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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: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Source: The Dominion Post

A British man who failed to disclose that he was deported from Denmark after "industrial espionage" against the Church of Scientology has been refused permission to settle in New Zealand. Oxford University-educated Robin Scott, 62, and his wife Adrienne, 61, a teacher, left their Canterbury organic farmlet in March after the Immigration and Protection Tribunal turned down their appeal against a direction that they had to leave the country. In visitor and work visa applications from 2005, the couple disclosed that ...

Tags: Adrienne ScottDenmarkImmigrationNew ZealandRobin ScottThe Dominion Post

Type: Blog
Date: Monday, May 4, 2009
Source: Curbed LA

[Pictures] EAST HOLLYWOOD: For the longest time, reps from the church have said that repairs to their Fountain Avenue building, which was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, have been going on, but here's the first time that we've seen any actual progress on that tower. Immediately after taking these photos, the black-clad Scientology guards on bikes started circling, asking why we were taking photos. [Curbed Staff]

Tags: CaliforniaCurbed LAMain Building (old Cedars-Sinai Hospital) @ 4833 Fountain Avenue Los Angeles CA United StatesReal estate

2006
WESH (Orlando, Florida)
Pain at the pump: The little green pill

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2006
Source: WESH (Orlando, Florida)
Author: Michelle Meredith

ORLANDO, Fla. — With the price of gas going sky high, a new product has hit the market. It's called BioPerformance Fuel, but most people just called it "the little green pill." It claims to save you big bucks on gas. The gas pill almost seems to have a cult following, WESH 2 News reported. "Is this too good to be true? Are you running interference?" WESH 2 I-Team reporter Michelle Meredith asked the company's president, as he brushed by her. ...

Tags: BioPerformanceFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationLiz RothwellLowell MimsMichelle MeredithRocky RothwellWESH (Orlando, Florida)

2000
Illawarra Mercury (Australia)
Letters: Founder misquoted

Type: Press
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2000
Source: Illawarra Mercury (Australia)

I REFER to the Mercury (April 1) and the article "Friends friendly for top dollar" by John Michael Howson. Yet again the founder of Scientology, L Ron Hubbard, was misquoted: "If you want to become a millionaire, set up a religion." The actual author of this quote was George Orwell who wrote in a letter to his friend in 1938: "But I have always thought there might be a lot of cash in starting a new religion, and we'll talk it ...

Tags: AustraliaGermanyIllawarra Mercury (Australia)John HowsonL. Ron HubbardLetterLinda Fitzpatrick

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1996
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Scientologists' message goes up in hi-tech smoke

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, May 4, 1996
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Author: Andrew Hornery

Australia's most elaborate billboard, a giant three-dimensional volcano unveiled in Sydney's George Street theatre district, won't be selling soft drinks or hamburgers but the path to religion. The 330-square-metre billboard, including a five-metre-high television screen, will be used to promote L. Ron Hubbard's 1950 book Dianetics, the foundation stone of the Church of Scientology. Unveiled by Hollywood scientologist Nancy Cartwright — the voice of cartoon character Bart Simpson — the volcano has been positioned on the facade of the Metro Theatre ...

Tags: Andrew HorneryAustraliaCarmel UnderwoodDianeticsDianetics volcanoNancy CartwrightSydney Morning Herald (Australia)

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1994
East Grinstead Courier (UK)
Cult faces multi million dollar lawsuit (45 KiB)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 1994
Source: East Grinstead Courier (UK)
Author: Sean Bell

Preview not available

Tags: Bowles & MoxonChurch of Scientology International (CSI)Cult Awareness Network (CAN) (earlier form, Citizen's Freedom Foundation)East Grinstead Courier (UK)LawsuitSean BellUnited Kingdom (UK)

Type: Press
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 1988
Source: Daily Telegraph (UK)
Author: Lin Jenkins
More: link (11.1 KiB), link

A MATHEMATICS graduate who founded his own computer company, went bankrupt after he "recklessly and cynically exploited" easy credit from banks, finance and credit card companies to give more than £71,000 in 17 months to the Church of Scientology. Mr Adrian Thomas Hayman, 38, paid £175,000 to the "corrupt, sinister and dangerous" church over 14 years. But he began increasing his average annual payments of £8,000 by borrowing. At a public examination at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, yesterday, he denied a suggestion ...

Tags: Adrian HaymanBankruptcyCostDaily Telegraph (UK)Jocelyn HaymanLin JenkinsSaint Hill Manor @ East Grinstead (UK)United Kingdom (UK)

1987
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Religion and taxes Series: Editorials

Type: Press
Date: Monday, May 4, 1987
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Is the Internal Revenue Service out of order in trying to revoke the tax-exempt status of Jim Bakker's PTL ministries for three years? Is this IRS effort part of a campaign that picks on religious operations? Or is it a federal government agency doing its job, objectively challenging the outrageous spending practices of an organization set up for religious and charitable purposes? Anytime the IRS moves, the danger of abuse exists. Short of death or some uncertain judgment day, the IRS ...

Tags: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)St. Petersburg Times (Florida)Tax matter[needtoread][needtotag]

1985
The Oregonian (Portland)
Judge frees Hubbard data from custody

Type: Press
Date: Saturday, May 4, 1985
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
Author: Fred Leeson
More: link (117 KiB)

Records of L. Ron Hubbard's World War II military service and medical treatment were released from court custody Friday by a Portland judge who decided they have become relevant to a fraud trial against the Church of Scientology. Circuit Judge Donald H. Londer ruled that defense testimony offered this week by the church would make the private records relevant to the claim by a Portland woman that the church and its founder, Hubbard, defrauded her in 1975. Londer reviewed several hundred ...

Tags: Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationFred LeesonJudge Donald H. LonderJulie Christofferson TitchbourneJulie Christofferson Titchbourne vs. Church of Scientology, et al.L. Ron Hubbard's credentialsLaird D. CaruthersLawsuitRosalyn PaulThe Oregonian (Portland)William M. "Bill" Landers

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 4, 1984
Source: Clearwater Times (Florida)
Author: Tim Nickens
More: link (70 KiB)

CLEARWATER — The City Commission moved Thursday night to extend the life of an emergency ordinance aimed at the Church of Scientology. It is the same ordinance that a federal court order is preventing the city from enforcing while the ordinance's constitutionality is being challenged by the church. The ordinance, which regulates the way nonprofit groups raise money, was passed March 15. Because of its emergency status, it is scheduled to expire in June, 90 days after it was passed. The ...

Tags: Clearwater Times (Florida)FloridaJames BerfieldJudge Elizabeth KovachevichLegalRita GarveyTim Nickens

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 4, 1984
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Author: Myrna Oliver
More: link (106 KiB)

A former Church of Scientology archivist who left the organization and allegedly took with him thousands of documents concerning church founder L. Ron Hubbard was described Thursday by a Scientology attorney as a "self-serving vigilante of the worst kind" as trial began in the organization's civil suit to recover the material. Barrett S. Litt, attorney for Hubbard's wife, Mary Sue Hubbard, claimed in opening statements in the non-jury trial before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr. that former ...

Tags: Barrett S. "Barry" LittBlackfoot IndiansCaliforniaFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGerald "Gerry" ArmstrongJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.L. Ron HubbardL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsLawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Mary Sue (Whipp) HubbardMichael J. FlynnMyrna OliverOmar V. GarrisonSuppressive person (SP)

1984
Los Angeles Times (California)
Lawyer blasts Hubbard for 'lies'

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 4, 1984
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
More: link (53 KiB)

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Stacks of papers show that reclusive Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard packed lie after lie into his books, a lawyer contended in court Thursday. Boston attorney Michael Flynn is representing the man who acquired the papers before they were sealed by the court. Flynn told Superior Court Judge Paul G. Breckenridge that defendant Gerald Armstrong received the papers legally from a British writer who was preparing a biography on Hubbard. The plaintiffs, the church and Hubbard's wife, ...

Tags: Barrett S. "Barry" LittCaliforniaExcalibur (book)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGerald "Gerry" ArmstrongHarassmentJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.L. Ron Hubbard's credentialsLawsuitLos Angeles Times (California)Mary Sue (Whipp) HubbardMichael J. FlynnOmar V. Garrison

1984
Las Vegas Review Journal
Salvos open Scientology trial

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 4, 1984
Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
More: link (89 KiB)

LOS ANGELES — Stacks of papers show reclusive Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard packed lie after lie into his books, a lawyer claimed in court Thursday. Boston attorney Michael Flynn is representing the man who acquired the papers before they were sealed by the court. Flynn told Superior Court Judge Paul G. Breckenridge defendant Gerald Armstrong received the papers legally from a British writer who was preparing a biography on Hubbard. The plaintiffs, the church and Hubbard's wife, Mary ...

Tags: Barrett S. "Barry" LittCaliforniaExcalibur (book)Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationGerald "Gerry" ArmstrongJudge Paul G. Breckenridge Jr.Julia DragojevicL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsLas Vegas Review JournalLawsuitMary Sue (Whipp) HubbardMichael J. FlynnOmar V. GarrisonPrivate investigator(s)Ronald "Nibs" Edward DeWolf (L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.)

1984
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Scientology business said to owe $6,500 in taxes

Type: Press
Date: Friday, May 4, 1984
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: Peggy Rogers
More: link (83 KiB)

CLEARWATER — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says a Scientology business that counseled other companies on adopting Scientology principles owes $6,500 in back taxes. The IRS last month filed a lien for that amount against the company, World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, also known as WISE. The company offices were at 34 N Fort Harrison Ave. until they moved to Los Angeles last summer. The state Department of Labor and Employment Security filed a lien against WISE in February, but for ...

Tags: Bob HeldCostFloridaFort Harrison Hotel (also, Flag Land Base) @ 210 South Fort Harrison Avenue Clearwater FL United StatesInternal Revenue Service (IRS)Peggy RogersSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)Tax matterWorld Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE)

1982
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Anti-Scientology lawyer gets police protection

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 1982
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Author: John Harwood
More: news.google.com, link (81 KiB)

CLEARWATER —The city of Clearwater has assigned police protection to Michael J. Flynn, the man who is leading the city's charge against the Church of Scientology. The church ridiculed the move as a "publicity stunt." Plainclothes Clearwater police officers are guarding Flynn, a Boston lawyer who is the city's $80,000 consultant for public hearings on church activities that begin Wednesday and are scheduled to continue through May 15. City Manager Tony Shoemaker said he ordered around-the-clock protection as a precaution, and ...

Tags: Anthony ShoemakerCharles LeCherCity of Clearwater 1982 HearingsJohn HarwoodLawsuitMichael J. FlynnPaul B. JohnsonSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

1982
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Court overturns Scientology judgment

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 1982
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
More: news.google.com, link (81 KiB)

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals on Monday overturned a jury's finding that the Church of Scientology had committed fraud against a former member and intentionally caused her emotional distress. The court nevertheless ruled that Martin Samuels, a Portland minister of the church, and the church's mission in Oregon should be retried on the fraud count. However, the jury will be allowed to look at only those claims made against the church that were of a secular nature, the ...

Tags: Fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationJulie Christofferson TitchbourneLawsuitMartin L. SamuelsOregonSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

1982
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Editorial: Beliefs and practices

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 1982
Source: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

Preview not available

Tags: City of Clearwater 1982 HearingsCostFraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentationHarassmentMichael J. FlynnSt. Petersburg Times (Florida)

1982
Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Petitioners back hearings on sect

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 1982
Source: Clearwater Sun (Florida)
Author: Bill Prescott
More: link (85 KiB)

The Clearwater City Commission got a pat on the back Monday for its scheduled public hearings on activities of the Church of Scientology. The praise came in the form of petitions signed by more than 450 people who support the city's efforts "to inspect and regulate Scientology activities." Meanwhile, about a dozen letters have been sent to the Commission to protest the hearings set to begin Wednesday. The letters were sent by local residents, as well as lawyers and religion-related groups ...

Tags: Anthony ShoemakerBill PrescottCharles LeCherCity of Clearwater 1982 HearingsClearwater Sun (Florida)John W. BakerPaul B. JohnsonRobert "Bob" BickerstaffScientology Victims Defense Funds

1982
Clearwater Times (Florida)
Petitions support city hearings

Type: Press
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 1982
Source: Clearwater Times (Florida)
Author: Laurie Hollman
More: news.google.com, link (92 KiB)

CLEARWATER — Two days before Clearwater city commissioners begin public hearings that focus on the Church of Scientology, City Manager Tony Shoemaker gave them a packet of petitions from Clearwater residents who like what the elected officials ere doing. More than 500 people signed petitions stating, "We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to follow through on all of the recommendations to inspect and regulate Scientology activities in order to return their properties to the tax rolls." Besides receiving copies of the ...

Tags: Alan BomsteinAnthony ShoemakerCharles LeCherCity of Clearwater 1982 HearingsClearwater Times (Florida)Laurie HollmanRichard TenneyRobert "Bob" BickerstaffScientology Victims Defense Funds

1969
News of the World
Bid to muzzle us fails

Type: Press
Date: Sunday, May 4, 1969
Source: News of the World

An attempt by a section of the Scientologists to muzzle the News of the World has failed. Last week, more than three years after issuing a writ against us for alleged libel concerning its "Mind Cult," the Hubbard Association of Scientologists dropped the action. They are to pay a considerable sum to cover the legal costs we incurred in preparing to defend the action. The Scientologist [text not readable] their action was heard before Master Bickford Smith in chambers. He approved ...

Tags: DisconnectionHubbard Association of Scientologists International (HASI)Justice PaullKenneth RobinsonL. Ron Hubbard's credentialsLawsuitMichael StainforthNews of the WorldSilencing criticism, censorshipThreat of legal action, lawsuitUnited Kingdom (UK)

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