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188A.r.s Week in Review - 7/13/2003

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  • Rod Keller
    Jul 13, 2003
      Week in Review Volume 8, Issue 13
      7/13/2003 by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 2003

      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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      > In Memoriam

      The Daily Camera reported on June 25th that Robert Penny has passed away.
      Bob was a former Scientologist and co-founder of Factnet, a cult
      information service.

      "Robert T. Penny of Niwot died of multiple sclerosis Thursday, June 19,
      2003, in Louisville. He was 60. The son of Robert T. Penny Sr. and Mable
      Hammack Penny, he was born May 25, 1943, in Hodge, La. He married Barbara
      B. Sommer in 1966. They divorced. 'He will be remembered for his love of
      the Colorado mountains,' his family said.

      "Contributions may be made in his name to HospiceCare of Boulder and
      Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026."

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      > Clearwater

      Letters to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times on July 8, 2003
      responded to previous letters regarding the attitude of Clearwater
      residents towards Scientology.

      "The letter writer is incensed and does not understand why people
      constantly criticize Scientology. Could it be the reason is that
      Scientology is not a religion but a cult/business which tries to portray
      itself as a religion? You don't see people criticizing Christianity and
      Judaism, because those are real religions. The people of Tampa Bay are
      tolerant of all religions. If the cult were a religion there would not be
      a problem.

      "The cult brings the criticisms upon itself by its actions, past and
      present. So when Scientologists argue that they can't practice their
      faith, it may be because they practice by lining the cult's own pockets
      with the livelihood of their victims. Not a faith to admire. - David
      Rodman, Dunedin

      "This letter included fraudulent claims which I wish to correct. He stated
      that Clearwater citizens and your newspaper 'attack' his 'religion.' In
      looking over the St. Petersburg Times for the last three years, one can
      clearly see that it is abuse and criminal behavior that people have been
      'attacking' regarding Scientology Inc. and not 'religion.' In the online
      search of the Times, I didn't find even a single letter that attacked
      Scientology as a 'religion.'

      "Religion isn't the issue. Lies, deception, harassment, intimidation and
      another dead woman are the issues. Why isn't this obvious to Scientology
      customers? It is not an issue of 'religious tolerance.' If Scientology
      were a religion, they still would not have the right to commit crimes and
      human rights abuses. Tolerance doesn't mean ignoring abuse. - David Rice,
      San Clemente, Calif.

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      > Tom Cruise

      People Weekly published an article by Tom Cruise, in which he credits
      Scientology for helping him overcome dyslexia.

      "In 1986, the year Top Gun came out, I became a Scientologist. A friend
      gave me a picture book on Scientology, and through this I was introduced
      to the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, who had founded the religion. Mr.
      Hubbard was also an educator who had been researching the field for
      decades. He had found that literacy and comprehension levels were
      declining worldwide, so in the 1960s he had developed 'Study Technology.'
      It pinpoints three barriers to learning: Lack of mass (you can't learn to
      fly a plane by just reading about it - you have to sit in the cockpit or
      at least have a picture of a plane); skipped gradients (trying to master
      skills or information without mastering or understanding that which comes
      before them); and misunderstood words (the most important one and a cause
      for stupidity).

      "I had run the gamut, hiring specialists for myself privately, bringing in
      tutors and hearing why I would just have to 'learn to deal' with being
      dyslexic. Many people had tried to teach me, but no one had taught me how
      to learn or how to study; I had been told I had all the symptoms of
      dyslexia, but no one had given me a solution. I'm now a founding board
      member of the Hollywood Education and Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.), which
      opened its doors in 1997. H.E.L.P. is a non-profit program that uses the
      Study Technology in a totally secular setting to provide free tutoring in
      communities all over the world. Before this, I was supporting Applied
      Scholastics, H.E.L.P.'s parent organization, which was started by teachers
      to make Study Technology available broadly. When you consider that
      schoolteachers are sometimes dealing with four or five different levels of
      literacy in one classroom, you can see what they have to contend with."

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      > Org News

      The San Francisco Examiner reported on July 8th that Scientology has
      purchased a building in the North Beach area of the city.

      "North Beach residents are whispering about the new owners of the old
      Transamerica Building on Montgomery at Columbus - the Church of
      Scientology. It's a historic landmark. 'As long as the building is not
      being altered in any way,' says Sarah Owsowitz, who deals with historic
      landmarks at the City Attorney's office, 'then it is just another purchase
      of private property.' So far, there's been no activity around the site.

      "I once took one of those personality tests the Scientologists around
      United Nations Plaza often proffer. The results were inconclusive. My
      personality remains undetectable. The Church of Scientology bought up lots
      of property in West L.A. and that seems to irritate a lot of the locals.
      'Don't write anything about them,' someone down there warned me."

      GlobeSt.com reported on July 8th that the New York Scientology org will be
      renovating its building in Manhattan.

      "The Church of Scientology New York will renovate and expand its current
      home at 227 West 46th St. Brennan Beer Gorman/ Architects has been
      selected as the architect to develop the church's concept, which includes
      a total renovation and expansion to the six-story building. Upon
      completion, the building will total approximately 46,650 sf. Currently in
      construction, the project is expected to be complete by spring 2004.

      "The renovated facility will serve Church members with office space,
      classrooms, a bookstore, 250-seat auditorium, small film screening rooms
      and a variety of rooms for interviews and spiritual counseling. An
      existing airshaft will be filled in on floors three through six,
      contributing another 2,000 sf to the building and allowing more open and
      efficient floor plans. A skylight will cap the sixth floor infill.
      Leveling out the raked balcony of the current auditorium will create
      additional interior space for office and administrative functions while
      retaining views into the auditorium.

      "A mansard roof will be replaced with a 1,771 sf 'purification rundown'
      used in a program for eliminating the effects of drugs and toxins.
      Featuring three skylights, the new structure will be clad in a material
      complementary to the building's existing limestone facade and be topped
      with a standing seam roof.

      "'We approached BBG with a broad plan based on Scientology founder L. Ron
      Hubbard's methods for individual improvement and serving the needs of the
      community,' notes Rev. John Carmichael, president of the Church of
      Scientology New York. 'Working closely with us, they have designed a
      renovation that provides the spaces we need now to deliver those services,
      and enables us to continue that expansion into the future.'"

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      > Narconon

      News24.com reported on July 7th on the Narconon program in South Africa.

      "'The Narconon First Step programme is new to South Africa and was only
      launched here a few months ago, after extensive research and piloting in
      the United States,' said Paul Kruger, director of Narconon New Life Centre
      in Cape Town. He said the programme had operated successfully for over 30
      years and was used in several cities and countries, including Melbourne,
      Sydney, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Brazil, Jakarta, Buenos Aires, Mexican
      prisons and Pakistan. He said the programme was a cost-effective approach
      for handling large numbers of people needing to get off drugs, and
      involved voluntary, drug-free and pain-free drug withdrawal. 'We can train
      a family member or concerned friend to administer the programme with a
      two-day intensive workshop.'

      "Kruger said that the new programme helped with the withdrawal symptoms
      before real treatment could begin. Each individual was assessed to
      determine if the First Step Program was suitable to his/her personal drug
      history. This involved doses of CalMag - a tonic of calcium gluconate,
      magnesium carbonate mixed with cider vinegar and water - and something
      called a 'drug bomb,' a vitamin and mineral formulation. 'A third
      important component of the programme is the use of physical assists, that
      bring the person back into communication with his body and also helps with
      the associated physical symptoms of withdrawal. There are different types
      of physical assists, including nerve and touch assists,' he said.
      Communications exercises are also used to get the recovering addict to
      look 'outward' and to get back into communication with his/her

      "Discussions were currently under way with religious bodies, government,
      community-based organisations and other agencies to try to co-ordinate the
      programme. Narconon is an international non-profit organisation started in
      1966 by William Benitez based on the research of L. Ron Hubbard. There are
      over 100 drug education and prevention offices worldwide. Narconon has
      received support for its advanced technology from Scotland Yard, Britain's
      National Treatment Agency, the European Centre Against Drug Abuse, and the
      American justice department."

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      > Saint Hill

      The Auditor UK reported on a celebration of the anniversary of the Saint
      Hill compound in East Grinstead, England.

      "Saint Hill staff and public celebrated the 38th Anniversary of Saint Hill
      Foundation in the Great Hall at Saint Hill. LRH established Saint Hill
      Foundation on the 11th of June, 1965. Up until that time Saint Hill had
      operated only as a Day org. The anniversary celebration included speeches
      from two people who were involved with Saint Hill Foundation from the very
      early days.

      "The first was Rosalie Delacy, the AO Case Supervisor AOSH UK, who had the
      privilege of working as the HCO Exec Sec Saint Hill Foundation under LRH
      in 1966. Rosalie talked about her experiences at Saint Hill during those
      early days, the excitement of the first Clears being made, and the volume
      of students coming through the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course.

      "Then Margaret Meal, who has been involved with Saint Hill Foundation for
      well over 30 years, shared her experiences from the beginning to the
      present day. She arrived here in the 1960s, and in 1970, after doing the
      Flag Executive Briefing Course on the flagship Apollo, she returned to
      Saint Hill under LRH's direction to assume the post of Executive Director
      Saint Hill Foundation.

      "The final speech of the evening was delivered by Captain Saint Hill
      Foundation, Mr. Thomas Fehn. He briefed the audience on the increase in
      the org's delivery areas over the past year and the plans for the future.

      "Entertainment was provided by local Scientologists Mike Ricketts, Adrian
      Pownall, Francois Mairaux, Roland Boucher and John Wood, who performed a
      selection of live music from the 1960s up to present time and ended with a
      special song written for the anniversary of the org."

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