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Jun 30, 2010
Book Review // Scientology By James R. Lewis (Editor) [date unknown, somewhere in 2010] — International Journal of Cultic Studies (ICSA)
Type: Press
Source: International Journal of Cultic Studies (ICSA)
Scientology By James R. Lewis (Editor) New York: Oxford University Press. 2009. ISBN-10: 019533149; ISBN13: 9780195331493 (hardcover), $35 ($29.92, Barnes&Noble.com, Amazon.com). 464 pages. Editor James R. Lewis claims that his volume, Scientology, is unlikely to please anyone who “engages in the Scientology/anti-Scientology conflict, which is perhaps as it should be” (p. 5). In reality, it is most likely to please persons who take an uncritical view of Scientology. Contributors to this book make diverse comments about the Church of Scientology, but ...
Jun 30, 2010
Neighbor of Portland chapter of Church of Scientology: A strip club — Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
Type: Press
Author(s): Aaron Spencer
Source: Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
The Portland chapter of the Church of Scientology this month purchased the Sherlock Building, where it plans to move. But something about the location of the building sticks out: It's across the street from a strip club. Namely, it's across the street from a male nude strip club called Silverado. The club is ostensibly gay (a rainbow flag hangs outside its door), but straight women also go there. I called the president of the Portland chapter of Scientology, the Rev. Steven ...
Jun 29, 2010
'Taxpayers shouldn't fund abuse': ex-Scientologists — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Kirsty Needham
Source: The Age (Australia)
FORMER members of the Church of Scientology have told a Senate committee of the "ruthlessness" of the church and its judicial system, and argued it should not be eligible for tax-free status. "Australian taxpayers should not be funding systematic, organised abuse," said Janette Vonthehoff, who claimed her passport was taken from her and she was forcibly prevented from returning to Australia from the United States when she was eight weeks pregnant, because the church ordered she must finish "training". Sydney tax ...
Jun 29, 2010
Blanchiment: un scientologue en examen — Agence France Presse (AFP)
Type: Press
Source: Agence France Presse (AFP)
Un ancien responsable de la scientologie dans le sud de la France a été mis en examen en début de mois pour blanchiment et travail dissimulé à Nice, pour avoir proposé à des entreprises des montages fiscaux qui pourraient être illégaux, a-t-on appris aujourd'hui de source judiciaire. L'homme, âgé de 53 ans, a été mis en examen pour "blanchiment" et "travail dissimulé", et remis en liberté contre le paiement d'une caution de 25.000 euros, selon une source proche du dossier, confirmant ...
Jun 29, 2010
Inquiry hears Scientology cash siphoned overseas — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Type: Press
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
A parliamentary inquiry has heard claims the Church of Scientology leaves members to fund local charitable activities out of their own pockets, as it siphons donations to church officials overseas. The Senate committee was formed after Independent Senator Nick Xenophon raised concerns about Scientology, and proposed changes to tax law that would require religions to pass a public benefit test in order to be exempt from income tax. The Church of Scientology says the bill is being used as a platform ...
Jun 29, 2010
Parliament of Australia Senate // Inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010: Day 2
More: aph.gov.au, aph.gov.au, Nice compendium @ OCMB
Jun 28, 2010
Getting his life back: Haiti quake survivor who got prosthetic leg in New Haven is following new career path — New Haven Register
Type: Press
Author(s): Amanda Pinto
Source: New Haven Register
NEW HAVEN — Five months ago, Ralph Gedeon was lying trapped beneath a pile of rubble when the engineering college he attended in Port-au-Prince toppled in the 7.0 earthquake that hit the island nation. His leg was crushed and several organs were failing when his father, after digging for a day and a half, rescued Gedeon from the tumbled remnants. Miraculously, on Sunday, the earthquake survivor stood on two legs — one of them a prosthetic — and packed his bags ...
Jun 28, 2010
Parliament of Australia Senate // Inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010: Day 1
More: aph.gov.au, aph.gov.au, Nice compendium @ OCMB
Jun 28, 2010
Scientology says it's just like Salvos — Australian Associated Press (AAP)
Type: Press
Author(s): Gabrielle Dunlevy
Source: Australian Associated Press (AAP)
The Church of Scientology has compared itself to The Salvation Army, while defending its benefit to the community in a Senate inquiry. The organisation was scrutinised by an inquiry into legislation proposed by independent senator Nick Xenophon, which would require religious groups to prove what public benefit they provide, before getting tax breaks. Its representative, Virginia Stewart, told the committee its members lent a hand in times of disaster and promoted drug-free messages. "The church believes the proposed bill is inherently ...
Jun 22, 2010
Scientology 'offended' by tax evasion accusation — Advertiser (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Sam Rodrigues
Source: Advertiser (Australia)
THE Church of Scientology says allegations it is using Adelaide as an off-shore base for its international operations to avoid paying tax are "offensive". An investigation by Channel 7's Today Tonight reporter Bryan Seymour alleged to have uncovered a ploy used by Scientology to dodge tax obligations in the United Kingdom and eight European countries. Mr Seymour said he had details of how the Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc registered those operations in South Australia, to a Cowandilla address, ...
Jun 22, 2010
Should the Church of Scientology in your local authority (UK) receive a reduction in Business Rates?
More: link
Type: Opinion
Author(s): Roland Rashleigh-Berry
Introduction This document is aimed at local government bodies in the UK faced with requests from Church of Scientology entities for business rates reductions or who are making a reapplication for the same. The author of this document is an ex-Scientologist who was a member of the Church of Scientology for five years and so is aware of the practices and beliefs of the Church of Scientology as well as their pricing structure. The author has no legal qualifications. Reference will ...
Jun 22, 2010
Today Tonight: Scientology tax — Channel 7 (Australia)
More: Youtube part 1, Youtube part 2, Statement from Church of Scientology, forums.whyweprotest.net
Type: TV
Author(s): Bryan Seymour
Source: Channel 7 (Australia)
It's alleged Scientology has avoided paying tax in the United Kingdom by claiming it is run out of South Australia. In Britain, the Church of Scientology is supposed to pay tax on the millions of pounds it brings in each year. Now, the organisation has been accused of claiming its entire UK operation is part of its Australian outfit. Here, Scientology is recognised as a religion and does not pay tax. It's alleged the church is using this, combined with some ...
Jun 19, 2010
Letters to the Editor // Saturday letters: The realities of Scientology are being distorted — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Once again you try to paint an ugly picture of a religious movement that has helped hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people lead happy and successful lives. So let me address your latest falsehoods. My experience in Scientology has been incredible. I have been a member of the Church of Scientology since 1973. I met and married my husband while working for the church. I have raised two sons in the church. They are both practicing Scientologists. ...
Jun 15, 2010
Editorial: Scientology's family-friendly image contrasts with pressure for abortions — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Among the beliefs listed in the "Creed of the Church of Scientology": "All men have inalienable rights … to the creation of their own kind" and "no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly." Yet a very different picture emerges from women who became pregnant while working for the church. They relate painful stories of intimidation, shaming, shunning or outright coercion by the church until women agreed to abortions or were ...
Jun 14, 2010
She fought Scientology for the child they wanted to abort — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Church of Scientology's response
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Twenty years ago, when Natalie Hagemo was 19, pregnant and working for the Church of Scientology, she couldn't wait to be a mother. She was near the end of her first tri­mester, she says, when colleagues in Scientology's military-style religious order, the Sea Organization, began pressuring her to get an abortion. Two high-ranking officers said terminating the pregnancy would allow her to keep working. They berated her when she said no. Supervisors told her to hide her expanding belly lest co-workers ...
Jun 13, 2010
Inside Scientology: No kids allowed — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: Church of Scientology response, Church spokesman Tommy Davis' letter to the Times, Declarations from Scientology members
Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Childs, Thomas C. Tobin
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Laura Dieckman was just 12 when her parents let her leave home to work full time for Scientology's religious order, the Sea Organization. At 16, she married a co-worker. At 17, she was pregnant. She was excited to start a family, but she said Sea Org supervisors pressured her to have an abortion. She was back at work the following day. Claire Headley joined at 16, married at 17 and was pregnant at 19. She said Sea Org supervisors threatened strenuous ...
Jun 12, 2010
Church of Scientology: The Headley lawsuits — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Former Scientologists Claire and Marc Headley are suing the Church of Scientology in separate actions in federal court in Los Angeles. Marc Headley, 37, alleges he was the victim of unfair business practices, labor law violations and forced labor, or human trafficking, during his 15 years in the church's Sea Organization. Claire Headley, 35, alleges the church forced her to have two abortions during her 13 years in the Sea Org. She also claims working conditions at the church's international management ...
Jun 12, 2010
Scientologists to spend £2.5million turning hotel into church for 'tens of thousands' — The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
SCIENTOLOGISTS are planning to spend £2.5million on renovating the Royal Fleet Hotel and employ 150 staff to run it. In a detailed interview with The Herald, Church of Scientology members also said they expected 'tens of thousands' of people to visit the Devonport site each and every year. It follows news earlier this month that the church had bought the historic 110-year-old Morice Square site for £1million. Graeme Wilson, a Church of Scientology public affairs director, said people in Devonport had ...
Jun 12, 2010
Scientology and abortion — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Type: Press
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Church of Scientology does not take a position on abortion. However, the subject comes up in the writings of church founder L. Ron Hubbard, which the church regards as sacred scripture. Scientology counseling seeks to rid the mind of "mental image pictures" or "engrams" created during painful moments in one's past — including previous lifetimes and time spent in the womb. Hubbard expressed concern about the "prenatal child" and how the emotional traumas of "attempted abortion" can cause problems after ...
Jun 9, 2010
Church of Scientology to open new HQ in Moseley — Birmingham Mail
Type: Press
Author(s): Andy Richards
Source: Birmingham Mail
THE Church of Scientology is set to open its new multi-million pound Midland headquarters in Moseley within weeks. The well-known Grade II-listed Pitmaston building, in Moor Green Lane, was snapped up by the church for £4.25 million two years ago. It has made the former insurance offices into the headquarters for its Midland operation because a rocketing membership has seen it outgrow premises in Ethel Street, Birmingham. The church, which has previously denied accusations that it is a cult, lists Hollywood ...
Jun 8, 2010
Church of Scientology buys Sherlock Building — Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
Type: Press
Author(s): Aaron Spencer
Source: Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
The Church of Scientology last week completed the purchase of the historic Sherlock Building in downtown Portland. The church purchased the building for $6.4 million. Portland-based Butler Brokers managed the sale. The Sherlock Building, at 309 S.W. 3rd Ave., is six stories and 61,430 square feet. It was built in 1894 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church purchased the building from Seattle-based Urban Renaissance Group, which bought the building in 2007 for $9.75 million. The ...
Jun 8, 2010
Scientology takes hold in India — Global Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Mridu Khullar Relph
Source: Global Post
A controversial religion has gripped India with its business principles and self-help routine. NEW DELHI, India — In India, where the most popular psychology books include such titles as “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Who Moved My Cheese,” there's a new self-help guru in town: Scientology. Founded in 1954 by United States science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology is the religion of Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Isaac Hayes, claiming a worldwide ...
Jun 8, 2010
The Church of Scientology of Portland says old digs don't work, buys bigger digs downtown — The Oregonian (Portland)
Type: Press
Author(s): Janie Har
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
The Church of Scientology of Portland is moving into a larger building at Third and Oak. Community affairs director Gwen Barnard said the 12-story Stevens Building at 812 S.W. Washington Street, which the church bought in 2008, lacks the open space needed for a chapel and architects couldn’t make it work. The church purchased the 6-story Sherlock Building at 320 S.W. Oak Street for $6.4 million from the Urban Renaissance Group, an investment partnership based in Seattle. Office space on floors ...
Jun 5, 2010
Private property // Divine development sites — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Marc Pallisco
Source: The Age (Australia)
THE Uniting Church is continuing to offload prime real estate. It can expect to make about $6 million from the sale of a church, hall and car park (above) at 12-14 Spring Road, Malvern, near the Toorak and Armadale borders. The 3033-square-metre site, which is zoned residential 1 and has two street frontages, is expected to make way for a medium-density residential project, given the push to build up, instead of out, as per the government’s Melbourne @ 5 Million planning ...
Jun 4, 2010
What really goes on behind the scenes
Type: Account
Author(s): John Peeler
I was an MAA at the Int base, including Chief MAA for several years between 1990-2000. I was also the De-PTSer for the entire base for a couple of those years in Qual Gold. I was fully hatted as an MAA and an Ethics Specialist. I was trained to do metered Ethics interviews, Ethics E-Meter Checks, Rollbacks, Sec Checks and PTS Interviews. My Full Hat even required me to study the Brainwashing manual written by LRH as well as sections of ...
Jun 3, 2010
Church of Scientology buys historic Ybor Square — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
More: tbo.com
Type: Press
Author(s): Kathy Steele
Source: Tampa Tribune (Florida)
TAMPA - The Church of Scientology is poised to become steward of perhaps the most iconic brick-and-mortar symbol of this fabled cigar town's history — a move that could signal a greater presence for Scientologists just outside downtown Tampa. The church recently purchased Ybor Square for about $7 million, records show. The three-building complex at 1911 N. 13th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues, is the former home of what was once the largest cigar factory in the world. Built in ...
Jun 3, 2010
Scientology's list [Unofficial English translation] — L'Espresso (Italy)
More: Original article in Italian
Type: Press
Author(s): Tommaso Cerno
Source: L'Espresso (Italy)
Secret lists seized at the sect's Torino chapter. Dozens of files containing the names of members and even enemies: politicians, judges, journalists Officially, he has never existed. He is a follower like all the others, a Scientology staff member who ministers to the souls of the richest and most controversial sect on the planet. In reality, however, his job is more delicate. He is part of Department 20, a parallel structure on which the security of the church founded by Ron ...
Jun 2, 2010
Iconic Royal Fleet Hotel to be turned into Scientology church — The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
DEVONPORT'S iconic Royal Fleet Hotel has been sold to the Church of Scientology. The Herald has learned agents representing the hotel's owner — Midlands-based businessman Kailash Suri — completed the sale of the historic building on Friday. Last month, Mr Suri announced the hotel was set to close, 18 months after he bought it promising a multi-million-pound makeover. He claimed the Morice Square building was losing money "drastically". But yesterday, Mr Suri, the Church of Scientology and property consultants King Sturge ...
Jun 2, 2010
Scientology probed over underpayment claims — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
More: Statement from the Church of Scientology, Revised statement from the Church of Scientology
Type: TV
Author(s): Steve Cannane
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating the Church of Scientology over allegations it has grossly underpaid staff members. A number of former employees of the church have told ABC's Lateline they were only paid a few thousand dollars per year for full-time work and had to resort to welfare payments to survive. Janette Lang, who worked for the church for seven years, says the most she was paid in a year was $3,114 in 2001. She was second in charge of ...
Jun 1, 2010
Industrial inspector probing Scientology — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
The industrial inspectorate has confirmed it is investigating the employment practices of the Church of Scientology. Fair Work Ombudsman Nicholas Wilson told a Senate estimates hearing it had looked into the controversial religious group but declined to give details. It is understood opposition frontbencher Eric Abetz wrote to the ombudsman in March with the idea of an inquiry. The inspectorate has subsequently interviewed Scientology members along the east coast of Australia to establish whether they are being properly remunerated for their ...
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