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Report by Mike Krotz
On Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, a quiet and respectful candlelight vigil took place in Clearwater, in memory of Lisa McPherson. Present were myself and "Charlie." Others were there in spirit, I know many wanted to be there but for many reasons could not attend.
I noticed that I was being watched by a person stationed on the 2nd floor balcony of the Ft. Harrison for the entire time I was standing alone on the corner. After Charlie arrived, the person on the balcony seemed to be busy on the cell phone, and was soon joined by two others. I was more than a little amazed at this obvious over-reaction to two people with candles.
As the intent of this vigil was to honor Lisa and not to make a scene or statement, we had no signs and handed out no fliers.
We concluded with a walk up the sidewalk and back again across the street on the West side of the Ft. Harrison. We had discussed that as being the last thing to do before ending the vigil, and as we talked at the corner after the walk, both of our candles were blown out by the wind. We took that as a good omen and ended the vigil.
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| Los Angeles, California
Report by Tory Christman (Bezazian)
Today a bunch of us gathered in LA to have both a picket, and then a vigil in honor of Lisa McPherson, who died at the hands of Scientology and their medical malpractice.
People had flown in from 3 different states, so we were all happy to meet each other. We met at the Sizzler at noon, and enjoyed lunch together. Mark Bunker joined us for lunch and later helped film our Candlelight vigil.
All in all we were in full about 10 people, from four different states. We decided to begin picketing by the HGB (Hollywood Guarantee Building) where Int Management is.
As we strolled back and forth people gladly stopped and took our flyers. Many told us they already knew how bad Scientology is, so we suggested they pass on the flyers to others.
A highlight for me was speaking to two 19 year olds for about 20 minutes. They were amazed, but interested. I told them to read up and find out for themselves, and make up their own minds.
While we were talking, I guess Benetta Slauter Came up to Jeff Jacobson
who was holding the big Xenu.net sign. She told him he never really knew
Lisa. He was amazed to see her. I told him later that is always what we
used to say to people.
We stayed out in front of the Int building for two hours, picketing, passing out flyers, and just talking with people. I am always amazed at how many people dislike Scientology. (When you're in, they constantly tell you, and I thought, that most of the world likes them, and it's just a handful of people who do not. Nothing .....NOTHING>>>>could be farther from the truth!)
From there we headed down to the Scientology Testing Center. Barb and Richard had come up from Riverside, and Jeff was here from Phoenix. A few ot hers had come from different areas and this was their first picket. Each one did a great job of talking to people, and exposing the abuses of Scientology. Then there were the regular critics......OH NO!!! I just remembered something> One of them gave me a bag of goodies to give out at my party after...and I got so busy getting things ready for the party, I totally forgot! DOH!! Well, we'll give them out at the next party. Sorry, but I promise I will!
As we walked back and forth, I knew two of the "OT's" handing out flyers promoting the Free Personality test. One used to be (and may still be) the ED of LA org. She and her friend just laughed at me, saying "Oh Tory....." as I walked up. "Oh Tory?" Do they have ANY clue why I left? Do they even see it as weird that they don't even want to ask why? Naaawwwwww....who needs to? They know it all! Sure.
Kay Connally (head of PR, esp. for L. Ron Hubbard) was there running the Winter Wonderland. She sneered at me. I finally said, "Hi Kay". She turned around and said, "I thought I told you last year not to hurt the kids". I told her, "I'm not hurting any kids. What you said last year is YOU would get my money back that Scientology owes to me, and you still have not." She ran off while I was saying that. They can always dish it out, but never take it.
Also, Barb and I decided since the sign said, "All public welcome" that we may as well get a shot of us at their Winter Wonderland. It should be posted sometime tomorrow. :)
We stayed there for about one more hour, and then took a break, after cruising up Hollywood Blvd. Many of their neighbors thanked us....and surprisingly many people told us quite seriously that we NEEDED to come do this more often.
Finally as it turned dark, we headed back to the HGB for the Candlelight Vigil for Lisa. We each lit our candles, and said something in honor of this lovely woman who died so needlessly.
May she rest in peace, and hopefully our day of communication will help others not get snagged up in this 'religion' where you can get in, but you can't get out!
As the day ended, I had the gang over to enjoy food and drink. More people arrived to share in the night of chatting, discussions, drinking and eating good food.
In honor of Lisa........PEACE.
| Los Angeles, California
Report by Jeff Jacobsen
I don't have much to add but will just give my thoughts. Like usual we were sorta unorganized, but that's just the way we are. We finally all met for lunch, then took off to picket. The Life Exhibit building seems to be one of the best places because lots of publics go by for leafleting and conversations. The Big Blue and Celebrity Center mostly have Scientologists, who never want to talk anyway (they do like to harass, though). We started trickeling into the Life Exhibit sidewalk and began leafleting and holding our signs. Our newbie picketers were enthusiastic flyer distributers, so I think we handed out maybe 400 total for the day. I stood near the building holding my sign with Lisa's photo and one side of the WWW.XENU.NET banner (you can see the banner at www.primenet.com/~cultxpt/demo.htm). Suddenly and without warning, a woman was standing in front of me yelling that I had no right to speak about Lisa McPherson because I didn't know her. After a few seconds I realized it was Bennetta Slaughter, Lisa's former boss. I said "hi, Bennetta" but she kept ranting for a few more seconds then huffed off down the street. I said as she was leaving "I know exactly what happened to Lisa" since we have the Clearwate police report, the Scientologists' logs, the autopsy photos, etc. This, however, was the only confrontation by Scientology the whole day. Normally they call the police on us and the cops say "you know the drill, don't block the sidewalk, etc." The candlelight vigil was done kind of spontaneously mostly, except for the guy who decided to argue with us, then as he was leaving said "I'm glad she's dead." Tory's party was fun and good socializing was had by all. I then headed toward home, dropping off a picketer along the way. Thanks to the newbie picketers!
| Los Angeles, California
Report by Anonymous
At L. Ron Hubbard Life Center three young men started to question a picketer about Scientology. They were taking pictures of other picketers at the same time. They said "we are not Scientologists." After while they disappeared across the street and into a building.
In the life center upstairs in the Sea Org Headquarters people stood looking at us, all on the phone. What's with all the picture taking from inside? Is this a first step to becoming an OT? Is excercising our right to gather and assemble peacefully being portrayed as if we need to have picture taken? After while, it looks like a cell phone and camera commercial!
A policeman did come to check the cars parked right out front. Too bad, we had all parked legally.
Before Bennetta Slaughter came, she stood with about 6 people across the street by Sea Org building. I didn't recognize her. She was thin with heavy makeup. She stormed back across the street after confronting Jeff and walked away with the others. With a long coat and swift departure, she carried herself like Cruella DeVille.
A man shared that his brothers girlfriend joined Scientology and now she does not allow the brother to speak to the family anymore.
Quite a look befalls people who hear about Xenu for the first time.
The response of passerbys was overwhelming. As we walked to our cars a long plain van marked with L Ron Hubbard Life Center was just unloading a family with kids who were whisked into the Sea Org entrance.
The life center building is very tall. Behind the building by the Sea Org door was a fence with a locked gate and rolling barbed wire across the top.
A man appeared at the candle vigil agitated and intrusive. He demanded answers like he had his shoulder chipped. How do those strangers know trs out of the blue is amazing.
A kind elderly man stood listening to our words as we lit candles for Lisa McPherson in front of the Hubbard Life Center building.
In memory of Lisa McPherson, the day was well worth the effort. Freedom of speech cannot be reduced or removed to cover up injustice. Removal of freedom of speech is a form of enslavement. People should not be led to pay for that form of freedom in the guise of a democratic society much less under religious umbrella. The baited paradox of it all.
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| London, UK
Report by Jens Tingleff
In memory of Lisa McPherson, eight international SPs gathered outside
the Tottenham Court Rd org to give the criminal organisation known as
the "church" I had left my camera at home, so I spent the time handing out leaflets.
After having had the attendant police warn off an over-eager Sea Ogre,
I distributed probably a good one hundred leaflets. I found that all I
had to do to get rid of leaflets was to say "a-GAINST $cientology," and
I'd get a smile and an occasional taker for the leaflets.
John R did his usual unrelenting stint at the microphone, and we had
enough leafletters to hold our own against the clams.
The clams, lying institutionally as per procedure, were using their
usual leafletting tactics of either standing in people's way and thrusting
the free-doom rubbish into their hands, or stand by and weakly say "free
magazine?" Since they've un-learned the ability to communicate with anyone
about anything, it's not surprising that they're incapable of simply stating
what the glossy rubbish being handed out was about.
In spite of the seriously chilly winds, we held out for long enough
to pretty much run out of leaflets, and we repaired to the local pub for
some much needed warm flat beer.
I had left my camera at home, so I spent the time handing out leaflets. After having had the attendant police warn off an over-eager Sea Ogre, I distributed probably a good one hundred leaflets. I found that all I had to do to get rid of leaflets was to say "a-GAINST $cientology," and I'd get a smile and an occasional taker for the leaflets.
John R did his usual unrelenting stint at the microphone, and we had enough leafletters to hold our own against the clams.
The clams, lying institutionally as per procedure, were using their usual leafletting tactics of either standing in people's way and thrusting the free-doom rubbish into their hands, or stand by and weakly say "free magazine?" Since they've un-learned the ability to communicate with anyone about anything, it's not surprising that they're incapable of simply stating what the glossy rubbish being handed out was about.
In spite of the seriously chilly winds, we held out for long enough to pretty much run out of leaflets, and we repaired to the local pub for some much needed warm flat beer.
| London, UK
Report by Dave Bird
Quite a nice Lisa McPherson day demo here. Currently my trains to London run on an indirect route, to a less convenient station in the capital, and to add insult to injury the time I planned on was cancelled when I got there so half an hour wait. Still, I arrived around 1300 at the usual pub. Present were Dave, Jens, John, Roland, Hartley, Martin Poulter, Peter Lucey, "I P Freeleigh", Duke the Dog, and last but not least David Gerard who has an English parent and has come to live and work in London.
It was very cold for this time of the winter, and one or two un-gloved people pressed for an early finish after two hours. The Org had an xmas tree and had picked up on our trick of giving out helium balloons... though they didn't print "Scientology" or "Drug Free Marshalls" or anything on them, and they weren't very practised (they did the obvious trick of taking a big bundle by the far ends of the ribbons which looks very stylish, until you realise you can't separate one from the bundle to hand it out).
Two or three police were present throughout, but they mostly policed watching from inside the warm slot-machine arcade and drinking cardboard cups of coffee. One clam was a bit out of order, he came pushing into our lines and leaning over the sound system: eventually the police simple told him "your lot on the shop side of the pavement, picketers on the road side of the pavement."
Other than that it was a fairly mild demo. The clams obviously wanted to look nice and fluffy with the balloons and a sound system playing dance music or carols, and I hadn't really got the heart to tear into them. John did most of the slogans on the mic; I was one of several leafleters. Obviously we didn't try to make it a festive event being as we were marking someone's untimely death, but that issue didn't seem to figure much with the Org. It was nice to get together and spend a good long time exchanging notes afterwards. Then by train back to Birmingham. All in all, it was another grand day out.
| Toronto, Canada
Report by Keith Henson
Dec 7 Chris Wood, Ron Sharp, Arel and I picketed the org on Yonge St from about 1 pm to 4. The picket was dedicated to the memory of Lisa McPherson who died after 17 gruesome days in the hands of scientology in 1995.
The picket went long because we found scientology had closed the side street and were exploiting Christmas using a number of org children singing carols. So in spite of the cold we stayed till they were closing up. The flyers went faster than normal because the street crowd had a lot of new people in it (Christmas shopping). A remarkable number of the people I talked to already knew of LRH's "there was no Christ" quote.
Since my vantage was across the street perhaps those who were up front can add to this post.
| Toronto, Canada
Report by Christopher Wood
Picketers: Me, Keith Henson (up the road), Arel Lucas, Android Cat. David Palter spotting me early on. Granfalloon walking by to say hi.
Leaflets: Is this Hubbard's Science?/What Judges Say (I'll copy fewer ones next time, still handing one run of these out), Arel had some Xenu leaflets, and whatever Keith had.
I arrived at Starbucks on time - and was earlier than everybody else again. David Palter showed up after ten minutes of waiting. Eventually, since it was almost time to picket and nobody else had showed up, I got David to watch my back for the first little while.
The cult was doing its "good roads and fair weather" bit - their Xenumas (hehe) open house was on, and the cult's Drug Free Marshalls front group had a display outside. They had a popcorn cart, body routers, and had blocked off a bit of Saint Mary Street with a stage and some kids stuff at the back. The inside of the org was an open house.
I picketed for a while, with David Palter handing out the odd leaflet behind me. Eventually that awful suppressive person Keith Henson (who can't complete a cycle of action, and so was late) and Arel Lucas showed up by Starbucks, but eventually made their way to their accustomed picketing spots.
Android Cat showed up a bit later, and then we were four.
Arel decided to picket down the sidewalk closest to the org - which the cult obviously didn't like. She got 'asked' by the off-duty police officer the cult had hired (maybe after reading my picket announcement? who knows?) not to picket on the org side of Saint Mary - was saying something about how Scientology had a permit, and they could exercise some modicum of control over who walked there (obviously not using those exact words). Arel pointed out that other people were walking there, and the police officer said yes, but they didn't have signs. Obviously there's some problem here in realizing that people with signs have the same rights as people who don't have signs. Arel didn't actually challenge this by picketing up the side of the org again, but it strikes me that the next time I'm at the org I shall picket wherever I have the legal right to do so.
I noticed that finally there was somebody who had a worse time than picketers with the wind - the Scientologists with the popcorn and balloons. Whenever a gust of wind and the generosity of the popcorn server coincided, invariably a puff or two would leak out. They kept sweeping, so the sidewalk remained largely clean. The Scientologists with the balloons were nice enough to attempt to restrain the balloons from blowing against our signs - not that it always worked, though.
Despite the happy Xenumas display, enough passers-by were clued in about the veracity of the org's Xenumas show that they made a few pointed comments - Lisa McPherson (so the news has spread), the Crowleyan cross, and so forth.
As an aside, the Drug-Free Marshalls were looking mighty cold. The garb of the season was a DFM sweatshirt and hat. Some of them had gloves and scarves, but when they were singing on the stage they didn't have coats, and some were obviously shivering. All the adults were wrapped up warmly. I hope those kids (some were pretty young) at least got to wear thermal underwear, because just jeans gets a bit cold on the knees around this time of year. Was it really so important to have them dressed all in DFM kit rather than be warm? Interesting value judgement.
At about 4:00 darkness was creeping in and the crowd was thinning out. We finished up and ran for the warmth of central heating.
I got pictures, and assuming they were any good I shall no doubt post them as late as I usually do.
Post-picket points to ponder:
I heard one of the Drug Free Marshalls saying "cigarettes aren't included - they're not a drug" to a passerby. Come again? Funny that he should say that - the 52 Division drug sample display right in front of him (with a disclaimer that the samples were mockups, not the real thing) clearly had a cigarette on display in the lower right-hand corner.
I actually heard one of the Drug Free Marshalls use the term "body routing", as he took over leafleting duties. So it's not offering a pleasant open house, it's routing raw meat into the org? Fascinating. (Of course, do tell me if I'm taking this the wrong way, will you?)
People in Avenue Road Roofing jackets don't want leaflets. Not surprising, since ARR is one of the more noticeable WISE ( World Institute of Scientology Enterprises ) companies in Toronto.
| Prayer for Lisa
Translated by Joe Cisar (not literal)
Prayer for Lisa McPherson on Saturday, 7 December 2002 at 12 noon in the Nikolai Church in Leipzig Liturgy: Rev. Christian Führer, Leipzig and Rev. Thomas Gandow, Berlin ORGAN OPENING MUSIC Rev. Führer: SALUTATION Rev. Gandow: (Information about the Prayer for Lisa McPherson in the Nikolai church Leipzig on 12.7.2002) On December 5, 1995 a "Church of Scientology" vehicle drive up to the New Port Richey Hospital north of Clearwater, Florida. The driver explained to the doctor on emergency duty that he had a seriously ill woman. What he had with him, however, was only a body in bad condition. The woman was emaciated and dehydrated. Her body was covered with bruises, sores and cockroach bites. The only thing the doctors were able to do was to make a finding of death for Lisa McPherson, who had been a Scientologist from age 18 to 36, when she died after being held by Scientology in isolation for 17 days. Two and a half weeks prior, on November 18, 1995, McPherson was involved in a minor auto accident. Lisa was not wounded. While the emergency workers made preparations to depart, she ran to the emergency vehicle, ripped off her clothes and pled for help. Bonnie Portolano, a kind emergency worker, asked Lisa what was wrong and why had she removed all her clothes, to which Lisa replied that she wanted people to think she was crazy because she needed help. Bonnie said they talked about help and what had gone wrong, along with much else. Lisa was reported to have said the Scientology Organization (SO) found out she had done something wrong, but she herself did not know what it was. Bonnie took Lisa into the ambulance, covered her with a blanket, sympathetically asked her about her problems and talked more with her. Bonnie reported, "She said literally, 'I need someone to talk with.' I am a medical technician. I told her that I could not stay with her, but th at I could bring her to another place where people would listen to her. 'You can speak with them there. Is that what you want?'" Bonnie brought Lisa to a hospital that had psychiatric services available. But things stopped there. Lisa's place of work had been notified. Soon thereafter two Scientologists arrived at the hospital and explained that Lisa did not want to have anything to do with psychiatry. They took Lisa with them to get her "rest and relaxation." Little is known of what happened to Lisa McPherson in Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel between November 18 and December 5. - It is certain that she was being treated with an "Introspection Rundown," in which none of her tenders were to speak with her or answer her questions. - In a state medical examination, her death was spoken of as an extreme case of dehydration. It was said that Lisa McPherson had received no water for 5 to 10 days prior to her death. - Scientology pressured the mother of the deceased to cremate the body as soon as possible. The mother was told Lisa had gotten sick in the afternoon and had rapidly deteriorated, then was brought to the hospital, that it was fast-acting "meningitis." Although the Introspection Rundown records submitted show that isolation and the silent treatment were used against Lisa in accordance with the rules, SO attorney Elliot Abelson contested it being an Introspection Rundown that Lisa was treated with. From his point of view, the death of the Scientologist was the result of her being in a "suicide mode" when Scientology took her under its care. He said she spent 17 days in a very beautiful hotel room without television, but with room service, and that she had the choice to come and go. Criminal proceedings against the local Scientology branch (FSO) were dropped after Lisa's "tenders" had already been granted immunity from prosecution to break through the "wall of silence." Today the family is still looking for an explanation for Lisa's death, and this includes a civil lawsuit that is still in process. Today, on Saturday, 7 December 2002, people all over the world, wherever Scientology is active, are being invited to silent vigils and to memorial services. This, as in six previous years, is to remember the death of Lisa McPherson and pray for those victims who, in their search for total freedom, have found death as victims of a malicious totalitarian organization. - We have read in the newspapers about the isolation inflicted by and the punitive camps in Scientology. - We know that people die there. - We know that the Scientology Organization (SO) try to silence their critics with libel, litigiousness and physical force. - We know that Scientology maintains its own secret service, the Office for Special Affairs (OSA), to combat and eradicate critics. People today can no longer say they didn't know it. Human freedom and dignity are not threatened only by states or by state infringements. Prisons and intelligence agencies are also operated by private organizations, including here in Europe, with [personality] disintegration measures [implemented] not by the Stasi, but by OSA. Today, on this international day of remembrance for Lisa McPherson, we, as Christians, want to pray for justice and for God's peace for the victims of Scientology. Let us not forget to pray for ourselves, either, that we may receive hope and courage, for the courage to guard our human freedom and dignity and the freedom and dignity of all on earth as if it were our own. for the hope that more people and more politicians will gain the courage they need to resist tyranny, wherever tyranny appears, and in spite of the threats and promises accompanying it. ViSP: Rev. Thomas Gandow, Dialog Zentrum Berlin, Heimat 27, 14165 Berlin HYMN (in German) EG 7: O Heiland, reiß die Himmel auf Herab, herab, vom Himmel lauf ! Reiß ab vom Himmel Tor uns Tür, Reiß ab, wo Schloß und Riegel für 3. O Erd', schlag aus, schlag aus, o Erd', Daß Berg und Tal grün alles werd' O Erd', herfür dies Blümlein bring, O Heiland, aus der Erden spring. 4. Wo bleibst du, Trost der ganzen Welt, Darauf sie all' ihr' Hoffnung stellt ? O komm, ach komm vom höchsten Saal, Komm tröst uns hie im Jammertal. 5. O klare Sonn', du schöner Stern, Dich wollten wir anschauen gern. O Sonn', geh auf, ohn' deinen Schein In Finsternis wir alle sein. EINGANGSVOTUM Führer: The peace of the Lord be with you. We are holding this service in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit to remember people who are victims of new totalitarianism by psychocults. Gandow: We remember people who today are still being exploited and tormented by psychocults. Führer: We remember people who are still being insulted, pressured and extorted by psychocults. Gandow: We remember people who are still being systematically subjected to libel to silence them by psychocults. Führer: We remember people who have been driven to their deaths by psychocults. As representative of these, we call to mind the death of the German Konrad Aigner and the financial ruin of his family, the tragic death of the Frenchman Patric Vic, and especially Lisa McPherson who, seven years ago on December 5th, met her death after 17 days in Scientology custody. GOSPEL of the coming Sunday, Luke 21: 25-28 lector: Mrs. Prass Jesus said: And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption is drawing near.
INTRODUCTION TO PRAY Gandow: We put in our prayer before God the destinies of all people who are waiting for freedom and salvation. In particular today, we ask consideration for all those suffering unjustly in state prisons and in punitive and concentration camps all over the world, as well as for those in private punitive and reeducation camps, and in the isolation arranged by Scientology in Europe and American, for all those who are prevented from leading lives of physical wholesomeness, human dignity, self-determination and freedom. We also pray for all victims of terror and tyranny, of violence and force, whose blood cries to God from the Earth. FÜHRER: So we pray today in memory of Lisa McPherson (....) Canon EG 21: Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. FÜHRER: Lord, we remember this young woman, Lisa McPherson, who is now with You, despite the many case supervisors and the OSA guards outside her door. She stands before You in the company of Patric Vic, Konrad Aigner and all the others who, in the search for Total Freedom, have found Death as the victims of a malevolent organization. Gandow: Lord, You have known Lisa from the time she was born. You know about her yearning for love and recognition, her sorrow at her brother's murder and her father's suicide; her joy at speaking with people, her happiness in dancing, her ambition to perform well, and her readiness to devote herself fully. Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. Pfr. Führer: Lord, You know that: She wanted to be free from the agonizing memories of the death of her father and brother and from the terrible "why." She wanted to clear up all her problems. She dreamt of being "clear", of shaping her own destiny, free from the shadows of her past. For that she worked hard, for that she earned much money, and for that she paid much money. Gandow: You know, how seriously she took the Scientology technology; but we also hear from friends who knew her that she stayed human in an inhumane system, and tried to help others, even when her kindness was to her own disadvantage. Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. Führer: You know, for how much she had to sell her personal dignity to move forward on the Bridge of self-salvation: her life was organized down to the most intimate details according to the absurd regulations of a science fiction and horror story author; she had to write knowledge reports for the greedy eyes and folders of the OSA intelligence agency about herself and her friend; About every kiss and each tender touch: when, where, how often, and for how long. Gandow: Lord, in this world of violence, confusion and false paths You do not pronounce those guilty who get lost and go down the false paths in their search for the path of freedom, but rather those who exploit and abuse, seduce and ruin those people. Therefore forgive them and also us: for our attempts to handle others, for our false superiority, for our common and our Scientology betrayal of our fellow man, for our common and our Scientology knowledge reports, for subjecting ourselves to structures and organizations, for our attempt, by total discipline and demands for obedience in advance, to obtain a part of total control and power over our fellow man. Forgive us for our pride and our sin of playing God. Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. Führer: Lord, You know, how she collapsed in despair when her super-human Scientology abilities came tumbling down after a traffic accident like a house of cards You know, that she stripped herself naked in confusion only to display her helplessness only to find help at last. And after she had found the help of a good Samaritan and was so close to professional assistance, Scientology did not let go of her, but fetched her from the life-saving station. Like an abused wife who must return to her tormentor, so the organization got back its victim with false promises. Instead of aides and protectors, she found guards and tormentors. Instead of consolation - isolation. Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. Gandow: Lisa felt remorse at taking her eyes off an object - but she was only being used to prove Hubbard's absurd claims. Lisa wanted to find herself - instead she found the "Introspection Rundown" Lisa wanted to dance - instead she was tied to her bed She wanted to talk with someone - but she could only talk to herself She was hungry for a friendly word - instead of that she had silent overseers, who were forbidden to talk to her, who stuffed her mouth with sedatives When she no longer wanted to be Clear - she was drugged and sedated with Benadryl and Chloral Hydrate. Führer: Lord, Lisa sought only help and protection. There were not enough protectors and Samaritans in the hospital and too many personnel on watch in the Fort Harrison Hotel, in room 174 and outside her door; Sometimes there were more guards than were needed, to hold Lisa down when she defended herself. There was also a woman guard who herself broke down and cried. Lord, you know that: While she was guarded and tormented, and rendered powerless with drugs, her Scientology friends plundered her bank account. Only after 17 days in the Fort Harrison Hotel tormented and defiled, covered with bruises and abrasions, already bitten by cockroaches, was she brought - dead - to a hospital. As her body, at the wish of the Scientology organization was immediately cremated, - they told Lisa's family that she had died of infectious meningitis - Scientology looters went through her residence, wrote checks from her account, stole her clothes, and plundered the estate. Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. Gandow: Lord, hear us! Now they are taunting their victim, by describing their injections of drugs as "spiritual sustenance" and religious treatment. Lord, her tormentors took down only a few sentences of what Lisa said. They did not understand them. It was not important for them. The words, indeed, came from inside Lisa. But You know everything that she said. Let us also understand what Lisa meant when, on the third day of her captivity she spoke of light - completely contrary to Hubbard's teachings, whereby light is a trap of deception that only leads to an implant station - Lord, let us understand what it means, when she, contrary to all she had learned for 13 years, said: "You have to follow the light, as light is life." Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. Führer: Lord, Lisa only wanted someone with whom she could speak as one speaks with a friend. Now speak with Lisa and all who despair in their isolation, Wipe their tears away. Send them people as friendly protectors like angels. Be a merciful Protector and Helper, where people fail. Answer Lisa's and our questions, "For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." [Ps. 36,10]. Raise your heads and look up, because your salvation approaches, because your salvation approaches. Führer: OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN. Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done On Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power And the glory. Forever and ever. Amen. BLESSING HYMN (in German) 16: Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen, der Tag ist nicht mehr fern. So sei nun Lob gesungen dem hellen Morgenstern! Auch wer zur Nacht geweinet, der stimme froh mit ein. Der Morgenstern bescheinet auch deine Angst und Pein. 4. Noch manche Nacht wird fallen auf Menschenleid und -schuld. Doch wandert nun mit allen der Stern der Gotteshuld. Beglänzt von seinem Lichte, hält euch kein Dunkel mehr. Von Gottes Angesichte kam euch die Rettung her. --- Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 06:32:17 EST Dear Rev. Gandow: On behalf of the family of Lisa McPherson, please let everyone know that they greatly appreciate those who continue to observe the tragic death of Lisa McPherson. Their prayers go out to all of you. Thank you, Ken Dandar Attorney for the Family of Lisa McPherson --- - the above is not a literal translation - for non-commercial use only - visit http://cisar.org
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