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Dec 31, 2009 Three of Scientology's elite parishioners keep faith, but leave the church — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
Recent high-profile defectors, Climbing The Bridge: A journey to "Operating Thetan'', Scientology's response Nov 30, 2009 Infinite Complacency: Paul Schofield´s Letter
Paul David Schofield described how Scientology was complicit in the cover-up of child sexual abuse – and how he helped them hide the truth about the deaths of his own daughters. [...]
Nov 24, 2009 Infinite Complacency: The Detheridge letters
Nov 19, 2009 Former Scientologists allege abuse, intimidation — The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)
FORMER members of the Church of Scientology have made explosive allegations about forced abortions, child abuse and financial extortion, prompting calls for a parliamentary inquiry. Letters tabled by independent senator Nick Xenophon reveal claims of vulnerable people preyed on by a coercive and ruthless organisation that punished and shamed dissenters by physical incarceration, withholding food or intimidation. But the Church of Scientology hit back, arguing the claims came from seven ''disgruntled former members who use hate speech and distorted accounts of ...
Nov 17, 2009 Xenophon hits out at Scientology — Australian Associated Press (AAP)
Australian Associated Press (AAP)
INDEPENDENT senator Nick Xenophon has accused the Church of Scientology of being a criminal organisation.
The South Australian parliamentarian said he had been contacted by a number of former Scientologists, after he questioned the organisation's tax exempt status in a recent television interview.
"They have provided long and detailed letters to me about the workings of this organisation," he told the Senate.
"These people rightly see themselves as victims of Scientology."
Senator Xenophon said their correspondence implicated the organisation in a ...
Nov 5, 2009 Blown for Good / Behind the iron curtain of Scientology (book) - 18 The great outdoors — BFG Books
Oct 30, 2009 Liddy Show: Exposing Scientology
Oct 27, 2009 Infinite Complacency: The Court's Ruling
Oct 23, 2009 Nighline: How Scientology attracts celebrities — ABC News
Oct 20, 2009 School drops program due to ties to church — Washington Missourian (Missouri)
Washington Missourian (Missouri)
Union public schools will not participate in a crime prevention program due to its link to the Church of Scientology. Crime Free Missouri, founded by Union veterinarian Dr. Ava Frick, is an anti-drug campaign with the intent to "educate about the hazards and pitfalls and misconceptions around drugs; street drugs, alcohol, inhalants, and prescriptions." The program includes literature and drug take-back programs associated with Crime Free America. Union High School Principal Dennis Lottmann said Union Police school resource officers (SROs), and ...
Oct 6, 2009 Scientology's hidden tragedies — Woman (IPC Media, UK)
Sep 27, 2009 Travolta's Scientology turning point? — The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast
The actor’s public acknowledgement that his son, who died in January, was autistic has former Scientologists convinced that he will leave the church—which they say has little tolerance for chronic conditions.
When John Travolta took the witness stand last week and testified that his late son, Jett, was autistic, it came as a grim relief to some former Scientologists.
“Wasn’t that amazing?” said a fallen-away church member after Travolta appeared in an extortion case that followed the death of his 16-year-old ...
Aug 29, 2009 Scientology: crisis in France — The Guardian (UK)
The Guardian (UK)
It claims to be one of the world's fastest-growing new religions but a battery of legal cases threaten its very existence in this secular country In a small Normandy village, surrounded by wheat fields, Gwen Le Berre keeps a Scientology "electrometer" machine in his bedroom. He opens the large green briefcase and peers at the machine inside. It looks like a lie-detector from an old TV cop show and Le Berre doesn't really understand how it works — he just knows ...
Jul 30, 2009 Church of Scientology denies John Travolta too scared to leave — Herald Sun (Australia) More: news.com.au
Herald Sun (Australia)
THE Church of Scientology has angrily denied that high-profile follower John Travolta allegedly blames it for not being able to prevent his son’s death. Tabloid reports earlier this week claimed Travolta had become a “bitter recluse” after the death of his son Jett, 16, who was believed to have suffered from autism. Britain’s Mail on Sunday claimed church insiders had said Travolta bitterly regretted adhering to Scientology’s teachings when treating his son's condition and had threatened to quit the secretive church. ...
Jul 25, 2009 Is John Travolta cracking up? It's not just grief - and guilt - over his dead son that are tearing the actor apart — Daily Mail (UK)
Daily Mail (UK)
Dead of night, and on a deserted Florida landing strip, the silence of the oppressively hot early hours is broken by the low whirring of an electric golf cart, driving lazy circuits.
At the wheel is a bulky, lone figure, hunched forward over the controls as he tries to kill time during another long, sleepless night.
It is a sight that has become something of a regular occurrence in recent weeks, as Hollywood star John Travolta acts out his bizarre nocturnal ...
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