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Sep 20, 2004 Scientology: Church now claims more than 8 million members — Deseret News
The Church of Scientology is 50 years old this year, having survived its skeptics and detractors, an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and John Travolta's box-office flop, "Battlefield Earth," based on a science fiction novel by the church's founder L. Ron Hubbard.
The church's 50th anniversary makes it a young religion as far as religions go but also attests to its staying power.
According to Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles, the church now claims more than 8 million members in ...
Jul 18, 2004 Scientology's town — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Jul 16, 2004 Church of Scientology back to the future — Business First of Buffalo
Business First of Buffalo
The Church of Scientology's new Buffalo headquarters is a work of love.
A lot of love.
When the doors opened on the historic Main Street building last November, it marked both the completion of a cycle for the late-1800s building and a new chapter for the religious order. That both intersect, is in itself, sort of divine intervention with everything lining up the right way at the right time.
"You could say we've put the building back to its original use," ...
May 16, 2004 Lure of the celebrity sect / During an exclusive tour of Scientology's Celebrity Centre, Jamie Doward quizzed personnel about the church's teachings — The Observer (London, UK)
The Observer (London, UK)
For a second or so the needle proceeds smoothly along the dial. I watch its progress while clutching two can-shaped metal devices, wired to the small machine housing the dial. Suddenly, the needle jerks violently. 'What was that?' asks Janet Laveau, head of the UK Office of Special Affairs, the Church of Scientology's PR machine. I'm disturbed and temporarily impressed - the needle jumped just as I was thinking of a friend who is seriously depressed. How could the machine 'know' ...
Apr 6, 2003 Inmates did renovation work at Scientology church — Buffalo News
Buffalo's Church of Scientology, soon to be forced from its downtown church for a new city parking ramp, turned to Erie County prison inmates to help get its new Main Street home ready. A crew of six inmates from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, dressed in orange prison jumpsuits and guarded by corrections officers, spent the last month helping with interior renovations in the new Scientology Church at Main and Virginia streets. The inmate crew arrived before 8 a.m. ...
Mar 1, 2003 The art of Scientology — The Dominion Post
Jul 5, 2002 Face/Off — Critic (University of Otago)
Critic (University of Otago)
Critic: Are you guys a cult? Mike Ferris, Public Relations Spokesperson, Church of Scientology of NZ: Depends on what you mean by a cult. Every religion in its forming stage was considered to be a cult, pretty much. Critic: You guys aren't in your forming stages though, you've been around for fifty years. You claim to be the only major religion that's emerged out of the twentieth century. So, are you a cult? Ferris: Not in the derogatory sense, no, we ...
Dec 5, 2001 Spain acquits Scientologists of conspiracy — Los Angeles Times (California)
Los Angeles Times (California)
MADRID — A Spanish court has acquitted 15 members and employees of the Church of Scientology of charges of criminal conspiracy, closing a case dating back to 1984. Prosecutors had brought additional charges, which included tax fraud and endangering public health, but after the trial began in February, the Madrid Provincial Court threw out all but the conspiracy charge. On Monday, the court rejected that charge as well. It said there was no evidence to support prosecutors' allegations that drug rehabilitation ...
Dec 4, 2001 Scientology followers acquitted — Seattle Times
MADRID — A Spanish court yesterday acquitted 15 members and employees of the Church of Scientology on charges of criminal conspiracy, closing a case dating to 1984. The court said there was no evidence to support prosecutors' allegations that drug rehabilitation and other programs sponsored by the church in Spain amounted to illicit gatherings aimed at activities such as bilking people of money. The Church of Scientology has 10,000 members in Spain. It is officially classified as a lay association with ...
Jun 1, 2001 France arms itself with legal weapon to fight sects // Law to shield the vulnerable worries main churches — The Guardian (UK)
The Guardian (UK)
France has become the first country in the world to introduce specific legislation aimed at controlling the activities of cults. The objective is to combat the 175-odd movements of a quasi-religious nature considered a danger to society. The Scientology movement and the Unification Church of the Rev Sun Myung Moon immediately denounced the bill - endorsed almost unanimously on Wednesday by national assembly deputies - as anti-democratic and in breach of human rights laws. Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders have expressed ...
Sep 1, 2000 The Fort Harrison Hotel // Past, present and future — Tampa Bay Magazine
Feb 29, 2000 Report urges dissolution of Scientology church in France / Europe: Panel calls group a danger to the public and a threat to national security — Los Angeles Times (California) More:
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