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On this date

Type: Blog
Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Source: Village Voice
Author: Tony Ortega

A week ago, we reported that a former "employee" at Scientology's flagship drug treatment center in Oklahoma – Narconon Arrowhead – told us that the controversial center was delivering Scientology training rather than drug education, and that its officials have been concerned for years that its state certification was "extremely vulnerable." (The center is currently under investigation by local and state agencies for four deaths that have occurred there, three since last October.) We didn't name that source, but now, he's ...

Tags: Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) (formerly, "Social Coordination" or SOCO)DeathFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationLucas A. CattonNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. (Arrowhead)Rena WeinbergTony OrtegaVillage Voice

Type: Book
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Janet Reitman

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 ...

Tags: Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (book)Houghton Mifflin HarcourtJanet Reitman[needtoread][needtotag]

Jun 17, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Scientologist accused of pressuring sex abuse victim

Type: Press
Date: Friday, June 17, 2011
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Author: Paul Bibby Courts

IT was a rare and at times dramatic public appearance by one of the most senior members of a global religious organisation that shrouds itself in secrecy. Surrounded by supporters, senior Scientologist Janice Meyer arrived at the Downing Centre Local Court yesterday, accused of pressuring an 11-year-old girl to lie about sex abuse within the church. Ms Meyer, who also goes by the name Jan Eastgate, left with relaxed bail restrictions that will allow her to travel to and from her ...

Tags: AustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalPaul Bibby CourtsSydney Morning Herald (Australia)

Jun 16, 2011
The Age (Australia)
Scientologist appears in Sydney court

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Source: The Age (Australia)
Author: Margaret Scheikowski

A senior member of the Church of Scientology accused of coaching a child to lie about sex abuse has had her bail relaxed so she can travel to California. Janice Meyer, 57, was surrounded by supporters on Thursday as she made her first court appearance in Sydney's Downing Centre Local court. She is charged with doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice in 1985 in Sydney. Advertisement: Story continues below The allegation involves threatening and intimidating an 11-year-old ...

Tags: AustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalMargaret ScheikowskiThe Age (Australia)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Author: Alison Rourke

A senior member of the Church of Scientology is due to appear in court in Australia on Thursday charged with perverting the course of justice. It is alleged that Jan Eastgate, 57, threatened and intimidated an 11-year-old girl into providing false statements to police. The case relates to an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of the girl in 1985 by her stepfather, a church member. The girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – said on Australian television ...

Tags: Alison RourkeAustraliaChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalNick XenophonThe Guardian (UK)

Type: Blog
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Source: Village Voice
Author: Tony Ortega

Next month, Janet Reitman's book Inside Scientology will hit bookshelves, and the world of Scientology-watching, and for Scientology itself, will never be the same. Subtitled The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, Reitman's book delivers all it promises, and it promises a lot. "It has been my goal to write the first objective modern history of the Church of Scientology," Reitman proclaims in her introduction. "It is the goal of Inside Scientology to translate [L. Ron Hubbard's arcane] language and separate ...

Tags: Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion (book)Claire HeadleyDavid MiscavigeJanet ReitmanJason BegheJeff HawkinsLisa McPhersonMarc HeadleyMichelle "Shelly" Miscavige (né Barnett)Natalie WaletRehabilitation Project Force (RPF)Stefan CastleTanja CastleTom CruiseTony OrtegaVillage Voice

Type: Press
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Nate Carlisle

A Las Vegas fundraiser earned $500,000 for soldiers and emergency responders who say chemicals sickened them and earned Utah’s attorney general coveted photographs posing with celebrities. Sandra Lucas, a Salt Lake City resident who recently became president of the nationwide Heroes Health Fund, said she and a board must decide how to split the proceeds, but Utah residents will see a share. Actor John Travolta was the headline speaker at the fundraiser Saturday at the Wynn Las Vegas. Utah Attorney General ...

Tags: Heroes Health Fund - Ocala Detoxification ProjectJohn TravoltaMark ShurtleffNate CarlislePurification Rundown ("Purif")Salt Lake TribuneSandra LucasUtah Meth Cops Project

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Author: Nate Carlisle

Utah’s attorney general and a federal agent who busted drug labs in Utah County will be among the guests Saturday at a Las Vegas fundraiser with actor John Travolta. Travolta is helping generate money for what’s called the Heroes Health Fund, a nationwide program which provides treatment to soldiers and emergency responders who believe they were sickened by exposure to chemicals. The treatment — consisting largely of exercise, time in a sauna and a diet of antioxidants — has its roots ...

Tags: Heroes Health Fund - Ocala Detoxification ProjectJohn TravoltaMark ShurtleffNate CarlislePurification Rundown ("Purif")Salt Lake TribuneTim ChardUtah Meth Cops Project

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Author: André Coleman

Hours after an article appeared about a claim for damages filed against the city by the Church of Scientology over a sewage spill in the church’s building in Old Pasadena, a church official acknowledged that mistakes were made in the filing of the document. The church is listed as the claimant, not subrogate Lexington Insurance Co. Further, the name of the lawyer who filed the claim on behalf of the insurance company is not listed on the document. Making matters even ...

Tags: André ColemanBraley Building @ 35 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena CA United StatesCaliforniaLexington Insurance Co.Pasadena WeeklyReal estateRobert B. "Bob" Adams

May 31, 2011
Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Top Scientologist charged with perverting course of justice

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Author: Steve Cannane

One of the Church of Scientology's most senior figures, Jan Eastgate, has been arrested and charged in Sydney. She has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to allegations she coached an 11-year-old girl to lie to police and community services about the sexual abuse she suffered from her stepfather who was a member of the Church of Scientology. Eastgate is the international president of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights, an organisation founded by the Church of ...

Tags: AustraliaAustralia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) NewsCarmen RainerChildren, youthCitizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJanice "Jan" Eastgate MeyerLegalPhoebe RainerSteve Cannane

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Source: Pasadena Weekly
Author: André Coleman

Two days before the Church of Scientology was presented with an award for preserving the 115-year-old Braley Building on South Raymond Avenue, church officials filed a claim against the city for damages incurred after the historic structure was flooded with raw sewage in November. “In the early morning of Nov. 23, water backed up through the toilets and sinks [in] the basement,” the claim states. “When personnel came in, they found four inches of raw sewage covering the entire basement area.” ...

Tags: André ColemanBraley Building @ 35 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena CA United StatesCaliforniaPasadena WeeklyReal estate

May 18, 2011
Courier Mail (Australia)
Fire at Church of Scientology in Annerley

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Author: Anna Chisholm

A FIRE broke out at The Church of Scientology of Brisbane at Annerley overnight. Emergency services said material in a courtyard caught fire and affected a couple of air-conditioning units. The flames started just before 2am on the corner of Dudley and Hastings streets. QFRS Brisbane Duty Manager of Operations Phil Klemm said the fire was not suspicious. "From our perspective there was nothing suspicious - the courtyard was open to the street," Mr Klemm said. "We're unsure of the cause ...

Tags: Anna ChisholmAustraliaCourier Mail (Australia)

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Source: Haaretz
Author: Yaniv Kubovich

Attorney Gur Finkelstein, who represents the Scientology Center in Israel, was detained several weeks for allegedly hiring this gang to help him with his own criminal endeavors. Israel Police forces have uncovered a Jaffa-based gang allegedly behind a series of attacks and attempted assassinations in the Tel Aviv area, including a plot to kill a senior sheikh of a local mosque, it was revealed after a gag order was lifted on Tuesday. Those mobsters are suspected of plotting to plant an ...

Tags: Gur FinkelsteinHaaretzIsraelWeaponsYaniv Kubovich

May 16, 2011
Brisbane Times
Soldier death to remain a mystery

Type: Press
Date: Monday, May 16, 2011
Source: Brisbane Times

AAP – The mysterious death of a young soldier was likely to remain a mystery until the Church of Scientology chooses to release its file on its extended dealings with him, a defence commission of inquiry has found. There's no dispute that Private Edward McBride, 30, took his own life in Brisbane on February 7, 2007. A trained electrical fitter before joining the army, he climbed into an electrical sub-station and deliberately contacted a 110,000 volt power line. Just why he ...

Tags: AustraliaBrisbane TimesDeathEdward Alexander McBrideSuicide

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Source: Clearwater Patch
Author: Aiyana Baida

Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street, owned by the Church of Scientology, at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. An electrical fire caused $700,000 in damages to a building owned by the Church of Scientology, city officials said. Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at 531 Franklin Street at 3:28 a.m. Saturday. To put out the blaze the department needed 35 personnel, five engines, two trucks and two rescues. It took firefighters about an ...

Tags: 531 Franklin Street Clearwater FL United StatesAiyana BaidaClearwater PatchReal estate

On this day

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

The ''St. Petersburg Times June 24 editorial The abuse behind Scientology's facade proves beyond doubt that any aura of objectivity in the ''Times so-called "special report" was illusory. The report attempted to give the appearance of balance by quoting statements from Church of Scientology representatives, but the editorial exposes this exercise as a hollow pretense. The editorial uncritically accepts as true statements from a handful of former church staff without ever addressing their lack of credibility, their underlying motivations and the ...

Tags: Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization (CSFSO)David MiscavigeJerry DyasJoanie SigalLetterLynn IronsPat HarneyRebecca SjouwermanRonald J. PollackSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)The Truth Rundown (St. Petersburg Times' special report)

Type: Press
Date: Friday, June 27, 2008
Source: Nashville Business Journal
Author: Turner Hutchens

The Church of Scientology Religious Trust has bought the Fall School Business Center on 8th Avenue. The Scientology trust purchased the executive suit building at 1130 8th Ave. S. along with adjacent properties at 1112 and 1114 8th Ave. S. for $6 million from Fall School Associates June 26, according to records and the Davidson County Register of Deeds. "It was just a persistence of the part of the buyer to continue to purse and be interested in a historic building," ...

Tags: Church of Scientology Religious Trust (CSRT)Fall School @ 1130 8th Avenue South Nashville TN United StatesNashville Business JournalReal estateTennesseeTurner Hutchens

Type: Book
Date: Friday, June 27, 2008
Author: Jeff Hawkins

It was a warm August day in 1986. I was in my office on the third floor of the main building in the PAC Scientology complex in LA — "Big Blue." We had the windows open and the fans running, to try to suck in any vestige of a breeze that we could. Out the open window, I could see Fountain Avenue below me, and across the street, New York George’s, where I sometimes had a bowl of chili. A simmering ...

Tags: Author Services, Inc. (ASI) (dba, Galaxy Press) (subsidiary of Church of Spiritual Technology)Battlefield EarthBridge Publications, Inc. (BPI)CaliforniaCaroline MustardCommodore's Messenger Organization (CMO)Counterfeit Dreams (blog-book)David MiscavigeEarle C. CooleyEugene "Gene" DenkFoster TompkinsGregory "Greg" WilhereInternational Communications GroupInternational Network of Computer Organized Management (INCOMM)Jan GildersleeveJeff HawkinsJohn BrodieJulie Christofferson Titchbourne vs. Church of Scientology, et al.Ken DelderfieldL. Ron HubbardLawrence "Larry" WollersheimMarc YagerMark IngberMichel MoattyNew Era Publications International, ApS (NEPI)Patrick D. "Pat" Broeker (aka Mike Mitchell)Sea Organization (Sea Org, SO)Statistics (Stats)Watchdog Committee (WDC)

Type: Press
Date: Friday, June 27, 2008
Source: Battle Creek Enquirer
Author: Elizabeth Huff
More: pqasb.pqarchiver.com

PENNFIELD TOWNSHIP — A Scientology-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center has listed its St. Mary's Lake property for sale for $3.69 million. Realtor Roger Molenaar of Prudential Preferred Realtors said Narconon Stone Hawk, at 216 and 218 St. Mary's Lake Road, has been listed online for a couple weeks. On Thursday, he said no prospective buyers have inquired yet about the buildings. "We're just getting the marketing out to different corporations because it would be ideal for corporation or church retreats," ...

Tags: Battle Creek EnquirerElizabeth HuffNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Narconon Freedom Center (formerly, Narconon Stone Hawk)Per A. WickstromReal estate

Type: Press
Date: Monday, June 27, 2005
Source: Radar Online

Before Katie Holmes’ devoutly Catholic parents officially sign their daughter over to the Church of Scientology, they might want to get in touch with Philip J. Spickler. One of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s original disciples, Spickler is the father of Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruise’s first wife and the person responsible for recruiting him into the cult in the early ’80s. Like his daughter—who, at her most pious, worked for the Church full-time—Spickler has since left Scientology. Unlike his daughter—who spent ...

Tags: Radar Online

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Type: Press
Date: Monday, June 27, 2005
Source: CBC News

Actor Tom Cruise sparred with Today show host Matt Lauer last week over the merits of psychiatry. Although his ostensible reason for appearing on the morning show was to promote this week's release of War of the Worlds, Cruise got into a heated debate when Lauer brought up comments that Cruise has made in the past about depression. The on-air argument is the latest in a growing number of interviews in which Cruise, known for his roles in movies like ''Minority ...

Tags: Anti-psychiatryCBC NewsMatt LauerNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Space operaSteven SpielbergTom Cruise

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

2000
Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
Scientologist accident victim is identified

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2000
Source: Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
Author: Karin Marriott

The 20-year-old Hemet woman died after she fell in a transformer vault. SAN JACINTO — A woman killed on the Church of Scientology's film studio grounds near San Jacinto is 20-year-old Hemet resident Stacey Myer, according to the county coroner. She apparently was electrocuted when she fell in a transformer vault at Golden Era Productions north of San Jacinto, said Riverside County sheriff's spokeswoman Perri Feinstein-Portales. "Her autopsy was performed today," Feinstein-Portales said Tuesday. "Right now the cause of death is ...

Tags: DeathGolden Era ProductionsKarin MarriottKen HodenPress-Enterprise (Riverside, California)Stacy Moxon-Meyer

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

1992
Globe and Mail (Canada)
Church of Scientology found guilty

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, June 27, 1992
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Author: Thomas Claridge
More: link (49 KiB)

An Ontario prosecution sparked by police raids in California during the 1970s has led to the conviction of the Church of Scientology of Toronto and three of its members on breach-of-trust charges. A jury that deliberated for two days after a two-month trial also acquitted the Toronto organization of three charges and found two other members not guilty. Despite the verdicts, which will lead to a sentencing hearing Aug. 12 and 13, the legal battle over espionage activities by Scientologists for ...

Tags: CanadaChurch of Scientology of TorontoClayton RubyConvictionCostEarl SmithGlobe and Mail (Canada)InfiltrationLawsuitLegalOffice of Special Affairs (OSA) (formerly, Guardian's Office)OntarioRaidThomas Claridge

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 27, 1991
Source: USA Today
More: link (34 KiB)

Appalled by ads: I find it appalling that USA TODAY continues to run outrageous, full-page ads paid for by the Church of Scientology. By continuing to run these ads, USA TODAY is aiding and abetting a very vicious and greedy cult — Scientology. Jim Beebe Warrenville, Ill. Enjoys the ads: I have been a Scientologist since 1979. I totally enjoy the ads currently running in USA TODAY. I like your editorials, and wish you continued success and prosperity. ''Nancy Rose Los ...

Tags: Jim BeebeNancy RoseUSA Today

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 1990
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Authors: Robert W. Welkos, Joel Sappell

Emerging from years of internal strife and public scandal, the Scientology movement has embarked on a sweeping and sophisticated campaign to gain new influence in America. The goal is to refurbish the tarnished image of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and elevate him to the ranks of history's great humanitarians and thinkers. By so doing, the church hopes to broaden the acceptability of Hubbard's Scientology teachings and attract millions of new members. The campaign relies on official church programs and a ...

Tags: Applied ScholasticsArch MooreAuditingBarbara L. AyashChildren, youthCostDavid SingerDetoxEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Fire Engineering magazineFoundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationFrizell CleggFront groupsGerald T. LionelliGregory K. HughesHealthMedHoward FogginIncomeInfiltrationJack DirmannJoel SappellLawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Medical claimsNarconon (aka Scientology drug rehab)Nobel PrizeOperation Snow WhiteOxford Capacity Analysis (aka, "free Scientology personality test" aka "U-Test" aka "Pape Test")Purification Rundown ("Purif")RecruitmentRobert W. WelkosRonald E. GotsRoyalties, license, trademark, management feesSchoolsSet A Good Example Foundation (formerly, Concerned Businessmen's Association of America)Singer ConsultantsStatistics (Stats)Sterling Management Systems (SMS)The Way to Happiness (TWTH)William MarcusWilliam W. "Bill" FranksWorld Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)

Ron Sharp contributed to this entry

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 1990
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Authors: Joel Sappell, Robert W. Welkos

From politicians to the leaders of business, the courts and the media, the church works to win allies to smooth the way for expansion. To create a favorable environment for Scientology's expansion, church executives are working to win allies among society's power brokers and opinion leaders. It is a theme expounded in church publications."We need to be able to approach the right people in order to get things done," wrote Heber Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, in the ...

Tags: Church of Scientology International (CSI)Heber C. JentzschInfiltrationJoel SappellLos Angeles Times (California)Religious Freedom CrusadeRobert W. Welkos

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Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 1990
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Authors: Robert W. Welkos, Joel Sappell

The Scientology movement's Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education has befriended one of America's most celebrated teachers, Jaime Escalante of Garfield High School. Escalante is the East Los Angeles teacher profiled in the hit 1988 film "Stand and Deliver," which chronicled his success in teaching advanced calculus to barrio students. During the last few years, the foundation has provided Escalante with tens of thousands of dollars for computers, audiovisual aids, tutors and scholarships. In addition, the foundation has solicited contributions ...

Tags: Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE)Jaime EscalanteJoel SappellLos Angeles Times (California)Public Broadcasting Television (PBS)Robert W. WelkosSchools

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Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 1990
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Authors: Joel Sappell, Robert W. Welkos

A key element of the management techniques Scientologists sell to businessmen is L. Ron Hubbard's "organizational board." Used also by the Church of Scientology, the "Org Board" divides an organization into seven divisions–executive, personnel, sales, finance, training, marketing and qualifications. Each division's duties are spelled out, along with the basis for evaluating employee performance. In describing the Org Board's virtues, Scientology consultants omit Hubbard's colorful account of its origins–an account reminiscent of one of his science fiction tales. During a 1965 ...

Tags: Joel SappellLos Angeles Times (California)Robert W. Welkos[needtotag]

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 27, 1985
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Mark Arax

ALTADENA — The Town Council has voted to deny a conditional-use permit needed by an affiliate of the Church of Scientology to purchase a 198-acre former hospital complex in the foothills. The 8-2 vote Monday against the granting of the permit serves only as a recommendation and does not bind the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission, which will consider the matter and make a final decision in the fall. The vote ended more than a month of emotional debate over ...

Tags: Altadena, CAChurch of Spiritual Technology (CST) (dba, L. Ron Hubbard Library)Los Angeles Times (California)Mark AraxPrivate investigator(s)

1985
Los Angeles Times (California)
Scientologists picket court

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 27, 1985
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link (55 KiB)

About 400 members of the Church of Scientology's Crusade for Religious Freedom picketed outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse today and stood in a silent hallway vigil during a court hearing on former member Gerald Armstrong's $60-million fraud suit against them. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr., who last year absolved Armstrong of stealing documents from the church, said he would rule later on Armstrong's request to see statements he made to an "auditor" when he joined the ...

Tags: Gerald "Gerry" ArmstrongJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.LawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Protest, picketReligious Freedom Crusade

1984
Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Court reseals sect papers

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, June 27, 1984
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
More: link (37 KiB)

A California court state Monday granted an emergency stay and resealed about 500 documents that had been unsealed last week by a Superior Court Judge. The papers, tapes and historical documents were unsealed last week in a case brought by the sect against former Scientology archivist Gerald Armstrong. The sect and its founder's wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, sued Armstrong to recover about 10,000 pages of documents he took when he fled the Clearwater-based sect in late 1981. Many of the contested ...

Tags: CaliforniaClearwater Sun (Florida)Gerald "Gerry" ArmstrongJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.LawsuitLegalMary Sue (Whipp) Hubbard

1974
Winnipeg Free Press
Libraries Face Libel Threat

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, June 27, 1974
Source: Winnipeg Free Press

The Church of Scientology of Canada has advised some libraries that they may be cited as party defendants in a libel suit unless they remove certain books from their shelves, Steven Horn, council member of the Canadian Library Association said Wednesday. But, in an advisory memorandum signed by the association's incoming president, Belly Henderson, association members were told, "... the threat is potential rather than actual." The memo said, "In view of the objectives of the ... association, it may be ...

Tags: CanadaChurch of Scientology of CanadaCyril Ronald VosperGeorge MalkoRobert KaufmanScientology: The Now Religion (book)Silencing criticism, censorshipThreat of legal action, lawsuitWinnipeg Free Press

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