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Earliest ⇓ Jul 5, 2011 Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Product Description Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of “volunteer ministers” offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels ...
Mar 16, 2011 Supervisor tables plan to modify picketing ordinance — Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA) More: nctimes.com, lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com, swrnn.com
Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA)
RIVERSIDE — In the face of continued criticism, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone Tuesday temporarily tabled his proposal to amend an anti- picketing ordinance to make it less restrictive, leaving the current restrictions in place.
Early last month, the Board of Supervisors tentatively agreed to revise Ordinance 884, which prohibits “targeted residential picketing” closer than 30 feet from a person's home.
Stone sought to drop the distance to 3 feet.
The board was scheduled to formally adopt the change Tuesday.
Mar 16, 2011 Why Celebrities Love Scientology — AOL Moviefone More: blogs.villagevoice.com
Over the weekend, notorious Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard celebrated what would have been his 100th birthday. The former science-fiction writer (born March 13, 1911) founded the religion Scientology in 1952 as a successor to his self-help series, 'Dianetics.'
Since then, Scientology has gone mainstream with the aid of big-name celebrity believers like Tom Cruise and John Travolta. But while Scientology's association with movie stars has gained it publicity, it's also revealed outlandish, dangerous and cult-ish aspects that leave many wondering ...
Mar 15, 2011 Scientology finally moves into Ybor Square — Creative Loafing (Tampa, Florida)
Creative Loafing (Tampa, Florida)
Last May the Church of Scientology purchased the V.M. Ybor Cigar Factory, better known as Ybor Square, for approximately $7 million. The only two tenants that remain in the Square now are the longtime popular Italian food eatery Spaghetti Warehouse, and CL, which resides directly upstairs from the restaurant in what is known as the old Warehouse Building. Yes, that means CL is now cutting our rent checks to the church. On Sunday, more than 2,000 people converged at Ybor to ...
Mar 10, 2011 De l'aide au devoirs inspirée par la scientologie? (Homework Help for Schoolchildren or Scientology Courses?) — Le Journal de Montréal More: ocmb.xenu.net
Le Journal de Montréal
[Contributor note: unofficial English translation below french article text]
MONTRÉAL - Le centre d’aide aux devoirs l’Académie Phénix, de Longueuil, offre plus que du soutien scolaire aux enfants. Le centre et son directeur, Gilles Léonard, affirment pouvoir régler les problèmes de déficit d’attention sans recourir au Ritalin, selon une enquête de l’émission JE à TVA.
Et ce, grâce aux méthodes d’enseignement d’«Applied Scholastics», développées par le fondateur de l’Église de Scientologie, L. Ron Hubbard.
L’équipe de JE s’est présentée munie d’une ...
Mar 10, 2011 Katie Holmes' lawyer on defamation suit: 'We need to do something about this now.' — Law.com
Katie Holmes filed a $50 million libel lawsuit on March 1 against American Media Inc., the publisher of Star Magazine, after the tabloid published an article in its Jan. 31 issue insinuating that she had a drug addiction. The headline of the cover story was "Addiction Nightmare — Katie Drug Shocker! — The Real Reason She Can't Leave Tom," referring to husband Tom Cruise. The article inside the magazine described the actress's alleged dependence on e-meters, which the Church of Scientology ...
Mar 7, 2011 4thoughtTV - How relevant is Scientology to twenty-first century Britain? — Channel 4 (UK) More: 4thought.tv, 4thought.tv, 4thought.tv, 4thought.tv, 4thought.tv, 4thought.tv
Channel 4 (UK)
[Contributor notes: Series of 5 minute TV shorts called 4though.tv about various faiths. The whole week from 7th March to 13th March 2011 is taken up with the subject of scientology, pro and against. See alternate/complimentary links to each episode.]
0248 Lizzy Calcioli How relevant is Scientology to twenty-first century Britain
This programme will appear online shortly after broadcast Monday, 07 March 2011 19:55
More about Lizzy Calcioli
Scientologist Lizzy Calcioli gave birth to her five children according to the ...
Mar 6, 2011 Inside the Church of Scientology [Melbourne, Ascot Vale] — Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)
Inside the Church of Scientology
What's the Church of Scientology all about? Sunday Herald Sun reporter Hamish Heard joined to find out.
AFTER barely an hour in the Church of Scientology's new Melbourne headquarters the verdict is in: I am deeply flawed.
It appears I am in denial of a deep-seated depression, I am close to unlikable and a decade and a half of social indulgence has left me borderline dim.
On the plus side, Mark - my new mentor in ...
Mar 6, 2011 Protest Planned at Scientology Headquarters — KPSP Local 2 News
KPSP Local 2 News
Protest Planned at Scientology Headquarters
Reported by: KPSP Local 2 News
Created: 3/06 3:10 pm
Last Update: 3/06 8:00 pm
The "hacktivist" collective known as Anonymous is planning to picket at the Scientology compound in Hemet Saturday, March 12. A group of human rights activists will also join the protest at Golden Era Productions on Gillman Springs Road.
Protestors say they want the center to address claims of human trafficking, physical abuse and forced abortions. The group will also ...
Mar 6, 2011 Scientology adverts under investigation by ads watchdog — The Sunday Times (UK) More: newswhip.ie
The Sunday Times (UK)
Scientology adverts under investigation by ads watchdog
Row over posters that claim sessions can tackle job insecurity as former member of church describes campaign as ‘misleading and offensive’
Gabrielle Monaghan. Sunday Times
Published: 6 March 2011 [In print. Online subscrption only]
Complaints have been filed with the country’s advertising watchdog over a Church of Scientology campaign, which claims its courses can help with job insecurity.
The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) is investigating claims that the ads, appearing in Dublin’s ...
Mar 5, 2011 Division at software company over Scientology apparent before 2009 shooting — Denver Post
Fowler Software Design ran smoothly and profitably for years, even as the staff was divided between Scientologists and nonmembers of the controversial group. But a full-blown schism developed after employees learned that the company's founder — 59-year-old William Rex Fowler — gave as much as $250,000 of the firm's money to the Church of Scientology, according to witness statements given to investigators. Those conflicts were readily apparent after 42-year-old Thomas Ciancio, a non-Scientologist, was shot and killed by Fowler on Dec. ...
Mar 2, 2011 Massages, haircuts, and scientology? — 3AW693 News Talk More: 3aw.com.au, media.mytalk.com.au, img23.imageshack.us, aca.ninemsn.com.au
3AW693 News Talk
Massages, haircuts, and scientology?
Posted by: 3AW Radio | 2 March, 2011 - 11:27 AM
Scroll down and play the interview of Neil Mitchell with Pauline Priest - Spokesperson for Church of Scientology
(The flyer can be seen below the story)
The Church of Scientology is out for new recruits and is advertising $10 haircuts and massages at their controversial new headquarters in Moonee Ponds. The event also promises nutrional advice, beauty treatments, and "walking with personal trainers around the neighborhood." ...
Mar 1, 2011 Katie Holmes sues Star Magazine over (E-meter drug) cover — Associated Press More: reuters.com, clevelandleader.com, abcnews.go.com, nypost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katie Holmes sued the publishers of Star Magazine on Tuesday, accusing them of libel over a magazine cover that insinuated she was a drug addict.
The actress filed the lawsuit against American Media Inc. in federal court in Los Angeles. She said a January cover that featured the headline "Katie DRUG SHOCKER!" was false and not supported by the actual story in the magazine.
The cover featured a disheveled picture of Holmes, and the story itself claimed ...
Mar 1, 2011 Was a Vanity Fair editor secretly working for the Church of Scientology? — New York Observer
New York Observer Gawker.com, where the author is employed as a staff writer, declined to publish this story. Did the Church of Scientology use a Vanity Fair contributing editor to infiltrate and gather intelligence on the cult's enemies in the media? John Connolly is a well-known, and well-liked, character in New York media circles. He's a former NYPD detective and stock broker who landed a third career as an investigative reporter for Vanity Fair, where he is a contributing editor, Radar, the Daily Beast, ... Feb 27, 2011 Farrakhan: Revolution imminent in U.S. - Nation of Islam leader also praises Scientology to crowd at Allstate Arena — Radio 720 WGN Chicago
Radio 720 WGN Chicago
Farrakhan: Revolution imminent in U.S.
Nation of Islam leader also praises Scientology to crowd at Allstate Arena
By Becky Schlikerman, Tribune reporter
10:55 p.m. CST, February 27, 2011
Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan predicted on Sunday that America faces imminent uprisings that mirror those in the Middle East.
"What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you'd better prepare because it will be coming to your door," ...
Feb 26, 2011 After John Le Carré, Oxford is blessed by L Ron Hubbard — The Telegraph (UK) More: oxfordstudent.com, cherwell.org
The Telegraph (UK)
After John Le Carré, Oxford is blessed by L Ron Hubbard
L Ron Hubbard has left Oxford University with something of a quandary after bequeathing his collected works to the Union.
[photo of L.Ron Hubbard]
By Tim Walker 6:30AM GMT 26 Feb 2011 Daily Telegraph
John le Carré’s decision to donate his literary archive to Oxford University delighted the academic community this week because its value could not be disputed.
There is, however, something of a question mark over the extent ...
Feb 25, 2011 Enquête JE // Clearwater, la "Mecque" de la scientologie — TVA More: Unofficial English translation
L'église de Scientologie n'aime guère les journalistes, pas plus que la critique, et donne rarement des entrevues. Les responsables ont d'ailleurs refusé les deux demandes que nous avons faites, aux États-Unis et au Québec. Le pouvoir absolu du grand leader David Miscavidge, (qui a succédé à Ron Hubbard après son décès) suscite de la grogne. De nombreux hauts dirigeants ont quitté le mouvement. Ils dénoncent le climat de violence qui y règne depuis l'arrivée de Miscavidge. Une équipe de JE s'est ...
Feb 25, 2011 Enquête JE // JE chez les scientologues — TVA More: Unofficial English translation
L'auteur de science-fiction L. Ron Hubbard a fondé l'Église de Scientologie en 1954. Il s'agit d'un mouvement ésotérique dont les fidèles découvrent les préceptes au fur et à mesure qu'ils y consacrent temps et argent. La Scientologie prétend que nos expériences douloureuses du passé, incluant nos vies antérieures, ont laissé des traces. Ces traces nous minent et nous empêchent d'atteindre notre vrai potentiel. Seule l'application rigoureuse des techniques développées par Hubbard permettent de s'en débarrasser et d'arriver au statut de personne ...
Feb 25, 2011 Enquête JE // Le témoignage d'une ex-scientologue — TVA More: Unofficial English translation
L'audition est au coeur de la scientologie. Il s'agit d'une technique où l'auditeur, en posant une série de questions, guide la personne auditée à travers ses souvenirs. L'audition est censée permettre de retracer et d'éliminer les traces laissées par les traumatismes passés. Cela ressemble parfois à l'hypnose et les personnes auditées affirment d'ailleurs souvent avoir revécu des moments passés de leur vie. Nos collaboratrices ont été initiées à l'audition au cours d'une fin de semaine de Dianétique, passage obligé pour tout ...
Feb 25, 2011 Rex Fowler Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder — abc 7News Denver More: thedenverchannel.com, 9news.com, denverpost.com, kwgn.com
abc 7News Denver
DENVER — After just two hours of deliberation, an Adams County jury found Rex Fowler guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of his former business partner. Fowler, 59, was immediately sentenced to life in prison. The fact that Fowler shot and killed Thomas Ciancio was never in dispute. What was in dispute was whether the act was deliberate and pre-planned. Prosecutors argued the fact that Ciancio was shot three times in the face could not be an accident — it ...
Feb 24, 2011 Is Tom Cruise using slave labor? Doc Thompson gets behind the walls of the Church of Scientology. — Radio 700WLW Cincinnati More: youtube.com
Doc Thompson Show
Radio 700WLW Cincinnati
Doc Thompson 2/24/11 Hour 3
Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:27:13 -0500
Is Tom Cruise using slave labor? Doc gets behind the walls of the Church of Scientology.
[Features a Telephone Interview with webmaster and founder of Operation Clambake at www.xenu.net , Andreas Heldal-Lund]
Podcast link mp3 audio 15Mb, running time 31m55ss. Scientology segment in first part.
Youtube link is an commercial-free edited version of just the scientology related segment. Running time 19mins.
Feb 23, 2011 Senate Economics Legislation Committee. Inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010. Government Response (Australia) — Australian Senate
Feb 23, 2011 Senator Xenophon Questions Fair Work Ombudsman — Hansard (Australian Senate)
Hansard (Australian Senate)
Proof Committee Hansard
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Extract from transcript of 23 February 2011
Senator XENOPHON—Whilst I know you cannot discuss specific cases, there are some general principles I wanted to canvass with you. I think it was about a year ago that out of a very helpful suggestion of Senator Abetz, a number of complaints from former members of the Church of Scientology were sent through to your office. I am grateful for a very ...
Nov 30, 2010 Big names come bidding on Nicollet Mall — Star Tribune (Minnesota)
Star Tribune (Minnesota)
In unrelated deals, Target Corp. bought a building and the Pohlads are vying for properties on the same block. Two of the biggest business names in the Twin Cities are moving to control some key real estate on Nicollet Mall. Target Corp. has paid the Church of Scientology $3 million for 1013 Nicollet Mall, an old two-story building across the street from Target's headquarters on the mall, according to documents filed recently in the Hennepin County assessor's office. Meanwhile, United Properties, ...
Nov 30, 2010 Strange Quarks Episode 4: Martin Poulter on Scientology — The Guardian (UK)
The Guardian (UK)
Episode four of Strange Quarks is out! Martin Poulter talks about the secret world of Scientology
Oct 15, 2010 Scientologists buy home of founder — The Star
A Los Angeles-based holding corporation has purchased a home at 666 East Ave., here, in which Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard once lived and worked. [...]
Sep 27, 2010 Scientology: The Ex Files — CBC News
[This is actually a re-airing of the Australia Broadcasting Corporation's
Four Corners "Scientology: The Ex-Files"
Monday September 27 at 10 pm ET/PT & Sunday October 3 at 8 pm ET on CBC News Network
Behind Scientology's high celebrity profile lies an organization on its knees. In this powerful documentary and jaw-dropping investigation, a band of former elite members emerge from the secretive religion to allege extreme cruelty, slave labour and financial greed. "It may have a philosophy that's religious, but ...
Aug 6, 2010 Judge dismisses two lawsuits aimed at Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: Court ruling, Church of Scientology's response
Thomas C. Tobin
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The Church of Scientology won an important victory in federal court Thursday when a judge dismissed two lawsuits that accused the church of labor law violations, human trafficking and forced abortions. Claire and Marc Headley, who left Scientology in 2005, said the church controlled them with threats of harsh punishment and other tactics that prevented them from leaving the Sea Organization, Scientology's religious order. But U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer ruled that the Sea Org is protected by the First ...
Aug 1, 2010 Rev. Jessie Battle earns center director and teacher certification — Kingsville Record and Bishop News
Kingsville Record and Bishop News
A parent workshop will be held Monday at St. Paul AME The Rev. Jessie Battle received a center director and teacher certification from the Applied Scholastics International organization recently. He will hold his first free workshop teaching parents how to teach their children self-regulated learning at 6 p m., Monday, Aug. 2, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, located at 531 West Warren Ave. in Kingsville. [...]
Jul 22, 2010 Today Tonight: Scientology Mastermind — Channel 7 (Australia) More:
Youtube Part 2, Church of Scientology's response
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