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141A.r.s Week in Review - 8/4/2002

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  • Rod Keller
    Aug 4, 2002
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      Alt.religion.scientology
      Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 18
      8/4/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 2002

      Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review summarizes the most significant
      postings from the Usenet group Alt.religion.scientology for the preceding
      week for the benefit of those who can't follow the group as closely as
      they'd like. Out of thousands of postings, I attempt to include news of
      significant events, new affidavits, court rulings, new contributors,
      whatever. I hope you find it useful. Like many readers of a.r.s, I have a
      kill file. So please take into consideration that I may not have seen some
      of the most significant postings.

      The articles in A.r.s Week in Review are brief summaries of articles
      posted to the newsgroup. They include message IDs for the original
      articles, and many have a URL to get more information. You may be able to
      find the original article, depending on how long your site stores articles
      in the newsgroup before expiring them.

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      > Drug Free Marshals

      Letters to the editor of The Times in Gary, Indiana on July 28th and 31st
      discussed Scientology's Drug Free Marshals program.

      "This program is a devious ploy used by the Church of Scientology to
      recruit members. That they would target children with their phony drug
      program is disturbing and should be investigated by your paper and by the
      state's attorney office. The Church of Scientology is widely regarded as a
      destructive and subversive cult. I can tell you from personal experience
      as a former Scientology member that this cult is devious and has many
      front groups that are used to recruit new members. Scientology has another
      front group called Narconon, which it promotes as a drug rehabilitation
      program. The truth is that this is another deceptive recruiting ploy. The
      regional essay and poster contest the church is sponsoring is a ploy to
      get the names and addresses of the kids parents who will be subjected to a
      barrage of recruiting literature from the Church of Scientology." - James
      Beebe"

      "The July 28 letter from Jim Beebe is the trademark of someone who lives
      his life filled with hatred. He is an authority in hatred. This same man
      worked for the now-defunct, anti-religious group called the Cult Awareness
      Network until its bankruptcy filing in 1996. Beebe has now made a career
      of denigrating religious groups' positive projects and activities that are
      designed to better society. It appears he has a problem with kids living
      drug-free lives and helping their friends and families to do the same. It
      seems he also has a problem with Catholics, Muslims and Mormons to name
      but a few of the religions he attacks. - Mary Anne Ahmad, Director of
      Public Affairs, Church of Scientology of Illinois"

      Message-ID: <20020801123954.04601.00000793@...>
      Message-ID: <3D47C05B.7000609@...>

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      > Tom Cruise

      "Cerridwen" reported that Tom Cruise completed the OT6 level, and was
      present at the July 27th graduation even in Clearwater, Florida.

      "Tom Cruise spoke for about 20 minutes which is much longer than the usual
      time allotted. Tom talked about his progress up the bridge and some of
      the big wins he had along the way. He promised that he was going to do
      everything he could to expand and safepoint Scientology. He gave a big
      acknowledgment to Int Management, RTC for keeping the tech pure and big
      ack for LRH."

      Message-ID: <JACBEUHS37465.8507986111@...>

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      > France

      The Associated Press reported on July 30th that charges against
      Scientology in Paris have been dropped because the statute of limitations
      has expired.

      "A Paris judge has ruled that a 13-year-old case against the Church of
      Scientology alleging fraud and illegal practice of medicine cannot go to
      trial because the statute of limitations has expired, a judicial official
      said Tuesday. Judge Colette Bismuth-Sauron ruled Friday that there was a
      lack of progress in the investigation and rejected the case on procedural
      grounds, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

      "The criminal probe into 16 leaders of the church was opened in 1989 after
      a criminal complaint was filed by a former Scientologist, Juan Esteban
      Cordero. He accused the group of 'progressive mental conditioning' that
      led him to spend more than $167,000 on Scientology-related courses. The
      charges carry a three-year statute of limitations. Bismuth-Sauron ruled
      that prosecutors and Judge Moracchini didn't advance the investigation
      enough from 1993 to 1996 to keep the case alive."

      Message-ID: <3D47BC9E.9010405@...>

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      > Kate Ceberano

      Fans of musician Kate Ceberano were sent an email this week on behalf
      Scientology and the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

      "I'm a big supporter of The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).
      Read the message below and if you feel the same way I do about this issue,
      please sign the petition and pass it onto your friends to do the same.

      "Thanks & much love, Kate

      "The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is requesting your help in
      safeguarding our children's future by signing and promoting the Petition
      for Children's Rights Against Psychiatric Stigma and Drug Abuse. Today,
      six million American (and many in Australia too) children are being
      labelled and prescribed brain-damaging psychiatric drugs. They are being
      told there is something 'wrong' with their brain, though no one can prove
      it. They are labelled with diagnoses such as Attention Deficit
      Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a disorder that exists not because of
      science but by a majority vote of American Psychiatric Association
      Committee psychiatrists. Children are then subjected to brain-altering
      drugs in order to change their behaviour.

      "This petition will be sent to the United States President and used in
      meetings with Congressmen to show that we will not stand idly by while
      psychiatrists hook millions of children on mind-numbing drugs. If you have
      a website, please include a link to this petition address so that many
      more people who share this same concern over the labelling and drugging of
      children can voice their opposition. Forward this e-mail and link to your
      friends, family, colleagues and any other concerned individuals. With a
      concerted, united effort we can help stop the legal enforcement of
      psychiatric labels and drugs in our schools.

      "Sincerely, The Executives and Staff of CCHR International"

      Message-ID: <4503ee3c.0208020619.77e64346@...>

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      > Memphis

      The Memphis Business Journal published an article on the Scientology org
      on July 26th.

      "Eric Everett, director of community services for the Scientology Mission
      of Memphis, says Scientology is an 'applied religious philosophy'
      appropriate for any faith tradition. 'We live in a society under siege,
      bombarded by an onslaught of drugs and toxins. No one escapes the
      pollution,' Everett says. 'The Scientology Purification program is the
      solution to this drug and chemical problem.'

      "The program uses a combination of sauna- and exercise-induced sweat,
      vitamins and oils, and a diet of pure foods and water to rid participants
      of addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Everett says it is also an
      effective treatment for post-traumatic stress syndrome, as well as those
      interested in freeing themselves from the effects of environmental and
      workplace pollutants. Other than its high doses of widely available
      vitamins, particularly niacin, the program uses no drugs.

      "Everett says Scientology makes three assumptions: that man is a spiritual
      being, that there is a creator other than man, and that man's purpose in
      life is to improve himself, his life, his family and mankind as a whole.
      He says Scientology 'rehabilitates a person's creative ability' as he
      studies and applies the 'technology' developed by Hubbard. But before
      someone can begin to apply that technology, he must free himself from the
      effects of accumulated toxins and traumas. The purification program begins
      the process.

      "In his writings, Hubbard says the use of toxins like alcohol and illegal
      drugs is a stumbling block to spiritual development and represents the
      'single most destructive element present in our current culture,'
      responsible for societal violence and wasted lives. He also says that
      psychotropic drugs, electroshock therapy, hypnosis and environmental
      pollutants are toxins.

      "The purification program lasts from two weeks to as long as it takes,
      Everett says. Custom designed for each person, the program costs about
      $1,500, depending on its specifics. That cost covers the necessary
      vitamins and oils, use of the treadmill and sauna at the Scientology
      mission, and a program supervisor."

      Message-ID: <3D466DB0.10203@...>

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      > Celebrity Center

      The New York Daily News reported on July 31st that Scientology will
      celebrate its anniversary in a celebrity-filled event in Los Angeles.

      "Tom Cruise and John Travolta have some young allies in the Church of
      Scientology. The controversial sect is having its 33rd-anniversary gala
      Saturday at its L.A. Celebrity Center. A church spokesman tells us that
      among the actors expected are Erika Christensen (who played Michael
      Douglas' drug-addled daughter in Traffic), Christopher Masterson (Malcolm
      in the Middle), Jason Lee (Almost Famous), Lynsey Bartilson (Grounded for
      Life) Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless) Marisol Nichols
      (Resurrection Blvd.), Leah Remini (The King of Queens), Pablo Santos
      (Greetings From Tucson) and Catherine Bell (JAG)."

      Message-ID: <jc9gkusogvl3hick03tnasl7bogtn1p4rs@...>

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