekulich and other displaced residents, however, expressed increasing frustration about not being let back onto their property.

Sekulich said she is faced with a third night using vouchers to stay at a hotel with her brother, mother, father and pets and is getting impatient waiting.

"We're trying to get back to our homes, but we're getting the run-around," she said.

The Sekulich family has lived in the neighborhood more than 30 years, but had no clue they were so close to a high-pressure gas transmission line.

"I've lived here in this house my whole life, but no one ever disclosed to us when my parents bought the house that there was something so dangerous, so close to us," she said. "It's just mind-boggling that they wouldn't tell us."

She said neighbors closer to the blast site told her recently about smelling gas coming out from vents in the street, but she had never noticed it herself.

Pacific Gas & Electric said Saturday it has so far not found any records of residents complaining about the smell of gas.

-- Tony Barboza from San Bruno

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/09/one-stop-assistance-center-springs-up-in-san-bruno-but-frustration-builds-with-displaced-residents.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 29, 2010, 03:40:02 PM
                  Councillor who Twittered on Scientology cleared of wrongdoing

Sep 28 2010 WalesOnline


Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/09/28/councillor-who-twittered-on-scientology-cleared-of-wrongdoing-

A COUNCILLOR hauled before a disciplinary hearing after calling the Church of Scientology “stupid” in a post on the Twitter website has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Cardiff Council’s Standards and Ethics Committee decided there was no evidence that Councillor John Dixon had failed to comply with its code of conduct.

Members disagreed with the report of the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Peter Tyndall, who said there was likely to have been a breach of the code because the Adamsdown ward member signed off his comments on the website as CllrJohnDixon when he criticised the church.

They concluded he was acting in a private capacity.

Coun Dixon, also executive member for health and social services, said: "I'm hugely relieved. It wouldn't have minded my day in court because I think there are some flaws in the Ombudsman's judgement which I wouldn't have minded exploring. But I can now get on with other things. I can concentrate on the job I was elected to do."

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/09/28/councillor-who-twittered-on-scientology-cleared-of-wrongdoing-91466-27359840/

Read More  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/09/28/councillor-who-twittered-on-scientology-cleared-of-wrongdoing-91466-27359840/#ixzz10tFz6ofb

And the Guardian reports on it as well.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2010/sep/27/stupid-scientology-decision-social-media-surgery-cardiff-schools


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 04, 2010, 04:12:56 PM
                       Sane decision over ‘bonkers’ cult row

Oct 3 2010 by Matt Withers, Wales On Sunday

IT WAS a rare victory for sanity last week when John Dixon, the Cardiff councillor who tweeted that scientology was “stupid”, was effectively found not guilty by the local government watchdog.

It had become quite a celebrity cause, with the likes of comedians David Mitchell and Tim Minchin backing the formerly obscure councillor and it dragged on for months.

This was all the more strange, given that literally nobody believed Mr Dixon should be disciplined for tweeting about scientology in a personal capacity, in his spare time on a shopping trip to London.

Nobody except the scientologists, of course. And it’s worth noting that – while not wishing to disparage their beliefs in any way – they also believe that 75 million years ago, “Xenu”, the dictator of the “Galactic Confederacy”, brought billions of his people to Earth in a DC-8 plane (a four-engined jet manufactured from 1958 to 1972), stacked them around volcanoes and killed them using hydrogen bombs.


This whole affair has gone on for months, taking up the time of who knows how many people and leading to a report by the Ombudsman only marginally shorter than the last Harry Potter.

With swingeing cuts to the public sector on the way, Wales’ local government ombudsman, by their conduct over the Dixon affair, may as well have put a 20ft flashing neon sign on their offices saying “Start here”.

They’ve clearly got too much time on their hands.


Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/columnists/2010/10/03/sane-decision-over-bonkers-cult-row-91466-27388790/#ixzz11MMrw8L0


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 10, 2010, 06:15:10 PM
   The beginnings of this item is posted on the Marty Rathbun speaks Thread.

But now TIME has picked it up. It`s in the news.

                         Scientology Defector Reportedly Jailed in LA

And not because his thetans were too low!

NewsFeed generally believes that all religions are valid and that we should treat all of them with respect and all that liberal-arts jazz. But this story gives us the creeps.

The latest scandal from the Church of Scientology is the tale of 19-year-old Daniel Montalvo, who allegedly ran from the Church and found himself in jail for his efforts.

The news originated from the blog of Scientology apostate Marty Rathbun and is written in near-impenetrable Scientology jargon, but Tony Ortega of the Village Voice has recapped the situation in normal English. In brief: Montalvo, a lifetime Scientologist, left the Church after coming into contact with ex-members on the Internet. As Rathbun describes:

The kid only had a hand held text message sender and receiver, no phone. We coordinated his route out, lost all our tails, and picked him up at a pre-designated spot.

We took him to a far away Deli and delighted at watching him eat a cheeseburger and fries with his eyes lit up like he was ingesting an eight course gourmet feast...

Montalvo had reportedly taken with him two hard drives belonging to the organization, but, on the advice of Rathbun, returned them to the Church by messenger service. The ex-Scientologist community then spirited Montalvo away to Florida, where he was to live in a safe house for those who have left the Church.

What happened next bears a remarkable similarity to the Elian Gonzalez case. Montalvo's family allegedly pressured the group to let them speak to Daniel, and eventually they were allowed to. But while he was reportedly on the phone, he was put through to a Scientology fixer, who, as Rathbun explains...

...procceeded to lie to Daniel that the hard drives were never returned, and made a convincing case (not difficult to do with a 19 year old who doesn't even know the three branches of government) that Daniel would be put behind iron bars for a good long time, unless of course, he returned and cooperated.

But when Montalvo returned, the story goes, he was taken to an office, interrogated by a Scientologist lawyer for two hours, and then reportedly arrested by a detective from the LA Sheriff's department, for the theft of the hard drives. The teenager spent 70 hours in jail before being bailed out by another former Scientologist. Rathbun on his blog has called for donations to help Montalvo's legal defense.

Whatever the outcome of the Montalvo case, everyone involved can at least be assured of one thing: Tabloid writers around the globe will be monitoring each and ever twist and turn. We can see it now: The case of the Renegade Scientologist.


Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/10/09/scientology-defector-reportedly-jailed-in-la/#ixzz11vxRoQqV

http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/10/09/scientology-defector-reportedly-jailed-in-la/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 13, 2010, 01:17:08 PM
                       Tel Aviv Scientology building burns, arson suspected


Nine workers escape unharmed from the former Alhambra theater building, which has been undergoing renovations.

By Yaniv Kubovich



Nine workers were saved from a burning building belonging to the religious group Scientology in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning. Arson is suspected as the cause of the fire.

The building, which used to house the Alhambra theater, was purchased by a group of people representing the religious group Scientology. The building was not in active use as it was undergoing renovations.

Nine construction workers were sleeping on the top floor of the building at the time of the incident. The fire broke out on the floor beneath the sleeping workers.

The fire spread to the stairwell, preventing the workers from escaping the building on their own. Firefighters that arrived on the scene successfully overcame the blaze and save the workers.

An investigator that arrived at the scene of the fire said that upon first examination it would seem that the cause of the fire was arson.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/tel-aviv-scientology-building-burns-arson-suspected-1.318620

Hope no one was auditing OT 3 when it happened.
That would be too spooky


Title: Government urges councils to stop giving tax breaks to Scientology
Post by: rockyslammer on October 16, 2010, 07:49:42 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/15/government-councils-tax-breaks-scientology

Government urges councils to stop giving tax breaks to Scientology

Communities secretary Eric Pickles says majority of the public does not want 'controversial organisation' to be given favourable treatment

    * Rajeev Syal
    * guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 October 2010 17.16 BST
    * Article history

The Church of Scientology Centre in Queen Victoria Street, London The government is urging councils to stop giving tax breaks to Scientology. Photograph: Sarah Lee

The government is urging councils across the country to stop giving hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax breaks to the Church of Scientology.

The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, said a majority of the public did not want the "controversial organisation" to be given the kind of favourable treatment usually reserved for charities and questioned this use of public money.

The church, which is not classed as a religion by the Charity Commission, was described as a cult by a high court judge in 1984.

It is the first time a cabinet minister has intervened in the long-running row over the tax breaks for Scientology.

At least four authorities have given tax breaks to the group, which counts a host of celebrities among its high-profile members.

City of London Corporation has asked it to pay only one-fifth of the usual rates on its London headquarters, near St Paul's cathedral. As a result, it has saved £1.3m worth of tax.

The six-storey building was opened in a lavish ceremony attended by the leading Scientologist Tom Cruise in 2006.

The corporation decided Scientology could be classed as a charity either for the advancement of religion "or other purposes beneficial to the community".

The council says it feared the organisation would take it to court were the tax breaks to cease.

Conservative-controlled Westminster council has granted 80% rates relief on Scientology's Celebrity Centre in Bayswater, London, saving £165,303 over the past 10 years.

The council has defined the organisation as a "non-registered charity" that is "beneficial to the community". The Scientologists moved out this property, set up for prominent people in the arts, in July, council officials said.

In Birmingham, the city council has given the Church of Scientology Religious Education College 80% discretionary relief, awarded because the property is being used as an educational institution, and in Sunderland, the council has given Scientology £30,000 of rates relief on its city centre base over five years.

In a statement to the Guardian, Pickles said he could not see why Scientology was being given privileged treatment by councils.

"Tolerance and freedom of expression are important British values, but this does not mean that the likes of Church of Scientology deserve favoured tax treatment over and above other business premises," he said.

"The Church of Scientology is not a registered charity, since the Charity Commission has ruled that it does not provide a public benefit. Nor are its premises a recognised place of worship.

"Councils may award charitable relief. They should take into consideration the Charity Commission's rulings when weighing up whether to do so.

"I do not believe the majority of the public would want their own council to be giving special tax breaks to such a controversial organisation."

According to the official Scientology website, the group has at least nine other centres in Britain. The Valuation Office Agency, the agency of Revenue and Customs that assesses business rate valuations, does not regard the Church of Scientology as a recognised religion.

The Charity Commission ruled, in 1999, that the church did not pass the "public benefit" test required for advancing religion as a charitable purpose.

Scientology has won some victories to gain tax-free or low-tax status. In 2000, it persuaded Revenue & Customs that it should be exempt from VAT on payments received because its services were educational and non-profitable.

In a test case before the VAT tribunal, the Scientologists' lawyers forced the taxman to return £8m in overpaid VAT.

The organisation denies it is a cult and claims its subsidiary groups have done successful work with schools and in prisons to combat drug abuse and other social problems.

A spokesman said Pickles' comment appeared to refer to an old decision by the Charity Commission before new guidelines were issued.

"Scientology is very popular with those who have visited our churches, met with Scientologists and observed or utilised our numerous community activities that effectively address drug abuse, illiteracy, declining moral values, human rights violations, criminality and more," he said.

"Local council authorities, government bodies in this country and many others, and the European court of human rights have all recognised the religious nature of Scientology or the fact that Scientologists are actively helping those in their communities as a direct reflection of their religious beliefs."


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 17, 2010, 08:21:10 PM
   
                      MP Warns Against Scientology Tax Relief



http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Politics/Church-Of-Scientology-Councils-Urged-Not-To-Grant-Tax-Breaks-To-Controversial-Organisation/Article/201010315759365?lpos=Politics_Top_Stories_Header_4&lid=ARTICLE_15759365_Church_Of_Scientology%3A_Councils_Urged_Not_To_Grant_Tax_Breaks_To_Controversial_Organisation
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Pickles in tax break plea

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has urged councils not to give special tax breaks running into hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Church of Scientology.

http://news.scotsman.com/news/Britain-Today-Equitable-payout-set.6584567.jp

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Official: End tax breaks for Scientology
UPI.com
LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The government should stop giving tax breaks to the Church of Scientology, which is not classified as a religion in England, ...

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2010/10/16/Official-End-tax-breaks-for-Scientology/UPI-10421287262424/
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The toilet has been flushed.
Scientology swirls in turbulent waters till it disappears down the S bend.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 18, 2010, 08:14:14 PM
This UK scientology Tax relief story has gone viral.

Just look at all the media outlets that are running the story..

http://forums.whyweprotest.net/329-scientology-property-tax/uk-government-urges-councils-stop-giving-tax-breaks-scientology-winrar-72560/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 04, 2010, 09:46:45 AM
Outcome of post 1920 from this thread.

Scientology 'prank’ calls numbered in thousands

28/Jul/2010



A MANDURAH man accused of calling the Church of Scientology thousands of times appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on July 23.

John Desmond Allen (31) pleaded not guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

Police prosecutor Mick Fallows said police would allege Allen called the Church of Scientology in March and said the church should be eradicated from Australia.

Police allege Allen called the church hundreds of times a day and repeatedly harassed staff.

Senior Constable Fallows said it was alleged about 2000 calls were made over one month and on one day, there were 375 calls.

Police allege Allen made the calls to block up the phone lines to prevent other people from contacting the church.

Magistrate Terence McIntyre asked the police prosecution and defence to discuss the issues because a trial would give Allen a “platform for expounding his views”.

A trial was set for September 13.



http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Prank-calls-numbered-in-thousands/7563603/


                                        UPDATE
                                 Fined for ‘harassment’

John Allen with a restraining order summons from the Church of Scientology. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au Buy this photo

A MANDURAH man was fined heavily for persistently calling the Church of Scientology and Peel police district office when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court last month.
John Desmond Allen (31) was found guilty of two counts of using a carriage service to menace, harass and cause offence after two trials on October 18 and 25.

The October 18 trial related to 79 phone calls from Allen to the Peel police district office from June 29 to August 9. He was fined $1500 and police awarded a misconduct restraining order against Allen.

At the October 25 trial, witnesses from the Church of Scientology described how Allen made about 500 calls over a two-week period.

A church human resources volunteer said Allen told him he did not agree with the church and wanted to take it down. He said Allen called at least 70 times in one day and was verbally abusive.

The church volunteer said he would hang up on the calls because Allen was creating a nuisance.

“He would block our lines up so people could not call,” he said.

“His intentions were to harm the church.

“Originally it did not worry me, but I started to feel physically ill with the harassment.”

The volunteer said Allen had free calls from his landline through his server.

Magistrate Terence McIntyre said Allen conceded he made the calls, but had limited recollection of some of the calls.

The court was told Allen made all the calls because he wanted someone to talk to him.

Allen was fined $750 with $327 costs. Mr McIntyre warned Allen not to call the Church of Scientology again, but Allen said he would appeal.


http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Fined-for-harassment/7574195/



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 09, 2010, 07:58:28 PM
                 Cardiff Councillor Dixon will give talk on #stupidscientology

Stupid Scientology: From obscurity to Newsnight and back again in 140 characters*

Councillor John Dixon When?
Monday, November 15 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?
The Promised Land
4 Windsor Place
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3BX
029 2039 8998

Who?
Councillor John Dixon

What's the talk about?

"Local hero" is a phrase you don't get to genuinely use very often. "Popular politician" much less so. But nonetheless, November's speaker can be accurately described as both.

For the very first time, John Dixon gives the full story of his experiences of having to defend himself for daring to express an opinion about Scientology. The resulting palaver, political and legal ramifications and high-profile battle against the cult (or word that sounds a lot like cult) that is Scientology revealed so much about that sinister organisation.

Come and see the most popular Welsh politician since Aneurin Bevan tell us all about it.

http://cardiff.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/344/Stupid-Scientology-From-obscurity-to-Newsnight-and-back-again-in-140-characters


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 15, 2010, 05:53:54 PM
             Hewitt, Warren, Heller Star in DEAD AGENTING Reading, 10/18

Dead Agenting, a new play that is "not about Scientology" by award-winning independent filmmaker/playwright Aaron Mark, will receive a private reading in Manhattan on Monday, October 18th.

The reading will feature Tom Hewitt (The Rocky Horror Show, Dracula), Adam Heller (Victor/Victoria, Random Unrelated Projects), Amy Warren (The Adding Machine), Katie Klaus (A Catered Affair, Random Unrelated Projects), Frank Vlastnik (A Year With Frog and Toad, Random Unrelated Projects), Lance Rubin (Things to Ruin), and BrIan Williams.

Dead Agenting exposes a fictional religious organization called "Catharsigy" and its practice of "dead agenting" dissenters. According to the writer, however, "This play was not remotely inspired by and does not have anything whatsoever with Scientology. I myself know next to nothing about Scientology, so the idea that I would write a potentially incendiary play about L. Ron Hubbard and Tom Cruise and think that by changing their names no one would notice is absurd."


Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Hewitt_Warren_Heller_Star_in_DEAD_AGENTING_Reading_20010101#ixzz15P0Nz1fH

Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Hewitt_Warren_Heller_Star_in_DEAD_AGENTING_Reading_20010101#ixzz15P0C5jh1

http://broadwayworld.com/article/Hewitt_Warren_Heller_Star_in_DEAD_AGENTING_Reading_20010101


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 16, 2010, 03:34:42 PM
          Paul Haggis on The Next Three Days, Scientology and Why He’s OK With You Hating Crash


http://www.movieline.com/2010/11/paul-haggis-on-the-next-three-days-scientology-and-why-hes-ok-with-you-hating-crash.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 18, 2010, 04:56:39 PM
         Scientology insult councillor wanted chance to clear his name

Nov 17 2010                 
                                          Wales News



A COUNCILLOR who described scientology as “stupid” on a social networking site said he would have liked a full hearing to clear his name.

John Dixon was hauled before a Cardiff council disciplinary hearing this year after posting on Twitter: “Didn’t know there was a Scientology ‘church’ on Tottenham Court Road. Just hurried past in case the stupid rubs off.”

Scientologist John Wood complained that he found Mr Dixon’s “bigotry unacceptable”. The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Peter Tyndall upheld the complaint.


Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/11/17/scientology-insult-councillor-wanted-chance-to-clear-his-name-91466-27667675/#ixzz15bgLCBXp


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 19, 2010, 05:20:18 PM
                      Inglewood overturns denial of permit to Scientologists
By OLU ALEMORU, Staff Writer

Story Published: Nov 18, 2010 at 2:42 AM PST


INGLEWOOD — Members and supporters of the Church of Scientology celebrated Tuesday night after the city council voted 4-0 to overturn a planning commission decision to deny them a permit to use a two-story property they own on Market Street as a church.

The 11-month battle over the special use permit (SUP), which has been the subject of several public hearings, came to a close when the council adopted a resolution overturning the Planning Commission denial and made appropriate findings for their decision.

In the public comment portion of the hearing, four residents spoke against the appeal while ten members of the audience, including Edie Reuveni and Eden Stein, the respective Los Angeles and Pasadena presidents of the Church of Scientology, spoke in favor.

Planning commission members considered the church’s application back in January, continued the matter in March and denied the request in April.

In a verbal background report to council, Christopher Jackson Sr., acting senior planner, explained that the commission cited four main reasons for rejecting the request: that the proposed church would negatively affect parking in the area; that the project would conflict with the city’s general plan to create a retail/entertainment hub downtown; that there was substantial public opposition; and incompatibility with the surrounding area.

However, in a letter of appeal, the church rejected all of the commission’s findings and cited federal law pertaining to the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act that could not bar a religious building if the general requirements for a special use permit had been met.

Thus, at a subsequent June public hearing the council sought direction from City Attorney Cal Saunders and in July referred the matter back to the planning commission to re-consider the legal and parking implications.

However, in August the commission upheld their denial despite Saunders signaling his interpretation that federal law would trump local jurisdiction.

Thus, the church now has the go-ahead to convert its 45,000 square-foot basement commercial building located at 315 South Market Steet, a property it purchased two years ago — outbidding the city’s redevelopment agency — for about $5 million.

The site, a former retail jewelry store, had been empty for at least 12 years.

According to applicant’s original proposal, the new space will feature a chapel/multi-purpose room, a display area, seminar rooms, course rooms, a 2,424 square-foot book store, exercise/sauna rooms and related offices.

The 1,855 square-foot chapel is scheduled to be used from 9 a.m-11 a.m. on Sundays and the remaining 28,774 square-feet of usuable floor area from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays, and 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

During the Sunday gathering times, the counseling rooms will remained closed and the church indicated that it will employ two shifts of employees with a total 37 full and part-time staff members.

“I can’t believe we’ve spent nearly a year on this,” said Councilwoman Judy Dunlap, who introduced a motion to direct staff to prepare paperwork in overturning the commission denial.

“The zoning is appropriate and it is not in conflict with the general plan. The church clearly owns the property and I think they will be wonderful neighbors, bringing people into downtown. I believe that you’ll see the blight that so many people talk about begin to change and that area will start to flourish.”

Reuveni, speaking just after the decision, agreed.

“I think it’s terriific because I think it’s really going to add something to the community,” she told The Wave.

“We have so many outreach programs and they’re free of charge and they help and they’re successful. I work with many clergy and most of them are using our anti-drug program. That is the one most needed and wanted in Los Angeles so I’m looking forward to working with Inglewood.”

http://www.wavenewspapers.com/news/Inglewood-overturns--denial-of-permit--to-Scientologists-108874079.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 20, 2010, 11:37:26 AM
             Find out all about Scientology from Wendy Honnor

As reported in "The Australian..."

MUST READ !!!


http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/let-us-audit/story-e6frg8h6-1225955788550


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 22, 2010, 02:14:25 PM
       Scientology benefits when Miami dentist runs up patient bills

By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Sunday, November 21, 2010

             MUST READ !!!

http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/scientology-benefits-when-miami-dentist-runs-up-patient-bills/1135436


More...

http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/pdfs/Table112110.pdf


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 22, 2010, 02:46:54 PM
             Tommy Davis to the rescue...

SCIENTOLOGY'S comment

Church of Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis said neither the church nor any of its related entities were involved in any way in the management of Dr. Rene Piedra's former dental practice.

Scientology also denies the bankruptcy trustee's allegations that Piedra and various church entities schemed to defraud patients while transferring $715,364 in patient payments to the church.

The Times asked the church to comment on the actions of Piedra and his staff. Spokesman Davis responded:

"The Church had nothing to do with the conduct of his financial matters. The Church of course does not condone any deceptive financial practices and such practices are considered by the Church to be unethical behavior. The Church is not privy to the facts of Dr. Piedra's matter.

''It is not the practice of Scientologists, and is anathema to Church teachings, for anyone to defraud another individual or engage in unethical personal or business activities.

"Such behavior is frowned upon by the Church and if known about would affect an individual's standing in the Church if no action was taken to remedy the matter and correct any wrongs committed.

"If an individual Scientologist were discovered to have done anything illegal the individual would be encouraged to report the matter to the proper authorities and if he/she failed to do so the Church would bring the matter to the attention of said authorities. This is Church policy.''


http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/church-of-scientologys-comment/1135424


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 06, 2010, 05:04:56 PM
                                           Scientology Courts
                                           The Sports World


V

The Church of Scientology is reaching out to the sports world with a campaign of short videos of athletes professing the religious organization's virtues. Bob Adams (pictured), a Scientologist who played tight end in the NFL mainly with the Steelers and Patriots in the 1970s, says he used to take struggling New England teammates to a Scientology center because the teachings had helped him relax. "Having a 250-pound linebacker coming at you can be a little intimidating," he says.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703814404576001560593600204.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 18, 2010, 03:51:53 PM
                       'Bachelor' Star -- Scientology Won't Leave Me Alone!

12/17/2010 12:40 AM PST by TMZ Staff 

Former "The Bachelor" winner Shayne Lamas is waging war on the Church of Scientology -- claiming Xenu's followers are billing her $1,500 ... even though she wants nothing to do with them.

Shayne's lawyer fired off a letter to the famous L. Ron Hubbard shrine in Hollywood, demanding the church quit sending her bills for $1,506.35 -- claiming the bills are bogus ... and that Shayne "is not now, nor ever has been, a member of your organization or the Church of Scientology."

A Church rep claims Shayne "made a donation in 2004" -- but the check didn't clear. The rep says they'll stop sending letters to Shayne.

Best part ... Shayne's lawyer also reps her husband Nik Richie -- the guy behind TheDirty.com -- who says he's a big "Top Gun" fan and might be interested in joining the Church ... if they send him letters addressed to "Maverick."

http://www.tmz.com/2010/12/16/shayne-lamas-the-bachelor-church-of-scientology-bill-letter-lawyer-nik-richie-the-dirty/

and again

http://www.411mania.com/movies/news/166730/%5BGossip%5D-Former-Bachelor-Winner-Battling-Scientology.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 18, 2010, 03:54:44 PM
        US embassy cables: Tom Cruise and scientology have trouble in Hamburg

   

    * guardian.co.uk, Friday 17 December 2010 11.36 GMT

Read the cable here.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/135450

and here...

There are 19 references to scientology (a frequent request) in the leaked state department cables, but nothing that hints at scandal.

Embassy officials in Italy, Greece, Spain, Russia and Germany report occasional meetings with both local scientology members and government officials – either to discuss individual cases of discrimination towards scientologists, or as part of wider discussions of religious freedom. But while the cables all imply support for the church of scientology's right to be regarded as a religion, there is no implication that US diplomats exert undue influence on behalf of scientologist groups.

Actor and scientologist Tom Cruise is once mentioned in relation to scientology in a 2007 cable from Germany. The cable briefly states Cruise's appearance earlier that year at a Berlin shoot for the film Valkyrie boosted local interest in his beliefs.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2010/dec/17/wikileaks-you-ask-we-search


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 18, 2010, 03:57:53 PM
     Scientology starts collecting bed tax when county questions why it wasn't

By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Sunday, December 19, 2010


For 34 years, thousands of Scientologists traveled to Clearwater and stayed in hotels owned by their church, enjoying a free ride from the 5 percent tourist tax that other visitors pay at Pinellas' commercial hotels.

But that quietly changed earlier this year.

Pressed by the staff of Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson, the Church of Scientology agreed to start collecting the tourist tax a few months ago and pay it monthly to Nelson's office, the St. Petersburg Times has learned.

It's a surprising reversal that will generate significant new revenue for Pinellas' tourist promotion efforts.

But the change raises questions about another tax that Pinellas hotel guests pay – the 7 percent sales tax. Does the church now collect that tax from its guests too?

The Florida Department of Revenue, which separately administers the sales tax, wouldn't say, citing state laws that make confidential almost all information about sales taxpayers.

The church, meanwhile, suggested it doesn't collect sales tax on hotel stays.

Asked about the tax, church spokesman Peter Mansell sent the Times a one-sentence statement: "The Church is generally exempt from sales tax."

Nelson and her staff would be surprised, they said, to learn the state didn't go after sales tax once the church agreed to pay the smaller tourist tax. They say the tourist tax and sales tax go hand-in-glove.

In general that's true, state officials said.

"I think it's probably a safe assumption to say the majority of the time, if you are obligated for one (tax) you'd have to also be obligated for the other if you're engaged in the activity of renting (hotel rooms)," said Marshall Stranburg, General Counsel for the Department of Revenue.

Gary Gray, a program administrator for the department, said the church is a registered taxpayer but he could not disclose whether it collects sales tax on its hotel rooms.

Nelson's chief tax auditor, Erin Sullivan, said she called the Department of Revenue in 2008 and was told the church wasn't registered to collect taxes on hotel stays.

If still true, the state may have missed out on years of revenue.

Scientologists who visit Clearwater often stay days at a time, sometimes weeks or months, while taking services at the church's sprawling downtown campus. The city has been Scientology's international spiritual headquarters since 1976.

Most of the visitors stay in one of the church's five downtown hotels, with a total inventory of 600 to 700 rooms. High on luxury, they charge nightly rates as high, if not higher, than the Tampa Bay area's leading hotels. Collecting an extra 12 percent – seven cents on the dollar of sales tax, plus a five-cent tourist tax – adds up quickly.

At the Fort Harrison and Oak Cove hotels, room rates start at $150 for a standard room with king bed, according to a recently published church rate sheet. Parlor suites go for $230 to $450.

Cabanas facing the Fort Harrison's pool and courtyard range from $250 to $600. The presidential suite is $1,500 a night. Over at Oak Cove, penthouse suites are $800.

If the church were to book parishioners into 300 of its rooms on a given night, with room rates averaging, say, $200, the nightly sales tax collections would total $4,200. Projected over a full year, the state would get $1.5-million in sales taxes alone.

Add the tourist tax, and the total grows by $1.1-million.

Sales tax revenues are sent to the state Department of Revenue, which returns to Pinellas the money generated by the seventh cent of sales tax. That funds the Penny for Pinellas program, which pays for major improvements to roads, parks, drainage systems and government buildings.

The tourist tax, which Pinellas imposed in 1978, originally was collected by the state but since 1990 has been collected locally. Sometimes called a bed tax, it pays to promote and develop the county's hotels and attractions.

Scientology is not new to paying local taxes. The church has paid property taxes on a portion of its Clearwater holdings since 1994, when it ended a long dispute with county officials who sought to tax the church from the time it started purchasing property in Clearwater.

The church took the county to court annually for more than a dozen years, arguing it deserved tax-exempt status.

Momentum tilted in the church's favor in early 1990s, when Scientology aggressively sought and won tax-exempt status from the IRS. That 1993 decision prompted the Pinellas property appraiser's office to exempt from property taxes those church properties used for religious purposes – course rooms, counseling areas, offices, staff housing.

But the office put on the tax rolls the nonreligious portions of those properties – hotel rooms, restaurants, guest workout facilities, swimming pools.

Today, the property appraiser's office exempts $58.5-million in church real estate but taxes church holdings valued at $31.9-million. Despite its many exemptions, the church is the third-largest payer of property taxes in downtown Clearwater with a 2010 tax bill that totals about $700,000.

Still, no one in the tax collector's office approached the church about paying taxes on hotel stays until recently, officials confirmed.

Sullivan, who heads up Nelson's tax enforcement unit, began to investigate whether the church qualified to collect the tourist tax in 2008. She said former Times reporter Jonathan Abel called to ask for public records of any hotel taxes the church might collect on its Clearwater properties. Sullivan told him the church wasn't applying the tourist tax.

But the question got her thinking.

No one from the tax collector's office ever approached the church about paying the tourist tax. Sullivan thought: Why not?

The church's Fort Harrison and Oak Cove hotels stand shoulder to shoulder with the county office complex. To get to downtown lunch spots, county workers walk right past the church's hotels, where guests often can be seen arriving in church vans, unloading luggage.

Sullivan's first step was to call the Department of Revenue in Tallahassee. Was the Church of Scientology registered to collect taxes on "transient rentals" – the bureaucratic term for rentals of six months or less in hotels, motels, condos and apartments?

No, she was told.

The state had issued the church a "consumer certificate of exemption,'' allowing it to avoid taxes when purchasing goods and services for its exempted practices, such as church operations. But that had nothing to do with the renting of hotel rooms.

Sullivan asked if the Department of Revenue wanted to help pursue the church. The agency declined.

"They felt (a church hotel stay) was not subject to the taxes – what they were doing was not a taxable transaction,'' Sullivan said.

"They didn't want to participate with us in this venture, so we were on our own."

Asked by the Times about the appearance that the local tax collector was more aggressive than the state in pursuing this new slice of revenue, Department of Revenue officials declined to comment. Stranburg, the department's general counsel, said answering the question would lead into areas that might violate taxpayer confidentiality.

After Sullivan's initial inquiries, her staff contacted the church, which referred them to a Clearwater law firm that for years has represented the church on local matters.

Sullivan's team called on their lawyer, Assistant County Attorney Sarah Richardson, who was guarded in a recent interview, also citing taxpayer confidentiality laws.

"I think we can say this much,'' she said. "The church immediately referred Erin's office to their attorney who just about immediately gave up some information that helped us with a dialogue.''

Talks were off and on for months. Then Ed Armstrong, a partner in the firm, took over for the church, Richardson said. "Finally got it on track. Ed and I just started talking.''

Earlier this year, the two sides agreed the church would register to collect tourist taxes, Richardson said.

Nelson confirmed the church has made monthly payments to her office, just like regular commercial hotels. Her office made the Department of Revenue aware of the change through an information-sharing program that aims to ensure both agencies are collecting all the taxes they should be.

Nelson said she also plans to follow up with the state about whether the church is paying the 7 percent sales tax, "to ensure all the laws are complied with and Pinellas is getting all the taxes they're due." Her office would do that with any taxpayer, she said.

Asked about its agreement to start collecting tourist taxes, the church responded with a one-paragraph letter from spokesman Mansell, who said, "there is no express exemption from the tourist development tax for religious and charitable organizations.''

He added that the church's impact on the local economy was well-documented, regardless of whether it pays the tourist tax.

Neither Richardson nor Nelson would discuss whether the church made a payment for past due tourist taxes, as it did in 1994 for back property taxes.

"Can't go there,'' Richardson said.

Aware the church could emerge as a big player among Pinellas hotels collecting room taxes, Nelson said she chose to make no announcement about the successful negotiation because that is not her style.

"I just haven't found anything good about going out there and bragging about how much collection I can get out of somebody.''

Nelson, who became tax collector in 2000, said she can't explain why her office didn't approach the church prior to Sullivan acting.

"Why we didn't do it earlier, I don't know other than … someone brought something to our attention.''

Her predecessor, Fred Petty, said the county made no overtures to the church during those years either.

"I can't give you a good reason as to why, other than I didn't know of any good reason to go after them,'' said Petty, who served two terms as tax collector, mostly in the 1990s, after working in leadership positions in the office for 24 years.

It was Petty who pushed to have the county take over collection of the tourist tax from the Department of Revenue in 1990. The department "was collecting it as a part of the sales tax," Petty said. "It was around $4-million and I got it up to $8- or $10-million." He said he went after condo owners who weren't paying taxes on rentals.

Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard lauded Nelson's office for pursing the matter.

"It will make a lot of my citizens happy because they have always believed that the church ought to be paying more in taxes. And a lot of their buildings look, feel like hotels.

"So, it quacks, walks, it probably is a duck,'' Hibbard said. "And that's how I think a lot of people feel about several of their buildings. They serve as hotels.''

http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/article1140580.ece


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 20, 2010, 03:18:53 PM
                  Arsonist loon burns down tabernacle, converts to scientology

.........“He also said that a bunch of Indians would be there too. So I got up and went to the tabernacle. While I was standing there waiting for a sign, God forced my hand to drop the cigarette that He ordered me to light, even though it’s forbidden to smoke. All of sudden, one of the bushes burst into flames. Well, I know my biblical prophecy, and I understood that God was going to talk to me just like He did to Moses. But then, just as plain as you please, I heard a roar overhead and looked up to see a UFO streaking across the sky. I knew that Jesus had seen aliens too. But then this fierce wind kicked up and fanned the fire right over the church. It went up like a house made of matchsticks.”

Clerkschilde said he pondered the omens for many hours before he realized the message God was trying to impart. He now says he’s converting to Scientology..............

And the Scientology ad runs at the bottom of the story.
Excellent positioning !!!

http://www.benningtonvalepress.com/2010/12/local-man-says-voice-of-god-led-him-to_17.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 22, 2010, 06:31:01 PM
                 Tax neglect cost Pinellas County millions

In Print: Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson and her staff deserve credit for finally requiring the Church of Scientology to collect bed taxes at its five busy hotels in downtown Clearwater — though it shouldn't have taken 10 years and a call from a St. Petersburg Times reporter to get the ball rolling. Now state officials need to ensure that the church's hotels also are paying sales taxes. Allowing the church's hotels to dodge their taxes is unfair to every other taxpayer in the state. • The Church of Scientology is exempted from paying taxes on its facilities used for religious purposes, but not for others such as hotels and restaurants. Yet no one has a good excuse why the county and state have never required the church hotels — including downtown Clearwater's landmark Fort Harrison Hotel — to pay up. The neglect had going on for decades and cost the county millions.

Former Pinellas Tax Collector Fred Petty, who served during the 1990s, told the St. Petersburg Times, "I can't give you a good reason as to why, other than I didn't know of any good reason to go after them." Never mind that the church was running hotels within sight of his office, renting thousands of hotel room nights each year and did not have a legal exemption from paying the tourist tax. The answer from Nelson, first elected in 2000, isn't any better: "Why we didn't do it earlier, I don't know other than … someone brought it to our attention."

That "someone," a former Times reporter, called Nelson's office in 2008 to ask for records on the church's tax payments. The call prompted Nelson's chief tax auditor, Erin Sullivan, to wonder why the church wasn't paying the tourist tax. The 5-cent tax on hotel accommodations, collected in Pinellas county since 1978, is used to promote tourism, pay the debt on area baseball stadiums and renourish beaches.

The Scientology hotels' failure to collect the tax from their guests has denied the Pinellas tourist industry and the public millions of dollars over the years. Sullivan started negotiations with church representatives, and a few months ago the hotels finally began collecting the bed tax and remitting it to the county.

Scientology hotels also should be collecting the additional 7 percent sales tax on room rentals, just like other commercial hotels, but it isn't clear whether they do. State officials won't say, citing a state law that keeps virtually all information about registered taxpayers confidential. The law goes too far, giving potential tax scofflaws cover. While it is understandable that the details of tax records should be private, the public ought to be able to find out whether a commercial entity pays taxes.

The Church of Scientology owes the community full payment of all its tax obligations. And state and local revenue officials owe the public dedicated, evenhanded enforcement of all tax laws. They are shortchanging the public and playing favorites if, for any reason, they let that duty slide.


http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article1141280.ece


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 13, 2011, 06:20:35 PM
Church of Scientology should not get rate break says Birmingham councillor

Read More http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2011/01/12/church-of-scientology-should-not-get-rate-break-says-councillor-97319-27970198/#ixzz1AtTBGy7L


BIRMINGHAM City Council is reviewing an 80 per cent reduction in taxes it is currently offering to the controversial Church of Scientology.

The group, whose members include film stars John Travolta and Tom Cruise, is due to move to the Grade II listed Pitmaston building on Moor Green Lane, Moseley, this year.

It could be entitled to the discount under the council’s discretionary business rate relief policy, because it calls itself a religion.

Yet the Church is not registered as a charity by the Charity Commission.

The council is currently one of the few local authorities in the country that give the discout to the Church of Scientology.

Councillor Martin Mullaney (Lib Dem Moseley, Kings Heath) requested that this allowance is reviewed at a full cabinet meeting.

He said: “We are reviewing which organisations we give the 80 per cent discretionary rate relief to.

Read More http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2011/01/12/church-of-scientology-should-not-get-rate-break-says-councillor-97319-27970198/#ixzz1AtSqgyh4


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 28, 2011, 03:18:07 PM
            Church of Scientology Opens Massive New Printing Facility

By Richard Horgan on January 27, 2011 5:00 PM

Say what you will about the Church of Scientology. But business for the “fastest growing religion on earth” is booming in a way that should be the envy of any and all executives trying to figure out how to salvage a waning traditional print media model.

Per the Church’s latest press release, the organization has opened a 185,000 square foot International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles (pictured). Think of it basically as the biggest Kinko’s ever.

    The anchor of the printing plant is a custom-built 121-ton web press. Among other materials, it prints Church magazines in 15 languages, with a global circulation of millions. The press accommodates these diverse needs with the capability to automatically switch print jobs from one language to another. It prints at a rate of 55,000 pages per hour.

There’s a companion five-minute video on YouTube showcasing the sparkling new facility, which also has the capability to address 150,000 pieces every eight hours, package ship 500,000 items per week and handle the manufacturing of custom uniforms.


http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/church-of-scientology-los-angeles-printing-facility_b21368


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: NED on January 28, 2011, 03:26:41 PM
And now all they need is their RPF slave labor to run it all.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 29, 2011, 04:43:12 PM
              Church of Scientology keeps almost losing its Somerville storage
2011 January 28
tags: auction, Church of Scientology, Extra Space Storage, Scientology, Somerville, storage, unit
by Andy Metzger

A few months ago, I walked through the rain to Extra Space Storage in Somerville to report a story I was sure no one else was aware of. The storage company on Somerville Avenue had printed a legal notice saying it was going to auction off two storage facilities belonging to the Church of Scientology, no doubt because the church fell behind on its payments.

Having listened, rapt to a This American Life episode about similar auctions, I thought it might be an interesting story to cover. But when I arrived that cold, rainy morning, a man at Extra Space said the auction had been called off, apparently the church had paid up.

Well Extra Space has posted another legal notice about another auction for the two Church of Scientology units, and this time I’m not going to keep it under my hat because I doubt the auction will actually take place, anyway. It’s scheduled to happen on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. The storage company is located at the corner of Dane Street and Somerville Avenue.

http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/somerville/2011/01/28/church-of-scientology-keeps-almost-losing-its-somerville-storage/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 07, 2011, 07:21:31 PM
Freedom for Faith; Freedom from Faith
February 7, 2011 - 1:09PM

                        The Sydney Morning Herald

........I have only met one Scientologist, an intelligent, successful and lovely man.  He is so successful that he gives seminars on innovation in technology.  He also insists on giving seminars at the same conferences on freedom of religion.  The Scientologists feel besieged and fight the fight for freedom accordingly.

From an atheistic perspective the Melbourne event could merely be dismissed as a zero sum game where one faith we don't believe in succeeds another faith of similar incredibility.  But Scientology is not your run of the mill faith for it has attracted more than the usual controversy.  I know from a distressing familial experience (a generation ago) that its reputation for preying on the young in overzealous recruiting methods had then a basis in fact.  Scientology stands now accused of mind control, psychological manipulation, incarceration and more.  (Some godless readers might argue that once again, this sounds like just your normal run of the mill faith.)

We need freedom from such conduct.  The Scientologists need the freedom to practise their faith.  Where do we stand on such matters?  In the end, the protection from the more rabid abuses of any faith have to come from the criminal law and consumer protection law.  So every faith should be guaranteed freedom to practice.  As a secular Jew I feel this in my bones as I grew up with tales of pogroms and dark repression.  As a concomitant freedom, every member must be free from mind control, exploitation and isolation from the outside world......

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/blogs/godless-gross/freedom-for-faith-freedom-from-faith/20110204-1ag7t.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 15, 2011, 01:37:55 PM
                     
ESMB member gets out and does something.
http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?t=22436

                Resort to become Scientology retreat

Exiled member stages protest at the gate

National retreat:. Toronto resident Adam Holland made the trip to Mono on Feb. 11 to raise awareness of the Church of Scientology facility at the former Hockley Highlands Inn & Conference Centre. Richard Vivian

The Church of Scientology is setting up base in Mono, at the former Hockley Highlands Inn & Conference Centre, with plans to establish a national retreat for members of the faith.

While Scientologists are excited about the idea — this will be the first retreat of its kind in Canada and one of only a handful around the world — at least one former member is raising a red flag.

Adam Holland, a 22-year-old Toronto man who was raised in the church, is concerned the rural landscape will make leaving a difficult task for anyone who chooses to abandon the controversial religion, as he did.

“It’s pretty scary,” Holland said. “It was pretty easy to escape when you’re in the middle of downtown Toronto. You just get on a train and you go home.

“I’m glad that I escaped before they transferred their base over there.”

Perhaps best-known for its celebrity members like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and, until recently, Canadian filmmaker Paul Haggis, Scientology is not a recognized religion throughout the globe, often accused of cult-like practices and exploiting followers for financial gain — accusations church officials have denied.

In 2009, the international Scientology organization purchased the former Hockley Highlands resort and is renovating it to accommodate the national administrative office (currently in Toronto), a public hotel, auditorium for events and a retreat centre, known as Advanced Organization Saint Hill Canada.

“It’s part of an expansion on an international level for certain areas of the world to now have national retreats,” Angela Ilasi, community programs director for the church’s national office, said, noting similar facilities are being developed in Africa and Mexico.

For the most part, she said the Mono retreat would cater to Scientologists from Canada and the eastern United States, though it will be available to others from around the world. It’s expected to be up and running by the end of next year.

“The venue in Mono will be where more advanced pastoral counselling is done. So the people coming there, for the most part, will have already done a lot of the bridge and they’re at the higher levels of the bridge,” commented Rev. Pat Felske, explaining Scientologists refer to several levels of spiritual growth as a bridge. “It’s a little bit more intense of study than somebody who’s just, say, doing an introductory service, because they already have a good concept of their spiritual nature.”
The facility, which consists of 196 acres of land and about 160,000 sq. ft. of building space, will have the capability to hold “several hundred” guests at a time, in addition to the more than 200 staff members needed to run it, Ilasi said.

She dismissed Holland’s concern the facility is too far off the beaten track, explaining the tranquility of the area is what makes it an ideal spot for a religious retreat.

“It’s off the crossroads of the hustle and bustle of big city,” she said.

 “When you’re a Scientologist, you study and you receive auditing (pastoral counselling) and you come to your own realizations about your connections to the world around you and to God,” Felske added. “That naturally involves needing to be in an environment where you have just the time and no stress levels, the calm environment where you can actually study without interruption, without having to worry about this, that or the other thing.”

Holland, who received a Suppressive Person Declare last year – essentially meaning he’s exiled from the church — remains concerned for anyone inside the Mono centre who wants to leave. On a cold, windy day last month, he took a bus to Orangeville and a cab from there to the entrance of the Third Line facility — a bright orange paper sign in-hand — to alert passersby of the Scientologists presence.

While church officials say leaving is as simple as walking out the door, Holland insists that’s not the
case.

Working at a Scientology centre in California in 2009, he said he grew disillusioned with the faith when wasn’t allowed the leave the building and return to Canada after two months of requesting to do so. He claimed his sales of books by religion founder L. Ron Hubbard were too low.

“Finally, I had to escape. I took off for a week, tried to go see my dad (in Toronto),” he said.
Holland said he returned to the church a couple months later because he wanted to take a second look at the faith he was raised believing. When it became apparent he no longer trusted its teachings, last March he was exiled and also disowned by his parents as a result.

“Ever since then, it’s just been a scramble to find work and pay my rent,” he said. “I’ve been trying to reach my dad, but he won’t answer emails and he won’t talk to me.”

Ilasi, who said she was at the California facility at the same time as Holland, insists anyone who wishes to leave the church is free to do so.

“The truth is that a person can go in and go out as they please,” she said, stating members there didn’t initially want Holland to leave because they were concerned for his safety and well-being.

“You’re friends are always going to be concerned if you are OK. If there is an upset or something, you obviously want to make sure a person is doing alright and that something bad isn’t going to happen to them.”

While she remains concerned about Holland, Ilasi said his protest and other actions are causing upset and disturbance for members of the faith.

“What he was doing, and is doing, is attempting to prevent other people from being in Scientology, people that want to be in Scientology,” she said.

“The community here has been so welcoming — Orangeville, Mono, Caledon. … It’s a wonderful community.”


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http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/article/964740--resort-to-become-scientology-retreat


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 19, 2011, 08:49:33 AM
               Another TVA Hidden Camera Investigative Report.


Two politcal opposition parties are supporting Senator Celine Payette's request for both Federal and Provincial governments to investigate the Church of Scientology and their Front Groups. Senator Celine Payette considers their practices are Exploitive and Extortion upon citizens of meager means.



French language  J.E: investigating Applied Scholastics (with English subtitles)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-ssSL4_nx0


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 19, 2011, 08:25:47 PM
          Demolition Imminent for Unstable Washington Street Building



The Church of Scientology has hired a demolition contractor to take down the historic Ivory Bean building.

By Alix Roy | Email the author | March 18, 2011

A historic Washington Street building owned by the Church of Scientology is expected to be demolished next week after bricks fell from the structure last month, prompting the city to cordon off the area in the interest of public safety.

According to Attorney Marc LaCasse, the Church has hired a demolition contractor and is expecting work to begin within a week’s time. A demolition permit application was pending with the city’s Inspectional Services Department as of Wednesday, LaCasse said via email.

The former Ivory Bean building, located at 1769 Washington Street, was cordoned off in early February after a neighbor reported bricks falling from the façade. Firefighters warned that the wall was in danger of “imminent collapse,” and a structural engineer was called in to evaluate the property.

The city had previously notified the church of the building's condition, according to Paul Bradford, the Church’s Legal Administrator. But efforts to demolish the building sooner were delayed by the South End Landmarks District Commission, which reviews exterior renovations that take place within the neighborhood's historic district.

“The Church was specifically ordered not to demolish the building,” LaCasse said last month, referred to the Commission’s decision dated April 6, 2010.

In a second decision, which came after the Church submitted a report from a structural engineer, the Commission modified its stance and ordered that as much of the façade as possible be preserved and “some salvaged brick…be reused.”

With the building in such poor shape, LaCasse acknowledged the difficulty of preservation. A street-level storefront below the brick wall has been boarded up to cover what is probably a gaping hole in the building, he said. The rear of the structure is also caving in due to the weight of abandoned machines.

“There’s a whole lot of neglect and abuse that happened to that building over the years,” he said.

http://southend.patch.com/articles/demolishion-immenent-for-unstable-washington-street-building


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 20, 2011, 03:58:49 PM
Irish Times article
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...292581794.html

A recent campaign in Dublin advertised courses run by the Scientology movement. Members past and present tell Cian Traynor about their experiences of the organisation. Does it bring the promised prosperity, intelligence and freedom, or simply exploit the vulnerable?

‘When job security turns into insecurity,” ran a recent ad on the Dart, in Dublin, “attend a course in Scientology.” The accompanying photographs feature men and women looking stressed or dejected. The course advertised was in “personal efficiency”, cost €45 and promised to “increase ability, competence and lasting security at work”.

When the posters appeared, complaints and defamatory graffiti materialised swiftly. The back-and-forth arguments about Scientology are constant: one side claims they are exposing the truth; the other dismisses the detractors as liars engaging in discriminatory behaviour.

Since forming, in 1953, Scientology has presented itself as an applied religious philosophy that can bring prosperity, enhanced intelligence and spiritual freedom. The church’s founder, the late science-fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, taught that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature.

Through a method of regressive therapy known as auditing, practitioners aim to “clear” themselves of traumatic memories known as “engrams”, which are carried over from past lives and cause insecurities, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses.

Scientology’s critics, however, see it as a money-making enterprise that exploits the vulnerable with cult-like practices.

This weekend Scientology’s UK headquarters celebrates the centenary of Hubbard’s birth with a gala event where celebrity members such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta are expected – a measure of the religion’s progress as the world’s fastest-growing religion. Its opponents, meanwhile, will gather at Scientology missions around the world, buoyed by their belief the religion is struggling to survive in the face of mounting criticism from former members.

Yet despite the fissure between celebrity endorsements and controversial allegations, Scientology still holds an appeal for people. We spoke to past and present practitioners to discover why they joined and why, in most cases, they left.

John Duignan

Commanding officer, Scientology Missions International UK

John Duignan’s 22 years as a Scientologist were bookended by mental breakdown. After emigrating from Cork he was stopped in Stuttgart one day in 1985 and persuaded to take a free personality test. The results indicated he desperately needed help, which he says was true. He had felt vulnerable since his parents killed themselves, when he was 10. Scientology seemed to offer a solution.

“I’ve realised I had quite a messed-up childhood, which set me up for needing something like that,” Duignan says. “They were promising me fantastic things: to make you permanently happy and healthy. For a depressed person that can be quite appealing.”

Duignan says he was encouraged to take out bank loans to pay for Scientology courses and disconnect from anyone critical of the religion. Then something in him snapped.

“I was suicidal. I haven’t been able to document this, but I feel it was induced in some way. I came out of this breakdown as a fanatical Scientologist, and that’s a fact. A mental filter had been broken. My ethos and culture was based around my Irish Catholic upbringing, but that was completely undermined. I now believed Scientology was the only way to save the world.”

He began working at the Stuttgart mission in exchange for course work and was later recruited to the Sea Organisation, Scientology’s fraternal religious order. Its 6,000 members, some of whom are children, sign billion-year commitment forms.

“It’s a difficult organisation to leave,” says Duignan. “Everybody watches everybody. All the bases have a perimeter of some form, and they are locked, wired and under surveillance. If you wake up one night and think, My God, what am I doing? you cannot walk out of the building.”

Working 16-hour days, 365 days a year, on Scientology operations in the US, the UK, Africa, Canada and Australia, Duignan ascended the ranks. “I had become a real honorary bastard.” The greater Duignan’s responsibilities, the more trust he earned in his free time. He’d sneak away whenever possible, doing independent voluntary work in deprived areas to see how Scientology translated to the outside world. It didn’t stand up, he believed.

Duignan began to develop doubts, believing the Scientology community was insular and rife with double standards.

The church discourages independent inquiry on the grounds that it hampers progress along the Bridge to Total Freedom, the religion’s ladder to enlightenment. Revelations are made progressively through courses, the cost of which can add up to more than €300,000.

Many former Scientologists cite their first delinquent internet search as a jarring experience. Duignan began reading “earth-shattering” accounts of former members who had reached the top only to grow disillusioned, finding troubling discrepancies between Hubbard’s church biography and his medical and military records.

At 42, Duignan felt he should have been married with children and a career. Instead he was “a ghost” with no money, no qualifications or transferrable skills, no state entitlements and no way of relating to “wogs” – non-Scientologists. He says he couldn’t simply walk away, or “blow”, in Scientology terminology. He had been on security operations to forcibly bring back defectors and knew what to expect. “I was on the run,” he says gently. “I realised that psychologically I was not going to be able to keep this up.”

Although Scientologists were staked outside his family home, in Cork, Duignan managed to trick them into thinking he was in Birmingham and made it clear that any attempts to bring him back would be futile. Four years on he says intensive counselling and the ability to attend college as a mature student have helped him rebuild his life.

“That was so crucial,” he says. “I was quite ignorant after 22 years; the whole world outside of Scientology was scary. Even if I don’t get a job after this I’ve still got a good education and a sense of hope.”

Mike Rinder

Former chief spokesman for Scientology and head of its office of special affairs

Not long ago, when former members of Scientology spoke out it was Mike Rinder’s job to deny, discredit and neutralise their claims, a process known as “dead agenting”.

In 2007 that role involved following the BBC reporter John Sweeney, who was then filming an edition of Panorama about the religion. Sweeney had been inquiring about allegations that Scientology’s ecclesiastical leader, David Miscavige, had physically assaulted people within the church. Although Rinder ensured the allegations were omitted from the programme, Miscavige believed he should have stopped the edition from airing. As punishment Rinder was told to report for ditch- digging duty at Scientology’s UK base, in Sussex.

Instead he disappeared. “I literally walked out the door with my briefcase, which was all I had,” he says. “I got a deluge of messages on my BlackBerry. ‘Where are you? We need to talk. We need to talk.’ I just ignored them all. They didn’t know where to find me.”

Rinder believed Scientology had strayed from the church he had known since the age of six, that it was being abused to make money and further the power of Miscavige, who succeeded Hubbard after the writer’s death, in 1986. Though Rinder still had faith in Scientology, he knew leaving would mean excommunication from his family, who remain in the church, and being automatically declared a “suppressive person”, an arcane Scientology term indicating an enemy of Scientology or someone who “opposes betterment activity”.

Asked how he would compare his life before and after Scientology, Rinder goes silent. There’s a forced hiccup-like sound that slowly, unnervingly breaks into laughter. “That’s a leading question,” he says firmly.

Rinder has spoken out only a handful of times since defecting from Scientology, where he specialised in handling journalists (who are not only “suppressive persons” but also “merchants of chaos”). After another pause he answers. “Night and day,” he says. “I went from incredible restrictions on what I could do, say and think to no outside restrictions.”

He acknowledges that not everyone finds the adjustment easy. “I think probably the biggest difficulty people have is getting out of their minds the ingrained pattern of thinking about how to look at things,” he says. “They become infiltrated with this idea that you can’t criticise or do anything about what’s happening internally.”

Now an independent Scientologist, Rinder says he was required to issue categorical denials in order to protect the name of Scientology. “The problem is that there is no other way you can seek to disprove something that’s true.” As a result, he says, deception and violence became the accepted ways of doing things within the church. “There are things I look back on that I am not proud of, and those sorts of things are some of them.”

He does not regret being a Scientologist, however, and still swears by its teachings. But there is something he wouldn’t hesitate to say to other Scientologists, including his own family, given the opportunity: “Wake up and smell the coffee.”

Gabrielle Wynne

Former staff member at the Scientology mission in Dublin

It started with a social-studies assignment for college. Gabrielle Wynne visited the Dublin Scientology mission, asked some questions and was intrigued enough to do some introductory courses at home. “I got a lot from them. I thought, It can only get better from here.”

Within months Wynne was asked to join the staff. But there was a problem: her habit of contracting colds and flu was interpreted by her colleagues as a symptom of being “suppressed”. When asked if she was close to anyone who might disagree with Scientology, she admitted her mother had misgivings. Wynne was urged to disconnect from her mother, but she refused. Instead she was told to write her mother a letter, which was edited by the ethics officer, committing herself to the religion. “She just thought it was weird,” says Wynne. “Me and my mam can talk about anything. She knew that wouldn’t be me.”

Learning and making friends at the mission were enough to make Wynne overlook what she now believes were warning signs, such as the day a colleague suggested she exploit a friend’s insecurities to bring her in for auditing. When she asked why they weren’t reaching out to homeless people, she says, the reply was, “Because they can’t afford it.”

Sitting in a cafe, the bubbly 22-year-old says that she was promised a salary but that, in all her time of cleaning, cold-calling, auditing others and pushing flyers through letter boxes, there wasn’t one. “I was handed a little envelope with a €2 coin in it. I got my bus home that night and never got paid anything else.”

Having already spent €3,000 on Scientology, Wynne needed to work full time elsewhere, but leaving the staff meant being billed for €1,000 in “freeloader debt”.

After mounting pressure to join Sea Organisation, take out bank loans and disconnect from her mother, Wynne left last summer.

She felt lied to. Initially they had assured her that people were never urged to disconnect from friends or family, that it was “black PR”. They had also repeatedly denied the existence of what Wynne refers to as “the Xenu thing”, part of a confidential scripture revealed at Operating Thetan III level that Hubbard described as a space opera. (Scientology postulates that it can be fatal if discovered prematurely.) Yet she had seen a YouTube video of the church’s current spokesperson confirming it.

“There were so many witnesses and ex-members sharing things. I thought, They can’t all be lying. I was told they were all just suppressive people . . . It was never Scientology. It was always everyone else’s problem.”

Pete Griffiths

Anti-Scientology protestor

Before she began to have doubts Wynne would engage protestors in “friendly arguments”, trying to convince them they had it wrong. One of them was Pete Griffiths, a burly 57-year-old who offers support to former Scientologists. Sitting by Wynne’s side, he recalls his journey through Scientology with self-deprecating panache.

Griffiths ran a mission in Cumbria, in northern England, until his weekly figures petered out. By the time he moved to Westport, in 1998, he planned to return to Scientology once his children were grown and he could better afford it. It wasn’t until he heard of a protest in 2008 that he looked into Scientology online and had a “penny-dropping moment”.

“From 1987 to 2008 the thought control was all in place,” he says. “Then a lengthy unravelling process began. I got so angry that I burned any Scientology stuff I had lying around in a bonfire. I couldn’t look at it any more. The sense of betrayal is just incredible. The clues are all there, but you don’t see them.”

Griffiths maintains, like everyone interviewed for this article, that Scientologists are generally good, well-intentioned people who can’t detect flaws with how Scientology is run. People can believe whatever they want, he says, but they should also feel free to criticise, research or articulate doubt. But nobody can be talked out of Scientology, he adds. “It has to come from them.”

And so it was with Wynne, who now joins Griffiths and other former Scientologists on the other side of Abbey Street during monthly protests organised by the online activist group Anonymous, whose members the church regards as cyberterrorists.

“The point of me protesting is to say, ‘Remember me?’ ” she says. “I’m not a bad person. I’m just asking, Why would you have to remortgage your house for a religion? Religion should be free.”



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Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 20, 2011, 03:59:41 PM
  Irish Times Article continued...

 John McGhee

Three years in Scientology

John McGhee says the stigma surrounding Scientology piqued his interest. If it delivered the self-betterment it promised, he reasoned, it seemed like a sound investment. “I walked in off the street and said, ‘Give me all you have.’ ”

Hunched over a table in a quiet pub, his eyebrows framing an intense gaze, the 33-year-old embalmer spends 90 minutes detailing every course, price and promise of his time in Scientology. He barely contains his frustration at what he sees as pay-as-you-go revelations that lead nowhere. “They say if it’s not working it’s something you’re doing, and they put you in auditing for that at your expense.”

McGhee admits there was an addictive quality to working up the “Bridge to Total Freedom”, the movement’s series of steps to enlightenment (see panel), so much so that he was prepared to ignore things he didn’t agree with. “At events or course completions they’d stand up and applaud Hubbard’s picture. I could never do it. Even as I went deeper into Scientology I never thought that was okay.”

Part of the processing, McGhee says, included confessing “overts and withholds” – sins and secrets – which are kept on file, while using an electropsychometer. “The e-meter works like a crude lie detector. They can tell if you’re holding anything in, and they can get it out of you.”

He recalls TRs, or training regimes, where he had to stare into someone’s eyes for four hours. “I went out of my head,” he says.

Then there was an auditing session at which, he claims, a supervisor chastised McGhee’s friend for analysing traumatic childhood events in the presence of children. “Firstly, there shouldn’t have been kids there. But the disruption drove him into catatonia. From that night on he changed. We went into a session the next day and the next day, but he wasn’t coming out of it. They predicted he’d need four or five grand’s worth [of life repair]. That was an eye-opener. They wouldn’t fix that man. They left him in such a state because they wanted money first. He couldn’t afford it. He’s still in that state to this day.”

McGhee lost interest at that point. By mid 2009 he had spent €10,500 and was researching Scientology every night in dismay. Recently he visited a friend who allegedly paid €50,000 for his bridge after just a day as a Scientologist, but there was nobody home. The neighbour said he’d packed up. McGhee looked up to the box room and saw the same Hubbard lectures that he had bought for €1,800 sitting on the shelf, and drew his own conclusion.

Although he spent four nights and a day at the mission every week, he couldn’t relate to the dedication required to spend money he didn’t have. McGhee claims he regularly lent cash to senior members for food and was once accompanied to an ATM to prove he didn’t have more. He says the people around him were running up debts, losing their temper and falling ill – the opposite of what he was promised. But he couldn’t get anyone to see it that way, he says, and eventually stopped questioning it.

“They honestly believe they’re on to a good thing and it’s more important than their children or mothers and fathers. They think they can clear the planet of ‘reactive minds’, but they can’t even do it in the mission. There are lads there 20 years without a penny to their name who glorify Scientology. And I think, What did it actually do for you?”

The Irish Scientology movement

Gerard Ryan, spokesman for the Church of Scientology in Dublin, says the only way to measure Scientology’s effectiveness is through a fundamental tenet of L Ron Hubbard, its founder: what’s true for you is what you observe to be true.

If you’re not seeing a return on something you’re putting time and effort into, he says, of course you’re not going to continue with it. His wife, for example, tried a few courses and decided it wasn’t for her.

“The vast majority of people who would leave the church never really joined the church in the first place, ie they come in, try it, it’s not for them and they go. That would be, overwhelmingly, most people.”

Scientology was introduced to Ireland when Hubbard established a Dublin mission, at 69 Merrion Square, in 1958. It was there that Hubbard, who would have turned 100 last weekend, first delivered the personal-efficiency course that Scientology recently began advertising on the Dart line.

The school closed in the early 1960s, but Scientology continued to be practised in Ireland.

In 1986 a Limerick man named John Keane began a mission from his home, and by the early 1990s Scientology had established itself at a base on Middle Abbey Street in Dublin. Since then the faith has seen modest growth in Ireland, says Ryan, with “only a few hundred Scientologists of varying degrees of commitment”.

Ryan, who is now 52, found a second-hand copy of Dianetics in London in the late 1980s. Its lessons aided his architecture studies, he says, and later in his career helped him maintain his integrity when unethical opportunities arose in the construction industry.

But he has never attained “clear” status – the fundamental goal in Scientology. “I’ve been a bit of a laggard in that respect,” he says with a laugh. “I spend most of my time studying it. I’m more of a philosophical bent.”

Scientology’s utopian aim is to “clear the planet”, a point at which everyone has cleared themselves of “engrams”, the scars of painful events normally inaccessible to the conscious mind.

The complexity and duration of the training involved mean Irish Scientologists aiming to reach clear status or above are required to travel to the UK or the US. Twenty or 30 members have done this, Ryan says, though it would cost “many thousands of euro” to reach the top level, Operating Thetan VIII, which must be studied at sea.

One member to have achieved this status is 90-year-old Bernard Duffy, who was an original pupil of Hubbard in Dublin.

Although Ryan says he understands “the broad thrust” of what the higher levels involve, he can neither attest to the heightened abilities they are said to induce, such as telepathy and out-of-body experiences, nor dispel people’s misgivings with those teachings.

“What can I say? I don’t know,” he says. “I’ve personally never witnessed any of these alleged abilities. I can only go on my personal experience, and my personal experience of Scientology is pretty good.”

He says Scientologists who have reached the higher levels but struggle with health, finances and temperament are not indictments of the religion’s tangible benefits.

“If I see some OT” – that is, Operating Thetan, indicating a Scientologist who has gone beyond the clear level – “some guy who’s gone up high on the levels and they’re not doing well in life, from my experience that tells me something is wrong. Something has gone awry there. I would actually seek to help the guy.

“I don’t make decisions about my life based on another person’s experience, because that’s a second-hand decision. If I try something in Scientology and it doesn’t work, if it’s bad or crap and everything else, I will make my decision based upon that experience.”

The Dublin mission participates in a yearly competition to increase square footage, called the birthday game, which it won last year after moving to a bigger premises on Middle Abbey Street.

The mission is also effectively in competition with missions in the UK, India and Pakistan to submit “up stats” – rising figures – every week, though Ryan admits they struggle to reach their targets. About 10 per cent of the Dublin mission’s income goes to the Church of Scientology, which has been unsuccessful in its attempts to obtain tax-free, charitable status in Ireland.

Ryan gives little credence to criticism of Scientology, explaining that it tends to be either “unbelievable garbage” or personnel issues. “If every single thing they say about us is true, which is a laugh, that would not be one fraction of the things that, say, China is doing to human rights or the Catholic Church did in Ireland.”

For Ryan the fact that Scientology has grown “from zero to millions” in the face of opposition over the past 60 years shows that it clearly holds value in some people’s lives.

“There’s no doubt about it,” he says. “Some people have tried it and it doesn’t work for them. That’s a fact. It’s quite clearly worked for an awful lot more.”

In numbers

More than 50,000 people have taken Scientology's personality test in Dublin.

Scientology has more than 9,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 165 countries.

92 million books by L Ron Hubbard and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology have been distributed in the past decade. Three million of those have been placed in more than 150,000 libraries in 192 countries since July 2007.

Scientology's properties increased from about 520,000 sq m in 2004 to more than 1.1 million sq m in 2010.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers programme has aided more than than 175 disaster-relief efforts worldwide.

Scientology supports drug-rehabilitation programmes in more than 45 countries.

Hubbard's works have been translated into 71 languages, a Guinness World Record.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 21, 2011, 10:34:15 PM
                               Scientology: Inside and out

Published by The San Francisco Publishing Co, LLC - Challah Is Gayly Taken

Monday 21st of March 2011

A recent campaign in Dublin advertised courses run by the movement. Members past and present tell CIAN TRAYNOR about their experiences of the organisation.
Does it bring the promised prosperity, intelligence and freedom, or simply exploit the vulnerable?


http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/?p=114431


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 31, 2011, 04:52:39 PM
                Chicago clears way for protests outside houses of worship

                                             Chicago Tribune

Anyone wondering why Elizabeth Taylor's family insisted on a private memorial for the Hollywood superstar need only turn to Westboro Baptist Church for part of the answer.

Members had threatened to picket outside the funeral as sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court a few weeks ago.

There could be similar demonstrations outside houses of worship in Chicago since the city has refused to enforce an ordinance prohibiting protests outside houses of worship during services.

"We had already determined that the ordinance prohibiting protests within a certain distance of churches was unenforceable based on earlier Supreme Court decisions," said Jennifer Hoyle, a spokeswoman for the city of Chicago's legal department.

Questions about the ordinance arose when Alex Hageli, a suburban lobbyist who regularly protests outside the Illinois headquarters of the Church of Scientology, was cited last fall for violating a city code banning pickets from houses of worship.

The code, drafted years ago, precluded anyone who "pickets or demonstrates on a public way within 150 feet of any church, temple, synagogue or other place of worship while services are being conducted and one-half hour before services are to be conducted and one-half hour after services have been concluded."

Last year, when protesters showed up outside Church of Scientology of Illinois headquarters at 3011 N. Lincoln Ave., church leaders posted a sign in the window announcing services from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. When protesters scoffed and persisted, church members called the police.

Hoyle said the city declined to press charges against Hageli because there were too many questions about the constitutionality of the ordinance, which was rarely enforced.

Adam Schwartz, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the law shouldn't have been on the books in the first place.

Last month, the ACLU went on the offensive for the Gay Liberation Network, a gay rights group that planned a demonstration during a Sunday mass on the sidewalk outside Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral. The ACLU contacted Chicago Police to make sure protesters wouldn't be cited or arrested like Hageli had been.

"A sidewalk is a place where people should be allowed to protest," Schwartz said.

Barbara Blaine, founder and president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which has had held numerous protests outside Holy Name Cathedral, said her group never encountered anyone trying to enforce the ordinance. But she said the group rarely demonstrates during mass. They usually distribute leaflets to parishioners coming and going.

"I don't see where we have a lot of other options with witness or whistleblower potential," she said. "We frequently hear from other victims when we do the leafleting."

But she said SNAP is very careful to emphasize they're not protesting the parishioners who have a right to worship in peace.

"Worshipping in peace means you’re inside your house of worship," Schwartz said. "What you don’t Westboro have is a right to be free from seeing things you don’t want to see when you walk on the sidewalk in or out of the church."

What do you think? Do demonstrators have a right to protest before, during and after religious services? Or do worshipers have a right to come and go and worship in peace?

http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/religion_theseeker/2011/03/chicago-clears-way-for-protests-outside-houses-of-worship-.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 31, 2011, 06:55:43 PM
KCET-TV is looking to sell its historic studio home to the Church of Scientology

KCET-TV has had a rough time since leaving PBS at the start of the year. Ratings have plunged without fan favorites such as "Charlie Rose" and "NewsHour." Station officials have scrambled to develop a new programming lineup from scratch.

Now it looks as if the station is looking for a new home. KCET officials are in talks to sell the station's landmark Sunset Boulevard studio to the Church of Scientology, according to people who know about the pending deal.

KCET plans to move its operations to a smaller location, real estate brokers said. Station officials have been touring potential sites, brokers said.

Terms of the potential deal were unavailable, but the 4.5-acre property at 4401 W. Sunset Blvd. has an assessed value of $14.1 million, according to county records. Individuals inside the station and real estate consultants who were not authorized to speak publicly about the transaction confirmed the likely sale.

The expected sale comes as KCET has embarked on perhaps the most perilous journey in its 45-year history, under the leadership of President Al Jerome.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/03/kcet-tv-is-looking-to-sell-its-historic-studio-home-to-the-church-of-scientology-.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 13, 2011, 07:10:48 PM
          Scientology protest leads to end of city law protecting churches


The city's Law Department has ordered police to stop enforcing a law that barred protests in front of churches during services, citing constitutional concerns.

In response to picketers, Scientology officials placed signs at the organization's Lincoln Avenue facility stating that services were in progress from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. Police, enforcing the city's ordinance, then ordered protesters to disburse

But one protester refused to leave and challenged the resulting citation. The city's review of the case led to the decision to drop the citation and order police to stop enforcing the law.

http://www.chicagocurrent.com/articles/31566-Scientology-protest-leads-to-end-of-city-law-protecting-churches


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 13, 2011, 07:19:10 PM
Newstalk 1010 Toronto - Interview
Following the articles in the Orangeville Banner, and the Toronto Star, I had the opportunity to speak on Newstalk 1010AM.

I am grateful to have received an exerpt from the show, so I can share it with you.

Here it is: http://www.filefactory.com/file/cba8a77/n/Mar_22_-_JR_-_Adam_Holland.mp3  download 6.17 MB


If the link doesn't work, let me know.

This is my first time speaking on live radio. I did my very best to convey the message. With this interview, I got the message out to as many as 100,000 people in the Toronto area.

OSA didn't get a chance to call in for this one, but it's for the best I guess. I'm sure they will get another chance - the media attention has been amazing.

Thanks for all the support,

-Adam

Or Listen to the soundbite here...

http://freedrive.com/file/1429290,mar-22---jr---adam-holland.mp3

Or youtube Part 1...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGi2FR2hw6w

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WruKcKVA0c&feature=related
 


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 14, 2011, 04:35:21 PM

               What Scientology’s Japan Recruitment Letters Look Like

Plenty to see here.

http://gawker.com/#!5791799


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 16, 2011, 10:45:11 AM
                 Scientology recruiting kids through Facebook

The Church of Scientology has been using social networks such as Facebook and SchülerVZ to gain young German followers, prompting intelligence officials to ramp up surveillance on the controversial group, a media report said this week.


Investigators in the populous western state of North Rhine-Westphalia are concerned that the faith, viewed by many in Germany as a dangerous cult, has orchestrated a targeted campaign to recruit children and teens, the WAZ media group reported on Tuesday.

Scientologists have been using platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and its German equivalents StudiVZ and SchülerVZ, blogs and forums to post videos with titles such as “Youth for human rights,” and “Say no to drugs, say yes to life,” WAZ said.

Young people searching online for information on drugs or human rights quickly land on Scientology sites, which provide a glossy presentation of the organization without revealing exactly what it is, they added.

Viewers are quickly encouraged to sign up for its online groups, which provides Scientology leaders with a means of direct contact to spread their message.

With Scientology membership on the rise, the state’s Verfassungssschutz domestic intelligence agency has increased its observation of their activity in the state, now home to some 600 Scientologists.

State Verfassungssschutz president Mathilde Koller said she was worried about the trend, which is drawing children into an organisation which employs “structures with totalitarian demands.”

Meanwhile the Church of Scientology is reportedly looking to buy a building to build a church in the state capital of Düsseldorf.

Around this time last year Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann encouraged state leaders across the country to ban the group, but failed to gain enough support.

At the time he said the religion was clearly contemptuous of human values, posed a danger to the Germany’s constitution and was “at odds with the basic principles of our democracy.”

The Church of Scientology accused Herrmann of “cheap populism.”

http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20110415-34421.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 23, 2011, 11:55:36 AM
           What happens when you try to leave the Church of Scientology?

The Guardian runs the New Yorker article

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/23/try-to-leave-church-scientology-lawrence-wright


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 25, 2011, 05:01:20 PM

   L.A.: The hedge-a-dream factory

There is no city on Earth that makes rationalization more difficult than Los Angeles.


By Peter Mehlman

April 24, 2011
At the place I lunch every day in an effort to cut down on life choices, I've been reading a Tolstoy-sized article in the New Yorker about Scientology. Nearly every day, some patron raids my airspace, saying something like, "I read that article." Eye roll, then, "What whack jobs."

L.A. finds Scientology so endlessly fascinating that weeks after publication, people are still talking about the article all over town. Why? Here's a theory: There is no city on Earth that makes rationalization more difficult than Los Angeles.

Not grasping this? OK, let me give you an example.

Fifty or so lunches earlier, a man at the next table was fiercely editing a screenplay with three Sharpies: red, blue and black. When he paroled himself to the restroom, I peeked at the title page: UNTITLED. AN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY [unfamiliar name]. A furtive IMDB search revealed a one-credit, straight-to-video film career.

Upon returning, Sharpie leaned toward another patron and said: "I love your work. But the last film … not so much."

As someone who looks away from train wrecks, I dove into an egg white and turkey bacon quesadilla and hatched the seed of my rationalization theory: People come to L.A. with big dreams, but every time we hedge a dream, there's someone or something in our sightline reminding us of that hedge. Our lost dream is someone else's reality, and that someone is everywhere — billboards, rearview mirrors or at the next table over a coffee so much more full-bodied than our own. Then, when we get skilled at deluding ourselves into thinking our pruned dreams are pretty fine, we sit in a dental office, open InStyle and see all the parties to which we weren't invited.

Even if we can sidestep L.A.'s name-brand gods, there are total no-names pinpricking the bargains we've made with ourselves: Baristas, trainers and receptionists steal glances at their scripts or practice their monologues aloud in public. Yes, odds are they're blind to the oncoming reality that may soon tie the lap band around their future. But unlike us, they have the arrogance of people whose dreams are still intact.

It's very annoying. How do you cope when even your city's soft underbelly has washboard abs?

The answer is, not well. We gossip, spread rumors and take passive-aggressive potshots at people eating lunch.

In no other city do citizens have such constant exposure to people living the lives we want. In this nation, there are dreamers and dreamees, but though the dreamees in other cities may be rich and admired, they are pretty much anonymous. In L.A., we know so much about the people living the lives we want, it's almost impossible to effectively rationalize our own failure: No, he's actually allergic to all women except his wife. No, she actually has a 179 IQ. No, he actually put 44 million underprivileged children through college. No, without makeup, she actually has pores that can only be seen with an electron microscope. No, actually, he doesn't put his pants on one leg at a time. According to Us Weekly, he pulled on both pant legs simultaneously.

And yet, most adults live in L.A. by choice. In fact, it's the first of many, many choices we made in a city offering way too many choices. To maintain self-esteem and sanity, we desperately grope for something that makes us feel good about our choices. Rationalization is all we have, and this all adds up to a real civic problem.

OK, you're thinking, how does the Scientology obsession connect to all this?

Well, let's face it: Scientology discovered celebrity marketing way before Nike. Some of our biggest megastars are members. However, one unintended backwash is that Scientology provides a great service to L.A.'s Judeo-Christian, rationalization-starved citizenry. We can consider (oh, let's say) Tom Cruise with his epic career and stunning wife, then remind ourselves that despite having a beautiful planet in the palm of his hand, he belongs to a religion that is, according to any reading of the New Yorker article, berserk.

Ah, now we feel better. Our aspirations may be sold and resold, but at least we don't belong to a religion that asks some of its members to sign contracts lasting a billion years.

We will stop short of pondering the sanity of burning bushes, parted seas and 40-year walks through desert well before the advent of bottled water.

In L.A., the whiff of one workable rationalization, no matter how flimsy, is a sweet anesthetic.

Peter Mehlman, a former writer on "Seinfeld," is a screenwriter and essayist.


http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mehlman-l.a.-20110424,0,6885881.story


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 27, 2011, 08:08:15 AM
                Church of Scientology snaps up Hollywood film studio

Scientologists say new Hollywood base – where El Cid was made – would become central media hub for its 9,000 branches



The Church of Scientology and the movie business have qualities in common – they are both purveyors of dreams and they both provoke emotional reactions in their customers.

In a move that makes the connection more overt, the church has now acquired a property that has the distinction of being the longest continuously-producing Hollywood studio. The Scientologists have bought the five-acre site on Sunset Boulevard from a struggling public TV station, KCET-TV, for an undisclosed sum likely to have run to several million dollars.

Over the years the studio has been in the hands of Monogram Pictures and Allied Artists and has produced such blockbusters as El Cid with Charlton Heston, Hurricane directed by John Ford, and several Charlie Chan movies.

It adds some 28,000 square metres (300,000 square feet) to the church's already huge capacity to create films and television. The new space includes two sound stages, post-production facilities and offices, and the ability to broadcast by satellite, which will be important to the church's growing ambitions internationally.

The church said its new Hollywood base would become the central media hub for its more than 9,000 churches and missions around the world, making it a key component of its global outreach to – or as its detractors claim, indoctrination of – its followers.

"This new studio enables the church to establish one of the most advanced centres used by religious broadcasters with the ability to harness 21st-century broadcast technology and production power to deliver its message to the largest international audience possible," the church said in a statement.

The link between Scientology and Hollywood is popularly recognised through a few high-profile celebrities, notably John Travolta, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Other Hollywood figures such as director Paul Haggis have become high-profile defectors from the church.

The connections go back as far as 1954 when the Los Angeles branch of the church was opened.

Last August it opened its refurbished headquarters on L Ron Hubbard Way, the Los Angeles street renamed after the church's founder. The global printworks for Scientology, Bridge Publications, is also based in LA, where it pumps out Hubbard's lectures and books including Dianetics, which has sold more than 21 million copies.

Occasionally, the link has spilled over into attempts to put the Scientology story on to the big screen, with disastrous consequences. In the 1990s Travolta struggled to raise finance for his plan to make a film of Battlefield Earth, Hubbard's novel of the same name. On release in 2000 it died in the cinemas and was panned by critics; the legendary Roger Ebert likened it to the train crash in The Fugitive.

Travolta's film was clearly an attempt to spread the word about his church through film. Rarely have film-makers who are not members of the church dared to take on the subject of the notoriously litigious movement that some people condemn as a cult.

Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and Boogie Nights, will be hoping to do a little better at the box office than Travolta if and when his film now in pre-production hits theatres. The Master, as it is nominally being called, is set in the early days of a church called "the Cause" and revolves around the relationship between the founder and one of his disciples.

Though it does not openly refer to Scientology, it has long been widely assumed to be based on Hubbard's sect.

Even before this week's deal, the Scientologists already had state-of-the-art film-making facilities. Their existing media headquarters, Golden Era Productions, located at the church's international headquarters in California, includes one of the largest free-standing film studios in America.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/26/scientology-hollywood-film-studio


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 27, 2011, 04:37:13 PM
 Is Tom Cruise Worthy of a Simon Wiesenthal Award? Also: Scientology's Building Spree             


Jewish Journal writer Danielle Berrin recently took on a subject that has Scientology watchers chattering.

On May 5, L.A.'s famous anti-Nazi organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will bestow on Tom Cruise its 2011 Humanitarian Award.

As Berrin points out, Cruise isn't exactly known for rescuing orphan children or parachuting into disaster zones. But as she documents very well, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance is just fine with bestowing humanitarian status on Hollywood celebrities who are, at least, generous with their cash. She writes:

    Every year the center hosts a swanky dinner in Beverly Hills for titans of the industry, the centerpiece of which is the bestowal of the Humanitarian Award--the museum's highest honor--upon individuals who ostensibly promote human welfare, but perhaps more importantly, can get their friends to write big checks to the museum.

Cruise, however, is proving a controversial choice, since he's long been the poster boy for Scientology.

Berrin notes that Cruise's critics are howling about his being named a humanitarian when, just a couple of months ago, Lawrence Wright's lengthy New Yorker profile of director Paul Haggis revealed that the FBI has been looking into "human trafficking" claims about Scientology's poor treatment of children and low-paid workers.

Berrin found that the Center's board didn't seem too concerned about Tom's involvement in Scientology. One trustee told her Cruise shouldn't be held responsibility for the actions of an entire religion. Another said Cruise was a major giver to the Center and had been for two decades. A third trustee admitted she didn't know anything about Scientology (ugh).

Perhaps most importantly, Berrin found that the Simon Wiesenthal Center trustees seemed almost proud of how much controversy their choice was kicking up. And with the FBI investigation into Scientology maybe not really turning out to be going anywhere, it's hard to imagine the SWC caving over it.

In other Scientology News, The Daily's Hunter Walker has another good dispatch, this one about Scientology's ongoing real estate buying spree.

News broke this week that KCET, L.A.'s former PBS station which is transforming itself into some kind of college TV station (or something) is selling its historic studios to Scientology.

Walker points out the paradox that at the same time Scientology seems to be vanishing in the numbers of actual, active members (recent, documented estimates range as low as 25,000 in the United States), the church has been on a mad buying spree, and plans to open 60 new facilities around the world.

Walker does the math, and calculates that Scientology already has purchased about 484 square feet of real estate for every active Scientologist in the country.

Now that is some strange financial planning.


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/04/is_tom_cruise_w.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 01, 2011, 05:35:47 PM
              Good News: Scientology Expands!


Here’s something extraordinary: a big expansion by the controversial Church of Scientology, barely covered by the hometown LA Times.

This story is full of irony. Here’s how the seller reported it in a press release:

    KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, announced today that it has sold its production facility to the Church of Scientology for an undisclosed amount.

And the buyer:

    The Church of Scientology acquires the historic KCET studio lot in Hollywood. The 5 acre studio includes two sound stages, extensive post production resources and state-of-the-art TV, satellite and Internet broadcasting capabilities.

    The Church of Scientology is pleased to have acquired the historic KCET studio lot in Hollywood. At nearly 5 acres, this studio includes two sound stages, extensive post production resources and state-of-the-art TV, satellite and Internet broadcasting capabilities. It is a perfect fit, in both size and location, for the expansion of the Church of Scientology’s production of religious and social betterment audiovisual properties, and we welcomed the unexpected opportunity to acquire it.

Language like “unexpected opportunity” in Scientology-speak usually hints at something deeply intriguing. Now, maybe it was an unexpected opportunity. After all, KCET had been having difficulties related to its fee-based decision to sever ties with the Public Broadcasting System. But always worth inquiring, where this highly aggressive paramilitary “church” is involved.

If you’ve been living in a cave and are completely unfamiliar with the background to this unusual entity, do a little googling. Or read this recent New Yorker piece. Or, read these pieces I did in past years: this one, on Scientology’s battle with the government of Germany, and this one about an attempt by Scientology to open, under wraps, a film studio in Hollywood.

In any case, this seems like a superb reporting opportunity for the Los Angeles Times, should they still have any investigative reporters on staff after all their cuts.

To be fair, the Times did publish a short, bland piece about a month ago anticipating the sale, which you can read here, and then this new piece pretty much right off the Scientology press release.

On with the Scientology press release

    This fully modern facility is just down Sunset Boulevard from our Los Angeles headquarters, within a few miles of the main offices of the Church’s global humanitarian programs and but a few blocks away from our recording studio in Silver Lake.

    The Church of Scientology is already well established in the audiovisual field with, as but one example, more than 400 videos presenting information about the religion, its beliefs and its social betterment and humanitarian programs, all of which can be seen at http://www.scientology.org.

    This new studio is a turnkey setup that provides the Church the means to move into broadcasting for both the religion and its many social betterment and humanitarian programs. It is also ideally set up to establish a central media hub for our network of Churches around the world. Utilizing the studio’s existing satellite uplink, we will be able to provide our Churches and affiliated groups globally with instantaneous access to a wealth of content, all in high definition, ranging from the Church’s six annual international events to new educational and introductory films and even video updates for the public informational displays located in Churches around the world.

    This new studio enables the Church to establish one of the most advanced centers used by religious broadcasters with the ability to harness 21st century broadcast technology and production power to deliver its message to the largest international audience possible.

Oh, goody.

Even better that it is “the nation’s largest independent public television station” making the sale, instead of reporting on the outfit. Perfectly underlining the state of media in this country today.

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2011/04/30/good-news-scientology-expands/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 04, 2011, 04:44:35 PM
  British man refused permission to settle in New Zealand over Scientology case

   
       

AN Oxford University-educated Briton has been refused permission to settle in New Zealand with his family after failing to disclose he was deported from Denmark over a criminal charge connected with the Church of Scientology.

Robin Scott - an accountant who lived in Cornwall and Scotland before moving to New Zealand - argued the 1984 Danish criminal matter, which led to him serving a month in jail before being deported from that country, had essentially been a civil dispute over "industrial espionage", The Dominion Post said.

Scott, 62, was originally a member of the Church of Scientology, but later formed a breakaway group.

The Post also reported that Scott and teacher wife Adrienne, 61, had disclosed in visitor and work visa applications that they had both served prison sentences in Britain in the 1990s for growing cannabis, which they said would help research into the medicinal use of the drug.

Daughter Sara Scott said she and her brother Edward, who have both been granted permanent residency, would follow their parents back to Britain later this year because they did not want to stay without their parents.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/british-man-refused-permission-to-settle-in-new-zealand-over-scientology-case/story-e6frf7jx-1226049617042

And here... (photos)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4957718/NZ-bans-UK-couple-over-Scientology-case

http://www.3news.co.nz/British-man-not-allowed-in-NZ-after-Scientology-espionage/tabid/423/articleID/209681/Default.aspx


Title: Scientology in the news - Today tonight.
Post by: NED on May 07, 2011, 08:25:07 AM
Aired last night 6th May 2011 in Australia.


http://au.todaytonight.yahoo.com/article/9332288/health/big-scientology-sell


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 10, 2011, 05:46:16 PM
‘Simpsons’ actress stirs up Springfield with schools program linked to Scientology

BY DAVE MCKINNEY Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief dmckinney@suntimes.com May 10, 2011 12:05AM


SPRINGFIELD — Bart Simpson is creating a stir at the Statehouse.

The actress who lends her voice to the iconic “The Simpsons” character wants children to love their parents, not break the law and treat others as they want to be treated.

The character-building “Good Choices” program that espouses those virtues and that Nancy Cartwright developed through her non-profit organization could become an accepted tool for public school teachers to teach character development under an Illinois House resolution.

The Emmy Award-winning actress acknowledged in an online video that her program is based on “The Way to Happiness,” a book written by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology of which she is a member.

That tie to Scientology has triggered a backlash from some Republicans, who question why the state would put its imprimatur on Hubbard’s controversial teachings and expose schoolchildren to them, albeit indirectly.

State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago), the lead sponsor of House Resolution 254, said even though he’s read but three pages of Hubbard’s “Dianetics,” he is not interested in promoting the Florida-based religion that includes Cartwright and actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta as devotees.

“I’ve been assured it’s not a Scientology promotion,” Burke said. “It’s a separate not-for-profit. It’s just basic good manners, good principles that kids sometimes don’t get exposed to in some of the more challenged areas of our state.”

Burke’s resolution praises the program for teaching “common sense guidelines covering specific tools to help children evaluate situations and make good decisions that will improve life for themselves and others” and encourages its use in state classrooms.

Burke said he was approached about including the Cartwright program by a non-profit organization known as the Good Citizens Foundation, which is headed by a Sycamore chiropractor named Jim McCoy.

The legislator said he is convinced there is no Church of Scientology dogma in Cartwright’s material and only a brief mention of Hubbard “on a back page.” The name of his book is featured on the material’s front cover, based on a representation on Cartwright’s website.

Initial reservations set aside, Burke said he became enthusiastic about backing the resolution because it would be “fun to have Bart Simpson’s voice down there.”

Cartwright is scheduled to testify on behalf of the resolution before a Wednesday House panel and will attend a Springfield reception Tuesday night.

She could not be reached Monday. But a statement from her publicist said, “The importance of education and the teaching of good values, morals and respect for others have been priorities in her efforts. Ms. Cartwright believes this type of curriculum should be integral to the formal learning process.”

Republicans on the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee initially were unaware that Cartwright’s program was influenced by a Hubbard book. Upon learning that, the panel’s ranking Republican voiced concern over the resolution.

“Would we suggest the KKK for something like this?” asked Rep. Jerry Mitchell (R-Sterling), a former school superintendent. “This might be something for a select private school, but I’m not sure it’s germane for a public school.”

“I just think we’re dabbling in a mix we don’t need to be dabbling in,” Mitchell said.

In 2009, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported that Cartwright joined the Scientology church in the 1980s and donated $10 million to the organization in 2007.

The newspaper reported that Cartwright carried the organization’s second-highest ranking, Operating Thetan VII.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/5277982-418/simpsons-actress-stirs-up-springfield-with-schools-program-linked-to-scientology.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 11, 2011, 07:18:29 PM
          Scientology in Illinois' public schools?

State legislators must decide if Hubbard's teachings should be used to shape the character of children in Illinois' public schools



   

By Manya A. Brachear, Tribune reporter

7:43 p.m. CDT, May 10, 2011
ct-talk-scientology-curriculum-0511-20110510

Should the teachings of the Church of Scientology shape the character of children in Illinois' public schools? State legislators must decide.

Among three programs recommended for shaping the character of children in Illinois' public schools is one based on a book by Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

State Rep. Jerry Mitchell, R-Sterling, said he had no problem with the content of the book — 21 precepts closely resembling the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule and motherly advice — until he turned to the back page, which listed Hubbard as the author.

"I'm not arguing with their beliefs," Mitchell said. "When the man's name is on the back of the book … I'm not sure the public schools should be in the business of allowing that kind of relationship to be fostered."

The resolution's sponsor, State Rep. Dan Burke, D-Chicago, said he never intended to promote Scientology. He was assured that the Hubbard attribution simply met a copyright requirement.

He also said he couldn't resist the novelty of a celebrity endorsement. Testifying on behalf of the character-building program will be actress Nancy Cartwright, a Scientologist best-known as the voice of Bart Simpson, the mischievous and ribald cartoon teenager from, of all places, Springfield.

"We look for an opportunity to lighten it up a bit," Burke said. "But sometimes all that glitters is not gold. I'm disappointed it has taken this turn."

Burke said he and Mitchell have agreed that if the resolution clears the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday, an amendment will strip all references to Cartwright's organization and Hubbard's book. Even so, the curriculum will still be an option that teachers can choose.

"It's totally innocuous, basic, good citizenship stuff," Burke said.

mbrachear@tribune.com

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-scientology-curriculum-0511-20110510,0,2369626.story



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 15, 2011, 01:12:04 PM
                  Large Fire at Scientology Property in Clearwater - 531 Franklin St

    According to Bay News 9:

    "Someone reported smoke in the building at 531 Franklin Street around 3:30 a.m.

    Witnesses at the scene said there is heavy smoke damage to the structure.

    There was no one in the building at the time and no injuries were reported.

    The building is a one-story office unit across from the main spiritual headquarters of the Church

    There is no word yet on how incident started."

    http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/2011/may/244863/Fire-crews-respond-to-Clearwater-Church-of-Scientology-building?cid=rss

Scientology buildings that have gone down in flames listed here.

Plus of course... the "Wall of fire" surrounding thoughts of Xenu.

http://www.lisamcpherson.org/cos/fires.htm



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 15, 2011, 06:57:15 PM
              Church of Scientology Building Catches Fire, $700,000 in Damages

Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street, owned by the Church of Scientology, at 3:28 a.m. Saturday.

By Aiyana Baida |  | May 14, 2011

An electrical fire caused $700,000 in damages to a building owned by the Church of Scientology, city officials said.

Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street at 3:28 a.m. Saturday.

To put out the blaze the department needed 35 personnel, five engines, two trucks and two rescues.  It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control, officials said.

The Church of Scientology purchased the property for $425,000 May 1993, according to county records.

The market value is $1.2 million according to the Pinellas County Property Appraiser.

No civilians were injured, but two firefighters sustained minor injuries and another
was transported to Morton Plant Hospital. He has since been released.

http://clearwater.patch.com/articles/church-of-scientology-building-catches-fire-700000-in-damages


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 20, 2011, 04:28:40 PM
​      Scientology in Israel: All Holy Hell Breaking Loose?


Things have been a little quiet stateside for Scientology watchers (where's that next part of the Leiby saga, Marty?), but over in Israel, all hell has broken loose.

For the last couple of weeks, we've been writing about what happens in the U.S. if Scientology considers you an enemy: you get surveilled, your trash is sifted for clues about you, and "eyes only" documents record your every move.

In Israel, apparently, you just get blown to Kingdom Come.

Over the last few days, Israeli news organizations like Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post have been laying out the bizarre details involving a man named Gur Finkelstein, who has been working as an attorney for Scientology in Tel Aviv.

This is from Sunday's Haaretz:

    Attorney Gur Finkelstein, who represents the Scientology Center in Israel, was detained several weeks ago for allegedly hiring [a] gang to supply him with weapons and assist him in his own endeavors...A string of high-profile crimes have been attributed to Finkelstein, include attempts to burn down the Scientology Center, and also the assault and plot to assassinate the director of Tel Aviv's planning and construction department, Shoteh Hovel.

Scientology's lawyer hiring thugs to burn down Scientology's own Tel Aviv center? Say what?

Well, apparently, Scientology expanded the center, but ran into problems with Shoteh Hovel, who planned then to demolish either the expansion or the center itself (that part isn't clear from what we read). What is clear is that Finkelstein didn't appreciate Hovel's meddling. From yesterday's Jerusalem Post:

    Finkelstein allegedly had a financial interest in preventing the building from being demolished, and was behind the May 9 attempt to detonate a car bomb under Hovel's car in Bat Yam. Hovel escaped from the incident unharmed, but the vehicle was damaged. In a subsequent assassination attempt, three men dressed as police officers stopped Hovel in his car and tried to attack him with an electric shocker. That attack failed, too, and the attackers fled. Hovel was lightly wounded. Finkelstein eventually concluded that it would be most profitable for him to arrange for the building to be rebuilt elsewhere, police suspect, as he received a commission from contractors behind the construction. He therefore repeatedly ordered the Jaffa suspects to damage the building, police allege. In one attempt, a truck carrying 300 liters of fuel and a gas canister was allegedly used in a failed bid to bomb the building. In a second attempt, a suspect allegedly entered the building, poured gasoline inside, and set fire to the place. That arson attempt failed. The suspects had allegedly planned for that attack to be blamed on Jewish religious organizations that are opposed to the presence of Scientology in Israel.

HOLY XENU'S GHOST! Imagine how much more effective David Miscavige's OSA covert operations crew would be in the U.S. if it just had the balls of this Finkelstein dude!

I mean, he runs into some pushback from a government official regarding some Scientology past-lives-palace, so he hires some thugs to blow the guy up, electro-shock him, bomb the building, set fire to it, and then make it all look like some OTHER wacky right-wing religious group was behind it all!

Somebody get a treatment on this to Harvey Weinstein RIGHT NOW.

Naturally, Scientology has fallen back on its favorite Operation-Snow-White-era strategy, saying that Finkelstein might have worked for them but wasn't a Scientologist and was operating on his own, etc. These lone wolves are such a problem for Scientology, it seems.


http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/05/scientology_in_1.php


http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/05/17/3087731/mosque-bombing-plan-was-to-be-blamed-on-right-wing

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/tel-aviv-lawyer-indicted-for-ordering-gangland-style-hits-1.362747


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 03, 2011, 05:01:25 PM
                                    Caught by surprise

Scientology official says church knew nothing about mistake-filled claim against city over sewage spill

By André Coleman , Kevin Uhrich 06/02/2011

Hours after an article appeared about a claim for damages filed against the city by the Church of Scientology over a sewage spill in the church’s building in Old Pasadena, a church official acknowledged that mistakes were made in the filing of the document.

The church is listed as the claimant, not subrogate Lexington Insurance Co. Further, the name of the lawyer who filed the claim on behalf of the insurance company is not listed on the document. Making matters even more confusing, the insurance company failed to tell church officials that a claim had been filed over the Nov. 23 sewage spill.

The time allowed to file a claim for damages against the city is six months, and time was running out to file a claim over the spill, which church officials say caused $700,000 in damages. The claim was filed two days before the church received an award from the city for its restoration work on the historic structure. The council was presented with the claim on May 23, six months to the day of the sewage spill.

The May 26 Pasadena Weekly story about the claim “caught us by surprise,” said Bob Adams, director of public affairs for the church. “We had no clue what they were doing.”

In the eyes of the city, however, the Church of Scientology remains the entity making a claim against the city, not the insurance company. Pasadena Public Information Officer Ann Erdman said that for all intents and purposes, the church has filed a claim against the city.

“A claim has been filed in the name of the Church of Scientology,” said Erdman. “The claim is what the claim is.”

Adams said the situation is “in the process of being corrected.”

In a letter to the paper, Adams sates that, “The fact is church officials did not file a claim and have no intention of suing the city of Pasadena.” Lexington, “which insures the church against damage to its property, did file a notice to extend their statute of limitations for six months to further investigate the cause of damage,” he continued. “Following this period, the insurance company may or may not seek relief for its losses. Unfortunately, Lexington failed to add their name to the form as the ‘subrogate.’”

On Nov. 23, a grease blockage in the pipes caused sewage to overflow from the sinks and toilets leaving four inches in the basement, Scientology officials said. Although the claim filed with the city does not list an amount in losses, the spill caused more than $700,000 in damages.

http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/caught_by_surprise/10172/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 13, 2011, 07:32:46 PM
                  Crisis for Scientology Dublin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8hECM28dPE&feature=player_embedded


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 29, 2011, 01:36:02 PM
Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM PDT
                                         Another Bad Month at Cult Rock

by xenubarb

There is very little Scientologists hate more than mockery and bad publicity. The organization seems to be losing its mojo. This once-secretive organization has been able to hide behind the protection of religious status for so long, it has forgotten how the real world works. Amusing leaks of Scientology internal videos are always fun, and another one hit the fan last week.

They can't plug the leaks, they can't run the court system, they can't hide their crimes any more. This is in great part due to the over 1000 ex-Scientologists, some of whom are working with Anonymous and Project Chanology to expose Scientology crimes and abuse.

June 2011 has been a very tough month for the cult of Scientology!

First, Senior Scientologist Jan Wendy Eastgate Meyer, aka Jan Eastgate, aka Wendy Meyer, was arrestedfor covering up the ongoing molestation of a young girl. Bail was set at $10,000, and she was allowed to flee back to Los Angeles from Australia. Odds are, she'll be sent on some "missionary assignment" and be unavailable for court.

Following quickly on the heels of this news came the release of an unedited version of a Scientology promotional video, containing deleted scenes of top Scientology executives singing a motivational song. Still shots of the group reveal the majority of these execs have either left Scientology, or are being held at their secret base in Riverside County in a place called, 'The Hole.'

There was much hilarity at cult leader David Miscavige singing "We Stand Tall" while being the shortest little fellah in the whole pack. The fact that he is wearing an exceptionally ugly Hermes jacket is just added sauce for the dish.

Next came the release of a Scientology "enemies list;" people who are not to be invited to any Scientology parties. Since they throw crummy parties, nobody on the list is whining about it.

And finally, the transcript of a recently resolved case involving Scientology vs. a protester in Washington DC was released yesterday. It is a fascinating glimpse into Scientology's court tactics and shenanigans. There was perjury, backpedalling and obfuscation from cult witnesses.

The Executive Director of the Washington DC org, Kim Belotte, accused ex-Scientologist and protester Brian Madigo, aka AnonSparrow, with stalking. He was arrested. In court, Ms. Belotte accused Sparrow of trespassing onto Scientology property to block her from getting in her car. She said he had an erection as he approached. Strangely, she neglected to mention either situation to the police at the scene. She sent a lengthy email to a detective the next day, and still "forgot" about these alleged incidents.

Mr. Keys, a lawyer representing Sparrow, proceeded to shred Ms. Belotte's testimony in court. He shredded the testimony of one of her witnesses, who had been coached by cult attorney Kendrick Moxon.

Here, the woman gave an "eyewitness account" of Sparrow intercepting Ms. Belotte in the parking lot, preventing her from getting into her car. But then, Sparrow's lawyer strikes! See, Ms. Belotte testified more than once that Sparrow never left the sidewalk, and never trespassed on Scientology property. Awkwarrrrd!

The key here was video. Nineteen videos of the 180 Sparrow has shot and put online at Youtube feature footage of Ms. Belotte. Rather than act terrified, she goes out of her way several times to interact with him; calling him names, leading a gaggle of giggling culties past where he's standing to bump him around, or parading around in front of him while cult cameras are rolling. Other footage shows her husband harassing another protester, Radio Paul, with "the Brian Treatment."

Being confronted with a stalker with an erection, you'd think a woman would take some precautions. She never did. She never asked to see the video from security cameras. She never asked to see the footage taken by other Scientologists. She never asked for an escort to her car. She never asked to borrow a video camera to capture this alleged harassment.

She never did anything one might think a terrorized woman who is being stalked might do. Ultimately, Sparrow won his case, sending Moxon back to LA once again covered in fail.

But the best, and most telling part of Ms. Belotte's testimony came when Nation of Islam member Tony "Bang-Bang" Muhammad is seen speaking with her and laughing before approaching Sparrow and grabbing his camera. The Nation of Islam has chosen, for some mysterious reason, to join Scientology. Members are directed to take Dianetics courses, and NOI people are often seen coming and going from the DC org.

Of them, Ms. Belotte, the Executive Director of the Washington DC Scientology org says, "These people come and go. They're not necessarily at my church regularly."

"These people," Kim? REALLY?

The judge agreed with the defense that all Sparrow did was lawfully protest, as is his right. The prosecution tried to assert that his showing up at her place of work was an indication of stalking. The judge disagreed, saying that, had Sparrow appeared at her home, her gym, anywhere but the org, that would be stalking. But, he pointed out, if you're protesting Scientology, the best place to do it is outside of their business establishment.

In this case, justice was well and truly served. There have been many cases in the past, Keith Henson's being one, that allowed Scientology to run roughshod over the justice system in ways that still astonish attorneys to this day. But, there's a sea change coming. Scientology's tactics are becoming known to those in legal circles. Mr. Key listened to his client and made good use of the information provided him.

If there's anything we can take away from this case, it is, "Always have a camera rolling." Ms. Belotte was caught several times by contradictions between her testimony and video footage. Threats and assaults on the defendant were also recorded. They were helpful during the testimony of police officers called to the site, as Sparrow didn't quit rolling when the police were investigating.

This is what Anonymous calls, "Doin it rite." With video rolling.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/24/988377/-Another-Bad-Month-at-Cult-Rock?via=siderecent


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 01, 2011, 01:09:39 PM
Scientology Goon Squads Face Fines After Texas Town Rallies To Marty Rathbun's Cause
By Tony Ortega Thu., Jun. 30 2011

Last week we reported that Marty Rathbun, former high official in Scientology, had written an open letter to his neighbors in little Ingleside on the Bay, Texas, explaining that he's under constant surveillance by Scientology goon squads. That was punctuated by a sad and hilarious video Rathbun took of Scientology's klutzy crew filming his house from a listing paddle boat in the canal behind his backyard.

Yesterday, the Ingleside Index reported that Ingleside's mayor proposed a ban on film crews filming in the city without the city's permission, and the rest of the council passed it unanimously. Talk about quick government action!
http://www.aransaspassprogress.com/the_ingleside_index/news/article_d0f50210-a28e-11e0-ae92-001cc4c002e0.html

Now, whether it's enforceable or not, we'll have to see. Scientology historically loves nothing more than a legal fight...

Rathbun himself told the Index that the $500 fine imposed by the ordinance would be "chump change" to the Scientology squads. But still, if it was at least some validation he was looking for, Rathbun certainly has that now, knowing that his Texas neighbors don't look kindly on outsiders carrying cameras pestering people on their own property.

Said Rathbun to the paper: "It really is heartening to me. Throughout the years, I haven't been close to many people because of what I was involved in. In the last weeks, I've made lots of friends by having to educate people about who I am and what I was involved in, and they have been very supportive."


http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/06/scientology_goo_1.php

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/06/arkansas-scientologists-can-no-longer-legally-harass-whomever-they-please/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 03, 2011, 03:46:51 PM
    New York`s famous Village Voice Newspaper

Scientology watchers had another fine week here at the Voice, and our commenters were yet again out in force.

On Monday, we congratulated Scientology for taking home two coveted Bronze Telly awards, honoring fine work in two DVDs, including filming a live black panther. Rowr! On Tuesday, freelancer Antoine Oman gushed about L. Ron Hubbard's genius method of silent birth. Also that day, we noted that our old friend Grant Cardone had taken to the Huffington Post to send us a mash note.

On Thursday, we passed on the news that little Ingleside on the Bay, Texas, had rallied to Marty Rathbun's cause with an ordinance meant to squelch Scientology surveillance of his home. And finally, on Friday, we somehow managed to equate American Independence with Scientology's flirtation with the Nation of Islam.

So which of our many commenters deserved recognition? Let's get to the awards.

We have to say, Scientology's supporters really stepped up their game this week after we chided them for not putting in much of an effort the week before. There were plenty of great examples of pro-LRH expression, but we were partial to "Mark Miglio," who responded this way when challenged that Christianity and Scientology were incompatible:

    Christians have various degrees of belief in their own materials. They are not all the same. I would tell them they don't have to join Scientology -- just use the part you feel good about.

    Scientologists are not asking Christians to "put other gods before them". Didn't you see the part where LRH said we are not going to get into that ruling-God issue, in this time and place. We all know LRH is not our God; and you don't have to have God to have a religion -- but we have a unique spiritual technology that makes us extraordinary.

Well put, Mark. And keep it up!

As for the antis, there was so much impressive enturbulation this week, we could choose a dozen examples. But we're awarding this bon mot by "PamEllis," who reacted to the news that Scientologists advocate silent birth to keep babies from being scarred by what's said around them as they come into the world:

    I was a c-section. I don't even want to think of what horrible body thetans and entheta I got stuck with because of this!

Still makes us chuckle. Thanks, Pam.

With the holiday, naturally our posting may lighten up over the next few days. But fear not. We have another interesting and enlightening post coming from Antoine Oman, and so many other remarkable stories in the hopper.

Happy 4th, everyone!

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/scientology_fir.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 04, 2011, 01:17:52 PM
   Scientology's Cover Story for Harassment: "We're Making a Documentary!"
By Tony Ortega Sun., Jul. 3 2011

We've been covering Marty Rathbun's remarkable experiences in South Texas with rapt attention: there's no question that his ongoing battle with his former employer, Scientology leader David Miscavige, is becoming the biggest thing to happen to L. Ron Hubbard's controversial religion since the 2005 freakout of Tom Cruise.

Rathbun was one of the highest-ranking executives in Scientology when he left the organization in 2004. He then pretty much disappeared, eventually moving to the Corpus Christi area to fish and relax. Then, suddenly, in 2009, Rathbun began speaking out about his former employer in the form of a blog, and by speaking to reporters. Since then, he's been under almost constant surveillance by members of Scientology and others hired by the church.

As we watched Rathbun take on Scientology and pay for it by being filmed and watched, we couldn't help wonder, was it really smart for him to be living in a part of the country without major media?

Even large news organizations in big cities tend to be wary about covering Scientology. And when they do take on the church, they tend to do it in one big take-out piece and then go pretty much silent.

(I realized that Scientology actually counts on this to be the case based on something Kendrick Moxon, a Scientology attorney, once said to me. He was confused and angry that my newspaper at the time, New Times Los Angeles, kept writing investigative stories about the church. "You've already done your story about us," he said to me. I thought it was a revealing moment. And in general, he's right. The New Yorker, for example, just uncorked one of the best exposes of Scientology of all time. But you can bet that the magazine won't write about the church again in our lifetimes.)

If media in big cities can be skittish about Scientology, what sort of local media attention could Rathbun hope for in sleepy Ingleside on the Bay, Texas?

Well, we got an answer this week in a big way.

As we wrote earlier, the Ingleside Index reported this week that the small town's city council had unanimously supported Mayor Howard Gillespie to pass an ordinance that would require Scientology's goon squad to register as a film crew or pay a fine. It was largely a symbolic gesture, but one that Rathbun said he appreciated wholeheartedly.

And last night, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times showed that it wasn't going to let a big story in its backyard go unnoticed.

The Caller-Times is an E.W. Scripps daily whose previous claim to fame was breaking news of Vice President Dick Cheney shooting his friend in the face in 2006.

Caller-Times reporter Mark Collette's piece about Rathbun and the Scientologists filming him is lengthy and well-researched -- Collette even traveled to California to track down some of the goon squad members who had come from there to watch Rathbun's movements.

Collette's piece is very well done, but what we found most amusing was Scientology's constant refrain that they were renting property near Rathbun's house, filming him from a paddle boat in a canal, and getting in his face on his porch with cameras strapped to their foreheads because -- get this -- they're making a "documentary."

Well, we're certainly the first to agree that Rathbun is worthy of attention. But how much b-roll footage of the man puttering around his bayside home or munching in local eateries do you really need?

No, it's clear that Scientology is keeping an eye on Rathbun for more sinister reasons. And the best authority on that may be Rathbun himself, who for years was Miscavige's enforcer.

"I helped create the monster," he candidly told Collette. "The policy is to make life so uncomfortable that the person gives up or shuts up."

At least now, Rathbun knows that Corpus Christi's local media, as modest as it may be, is all eyes and ears.


http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/scientologys_co.php

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/02/scrutiny-of-former-church-of-scientology-has-on/

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/05/scientology-group-challenges-ingleside-on-the/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 07, 2011, 05:00:48 PM
                 Out-of-Work Journalists: Want to do Scientology's Dirty Work?
By Tony Ortega Wed., Jul. 6 2011

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/out-of-work_jou.php

http://www.businessinsider.com/church-of-scientology-hiring-job-posting-2011-7


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 12, 2011, 03:47:37 PM
                               Coastal town now is awash in 'Squirrel Busters'

Defector from Scientology alleges harassment. Group claims it is making a documentary.

By John MacCormack
jmaccormack@express-news.net
Updated 09:27 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2011





INGLESIDE ON THE BAY — The first time Charlie Orr saw the group of men outside his home, wearing odd helmets and sky blue shirts with a “Squirrel Busters” insignia on the chest, he assumed a neighbor had a rodent infestation.

“I thought, ‘Well, we had a termite man out here. Maybe we have a squirrel problem I didn't know about,'” he recalled.

But as Orr, 70, and other residents of this idyllic coastal community of palm trees, elegant white skiffs and pastel-colored homes soon learned — to their continuing regret — the Squirrel Busters had no interest in tree-climbing varmints.

Instead, they were targeting Orr's next-door neighbor, Mark Rathbun, 54, a high-level defector from the Church of Scientology who has become an outspoken critic of the church, denouncing its leadership as despotic and abusive.

“The whole idea is to make my life a living hell. To rattle me. They want to shut me up by any means necessary,” said Rathbun, who left the church in 2004, moved here in 2006, and now counsels other ex-church members.

“They want to make me an enemy of Scientology. I'm the best friend of Scientology. I'm saying these guys have corrupted it,” he said.

Founded six decades ago by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the author of “Dianetics,” Scientology's focus is on self-betterment and spiritual advancement. But its history is ridden with conflict and lawsuits, and it wasn't until 1993, after years of bitter litigation, that the IRS recognized it as a church.

Scientology began cultivating celebrities decades ago, and among its better-known current adherents are movie stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

But the church is unforgiving of those who leave, and a “squirrel” is someone who also espouses false doctrines. These days, Rathbun is the biggest “squirrel” in the forest.

 

The smear campaign

 

Long a haven for people who want to fish, boat and gaze at sunsets, Ingleside on the Bay is an unlikely stage for the bizarre and nasty religious drama now playing here.

As reported in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the messy Scientology spat has involved public confrontations and calls to police, and led the city to draft an ordinance to regulate independent filmmakers such as the Squirrel Busters Productions.

With that item on the City Council agenda Tuesday evening, more than 50 people turned out for the meeting, about five times normal. More than three-dozen signed a petition urging that the Squirrel Busters be denied a permit.

The matter was tabled after the group withdrew its application, claiming the ordinance was unconstitutional and unenforceable, and could draw the city into “litigation it cannot win.”

In response, the city has referred the matter to legal counsel.

“It's just an unfortunate situation. It's aggravated somewhat by the videotaping back and forth by both sides that ends up on YouTube,” Mayor Howard Gillespie said. “I'm hoping it will not be as confrontational as it has been. I hope they do their videotaping and leave.”

Besides following Rathbun around, the Squirrel Busters have handed out a lurid pamphlet titled “Neighborhood Alert” that describes him as a mentally imbalanced, violent criminal who was expelled from the church.

Their literature also accuses him of “spreading sensational lies to the media and starting and promoting his own cult-like hate group.”

After several failed attempts to rent a house near Rathbun's, the group now occupies one about a block away with a clear view of his residence. Rathbun said they also have come to his door, followed him around in a golf cart and used a paddle boat to spy on him from a backyard canal.

Bart Parr, one of several Californians on Squirrel Busters assignment, insisted the mission is purely journalistic and not harassment.



“We're here to shoot a documentary of Mr. Rathbun and his activities. We don't follow him around, he follows us around,” he said last week. “The Squirrel Busters are trying to show what people like Mr. Rathbun, who are squirrels, are doing.”

Parr said he's not a Scientologist, and insisted the church has no connection to the Squirrel Busters activities. Instead, he said, it is privately funded by unnamed Scientologists.

“We're not going to be here indefinitely,” he said. “We'll finish the documentary in the next month and a half.”

Attempts Friday to reach Scientology spokeswoman Linda Wieland in Los Angeles were not successful. Wieland earlier had said the church has no connection to the Squirrel Busters.

Rathbun's defection

 

Rathbun, who joined the Scientologists at age 20, rose to its highest echelons before falling out with church leadership.

“I had the No. 2 position from 1998 until I left. I answered to no one but David Miscavige, who was chairman of the board,” he said. “I was the personal counselor for Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.”

Rathbun, who also was the church's director of external legal affairs, said he left abruptly after witnessing the harsh beating of a colleague.

“I knew it was coming, but that was the snapping point,” he said.

He came to the Texas Coast, and kept a low profile until about two years ago, when he began giving a series of lengthy interviews to outlets ranging from CNN to the New Yorker to the St. Petersburg Times, in which he describes Scientology as more of a cult than religion.

“I did a lot of soul-searching before going public. I was concerned there might be some type of Waco or Jonestown event,” he said.

Rathbun said he also has spoken to the FBI several times about abuses within the church.

His wife, Monique, whom he married last year, also has been targeted.

“They've gone so far as to try and convince me he's evil and I should get away from him. They've gone to my friends and my ex-husband,” she said. “They've got websites up, saying I'm a man. And they smear me on their little blogs.”

Rathbun's website and blog now attract heavy daily traffic, and he has become a de facto leader of Scientology's “independent movement.”

He said the increasingly aggressive behavior of the Squirrel Busters means church leaders are desperate to shut him up.

“You're seeing stuff playing out here that is unprecedented. That's why I feel the whole thing is melting down,” he said.

 

No sign of abating

 

And as the conflict has worsened and become better known, public opinion on the bay has hardened against the Squirrel Busters. Orr, who describes the Rathbuns as perfect neighbors, got fed up long ago.

“I've told people I'm thinking of forming a group called the ‘Ass Busters,'” he growled. “We'll block the street, capture them and take 'em all about 50 miles out in the gulf and see if they can swim back.”

Down at the Bahia Marina, a sign on the door tells all Squirrel Busters they will be arrested for trespassing if they set foot on the premises. The owner, Carol Regnier, also has ordered several dozen more signs to be sold at cost to residents with similar sentiments.

She said she first encountered the group with video cameras near the marina entrance.

“They told me they were doing a documentary on one of our neighbors, that he was a very notorious figure. They wouldn't tell me what he had done, but said it was something religious. So, I'm thinking, ‘My God, this guy has molested kids in the church,'” Regnier said.

“Before they left, one of the young men said, ‘We'll have him out of there in less than two months,' so I knew it wasn't a documentary,” she said.

She said the group members twice tried to rent houses near Rathbun's, but that she turned them down because she felt they were being dishonest about their intentions.

“What's strange to me is them spending all this money on this. How much good works could they do instead? It's supposed to be a church. Why aren't they doing things to help people?” she asked.

On Wednesday night, yet another encounter between Rathbun and several of the Squirrel Busters at a local business led to an ultimatum.

“Every time those two groups end up at my restaurant, the police come, and it's hard enough running a restaurant in this town,” said Christian Wiseman, owner of Nightlingers, a steakhouse in nearby Ingleside.

When Rathbun complained that Ralph Gomez, one of the Squirrel Busters, had approached his group in the restaurant and taken photos or video, Wiseman had had enough.

“I went up to Ralph. I said, ‘Look, dude. I'm only gonna tell you once. Any more shenanigans, and you'll be stuck eating at McDonalds or Sonic. I'm not going to have you harassing my customers,'” he said.

But the great Scientology spat shows no signs of abating. How it will end is anyone's guess, but few think it will be pretty.

“Both sides are pretty dug in and Mark is not going anywhere. I don't see him running away and they're pretty tenacious. It seems like a standoff,” Wiseman said. “It's completely bizarre. It reminds me of kids playing spy, all the little intrigues, and people following each other around with cameras. It's not what we would consider adult behavior.”

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Coastal-town-now-is-awash-in-Squirrel-Busters-1459662.php



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 18, 2011, 11:30:19 AM
Amsterdam Org collapsing?

    I don't read Dutch, and the googlebot mangles it some, but it appears that 70 or so Dutch Scngsts have "left" and are demanding return of monies for services and IAS dono's.

    http://translate.google.nl/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=nl&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tonews.com%2Fthread%2F2773631%2Fnl%2Fscientology%2Fscientology_exodus.html

In the past two months, more than 50% of the active members of
the Church of Scientology quit.

When giving reasons for the resignation of the former members
changing technologies, financial crimes, oppression and
fact that the summit of the Church taken over by a
letterbox company in Califonie called CST. This could CST
brutal to members of the church and exploit them
Financial completely.

Among the stepping up members include engineers, pilots,
teachers and senior managers from the business community. Inside Scientology
Organization have responsibilities in the Elite Corps, the
known as Sea Org, functions in OSA, Office of Special Affairs
(This is a kind of secret service of the Church of Scientology).
But the founder and first director of Scientology
Netherlands. Also, many members resigned from other functions.

In a final attempt to save what can be saved to
From United States, and Denmark by the International
Management intervened and made so-called public relations events
etc. organized. That the remaining members not to
run. They also organize call campaigns and email actions which they
former members selected by people approaching. But the
total alumni giving no response and group outside
the church.

Meanwhile, the church proceeded to excommunicate her
former members. The signs in the canteens and the
staff hang lists of names which no longer
be discussed. Moreover, so-called SP Declares
hung. These are statements by which the members
indicated that they absolutely can not communicate with the
departed members, lest they put themselves out of the church
be. The church leadership is afraid that if the remaining members
hear and see the evidence that the former members have seen
Also they will resign en masse.

Besides the fact that the Church of Scientology and the revenue miss
cost of the building on the Damrak not
can pay their members are starting to pay monies
claim. This amounts to many millions. Many former members
are now saddled with tons of debt and money trying to
claim by the Church.

Besides the financial damage that the former members have suffered
few members even explain that they were locked up for weeks,
passports and money were taken, until they
surrendered to the rules of management and statements
signed.

For the former members of the church is now full size and dismay
among former members is great. One after another inventor who
what is really at the top of the church takes place and place
hath need weeks to recover from the massive
deception and is in a state of disbelief. But after seeing
vast amounts of evidence, they merely
believe that they were still really in a cult.
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    http://translate.google.nl/translate?hl=nl&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tonews.com%2Fthread%2F3156153%2Fnl%2Fscientology%2Fexleden_eisen_teruggave_van_donaties_aan_scientology.html





    This thread is in English, and gives more detail in a less dramatic fashion:
   http://www.tonews.com/post/7292322/nl/scientology/scientologate_holland.html



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 19, 2011, 04:57:34 PM
JULY 18, 2011
                         Mortgage robo-signing names surface again

Florida names connected to last fall’s mortgage “robo-signing’’ scandal are turning up on documents again. County officials in at least three states say they have received thousands of mortgage documents with questionable signatures in the past eight months. Lenders say they are working with regulators to fix the problem but cannot explain why the practice, which led to a nationwide halt of home foreclosures, has continued.

Bryan Bly's name first surfaced in a story detailing how his name appeared on various documents that said he worked for a number of different companies.

His name and Crystal Moore's surfaced again last fall when video depositions they gave in a foreclosure case popped up on YouTube and AOL. In one deposition, Moore was asked if she ever read any of the documents she signed. She replied, “No.’’ Asked how much time she spent with each document, she said, “a few seconds.’’ When Bly was asked in the deposition what a mortgage assignment is, he replied: “I’m really not sure.”

Nationwide Title Clearing, the company that Bly and Moore worked for, obtained an injuction in December ordering Sarasota lawyer Christopher Forrest to remove the videotaped depositions.

What few people knew when the scandal first surfaced was that the Palm Harbor company had extensive ties to the Church of Scientology. And that NTC's owners, who have donated heavily to church projects, ran the company on management principles of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Norm Novitsky, a longtime Scientologist who founded NTC in 1992, once credited the company's success to Scientology.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/talk/content/mortgage-robo-signing-names-surface-again


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 21, 2011, 04:01:37 PM
The biggest owner of historic buildings in Hollywood, the Church of Scientology has earned a good-neighbor status as its acquisitions continue -- even as questions about its motives abound.


Celebrity Scientologists Weigh in on the Church's Real Estate Program
HUSH MONEY! MURDER!: The Famed Chateau Elysee
Scientology's Historic Hollywood Holdings

It's June 23, and blogger Marty Rathbun and I are wrapping a lengthy telephone interview about the historic Hollywood real estate holdings of the Church of Scientology. We're exchanging end-of-conversation pleasantries when a group of people arrives across the street from his waterfront home in Ingleside on the Bay, Texas, hastening the end of our chat.

"They've got five guys in a golf cart with a picture of my face with a cross-out signal in front of it right now -- across the street right now," the ex-Scientologist shouts, his words tumbling out, quick and disorienting.

"I've gotta go," he repeats with increasing urgency. Then Rathbun hangs up.

Rathbun, a former high-level Scientologist who left the church in 2004, had just returned from the supermarket with his wife, Monique, and was unloading groceries when the golf cart appeared. Five days later, we reconnect, and Monique shows me video of the incident. The golf cart is emblazoned with an image of her husband's head atop the body of a squirrel. In the illustration, Rathbun's smiling face is positioned inside a red circle with a diagonal line through it. Some in the group of five wear matching light-blue T-shirts and black hats that read "Squirrel Busters" in block lettering. One man has a video camera strapped to his head.

On that day, Rathbun explains, he had called the sheriff and waited, eyeing the group -- even recording them with his camcorder. By the time a squad car arrived, the three men and two women were gone.

Rathbun says it wasn't the first time he has been visited by the group, which has said it is making a documentary about Rathbun under the Squirrel Busters Productions banner. (The church denies affiliation with Squirrel Busters, and there is no documentation that shows the group is a unit of the church.) A "squirrel" is a derisive term used by Scientologists to describe a former adherent who has "perverted" the religion.

The group's appearance in front of Rathbun's home during our interview appears to have been merely a coincidence. The conflict between Rathbun and the Squirrel Busters is well-documented; it has been covered by publications including the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the San Antonio Express-News.

Clearly, writing about the church is not a simple task because many people have strong opinions, even when the topic is seemingly innocuous. The various controversies that follow the organization -- which draws impassioned feelings from members and non-members alike, themselves immersed in their own dramas -- are often interwoven.

And so the reporting of an ostensibly straightforward story about the church's vast real estate portfolio in Hollywood, where it is a major stakeholder and owns properties valued at $400 million, leads to bizarre interviews like the one with Rathbun, which may be just part of the collateral when reporting on Scientology.


♦♦♦♦♦

The Church of Scientology owns, by most accounts, more historic buildings in Hollywood than any other entity and is one of the community's biggest property owners. Some of its holdings are obvious: The castle-like Celebrity Centre International on Franklin Avenue and the mammoth blue compound on Sunset Boulevard that houses the organization's West Coast headquarters are veritable Los Angeles icons.

In total, the church owns seven historic Hollywood properties worth about $300 million, part of a Hollywood real estate empire of 26 properties, according to real estate experts. It is a portfolio that began to take shape in the early 1970s under the direction of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and continues to grow. These days, a small group of high-level church staffers based here comprises the organization's real estate team and oversees the assets while planning a global expansion.

Over the years, the church has transformed its Hollywood properties -- which include a former luxury hotel, apartment building, church and hospital -- into facilities that house everything from classrooms and chapels to production space, a health spa and an upscale French restaurant. Most recently, in April, the group closed on a $42 million purchase of the historic but ramshackle 4.5-acre KCET Studios on the edge of Hollywood, a complex that dates to 1912 and was once home to Monogram Pictures and Allied Artists. (The church will use it as a center for its various media endeavors.)

PHOTOS: Scientology's Historic Hollywood Holdings

Despite the controversies, and there are several, the church also has many fans. City officials, preservationists and scholars alike call the church a first-rate caretaker of historic Hollywood. Preservationists including Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy, and city officials including Councilman Tom LaBonge and Ken Bernstein, manager of the Office of Historic Resources, roundly offer praise. "They have provided for positive adaptive-reuse projects in Hollywood, giving new life to many of the Hollywood structures," says Bernstein, "and they have largely preserved the significant historic and architectural features of their Hollywood buildings." Adds Richard Adkins, president of Hollywood Heritage, a preservation group: "They seem to always have the vision of being good stewards and neighbors." The church even has been honored: The California State Legislature has recognized its real estate work, and the Pasadena Historic Preservation Commission has given it an award, as has the Los Angeles Business Journal.

And the companies that work with the church on these dealings are anything but fringe -- they're major players in real estate, including architecture firm Gensler, which is designing the proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, and real estate services firm CB Richard Ellis Group, which boasts more than 400 offices in more than 60 countries.

All the while, many in Hollywood remain unaware of the church's efforts. "I don't think people would even know they are real estate holders," says George Abou-Daoud, who owns area eateries including the Mercantile (adjacent to a property owned by a church affiliate housing a museum named Psychiatry: An Industry of Death).

The church maintains or is in the process of rehabilitating other properties in the L.A. area, including a new center in Pasadena and forthcoming projects in Inglewood and Santa Ana. But Hollywood is its focal point. After four decades, the church, founded in 1954 in Los Angeles, has deep roots in the area: It began buying properties under the direction of Hubbard, who saw potential in the blighted, undervalued area and wanted to save neglected buildings. It bought at low prices during the 1970s and '80s, making the group both pioneer and bargain hunter. To this day, the church does not take out mortgages, claiming it relies on donations from parishioners.

But the church's stewardship of its historic buildings is just one part of a long-standing and sometimes edgy relationship with the Hollywood community.

Page 2 and 3 here...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scientologys-hollywood-real-estate-empire-213565


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 24, 2011, 12:28:42 PM
                       Amy Winehouse's Scientology twist

   http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,26278,24452045-7484,00.html

    Amy Winehouse's Scientology twist
    FROM SYDNEY CONFIDENTIAL OCTOBER 06, 2008 04:23AM

    Frank-converter ... Has the Church of Scientology tapped up Amy Winehouse? / AP file

    AMY Winehouse could be joining the ranks of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and John Travolta - by turning to the Church Of Scientology, according to reports.
    The Rehab hitmaker has been ravaged by her drugs habit, and is reportedly considering turning to the controversial religion to help get herself back on the straight and narrow.

    Pictures: Scientology takes its grip on the stars

    The star has apparently received a "welcoming" phone call from the religious group's "celebrity centre" in LA.

    A source tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "She had a call from the celebrity branch of the Church Of Scientology. She thinks they got her number through one of the American music producers who worked on her Back to Black album.

    "They told her they wanted to help her beat drugs and could tailor-make a programme so she wouldnt have to go to a residential center.

    "She liked that idea because her husband Blake is out of prison soon and wouldn't want to be away from him when he's finally freed."

----------------------------------------------------------------------

               Singer Amy Winehouse found dead at 27

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/8276486/singer-amy-winehouse-found-dead


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 29, 2011, 11:34:16 AM
           VIDEO: Scientology Spy Comes Clean to Riverside County Board of Supes

Tuesday, a woman named Paulien Lombard appeared before the Riverside County, California Board of Supervisors to tell them what only a few years earlier she had kept secret: that she was a Scientologist who had worked as a spy for the church.

It's a dramatic moment, and even more so if you know the back story that led to Tuesday's surprising scene. Admitting that she'd spied for her church, Lombard says, was just the right thing to do.

"I knew that if I shut up, I would feel badly for the rest of my life," she told us yesterday on the telephone from California.

In September of 2008, Lombard was not only still a member of the church of Scientology, she was one of Orange County, California's most dedicated adherents. She had first joined the church in Amsterdam in 1978, and after 30 years, she was a person known by her peers for her dogged determination to interact with the public and sell Scientology's products.

"I was always out on the street, selling books. I was considered to be a person who was rough and tough. I could talk to anyone I met on the street. I was trusted," she says.

So trusted, she says, she was approached to help the church with a little problem: protesters at its desert headquarters near Hemet, California.

"In 2008, they showed at an event a video they had made about Anonymous. They scared the living daylight out of you about Anonymous. All these Scientologists were made to believe that protesters were terrorists," she says. "Somebody asked me, 'Can you do this?' Sure, I can do this. I want to fight terrorism. I didn't think twice about it."

Lombard says she was asked in part because as an OT V -- someone who had achieved high levels of training, including the infamous space opera elements of OT III -- she could remain calm if protesters started shouting something about church secrets.

"You know about the secret scriptures, like Xenu. if the protesters blurted that, you wouldn't get flustered," she says.

In particular, her help was needed regarding a protester who was giving the church headaches, a man who called himself "AnonOrange."

As Lombard pointed out to the Supervisors this week, they are well aware of AnonOrange, whose real name is Francois Choquette.

"I was at the monthly protest since March 2008," AnonOrange told me this morning by telephone. "My approach is to dress up in something funny. I try to ridicule them. I make serious speeches at the Board of Supervisors, I write letters, I meet with reporters. But then I do silly stuff."

The reason? "Scientology can't fight funny. Because they aren't funny. They're the most unfunny group in the world."

Scientology didn't appreciate AnonOrange's sense of humor. it wanted to gather more information about him -- like where he lived. And that involved a pretty elaborate mission which included luring AnonOrange to a supposed magazine interview that didn't happen, and then following him for 11 hours until he finally went home late at night.

The next morning, AnonOrange says, one of Scientology's private investigators showed up at his home to serve him with a cease-and-desist letter.

"A few days later, at 5:45 am, Paulien showed up with a guy. We called him 'Blue shirt guy'," he says.

"They asked me to go out there and stand with a sign outside of Mr. Choquette's house saying that he was a terrorist," Lombard says.

It has become a common OSA tactic: hand out leaflets or put up signs in the neighborhood where a protester lives, trying to convince neighbors that they're living next to someone suspicious or dangerous.

"It didn't last long. It was a closed community. Cops came. We had to leave," she says.

However, during the encounter Lombard got to know a neighbor, and procured his business card.

"I told OSA [the Office of Special Affairs, the church's intelligence wing that runs such spying operations]. They were excited." Lombard says she was asked to call the neighbor and pump him for information about AnonOrange.

"For the operation I was called Sarah White. I called this neighbor back, and then I was supposed to find out what was AnonOrange's source of income. I never found out much, but the whole intention of OSA was to get the juice on AnonOrange. His source of income, his plans," she says.

A month later, things got much more serious for AnonOrange. During a protest at Gold Base -- the Scientology HQ -- he was wrestled to the ground by Scientology security officers and then was arrested by Riverside County sheriff's deputies, as can be seen in this video:

Charges against the protesters were eventually dropped, and then AnonOrange filed a lawsuit against the church. (It was recently settled, and AnonOrange says he can't discuss the terms.)

Meanwhile, Lombard, the avid Scientologist who was ready to spy against protesters she saw as terrorists, was starting to have her doubts.

"My son found a story on the Internet, on Digg, a story that Mike Rinder had left Scientology. And that was it for us. We love Mike Rinder," she says.

"That was the initial thing, that made us think, let's look into this." She found the excellent 2009 St. Petersburg Times series, with denunciations of Scientology leader David Miscavige by former high-ranking officials such as Amy Scobee and Marty Rathbun. "Then we were thinking, holy crap, these people are telling the truth. They had no benefits from speaking out. The church is going to come after them, and yet they tell the truth," she says.

"At that point we were out." Over time, she says, her entire familyl left the church with her. "We tried to get some friends out. One of them spied on us for OSA," she says, noting the irony.

And now that she was out, she had to confront her own behavior while she was in.

"I felt really bad about what I'd done," she says, which is why she reached out to AnonOrange directly.

They both say she was prepared to testify on AnonOrange's behalf as his lawsuit made its way through the courts. Now that it's settled, Lombard says she was ready to go public with what she knew.

And that's why, this week, she stepped up to a podium to address the county's Board of Supervisors, who have been involved in ongoing disputes over protests at the Scientology Headquarters. One supervisor, Jeff Stone, has been especially sympathetic to the church, and has denounced Anonymous as a hate group. (He also proposed dividing California in two in order to create a 51st state, but that's another matter.)

She says she plans to provide more information to the Board, and wants to address Supervisor Stone directly.

But for now, she knows that she's put a big target on her back by speaking out.

"When I left yesterday to the Board of Supervisors, a private investigator took a picture of me and my daughter," she says. "OSA always wants to be first with the information."


[Update: Paulien contacted me to point out that I'd heard her wrong on that last quote. She was photographed as she left her home to go to the Board of Supervisors chamber, not after she gave her speech to the Supes.]


http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/07/video_scientology_spy.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 29, 2011, 05:00:25 PM

A Tel Aviv lawyer and his father were indicted yesterday on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and several other serious offenses.

The Tel Aviv District Court yesterday charged attorney Gur Finkelshtein and his father, Itzhak Finkelshtein, of attempting to hire a hit man to murder the younger Finkelshtein's wife and her partner and of assaulting Tel Aviv municipal engineer Shota Hovel.

The two men were also charged with setting fire to the Scientology Center in Jaffa, which the younger Finkelshtein represented as an attorney, and conspiring to murder a witness for the prosecution in another case against him.

According to the indictment, when the younger Finkelshtein was in Hasharon Prison, he offered payment to another detainee to poison a prosecution witness with cyanide.

On June 5, another prisoner asked Finkelshtein what he had been discussing with the detainee and Finkelshtein reiterated that he was looking for a hit man to kill the witness.

That prisoner said he would act as a go-between on the matter, but then informed the Prison Service and the police, who instructed him to string Finkelshtein along and record him.

Finkelshtein was caught on tape discussing with the prisoner the possibility of murdering the witness, Ramzi Bachar, by a drug overdose. He also wanted the hit man to murder Bachar's father, Hovel and Finkelshtein's ex-wife's partner, Daniel Cohen.

Finkelshtein said he would pay $50,000 if the murder was not complicated and $70,000 if it was.

The prisoner gave Finkelshtein the name of an undercover policeman who posed as the hired killer.

On July 15, Finkelshtein's father changed $5,000 into shekels as a down payment on the murder and met with the supposed hired killer to discuss the plan, according to the indictment.


http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/attorney-and-his-father-charged-with-attempting-to-off-witness-ex-wife-1.375817


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 30, 2011, 12:11:22 PM
      'Inside Scientology' Author: 'They Have the Goods on Everybody'

By Brent Lang at TheWrap

Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:30am EDT

Scientology operates more as a business than as a church, relying on techniques perfected by car salesmen to attract new members and celebrities to its rolls.

That's just one of the takeaways from Janet Reitman’s controversial book about the world’s most controversial and secretive religion. “Inside Scientology” chronicles L. Ron Hubbard’s creation of Scientology six decades ago and traces its development into the faith of choice for movie stars such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

Also read: Paul Haggis' Break With Scientology Over Gay Rights

In an interview with TheWrap, Reitman, a Rolling Stone contributing editor, addressed blackmail rumors and talked about why Kabbalah may represent a bigger threat to it than any “South Park” parody.

“They have the goods on everybody,” she said regarding blackmail rumors. “You are constantly being asked to write up your transgressions, maybe even your unspoken transgressions.”

Consequently, she said, “They know everything about you.”

Is Scientology still a big religion in celebrity circles?

I totally think that celebrity Scientologists are hesitant to be public about it these days, but I don’t think they’ve ever had as many celebrities as people think. There are really very few. Cruise is a big celebrity. Travolta is a long-time celebrity. Jenna Elfman had a TV show, but most of these people aren’t huge celebrities.

Kabbalah has gotten the superstars. Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Madonna -- those are big stars.

How effective has Cruise been as the public face of Scientology?

I don’t believe he’s been an effective face in terms of getting new members, but he’s been very effective in terms of getting the existing members excited.

There was a specific strategy in place to make Cruise into the model Scientologist. It was a promotional strategy and it’s been good and bad.

Existing members are not necessarily aware, of how the church is perceived. They are told they should not read newspapers, they would not have watched the “South Park” episode that makes fun of them, and they would not have read the magazine article that became the basis for my book. So from their viewpoint, Cruise’s behavior would be perceived completely differently than what we see. It would have made them really excited to see him jumping on Oprah’s couch.

There are all these rumors that celebrities like Cruise remain Scientologists because the church knows all their secrets and they fear blackmail. Any truth to that?

I didn’t go into that too much in my book, but it seems obvious. They have the goods on everybody. A great part of the Scientology experience is the confession that happens in the auditing experience [a type of counseling members receive]. You are constantly being asked to write up your transgressions, maybe even your unspoken transgressions.

They know everything about you. They would know everything about Cruise in the same way that they would know everything about me if I were a member.

How is the celebrity experience different than that of average Scientologists?

Basically to ensure that they have a happy experience, [celebrities] are shielded from anything negative. They have church appointed minders who guide them through the process.

They have no idea the level of control they’re under. If Scientology is a parallel universe than this is really a parallel universe.

There’s been a celebrity strategy since the mid-‘80s. They are seen as cash cows, as these amazing emotional tools. It’s very savvy what’s going on, so it’s not surprising that celebrities are treated in a wonderful way, a way that’s very different than an average member.

They are often looked at as more important than the clergy. You have these people who have been serving the church for 35 years who have to salute Tom Cruise and call him sir.

Why do you think Scientology remains so controversial?

I think it has to do with its history of secrecy and also its history of litigiousness. I do think that’s changed slightly. In so many ways it tries to not be so secretive anymore. It tries to be less aggressive than it was in the past. You don’t see them filing those giant lawsuits any longer.

I think it’s a residual effect. They pled guilty to conspiracy once. They conducted a domestic espionage operation. And you have all these people who left the church coming out about their experience.

What shocked you the most about Scientology?

I didn’t expect to find out how much of a business they were. They are almost like a multi-level marketing firm. They have a very shrewd marketing sense. They are drilled on how to sell. They use a book written by a car salesman that talks about sure-fire sales techniques and it shows you how to close the deal. It’s an essential part of their training.   
Related Articles:  Paul Haggis Denounces Scientology in New Yorker Opus Anderson Cooper Prepares to Feel Wrath of Scientology Members

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/29/idUS186980975920110729


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 03, 2011, 08:37:19 AM

      LA Sheriff's Deputy, Under Official Inquiry for Endorsing Expensive Scientology

I just got off the phone with Steve Whitmore, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca's spokesman, who tells me that an official inquiry has been opened in the matter of an LA sheriff's deputy named Benjamin Ring. The deputy appeared in a Scientology mailer that encourages church members to spend money on expensive services rather than invest in real estate or put it away in a 401K.

Images of the mailer first showed up about a week ago on the Internet, but the message on it, accompanied by an image of Deputy Ring in his full police gear, was so outlandish, we suspected a hoax. Only after we'd received a physical copy of the mailer and verified with the Church of Scientology Los Angeles that it had put out the document did we contact the LA Sheriff's Department for comment.

"Your concerns about the text are our concern. We're going to get to the bottom of it," Whitmore told me this afternoon as he let me know that an official inquiry -- which may lead to an internal affairs investigation -- was already underway.

Whitmore says that some executives at the Sheriff's Department had been aware of the mailer when it first went out and began in inquiry, but Whitmore knew nothing about it until the Voice sent over images of it by e-mail earlier today. (Whitmore says he was not called earlier about the matter, despite an Internet report that Whitmore had told a member of Anonymous that there was no problem with a deputy appearing in an advertisement in his uniform. Update: It was Garry Scarff who earlier posted that he'd talked to Whitmore about deputies endorsing products in uniform, but he says he may not have mentioned the flier, which Whitmore told me he had not learned about until earlier today.)

In fact, Whitmore says it's against Department policy for deputies to endorse products while appearing in uniform.

"We are not in the business of endorsing any particular anything, if you know what I mean," he told me. "People in their off-duty hours in their regular street clothes can do whatever they want, but when they don Sheriff's Department gear it's another matter."

Sheriff Lee Baca himself can do what he wants as an elected official, and Whitmore acknowledged that Baca had made supportive statements about Scientology in the past.

"The Sheriff believes that everybody deserves a seat at the table. There are certain things with Scientology he thinks are good. He likes that they're trying to get people off of alcohol and drugs," Whitmore said. "That's an overall philosophical statement. He's an elected official and has every right to do that."

But deputies are another matter, he pointed out. "We're looking at this very seriously."

I called the Church of Scientology Los Angeles -- the "LA Org" -- to ask about the mailer. After acknowledging that they had put out the mailer, the person who answered my call told me someone else would call me back. They never did. I also did not get a call back from Karin Pouw, church spokeswoman.

The person who sent us a copy of the mailer received a copy of it in the mail on July 26. It's a single glossy sheet, and on one side, Deputy Ring can be seen endorsing "co-auditing to clear at LA Org."

As has been voluminously documented here at the Voice and in many court cases and by other news organizations, one of the realities of life in Scientology is for members to be continuously hit up for increasingly expensive services by church "registrars" as they move up "the Bridge" of spiritual advancement. Founder L. Ron Hubbard claimed that dedicated adherence to his "technology" would lead a parishioner to became a "clear," a person who is so unencumbered by life's traumas, he or she would be clairvoyant, have total recall, and master other seemingly superhuman qualities.

In the mailer, Deputy Ring seems to acknowledge that advancing up the Bridge could lead to financial difficulty: "I kept talking to the Registrars and I thought if I'm going to co-audit, I might as well keep co-auditing up the Bridge and it's a way to do it and not have money be a problem."

Reaching "clear" is only one stop on the Bridge -- even higher levels call for even higher prices. An individual step on the Bridge might cost $7,000 or $8,000, and call for many additional services and remedial steps before moving on to a higher station on the process.

"I was saving all this money to do the Bridge later," Ring goes on, "instead of just taking the money I did have to invest in my spiritual freedom."

Ring -- again, while appearing as an authority figure in his sheriff's deputy uniform -- now attempts to convince his reader that there are few better ways to invest large amounts of money than in Scientology training:

What's the point of having a condo in Burbank or going to Europe instead of investing in myself. Instead of flowing money to my IRA or 401K, why don't I just flow money toward my Bridge?

RingMailer.jpg


"In other words, he's saying that to go clear, it would cost you about what it would cost to buy a condo," says Jason Beghe, an actor and former Scientology celebrity who left the church in 2007 after, by his estimate, spending about a million dollars on Scientology services over a 13-year period.

"It's the safest investment there is, because it's kind of magical," he added, sarcastically.

A Malibu resident, Beghe says that the particular Scientology outfit that created the mailer, the "LA org," is "kind of a joke." There are much more prestigious Scientology facilities in the area, which is one of the religion's main hubs.

As for the mailer's aggressive approach, asking for large sums, Beghe says "That's what Scientology does."

"That's all the time. I remember there was a guy who was trying to get me -- he was an IAS [International Association of Scientologists] registrar, those guys are crazy -- he was saying that he had a contracting business and had a $600,000 windfall, and he said he gave it all to the IAS, and then tripled his income. So when you get a windfall, the best thing for you financially, they'll tell you, is to give the whole thing to them. I kid you not. And people believe it," he says.

"A working person, to co-audit the Bridge, would take going to the org every night. You'd be there from 6 to 10, and it would still take you many years to go clear," Beghe says. "He'll wake up when he can't pay for his kids' school."


UPDATE: Just talked to Brian Culkin for another perspective on the amounts of money we're dealing with in Scientology. Although Culkin, a yoga instructor, was only in Scientology for a short time -- from January 2009 to February 2010 -- in that time, as he worked to "go clear," he gave Scientology $350,000. And then "blew" -- Scientology jargon for leaving the church.

Imagine the sort of condo you could buy with that kind of deposit money.


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Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 04, 2011, 03:52:14 PM
                  Ingleside on the Bay repeals filming ordinance

    By Mark Collette
    Posted August 3, 2011

INGLESIDE-ON-THE-BAY — An ordinance that required outsiders to obtain a permit to film in Ingleside on the Bay was repealed by the City Council.

The council enacted the ordinance in June after receiving complaints from residents about the Squirrel Busters film crew.

The Squirrel Busters say they are filming a documentary about Ingleside on the Bay resident Mark Rathbun, a former high-ranking official in the Church of Scientology. But Rathbun says the crews are there to harass him for speaking out about abuses in the church. Some residents have put up signs saying the Squirrel Busters aren't welcome. "Squirrel" is Scientology-speak for a heretic.

Mayor Howard Gillespie said the council, responding to the residents' complaints, enacted the ordinance to try to exercise control over the situation. The city chose not to enforce the measure after the film crews argued the ordinance was an unconstitutional infringement on their First Amendment rights.

Gillespie said the city attorney is considering other regulations the council could adopt in response to citizens' complaints.


http://www.caller.com/news/2011/aug/03/ingleside-on-the-bay-repeals-filming-ordinance/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 08, 2011, 08:19:38 AM
Former Scientology film crew member describes surveillance activities in Ingleside on the Bay

    By Mark Collette
    Posted August 6, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI — For a struggling videographer, the offer was too good to pass up: $2,000 a week to help document the activities of a former high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology.

Bert Leahy said the phone call came from David Statter, who said he was with Falcon Industries, doing a reality TV show about Ingleside on the Bay resident Mark "Marty" Rathbun.

Leahy agreed to meet to learn about the project. Leahy suggested Pier 99, near the Lexington Museum on the Bay. Halfway through the meal, Statter got a phone call.

"The caller says Marty's at the aquarium — not even 50 yards from where we were at," Leahy said.

"Do you have your gear?" Statter asked him.

Leahy chewed his shrimp. He thought the situation was weird. But $2,000 a week?

"I jumped in the Squirrel Buster van," Leahy said. "I haven't even met the guy 15 freaking minutes, he's driving my wife and daughter in his car and I'm sitting in the back of the Squirrel Buster van. I'm like what the (expletive) did I just do?"

Church Defector

Leahy spoke publicly for the first time since his brief stint in June with the Squirrel Busters, the group that has been following and filming Rathbun since April. Rathbun says the Squirrel Busters were sent by the Church of Scientology to harass him for speaking out about abuses in the church and for being one of the most vocal members of a growing group of independent Scientologists. Squirrel is the Scientology term for a heretic.

Leahy corroborates Rathbun's assertions, saying Squirrel Busters crew members told him their purpose was to make life miserable for Rathbun, turn neighbors against him, force him to relocate and goad him into violence so they could press charges against him.

Statter did not respond to requests for interviews at the phone number and email address Leahy provided.

Squirrel Busters producer John Allender did not respond to multiple messages seeking a response when the Caller-Times began covering their activities more than a month ago. When told more than a week ago that Leahy had spoken to the newspaper, Allender rejected a request for a telephone interview, saying he was too busy working on his production.

In responses to emailed questions, Allender said Leahy's statements that the crew was there to harass Rathbun are false.

Allender said the crew is following and filming Rathbun for a documentary because Rathbun is harming the other Scientology defectors who come to him for help. Rathbun's visitors who were interviewed for this article said he had helped them readjust to life outside the church after their friends, associates and family members still within the church stopped associating with them, part of what critics say is a disconnection policy within the church.

The church says there is no such policy and that members who disconnect from friends and family do so of their own free will.

Allender said Rathbun has bullied his crews, not the other way around, though Oscar Rivera, chief deputy of the San Patricio County Sheriff's Office, has said the crews are harassing Rathbun.

Allender, in an email, described Rathbun as a master of distorting the truth to foster a "hate campaign against his former religion."

But the accounts of Leahy, visitors to the Rathbun home, the police and neighbors suggest Rathbun and his wife were living quietly in Ingleside on the Bay until the Squirrel Busters arrived in April.

Rathbun's criticisms of the church stop short of an outright attack on the whole religion. Rathbun said he adheres to Scientology's underlying philosophies and, through his blog, he maintains communication with other independent Scientologists who have broken away from the organized church.

The Church of Scientology denies a connection to the Squirrel Busters. Meanwhile, the church has placed an ad to hire a reporter based in South Texas for its news publishing arm, Freedom Magazine. The church says the magazine focuses on human rights and social betterment, but recent stories have been devoted to debunking statements made by former church members and the journalists who write about them.

In confrontations documented in multiple videos and police reports, the Squirrel Busters have interrupted Rathbun and his wife at restaurants, confronted him at his doorstep while wearing head-mounted cameras and filmed him from a paddleboat in the canal behind his house. They routinely film in front of his home.

Allender confronted Rathbun at a rental car stand at a Los Angeles airport in June in an incident that both parties recorded. Rathbun said he hadn't informed anyone about his travel plans.

When Rathbun went to Lake Livingston in East Texas for a reunion with independent Scientologists from around the world, the Squirrel Busters took out ads on area radio stations calling Rathbun a squirrel.

But the Squirrel Busters don't always get their man. When Leahy and the team arrived at the aquarium that day in early June, Leahy said, Rathbun was gone.

A Good Offer

Leahy, 46, said he is not a Scientologist and never has worked for the church or groups affiliated with the church. He set out as a freelance videographer in the early 1990s after taking some film courses at a Dallas-area college. He and his wife, a teacher, independently produced "I-35: Heartbreak and Healing on an American Highway," a documentary about the aftermath of high-profile tragedies in cities along Interstate 35.

Leahy said he has struggled with a recovery from back surgery and with chronic pain that through the years made it difficult for him to keep up his business. He has earned money shooting weddings and high school basketball games, but establishing a client base has been difficult. Statter's call, with the promise of good money and work he could add to his résumé, seemed like just what he needed.

After missing Rathbun at the aquarium, the crew received word later that evening that Rathbun was fishing with some friends, Leahy said. Four Squirrel Busters approached the private property sign near Rathbun's fishing spot.

"They were really good about not trespassing," Leahy said.

According to police reports, the Squirrel Busters have obtained plats of Rathbun's property so they can stand at the edge of his property line when they confront him at his home. One video shows a Squirrel Buster, clad in the group's trademark sky-blue shirt depicting Rathbun's head attached to a squirrel's body, holding a map or drawing and surveying the property line in front of Rathbun's home.

At the fishing spot, they peppered Rathbun with questions about whether he is certified to give audits and whether his e-meter is registered. Auditing is a form of counseling in Scientology, conducted by a trained counselor who gauges a person's emotional responses on an e-meter, a device that measures electrical activity through a person's skin.

"I have no idea what these people are talking about, but I'm just recording," Leahy said.

As Rathbun approached, crew members told Leahy to stand in his way, let Rathbun push him so the Squirrel Busters could press charges. Rathbun shuffled through the group.

"He barely touches one girl and she's like, 'Oh my God, you just pushed me,' " Leahy recalled. "Give her an Academy Award."

Allender denied the crew provoked Rathbun.

When Leahy returned to his hotel room, he started researching Scientology. He found previous video of the Squirrel Busters accosting Rathbun at his home.

Leahy was conflicted, but the money was so good.

"At $2,000 a week, I'm not going to complain as long as it's not illegal."

'War Room'

On Leahy's second day on the job, the day after the confrontation at the fishing spot, Leahy met Statter in Statter's hotel room, he said.

"He had like a control station, like a war room," Leahy said. "Laptops, GPS's, paperwork. He's on the phone saying I need to order 55 more Squirrel Busters hats. He was constantly on the phone to people in Los Angeles."

In the room, Leahy grew increasingly worried with what he saw. He wondered why he had been allowed into this inner circle. But he tried to stay calm and buddy up to the group. He asked Statter about the overall goal.

"Dave flat-out said our goal is to make Marty's life a living hell," Leahy said. "That's a quote. He never said 'stalk,' but he said make Marty's life a living hell with every means possible of impeding his everyday living, and make it so miserable for him and his neighbors that his neighbors will want him to move."

But many neighbors support the Rathbuns. Several have erected no trespassing signs at their homes that say the Squirrel Busters aren't welcome. And they angrily have told the City Council they don't like the group riding around in its golf cart and passing out anti-Rathbun pamphlets. Mayor Howard Gillespie said that although he has received complaints about the Squirrel Busters, he hasn't heard of anyone supporting them.

Leahy said he asked the Squirrel Busters what Rathbun would have to do to make the harassment stop.

"What it boiled down to is they're very upset with Marty because he's auditing people for a lot of money — $2,000 to $5,000 an hour to audit them," Leahy said.

Rathbun said he never talks money with former church members who come to him for auditing after they leave the organized church. He accepts donations if offered, but he estimates that for a third to a fourth of his auditing, he gets nothing. He declined to give an exact tally of his income, but said he would offer full financial disclosure if the Squirrel Busters would do the same.

Among his gripes with the church is that members are asked to give hundreds or thousands of dollars for auditing and study materials at each level of the bridge, a term for the path to spiritual advancement in Scientology. Multiple news organizations, including The New Yorker, the St. Petersburg Times and CNN, have documented the claims of former members that advancing to high levels of the bridge costs tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. The church says its requested donations for courses start at $50 and could never reach that much.

Laura Ann Wilson, 55, of Midland, is a church defector who says she first came to Rathbun in March, looking for help adjusting to life outside the church. She joined when she was 7.

She said Rathbun never spoke about money or implied that he expected anything in return for his help. She stayed in an apartment at the Rathbuns' home for five nights. They fed her three times a day. She decided to donate to the Rathbuns because she knows they aren't working and that others who visit them, fresh out of the church and with few job prospects or social connections, don't have money to give. It's the same situation in which Rathbun found himself when he defected.

Wilson could afford to give because her husband, also a former church member, is now an oil field services worker.

"We gave him what we thought was generous, but it was a lot less than what we would have ever paid the church," she said. She wouldn't say exactly how much she gave for fear of offending others who could not afford to give.

Wilson again visited the Rathbuns in June, this time with her husband. They were returning from fishing with them when Leahy and the Squirrel Busters showed up. Wilson confirmed Leahy's account of the incident. The Squirrel Busters confronted her and the Rathbuns three times in all during their June visit, Wilson said. Two of the encounters are on video.

Wilson said it once bothered her to see Scientologists doing what the Squirrel Busters are doing.

Not anymore.

"I've gone past the point of being shocked and the point of being angry, and now I'm honestly just trying to move forward, because I don't really want to let them soak up my life any more than they already have."

Heavy Cost

Leahy donned his Squirrel Buster T-shirt and left the hotel in the van, headed for Rathbun's home.

In the cul-de-sac outside the house, Leahy noted that Bart Parr, a videographer working for the Squirrel Busters, was receiving instructions from someone who observed the situation from somewhere else. Two Squirrel Busters posed in front of a camera, said they were doing a new episode and wanted to ask Rathbun some questions.

Rathbun called police and filmed the incident.

When Leahy had to give his identification to the police, he hit his breaking point.

"I told Dave I'm probably gonna go ahead and head back to Allen," his hometown near Dallas.

Leahy found Rathbun's video of the incident online. He grew frantic, worried his appearance in the film could ruin future business prospects. Later, friends from Corpus Christi would see the video and call Leahy, thinking he was a Scientologist.

Leahy asked Statter to pay him for the work he had done so far. He got $900 for the three shoots — at the aquarium, the fishing spot and Rathbun's cul-de-sac.

For the past month, Leahy has been patching things up with Rathbun, apologizing for his role in the Squirrel Busters, and trying to help Rathbun build a case against them. Authorities have said the Squirrel Busters haven't broken any laws. On the other hand, a theft case they tried to press against Rathbun, when he ripped away their microphone in a moment of frustration, was rejected by the county attorney.

Leahy said he went public because he wanted to clear his name and help Rathbun.

Rathbun acknowledges he has brought this scrutiny upon himself, not only because he defected from the church, but because he once directed similar activities from within it, targeting former members. It is only fitting, he says, that the monster he helped create has turned on him.

But the people who come to see him deserve no such treatment, he says.

This includes Michael Fairman, a television and film actor and former church member who said he reached OT-VII, one of the highest levels of spiritual advancement in the church.

Fairman, 77, stayed with the Rathbuns for four days after Thanksgiving in 2010. Like Wilson, he says Rathbun never asked him for money. He donated $1,000 anyway.

"I'm used to paying $7,800 for 12½ hours of auditing," Fairman said.

He said he wants people to know Rathbun is harmless. But that doesn't mean the visit to Ingleside on the Bay didn't cost Fairman. When he returned home, he said, church officials confronted him and told him they knew he had visited Rathbun. He'd be separated from the church. Most of his friends, also Scientologists, stopped talking to him.

Fairman said he wants people to know the Squirrel Busters don't represent all that is Scientology.

"There's a good part of Scientology that I think works," he said. "I've now looked into the history of (church founder L. Ron) Hubbard and found some interesting things about him. I'm looking to get the whole picture. For 23 years, I was just blind."

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/aug/06/former-scientology-film-crew-member-describes-in/

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/scientology_goo_2.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 12, 2011, 11:58:33 AM
              Londoners See a Disaster, But Scientology Sees an Opportunity!


​Some (mostly annoying) Scientology updates today while we wait for tomorrow's big reveal in our countdown:

In the suburbs of London (and in nearby Birmingham), where rioting has reached end-times proportions, Scientology's "Volunteer Ministers" have been spotted in their yellow jackets, handing out church propaganda. From the website Political Scrapbook:

    A "Scientology Volunteer Force" appeared at the cleanup operation in Birmingham City Centre this morning, purporting to be there to help sweep up. In reality, they stayed for around ten minutes - just long enough to convince members of the public to come back to their centre and "learn more" about the organisation. According to cleanup helper @BrumProtestor, the five volunteers, who wore the sect's trademark yellow jackets, each left with a member of the public in the direction of their nearby recruitment office.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/londoners_see_a.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 13, 2011, 10:56:56 AM
      Scientology Sees Fundraising Gold in the UK Riots: "We Have a Strategy"
By Tony Ortega Fri., Aug. 12 2011 at 8:27 AM
Comments (48)
Categories: Scientology



​Two different friends of Runnin' Scared in the UK sent us the same thing this morning -- a remarkable call to action by the Birmingham branch of the Church of Scientology in reaction to the country's widespread rioting.

As we noted on Wednesday, Scientology has a history of pouncing on human disaster which even its own leaders, on leaked videotape, have admitted is a recruitment tool for the church.

But even we're somewhat taken aback to see what the UK Scientologists have put out in a message to the flock following the destruction there: now, they say, is the time to cash in!

"We MUST open all UK Ideal Orgs NOW," says an electronic flier my UK sources are calling a "leaked e-mail."

As we saw in a remarkable video that came out of the Phoenix "org," ordinary Scientologists are currently under considerable pressure to pry even more cash out of the hands of their fellow parishioners for the procurement of new buildings, even if their current facilities -- which may have been just fine for many years -- are not overflowing. It's all part of Scientology leader David Miscavige's big push for "Ideal Orgs" around the planet -- special, opulent churches that church members are told will somehow deliver the message of L. Ron Hubbard's spiritual technology even more effectively, or something. It's a curious push for new real estate when all signs indicate the membership of Scientology is actually dwindling.

At the same time, Scientology is always quick to the scene of a disaster, and they try to get good publicity out of their "Volunteer Ministers" being on the ground "helping" disaster victims.

But to church members, Scientology is a little more up front about what they see in the riots: a chance to raise more money for their fancy new churches.

Under the title "IDEAL ORGS, WHY NOW?" the flier explains that all the destruction in England only proves that psychiatrists are evil and only Dianetics and Scientology can save the world.

    The majority of the looters are children under the age of 20 who have been drugged, are illiterate and in psych hands...We are the ONLY people who have the actual technology to handle the source of this.

Hmm, that last line sounds familiar. Where have we heard it before? Oh yeah, remember this?




    "Being a Scientologist, when you drive past an accident, it's not like anyone else. As you drive past you know you have to do something about it because you know you are the only one who can really help."


The only ones who can help. Well, OK, so what are the UK Scientologists proposing as the way they can assist their country in a time of need? By raising even more money and buying even more buildings!

    We have a strategy - Birmingham is next. By putting that stable datum there on the cross roads of the UK, and the world, we will then be putting sanity not only into that community and England, but to the Planet. The designs for Birmingham Ideal Org are DONE and the Org is READY TO OPEN. ALL THAT IS NEEDED ARE THE FUNDS!

Wow. Just for a moment, try to imagine that a major disaster has hit an American city. Neighborhoods are in flames. People are distraught. Resources are stretched thin. The future is in doubt. Can you further imagine, even for a minute, the local Catholic church, for example, using that opportunity to tell its parishioners that the answer to this chaos is not to house the homeless, feed the displaced or otherwise aid first responders, but instead it's time to make a major push for a new basilica?

I don't know, just seems odd to me.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/scientology_see.php




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 15, 2011, 04:12:53 PM
                The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 22: Jamie DeWolf

On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...

photos,,,, video....

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/jamie_dewolf_top_25_crippling_scientology.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 11, 2011, 01:03:53 PM
Exclusive: Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise Plotted to Use Tony Blair to Gain Tax Breaks for Scientology
By Andrew Morton,

See article and photos here...

Remember to click "cc" English to get English subtitles for the youtube video


http://www.themortonreport.com/celebrity/notables/exclusive-bill-clinton-tom-cruise-plotted-to-use-tony-blair-to-gain-tax-breaks-for-scientology/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 11, 2011, 01:35:15 PM
           Scientologists bring no economic benefit to downtown Clearwater

In Print: Sunday, September 11, 2011

Scientologists don't help area

It was interesting to read the letters from the "non-Scientologists" defending the Scientologists against the fines handed to them as a result of years of delay in completing their building. Of most interest was Mr. Rugo's comment on downtown Clearwater.

Let me relate a tale. Last New Year's Eve, as is our tradition, my wife and I went out for an early dinner in downtown Dunedin. Along with us was our grandson, also part of the tradition. Dunedin was packed. Couples and families were walking the downtown area. All the establishments in the area were open and bustling with business. We noticed that a nightclub across from our restaurant had a line of people waiting to get in.

After a short walk, we left for home. Entering downtown Clearwater along N Fort Harrison Avenue — nothing. Not a soul. Turning onto Cleveland Street, all we witnessed was about five or six homeless people huddling on the sidewalk and in storefronts to keep warm.

The Scientologists may be good neighbors, but they provide no basis for an economy in downtown Clearwater. If they spent any money, there would be restaurants, bistros, etc. They scurry around during the day, and then they are gone, not to be seen until the sun comes up again. With all those folks in or near downtown Clearwater, where were they that night?

In my opinion, the Scientologists are parasites. Clearwater, particularly downtown, would be far better off without them.

Dave Cordes, Clearwater

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/letters/scientologists-bring-no-economic-benefit-to-downtown-clearwater/1190865


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 23, 2011, 05:23:53 PM
                       Scientology leader branded 'violent and toxic'

Australian Broadcasting Corporation   Video at the link below.

Broadcast: 22/09/2011

Reporter: Steve Cannane

Former St George rugby league captain Chris Guider has spoken out about his time working with Scientology's worldwide leader, David Miscavige.
Transcript
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: A former captain of the St George rugby league team has spoken out about his time working with the worldwide head of the Church of Scientology.

Chris Guider walked away from a promising football career at the age of 24 to work full-time with the church.

Now in an exclusive interview with Lateline, Chris Guider describes Scientology's leader David Miscavige as a violent and toxic individual.

The Church of Scientology has denied his claims.

Steve Cannane reports.

STEVE CANNANE, REPORTER: At the age of 24, Chris Guider was at the top of his game. He was the captain of St George and held a unique record.

ROY MASTERS, FORMER ST GEORGE COACH: Chris Guider had a record that will never be surpassed in rugby league insofar as he played in three grand finals for the one club on the one day: first grade, second grade and under-23s.

STEVE CANNANE: In 1986, he won the Dragons' player of the year award. Then, the player known for his darting runs from dummy half took off and never came back.

ROY MASTERS: At the end of 1986 he announced that he was leaving. We knew he was interested in the Church of Scientology and many of us assumed that that had become his full-time calling.

CHRIS GUIDER, FORMER SCIENTOLOGIST: I was basically told by the head of the organisation that I was attached to at that time that I had to give away the rugby league.

STEVE CANNANE: Walking away from his rugby league career was a big sacrifice.

CHRIS GUIDER: Very difficult. I'd played 17 years, I'd played since I was a little kid and I loved playing for the team that I was playing for.

STEVE CANNANE: Chris Guider started working full-time at the Church of Scientology in Sydney.

Two and half years later, he headed to the US. Within a month, he was working closely with the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige in what's been called his honour guard, the RTC.

CHRIS GUIDER: I would go through the day looking for people that weren't following policy properly or weren't in the right space they were supposed to be or the right area they were supposed to be in and then handling those people so they got back to what they was supposed to be doing. And I'd report directly to Miscavige on what I did that day.

STEVE CANNANE: David Miscavige became the leader of the Church of Scientology soon after the death of its founder, L Ron Hubbard, in 1986.

Miscavige was active in recruiting Tom Cruise to Scientology and was best man at his wedding.

But Chris Guider thinks David Miscavige is not the kind of person who should be the head of a religious movement.

CHRIS GUIDER: He's a violent individual. He is. And there are accounts of him being physical with people. I've seen him physically beat one staff member, Mark Fisher, who was formerly an executive in RTC and worked very closely with Miscavige for a lot of years. And I witnessed him beating him.

STEVE CANNANE: David Miscavige was not available to respond to these allegations. He's done only one television interview in his 25 years as head of the church.

DAVID MISCAVIAGE, CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY LEADER (archive footage, ABC Nightline, 1992): From my perspective, the person getting harassed is myself and the church.

STEVE CANNANE: The Church of Scientology in the US turned down Lateline's request for an interview. In an email, a spokeswoman claimed the allegations were a lie and attached two sworn declarations from Scientologists Mark Yager and Mark Ingber, who claimed that David Miscavige did not hit Mark Fisher.

But Mark Fisher told the St Petersburg Times Miscavige did beat him.

MARK FISHER, FORMER SCIENTOLOGIST: He was pulling on my hair and he was punching at me and kicking at me and this went on for two or three minutes. And when he finally stopped and calmed down, I stood up and I reached behind my head and my head was bleeding.

STEVE CANNANE: At least four former Scientologists have claimed publicly that David Miscavige also hit them.

The Church of Scientology in the US said in an email to Lateline a small group of anti-Scientologists were feeding stories to the tabloid press to generate controversy. The church describes them a posse of lunatics led by a media whore.

But Chris Guider says David Miscavige is a violent man. He says at one point he was instructed by the church leader to hit a colleague who was editing a Scientology promotional video.

CHRIS GUIDER: He was standing behind the person who was editing the property and telling him how he was doing this wrong and that wrong and screaming at him.

In the ethics officer role you have this little - basically it's a riding crop, it's just a little baton, and it's just meant to be a symbol of authority that the ethics office has. Well, anyway, Miscavige told me to beat the guy with the stick. I looked at him and I refused to do that. He took that very, very severely on me because I didn't just do what he wanted me to do.

STEVE CANNANE: In a statement, the Church of Scientology in the US described Chris Guider's allegations as delusional. The church provided copies of three sworn declarations from current Scientologists who deny the incident took place, including Chris Guider's ex-wife and the editor involved, Gary Wiese.

Lateline has tried to contact Gary Wiese, but he has not returned our calls. The church says our attempt to contact Gary Wiese to test his written denial has been inappropriate.

It's common practice for the Church of Scientology to issue blanket denials of allegations made against them. When Anderson Cooper raised allegations of violence against David Miscavige on CNN, the four ex-wives of the accusers claimed their former husbands were lying.

EX-WIFE OF ACCUSER (March 2010): We've been together all our lives. It's utterly ridiculous and it isn't true.

STEVE CANNANE: In the Church of Scientology's internal justice system, making a public statement against Scientology or Scientologists is considered the worst of all crimes.

CHRIS GUIDER: That's church policy. They're not supposed to admit to anything. So, anybody you interview, they won't admit that they've done something wrong or it's not that way. They'll go after you, the reporter, they'll go after whoever's putting the program together, they'll go after the individual - that's how it works.

STEVE CANNANE: And you saw that happening when you were working in David Miscavige's office?

CHRIS GUIDER: Oh, yeah. Yeah, RTC would run that. There were executives in RTC that were on the phones to attorneys telling them what to do and how to handle former members of the church.

STEVE CANNANE: Chris Guider says he was eventually punished for the incident in the edit suite by being sent here, to the Rehabilitation Project Force, or RPF, in Dundas in suburban Sydney.

The Church of Scientology in the US disputes this, saying he went voluntarily to the RPF for, "... long-term negligence in fulfilling his religious duties and his repeated violations of Church scriptures."

The Church of Scientology says the RPF is a voluntary religious retreat. Defectors describe it as a punitive re-education camp.

CHRIS GUIDER: It's like prison, except it's worse because you don't have television, you don't have visitor rights, you can't read the newspaper, you can't read books, you can't listen to music.

STEVE CANNANE: Former Scientologists say those sent to the RPF are forced to wear black, do hard labour and eat basic meals like rice and beans. They say they're not allowed to talk to others except those on the RPF.

Chris Guider says he did two and a half years at the RPF in Dundas. He says the church seized his passport and his credit card and paid him as little as $2 a week. He has made a formal complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Church of Scientology in Sydney refused Lateline's request for an interview about the RPF in Dundas. In a statement they said, "The Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) is a voluntary religious program of spiritual rehabilitation offered to provide a "second chance" to those who have failed to fulfil their ecclesiastical responsibilities.

“The program does not include luxuries, to motivate the individual to improve himself and get through the program to once again be a capable and contributing member of the group ... The property is open to the street with free access to and from the property."

The church says they don't understand why someone who spoke positively about Scientology in a newspaper article in 2008 can now be so negative about it.

For Chris Guider, one good thing came out of his time in the RPF; he met his wife Valeska. They've since left the church and have a baby boy.

CHRIS GUIDER: I found out that the leader of the church right now, David Miscavige, is basically a very toxic person. It's not about people's lives and helping other people, of being a beneficial program for other people. It's not about that. It's about control and it's about getting money. And that's - I disagree with that. And that's not what interested me in the first place, that's not what got me to quit my football career.

STEVE CANNANE: Steve Cannane, Lateline.

TONY JONES: Well to read the statements from the Church of Scientology in Australia and the US in full, head to our website where we also have links to some of the sworn declarations made by current Scientologists.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3323979.htm

ABC Lateline - Chris Guider speaks out on Scientology, David Miscavige (2011-09-22)    YOUTUBE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4tC8q53qK0&feature=player_embedded

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-22/ex-league-star-says-scientology-head-violent-toxic/2911988

And also a mention in THE AUSTRALIAN
A FORMER rugby league star has attacked the head of the church of Scientology, David Miscavige, describing him as a "violent man" who sent him to a re-education camp for 2 1/2-years where he was paid as little as $2 a week and stripped of his passport.

Chris Guider was a former hooker for the St George rugby league team, but left the sport at 24 after being encouraged to devote more time to the church.

After spending 2 1/2-years working full-time for the church in Sydney, Mr Guider travelled to the US, where he worked closely with Mr Miscavige.

The former player told the ABC's Lateline yesterday he saw Mr Miscavige beat a former staff member, Mark Fisher, who worked at the Religious Technology Center.

"He's a violent individual," said Mr Guider.

"He is. And there are accounts of him being physical with people. I've seen him physically beat one staff member, Mark Fisher, who was formerly an executive in the RTC."



The church has denied the accusation, and sent Lateline two sworn declarations from church members claiming Mr Miscavige did not hit Mr Fisher.

This is despite evidence from Mr Fisher to the St Petersburg Times that he was beaten by Mr Miscavige and statements from at least four other former members of the church.

Mr Guider said he was later sent to a re-education camp, called Rehabilitation Project Force, in Dundas in suburban Sydney, after refusing to carry out a direct command from Mr Miscavige to beat a fellow church member with a riding crop-like implement.

Mr Guider said the church had stripped him of his passport and credit card and paid him as little as $2 a week.

He has made a complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

"It's like prison, except it's worse. You don't have television, you don't have visitor rights, you can't read the newspaper you can't read books, you can't listen to music," he said.

In the camp, he met his current wife, Valeska, and the pair have since left the church and had a baby boy. "I found out that the leader of the church, David Miscavige, is basically a very toxic person," Mr Guider said.

"It's not about people's lives and helping other people and being a beneficial program for other people.

"It's about control and getting money, and I disagree with that."

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/former-league-star-slams-violent-scientology/story-e6frg6nf-1226144069372

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Scientology denies beating claims
September 23, 2011
http://www.smh.com.au/national/scientology-denies-beating-claims-20110923-1ko8h.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 25, 2011, 11:05:39 AM
                         The Fiji Times


A new age belief?

Ruby Taylor-Newton
Sunday, September 25, 2011

The New Age belief is said to be rooted in the doctrine of Aleister Crowley, the "great beast," the writer of the book of the law with his motto 'Do what thou wilt'.

And what is extravagantly rich and famed rap artist, also Beyonce's hubby, Jay-Z doing wearing a black hoodie bearing the motto: "Do what thou wilt"?

It has long been rumoured that Jay-Z is part of some occult order due to the hints slipped in his songs and imagery in his hit "Run this Town".

The video to "Run this Town" was directed by Anthony Mandler who also did Rihanna's "Disturbia" video which many regard as a metaphor for evil possession,

Jay-Z also appears in other videos claimed to contain occult meanings like Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Beyonce's "Crazy in love".

On vigilantecitizen.com, the big question is: where does Jay-Z draw his inspiration from, because the symbols in his video simply cannot be coincidences or a collection of random items.

In the second trailer video for "Run this town" where Jay-Z is explaining the concept of the video, he is wearing the black hoodie bearing the saying "Do what thou wilt."

"Do What Thou Wilt" is the official dictum of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) and of its reformer, occultist Aleister Crowley.

According to wikipedia free encyclopedia, the O.T.O. is a hermetic order which teaches its initiates the secrets of the Mysteries, gnosticism, sex magick, Kaballah and other occult sciences. States vigilante: "The O.T.O. is however based on the "Law of Thelema" which main precept is "Do What Thou Wilt be the whole of the Law".

"Although this saying was interpreted in different ways, most agree that it refers to the dismissal of conventional moral and ethical rules in order to find one's "True Will". In other words, the usual guidelines by which good and evil are determined have to be blurred and forgotten to obtain the true path to illumination, as explained by Crowley here:

"There are no "standards of Right". Ethics is balderdash. Each Star must go on its own orbit. To hell with "moral principle"; there is no such thing"

-Crowley, Aleister. The Old and New Commentaries to Liber AL, II,28.

Although not officially considered "satanic", the O.T.O. does fully embrace the Luciferian doctrine and its high level members are referred to as "Most Illuminated and Most Puissant Baphomet". Baphomet is of course the horned androgynous idol of Western Occultism."

According to hubpages.com, the book of the law was received and written by Aleister Crowley. He actually received it from a spirit which was of Satanic origin. "The simple phrase, "Do what thou wilt," encompasses everything, good or bad, that a person wants to do. It also opens a door that Satan can enter into," it reveals.

hubpages.com goes on: "Many have written that Aleister Crowley was misunderstood. He has many followers even today who hold to what he wrote in his book of the law. His life was full of Sorcery, witchcraft, Satan worship, and general evilness. He died a lonely man addicted to heroine and it has been said that his last words were, "I am perplexed. . ."

"He has been called by some, "The patron saint of Rock and Roll." He has certainly inspired many through his teachings and philosophy. Aldous Huxley, Anton LeVay, Charles Manson, Kenneth Anger, Michael Aquino (who appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show), and a countless number of musicians and singers.

He is also called the Father of the Hippy Movement. He called himself the beast and lived his life accordingly.

hubpages.com quotes Crowley as saying, "I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff."

The founder of the church of Satan was Anton LeVay. He viewed Satan as a real entity and although he believed in the God of the bible, he refused to worship Him and made a conscious decision to worship Satan. He adopted Crowley's, Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law, and actually did what he wanted to do.

LeVay deceived many people because he always presented a watered down version of the true facts. He knew that many would not receive him or satanism if they knew the whole truth. Unfortunately, many had fallen prey to his deception and ended up possessed by devils

hubpages.com also reveals that L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the church of scientology had close ties to Jack Parsons who was the head of Crowley's Ordo Templi Orientis. The book of the law written by Crowley was most likely the most important book in Hubbard's life.

L. Ron Hubbard considered himself to be the one to take on the mantle of the beast after Crowley's death. He also stated that Scientology was born on the day that Crowley died, December 1, 1947.

Hubbard Jr, quoted his father as saying, "Also I've got to complete this by saying that he thought of himself as the Beast 666 Incarnate."

Interviewer: "The devil?"

Ron Jr.: "Yes. Aleister Crowley thought of himself as such. And when Crowley died in 1947 my father then decided that he should wear the cloak of the beast; and become the most powerful being in the universe. He thought he was Satan. He was one with Satan. He had a direct pipeline of communication and power with him."

Ron Hubbard, Jr: "The one super-secret sentence that Scientology is built on is: 'Do as thou wilt. That is the whole of the law.' It also comes from the black magic, from Aleister Crowley. It means that you are a law unto yourself, that you are above the law, that you create your own law. You are above any other human considerations.

On blogsite justiceintruthmovement.blogspot.com: ...

"When I saw someone wearing a shirt with "do what thous wilt" on it, I nearly flipped out. Clearly, the person was ignorant to what it really meant, thought it would just be cool to wear a shirt like that from their favorite rapper, or maybe they did know what it meant and wanted people to know they believe in wicca (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca if you dont know about wicca).

The blogsite continues..."This motto originated from Aliester Crowley (1875-1947)the Master Satanist of the 20th Century, who proclaimed himself as "The Beast 666" and was recognized as the master Satanist of the 20th century. Aleister Crowley would definitely get some votes in the "most wicked man who ever lived contest" and is the clear cut favorite for the title of "The Father of Modern Satanism".

" Crowley himself was terribly decadent. A happily heroin-addicted, bisexual Satan worshipper, he asked people to call him "The Beast 666." Crowley believed that he was literally the antimessiah of the apocalypse. "

The motto "Do as thou wilt" is very popular to those who believe in wicca or follows satan's agenda.

Their whole belief is that a person is free to not deny themselves of any pleasure, which is the opposite of Christian beliefs. Also, the fact that a lot of people in the entertainment industry call themselves "beasts" is not a coincidence. Do not believe whatever excuse they give, They are not talking about their rap ability. These people would never say that they worship satan because of course, they would not get as many followers and money if they did."

hubpage.com claims Hollywood keeps pushing the envelope, going deeper and deeper into the occult and satanism.

"Morals are thrown away and ethics are tossed aside. Murder, sexual deviancy, homosexuality, fornication, teen sex, adultery, witchcraft, Wicca, etc. . are all a part of the plan of satanism.

"Our children are being brainwashed into believing these thing

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=181609


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 03, 2011, 02:40:27 PM
                         Israeli town tries to oust Scientology school

Residents of the central Israel town of Yehud are concerned after a school affiliated with the Church of Scientology opened in their Tel Aviv suburb with the start of the new school year.

Locals had tried to block the opening of the new Atid School, but their protests were apparently registered too late. But that won't stop them and the anti-missionary group Yad L'Achim from continuing their efforts to remove the school.

The Atid School previously operated in the central town of Holon. It was started so that Israeli members of the Church of Scientology would have a place to send their children to be taught in line with their religion. But after Holon residents complained that the school was actively trying to "recruit" local children, it was forced to shut down and find a new home.

Despite the backlash, Israel's Ministry of Education has officially recognized the Atid School, meaning it is eligible for government funding, and can issue diplomas to Israeli students.

It should be noted that Yad L'Achim targets Messianic Jews with the same or greater vigor that it goes after adherents of Scientology. Only in the case of Messianics, Yad L'Achim has had greater success, but also greater setbacks.

Many Messianic Jews wishing to immigrate to Israel are blocked, at least temporarily, because of Yad L'Achim pressure on the government. Israel's only Messianic day school, Makor HaTikvah, is still struggling to gain academic recognition because of similar pressure.

At the same time, the Israeli media has enthusiastically covered the assault on local Messianics, creating a wave of sympathy from average Israelis and increasing interest in the faith of their Messianic brethren.

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/News/tabid/178/nid/22963/language/en-US/Default.aspx


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 15, 2011, 04:23:15 PM
     Scientology's Newly Purchased "Ideal Org" Building in Phoenix Will Become a Recruiting Tool -- Once the Last of Its Tenants Gets Kicked Out
 By Ray Stern Thursday, Oct 13 2011

           7 page article

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2011-10-13/news/scientology-s-newly-purchased-ideal-org-building-in-phoenix-will-become-a-recruiting-tool-once-the-last-of-its-tenants-gets-kicked-out/
                       

                     Scientologists Targeting Village Voice Media
By James King Thu., Oct. 13 2011

On the same day our cover story about the Church of Scientology's new Phoenix "Ideal Org" hit newsstands, our sister paper in New York, the Village Voice, reports that the Church is now probing our parent company, Village Voice Media.

http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2011/10/scientologists_targeting_the_v.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 15, 2011, 04:40:03 PM

                         Inglewood Scientologists greeted with caution

INGLEWOOD — With the imminent opening of a new, $5 million Church of Scientology facility downtown — and a nearby community center set to open at the end of the month, on the site of the former Vermont Village Plaza in South Los Angeles — those who will share a community with the controversial faith are divided over its potential impacts.

Earlier this year, the church successfully won reversal of planning commission denial of its plans for the 45,000-square-foot building at 315 Market St., a property it purchased in 2008 by outbidding the city’s redevelopment agency.

A former retail jewelry store, the site had been empty for at least 12 years.

According to the applicant’s proposal, the new space features a chapel/multi-purpose room, a display area, seminar rooms, course rooms, a 2,424-square-foot book store, exercise/sauna rooms and related offices.

The 1,855 square-foot chapel is scheduled to be used from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sundays and the remaining 28,774 square feet of usable floor area from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

During the Sunday gathering times, the counseling rooms will remain closed, and the church indicated that it will employ two shifts of employees with a total of 37 full and part-time staff workers.

The controversial organization — which some have likened to a cult — teaches that people are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature.

Through a method of spiritual rehabilitation known as “auditing,” practitioners aim to consciously re-experience painful or traumatic events in their past in order to free themselves of their limiting effects.
On Oct. 3 — a Monday and usually light business day, as many stores on Market Street are closed — The Wave found opposing views among local residents, workers and business owners.

Ron Clark, a three-year resident who stopped by the front of the building, revealed he was a born-again Christian and called the church’s arrival “not good.”

“To me, it’s a bad religion,” he explained.

“I live my life according to the Bible … Really, they think because people are wealthy they made it because of Scientology. It’s like people mention [celebrities followers of Scientology] and how successful they are. They use that as a recruiting [tool].”

Clark added: “They want to help people, but it’s all about recruiting. They are trying to get people to start believing in this new religion. Have you seen their building on Sunset, near Vermont, it’s a huge, beautiful edifice, but it’s all about recruiting. And where did they get the money from? Hello?”

However, Mark Brulee, who owns a hair salon across the street, saw “absolutely no problem with it.”

“I have no problem with them coming here to boost their message,” he said.

“Why should someone look, or talk down to them just because they are another section of religion that’s coming in? I think we should fully support them and welcome them with open arms.”

Asked whether he believes the church is seeking to recruit Inglewood residents, Brulee replied: “Yeah, but OK, what’s the problem? I did the questionnaire, so I’m open to go and see. I believe in God and it’s not a problem.”

According to Nick Banks in the International Scientology Media Center, the director of the Inglewood facility and community center is Juan Bogen, who has been prepping for the opening of the two facilities.

In an email response to questions about Scientology’s plans for Inglewood,  Patricia Harris, a church director of public affairs, noted that the organization has been in the city for eight years.

The new facility, she said, is a natural progression of that outreach.

“The Church will offer the full complement of church services, including Life Improvement Courses that apply Scientology basics to the problems of everyday living, such as marriage, financial success, how to get motivated, knowing who to trust, raising children and more,” she wrote.

“It will be a place where people can come to study L. Ron Hubbard’s books and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology.”

Harris added: “We are actually still finalizing our opening arrangements, including the date. I think everyone is aware we are opening up very shortly, but once we get everything squared away we plan on inviting all our local representatives and we hope with their busy schedules they can attend.”

At press time, council members Judy Dunlap and Mike Stevens did not return calls for comment and Mayor James Butts and councilmen Eloy Morales and Ralph Franklin were on a Washington lobbying trip.

“I don’t know if I am going to be available,” said Butts.

“I haven’t had time to tour the building and wasn’t on the council when the approval was made. [So] I would defer to my colleagues.”

Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad, who spoke before the City Council in support of the Scientologists offered wholehearted support.

Reached by phone, he said, “No, we’ve never received a donation. We don’t mind being allied to them. Who are we to stop another group from practicing their religious freedoms? The constitution gives them that right.

“They have some fabulous, free programs about drugs that they distribute to elementary and high schools. Have you seen their Museum of Psychiatry and Pharmaceuticals … it’s terrific. They’re fighting against psychiatry and the bogus conditions that mostly target Black people.”

Asked if a church was the best enterprise to regenerate the Market Street corridor, he replied:

“That is the best looking building on that street, the other stores need to do the same. The community should go experience it for themselves; be a scientist, go get the truth. We don’t hate Caucasians, we just want to make sure they do right by us. I think they will do as much good there as any church in the city and will be an asset.”

Nevertheless, local activist Kokayi Jitahidi, did question the economic impact.

“I’m not against the church or any religious organization buying property,” he said.

“[But] particularly on Market Street, we need to find businesses that generate a strong tax base. It couldn’t be better placed, with the airport, accessible to freeways, but it’s struggled for decades to find anchor businesses.

“I think this just raises the urgency for Inglewood to come up with a master development plan. At some point, someone on the council needs to say what downtown Inglewood should look like. I want to be able to have a nice meal, take in a show and take a walk with my partner.”

Photo: Some residents have reservations about the imminent opening of the new Scientology Church on Market Street and its companion community center, located on Vermont Boulevard and 81st Street. Cedit: Olu Alemoru

http://www.wavenewspapers.com/news/local/west-edition/Inglewood-Scientologists-greeted-with-caution-131637063.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 21, 2011, 04:45:10 PM
                                         Superpowers HQ

The Sun visits Scientology cult's
new £50m space-age centre

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/3884934/Superpowers-HQ.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 21, 2011, 06:28:51 PM
                              Dame Vera's surprising engagement

By Richard Kay                      The Daily mail

 21st October 2011

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2051587/Dame-Veras-surprising-engagement.html#ixzz1bOY1uLKT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSpeZZFFMT0


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 01, 2011, 01:29:14 PM
                    Scientology goes on the offensive in Switzerland

Published: 31 Oct 2011 14:12 GMT+1
Updated: 31 Oct 2011 11:05 GMT+1


The Church of Scientology is planning to build a temple in Basel as part of a worldwide expansion plan, according to a Swiss newspaper report.

The church's president in Basel, Patrick Schnidrig, confirmed to Der Sonntag that the organisation is planning to build a new church, although the final location will not be decided until the end of November.

However, the newspaper reported on Sunday that Schnidrig bought a plot of land in the Hegenheimer district in April, along with Zurich-based member Henry Renggli. The space comprises two adjacent office buildings on Burgfelderstrasse 211 and Kyasersberg 3 that currently house a petrol station, a workshop and an electrical substation.

The potential location lies close to the French border, a fact that has led some to speculate the organisation is seeking to attract new members from France, a country where the church has often been at odds with the authorities.

A new temple in Basel would form part of the sect’s worldwide growth plans. The Church of Scientology recently announced at a fund-raising event in the United States that it planned to build 70 new churches, including the one in Basel.

But one expert on religious sects, Georg Otto Schmid, dismissed the move as a marketing ploy aimed at regaining some of the members lost in recent year. Even though the organisation claims to have 1,200 members in the region of Basel alone, Schmid instead believes the figure to be “around 200”.

“The church wants to give the impression that it is in full bloom,” he said, noting that membership has in fact been in continuous decline since the 1990s.

In a report that appeared in the SonntagsZeitung newspaper in July, Schmid said that the sect might “no longer exist in Switzerland in a few years.”

According to Schmid, the organisation currently has 1,000 active members across Switzerland, a steady decline compared to the 3,000 registered in 1990.

Another Swiss sect expert Dieter Sträuli from Infosekta, has claimed the Church of Scientology is running out of money, the paper said.

However, Church of Scientology spokeswoman Annette Klug rejected the experts' analysis, which she dubbed “completely absurd”.

Spokespeople from the Church of Scientology have argued that the group founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard still has 5,000 “passive and active members in Switzerland.”

Meritxell Mir (news@thelocal.ch)

What do you think? Leave your comment below.

http://www.thelocal.ch/national/20111031_1620.html#


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 11, 2011, 04:26:14 PM
                      The Irish Times - Friday, November 11, 2011

               Scientology wedding rite powers queried

SEANAD REPORT: SEANAD DEPUTY leader Ivana Bacik (Lab) said she thought it was almost certain that the Church of Scientology would qualify under existing legislation as a body whose members could perform marriage ceremonies in this country. She would have to check if it had sought registration for solemnising purposes.

Ms Bacik was moving a Labour Bill to enable members of the Humanist Association of Ireland to perform civil wedding ceremonies, having received ministerial designation to do so.

The Labour-sponsored Bill passed the second stage unopposed. Ms Bacik said it was a proud week for humanism in Ireland. She understood that for the first time an element would be included in the presidential inauguration today. Humanism was an ethical philosophy of life based on concern for humanity which combined reason with compassion. She understood that the association had 500 members. It had become the voice for the non-religious in Ireland who, according to Central Statistics Office figures, comprised the largest group in the country after Roman Catholics.

Responding to concerns voiced by Paschal Mooney (FF), who wondered if too wide a power was being given to any ministerial incumbent in terms of designating bodies, Ms Bacik acknowledged that this would have to be teased out in the committee stage debate.

David Norris (Ind) said the Church of Scientology was a church or a group about which serious concerns had been raised in European legal forums concerning whether or not it was a religious body. “I wonder is it accepted that it is a body about which many people have reservations, not because of any wish to discriminate on the basis of religious belief, but because of their belief that this is, in fact, a cult.” Cait Keane (FG) said that while it was important that we had an inclusive, pluralist society, it was essential that the powers of designation be spelt out clearly before the proposed change to existing legislation was made.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1111/1224307372497.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 14, 2011, 11:19:43 AM
                             Reviewing Religions: Scientology

Most Americans can say they’ve heard of Scientology, and shockingly, most even have a strong opinion about it, but do most Americans actually know the details surrounding Scientology’s religious doctrine? What does it involve? What do Scientologists believe?

Some attempt to learn, and are discouraged by off-handed or confusing explanations. Others are completely misinformed. In light of this matter, this article will attempt to offer an understandable explanation of what exactly conventional Scientology entails, without becoming biased propaganda.

L. Ron Hubbard, a well-known science fiction author, first established a self-help methodology of his own design, entitled Dianetics, in 1949. In 1952, he founded Scientology, a religious philosophy based on Dianetics and more of Hubbard’s ideas.

It is currently thought there can be as many as 8 million Scientologists worldwide, even though in many countries they face persecution because they are not universally recognized as a religion, but rather a for-profit institution with alleged human rights abuses.

Scientologists believe that their religion is founded on insurmountable scientific evidence that can most definitely improve the life of anyone properly adhering to Scientology’s doctrine. They believe that a number of intrinsically good, infinitely creative, intangible, and omniscient beings first created reality by all agreeing that it exists.

These beings are called Thetans, and after a time, they all believed in reality so much that its laws began to control them rather than the other way around. Soon all of the Thetans were trapped in physical bodies, and they forgot about their true ethereal nature.

They fell into a cycle of reincarnation, called assumption, where they die and are reborn in a new body, leaving few who remember that Thetans are the true identity of all people. Every time assumption takes place on a Thetan, the influence of time, space, energy, and matter grow stronger on that Thetan.

Scientology posits that the mind of every person is divided into two parts. There is the reactive mind that deals with emotional and physical trauma, and the analytical mind that is responsible for rational consciousness. It is believed that the reactive mind stores engrams, which are severely painful experiences from one’s past, in one’s subconscious. The more engrams one has collected, the further one moves from one’s natural identity.

The way to be cleansed of engrams is to undergo a process called auditing, which can sometimes cost quantities of money. Auditing is similar to psychoanalysis or confession, and involves talking to a fellow Scientologist acting as the auditor, who is operating a device called an E-meter.

The E-meter measures certain bodily charges of electrical resistance and identifies engrams when one is mentioned while speaking. The engram is then delved into, often painfully re-experienced, and removed.

This process can escalate one from being what is called a Preclear, to a Clear, and eventually with advanced auditing, an Operating Thetan. The goal of Scientology is to clear the world of engrams so that everyone can live in utopia as their true selves. However, it is believed that auditing is the only effective means to achieve this, and any form of contemporary psychiatry is detrimental to mental and spiritual health, and thus the church stands starkly anti-psychiatry.

However, while it is believed that 80% of people, called social personalities, contribute to the welfare of others and are welcomed into Scientology, there are 20%, called suppressive persons, who are truly malevolent. Scientology still makes an effort to help these persons, but it is estimated that 2.5% of these people are hopelessly antisocial and suppressive, and cannot be helped.

Scientologists are encouraged to dissociate themselves from these suppressive persons, and if they continue communication with these people, they are declared a Potential Trouble Source. Examples given of suppressive persons include, Adolf Hitler, Genghis Khan, unrepentant murderers, drug lords, defective Scientologists, radical critics of Scientology, and the like.

There is more to the religion, but this material is confidential and is only revealed to Scientologists at higher levels of the church. Once one becomes an Operating Thetan, there are eight known levels of the church.

Little is known about the top levels, especially the highest, which only takes place at sea on the Scientologist cruise vessel, called Freewinds. There is also a large Scientology complex in New Mexico called the Trementina Base, which forms a large Scientology symbol from an aerial view.

Some of this secret information has been leaked to the internet, and has been used to ridicule Scientologists out of context. This mostly includes ancient stories about the Thetans, called space opera by Hubbard. These divulged stories largely revolve around a tyrant dictator of the Galactic Confederacy 75 million years ago, called Lord Xenu.

The Church of Scientology has tried to keep this information as secret as possible, because it is largely misinterpreted and used by opponents of the church to ridicule the entirety of Scientology. However, as mentioned in passing toward the beginning of this article, many opponents of Scientology cite human rights abuses and other illicit activities as the source of their animosity with the church.

A Scientologist named Lisa McPherson died of negligent homicide while in the care of a Scientologist facility, however the church was acquitted. There have also been allegations that beatings, demoralizations, and instances of corruption have occurred in high levels of the church.

The church holds a policy called Fair Game, outlining practices it will enact toward perceived enemies of the church, suppressive persons, and Potential Trouble Sources. In the 1970s, Operation Snow White was enacted, which involved the infiltration of numerous government agencies to purge unfavorable records about Scientology. Operation Freakout was enacted in 1976 in response to a critical book published about Scientology by journalist, Paulette Cooper.

The goal was to have her arrested or committed to a mental institution. Members of the church spread personal information about her, encouraged obscene prank calls, subscribed her to pornographic mailing lists, sent her death threats, spread rumors to her neighbors that she carried venereal disease, and framed her for bomb threats. It ended with Cooper receiving a $400,000 settlement against the church after their plans were discovered.

A well-known movement against the church exists within the internet, and strengthened the internet entity known as Anonymous. Thousands of people in numerous worldwide cities staged a protest in 2008 after a call to action aired on YouTube, called Project Chanology.

Participants often donned Guy Fawkes masks to fight Scientology’s illicit acivities and the church’s heavy use of patents and copyrights to censor information on the internet. They also criticized Scientology’s stance condemning all psychiatry except auditing. Anonymous has since become a powerful, amorphous, group of unnamed hackers who continue fighting for numerous causes today.

Despite any negative media attention Scientology has received over the years, it has attracted quite a few celebrities, including John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction), Kirstie Alley (Cheers, Look Who’s Talking), Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of Elvis Presley), Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons), Jason Lee (My Name is Earl, Alvin and The Chipmunks), Isaac Hayes (“Soul Man,” South Park), Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible, Rain Man, War of The Worlds), Leah Remini (The King of Queens), and Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek).

Links/Sources

http://www.scientology.org/

http://www.cesnur.org/testi/se_scientology.htm

http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~skent/scientology.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology


http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/472660/newspaperid/3863/Reviewing_Religions_Scientology.aspx


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 03, 2011, 11:08:15 AM
      'I WAS HELD PRISONER ON A CRUISE SHIP FOR 12 YEARS BY SCIENTOLOGISTS'


http://www.express.co.uk/features/view/287339/-I-was-held-prisoner-on-a-cruise-ship-for-12-years-by-Scientologists-

http://www.inquisitr.com/164183/woman-held-hostage-on-scientology-cruise-ship-freewind-for-12-years-video/

http://www.gadling.com/2011/11/30/cruise-ship-prison-not-so-fast-say-scientology-captors/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068284/Valeska-Paris-claims-Church-Scientology-imprisoned-cruise-ship-12-years.html

http://news.sportsinteraction.com/entertainment/woman-claims-she-was-held-hostage-on-scientology-cruise-ship-95631/

http://www.limelife.com/blog-entry/Scientologists-Imprisoned-Woman-On-A-Cruise-Ship-For-12-Years/138132.html

The reports from various publications go on and on.  Too many to list here.


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 15, 2011, 12:19:55 PM
MSNBC's Bashir: Gingrich a 'Peddler of Myths and Fantasies,' Just Like Scientology Founder Hubbard

By Ken Shepherd | December 14, 2011 | 17:15

Chris Matthews all but thinks Newt Gingrich is Satan. His MSNBC colleague Martin Bashir is a little more restrained, but not by much, comparing the former House Speaker to huckster and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Bashir made the comparison in the "Clear the Air" closing commentary for his December 14 program. "Ever since he shot to the top of the Republican race for the White House, I've been trying to figure out which historical figure Newt Gingrich most resembles," noted in opening his monologue, before making a gross historical gaffe of his own:

    From the first century, one might be tempted to call him a modern-day St. Augustine. Mr. Gingrich would probably like the comparison, especially since Augustine's best-known work is his book of confessions.

Of course Augustine of Hippo was not around in the first century A.D. He wasn't born until 354. But why let the facts get in the way of making a veiled reminder of Catholic convert Newt's history as an adulterer?

The catty Bashir then turned to literature, where "it's possible to see Newt Gingrich as Shakespeare's King Lear, a man of immense wealth who descends into madness after succumbing to flattery and brings only tragedy to all that he touches."

"As one character says of Lear, and might now be said of Gingrich, 'The Prince of Darkness is a gentleman,'" Bashir darkly added.

But neither Augustine nor King Lear sufficed for Bashir, since Gingrich "is a perfect combination of religiosity and insanity," a "peddler of myths and fantasies" who "is the modern incarnation of the late L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology."


Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2011/12/14/msnbcs-bashir-compares-gingrich-scientology-founder#ixzz1gYes7e5R

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/marco-rubio-under-fire-for-filibuster-of-aponte-nomination/2011/12/14/gIQAjIv3tO_blog.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 18, 2011, 10:13:37 AM
                   Religious leaders' concern at library Scientology stock

Friday, December 16, 2011


Tonbridge Courier


CHURCH leaders in Tonbridge have questioned why almost a quarter of the library's religious section is dedicated to books on Scientology.

Seventeen of the 72 books, written by founder and science fiction author L Ron Hubbard, in the section at the Avebury Avenue library are devoted to the controversial religion.

Photo and article here...

http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Religious-leaders-concern-library-Scientology/story-14155926-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 21, 2011, 03:06:33 PM
          COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE                   Tuesday, December 20, 2011       

            Scientologists Aren't Liable for Suicide of Young Man

(CN) - The mother of a boy who killed himself cannot sue his father and the Church of Scientology for taking away his antidepressants, a federal judge ruled.
     Victoria Britton filed suit in 2009 over the death of her 20-year-old son, Kyle Thomas Brennan, after he visited with his father in Clearwater, Fla., in February 2007.
     Kyle Brennan had allegedly been the victim of an assault days earlier, but he was taking Lexapro antidepressants consistently.
     Concerned that his son was suicidal, Thomas Brennan, a Scientologist, contacted a counselor with church, according to the complaint. But the Thomas' auditor with the church, Denise Gentile, allegedly advised him to take his son's medication away even though Kyle was not a Scientologist himself.
     Less than 24 hours after taking away Kyle's antidepressants, the young man "was dead from a single shot of a 357 magnum handgun inside the father's bedroom," according to the complaint.
     Kyle's psychiatrist allegedly said that stopping the antidepressants so abruptly, coupled with Kyle knowing he could not have them, exasperated his mental condition.
     The defendants Britton had sued - the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Denise Gentile, Gerald Gentile and Thomas Brennan - moved for summary judgment last year, claiming a lack of evidence.
     U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday granted that motion on Dec. 6, noting that Kyle had contacted more than 24 governmental agencies to initiate criminal proceedings against most of his immediate family before arriving at his father's home.
     "The record is clear that Kyle soon relinquished his Lexapro to his father, who is the sole source of testimony about the attendant circumstances," Merryday wrote. "The father reports that Kyle - acting unilaterally and voluntarily - presented the Lexapro to his father and said, 'I hate this shit. It makes me sick.' Kyle's father claims he took the Lexapro to a local library, researched the pharmacology of Lexapro, and placed the Lexapro in the trunk of his car. No other direct evidence or permissible inference describes the circumstances of Kyle's surrendering the Lexapro to his father."
     Britton had claimed the "smoking gun" of her case was a communication from Gentile's supervisor, who said, "Get your son moved out and get him set up somewhere so that he can be handled,"
     Merryday disagreed. "This entry shows that an ethics officer within Scientology advised an active practitioner of Scientology to move a troubled non-Scientologist from the practitioner's residence and to somewhere that assistance was available for the non-member," he wrote. "No evidence exists that anything at all occurred as a result of this entry, no evidence exists that Denise Gentile did anything because of this entry, no evidence exists that Kyle's father did anything because of this entry, and no evidence exists that anything either happened or failed to happen to Kyle because of this entry."
     "The plaintiff's tendered explanation of the meaning of the term 'handled' within Scientology adds little or nothing to support the plaintiff's extravagant claims," he added.
     The Church of Scientology is not responsible for Kyle having access to a handgun, Merryday found.
     "No evidence suggests that Scientology or the Gentiles knew of the handgun in even the remotest manner or had reason to suspect the presence of the handgun in the father's apartment," the 24-page decision states. "Both Scientology and the Gentiles are in this record utterly unconnected to the handgun and the ammunition."
     Merryday said that "a close and objective examination of the extensive record developed in this action confirms the soundness of the defendants' attack on the plaintiff's claim."
     "The plaintiff's claim of Scientology's complicity in, and responsibility for, Kyle's death remains a mere hypothesis that is without essential support based upon reasoned and direct inference from the available evidence," he added. "In particular and in a manner fatal to the plaintiff's claim, the available evidence leaves irreparable gaps in the plaintiff's proposed historical sequence and irreparable gaps in the causal relation between persons and events and their respective consequences." 

http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/12/20/42410.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on December 22, 2011, 07:43:21 AM
            Protest Shuts Down Scientology Elementary School
Mayor shuts down Atid School in Yahud after scientology cult connection exposed.
By Gil Ronen

The new Atid ("Future") private elementary school in Yahud closed its doors this week after the city's mayor, Yossi Ben-David, gave instructions to shut it down. Anti-missionary and cult NGO Yad L'Achim reports that the school, which opened its doors in September, was Israel's first and only school run in accordance with the precepts of the scientology cult.

The schools' scientology connection was not known until recently. Yad L'Achim says that the father of a pupil in the school noticed that a schoolbook his son received was not recognized by the Ministry of Education. The father – who is an educator himself – turned to Yad L'Achim, which found that the book is based upon the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, scientology's founder.
The initial suspicion was strengthened when the NGO discovered that the school's principal is an active member of the scientology cult's Tel Aviv center.

Once this became known, residents of Yahud began holding protests outside the Yahud-Monoson municipality and next to the school. At their request, the mayor convened an urgent meeting on the subject. In the meeting, residents reportedly showed him evidence of a direct connection between the school and a scientology front organization called "The Amuta [non-profit organization – ed.] for Advanced Education in Israel."
Ben-David handed the matter over to the City Rabbi, Rav Shlomo Tuvim, who determined that the school was indeed connected to the scientology cult. Yad L'Achim says that the mayor issued an order shutting down the school this week, after the school's management was unable to provide him with necessary approvals from the Ministry of Education.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/150963#.TvI2e1Y_HKQ


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 03, 2012, 08:53:16 AM
                          Online readers pick 'squirrel'

    Posted January 1, 2012 at 1:08 a.m.

   INGLESIDE-ON-THE-BAY — The quiet, waterfront charm of Ingleside on the Bay draws retirees looking for a place to slow down and relax. But it was the squirrelly noise there that a film crew made that drew Caller-Times readers' attention last year.

The Squirrel Busters film crew trying to make a movie about Church of Scientology defector Mark Rathbun topped the Caller.com online reader poll of 2011's biggest stories....

More...
http://www.caller.com/news/2012/jan/01/online-readers-pick-squirrel/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 07, 2012, 07:11:19 PM
                                The New Zealand Herald

                                IN PRINT............... TODAY  Saturday 7th Jan 2012

                                 'Money first' claim opens schism in Scientology
By Guy Adams


A simmering conflict at the Church of Scientology has been made spectacularly public after a former member of the organisation's clergy circulated a letter severely criticising the management style and financial policies of its current leader, David Miscavige.

Debbie Cook's email, which was sent to 12,000 fellow Scientologists on New Year's Day, alleges that Miscavige has adopted a dictatorial leadership style which is at odds with the doctrines laid down by the church's founder, science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.

She further claims that, since succeeding Hubbard after his death in 1986, Miscavige has become obsessed with fundraising. His regime is now "hoarding" a cash reserve of more than US$1 billion ($1.3 billion), she claims, and has spent tens of millions more on a portfolio of large, upmarket buildings which largely sit empty.

Cook's criticisms strike a chord with many disaffected recent defectors from the church. But her highly respected status within the usually secretive world of Scientology may also give them weight among more active members.

The email, headlined "Keep Scientology Working" and littered with jargon, says many of the policies pursued by Miscavige are in direct conflict with the principles laid down by Hubbard when he created the movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

In particular, she claims that "extreme" fundraising activities are being "driven from within the very highest echelons of the Scientology structure" in a way that is at odds with the organisation's founding scriptures.

Although many current members have donated vast portions of their net worth to the church, Cook claims that Hubbard never endorsed individual donations of more than US$75 for lifetime membership.

The church's founder also "never authorised the purchase of opulent buildings", she says. Instead, he believed that all money raised by the organisation should immediately be used to spread its message.

Now aged 50 and living in Texas, Cook was for three decades a member of "Sea Org", Scientology's equivalent of the clergy. Between 1999 and 2006, she was Sea Org's top representative at the church's world headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.

Later, she moved up to its ranks of management, and between 2006 and 2008 was at its offices in California.

It was in that capacity that Cook directly witnessed Miscavige's management style. She now claims it subverts the checks set up by Hubbard to prevent any one individual taking control of the church.

In 2008, she left the church's payroll to start an internet firm with her husband. But she remained an active Scientologist and says she remains "completely dedicated" to its beliefs.

Following her email, several former "friends" used Cook's Facebook page to announce that they were "reporting" her to Scientology's "ethics" department.

A church spokesman said: "Ms Cook's opinions reflect a small, ignorant and unenlightened view of the world today. They are not shared by thousands of Scientologists who are overjoyed by our 27 new churches and what they mean to the communities they serve."

Intergalactic church of the rich and the famous

* The Church of Scientology was set up in the United States in 1954, and claims to have eight million members worldwide.

* It offers self-improvement on the basis of the writings of the late science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, who spelled out principles that he called Scientology and Dianetics.

* Scientologists believe that humans are immortal beings who have forgotten their true nature, and should embark on a course of "spiritual rehabilitation".

* They also believe that an intergalactic despot once brought billions of prisoners to earth in a fleet of spacecraft, and that the key teachings are not revealed until the faithful have paid thousands of dollars to the church.

* Famous Scientologists include actors Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Giovanni Ribisi and Jason Lee and musician Beck.

What Debbie Cook said

David Miscavige has now become the 'leader' of the Scientology religion ... There never was supposed to be a 'leader' other than [L. Ron Hubbard] himself as the goal maker for our group.

There is no question that this new age of continuous fundraising is not our finest moment.

I am sorry that I am the one telling you, but a new storm is upon us. Its waves are already in the media and the world around us.


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10777173


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 12, 2012, 08:26:15 AM

              The denver Post

Article Discussion: Church of Scientology buys building near Coors Field  13 pages


http://neighbors.denverpost.com/viewtopic.php?p=2287001


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 14, 2012, 03:33:48 PM
                          Two Clearwater brothers charged in fatal shooting of Scientologist

By Rita Farlow, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Saturday, January 14, 2012

CLEARWATER — Police announced Friday that two brothers already jailed on murder charges are now facing an additional murder charge for the Sept. 25 fatal shooting of a Clearwater woman.

Carlos Benito Jones, 25, and Isidro Santiago Jones, 20, are each charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Zorana Lebedic, who was gunned down at Palmetto Street and Fairburn Avenue as she biked home from a Scientology class in downtown Clearwater.

The brothers, of Clearwater, are already facing charges connected to the fatal Oct. 15 shootings of Colbert Collins, 58, of Clearwater and Peter Rakowski, 46, of New York. The shootings occurred in the area of Cherry Harris Park, formerly called Marshall Park, on Beckett Street in the North Greenwood area, around 4:45 a.m.

Ballistics tests confirmed the same gun was used in both shootings, Clearwater police said.

Both men have been held in the Pinellas County Jail without bond since their arrests on separate days in October and November.

The brothers are also facing charges from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in connection with a robbery that happened in Dunedin about 45 minutes before Lebedic was shot, authorities said.

Around 10:20 p.m., two men robbed a 34-year-old man walking on Beltrees Street near Louden Avenue in Dunedin, which is about 2 1/2 miles north of the Clearwater shooting.

In that case, one of the men pointed a dark-colored handgun at the man and took his cellphone, authorities said. The two men then drove off in a tan or beige sedan that resembled an unmarked police car.

Witnesses described a similar car at the scene of Lebedic's slaying.

Lebedic, of 1799 N Highland Ave., Apt. 60, was fatally shot in the torso just after 11 p.m. Sept. 25 a block east of Clearwater Intermediate School in a residential neighborhood just west of N Betty Lane.

A nearby neighbor, who peeked through his blinds after hearing a gunshot, said he saw a passing van stop moments after the shooting. Two men got out to try to help the woman, then flagged down another passing motorist. The trio tried to perform CPR, neighbor Eric Townsend said.

About three weeks later, on Oct. 15, a witness said he was riding his bicycle near Cherry Harris Park around 4:45 a.m. when he saw Carlos Jones and two other men pull up in a white car and get out. Jones and one of the men from the vehicle approached Collins and spoke to him, the witness said.

The witness said he overheard Collins say, "No," at which point Jones pulled a handgun from his waistband and started shooting at Collins and the other victim, the warrant states.

The witness, a 48-year-old man who was not identified, said the other man — later identified as Isidro Jones — also started shooting at Collins.

Police said the park slaying was drug-related. The motive in the Palmetto Street shooting was robbery, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts.

"They approached (Lebedic) and tried to rob her of her backpack and she fought back, trying not to give it up, and they shot and killed her," Watts said.

Clearwater police found Lebedic's bicycle and a backpack near her body after the shooting.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/two-clearwater-brothers-charged-in-fatal-shooting-of-scientologist/1210501


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 16, 2012, 08:21:49 AM
                  Squirrel busters leave Ingleside on the Bay

    Posted January 14, 2012

CORPUS CHRISTI — The bizarre saga of a Scientology film crew in Ingleside on the Bay may have come to a close. No one has seen a Squirrel Buster since September.

Residents have turned their attention back to more mundane matters: equipping the new firetruck, hammering out a water supply contract with neighboring Ingleside, celebrating one local couple's 60th anniversary, a little fishing here and there.

But in one long, surreal summer, something bewildering happened here — something that showed what this little seaside hamlet is made of.

For five months, the Squirrel Busters flitted around in their golf cart and popped up with cameras everywhere Marty Rathbun went, even filming him from a paddleboat in the canal behind his house. They engaged in what the sheriff's chief deputy and the county attorney called provocation until Rathbun snatched a pair of sunglasses from one of the Squirrel Busters, leaving a scratch on his forehead. They filed charges to have Rathbun arrested for assault; the county attorney dropped the case.

They peppered him with questions about unauthorized e-meters and other squirrelly business that, more or less, made no sense to anyone who lives here.

The townspeople held council meetings, put up signs warning away the film crews, and stuck up for Rathbun, despite not really knowing him or his role in what has been dubbed one of the world's most secretive religions.

"I anticipated I was going to have to defend myself" to the neighbors, Rathbun said. "I did not once have to defend myself on what I believe and what I practice."

CHECKERED PAST

To most, it is known simply as the religion of the stars, of Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

To some, it is science fiction. To others, a cult.

To Rathbun, 55, the philosophy of Scientology is the way to unlock a person's full potential, to handle any situation, to turn pain into peace.

Rathbun surely needed peace. In the years before he moved to South Texas, he was emerging from the crisis of his life, having blown the church for good in 2004. In Scientology, blowing means defecting from the organized religion, and the act is as severe as its name implies.

Scores of former church members say they pay a heavy penalty for deserting: The church forces friends and family members to cut ties with the defector in a policy known as disconnection. The church says that no such policy exists and that members may choose on their own to sever ties.

For Rathbun, leaving the church meant leaving everything he had ever known. He'd been a member since age 21, when, struggling to get his schizophrenic brother out of a mental hospital, the church's promise of structure and new skills — like how to communicate effectively — seemed like just what he needed. He soon joined the ranks of the church's elite, militarylike leadership corps, the Sea Org.

Rathbun steadily earned promotions and greater responsibility and, before his departure, was one of the highest ranking members of the church, responsible for external affairs. This included helping the church earn and defend its tax-exempt status from the IRS, and defending the church after the death of Lisa McPherson, who perished in 1995 while under the church's care for mental instability. The church eschews psychiatry and psychiatric drugs, instead relying on counseling processes known as auditing. Rathbun says he destroyed evidence to protect the church.

Rathbun left the church after being unable to reconcile his Scientology beliefs with the episodes of mental and physical abuse he and other defectors say they saw inflicted by church leaders, and that Rathbun himself inflicted on subordinates. The abuse, he and other defectors have described, included physical beatings and the constant specter of separation from loved ones.

He sneaked out of a church compound one night with a motorcycle, leaving everything else behind.

He eventually wound up in Ingleside on the Bay, a place he could lay low and begin a mental and spiritual recovery. The town is roughly equidistant from the church's major headquarters in California and Florida.

ACCEPTANCE

The residents of Ingleside on the Bay knew none of this past.

Rathbun never ran through the streets proselytizing with L. Ron Hubbard books nor decrying his former church.

He welcomed guests but kept to himself and to his wife, Monique, whom he credits with helping him emerge from the fog of his 27 years in the church.

And he quietly began to build an Internet-based movement of Scientologists who abandoned the church but not its core teachings.

In a hundred other Texas towns, Rathbun would have been the outcast, just as squirrelly as the strange film crews that suddenly showed up to bug him with incredible persistence. Squirrel, in Scientology parlance, is a heretic, and the crew said it was here to expose Rathbun's wayward, unsanctioned practices, which included counseling other former members. Rathbun and a former member of the crew said they were here simply to harass him for speaking out against the church, its fundraising practices and abuses.

Rathbun's neighbors started approaching him about the film crews they'd seen riding through town in golf carts with head-mounted cameras.

"It's kind of weird," they'd tell him. "I don't cotton to this stuff."

Rathbun would start off by saying, "I guess you've Googled me, right?"

They had.

"So I guess maybe you want to ask questions?"

But they didn't demand answers about his background, his role in the church, the abuses he had committed before leaving, his personal beliefs.

Instead, Rathbun said, their response was: "I thought this nation was predicated on religious freedom. I don't know who the hell they think they are coming halfway across the country telling you how you should practice your religion."

MAKING WAVES

It wasn't long before they put up signs in their driveways saying Squirrel Busters aren't welcome.

Rathbun was shocked. To Ingleside on the Bay residents, he was one of their own, even if he was an outsider.

Reflecting on last summer, that's Jo Ann Ehmann's lasting impression of what the Squirrel Busters did to her town.

"I think the long-term effect will probably be not much of anything," she said. "But I think the immediate happening was it brought some residents to stand together that otherwise wouldn't necessarily have done so, and I think that it showed that the people here have compassion for somebody that they don't even know, that is being wrongly messed with or harassed or accused of something."

Ehmann is a member of the City Council that, having heard neighbors' complaints about lurid pamphlets left on their doors by the Squirrel Busters, and worries about crews surveilling Rathbun at his home, at restaurants, when traveling, tried to ban filming in the city.

Mayor Howard Gillespie said the city knew it wouldn't be able to enforce the ordinance, but it opened a dialogue with the Squirrel Busters, who numbered at any given time from three to six. Some were Scientologists; others were hired hands.

City leaders assume the move-out is permanent. Squirrel Busters leader John Allender couldn't be reached for comment.

Rathbun is still making waves in the Scientology world. He recently appeared on "Good Morning America" to talk about the impact of another high-ranking church member's criticisms of the church.

But about the only thing making waves in Ingleside on the Bay these days is the wind.

http://www.caller.com/news/2012/jan/14/no-headline---squirrel_busters/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 20, 2012, 02:23:44 PM
                                    "New Idea" Double Whammy

    New Idea Jan 23, 2012 issue Cover story

                              Tom and Katie - The email that ended it all.

    Article claims Tom was stunned by Debbie Cooks email. And is reportedly furious over the claims because as the unofficial face of the organization, his name will be associated with the controversy.

    Article goes into the email's main points.

    Yada yada about Tom's career.

    One interesting point in the article is that it quotes Graeme Wilson who is OSA UK I believe, with a rebuttal word for word to the one Virginia Stewart gave here in Oz.

    Then comes the good part.

    The second article entitled
    "New controversy
    The case of The Missing Scientology Wife"

    Tom's best friend is the centre of a disturbing mystery.

    Article goes on to talk about Shelly missing since 2006, his displeasure with Shelly's mother and the murder, though it says DM was not involved in the murder per Jesse Prince (not sure where they got that from, I don't recall it), and goes into the disagreements DM had with Flo Barnett such as her marrying a black man and her threats to sue the church. It speculates that Shelly may be in The Hole, gives a description of the CMO Int building, and suggests that Shelly remains missing because DM is having an affair with Laurisse. It has pictures of DM and Shelly, DM in one of his crazy looks, DM and Laurisse, and they even dug up a wedding picture of DM and Shelly.

OUT now.   

http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=51356


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 27, 2012, 03:28:39 PM
   The next issue of New Idea coming to newsstands next week has more bad news for Scientology.

Tom Cruise/Katy Holmes cover.

“TOM CRUISE’S SPY SCANDAL: DIVORCE, LIES AND BETRAYAL – Tom Cruise’s personal assistant was a secret Scientology spy working to draw him away from Nicole Kidman and back into the life of Church leader David Miscavige, claim three high-ranking Scientologists. According to these officials, fellow Scientologist Michael Doven was ordered by David to keep a close eye on Tom between 1991 and 2005, reporting back to Miscavige on a daily basis. ‘Michael Doven was a card-carrying, deep-cover mole into the life and family of Tom Cruise,’ former high-ranking Scientologist Marty Rathbun told New Idea. ‘Doven would be telling me what was happening with Nicole Kidman, what was happening in the household.’”


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 29, 2012, 04:15:24 PM
Here it is....

New Idea January 30, 2012. Now a tripple whammy? Or would that be quadruple whammy this year?


http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?25991-quot-New-Idea-quot-Double-Whammy/page6


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on January 29, 2012, 04:28:13 PM
                                SAN JACINTO: 1 killed, 6 hurt in crash

BY RICHARD BROOKS

STAFF WRITER

rbrooks@pe.com

Published: 26 January 2012 07:40 AM


A woman was killed and an SUV’s driver and five young passengers were injured Wednesday night near San Jacinto when the woman crossed into oncoming traffic, the California Highway Patrol said.

Shantae Cunningham, 24, of San Jacinto, died at the scene of the crash, which happened about 9:30 p.m. at Gilman Hot Springs Road near Sublette Road West.

Cunningham was driving west in a 2004 Toyota Corolla. She had no passengers.

CHP Officer Daryl Crandall said Thursday that it appeared the Corolla crossed the double yellow lines and rotated, then was hit by a Suburban SUV on the driver’s door. A Honda Accord then ran into the Suburban.

The Suburban’s driver and five passengers — ages 11 to 15 — all were hurt, though not severely.

“”We have one (passenger) with cuts to the mouth and another with a fractured jaw,” Crandall said. “The other four are complaints of pain to the head, neck, arms, abdomen and back.”

The driver of the Accord wasn’t hurt.

Investigators will review surveillance video from nearby Golden Era Studios to help determine exactly how the accident happened, Crandall said.

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20120126-san-jacinto-1-killed-6-hurt-in-crash.ece


  Did Scientologists help at the scene of the accident ? They are the only ones that can...


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 16, 2012, 12:57:38 PM
                     Dentist Back in Business, Past Patients Claim He Owes Them Money

Dr. Rene Piedra’s bankruptcy case is wrapping up. Meanwhile, dozens of patients claim they are still owed money for dental work

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012

.........Arising from that bankruptcy came a claim against the Church of Scientology , related enterprises and high ranking church officials, according to the court appointed trustee and his attorney.

“The business side of the practice was encouraged by the church and its affiliates and obviously there was a deep connection between the two,” said Makumal.

That connection was discovered when financial documents were pulled, specifically for years 2005 to 2008, by the bankruptcy trustee.

“In the midst of all this we find out that a certain amount of money over the course of that fraudulent transfer period was paid to Church of Scientology entities,” said the trustee’s attorney Frank Terzo.

That is the crux of the complaint. The trustee states Piedra’s practice “perpetrated a scheme to defraud patients,” and in the four years prior to the bankruptcy filing approximately $2.2 million were transferred from the practice to various Church of Scientology-related entities.

“We did settle with the church for almost, with all the affiliates approximately $400,000,” said Makumal.

The Church of Scientology wrote NBC Miami: “These defendants were not involved in the management of Dr. Piedra’s practice . They were innocent third parties drawn into a controversy they did not create.”........

.........Piedra said he is no longer associated with the Church of Scientology. Once the bankruptcy proceeding is completed, he claims he will work with each patient to verify what they paid, what treatment was received what they are owed and how he can make it right. .........

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Dentist-Back-in-Business-Past-Patients-Claim-He-Owes-Them-Money-139373808.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 23, 2012, 08:57:11 AM
                                   THE DAILY TETEGRAPH

 SCIENTOLOGISTS have asked the federal government for an exemption to the Fair Work Act so they do not have to pay workers the minimum wage.

In a submission to the Fair Work review, public affairs director Reverend Mary Anderson said the Church of Scientology, which believes Earth was founded 75 million years ago by an alien tyrant called Xenu, should be exempt from workplace law because it was a legitimate religion.

"There is nothing wrong with the concept 'a fair day's pay for a fair day's work' but it is misdirected when applied to religious volunteers whose focus is not on pay but on service to a spiritual cause," Ms Anderson wrote. "Historically, members of religious orders have taken a vow of poverty.

"At the present time, there are church volunteers who are not vowed to poverty but who do volunteer their time and effort to church work, without focus on financial reward."

Ms Anderson said making non-profit organisations pay award wages was "a violation of human rights".

The submission disappeared from public view after it was exposed on the website Workplace Express but Ms Anderson said she did not remove it.

ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said the submission read more like exploitation than religion. "The Scientologists' submission reads like they have been putting their heads together with Australia's employer groups, who would like nothing more than to remove workers' basic rights and conditions in their lust for profits," he said.

"The Fair Work Act review process should not be treated as an opportunity to air extremist and farcical viewpoints devoid of facts.

"This attitude that an employer should have complete free rein to pay and treat their staff however they want has no place in the modern Australia."

When contacted by The Daily Telegraph, Ms Anderson said the submission was her personal one, even though it was sent on a Church of Scientology letterhead and signed "Reverend Mary Anderson, Director of Public Affairs, Church of Scientology".

Another Scientology spokeswoman said the church had made an official submission but it was confidential.

"Nevertheless, what Mary says lines up to a small degree with the Church's past public statements," the spokeswoman said.

"The Church's submission to the Fair Work Act Review is confidential to avoid any unnecessary interference from critics seeking to pre-empt the Review's findings."

The Church of Scientology was investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman last year for claims some adherents worked up to 72 hours without a break and for as little as $10 a week. However, it was deemed that some of these workers were volunteers.

 http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-e6freuzi-1226278803894


                                    ADELAIDE NOW

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-fn7kiea5-1226278848377


                                                 COURIER MAIL

http://www.couriermail.com.au/business/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-fn7kjcme-1226278848377

                                               PERTH NOW

http://www.perthnow.com.au/business/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-e6frg2qc-1226278990700
     
                                                     Herald sun

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/church-of-scientology-demands-right-to-underpay/story-fn7x8me2-1226279187381

Here is the letter

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Church of Scientology
231-251 Mt. Alexander Rd.
Ascot Vale Vic 3032.

Submission to:
Fair Work Act Review
Fair Work Australia
Level 4, 11 Exhibition Street,
Melbourne, 3000

February 15, 2012


Dear Sirs,

As a stakeholder, I would like to submit the following to the review panel:

The Fair Work Act serves a valid purpose in regard to commercial and industrial organisations; but it was never intended to cover churches and other purely volunteer organisations. Australians are entitled to volunteer their time for causes of their own choice.

There is nothing wrong with the concept: "a fair day's pay for a fair day's work" but it is misdirected when applied to religious volunteers whose focus is not on pay but on service to a spiritual cause. Historically, members of religious orders have taken a vow of poverty, embracing a life of service and eschewing financial reward At the present time, there are church volunteers who are not vowed to poverty; but who do volunteer their time and effort to church work, without focus on financial reward.
To force churches to pay these volunteers wages similar to those of commercial organisations is to treat organisations which are quite different as if they were the same. Non profit organisations are not in a position to pay award wages, and the demand that they do so is nothing less than a demand that will force the religious organisations to close. This is a violation of human rights. A review of the Fair Work Act is needed so that it does not continue to be misapplied in regard to religions.

Yours faithfully

Reverend Mary Anderson

Director of Public Affairs
Church of Scientology
231-251 Mt. Alexander Rd.
Ascot Vale Vic 3032.
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Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 23, 2012, 09:55:58 AM
   Couple of letters to fair work act review from concerned volunteer workers fighting for their right to not get paid. Neither authors were paid for writing these letters.


To: fairworkactreview@deewr.gov.au 16 February 2012
From: Rev. Nick Broadhurst



Submission: Fair Work Act Review



The current Fair Work Act is not being used in the way it was intended in regard to religion. Australia has until now, been a country following its own constitution including (Article 116). This article does not permit Australian governments to make laws for or against religions. This religious freedom, being free of state interference, has precedence in England hundreds of years ago.



The Fair Work Act - which is now being reviewed – is being interpreted in such a way that religious and charitable entities are being considered as workers, yet, what is their work? They serve a higher authority than the Australian government, which is why those who formed the Commonwealth of Australia and its constitution, saw to include Article 116. But Fair Work Australia has taken upon itself to investigate financial rewards for ministers of religion and volunteers.


Certainly, Australia is now more an atheist oriented state. Atheists are using their current positions of power and opinion to reduce religion.


Ministers are actually not workers. They have never purported to be. The word minister comes from Latin, and means to serve, and that service, be it God, gods, or humankind, is service, and it is not work. And by service, is meant help. We as ministers help people, and that is our service. We tend spiritual needs. What we do is not a secular vocation, but a calling. That calling is of the spirit, and higher - God. It is not work.


A minister is no more a worker than a housewife is. Perhaps the housewife might also be a target of this renegade government office. Fair Work Australia could - under the same thought process - claim the housewife is a worker. She does do housework, and thus could be said to have to be paid, and if not, then prohibited from working. One can see the evil in this argument. A mother serves her children in the same meaning as a minister serves his congregation. It is purely help, not work.


People have a right to help each other, and that right in the field of religion is sacrosanct. If this repugnant interpretation of the legislation is forwarded, we will be observing something quite sinister. Ministerial work is a calling. It is not a secular occupation. The goal of ministerial service is not material. The riches of this world are not part of our calling. Simply, trying to enforce a lowering of the status of ministerial calling to that of worker - and enforce a material doctrine of employment is sacrilege - a desecration of what is sacred. Sacred means holy, consecrated to God.


Religion teaches man that the riches of the world, are indeed mans' downfall. It does not matter if one is witnessing the life of Christ, and his temptation of riches from the devil in the desert, or if a minister is teaching mind essence of Lord Buddha. The story is the same, material is man's downfall.


We wonder today what would happen if any of the great prophets or sages of the past were to walk amongst us. What would they say? Foe example enforcing material things on Buddhists or ministers of religion who have taken vows of poverty is directly against their vows. This misapplication of the Act contrary to the second parliamentary reading therefore defies the purpose of the legislation. The Fair Work Act should be amended to exempt religious and charitable organisations. Australia has a strong and vital volunteer sector, to replace this with paid labour will cost the country more than it can afford both in money and spiritual freedom.



Reverend Nick Broadhurst
                           ------------------------------------------------------

To: fairworkactreview@deewr.gov.au 16 February 2012
Submission: Fair Work Act Review

I am a 54 year old volunteer worker, and I have worked now more than half my life for my church.

I have heard of the interpretations of Fair Work law that potentially could affect church volunteers with regards wages, and I want to make a statement in relation to this.

I have an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and could, if I chose, be earning
some thousands of dollars each week. However I chose many years ago to pursue a
dedicated activity with my church. I chose that because I can see there are aspects of our modern society that very much need improvement and my work with my church brings such improvement directly.

I find my work extremely rewarding and satisfying and any alternate work I would find
completely devoid of meaningful purpose or goal. I am talking about alternate work
with the purpose of financial return as opposed to the purpose of satisfaction and the pleasure of helping others.

I am sure I am not the only volunteer or church worker who feels that way.

When I first heard of the interpretation of the Fair Work Act as possibly requiring church workers and volunteers to receive a minimum wage, my reaction was shock, and actually it became a fear that my goodwill work and the benefit is provides others would be wiped out. Additionally that I am being able to contribute to such work and derive the pleasure, integrity and satisfaction that I do from it would be wiped out too.

I consider I have the right to pursue such an activity. I do it on my own free will. No
government agency or law has any right to interfere with my chosen path of career.
As I noted above, I could very easily have a highly remunerate occupation. I have chosen not to.

A business is set up with the purpose of making a profit to help support it's workers, it's management and it's shareholders. A business delivers a service or product to it's
customers. It's customers pay money in exchange for that service or product. The
money flows back to the workers, the management and the shareholders as their
exchange for their input. They take employment there for that very reason.

Employment activity within a business is considered to be "work".

A church is there for the age old purpose of ministering to others, assisting them,
helping them lead better lives, and for the improvement of society as a whole.

Generally any donations are requested purely to keep the church activity afloat and expanding to help others. Activity in such an activity is not considered "work". It is NOT done for any purpose of money as exchange. Volunteers who work there DO NOT work there for the purpose of monetary exchange. Monetary exchange is a different form of exchange to the "exchange one receives in the form of pleasure, satisfaction, and maintained integrity in forwarding what one considers right.

It is not the same thing to apply "work", as in business, related law, to church activities!

We have the fortune to live in Australia. Australia is considered a free country and works always to make people of any nationality or creed or culture free to pursue their activities as long as those activities do not harm others.

Church workers have the right to live for their church work and to carry out their life
activity for the benefit of others. They do that out of choice and because that is what satisfies them in life and is what provides them a sense of integrity in doing what they feel is right.

This right should be protected in Australia.

The above is my views on this and I would say I am not alone in holding those views.

Please allow Australia to remain the free country it is that allows such simple, time
honoured rights. Please amend the Fair Work Act so that Churches, Charities and other volunteer organisations are exempt from the Fair Work Act.

Regards
Alistair Bennett


More Scientologists pleas for reason here...   "WE demand the right to not be paid."

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?26384-Church-of-Scientology-demands-right-to-underpay-workers


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 23, 2012, 02:21:16 PM
                    Scientology Does Not Fool Ingleside on the Bay.

   

                            Ingleside on the Bay Town Hall Meeting

    Ominous black-pupiled eyes peer out of neighborhood watch signs posted across Ingleside on the Bay. Their purpose is to send a warning to any person wanting to commit crimes in the little town: The eyes of Ingleside on the Bay are upon you.

    The Ingleside on the Bay Citizen Crime Watch committee held a town hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to announce its plans with the program and hear advice from local law enforcement.

    Crime watch coordinator Joe Watson explained that the committee was formed in response to the unsolicited filming of local resident and former Scientology official Mark Rathbun, as well as potential industrial encroachment.

    “When the community is threatened with an interruption of their lifestyle... all differences are forgotten and we pull together,” Watson said.

    Watson leads a six-person committee and 26 block captains in charge of being watchful and reporting any suspicious activity to the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Department. He also keeps the community aware of criminal activity by communicating via email to citizens on his mailing list.

    Precinct 6 constable Don Perkins and Deputy Steven Loving visited the town hall to advise citizens on what to look for, as well as how to keep their property safe.

    “What we’re looking for is things out of the ordinary, and people doing neighborhood watch know what’s out of the ordinary in their own town,” Perkins said. “Nine times out of ten we’ll use that information to build a case.”

    Perkins and Loving also warned IOB citizens to keep their vehicles locked, save electronic serial numbers in a safe place, and light up parts of the property that are located on the water to deter thieves traveling by boat or kayak.

    “A thief is gonna get what he wants, but the thing is are you going to give it to him or are you gonna make him work for it,” Deputy Steven Loving said. “Because a thief is not going to work for it.”

    The crime watch committee asks that if you see any suspicious activity at Ingleside on the Bay to contact the sheriff’s department at 361-364-9600 and the respective block captain in their area.

    “Let it be known to the thieves and those that want to commit criminal mischief in our city that we are well organized and are on the lookout for them,” coordinator Joe Watson said.

    To be placed on the Citizen Crime Watch committee email list, email joewatson@cableone.net.

   "No matter how bad the problem...Scientology can make it worse."

http://www.aransaspassprogress.com/the_ingleside_index/news/article_4c98e316-5d77-11e1-9cc6-001871e3ce6c.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 28, 2012, 11:23:54 AM
    For earlier posts see "St Petersburg Times expose" thread

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/27/2012
                                                     Charter school linked to Scientology
By Valerie Strauss

A public charter school in the Florida city of Clearwater — the headquarters of the Church of Scientology — is being accused of using Scientology study methods with students.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that parents and former teachers had complained about Life Force Arts and Technology Academy, which is being run by a management company whose president, Hanan Islam, was executive director of an organization called the World Literacy Crusade which promotes Scientology study methods.

Islam had assured parents that no religion would be promoted at the public charter school, the Times reported. But former teachers say that they were forced to use a study technique pioneered by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and each received a guide that explained how they should use it with children. Teachers also received training in a Scientology-designed phonics program, the Times said.

The school, which receives about $800,000 in public money each year, is under bankruptcy protection, which, according to the Times, has hindered the Pinellas County School District’s attempts to close the school.

Scientologists say the “study technique” is non-religious. Critics of Scientology say that the materials use language important in Scientology’s religious teachings, and the program is a way to start indoctrinating young children into Scientology doctrine.

This underscores continuing oversight problems with some charter schools across the country. The Scientology-Life Force connection has been known publicly for some time, yet the school remains open, despite laws that forbid religious indoctrination in public schools.

Late last year, an investigation by NPR’s StateImpact Florida and the Miami Herald showed that 86 percent of the charter schools in the Sunshine State have no students with severe disabilities — despite both state and federal laws that mandate equal access to all students in charter schools.

This problem is not limited to Florida; there are lawsuits around the country, including in New Orleans, about charter schools failing to serve students with special needs.

Yet a new study by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers says: “In 2010-2011, 6.2 percent of charter schools that were reviewed for renewal were closed, down from 8.8 percent in 2009-2010 and 12.6 percent in 2008-2009. This decline could reflect numerous factors, including state laws influencing charter oversight, an improvement in the quality of charters, changes in authorizing practices, and political pressure to keep poor-performing charter schools open.”

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/charter-school-linked-to-scientology/2012/02/26/gIQA1ecsdR_blog.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 29, 2012, 07:19:29 PM
                  Neighborhoods concerned about Scientology mediation

The Sandy Springs City Council can’t talk about the latest developments in an ongoing lawsuit filed against it by the Church of Scientology. But the city’s residents are talking, and they don’t like where things are headed.

At its Feb. 21 meeting City Attorney Wendell Willard said the lawsuit, filed in federal court, is headed to court-ordered mediation. The City Council in 2009 approved the church’s application to open at 5395 Roswell Road, but did not allow the church to expand space at the building because of limited parking, sparking a lawsuit that alleged the city violated the church’s religious freedom.

Hundreds of residents in the city’s neighborhoods opposed the 2009 zoning application, and that sentiment hasn’t faded with time. At the High Point Civic Association’s Feb. 28 meeting, the association’s outgoing zoning Chairwoman Jane Kelley conducted an informal poll of members.

“I would like to do just a quick straw poll of members tonight to see what your sentiment is on whether we should support the city’s assertion that they stick with the decision to deny this zoning application, which is what we have asserted for three years,” Kelley said. “Anybody in favor of the city sticking with what they have asserted so far? Please raise your hand.”

Most of the people in the room put a hand in the air.

Civic Association President Zach Wilson said since 2009 the residents have worried that the church would ultimately prevail, but said the civic association would need to survey the city’s neighborhoods before taking an official position.

“We want what’s best for the neighborhoods and there was pretty strong opposition to it,” Wilson said.

Councilman Tibby DeJulio, who attended the civic association meeting, said he’d received feedback from the residents on the issue, but said he couldn’t comment further because the lawsuit is ongoing.


more...

http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/02/29/neighborhoods-concerned-about-scientology-mediation/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 01, 2012, 11:05:46 AM
U.S. News
                     Ex-Scientology official alleges abuse

Published: Feb. 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A former official with the Church of Scientology testified in a Texas court that she was physically abused by the current head of the church.

The church sued Debbie Cook and her husband in Texas after they sent out an e-mail to church members, saying the couple breached the confidentiality agreements they signed when they left the church in 2007, ABC News reported. The couple received $50,000 each in return for agreeing to keep silent, a contract Cook now says she signed under duress.

In her court testimony in early February, Cook said she saw David Miscavige punch another top church official. She said Cook ordered his assistant to hit her, an order followed with such enthusiasm she was knocked to the floor.

Miscavige is chairman of the board of Scientology's Religious Technology Center.

Cook also said that in 2007 she was held for several weeks in what she called the "hole," two ant-infested double-wide trailers. She said inmates of the trailers had guards on the door and bars on the windows and were fed what she described as "barely edible" slop.

Cook ran Scientology's Flag Base in Clearwater, Fla., for 17 years. She says she remains committed to Scientology but believes its beliefs have been perverted.

The church describes Cook and her husband as "defrocked apostates." It says she did go through religious discipline voluntarily but says her description of the "hole" is false.

In a letter to ABC News, Miscavige's assistant denied hitting Cook.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/02/29/Ex-Scientology-official-alleges-abuse/UPI-94511330544902/#ixzz1noapac1c


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 03, 2012, 01:39:26 PM
                   See how it feels ?


GLEBE: An elderly Church of Scientology staffer was robbed of a suitcase of money and his colleague was threatened with a machete in an attack last Friday. Leichhardt police said the staffers were walking along Greek St about 4.15pm. As they crossed Broadway carpark on Bay St, a large, solidly-built man ran grabbed the suitcase from behind. The handle broke as he struggled with the 72-year-old victim. The thief ran back towards Greek St and the other staffer chased him. A second offender, wielding a large machete, approached and the chaser backed off. A third man, who was driving a black BMW, fled with the men. Police said the registration was for a confirmed stolen BMW taken during a break and enter at Bellevue Hill last month.


http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/crime-report-march-1-2012/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 07, 2012, 09:19:12 PM
                             Minister criticises Scientology campaign

Updated March 07, 2012 17:55:34
Church of Scientology Photo: A division of the Church of Scientology is warning about changes to the Mental Health Act. (file) (ABC News)

The Mental Health Minister, Helen Morton, says a new campaign by the Church of Scientology is sensationalist.

A group called The Citizens Committee on Human Rights, which is part of the Church of Scientology, has advertised in newspapers and distributed pamphlets warning people about changes to the WA Mental Health Act.

They say under draft changes to the Act, children could receive treatments such as sterilisation, psychosurgery and electric shock treatment without the consent of their parents.

But Ms Morton has told the ABC the Competent Minor Test is a safeguard which requires a doctor to determine first whether a child is capable of understanding the medical procedure in question.

"They can demonstrate that the young person is well informed, and that there are occasions when it is appropriate for a competent minor to give consent to medical treatment," she said.

"Rather than make these children or these young folk a ward of the state, as long as the doctor is satisfied that the person is well informed and fully understands what they are consenting to, then they can make that choice."

The Citizens Committee on Human Rights says the purpose of the campaign is to encourage people to read the proposed bill and approach raise any concerns they have with the Mental Health Commission.

First posted March 07, 2012

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-07/mental-helath-minister-criticises-scientology-campaign/3874078?section=wa


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 17, 2012, 11:30:11 AM
               Ireland FOREIGN LOANS KEEP IRISH BRANCH OF SCIENTOLOGY AFLOAT


FOREIGN LOANS KEEP IRISH BRANCH OF SCIENTOLOGY AFLOAT - Revenues have continued to decline at the Irish branch of the Church of Scientology as it remains deep in the red, figures show. Membership of the worldwide church - established in 1954 - includes movie stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta. The Irish Examiner says that interest-free loans from abroad are propping up the Irish branch, which is €686,723 in the red, according to its latest accounts.

However, the non-executive director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin, Gerard Ryan, said yesterday its membership continued to grow last year and "our church in Ireland is definitely here for the long haul". Financial documents lodged by the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd with the Companies Office show revenues fell 14%, from €193,509 to €166,086.

This followed the church's revenues more than halving in 2009 from €484,070 recorded in 2008. As a result of revenues further decreasing in 2010, the church's operating surplus dropped 98%, from €68,292 to €1,391. This compares to a surplus of €271,804 in 2008. The accounts are for the 12-month period to the end of Apr 2010, but were only signed off by the board on February 20 of this year.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0316/presswatch-business.html

               And as published by "The Irish Examiner."

http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/kfidqlmhcwmh/rss2/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 19, 2012, 07:01:24 PM
                                               A cult. Not Scientology
March 17, 2012

Spirited Away - Nathan Zamprogno's story

    Nathan told his story at the CIFS conference in Canberra late last year and then also on ACA. He's an incredible guy who's been working hard to expose the dangers of ALL cults here in Oz. His story is truly horrific.

    It's now been picked up by the print media:

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/spirited-away-20120312-1utb6.html


Here is the youtube version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w__qaD2UsKU


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on March 20, 2012, 01:07:44 PM
                On The iPad, Children's Apps Shill Sex, Guns, And Scientology

Mar. 19, 2012,

Seemingly innocuous educational apps featuring kittens and smiling babies dressed up in animal costumes might be luring your toddler into a life of sex, guns, and Scientology.

Parents have noticed a plethora of lewd, R-rated ads popping-up on free versions of iOS and Android apps that are geared towards children, reports The Daily.
Click here to see what kids are accidentally clicking on>>

A user review for "123 Animals Counting" reads, "I'm looking at a topless female corpse with bite marks in her neck while my toddler learns his numbers. Get your act together."

The first customer review for "ABC Phonics," which stars smiling puppies, kittens, and ponies, reads: "When I opened this app it had an ad with a half naked women on it and a women sitting on a man in sexy tights. Not good."

An Austrian man sent an angry letter to various news publications complaining that when his 6-year-old son was using "Nursery TV" on his iPhone, the child asked, "Daddy, what's Scientology?" Apparently an ad for the cult-like religion appeared when the child was watching a video of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

This isn't the first time that parents have discovered that kids' apps have adult consequences: an 8-year-old girl accidentally racked up a $1,400 bill in 2011 playing "Smurfs' Village," a game for children 4 and up which had pop-ups offering virtual smurfberries for $90. While the game was free, the cost of the virtual goods were real.

Forty-four percent of American children asked for an iPad last Christmas and the tablet has been heavily marketed as an educational device.

The Daily reports:

Ad networks typically group their offerings into age-specific categories, such as 13+, 18+ and 21+. But a developer or ad network might mistakenly put its product in the wrong age category — or none at all. When it comes to blame, there’s a merry-go-round effect: Developers finger ad networks; ad networks point back to developers, and to rogue advertisers.

Often developers don't even realize when inappropriate ads are making appearing on their apps.

For now, it looks like the only way to completely avoid exposure to the inappropriate ads is to buy the full, ad-free version of the apps.
Click here to see images of adult ads on kids' apps>>

http://www.businessinsider.com/childrens-apps-shill-sex-guns-and-scientology-2012-3#guns-1

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/childrens-apps-shill-sex-guns-and-scientology-2012-3#ixzz1pcBEviCH


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/childrens-apps-shill-sex-guns-and-scientology-2012-3#ixzz1pcAPIPQI


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 07, 2012, 02:29:38 PM
   
      Big story about Marty Rathbun in THE INDEPENDANT


  Scientology's 'heretic': How Marty Rathbun became the arch-enemy of L Ron Hubbard devotees

For 27 years, Marty Rathbun was a key player in the world's most secretive religion – even mentoring top celebrities including Tom Cruise. Then he left, and things turned ugly...



http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/scientologys-heretic-how-marty-rathbun-became-the-archenemy-of-l-ron-hubbard-devotees-7618944.html


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002534527


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 08, 2012, 10:06:57 AM
                   Tom Cruise’s Former Spiritual Mentor Continues to Piss Off Scientologists


Today's edition of The Independent offers a profile of Marty Rathbun, a member of the Church of Scientology for 27 years, now considered a "heretic." As a high-ranking official, Rathbun worked with high-profile Scientologists like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Greta Van Susteren. Since he left the Church, he has been hounded by damaging allegations and a weirdly persistent "documentary crew" known as the "SQUIRREL BUSTERS."

In the video above, Rathbun asks the stranger at his door what he's doing. The reply: "I'm doing an investigation on you and your squirrel technology." A "squirrel" is a term used by Scientologists to describe members who have turned against the Church, as a letter sent to the Independent explains.

    It said Marty had been responsible for 'lies, obstruction of justice, and violent behaviour' within the Church and had been dismissed from an executive position in the organisation rather than having, as he claims, quit. Because of his work since then, it claimed: 'he is what we call a squirrel (a heretic)'.

Rathbun's offenses include maintaining the very popular blog Moving On Up a Little Higher, a favorite among ex-Scientologists and a serious problem for devoted members. Rathbun also runs what he calls a "halfway house" for people who flee the Church and are left feeling like they have nowhere else to go. Former members who have felt lost and friendless have sought guidance from Rathbun before moving on with their lives.

One of the most interesting aspects of Rathbun's story is that he still considers himself a Scientologist. Like other religious reformers before him, he believes that it's the greed of the Church and not the faith itself that poses the real problem.

    Marty still subscribes to many key tenets of the religion. He continues to practice "auditing", the form of counselling Scientologists use to seek enlightenment, and he continues to revere Hubbard, whose books and lectures he frequently quotes. Like L Ron, he believes firmly in reincarnation.

It's worth noting that Rathbun does not believe that an alien named Xenu actually caused humanity's problems with an intergalactic war 75 million years ago. In his mind, the story is an allegory — another view the Church of Scientology considers heretical.

The Independent's profile of Rathbun notes how much damage the internet has done to Scientology. Scientologists-turned-skeptics can now gather and voice their concerns. We're also far more aware of the wackier aspects of Scientology, including the aforementioned Xenu business. (See also: Battlefield Earth.) Meanwhile, Rathbun continues to update his blog, run the halfway house, and generally be a thorn in the side of Scientologists.

The "SQUIRREL BUSTERS" eventually stopped showing up at his house. It remains unclear whether these men were self-appointed defenders of the religion, or if they were told to harass Rathbun by Scientologist leader David Miscavige — Rathbun's former colleague and the best man at Tom Cruise's wedding.

http://gawker.com/5900001/tom-cruises-former-spiritual-mentor-continues-to-piss-off-scientologists


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 09, 2012, 07:22:24 AM
                       Scientology Is Insane, But Nowhere Near As Dangerous As Christianity

                                  Sabotage Times

The comments are worth reading

http://www.sabotagetimes.com/life/scientology-is-insane-but-nowhere-near-as-dangerous-as-christianity/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 10, 2012, 02:54:06 PM
                                Federally Funded Tutoring Program Has Ties to Scientology


                                          My FOX.la.

Published : Monday, 09 Apr 2012, 12:15 PM PDT

(NewsCore) - With Uncle Sam's help, underprivileged kids across the country are being exposed to the ideas of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Scores of public school districts are using a tutoring program with close ties to Scientology, according to tax documents filed by Applied Scholastics International, a nonprofit that promotes Hubbard's teaching methods. The group has government approval to provide federally funded after-school tutoring in 12 states, including California, Texas and Florida.

On its most recent IRS records, Applied Scholastics reported that 248 public schools purchased its services in 2010. The group claims to have provided tutoring to more than 1,600 students.

Applied Scholastics gained a toehold in public education a decade ago through the No Child Left Behind law, one provision of which requires failing schools to offer tutoring to low-income students. Federal funds are used to pay tutors who meet criteria set by each state.

Although religious organizations are eligible to provide secular instruction, Applied Scholastics maintains that its tutoring programs are not connected to the Church of Scientology and are based only on the educational theories of church founder L. Ron Hubbard -- specifically, on a teaching method he developed called study technology, or "study tech."

According to study technology, three barriers prevent people from learning: not having the physical object of what is being studied, not having mastered prior skills, and misunderstanding words.

"Study Technology has as its sole purpose teaching people how to learn," said Christine Gerson, a spokeswoman for Applied Scholastics.

On forms filed with the IRS, no mention is made of Scientology, though "study tech" is a founding principle of the religion.

"I think that the school districts that are buying into this particular program may or may not know that the Church of Scientology is printing this garbage up," said Christine Anderson, a San Antonio mother who got Scientology-linked teaching materials removed from her son's middle school seven years ago.

On a tax filing, Applied Scholastics said that in 2010, it took in $1.3 million from its education and literacy programs. Gerson said that a substantial portion of the $1.3 million was from tutoring. The average cost per student was approximately $680, she said.

Critics discount any distinction between Applied Scholastics and Scientology.

"The claim that they're an independent organization is a fiction," said David Touretzky, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who has written extensively about Scientology.

Touretzky said Applied Scholastics is staffed by Scientologists; it familiarizes students with Scientology terms and allows them to become comfortable with its ideas. As an academic program, it lacks credibility, he and others said.

"It's garbage," Touretzky said. "Kids benefit from adults who pay attention to them and are interested in seeing them learn, and so I can't say that Applied Scholastics is worse than nothing. It may be better than nothing. But it's certainly not better than other approaches that could be used."

Gerson responded: "In my experience, the few individuals who have opined against Study Technology do not know enough about it to render a meaningful comment."

Read more: http://www.myfoxla.com/dpps/news/federally-funded-tutoring-program-has-ties-to-scientology-dpgonc-20120409-kh_19064491#ixzz1rbOtg8xM


AND My FOX HOUSTON
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpps/news/federally-funded-tutoring-program-has-ties-to-scientology-dpgonc-20120409-kh_19064491


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 12, 2012, 05:08:06 AM
                                 Scientology on Campus: Stress Test a Lie

As I walked into the Student Union this morning I noticed that Scientologists were administering “free stress tests” to gullible students passing by. I was shocked. NKU has played host to plenty of crackpots in the past, but Christian fundamentalism is, at least, a silly idea with roots here in Kentucky. For the uninitiated, Scientology is a pernicious cult created by a science fiction writer named L. Ron Hubbard. Legend goes that, in the 1950’s, Hubbard entered into a bet with another writer to see which of them could codify their fictions into a living, breathing religion. This alone should be enough to give one pause when dealing with these people.

While it may seem unfair to label Scientology a cult considering the fact that virtually every major religion began in much the same way, I simply don’t care. The last thing this campus, let alone the world, needs is another body of un-falsifiable

gibberish to be revered. The Church of Scientology is infamous for using litigation to silence and terrify its critics while cloaking itself in the language of tolerance. The freedom of groups like this to operate is the price of a free society, but the marketplace of ideas demands that nonsense be checked by the products of clear thinking.
As for the actual tenets of Scientology, the core is bad science fiction (as you might expect) wrapped in the kind of self-help rhetoric you can get cheaper at a Tony Robbins seminar. In essence, Scientology proposes that humans are amnesiac alien souls, possessed by a nebulous body of bad memories called engrams – which, conveniently, can only be purged by buying increasingly expensive “auditing” sessions from the Church. These sessions, a bizarre twist on religious confession, typically involve readings with the “E-meter,” a machine that projects an inconsequential amount of electric current through the subject, and a kind of faux-psychotherapy. Stupid, right? But as history shows, no idea is too stupid to be believed if sanctified by tradition. After decades of dispute with the IRS, the Church of Scientology managed to get tax-exempt status in 1993, paving the way for popular recognition of Scientology/Dianetics as a religion. The stage is now set for the group to extend its hold on the feebleminded, replacing belief in Bronze Age myths with a dangerous pseudo-scientific rhetoric designed to confound the most credulous sector of society.

Unlike some other cults which sought a high degree of control over their members, most notably Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, Scientology/Dianetics functions more like a financial scam or pyramid scheme with religious overtones; although, the Church has been implicated in numerous attacks on what they term “suppressive persons,” a definition encompassing basically anyone critical of the Church. Operation “Snow White,” perpetrated by the Church, is held to be the second-largest infiltration of the federal government to date apart from that of the KGB – the purpose of which was to destroy federal records of the Church and its founder. The act most revealing of the insidious and corrupt nature of this “religion,” however, was the attempt to frame journalist Paulette Cooper, author of a book critical of Scientology, by implicating her in a concocted plan to bomb the Church.

So what is the proper response to this odious organization? Ridicule. Intelligent ridicule punctures the pretensions of know-nothings who make it their mission in life to lead others astray. While sober debate has its time and place, charlatans like these disciples of Hubbard are undeserving of serious consideration and will simply convert any real argument into a perception of legitimacy for their cause. This can’t be allowed, and debate isn’t necessary. Proponents of un-falsifiable dogmas exist by definition outside the bounds of scientific debate, and can be safely ignored without consequence. The proper response to ideas espoused by a dangerous cult is not jousting at windmills, but exclusion and scorn.

http://www.thenortherner.com/viewpoints/2012/04/11/scientology-on-campus-stress-test-a-lie/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 21, 2012, 01:33:50 PM
Is The Santa Ana Police Department Collaborating With Scientology? Yes, Says The OC Org's Executive Director; No, Says SAPD

By Josh Dulaney Fri., Apr. 20 2012   The O.C. Weekly.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/04/is_the_santa_ana_police_depart.php



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 28, 2012, 11:58:30 AM
   Re run of an old story..

Why did Jude Richmond kill herself and her disabled daughter? Her close friend reveals what drove this brilliant woman to such desperation


"......At the inquest, the coroner mentioned the history of depression in Jude's family, her dabblings with Scientology, and her irrational belief that Millie did not have cerebral palsy but was ill because of an allergy to metal objects....."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1236238/Why-did-Jude-Richmond-kill-disabled-daughter-Her-close-friend-reveals-drove-brilliant-woman-desperation.html#ixzz1tHw0HH9a


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 28, 2012, 11:48:06 PM
                     San Antonio Express

                        Abuse fits into teachings of L. Ron Hubbard

Last month, I thought the powerful Church of Scientology had finally placed its own head beneath a blade, and right here in Bexar County.

That the church had done so would not surprise anyone familiar with the doctrine of its late, paranoid founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

“The only way to defend anything is to ATTACK,” Hubbard wrote more than five decades ago....

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/news_columnists/article/Abuse-fits-into-teachings-of-L-Ron-Hubbard-3517061.php#ixzz1tKpIcbCU


Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/news_columnists/article/Abuse-fits-into-teachings-of-L-Ron-Hubbard-3517061.php#ixzz1tKowahdQ




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 05, 2012, 07:38:16 AM
                           High roller at the helm of troubled truck firm
May 5, 2012


 "....These frictions may have been exacerbated by Regan's new-found religiosity. The young company director, who describes himself on his LinkedIn profile as a ''third generation Logistician'', became involved with the Church of Scientology following a recent trip to the US.

Employees and associates of the company said his relationship with his father was made more difficult by his desire to send money to the Church. Regan has declined to comment further to the Herald...."

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/high-roller-at-the-helm-of-troubled-truck-firm-20120504-1y48b.html#ixzz1tvoBwH2B


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 16, 2012, 03:32:46 PM

                    Sandy Springs nearing resolution on Scientology case

The City of Sandy Springs and the Church of Scientology may soon be nearing an end to a lawsuit alleging the city violated the church’s religious freedom.

The city also recently resolved another lawsuit regarding the Lakeside office complex. Both are long-standing zoning cases.

The Church of Scientology is suing the city over the church’s application to open at 5395 Roswell Road. The city approved the application in 2009, but did not allow the church to expand space at the building because of limited parking, sparking a lawsuit that alleged the city violated the church’s religious freedom. The court ordered the two sides to settle the lawsuit in mediation.

According to federal court records, the two parties met in a mediation session on March 26.

The consent order filed on March 30 says the church and the city didn’t finalize an agreement during that session but says both sides are willing to consider a revised parking plan. The consent order says city staff needed 30 to 45 days to review the plan, and said any zoning changes would require public notice 15 days in advance of a public hearing. The order also extends the deadline to submit a “proposed consolidated pretrial order” to June 15.

City Attorney Wendell Willard confirmed the consent order, but declined further comment.

“We’re in the process of evaluating that,” Willard said. “It’s not completed.”

The announcement of the settlement of the other case came as a surprise at the end of the May 15 City Council meeting. Mayor Eva Galambos congratulated Willard for his work to settle a lawsuit that began when developer Greenstone Properties sued the city in 2008 after the council denied its rezoning petition for the Lakeside office complex.

In an effort to resolve that lawsuit, MLGP Lakeside – a partnership between Greenstone and MetLife – in 2010 filed a new plan for the 26-acre property on the east side of Glenridge Drive at I-85 and GA-400.

According to newspaper archives, the city denied the second application, prompting another lawsuit. Residents and council members were concerned about the traffic generated by the proposed development. Willard said the parties were able to resolve the lawsuit days before a trial in Fulton County Superior Court.

“Everybody sat down … and we got it worked out,” he said.

http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/05/15/sandy-springs-nearing-resolution-on-scientology-case/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 17, 2012, 10:05:56 AM
             Anti-drug Pamphlets Linked to Scientology Gone From Santa Ana Police Department

It appears that drug-prevention literature connected with the Church of Scientology will no longer be distributed by the Santa Ana Police Department.

Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, the department spokesman, said he was told that "none of the brochures we talked about" are being passed out by the department.


Although the pamphlets didn't carry the name Scientology on them, they advertised the Foundation For a Drug-Free World, which is sponsored by Scientology. When I called the number and asked where one should go to get help for drug abuse, I was directed to Narconon Arrowhead on Oklahoma's Lake Eufaula.

Stop-Narconon.org, run by David Touretzky, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, has long-fought against the program and what he calls its unscientific practices. Touretzky says "Narconon and the Church of Scientology frequently play a verbal sleight of hand over the nature of this relationship", and documents the connection through church statements made to the IRS.

One may recall that Ed Dearborn, executive director of the Orange County Scientology "org", claimed that the church had been collaborating with the department on anti-drug education programs.

Bertagna reaffirmed that such is not true, and said any community group that wants to work with the department must go through a process.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/05/anti-drug_pamphlets_linked_to_scientology_gone_from_santa_ana_police_department.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 17, 2012, 12:28:20 PM
MPs and campaigners unite to oppose law which 'bans insults' saying it threatens freedom of speech

By Kirsty Walker

PUBLISHED: 22:14 GMT, 16 May 2012 | UPDATED: 22:14 GMT, 16 May 2012

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A powerful coalition of MPs and campaigners yesterday united to oppose a controversial law which outlaws ‘insulting words or behaviour’.

MPs from across the political spectrum have called for Section Five of Public Order Act to be scrapped, warning that it represents a threat to freedom of speech.

Campaigners say the law is being abused by over-zealous police and prosecutors to arrest Christian street preachers, critics of Scientology, gay rights advocates and even students making jokes.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2145536/MPs-unite-oppose-controversial-law-bans-insults-saying-threatens-freedom-speech.html#ixzz1v59iL2tB


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on May 20, 2012, 03:25:25 PM
                                       Scientology cult ordered me to have an abortion

Sun Investigation:

British mum's hell in celeb church

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4327371/Scientology-cult-ordered-me-to-have-abortion-Brit-mum.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 01, 2012, 04:40:31 PM
               Candidates in Senate District 9 fight each other — with ostrich eggs and bikinis

By David McGrath Schwartz

Thursday, May 31, 2012


.....St. Martin’s campaign swung first in the exchange of character assault, depicting on its website an ostrich sticking its head in the ground with the text, “Warning! Did Brent Jones talk a mentally disabled man into giving up $30,000 for Brent’s ostrich egg business?”

Cited as its source was a 12-year-old news story from New Times Los Angeles about a lawsuit accusing Jones of selling two ostrich eggs to a man with a traumatic brain injury for $30,000 in 1994.

According to the article, Raul Lopez and his mother accused the Church of Scientology, Jones and others of bilking him out of money he received from the car accident that left him with brain damage. Both Lopez and Jones were Scientologists.

The case was settled out of court and is sealed.

In an interview with the Sun, Jones denied selling Lopez the eggs or any ostriches.....


http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/may/31/candidates-senate-district-9-fight-each-other-ostr/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 18, 2012, 07:48:28 PM
                        Sandy Springs to hold public hearing on resolution of Scientology suit

The saga of the Church of Scientology vs. the City of Sandy Springs may finally be drawing to a close.

According to a public notice, there will be a hearing about the case on the June 19 City Council meeting at 6 p.m.  at Sandy Springs City Hall, located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500.

Information about how the church and the city resolved the lawsuit is not yet available.

According to federal court records, the two parties met in a mediation session on March 26.

The consent order filed on March 30 says the church and the city didn’t finalize an agreement during that session but says both sides considered a revised parking plan.

The Church of Scientology sued the city over the church’s application to open at 5395 Roswell Road. The city approved the application in 2009, but did not allow the church to expand space at the building because of limited parking, sparking a lawsuit that alleged the city violated the church’s religious freedom.

http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/06/14/sandy-springs-to-hold-public-hearing-on-resolution-of-scientology-suit/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 19, 2012, 01:33:25 PM
                              Proposed Scientology settlement allows building expansion

Click to download the Scientology Rezoning PDF (3)
http://www.reporternewspapers.net/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=39

The City of Sandy Springs may grant a request by the Church of Scientology to expand the size of its building at 5395 Roswell Road, putting an end to a three-year-old lawsuit against the city.

The change allows the church to follow through on its original plan to expand and the church will build additional parking as part of the compromise, according to city records.

The city council will consider the proposed zoning change at its meeting tomorrow, June 19, at 6 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Sandy Springs City Hall, located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500. Interested parties might want to consider showing up early. The city council has six zoning applications on its agenda and each requires a public hearing, a process that is often time consuming. The Church of Scientology’s zoning application is the last item on the list.

Sandy Springs’ long-running dispute with the city has attracted passionate opposition from residents and has received large amounts of media attention. In 2009 the city council, voting in front of a standing-room only crowd, approved the zoning application only after Mayor Eva Galambos cast a vote to break a 3-3 tie. The council’s approval limited the church’s plans, keeping the building’s size at 32,053 square feet instead of the 43,916 square feet the church wanted. The church planned to enclose an underground parking garage and provide 111 parking spaces.

The church sued the city, alleging it violated the church’s religious freedom. A federal judge ordered the suit into mediation and the two sides have been quietly working toward a resolution.

The zoning ordinance allows the expansion to 43,916 square feet, and says the church will provide 130 parking spaces.

http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2012/06/18/proposed-scientology-settlement-allows-building-expansion/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 21, 2012, 09:34:07 AM
                                    City Council delays Scientology vote

At the Sandy Springs City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall, the Church of Scientology received a setback in its mission to renovate and occupy 5395 Roswell Road at the corner of Glenridge Drive.

The city council voted 4-2 to defer the vote until its July 17 meeting.

District 1 City Councilman John Paulson and District 2 City Councilwoman Dianne Fries were opposed.

The matter arose from a federal lawsuit brought by the church when the city approved its zoning request Dec. 15, 2009 for 32,000 square feet in a former real estate office.

The church wanted 44,000 square feet but the city said there were not enough parking spaces to support the expansion.

According to city defense attorney Laurel Henderson, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the two parties into mediation.

The result was a new parking plan and a deal, conducted during a closed session March 26, brokered in which 130 spaces were created to support 44,000 square feet.

Henderson strongly advised the city to approve the zoning modification to strengthen its case.

However, residents like Robin Beechey decried the matter’s lack of public notification, which had been limited to a legal advertisement in the May 30 edition of the Sandy Springs Neighbor.

The matter will be advertised at least 15 days prior to the next city council meeting in both the Sandy Springs and Northside Neighbor newspapers.

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com - City Council delays Scientology vote

http://neighbornewspapers.com/bookmark/19045912-City-Council-delays-Scientology-vote


City Delays Church of Scientology Vote Against Legal Advice

      Several Sandy Springs residents say a Church of Scientology at Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road will be a be a traffic hazard.

http://sandysprings.patch.com/articles/despite-legal-advice-city-delays-church-of-scientology-vote


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 22, 2012, 04:27:25 PM
                What Are You Thoughts on Church of Scientology Vote? Take Our Poll

Sandy Springs City Council wants to give residents more time to be informed on rebuilding plans for the Church of Scientology property at Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road.

http://sandysprings.patch.com/articles/what-are-you-thoughts-on-church-of-scientology-vote-take-our-poll


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 26, 2012, 08:03:55 AM
                   Informal Poll Results So Far: Residents Uncomfortable With Church of Scientology

When residents raised traffic concerns about a Church of Scientology location, last week, City Council delayed a vote on zoning modification conditions.

During last week’s City Council meeting, residents raised traffic concerns on the Church of Scientology location at Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road. As a result, City Council delayed a vote on zoning modification conditions for the property.

Patch asked readers for their take.

A poll question said: Should zoning modification conditions for the Church of Scientology be approved to accommodate its rebuilding plans?

As of midnight, only 37 respondents indicated traffic concerns.

Many more – 105 – indicated they were uncomfortable with City Council approving zoning modification conditions for various reasons.

There were 75 respondents that voted yes to the zoning modification, and were surprised that it had turned into such a big issue.

Among the comments, Anthony Poselenzny wrote: "They should be approved. There is a lot of religious bias shown in not doing so. As citizens we will end up paying more in taxes when we get sued and lose. Our council needs to be adult, fair minded, and serious, and not political, and stand up and make the right decision."

Citing traffic, Patched In said: "I also live in Round Hill condos, and Jack Shaw is right on the money about the huge problem with ingress from and egress onto Roswell Rd. I have no opinion about scientology one way or the other, my concern is the negative impact their plans would have on an area that already has inadequate infrastructure..."

City Council plans to vote on this issue at the next meeting on July 17. Continue to tell us what you think and vote in our poll.

http://sandysprings.patch.com/articles/informal-poll-results-so-far-residents-uncomfortable-with-church-of-scientology


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 28, 2012, 02:48:07 PM
      'Canadian Psycho' Luka Magnotta Obsessed With Scientology                     




.... Magnotta opened his blog with the statement, ”Scientology has helped me a tremendous deal and I don't care what anyone says, it works.”......

http://newswire.xbiz.com/view.php?id=150500


                             THE MIRROR

"I wished Tom Cruise would adopt me": 'Cannibal killer' Luka Magnotta was 'obsessed with Hollywood star'

A blog, thought to belong to the ex-porn star, has been unearthed online which details his fascination with Scientology and his 'idol' Tom Cruise

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cannibal-killer-luka-magnotta-wanted-943551


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on June 30, 2012, 09:11:47 AM
                                         Why Scientologists Are Crying

By Libby Copeland

Posted Friday, June 29, 2012



All right, Tom and Katie are getting divorced. Enough about them. We know the big question on everyone’s minds is: Is this bad for the Scientologists?

Yes, most definitely. This whole summer will be bad for the Scientologists. Ever since the news that Katie Holmes’ marriage to Tom Cruise came with a Scientology conversion, public perception has been that he forced his religion onto this one-time good little Catholic girl, and that she wasn’t happy about it. Never mind that Holmes should be able to make her own mind about religious matters; tabloids and celebrity sites have relentlessly pushed the notion of Cruise as a creepy control freak bent on spreading his creepy religion. Maybe he forced her to convert, much like Jason Lee’s ex-wife has said she was forced. Maybe it was part of some contract—why else would any sane woman even consider a silent birth? Or maybe she was hypnotized by his pinwheel eyes.



In 2009, when Holmes reportedly enrolled 3-year-old Suri in a Catholic pre-school, the Daily Mail presented it as a victory for her. (“Holmes, 30, has not been seen at the Church of Scientology for more than five months,” the paper reported). It’s more than likely that in coming weeks the barrage of gossip emerging about the couple’s split will include details about their religious rift. What are the odds Holmes remains a Scientologist post-divorce?

This is shaping up to be a crummy season for Scientology. New Yorker writer Paul Haggis is said to be writing an exposé of the church. The movie The Master, due in the fall, takes a highly critical look at a church/cult that appears awfully similar to Scientology. And of course, Scientologist John Travolta has been inundated with lawsuits from several men, including massage therapists and a personal assistant, alleging he made unwanted sexual advances, including asking one of the men to “take me.” This is not the sort of scandal Travolta can fix by simply kissing his wife on the red carpet, though he did try. Given the persistent rumors that Tom Cruise is also gay, there will be no doubt those who joke that the men’s marriages are dissolving so that they, at last, can be together. We, however, will not make this joke.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/06/29/tom_cruise_and_katie_holmes_split_scientology_won_t_fare_well.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 05, 2012, 09:37:01 PM
                                   Beatings, razor wires and prison cells inside Scientology's Sea Org

London, July 4 : The prospect of sending six-year-old Suri to Scientology's strict Sea Organisation is what is said to have been the final straw for Katie Holmes before she filed for divorce and may have cost Tom Cruise his marriage.

Newly released pictures reveal the headquarters of Scientology's higher order where members pledge their allegiance for one billion years, the Daily mail reported.

The clergy like group is run like a military clique from the Scientology Gold Base in California which has a sniper-style nest bunker on the site.

Members are banned from having children, are paid just 50 dollars a week and can be punished for simply looking at somebody the wrong way by being thrown in 'The Hole' - two trailers set aside for punishment.

It has been investigated by FBI agents looking into human trafficking and one member claimed he was locked in a ship's hold for 18 hours a day with no food.

Holmes is also said to have been alarmed at her daughter being pushed into an academy partly paid for by Will Smith which acts as a feeder to a school popular with Scientologists.

According to interviews with former Scientologists and former Sea Org members, her fears appear to be well founded.

Sea Org is the Scientologist equivalent of a religious order and is thought to be around 6,000 strong.

In recent years, ex-members including Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis have spoken out about the brutal regime which operates inside.

The one billion year pledge is supposedly to 'symbolise their eternal commitment to the religion' but is made by children as young as 10, something Haggis likened to the treatment of 'child slaves in Haiti', the New Yorker reported.

Members are paid just 50 dollars a week and banned from leaving their base or they are tracked down by a special team who use emotional pressure or physical force to make them come back.

If Sea Org members try to leave they are also given a 'freeloader tab' which is a bill for all the work they have received, and can run into six figures.

Under the influence of Scientology 'elders', Sea Org members are convinced to 'volunteer' for punishments which can include being given poor quality food, sleep deprivation or being banned from talking to anyone, ABC news reported.

They can also involve manual labour, wearing black clothes to mark you out from everybody else - and can go on for years.

Then there are the alleged beatings at the hands of leaders and The Hole, two trailers which can hold up to 100 people forced to do group confessions all night.

Sea Org has also been dragged through the courts and in 1985 former member Lawrence Wollersheim sued for 25 million dollars after claiming he had been kept for 18 hours a day in a ship's hold. (ANI)


http://www.newkerala.com/news/newsplus/worldnews-47204.html#.T_Vf0fUbzGg


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 07, 2012, 11:12:10 PM
'I'm not allowed to see my own son's body': Mother's grief as 27-year-old son of Scientology president dies of high fever... and she finds out from a friend days later



Karen de la Carriere, former wife of Scientology president Herber Jentzsch, did not hear of her son's death until three days later

Alexander Jentzsch apparently died of a high fever after hiking in the San Fernando Valley
Heber Jentzsch, 76, has not been seen since 2004

Ms de la Carriere left the Church in 2010 and has not had contact with her son Alexander since then...

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2170027/Scientology-Karen-la-Carriere-wife-Church-president-Herber-Jentzsch-allowed-sons-body-morgue.html#ixzz1zvyxLTeF



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 08, 2012, 08:49:40 AM
                     Morgan Freeman ‘disgusted’ by how Tom Cruise treated Katie Holmes

Information is continually leaking about how badly Tom Cruise treated Katie Holmes. More and more people are talking about how Katie Holmes was controlled by Tom Cruise. Morgan Freeman is among them.

TMZ reported on July 6 Morgan Freeman was “disgusted” by how Tom Cruise treated Katie Holmes while she worked on “Batman Begins.” Sources said that Katie Holmes was not allowed to travel with the rest of the cast.

“I’ve always thought of [Tom Cruise] as a control freak when it came to the women in his life,” Beth Duncan, a Tom Cruise fan from Oklahoma City, said. “Even Nicole Kidman seemed to look to him for how to answer questions when they were being interviewed. I think he’s a great actor, but he probably isn’t a good man or a good husband.”

Sources close to Katie Holmes say Tom Cruise made every decision for Katie Holmes, both in her professional and private life. Those sources have been saying Tom Cruise is a “puppet master” since the beginning of the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes relationship. It is unknown how much Scientology played into his control issues with Katie Holmes.

Katie Holmes claims Scientology is the reason for the divorce and why she is seeking sole custody. She is afraid Tom Cruise will force their daughter, Suri, into Scientology.

http://www.examiner.com/article/morgan-freeman-disgusted-by-how-tom-cruise-treated-katie-holmes


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 08, 2012, 09:18:46 AM
                     The amount of news stories about Scientology being pumped out by the worlds media at this time is unprecedented.

And its all bad.           


                 http://www.xenu-directory.net/webnews.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 09, 2012, 09:39:08 AM
The troubled life of Scientology president's son: How church 'pressured his wife to have an abortion and led to downward spiral that ended in feared painkiller overdose'

Alexander Jentzsch, 27-year-old son of Scientology president Herber Jentzsch, died July 2

Medical examiner found prescription painkillers and NyQuil in his system

Heber Jentzsch, 76, has not been seen since 2004

Karen de la Carriere left Scientology in 2010 and had no contact with her son Alexander since, saying the Church made him disconnect from her

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2170405/Scientology-Son-Church-president-Heber-Jentzsch-troubled-life.html#ixzz204NDxktf


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 10, 2012, 10:11:59 AM
             LA Public Schools Invested Half A Million Dollars In Failed Scientology After-School Program

Los Angeles public schools invested nearly half a million dollars into an after-school tutoring program associated with the Church of Scientology, and studies showed it failed.

According to documents and invoices from public records obtained by The Daily, between November 2008 and February 2012 the district doled out $447,338 to Applied Scholastics International — which is based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Travolta’s Local Scientology Center Vandalized

After-school tutoring programs are required under the No Child Left Behind law and even with Applied Scholastic's theories tied to L. Ron Hubbard, officials are adamant that it's a separate entity from the Church of Scientology.

There are 12 states that use Applied Scholastics across America and Luis Mora, who over-sees after-school tutoring in Los Angeles, told The Daily that the program is small.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Tom Cruise's Tricked Out SUV Made By Scientology Church Members

“Are we excited or are we impressed about the type of contribution they make to our students’ performance? No,” she said.

“But do we feel the same way about 95 percent of the providers? Yes.”

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise Through The Years

A report from the 2009-2010 school year showed that students who attended the Applied Scholastics program did worse on standardized testing in language and math than students who did not attend the program.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/07/los-angeles-public-schools-invested-half-a-million-dollars-failed-scientology


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 11, 2012, 09:18:24 AM
               L. Ron Hubbard's Granddaughter & David Miscavige's Father Leave Scientology

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/07/l-ron-hubbard-granddaughter-david-miscavige-father-left-scientology


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 12, 2012, 05:26:29 PM
                                            Scientologists plan Hollywood studio

The Church of Scientology, the religion whose followers include actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, plans to start a religious broadcasting centre to promote its teachings over TV, radio and the Internet.

The centre, located near the church's West Coast headquarters in Hollywood, would occupy the nearly five-acre studio property the church bought last year from Los Angeles public TV station KCET for US$42 million.

The station would elevate the public profile of a religion that has mostly relied on pamphlets and books by its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, to proselytize for new members.

"The church plans to establish a central media hub for our growing world network of churches and to move into the production of religious television and radio broadcasting," said Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for Church of Scientology International, in an email.

She said there is no timetable for when operations would begin.

Scientology TV could be similar to Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network or the Trinity Broadcast Network.

Trinity creates Christian programming at a production centre in Irving, Texas, and airs it on TV stations and cable channels, said Rick Ross, whose non-profit Rick A. Ross Institute in Trenton, New Jersey, maintains an online archive of data on cults and controversial movements.

"Hollywood is a major hub for creative talent and some of them are Scientologists," said Ross. "They'd have a lot of talented folks who could produce shows and stars like Tom Cruise who would appear on them."

Elayne Rapping, a pop-culture expert and professor of American studies at the University of Buffalo, told Reuters she is not surprised by the church's move.

"Having their own TV is a good idea since they can spin things their way," she said. "They are after good PR which they can control to offset the bad publicity surrounding them in other media."

Former members of the 60-year-old church accuse it of being a cult and have alleged that it abuses members and separates parents from children, among other things. The church denies such accusations.

The celebrity of controversial members like Cruise and Travolta is a double-edged sword for the church, Rapping said.

Cruise is one of the world's biggest movie stars, but his divorce from actress Katie Holmes has fuelled speculation that the couple disagreed on raising their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, as a Scientologist and sparked a flurry of news coverage about the church.
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John Travolta was recently sued for libel by a Los Angeles man who wrote a book about his alleged homosexual encounters with the "Saturday Night Fever" and "Pulp Fiction" star.

The Hollywood studio would complement the church's existing production facility, Golden Era Productions, near Hemet, California, which produces DVDs and "other audiovisual materials that comprise a large part of the Church's religious and educational materials," Pouw said.

Scientologists are likely to buy time on local TV stations to air shows as other religions do, said Bill Carroll, vice-president of Katz Television Group, which advises TV stations on programming.

They could create their own cable channel, he said, but could also get a license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate a broadcast channel by adhering to FCC rules on children's programming, news and other regulations.

The church took physical control of the broadcast centre, located on Sunset Boulevard near Hollywood, in April when KCET employees moved TV station operations to a rented facility.

- Reuters

http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/7266462/Scientologists-plan-Hollywood-studio

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/11/scientology-tv-idINL2E8IAF3B20120711


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 18, 2012, 07:43:00 AM
                      LAPD Investigating Death Of President Of Scientology's Son

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the death of Alexander Jentzsch, the son of the President of Scientology, who was found dead at the home of his wife's parents, according to Ed Winter, Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

As we previously reported, Scientologist Alexander Jentzsch -- the 27-year-old son of the president of the organization Heber Jentzsch, who hasn't been seen in public since 2004 -- died on July 2 in the San Fernando Valley, allegedly of a high fever.

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Alexander's mother, Karen de la Carriere, severed all ties with the Church two years ago, and she previously told us Alexander was forced to disconnect from her because she had denounced the religion.

"After I formally left, he called me and told me to never call, text, email, or attempt to communicate with him in any way, until I got approval from the Office of Special Affairs. He told me he had to disconnect from me. Alexander sounded very odd when he said this to me, and I know that other people were listening to our phone call because I could hear noise in the background. Sadly, that was the last time I ever talked to him. I was hopeful that over time, I would be able to win my son back, and that he would allow me into his life," de la Carreire said.

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"The LAPD is involved in the investigation into Alexander Jentzsch. Let's just say we have questions about his death," Winter told us. "We also have been told that Alexander's father-in-law found his body, and ran an errand, and then came home and called 911."

An autopsy was conducted on Alexander's body, and the cause of death is listed as deferred pending toxicology results, and he was cremated. Alexander's mother wasn't invited to attend his funeral. Alexander was de la Carriere's only child, and she doesn't want his death to be in vain. "If I can save another family from going through this horrific nightmare, I will. I don't want his death to go unnoticed. I don't want Alexander to be forgotten," de la Carriere previously told us.

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The coroner recovered Nyquil and several prescriptions from the death scene.

Toxicology reports could reveal what the cause of Alexander's death was. Those results are expected to be released in the next four to six weeks.

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http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/07/alexander-jentzsch-death-investigated-los-angeles-police-department-scientology


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 18, 2012, 07:46:31 AM
                              Former Scientologist accuses the church of 'forcing her to have an abortion, false imprisonment, sleep deprivation, brainwashing and harsh punishments' in explosive lawsuit

By Rachel Quigley

PUBLISHED: 15:35 GMT, 17 July 2012

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174904/Former-Scientologist-accuses-church-forcing-abortion-false-imprisonment-sleep-deprivation-brainwashing-harsh-punishments-explosive-lawsuit.html?ITO=1490

http://www.businessinsider.com/laura-ann-decrescenzo-sues-scientologists-2012-7


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 19, 2012, 08:07:15 AM
                         City Makes Way for Church of Scientology Expansion, Approves Zoning

A standing room crowd attended Tuesday's Sandy Springs City Council meeting, which included a vote on a Church of Scientology building.


The Church of Scientology received the go-ahead from the City of Sandy Springs to convert an office building into a church space, Tuesday night.

In a 5-1 vote, City Council approved zoning modification conditions to expand the office building, located at Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road.

“Right now the city is at about $90,000 in damages,” said Laurel Henderson, legal counsel for the city."

It was a standing room crowd.

    The Lawsuit

The Church of Scientology sued the City of Sandy Springs in state and Federal District Court for discrimination, in 2009. Their request for modification included converting an underground parking deck into finished usable space. Although converting the building was approved, the city denied conversion of the parking deck saying 130 total parking spaces were required.

In February 2012, a Federal District Court judge sent the case to mediation. As a result, the church came up with a plan that meets the city requirements and allows the building to expand from 32,053 to 43,916 square feet.

During the previous City Council meeting, in June, members decided to delay a decision to grant expansion and settle the lawsuit, against legal counsel's advice.

    "If It's About Parking..."

“If that’s true [and it is about parking] then we’ve got the solution,” said Church of Scientology attorney, Woody Galloway. “If it’s about keeping the Church of Scientology out of Sandy Springs, then we can’t address that because the church has a right to be here.”

Parking spaces were at the heart of Church of Scientology’s discrimination suit against the city.

Sandy Springs attorney Laurel Henderson explained two past instances in which City Council members approved variances for under-parked facilities. In one case, the city initially required Beth Teffilah synagogue to have 105 parking spaces when it sought to build a school and other facilities, on the property, Henderson said. The synagogue only had 71 spaces, but a permit for expansion was granted after they presented a letter stating that a school nearby would allow use of its parking lot.

In similar fashion, City Council later approved variances with another church, Henderson said.

Along with adding parking spaces required by the city, the Church of Scientology has the use of parking spaces at a post office easement. The easement was also provided to the previous occupants of the Scientology building.

    Settle this Case, Says Sandy Springs Legal Counsel

In recommending that Council members approve zoning modifications that have already been worked out with the church Henderson said, “If we lose, you can anticipate we will be paying for attorney fees and cost of litigation, as well as potential claims for the loss of use…That could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Sandy Springs has a list of parking space requirements for businesses by category. The church category list 46 spaces, Henderson said, another point in the Church of Scientology suit.

Henderson said that if the City of Sandy Springs lost at trial, the church may not have to add additional parking spaces and residents could find church-goers parking in their neighborhoods.

    Nearby Residents Disappointed

Jack Shaw, representing Round Hill Condominium Association, is one of hundreds of residents opposed to approval of the zoning modifications. He suggested a lawsuit by the citizens of Sandy Springs if the zoning was approved.

“We insist that the Mayor and City Council take the leadership roles you were elected for,” Shaw said. “Place the concerns of Sandy Springs taxpayers and residents ahead of a misguided fear of the Church of Scientology and reject this proposed settlement.”

Tibby Dejulio was the sole Council vote against the zoning modification. However, Karen Meinzen McEnerny said she, too, was against it despite her intention to approve it.

“I am troubled that I participated in zoning decisions in the past that were cited today. One involving a synagogue, another involving another type of church, McEnerny said. "[This] allowed, in my view, a basis for the plaintiff to claim discrimination. As much I would like to deny this application, I have no grounds to do so.”

    What do you think of the outcome? Tell us in the comments.

http://sandysprings.patch.com/articles/city-settles-lawsuit-making-way-for-church-of-scientology-expansion


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 19, 2012, 08:28:35 AM
                     Cops Getting Search Warrants In Death Investigation Of Son Of Scientology President

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department are going to be obtaining search warrants in the ongoing investigation into the mysterious death of Alexander Jentzsch, the son of the President of the controversial religion, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

As we previously reported, Alexander Jentzsch -- the 27-year-old son of Heber Jentzsch, who hasn't been seen in public since 2004 -- died on July 2 in the San Fernando Valley, allegedly of a high fever. Ed Winter, Assistant Chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told Radar that the LAPD is investigating the death. "The LAPD is involved in the investigation into Alexander Jentzsch. Let's just say we have questions about his death. We also have been told that Alexander's father-in-law found his body, and ran an errand, and then came home and called 911," Winter told Radar on Tuesday.

"Detectives from the LAPD will be obtaining search warrants for cell phone records of Alexander, his father-in-law, mother-in-law and his wife," a law enforcement source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. "Detectives are working with the coroner to establish a timeline of events leading up to Alexander's death. There are some questions surrounding the timing of Alexander's father-in-law's call to 911.  As it appears at this time, he discovered Alexander's dead body in the morning, and then took his daughter to school before calling 911."

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Tom Cruise's Tricked Out SUV Made By Scientology Church Members

An autopsy was conducted on Alexander's body and the cause of death is listed as deferred pending toxicology results. The coroner recovered Nyquil and several prescription bottles from the death scene.

Toxicology reports could reveal what the cause of Alexander's death was. Those results are expected to be released in the next four to six weeks.

PHOTOS: Katie Holmes May Be Under Surveillance By A Team Of Mystery Men

A spokesman for the LAPD told RadarOnline.com, "There is no evidence of foul play at this time. Right now, the detectives are awaiting the report from the coroner, and that is all we are going to say at this point."

 

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http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/07/scientology-president-son-death-search-warrants-investigation

http://global.christianpost.com/news/lapd-launches-investigation-into-death-of-scientologist-presidents-son-78436/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 22, 2012, 08:51:53 AM
                               Tom Cruise: Scientology Isn't Only About Taxes

                                                FORBES MAGAZINE

The Scientology symbol is composed of the letter S, which stands for Scientology, and the ARC and KRC triangles, two important concepts in Scientology. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most people are reluctant to criticize religious practices, let alone a church. Yet fear that Suri Cruise might be indoctrinated into Scientology’s elite Sea Org may have propelled Katie Holmes to flee. Whatever the catalyst, her quick action focused renewed attention on Scientology.

What constitutes a legitimate religion? It matters even if you focus solely on taxes. Churches reap a vast array of tax advantages. They even include special limits on the IRS audit powers. See Special Rules Limiting IRS Authority to Audit a Church. With church status coveted, how does the IRS define one?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2012/07/20/tom-cruise-scientology-isnt-only-about-taxes/?feed=rss_markets_intelligentinvesting


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 22, 2012, 08:26:07 PM
                         
                                               'I saw file on Van and Beatle George'

Corkman John Duignan saw secret Scientology files on celebrities, including Van Morrison and George Harrison, when he was part of the cult's elite group, Seaorg.

Duignan rose to a position of Commanding Officer in Seaorg, a special unit that dresses in naval uniform.

He told the Irish Independent that the church had unsuccessfully tried to recruit Van Morrison and he had shown an interest. The sleeve of his 1983 album, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, has a tribute to the founder, L Ron Hubbard.

Duignan said: "They kept files on everyone, particularly those who were famous. I was involved in putting them on computer in London.

"They were trying to involve Van Morrison, but the problem was that that the auditor who was supposed to be looking after him was starstruck, and seemed only interested in talking to him about his career.''

Later on they approached Van again, but he did not join, according to John Duignan.

He said the 1960s file for George Harrison showed that the Beatle had bought one Scientology book, but did not persist with the cult.

Although he rose to a senior position, John said he worked long hours for minuscule wages. For much of his time in Seaorg, he said he lived in dormitories on a diet of beans and rice.

Duignan broke away in 2006 after he became disillusioned with the gulf between the opulent lifestyle of the church's senior figures and its rank-and-file workers.

http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/i-saw-file-on-van-and-beatle-george-3174866.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 24, 2012, 07:39:13 PM
                That's How They Got Al Capone But Scientology Maybe Not

                                   FORBES MAGAZINE

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2012/07/22/thats-how-they-got-al-capone-but-scientology-maybe-not/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on July 26, 2012, 02:23:14 PM
                              This Is Why People Join The Church Of Scientology
Jim Edwards   | Jul. 25, 2012,


Since Katie Holmes filed for a divorce against Tom Cruise, we've run a series of stories on life inside the Church of Scientology, including its real estate empire and the remote location where church leader David Miscavige's wife may be living in secret.

But we haven't examined why people join the secretive church in the first place, and why they stay (even after they've been kept in one of Scientology's informal prisons).

We spoke to Steve Hall, a former Scientologist who wrote speeches and TV scripts for Scientology leader David Miscavige for years, about why he stayed despite the grueling nature of his experience.

Basically, he told us, Scientology is a philosophy of rational self-inquiry akin to Buddhism, in that it requires an investigation and a reckoning with one's own demons and desires.

Many people find it incredibly helpful.

Here's Hall's explanation of the benefits of Scientology, which we've edited lightly for length and clarity:

Scientology is a body of know-how that is supposed to enable a person to make rational decisions in life … you review that area and come to a better direction. It's rationality, but it's a bit more codified. They're really tools that help you look at a given area and come to an understanding.

Founder L. Ron Hubbard was an investigator. He wanted to know what made people tick. What was the cause of the problems they had? He found a human being has a spiritual component and the spirit has memories of prior existences, and by all the evidence he has past lives. You were somebody in 1812 or 1740. The information is there to be mined from a person's own memory. When a person dies he's not gone. They simply go and pick up a new body and start over.

It explains deja vu. It explains talent. How can such great artists have talent from such a young age? A person is more than just flesh and bones. They're actually an immortal human spirit, so that's very good news. So Hubbard developed methods, [just like] the Buddhists ask questions. Why does the tree grow?

But it's structured and it's called auditing. It's done in a safe environment and the counselor has a code of conduct. The auditor does not tell the person what to think and does not tell them what to say. He just guides them on a path of self discovery. And once you've experienced it you want more, because it helps you become a better person. You're able to open up new lines of communications with people you were afraid to talk to before. The shy kids who can't talk to girls can suddenly get up the nerve, that's the good side.

Its not a religion in the Western sense. No, it's more like Buddhism. It's a philosophy and it legally qualifies as a religion because we believe man has a spirit, an immortal spirit that's unkillable. The Scientologist views a human body like a coat. The coat is not you. You're a spirit inside the coat.

The bad side is that church does not use its own philosophy. It's a cult. There's no reason it has to be a cult. It's just being made that way. Most people want to get that auditing. They want to get that counseling, so they're loathe to create too much trouble because they'll be banished.

Steve Hall is now a web designer based in Dallas.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-why-people-join-the-church-of-scientology-2012-7#ixzz21gvrNG00




Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 03, 2012, 11:39:31 AM
      Parent's horror as ‘Scientologist’ group Narconon teaches London primary school children about drugs



02 August 2012

A parent has asked why a primary school brought in a group linked to Scientologists to teach her 10-year-old child about drug abuse.

St Jude and St Paul’s Primary School, in Newington Green, arranged for Narconon to come in to teach year six pupils.

Narconon offers drug and rehabilitation services based on the writings of L Ron Hubbard, the man who inspired Scientology, the church followed by Tom Cruise. But critics claim Narconon’s rehab centres are used to help recruit people to the movement. This is denied by Narconon.

Amanda Steele, 30, found one of the group’s pamphlets in her son Vincent’s  schoolbag. She said: “I couldn’t believe the school would get people like this in. All the parents I have spoken to are horrified — they want to know how this was allowed to happen. It’s a faith school, so why not get someone from the Church to do this?

“These aren’t the sort of people I want to come in to teach my kids about drugs. In fact I don’t want them to come anywhere near them.”

Michelle Davies, who works for Narcanon, said: “The main link with Scientology is they are both inspired by the work of L Ron Hubbard. There is no spiritual aspect to Narconon whatsoever and the centres are completely separate from Scientology churches.”

No one from the school was available for comment.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/parents-horror-as-scientologist-group-narconon-teaches-london-primary-school-children-about-drugs-8001058.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 16, 2012, 08:45:10 AM
                                       RADAR ON LINE


Deaths At Scientology-Linked Rehab Center Spur Investigation

 
Posted on Aug 15, 2012 


By Radar Staff

An Oklahoma rehabilitation center with a controversial regimen -- and ties to Scientology -- is at the center of an investigation after three young patients died there within the last nine months.

Deaths at the non-profit, non-medical Narconon Arrowhead, which was founded by Scientology creator L. Ron Hubbard, include 20-year-old Stacy Murphy, 21-year-old Hillary Holton, and 32-year-old Gabriel Graves.

The deaths have spurred an investigation by the state district attorney, as well as an upcoming TV expose on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams.

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Insiders claim the premature passings could be linked to unorthodox methods the center employs, including patients spending up to five hours a time in a sauna for a month straight, and taking large doses of Niacin, a vitamin.

The center -- which is licensed though the Scientology subsidiary ABLE (the Association for Better Living and Education) -- is "the authority on getting people off drugs," the movement's most prominent member, Tom Cruise, said.

Fellow A-list Scientologist John Travolta said that "compared with other rehabs, [Narconon is] the best."

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Asked about the deaths, Narconon Arrowhead CEO Gary Smith said in a statement: "We will continue to cooperate openly with any local and state agencies that are looking into these matters. Our prayers are with the families of the deceased."

Rock Center with Brian Williams airs Thursday at 10/9c on NBC.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/08/scientology-tom-cruise-narconon-arrowhead-oklahoma


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 18, 2012, 09:43:48 AM
             THE GUARDIAN


                      Scientology detox programmes: expensive and unproven

There is no evidence Scientology's 'Purif' and 'Narconon' detox work, and the megadoses of vitamins involved may harm health



Imagine a therapy that "enables an individual to rid himself of the harmful effects of drugs, toxins and other chemicals that lodge in the body and create a biochemical barrier to spiritual well-being". If you were told that the treatment was entirely natural and had already "enabled hundreds of thousands to free themselves from the harmful effects of drugs and toxins and so achieve spiritual gains", wouldn't you be tempted to try it?

Who doesn't want a body free of nasty chemicals? And who wouldn't be delighted at the chance to counter a growing threat to an "advancement in mental … wellbeing"?

These claims are being made for the "Purification Rundown" ("Purif" for short) and the closely related Narconon detox programmes, which mainly consist of regular exercise, sauna and nutrition, with industrial doses of vitamins and minerals added for good measure. Some of the claims are quite specific: the Purif programme is supposed to increase your IQ, reduce the level of cancer-causing agents in your body, and even enable you to lose weight easily and quickly. The Narconon programme is more specifically targeted at drug and alcohol dependency and is claimed to have an impressive success rate of 75%.

Both programmes were developed by L Ron Hubbard (1911-1986) and are currently marketed by the Church of Scientology. The CoS is not generally known to be an organisation that promotes healthcare programmes. Hubbard, the pulp-fiction writer who founded the CoS, portrayed himself somewhat over-optimistically as a pioneer, innovator and nuclear physicist.

He taught his followers that, at their core, humans contain a "thetan". After creating the universe, thetans accidentally became trapped in physical bodies and, through scientology, we can restore the immortal, omnipotent, god-like powers of the "thetan" within us. Weird stuff that is the preserve of Hollywood eccentrics, you might think, but perhaps the CoS's detox-ventures are an attempt to conquer new territory?

After years of clever promotion, the CoS detox programmes are now becoming popular in many countries, including the UK. They bring in good money. In 2009, the CoS was reported to charge $5,200 (£3,300) for the Purif programme and the price for the Narconon programme is reportedly even higher.

A typical course of treatment lasts several weeks and consists of many hours of exercise and sauna every day. This regimen is supplemented with megadoses of vitamins and minerals, which can cause problems. Niacin, one vitamin that is given in high doses as part of the regimen, can be particularly dangerous. The US National Institutes of Health warns that at high doses it can cause "liver problems, gout, ulcers of the digestive tract, loss of vision, high blood sugar, irregular heartbeat, and other serious problems." It should not be taken by people who already have liver damage.

Seven fatalities of people undergoing the Narconon programme are currently being investigated in Oklahoma, although the CoS says these deaths are not connected with the treatment regimen itself.

Whatever the truth regarding these deaths, a review of the evidence about the treatment regimen's effectiveness – carried out by the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services in 2008 – found no good evidence that the Narconon programme works:

    There is currently no reliable evidence for the effectiveness of Narconon as a primary or secondary drug prevention program. This is partly due to the insufficient research evidence about Narconon and partly due to the non-experimental nature of the few studies that exist.

The claim that such detox treatments eliminate toxins from the body is, of course, easily testable. All we would need to do is define what toxin we are talking about and measure the change in levels of that toxin compared with a control group of volunteers who did not receive the detox.

But such studies are not available. Why? Do the marketing men believe in their own claims? Maybe they feel that profits and evidence are like fire and water? Or possibly the thetans have an aversion to science?

If you think that the Purif, Narconon or any other form of alternative detox eliminates toxins, you might be mistaken. Most clients have lost some money, many have lost their ability to think straight, some may even have lost their lives. But there is no reliable evidence that they have actually lost any toxins.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2012/aug/17/scientology-detox-programmes-expensive-unproven-dangerous?newsfeed%3Dtrue


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 19, 2012, 04:51:02 PM
                    Thousands of primary school kids taught by secret scientologists

                                   THE SUN

 SCIENTOLOGISTS have tricked their way into primary schools posing as drugs campaigners, The Sun can reveal.

Thousands of pupils have sat through classes inspired by the cult — while parents were kept in the dark.

The Sun has discovered anti-drugs group Narconon has even claimed the backing of some of the UK’s biggest High Street names and bagged cash from the Queen’s bank Coutts.

Our probe found that Narconon — which is inspired by the work of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — been visiting schools in Newham, East London, and Islington, North London, for four years......



Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4494592/Thousands-of-primary-school-kids-taught-by-secret-scientologists.html#ixzz23xrYrXRl


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4494592/Thousands-of-primary-school-kids-taught-by-secret-scientologists.html#ixzz23xquQG31


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 23, 2012, 01:06:39 AM
                The Church of England V Narconon and the Church of Scientology

http://www.anorak.co.uk/330953/news/the-church-of-england-v-narconon-and-the-church-of-scientology.html/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 30, 2012, 11:23:15 PM
                                         FORBES MAGAZINE

Freedom From Religion Foundation Has Standing To Challenge Clergy Tax Break - Next Stop Scientology ?

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won a round in litigation on the tax free housing allowances of “ministers of the gospel”.  Although the fight over the exemption has not been followed that closely by the media, I believe that the fallout from this case has the potential for creating a constitutional crisis.  There are quite a few people who could be affected by the outcome of this case and in the aggregate they are a pretty influential group.  According to the Hartford Institute for Relgion Research, there are 600,000 clergy serving various denominations in the United States.  Not all of them receive tax free housing allowances, but the effect goes beyond the individual clergy.  The average salary and housing package of a Protestant minister serving a small congregation – the prototypical “minister of the gospel” that was probably in the mind of Congress when they enacted the provision – is around $31,000.  Having much, often virtually all, of that be income tax free probably affects the viability of some small parishes.

The law that FFRF is challenging is Internal Revenue Code Section 107 which provides:.....

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2012/08/30/freedom-from-religion-foundation-has-standing-to-challenge-clergy-tax-break-next-stop-scientology/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on August 31, 2012, 08:46:37 AM
                                            Scientology Political Interference – Deputy Resigns

                                      scientology under investigation
    August 29, 2012
    By: David Love

With the recent patient deaths at the Scientology Rehab, Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, and Scientology well known for their covert acts and criminal convictions in several countries, the public has the right to examine crucial evidence. Narconon Arrowhead is being investigated by numerous government, health, and police entities, and it appears that Scientology may be up to their past unethical and even illegal acts to prevent their pending closure.

Court documents in the current lawsuit against Narconon of Georgia et al, have been unsealed and contain some serious issues concerning untruths and lies to the Court and Probation Officer by Narconon of Georgia executives and staff.

Here is a link to Court documents at Reaching For The Tipping Point:

Plenty to see here...

http://www.examiner.com/article/scientology-political-interference-deputy-resigns

and here...

http://www.examiner.com/video/fbi-and-senator-s-office-at-state-capitol-oklahoma


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 04, 2012, 10:43:13 AM
                      Scientology storm: Tom Cruise, bride auditions and Haggis' outrage

                                          THE L.A. TIMES


By Matt Donnelly

September 3, 2012, 3:05 p.m.

The Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise are certainly laboring this holiday weekend.

An explosive new report contends the organization auditioned potential brides for Cruise following his 2001 split from Nicole Kidman -- one that's been backed up by a famous detractor of the religion.

On Saturday, Vanity Fair magazine released a cover story titled "What Katie Didn't Know," an expose claiming an effort on the part of the church to find and vet partners for Cruise, a title that eventually went to his now ex-wife Katie Holmes.

Reportedly executed by Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, the search for a new bride began in 2004 (presumably after Cruise's split from his "Vanilla Sky" costar Penelope Cruz), with an objective to find an eligible actress in the congregation.

Those who met the criteria were told the church was filming a new training video for members, and were reportedly called in to audition for the nonexistent roles. They were asked, among other questions, "What do you think of Tom Cruise?"

PHOTOS: Famous Scientologists

A former head of Scientology's in-house media studio, Marc Headly, told the magazine that he had seen several audition tapes and implied that the line of questioning served to benefit Cruise and his religion.

"It’s not like you only have to please your husband -- you have to toe the line for Scientology," Headly said.

But Headly is nowhere near the star of this account. The article identifies an actress and former Scientologist named Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born beauty who was allegedly chosen by Shelly Miscavige for Cruise, whom he dated him for two months.

From November 2004 to January 2005, the story claims, Boniadi was placed in seclusion, given a credit card for expenses and policed heavily by church officials via Cruise. She had little contact with Tom, though the article said she'd moved in with the actor and occupied a bedroom in his house.

As things deteriorated in January, due in part to Boniadi's reported refusal to indulge Cruise in public displays of affection, she was moved into L.A.'s swanky Scientology Centre, then to an affiliated center in Florida -- where she was made to clean toilets with a tooth brush and dig ditches, the article said.

We'd call that a bad breakup. A Cruise rep is calling the whole report a lie.

"Lies in a different font are still lies - designed to sell magazines," Tom's rep said in a statement, meaning the magazine is slumming it with such fare.

The bombshell report marinated through Monday morning, when Vanity Fair got a supporter in Paul Haggis -- the Hollywood director who memorably blasted Scientology, of which he is a former member, to the New Yorker.

Haggis said he's known about Boniadi for three years, and is horrified by the church's treatment of the "General Hospital" player.

"Naz was embarrassed by her unwitting involvement in this incident and never wanted it to come out, so I kept silent," Haggis wrote in an email to Showbiz 411.

"However I was deeply disturbed by how the highest ranking members of a church could so easily justify using one of their members."

The "Crash" director also makes the dizzying accusation that Boniadi is only one example of such treatment.

"This story will draw attention because of our fascination with celebrity. Most of the others are just ordinary people whose stories, if told, would not appear in a magazine," he said, "they live in fear of retribution, legal, financial or personal, even some famous ones."

And still, one more player in the fold: Katie Holmes. The teen soap star would go on to date Cruise three months after the story says Boniadi was sent packing. The one who would marry Cruise in 2006 and divorce him only weeks ago.

She's the face smiling from Vanity Fair's cover, the same who's been bounding around New York Cityas a single mom (she and Cruise share 6-year-old Suri). Single indeed, but we'd hardly call this free.

ALSO:

Katie Holmes does her part for Dizzy Feet (by staying home)

Tom Cruise: Report of chase from hotel to helipad denied by rep

Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise reach divorce settlement (Yes, that fast)

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-tom-cruise-scientology-wife-audition-haggis,0,3843713.story


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 04, 2012, 10:42:48 PM
                                Unclean affair: Scientologists forced Tom Cruise’s ex to scrub toilets?

Published: 03 September, 2012

Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology still have secrets to keep. The actress, who was selected as a new wife for Tom Cruise, revealed in Vanity Fair magazine that the Church forced her to clean toilets after she made her love affair public.

According to the actress the Church punished her in a humiliating way. Vanity Fair says the girl was forced to
“scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid, dig ditches in the middle of the night and sell Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics on street corners.”

The church has a controversial reputation and according to the magazine launched a major campaign on finding Tom Cruise a suitable partner after he split from his wife Nicole Kidman in 2001.

After a series of auditions the Scientology church chose Nazanin Boniadi, actress and Scientologist, as a suitable partner for the star actor. She was reportedly initially told she must split from her boyfriend for the sake of “a very important mission”.

Boniadi went through a series of preparations for a month. Those included sharing intimate details of her personal life.

The two started dating in November 2004. The relationship didn’t last long and ended in January 2005, due to a confidential agreement between the Church and the actress that was apparently broken.

The trick was that Nazanin Boniadi could not tell anybody about her relationship with Cruise. According to the magazine the actress was constantly depressed as Tom Cruise was uneasy to please. Every time he was dissatisfied, he would report to the Scientology Church about his partner’s wrongdoings and she would be investigated.

Boniadi broke down after a few weeks, and revealed the reason of her distressful mood to a friend at a Scientology center in Florida.

The Scientology Church has denied the claims of the actress. “The Church does not punish people, especially in [that] manner,” Vanity Fair quotes the Church.

http://rt.com/art-and-culture/news/cruise-ex-scientology-toilet-243/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 05, 2012, 08:47:15 AM
                  FBI & Canada to Investigate Scientology Conspiracy Complaints

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?27787-FBI-amp-Canada-to-Investigate-Scientology-Conspiracy-Complaints


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 06, 2012, 08:50:41 PM
                      Alleged Agent Orange victims to get Scientology detox treatment

Published September 06, 2012

Associated Press

HANOI, Vietnam –  Alleged victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam are set to receive a controversial "detoxification" treatment developed by the Church of Scientology.

Scientologists use the "Hubbard Method" -- which involves saunas and vitamins -- to try to cure drug addiction and alcoholism. The church set up a center in New York after the 9/11 attacks offering a similar service for first responders who may have been exposed to toxins.

Many researchers have criticized the method as pseudoscientific and useless.

A hospital official and state-controlled media said 24 people were at a Hanoi hospital on Thursday waiting for the program. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. military dumped some 20 million gallons (75 million liters) of Agent Orange and other herbicides on about a quarter of former South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971, decimating about 5 million acres (2 million hectares) of forest -- roughly the size of Massachusetts.

Dioxins in it have since been linked to birth defects, though the United States maintains there is no evidence of any link between Agent Orange and health problems among Vietnamese.

"I hope my wife and I will fully recover completely and will not suffer after-effects to pass on to my descendants," prospective patient Nguyen Xuan Anh was quoted as saying in the Viet Nam News daily.

U.S. Embassy spokesperson Christopher Hodges said Washington was not funding the program and said "we are not aware of any safe, effective detoxification treatment for people with dioxin in body tissues."

Last month, the U.S. began a landmark project cleaning up toxins from the site of a former air base in Danang in central Vietnam. Part of the former base consists of a dry field where U.S. troops once stored and mixed the defoliant before it was loaded onto planes.

Washington has been quibbling for years over the need for more scientific research to show that the herbicide caused health problems among Vietnamese. It has given about $60 million for environmental restoration and social services in Vietnam since 2007, but the Danang project is its first direct involvement in cleaning up dioxin, which has seeped into Vietnam's soil and watersheds for generations.

The "Hubbard Method" is named after Scientology's founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/06/alleged-agent-orange-victims-to-get-scientology-detox-treatment/#ixzz25g5NOu3U


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 07, 2012, 07:50:33 AM
                            How Scientology's Obsession With Hollywood Led To The Religion's Crisis

                                                         Business Insider

Ashley Lutz   | Sep. 5, 2012,

For decades, the Church of Scientology has tried to recruit celebrity members.

The group's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, felt that famous people would increase the church's visibility and influence.

But now that visibility has put the church at the center of its biggest crisis ever, Tony Ortega at the Village Voice reports.

Scientology's most recent publicity crisis is the Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce. The media speculated that Katie left because she didn't want her daughter to be involved in the church.

Then, Vanity Fair reported that the church held auditions for Cruise's third wife and allegedly punished one of the candidates by making her scrub toilets with a toothbrush.

There's also the issue of John Travolta, who has been slapped with sexual harassment lawsuits from massage therapists. This led to reporting about the Scientology's alleged problem with homosexuality.

Tom Cruise and John Travolta are just the beginning of the church's scandals. Character actor Jason Beghe and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis both loudly and publicly left the church and decried its teachings.

And Narconon Arrowhead, the church's drug treatment facility, is under fire because three people died there in a nine-month period. The program was endorsed by Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.

Scientology's celebrity members brought the church notoriety. But it also amplifies its scandals.

Read Ortega's full analysis here.
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/09/scientology_tom_cruise_john_travolta_project_celebrity.php#more

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-scientologys-obsession-with-hollywood-led-to-a-crisis-2012-9#ixzz25ilGZBpk


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-scientologys-obsession-with-hollywood-led-to-a-crisis-2012-9#ixzz25il0sWor


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 08, 2012, 11:48:27 AM
                                  Investigation Into The Death of Alexander Jentzsch

Posted on September 7, 2012 by martyrathbun09 | 30 Comments

Der Spiegel magazine in Germany has published a feature article on the mysterious and heartbreaking case of Alexander Jentzsch:  Der Spiegel.  See the German to English translation at the end of this post.*

Karen De La Carriere and I – along with appropriate law enforcement agencies – are actively investigating the death of Alexander.  There are too many unanswered questions to let this matter rest.  Scientology Inc. has gone into full-scale cover-up mode in hiding the circumstances of Alexander’s untimely death.  It has taken the following extraordinary measures to keep the truth hidden:

a)   “OT VIII” Stan Gerson is a numbered OSA agent.  He is listed in the OSA spies list maintained by OSA and published on this blog,  Scientology spy network exposed.   On that list, under ’production data’ Stan is listed as ‘spokesperson at events .’  He is also listed as “trusted” by OSA.   Gerson was directed by OSA Int to send out a creepy Public Relations email broadly about Alexander’s funeral event at Scientology Inc’s celebrity center.  The event and email were  a thinly veiled ‘proof of life’ photo op for the imprisoned president of church of Scientology International (and father of Alexander) Heber Jentzsch.  The email also attempted to cover-up the plethora of questionable circumstances surrounding Alexander’s untimely death.   The funeral event itself was an attempted P.R. handling after Karen publicized that Scientology Inc promised  her that no such event would occur.

b)   The LA County Coroner has been obstructed in his investigation by Scientology Inc arranging for the representation of the man, Jeffery Thomas Evans,  in whose home Alexander’s dead body was found deceased. The lawyer Scientology assigned to Evans was the same lawyer who was retained to prosecute and silence Scientology Inc escapee Daniel Montalvo.   See this video tape where private eyes, surveilling and attempting to intimidate Daniel, tell the identity of the lawyer that retained them,  Vicki Podberesky:

See video and more here...

http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/investigation-into-the-suspicious-death-of-a-scientologist/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 11, 2012, 08:20:39 AM
Harvey Weinstein hired security to protect him from Scientology

Last we heard about Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Anderson had already shown the film to Lord Xenu’s greatest living enemy Tom Cruise and gotten his blessing. But Scientology is nothing if not a cult of insane weirdos, and it turns out they aren’t all okay with it. Apparently The Weinstein Company (who’s distributing the film) have been getting harassed and receiving weird phone calls, prompting Harvey Weinstein to hire additional security guards.

    Even though Anderson and star Philip Seymour Hoffman insist in interviews their film isn’t about the controversial religion, sources say Scientologists have been “inundating” the distributor, The Weinstein Co., with strange calls objecting to the film and are concocting plans to combat it when the film is released this week. “The Master” stars Hoffman as an enigmatic church leader and Joaquin Phoenix as an early disciple.

    Sources tell Page Six that Scientology is countering the film’s marketing by running its own ads promoting its message in places where ads and stories about “The Master” appear.

    Calls and mail from people believed to be Scientologists to Weinstein’s office have grown numerous enough that some on the film’s team have hired extra security, a source said. Weinstein had already been under close guard following a recent attempt to blackmail him by a man unrelated to the film. [NY Post]

Oooh, calls and mail, scary! Yeah, this one smacks of publicity stunt to me. A lot of us were hoping for some controversy between The Master and the notoriously litigious Church of Scientology, and maybe after that disappointing story about Cruise saying he was cool with the film, Weinstein is trying to provide it. I have a hard time believing Harvey Weinstein is scared of a few phone calls. I’ve heard Harvey Weinstein can choke you through the phone using only his mind, and when you wake up, all the money in your wallet is gone. He swallows rotisserie chickens whole and spits out the bones in baseball-sized pellets.

Read more: http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2012/09/harvey-weinstein-harassed-by-scientologists-hires-bodyguards#ixzz266HDHYft


Read more: http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/2012/09/harvey-weinstein-harassed-by-scientologists-hires-bodyguards#ixzz266Gz31X9


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 13, 2012, 03:29:13 PM
MARC ARRIGHI - PRISCA ARRIGHI DRUG ABUSE TAX FRAUDE RACKEETING PARIS PONDICHERRY

                                       : Marc Arrighi arrested in Australia

http://spiritualbeing.wordpress.com/category/prisca-arrighi/

Marc Arrighi and his wife Prisca Arrighi are using Perverted Scientology Technology to Racket people money pretending they are doing Humanitarian actions in India whereas they are convicted of TAX FRAUD in FRANCE and their association is under probe for Escroquerie en Bande Organisee.(organized crime ) in PARIS.

Marc Arrighi is always presenting himsefl under canon of Political Correctness and ethical standard. The real truth is completely different.

I know personnally Marc Arrighi since 1980 and i know really who he is and i cannot stand to stay quiet when i see the perversion of the truth he is doing.

He is a professionnal liar and manipulator.

I dont expect human being to be personnally perfect and i like them for what they are unless they are pretending to be otherwise and or presenting themself in a misleading way to adjust to the political correctness.

And i am not agains gay men unless they are pretending not to be what they really are. And i would not fight against him personnally if he was saying the truth.

That is the case of Marc Arrighi

Marc Arrighi has never been an Entrepeneur.
He has been dealing with selling door-to door serigraphy Paintings with authors right violation when he left school at the age of 16.
His corporate AJS used to rackeet people s money when doing door to door.
They targeted old ladies and emptied their purses and enforced them to buy false serigraphy at exhorbiting prices.
His mentor who showed him the business was a pedophil and die at the age of 38 in psychiatrist hospital. He was a heavy drug user.
Marc Arrighi was at that time a drug user and a drug dealer.
Marc Arrighi has been involved into homosexual acts.
His wife Prisca was an exctasy addict and distributed pills to young adults.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/organized-crime/marc-arrighi/marc-arrighi-prisca-arrighi-9b6a8.htm

And i think for that reason this disqualified them to educate young children even though it is third world countries children.

http://spiritualbeing.wordpress.com/category/prisca-arrighi

Recently he has been filed for TAX FRAUD and he is still under investigation and that is why he quit France and go to India.
It is not for Humanitarian Reason.
He owes a huge summ of Money to the French Government and he is still in 2008 under investigation and that is why he is escaping in INDIA.

He is raising fund under misleading reason on internet and in France and maybe in other countries. But the real reason where the money goes is to pay back the TAX FRAUD and he owes more than 1 million of dollars to the French Governement.

So please do not support his criminal activities in funding and in supporting his fraudulent activity even though it seems to be good heart oriented.

Golcam
paris, Alabama
France
                                               
                                    MARC ARRIGHI = Religious Freedom medal winner.

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/02/scientology_sun_14.php


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 23, 2012, 08:04:36 AM
                                 Mystery over 'empty' Scientology HQ in Birmingham

                                          Birmingham Mail

THE controversial Church of Scientology is at the centre of a deepening Birmingham mystery – with a £4.25 million Grade II listed mansion allegedly left empty for years.

The American Church, whose followers include Tom Cruise and John Travolta, has been urged to reveal its intentions for the former Pitmaston building in Moor Green Lane, Moseley.

The secretive Church bought the Moseley mansion and estate for a reported £4.25 million in September 2007 for its new Midland headquarters.

But it is understood the Scientologists have never moved into the imposing mansion and extensive grounds – and local residents are unhappy that the estate is being left to neglect.

Now the Church is being urged to come clean over its plans for the building, designed by well-known Birmingham architect Holland Hobbis and home of the Ideal Benefit insurance society for decades.

Fiona Adams, secretary of the Moseley Society, said: “It has all gone extremely quiet. None of us have heard anything.

"The Moseley Society is neutral about the Scientologists but the grounds are looking neglected and people are upset that they are not going to be looked after.

“We have been expecting another planning application, but nothing has materialised. Everybody is keen to know what is going on.”

Martin Mullaney, former Birmingham City Councillor for Moseley and Kings Heath, said: “This is a major, prime site in Moseley and it is a concern to see it being neglected. They bought the whole estate and it is just sitting empty.

“The Church of Scientology has a bad reputation, correctly or incorrectly. If this was the Catholic Church or the Church of England, at least it would be upfront and we would know what was going on. The grass is growing long at the front and it looks neglected.”

Graeme Wilson, the Church of Scientology’s UK-based public affairs director, failed to respond to a number of emails requesting a comment.

Read More http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news/2012/09/22/mystery-over-empty-scientology-hq-in-birmingham-97319-31883829/#ixzz27ENJfdnn


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on September 25, 2012, 04:47:52 PM
                           
                                   Scientology Canada Funds Drying Up

    scientology canada
    September 24, 2012
    By: David Love

An investigative reporter phoned David Love today concerning the delayed opening of what the Church of Scientology is calling “Advanced Organization Saint Hill Canada.” In 2009, the international Scientology organization purchased the former Hockley Highlands resort and is renovating it to accommodate its national administrative office, currently located in Toronto.

The massive complex, which consists of 196 acres of land and about 160,000 sq. ft. of building space, will have the capability to hold “several hundred” guests and will require 200 staff members to operate.

http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/article/964740--resort-to-become-scientology-retreat

To date, however, no trucks or vans have been seen going in or out of the new retreat to indicate that renovations have begun — only a few bags of garbage have sporadically appeared at the roadside.
Scientology Rehab, Narconon revenue drys up in Canada
Video: Narconon Trois-Rivières forced to close by Quebec Health Department

Another lame-duck Scientology purchase in Montreal has been sitting idle, with no funds to renovate the La Patrie building, which is located at 182 St. Catherine Street East and was acquired in 2007 for 4.25 million dollars.

According to Scientologist Jean Larivière in 2009, "When we bought the building, we thought it was going to be a piece of cake." However, the recession and the $4-million Ideal Org that was under renovation in Quebec City tapped local Scientologists dry. Larivière said the Montreal Church, like many others in North America, relies almost exclusively on donations, which means the Montreal Ideal Org will have to wait, but that was in 2009.

David Love filmed the idle new org earlier in 2012, and the only activity appears to be space rented out to an art exhibit appropriately entitled “Under Pressure.” Given Scientology’s charitable tax exemptions for property and school taxes, this raises question about whether the revenue this generates should be taxed.

Tracey Lindeman reported the following in 2009:

http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/realestate/realestate33.html

“Mike Kropveld, who founded Info-Sect in 1980 in Montreal to help inform those curious or concerned about new religious movements, states ‘I'd say Scientology is one of the most controversial religious groups, to say the least.’

“Founded in the mid-1970s, the Montreal Church of Scientology doesn't keep formal membership records, although Larivière pegs membership at around 1,000 active Scientologists. However, Kropveld says he suspects the number is a little inflated, citing the 1991 Statistics Canada census, which estimated there were 1,220 Scientologists in the entire country, with 210 in Quebec. In 2001, Statistics Canada estimated there were 1,525 nationwide, with 300 in the province. While times have changed, Kropveld ‘would be surprised if 1,000 people [in Montreal] considered themselves Scientologists.’

"’They claim they have more members, but we highly doubt that,’" says Montreal Anonymous chapter member Richard Rols. He says that asking a group of fewer than 1,000 people for $10-million is a tad unrealistic: ’It doesn't add up.’"

Adam Holland, an ex-Sea ORG member from Toronto who has been declared a Suppressive Person, states that the Narconon Trois-Rivières Scientology rehab in Quebec was one of the largest revenue generators for Scientology in Canada. In April 2012, the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services forced the Scientology rehab to shut down immediately — citing numerous practices that were dangerous to patients.

https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/narconon-trois-rivieres-is-closed.101820/page-20#post-2169697

Narconon had a capacity to treat up to 100 patients at $30,000 each, with a stay for each patient of approximately 3-5 months. Since the annual revenue potential was up to nine million dollars, its loss was obviously a devastating blow to Scientology’s pocket books.

Indeed, Scientology appears to be having many difficulties on a global scale, with several recent lawsuits following numerous patient deaths at the Narconon Arrowhead Scientology rehab in Oklahoma and other litigation, undoubtedly depleting Scientology’s legal war chest at an ever increasing rate.

Also, several Quebec Human Rights cases against Narconon, Scientology, ABLE International, and David Miscavige have been filed by multiple complainants and are moving forward. Another drain on Scientology resources.

https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/nn-quebec-human-rights-complaint.68901/

Once touted at millions of parishioners world-wide, Scientology’s following is now estimated at about 40,000 globally — a clear indication of another cult in failing mode.

David Edgar Love

http://www.examiner.com/article/scientology-canada-funds-drying-up


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 01, 2012, 09:52:54 AM
 TOTTENHAM Hotspur invited Scientologists in to preach to players, The Sun can reveal.

A representative of the sinister cult gave young stars a seminar on the dangers of drugs.

Scientology charity Narconon has also been boasting online how it paid visits to Bolton Wanders, Oldham Athletic and Rochdale.

Narconon’s latest newsletter describes how Scientologist Simon Gauci, 45, visited the clubs while wife Helen raised funds.

The Sun revealed last month how Narconon told how secret Scientologists working for Narconon had tricked their way into primary schools posing as drugs campaigners while parents were kept in the dark.

It has also bragged of support from a string of High Street names and bagged cash from the Queen’s bank, Coutts.

In issue 21 of the Narconon newsletter, Challenge UK, the charity says: “Over the years he (Simon) has also delivered the lecture to juniors in the following football clubs: Tottenham Hotspurs, Oldham Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Rochdale FC.

“In all he has probably reached over 20,000 children with the truth about drugs.”

Helen, also 45, is credited with bagging more than £28,599 from charitable trusts to support Narconon’s work.

Tottenham admitted last night: “The Club was given a free introductory presentation by Narconon over four years ago and we did not proceed with them."

Bolton, Oldham and Rochdale said they had no record of alleged visits by Gauci or Narconon.

An Oldham spokesman said: “The only seminars on drug education – there have been several - have been given by Sporting Chance and which were put on through League Football Education which deals with such educational matters on behalf of all clubs.

“I will be taking up the matter further with Narconon. Thank you for bringing the matter to our attention.”

Narconon uses “technologies” nurtured by the Church of Scientology - whose followers include Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta - to help people overcome addiction.

Scientologists believe humans are haunted by the spirits of aliens massacred with hydrogen bombs on Earth 75million years ago, as taught by the cult’s founder, sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard.

Narconon was founded by the late William Benitez who turned to Scientology while in prison on drugs offences.

The charity confirmed Helen and Simon Gauci were Scientologists but was unable to confirm whether prospective clients were told of their links to the cult.

A Narconon spokeswoman said: “The statements in the newsletter regarding the lectures given by Simon Gauci to juniors of various football clubs is entirely accurate.

“He is an extremely good lecturer who has probably helped hundreds, if not thousands, of British children to avoid a drug habit.

“Obviously because Narconon utilises the work of L. Ron Hubbard it is supported by members of the Church of Scientology.”

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4564629/Cult-gave-drug-talk-at-Spurs.html#ixzz27zagV747


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 02, 2012, 03:42:49 PM
                  Most Americans doubt Scientology is true religion: poll


                                             Vanity Fair

(Reuters) - Most Americans do not think Scientology is a true religion, more people would prefer to win an Olympic gold medal than a Pulitzer prize and celebrity endorsements do not carry much weight, according to a new poll released on Monday.

Seventy percent of respondents to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll said the controversial Church of Scientology, which is popular with Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, was not a real religion, but 13 percent said that it was.

Religious surveys have estimated that less than 100,000 Americans practice Scientology, which is often branded a cult by its critics.

"It's a tribute to America's tradition of religious tolerance that Scientology is accepted throughout the country," the survey noted in its analysis of the results.

The poll also showed that brawn trumped brains with 40 percent of Americans saying they wanted an Olympic gold medal gracing their mantel, while 36 percent would prefer a Pulitzer prize and seven percent wanted an Oscar.

On the home front, the Obamas were the clear choice when it came to which family children might marry into, with 19 percent choosing the presidential family compared with 18 percent for the Kennedys and the 16 percent for the British royal family.

On the weightier subject of illegal immigration, 18 percent of people questioned said that, if they saw a family trying to cross the border from Mexico illegally, they would try to help them, but 41 percent said they would report them. Thirty percent said they would look the other way.

The poll also revealed that celebrity endorsements are irrelevant, with 89 percent saying they made no difference. And despite all the focus on personal technology, 70 percent of people said they would rather lose their smart phone than their wallet.

When asked about giving up chicken or beef, 32 percent of Americans said they would have the hardest time dropping beef, while 26 percent chose chicken. Pork and lamb were far behind, but nearly a third said they could easily give up all of them.

The telephone poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,027 adults nationwide in August and had a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud.; Editing by Patricia Reaney and Andre Grenon)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/01/us-usa-poll-vanityfair-idUSBRE8901BB20121001


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 19, 2012, 08:18:23 AM

                                 Demonstration is planned as protesters target church

Thursday, October 18, 2012
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PROTESTERS from across the country will descend upon East Grinstead tomorrow (Friday) to demonstrate against Scientology.

The demonstration, which has been described on one internet forum as a "mega raid", has been planned by the group Ex-Scientologists UK and coincides with the International Association of Scientologists' anniversary weekend at its UK base at Saint Hill Manor.


photo, article here...

http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/Demonstration-planned-protesters-target-church/story-17109461-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 22, 2012, 07:17:35 AM
                                      Ex-Scientologist Warns About ‘The Cult In Your Backyard’

   
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It’s legally recognized as a religion in the U.S. and boasts A-list believers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

But another former Scientologist has spoken out against the organization, this time at an event called The Cult In Your Backyard.

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise Pictured In Iceland After Katie Holmes’ Divorce Filing

Martin Padfield – who was a devotee for 31 years– spoke at the conference on Saturday in East Grinstead, England, the same town as Scientology's UK headquarters.

The 50-year-old says he became a member of the “dangerous, corrupt and sinister cult” at 19 after being introduced to it by a builder working on his parents’ home.

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise & Suri Enjoy The Day At Disney

He soon became so devoted that he joined Sea Org – the elite unit for loyal believers. But Padfield says relocating to the International Base in Gilman Hot Springs, California was “a culture shock.”

He describes grueling work and a nine-month stint wearing a black boiler suit, working for hours in the hot sun as punishment for dozing off during a night shift.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Tom Cruise's Tricked Out SUV Made By Scientology Church Members

Padfield told The London Evening Standard: “I didn’t know where I was. I had no contacts in the U.S. outside of Scientology. I had no passports, no money and no possessions. Where I was going to go?”

But Padfield stuck with Scientology for three decades despite being expelled from Sea Org at 23 for breaking the rules and sleeping with another member.

He eventually became disenchanted and left the church in 2009. Disowned by his Scientology friends, he claims he still has massive debts after spending nearly $160,000 on courses, donations and church materials.

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A spokesperson for Scientology called Padfield  "a member of a small group of apostates who are anti-Scientologists that seek to spread false information."

The conference he addressed is another in a series of recent PR blows for Scientology, and comes just weeks after the release of The Master.

Loosely based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the film is already generating Oscar buzz for stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/10/former-scientologist-martin-padfield-warns-about-cult-your-backyard


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 22, 2012, 02:43:02 PM
                                         Christian Today


               Scientology's former devotee for over 30 years labels it cult,

                                   describes its punishment regime
Martin Padfield is the latest former Scientologist to come forward, stating that the religion is a cult.

By: Brittney R. Villalva
Christian Post
Monday, 22 October 2012,

Padfield spoke recently in East Grinstead, England, the same town as Scientology's UK headquarters, at a conference called "The Cult in Your Backyard." The 50 year-old man claims to have been an avid devotee of Scientology for over 31 years.

But after suffering a fall out with the church, Padfield has offered to come forward to offer testimony against what he now calls a "dangerous, corrupt and sinister cult."

Padfield joined the church when he was only 19, according to Radar Online. He states that he quickly became devoted and joined the SeaOrg, a unit for loyal believers. The commitment required Padfield to move to Hot Springs, California where he then experienced a major "culture shock."

"I didn't know where I was. I had no contacts in the U.S. outside of Scientology. I had no passports, no money and no possessions. Where I was going to go?" he said in an interview with the London Evening Standard.

During his time in California, Padfield describes an experience where he fell asleep while working the night shift. As a punishment, he claims he was moved to the "Rehabilitation Project Force."

The force according to Padfield, was required to wear boiler suits and do grueling hard labor.

"In practice it is little more than a punishment regime, and some have been on it for years, even decades," he told the paper. "The schedule is even more gruelling, the targets even more insane, and the punishments for slacking or missing targets could be brutal."

Padfield says that he left the church in 2009, losing any friends that he had made over the years, all of whom now refuse to talk to him.

"I've sent countless texts and voicemails pleading with them but they don't reply to anything," Padfield said, adding that he is now left with over $160,000 worth of debt that was spent on required courses in order to be a member. The church however, has dismissed all claims.

"Mr Padfield is a member of a small group of apostates who are anti-Scientologists that seek to spread false information. We know Mr Padfield was removed from Church staff in the early 1990s and has no knowledge of the Church today whatsoever," the organization said in a statement to the Standard.

http://au.christiantoday.com/article/scientologys-former-devotee-for-over-30-years-labels-it-cult-describes-its-punishment-regime/14282.htm


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 23, 2012, 04:29:10 PM
                           LEAKED: Scientology's strange and personal Sea Org application

    By news.com.au staff
    From: news.com.au
    October 23, 2012

Go here....

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/leaked-scientologys-strange-and-personal-sea-org-application/story-e6frg6n6-1226501277590


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 23, 2012, 04:41:49 PM
                                     THE SUN

The Holocaust wasn’t Nazis... it was psychiatrists
— says cult leader David Miscavige as The Sun goes inside the sinister UK lair of Scientology


Miscavige is finally being quoted in the press.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4604015/Scientology-cult-leader-claims-psychiatrists-caused-the-Holocaust-not-Nazis.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 25, 2012, 06:50:44 AM
                                 Church of Scientology launches marriage rights bid

An engaged woman has launched a ground-breaking legal bid for the right to marry in a Church of Scientology chapel, insisting she should have the same freedom of choice as any other religious believer.

 Louisa Hodkin, 23, was at the High Court flanked by her fiance as her QC, Lord Lester, attacked the refusal of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages to allow the church's chapel in Queen Victoria Street, London, to be used for marriage ceremonies.

The registrar had declined to recognise the chapel as a "place of worship" - the necessary step before marriages can be solemnised - compelling Ms Hodkin to look elsewhere for her wedding venue.

Ms Hodkin is engaged to a fellow scientologist. Lord Lester said her own brother had been allowed to marry at a Church of Scientology chapel in Edinburgh five years ago, a right which was permitted under Scottish law but denied south of the border.

"She and her fiancee both volunteer at the Church of Scientology and seek to celebrate their marriage through a legally recognised scientology wedding, surrounded by their friends, families and fellow volunteers," he added.

The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953 by L Ron Hubbard whose theory of "dianetics" is said to have underpinned its first teachings.
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Converts believe individuals have forgotten their true godly natures, which they can rediscover through years of study and meditation and the practice of spiritual "auditing".

Church of Scientology marriages are recognised in a range of different countries, including New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Australia, and church members claim the registrar's refusal is discriminatory and in breach of the 2010 Equality Act.

If the case is successful it would be a victory for the organisation, once described by a British judge as a 'cult', as it seeks political recognition.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, has previously urged councils not to grant Scientology branches rate relief granted to other religions, saying: "The Church of Scientology is not a registered charity, since the Charity Commission has ruled that it does not provide a public benefit. Nor are its premises a recognised place of worship."

"I do not believe the majority of the public would want their own council to be giving special tax breaks to such a controversial organisation."

The church, whose adherents include actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, has been accused of mistreating its members.

Lord Lester took the judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, on an extensive trawl through jurisprudence and religious history which he said demonstrated the church's credentials and scientologists' rights to marry in their own places of worship.

He described scientology as a "theistic religion", in company with many of the major world faiths, and insisted that its chapels are used for "worship".

"It is a religion which believes in a supreme being," he told the judge, adding: "As all the evidence before the registrar shows it does so in a profound way."

Scientologists acknowledge the supreme being in their services, in the same way as Roman Catholics or Baptists or Muslims, he said, and so "should be treated the same as those groups".

Some of the church's tenets were similar to those of Buddhists, involving belief in a "cycle of birth and death" and a conviction that "one can realise one's true spiritual identity through spiritual exercise and training, and so eliminate the causes of suffering".

But James Strachan, for the registrar, insisted Miss Hodkin's challenge was "misconceived".

The decision not to recognise the chapel as a marriage venue had been made under the 1855 Places of Worship Registration Act, he said, and was exclusively focused on "whether the place in question is for use for religious worship".

"It is not a conclusion as to whether or not scientology is a religion, or whether it is inherently theistic or otherwise," he told the court, insisting that the "essential ingredients" of religious worship are absent from scientology meetings.

"There is also a sermon in which they listen to a pre-recorded speech by L Ron Hubbard, and then there's a group meeting," he explained.

The legal challenge is being brought by Ms Hodkin and the Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc.

Outside court, their solicitor, Paul Hewitt, said: "At present, members of the church are not allowed to marry in accordance with their religion in England and Wales and have their marriage given legal recognition, even though they are currently entitled to do so in Scotland and many other common law countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

"'We hope this case will rectify the position."

The hearing continues.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9631211/Church-of-Scientology-launches-marriage-rights-bid.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/24/louisa-hodkin-scientology-marry_n_2009771.html?ncid%3DGEP

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scientologists-launch-landmark-legal-bid-to-overturn-unfair-marriage-laws-in-england-and-wales-8224983.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 26, 2012, 06:55:39 AM
                  Scientology gala snubs protesters with A-list guests

THOUSANDS of Scientologists gathered to mark a year of successful charitable work at an annual gala.

More than 1,500 visitors attended the charity concert at Saint Hill Manor on Friday, where this year's chosen charity was the RNLI.

Community leaders from as far afield as the United States watched as Marisol Nichols, an actress from the hit television series 24, hosted the event.

Entertainment was provided by Britain's Got Talent quarter finalists The Jive Aces and award-winning gospel singer Jesse Stevenson.

It was the 16th anniversary of the concert and receiving a cheque for £50,000 on behalf of the RNLI was Peter Tarrant, who said he was grateful for the church's contribution.

He said: "I am overwhelmed by the cheque, which will go towards the new lifeboat crew room.

"This enormous contribution will mean so much to our life-saving activities. I also love the special connection with the fact that L Ron Hubbard was himself a Master Mariner and that when he lived at Saint Hill Manor he supported the RNLI."

But the celebration did not pass completely without incident as about 20 demonstrators from across the UK and Ireland protested against Scientology outside the church.

The group gathered earlier that day in East Grinstead High Street, where they held up signs decrying the religion and used a megaphone to amplify their opinions.

Few shoppers stopped to talk to the demonstrators but intrigued retailers peered out of their windows to catch a glimpse of the protesters' messages.

The group then made its way to Saint Hill Manor to protest while visitors arrived for the gala.

John McGhee, who travelled from Dublin to attend the protest, said he had been a Scientologist until two years ago.

Protesting against his former religion, he said East Grinstead held great significance for Scientologists.

"Saint Hill was always seen as the home for Scientology in the UK – it was the dream – so to come here and now protest against it shows an amazing change and is important to me. The main reason why I came was to wake people up," he said.

A police van and CCTV unit was stationed outside the entrance to Saint Hill Manor and visitors were seen waving at the protesters, who were standing opposite the entrance. Police reported no disturbances.

http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/Scientology-gala-snubs-protesters-list-guests/story-17176822-detail/story.html


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 27, 2012, 08:18:36 AM
                      Scientology Rehab In Big Legal Trouble: Drugs, Death, And L. Ron Hubbard



Narconon, the controversial drug rehabilitation program that has been linked to the Church of Scientology, is facing its third lawsuit in as many months.
Scientology Rehab In Big Legal Trouble: Drugs, Death, And L. Ron Hubbard

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L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
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Attorneys for Shirley Gilliam, whose son died at the Narconon Arrowhead center in eastern Oklahoma last October, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Wednesday. According to the lawsuit, her 32-year-old son, Gabriel Graves, was a patient at the facility when he was found face down and unresponsive in his bed. A heroin addict suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, he had complained of headaches and vomiting but was denied pain medicine or access to a doctor before he died, according to the suit.   

Graves was one of three patients who died at Narconon Arrowhead within a year. The families of the other two patients -- Hillary Holten and Stacy Dawn Murphy -- have also filed lawsuits, the first in August and the second earlier this month.

Founded in 1966, Narconon comprises some 100 rehab centers in 44 countries around the world. The facilities employ the harsh and controversial rehabilitation methods of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, who believed drug addicts should quit cold turkey and not be weaned off drugs slowly. Reports identifying Narconon as a front group for Scientology date back more than 20 years. On its website, Narconon says that its rehab program was founded on “key principles” established by Hubbard.

However, the parents of Graves and Murphy say they were unaware of Narconon’s association with Scientology. Speaking to reporters this week, Gilliam said her son was in need of immediate help at the time he was admitted, and that she had not had time to research the facility beforehand. She said she paid an upfront fee of $35,000 for her son’s treatment.   

In an interview with the Daily, Gary Richards, the attorney who represents Gilliam and Murphy’s parents, said his clients would not have admitted their children to Narconon Arrowhead if they'd known of its Scientology connection. “When they went to the facility, they saw a picture of L. Ron Hubbard hanging on the wall, and asked directly if they were part of Scientology,” he told the Daily. “They were assured that they were not.”

Gilliam added that her son was forced to undergo five-hour saunas, vitamin treatments and exercise while he was going through withdrawal. Moreover, she claims she was told that at least one medical doctor would be on hand 24 hours a day; instead, a physician was only available once a week. On its website, Narconon says it has eight full-time nurses and one doctor on staff. 

In an open letter posted on Tulsa’s 2News website in August, Gary Smith, the CEO of Narconon of Oklahoma, insisted that the facility has not violated any laws. He said reports about the patients’ deaths are rife with “inaccuracies” and that reporters have ignored Narconon Arrowhead’s 20-year track record in which the “first 19 years of operation there were no client deaths.”

Added Smith: “Narconon Arrowhead is certified to offer non-medical detox services by the [Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse] and accredited by [the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities] and has complied fully with all applicable regulations and treatment standards set forth by these two agencies.”

Narconon claims that more than 70 percent of its patients remain drug-free after they complete the program.

An autopsy report for Graves’ death was inconclusive. According to the AP, Pittsburg County sheriff's office are still investigating all three deaths and awaiting the final autopsy and toxicology reports for Murphy.

Gilliam is seeking $75,000 in damages.

http://www.ibtimes.com/scientology-rehab-big-legal-trouble-drugs-death-l-ron-hubbard-854852


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on October 29, 2012, 06:26:14 AM
                        Kazakhstan eyes banning scientology

Scientologists’s activities may be banned in Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports citing the press-service of Kazakhstan Agency for Religious Affairs.

“Based on the foundation documents of Almaty Scientology Church and Medeu Scientology Church, Kazakhstan Agency for Religious Affairs submitted a negative statements to the justice authorities following a religious expert check,” the press-service writes.

According to the press-service, Kazakhstan Justice Ministry will take the final decision on banning or permitting the activities of these religious institutions. The terms of resolutions on such issues are normally three days.

Kazakhstan has just finished re-registration of all the religious institutions in the county that slashed their number by one third. Besides, the classification of Kazakhstan’s confessions was improved. This allowed to define their exact number: not 46 but 17. 16 out of 48 non-traditional organizations have been re-registered. The remaining 32 will be liquidated in court based on statements of Kazakhstan Justice Ministry.

For more information see: http://en.tengrinews.kz/religion/Kazakhstan-eyes-banning-scientology-14021/
Use of the Tengrinews English materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to en.Tengrinews.kz


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 04, 2012, 08:47:56 AM
                          News From England - re: cos right to marry

    Can someone local inform the court in a proper manner?

  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9631211/Church-of-Scientology-launches-marriage-rights-bid.html

    Louisa Hodkin, 23, was at the High Court flanked by her fiance as her QC, Lord Lester, attacked the refusal of the Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages to allow the church's chapel in Queen Victoria Street, London, to be used for marriage ceremonies.

    The registrar had declined to recognise the chapel as a "place of worship" - the necessary step before marriages can be solemnised - compelling Ms Hodkin to look elsewhere for her wedding venue.

    ....MORE

This is so funny. Quote:

    Lord Lester said her own brother had been allowed to marry at a Church of Scientology chapel in Edinburgh five years ago, a right which was permitted under Scottish law but denied south of the border.

Why this is funny is that the Scn org in Edinburgh is called "HAPI", the Hubbard Academy of Personal Independence. They have never used the C-word in the name.

Paul

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?29201-News-From-England-re-cos-right-to-marry



Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 08, 2012, 10:22:16 PM
                                Scientology makes few waves in Israel
The Associated Press
Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 4:07 am

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Church of Scientology has apparently found one place where its presence doesn't set off alarms, protests and demonstrations, and that place is one of the world's most religiously fraught countries — Israel.

In August, Scientology opened a gleaming new headquarters in the ancient port city of Jaffa, part of Tel Aviv. Since then, visitors and the curious have streamed through with no incidents.

And this in a country where Jews and Muslims harbor clashing claims over the same holy sites, sometimes sparking violence, and competing Jewish streams disparage each other openly and often.

Scientology has confronted charges in many countries that it is a dangerous cult that brainwashes its followers and confiscates their assets. Its leaders deny that.

"Like any new religion, people have misconceptions and much doubt, but we simply use logic to think life out for ourselves and are taught to question and debate everything," said Sefi Fischler, the church's spokesmen in Tel Aviv.

According to its website, Scientology believes man is an immortal spiritual being with unlimited capabilities. Its practices include spiritual counseling.

Created by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, the Los Angeles-based movement claims millions of members worldwide, including celebrities like actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta. It has been blamed as the catalyst behind the well-documented breakup of Cruise and his ex-wife Katie Holmes.

Germany, France and Russia are among the governments that keep a close eye on Scientology, and court cases have been filed against the church in some places.

In contrast, there hasn't been much public opposition in Israel.

While a 1987 Israeli parliamentary commission declared it a cult, the practice of Scientology in Israel is legal. The new headquarters has some 200 staff and claims to serve thousands.

Eytan Schwartz, a spokesman for Tel Aviv's mayor, said the new center is a testament to Israel's spirit of religious tolerance.

"Within just a few blocks of the center, you'll find numerous synagogues, several mosques and churches, 4,000 years of Abrahamic monotheistic religions expressing themselves," he said. "The Scientology center is simply showing that Tel Aviv is one of the most pluralistic cities in the Middle East."

"When it comes to all we strive for, for freedom, to be included and embraced by one's fellow man, there is no group that better bears these marks than Scientology," Mohammed Kaabia, the prime minister's adviser on Bedouin Arab affairs said in a statement issued by the Scientology center.

Kaabia and another representative attended the August opening, but the prime minister's office has since distanced itself from the event, saying the two officials were not there in an official capacity, attending as individuals invited by an anti-drug organization.

Despite the lack of public protests at its new center, the church has no shortage of detractors. A group of Israeli Scientology defectors, claiming corruption within the church, started a breakaway center in the northern city of Haifa.

Yad L'Achim, an Israeli anti-missionary group, criticized the government for what it said was too warm a welcome.

"Politicians have diplomatically welcomed the center, because politics is all about being nice," says Daniel Asor, a spokesman for the group. "Scientology is a cult, and this is a dangerous development."

Israeli movie director Erez Meshulam said the presence of the new center is disastrous. "Scientology ruined my marriage by convincing my wife, in return for thousands and thousands of dollars, that her soul could be cleansed," he said. "I fear this means more people will be fooled."

Church officials dismiss such criticism as baseless.

Fischler said the center hopes to bridge gaps among religions in the country. He noted its anti-drug and literacy efforts and outreach programs to prison inmates.

"Now with the building open, we can invite everybody in and show them who we are," he said.

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID%3D/20121108/AP01/311089967/-1/LIVING


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 09, 2012, 07:26:36 PM
                      DeKalb judge sanctions Narconon of Georgia

Victory for family of drug treatment patient

 By Jodie Fleischer

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

The family of a man who died while under the care of a local drug treatment facility won a huge court victory this week.

DeKalb County State Court Judge Stacey Hydrick issued sanctions against Narconon of Georgia, finding the program's director lied under oath and hid evidence.

"There's really nothing else that a judge can do that's stronger than what the judge has done here," said attorney Jeff Harris.

Harris is representing the family of Patrick Desmond, who died in 2008 after trying heroin for the first time.

Desmond was enrolled in Narconon of Georgia for alcohol addiction, but got drunk with a housing monitor, and left with two program flunkees. Later, the Desmonds found out the Gwinnett facility is only licensed as an outpatient program.

"It breaks my heart. He wasn't cared for. I feel the whole place was just a total fake scam," Patrick's mother, Colleen Desmond, told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer in September. "We were assured all along the line, this was an inpatient situation."

During our investigation, we even caught Narconon's parent organization, Narconon International, advertising the program as residential on its website. The Desmonds say the Georgia program director, Mary Rieser, lied to them.

In September, Rieser disputed that saying, "I will never knowingly accept somebody here if I know they've been ordered inpatient, because we're not."

But Judge Hydrick's ruling says in hearings, Rieser's "responses were patently false," that Narconon of Georgia "repeatedly and willfully obstructed the discovery process," and even "falsely denied the existence of clearly relevant, responsive documents and information."

"If you can't get those documents and can't get that evidence, you can't prove your case. The only way to make the punishment fit the crime is to basically deem the case as being admitted as true," said Harris.

The judge ordered Narconon of Georgia's response to the initial complaint stricken from what the jury will be able to consider. That means the facility's attorneys cannot deny that it misrepresented itself, that it operated an illegal residential facility, and that negligence led to Patrick Desmond's death.

Harris says the ruling for sanctions is so strong, lawyers often refer to it as the civil-case version of the 'death penalty.'

It doesn't bring Patrick back, but his parents say they don't want any other families misled.

"At the end of the day, they've still lost their son. But all they really wanted in this case was justice, and I think we're getting a lot closer to getting that," said Harris.

He said he will still introduce evidence to prove the level of damages he wants to the jury to award. He will also have to prove the claims made in a second complaint, which alleges racketeering, or a pattern of activity by Narconon of Georgia for financial gain.

Narconon of Georgia could still appeal the judge's ruling for sanctions before the trial in February, or after the verdict.

Fleischer's investigation also exposed how state inspectors had failed to crack down on the program for more than a decade.

The Department of Community Health has since opened a new investigation to review all of the evidence from the court case, including this new finding by the judge.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-judge-sanctions-narconon-georgia/nS2mB/


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 11, 2012, 09:52:29 PM
                     
               Protesters gather against Scientology rehab center Narconon of Georgia

    Narconon protest Georgia
    November 10, 2012

Public outcry from across North America, has once again gathered protesters in front of another Scientology rehab center. This time Narconon of Georgia faces off of with protesters from several States following the death of Patrick Desmond in 2008. Protesters are intent on bringing attention to all the recent deaths at Narconon Georgia and Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma over the past few years, including three fatalities in 2012.
On August 25th this year, 40-50 protesters stood in front of Narconon Arrowhead with large signs, a loud speaker, and voices that bent many a staff and media ear. Several TV News stations filmed the colorful event and interviewed some of the grieving families.

https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/august-25th-narconon-arrowhead-protest.104061/

...............Plenty more here...

http://www.examiner.com/article/narconon-of-georgia-faces-protesters-today


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 13, 2012, 07:13:38 AM
                                       Scientology Makes Few Waves in Israel

By LAUREN E. BOHN Associated Press
TEL AVIV, Israel November 8, 2012 (AP)

 The Church of Scientology has apparently found one place where its presence doesn't set off alarms, protests and demonstrations, and that place is one of the world's most religiously fraught countries — Israel.

In August, Scientology opened a gleaming new headquarters in the ancient port city of Jaffa, part of Tel Aviv. Since then, visitors and the curious have streamed through with no incidents.

And this in a country where Jews and Muslims harbor clashing claims over the same holy sites, sometimes sparking violence, and competing Jewish streams disparage each other openly and often.

Scientology has confronted charges in many countries that it is a dangerous cult that brainwashes its followers and confiscates their assets. Its leaders deny that.

"Like any new religion, people have misconceptions and much doubt, but we simply use logic to think life out for ourselves and are taught to question and debate everything," said Sefi Fischler, the church's spokesmen in Tel Aviv.

According to its website, Scientology believes man is an immortal spiritual being with unlimited capabilities. Its practices include spiritual counseling.

Created by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, the Los Angeles-based movement claims millions of members worldwide, including celebrities like actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta. It has been blamed as the catalyst behind the well-documented breakup of Cruise and his ex-wife Katie Holmes.

Germany, France and Russia are among the governments that keep a close eye on Scientology, and court cases have been filed against the church in some places.

In contrast, there hasn't been much public opposition in Israel.

While a 1987 Israeli parliamentary commission declared it a cult, the practice of Scientology in Israel is legal. The new headquarters has some 200 staff and claims to serve thousands.

Eytan Schwartz, a spokesman for Tel Aviv's mayor, said the new center is a testament to Israel's spirit of religious tolerance.

"Within just a few blocks of the center, you'll find numerous synagogues, several mosques and churches, 4,000 years of Abrahamic monotheistic religions expressing themselves," he said. "The Scientology center is simply showing that Tel Aviv is one of the most pluralistic cities in the Middle East."

"When it comes to all we strive for, for freedom, to be included and embraced by one's fellow man, there is no group that better bears these marks than Scientology," Mohammed Kaabia, the prime minister's adviser on Bedouin Arab affairs said in a statement issued by the Scientology center.

Kaabia and another representative attended the August opening, but the prime minister's office has since distanced itself from the event, saying the two officials were not there in an official capacity, attending as individuals invited by an anti-drug organization.

Despite the lack of public protests at its new center, the church has no shortage of detractors. A group of Israeli Scientology defectors, claiming corruption within the church, started a breakaway center in the northern city of Haifa.

Yad L'Achim, an Israeli anti-missionary group, criticized the government for what it said was too warm a welcome.

"Politicians have diplomatically welcomed the center, because politics is all about being nice," says Daniel Asor, a spokesman for the group. "Scientology is a cult, and this is a dangerous development."

Israeli movie director Erez Meshulam said the presence of the new center is disastrous. "Scientology ruined my marriage by convincing my wife, in return for thousands and thousands of dollars, that her soul could be cleansed," he said. "I fear this means more people will be fooled."

Church officials dismiss such criticism as baseless.

Fischler said the center hopes to bridge gaps among religions in the country. He noted its anti-drug and literacy efforts and outreach programs to prison inmates.

"Now with the building open, we can invite everybody in and show them who we are," he said.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/scientology-makes-waves-israel-17669471#.UKFJqYbF170


Title: Re: Scientology in the news
Post by: Ididntcomeback on November 21, 2012, 06:41:58 AM
                               Former Scientology Officials Detail Daring Escape

Posted: Nov 20, 2012 8:28 AM by Janine Reyes


CORPUS CHRISTI - Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley, Kirstie Alley, and John Travolta are all celebrities who practice Scientology. It's a belief system surrounded by secrecy and criticism. One of its former leaders now lives in Ingleside on the Bay and many former members have gone to him seeking he