A.r.s Week in Review - 7/28/2002
Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 17
7/28/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
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,
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> Applied ScholasticsThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on July 23rd that at a Catholic
cemetery for nuns, the buried remains are being transferred to make room
for a Scientology facility.
"Workers have begun moving the remains of 752 nuns from the cemetery at
the former Villa Gesu center in north St. Louis County to Resurrection
Cemetery in Affton. Transferring the remains of the nuns, members of the
School Sisters of Notre Dame, became necessary when the center was sold
"Nuns are buried in simple pine boxes in keeping with their vows of
poverty. As a result, the workers have found that many of the caskets have
deteriorated. Each sister's remains will be placed in a small casket. Ten
of those smaller containers will be buried in a single plot at
"Applied Scholastics International bought the complex for its world
headquarters for $2.9 million. Applied Scholastics also set aside $1
million for relocating the nuns' remains, Bates said. The nonprofit,
educational organization promotes the teaching methods of L. Ron Hubbard,
founder of the Church of Scientology."
> ClearwaterThe St. Petersburg Times reported on July 28th on the progress of the
Super Power building in downtown Clearwater, Florida.
"From arched 31-foot windows to the 1,140-seat dining room, there is much
that will be grand in the Church of Scientology's new downtown religious
center. It will have 889 rooms, 447 windows, 42 bathrooms. A two-story
lighted cross will perch atop the highest tower, 150 feet up. The building
even has a hefty nickname, 'Super Power.'
"A decorative pedestrian bridge will span Fort Harrison Avenue connecting
Scientology's Fort Harrison Hotel to the new building, named the Flag
Building after the local Scientology Flag Service Organization. The
building, on which work began in early 1999, is expected to be completed
by the end of 2003.
"Bob Wright, a Scientology staff member overseeing the project, says
people linger on downtown sidewalks every day staring at the building.
There is much to see as the construction nears its final year. Work has
begun on the 124-foot bridge 17 feet above Fort Harrison Avenue. It will
connect the third floor of the Fort Harrison Hotel to a landing between
the second and third floors of the Flag Building.
"The shell of the building is almost done and interior construction will
begin around the end of October. Church staff members will build the wood
furniture and accents for the new building at Scientology's mill and
workshop on Grand Central Street in Clearwater.
"Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst: 'It's going to be a big building, a nice
building, in an area we're trying to redevelop and I think it will help in
that regard.' Downtown business owner Michele Homer said she's not sure of
the building's purpose and described it as 'intimidating.' 'It makes a
huge statement,' she said. 'It is clear to me they own downtown and that's
not a bad thing. They've done more for downtown than the city itself.'
"Mike Meidel, president of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, is
glad the church didn't build 'a giant cube' downtown. 'I think it's an
attractive building,' he said. He predicted the new building will bring in
more well-to-do people. Plus, he said, with the new building, the church
might be able to free space in the Coachman Building for retail, another
boost for downtown.
"Dr. Mack Sigmon, pastor of Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church across the
street, said his parishioners have been asking how the new building will
affect their church. 'Obviously, it dwarfs our church. It makes us less
visible,' he said. 'The greatest concern I hear from my parishioners is,
'Does this turn the downtown into the Scientology mecca? What about the
other churches? What about businesses?' ' Sigmon said he hopes city
officials are committed to fostering economic prosperity downtown. He said
he still hears people say they don't have any reason to come downtown -
that there's nothing in downtown but Scientology.
"City Commissioner Frank Hibbard said he too has heard people worry that
the city is giving downtown to the Church of Scientology. But, he said,
the city is still working hard on downtown revitalization. 'I haven't
given up on downtown,' he said. 'We have too much potential.'
"Unlike other Scientology facilities such as the Fort Harrison Hotel and
the Sandcastle, the Flag Building will not have any hotel rooms. It will
be used primarily for the delivery of religious services and for office
space. The building will feature 300 rooms where as many as 900
Scientologists a day can receive 'auditing,' Scientology spiritual
"At the Flag Building, Scientologists for the first time will be able to
do 'Super Power,' an auditing process designed to provide 'full
restoration of one's perceptions,' Shaw said. Developed by Scientology
founder L. Ron Hubbard, Super Power has not been released until now, Shaw
said, because the church needed to build a facility specifically designed
for Super Power. The new building will include a 150-foot running track on
the sixth floor, which will be used as part of Super Power.
"Dining facilities for Scientology staff members in the Clearwater Bank
Building will relocate to the basement of the Flag Building, which will
feature a massive kitchen capable of preparing up to 11,500 meals a day.
"Offices for various Scientology social programs will be on the first
floor, along with a heritage museum depicting the history of the Sea
Organization, Scientology's fraternal organization of uniformed staff
members who pledge their life in service to the church. The first floor of
the Flag Building will be open to the public. Shaw said opening the
facility will alleviate any concerns in the community."
Source Magazine reported news from Scientology in Clearwater.
"In recent months the Super Power Project has rapidly moved forward with
the construction of the new Flag Mecca building. Major progress on the
building includes installation of wall panelings, interior masonry,
installation of the mechanical equipment - air conditioning, plumbing and
heating. And very visibly, the exterior wall stucco and installation of
windows. It is now more urgent and vital than ever to complete
construction of the Flag Mecca building so Super Power can be released.
Your help is needed.
"The LRH Images of a Lifetime Exhibit was the site of a special validation
of Clearwater theater owners by L. Ron Hubbard's Personal Public Relations
Officer at Flag, Judith de Saldarriaga and Honorary LRH PRO, Cass Warner.
The award reads: 'The Friends of Ron wish to acknowledge Socrates and Dru
Charos for bringing the Royalty Theater to life in downtown Clearwater,
Florida and for all their passion in bringing all forms of art and music
to the city of Clearwater, thereby uplifting its culture.'
"The Scientology group, Story Tellers of Tampa Bay, have been telling
stories to enlighten children all over the Clearwater/Tampa area recently.
They also spent a day at the state capitol in Tallahassee performing and
meeting with lawmakers to promote LRH Study Tech.
"The 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park drew 1,500 children and
parents, double the number attending last year. The popular event is
sponsored by the Community Volunteers of the Church of Scientology Flag
> Faith-Based GroupsA column in the Washington Post by Colbert I. King on July 27th criticized
the U.S. administration for including Scientology on a list of religious
groups that will help administer programs for prisoners who have been
released into the community.
You've got to hand it to Attorney General John Ashcroft and D.C. Mayor
Tony Williams. Who would have expected that in an effort to help the
District of Columbia cope with droves of violent offenders returning from
jail that the spirit-filled Ashcroft and holier-than-thou Tony Williams
would seek the assistance of the Church of Scientology.
"The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) looks after
more than 26,000 individuals under pretrial supervision, probation or
parole. The CSOSA director is nominated by the president and confirmed by
the Senate. CSOSA disclosed that it had joined with partners in the
District's faith community to create a mentoring program for offenders
recently released from prison. Citing the Bush administration's
faith-based initiative as the guiding light and quoting president Bush's
desire to 'rally the armies of compassion' spread throughout America,
CSOSA announced it had assigned a dozen offenders presently living in D.C.
halfway houses to eight faith-based institutions 'for mentoring services.'
Among those providing mentoring relationships to D.C. offenders were seven
local protestant churches and, according to CSOSA's press release, 'the
Church of Scientology.'
"Scientology was founded in the 1950s by Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, a
George Washington University student from 1930 to 1932 who died in 1986.
According to several published accounts, L. Ron Hubbard believed a
galactic ruler named Xenu banished alien evil spirits called body thetans
to Earth more than 75 million years ago, and that said thetans were
implanted in volcanoes. Hubbard, it has been reported, wrote that the
volcanoes exploded and the thetans invaded mankind, accounting for our
present ills. Although the human mind and body are infected with beaucoup
body thetans, there are, the stories go, specific instructions advanced by
Hubbard for undoing the damage done by the galactic cataclysm - a process
called auditing. If faithfully followed, and carefully monitored by an
E-meter (two wired metal cans capable of detecting truth), a person can
overcome negative experiences, undergo a regeneration of native abilities,
and find a natural spiritual awareness of self, reaching the highest level
in Scientology teachings called Operating Thetan or OT.
"Now there are those who insist that Scientology, a truly worldwide
movement, is a paranoid cult possessed with pseudo-scientific theories -
despite its recognition as a religion for nonprofit status by the Internal
Revenue Service in 1993. Scientologists, on the other hand, reject that
characterization, strongly asserting that their religion provides the
means by which people can find spiritual fulfillment and improve their
lives, and they cite Scientology community projects to prove their point."
> IndiaNew Delhi Newsline reported on July 23rd that Scientology is opening a
publishing branch in India.
"New Era International recently opening a branch in Delhi, under the name
N.E. Publications India. According to Thomas Goldenitz, MD of NE
Publications India, the group will be bringing out books in the fields of
health, science and management, 'areas which have made New Era
International one of the leading publishers in Europe.' Headquartered in
Copenhagen the group which has published books in over 53 languages, and
is one of Denmark's leading exporters, are perhaps best known for
publishing works of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the bestselling Dianetics:
The Modern Science of Mental Health and Scientology. The group is looking
to to India 'because Hubbard's research into the human mind did include an
extensive study of the Vedas. In fact the fundamental basics of the
subject have been derived from there.' Other books that the publishing
house have introduced is an education series Learning How to Learn, drug
rehabilitation Clear Body Clear Mind and The Management Series - a three
volume reference book and another book entitled The Way to Happiness."
> Jenna ElfmanSupermarket tabloid the Globe reported in its August 6th issue that
Scientology celebrity Jenna Elfman is despondent over the cancellation of
her television series.
"Customers at an L.A. bookstore were surprised to see a sobbing Jenna
Elfman being consoled by her loving husband Bodhi. Word is, the Dharma &
Greg star was weeping because she still can't get over the cancellation of
her show in April. She's been making frequent trips to the L.A.
Scientology center to help deal with what she describes as a 'major
defeat' in her life. 'She's taking this real hard,' says a pal. 'Jenna is
not getting any good movie offers and she's starting to panic a bit over
> Keith HensonKeith Henson posted a filing by Scientology in which RTC President Warren
McShane asked the court to find that distribution of an original work in
the style of Scientology's NOTS series is a violation of their copyright.
"Henson's claim that NOTs 56 is not an RTC work is false. As explained in
the accompanying Reply Declaration of Warren McShane, contrary to Henson's
representation, NOTs 56 is an unpublished, copyrighted work in which RTC
holds the rights. Thus, while Henson may wish to refer to something he
allegedly created as NOTs 56, the paragraph in Exhibit 13 to which he
refers does not convey the meaning he is ascribing to it. Furthermore, his
request for people to send him 'NOTs 56' if they can find it on the
Internet is a solicitation of an RTC Advanced Technology work, as
prohibited by the Permanent Injunction.
"There is no reason in Henson's opposition to deny RTC's motion for an
Order to Show Cause. Henson obviously believes that his absence from the
United States enables him to violate this Court's injunction with
impunity. Action needs to be taken now so that he is disabused of that
> NarcononThe Battle Creek Enquirer published two letters on July 24th and 26th
concerning the new Narconon center being established in Battle Creek,
"I find it interesting that the proprietors of the soon-to-open Narconon
'rehab' center disavow connection to the Church of Scientology. This is a
flat lie. Narconon is a well-known front group for Scientology. Further,
the techniques used are dubious at best and dangerous quackery at worst.
Their purported 'detoxification' process is unproven medical nonsense.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop had this to say: 'It's dangerous. I
don't think L. Ron Hubbard has credibility in the scientific world. The
author's suggestions about detoxification can be detrimental to your
"An excerpt from a Detroit News article dated Feb. 11 1980: 'Michigan
Corrections Department psychologist John Hand calls Narconon 'so
misleading as to be termed a con.' Hand says, 'They are phony, a front for
the Church of Scientology. We found out in Michigan that most of the money
that we were paying Narconon was laundered back into the Church of
Scientology.' Funding for the program was terminated.
"Michigan's prison system found early on they didn't need Narconon, and
Battle Creek doesn't need it either. Reputable organizations exist that
are more than adequate; why trust an addicted loved one's health and
safety to the hands of this group? - Todd A. Phipps"
"The Narconon program is licensed to use only L. Ron Hubbard's secular
research and development in drug rehabilitation. The organization has been
corporately separate and independent of any church or other organization
since the first nonprofit public benefit corporation was founded by
William Benitez on May 20, 1970. Narconon staff have long been fortunate
to have friendship and support in terms of volunteer hours, donations,
etc. from many churches and their congregations. Not just Scientology but
many churches have been glad to support Narconon centers saving lives in
their communities. Narconon centers are working in close association with
different U.S. Christian churches, with a Buddhist temple in Taiwan and
people of many different faiths. President Bush announced in his
Faith-Based and Community Initiative that he hoped churches and drug
rehabilitation professionals would work together to reduce drug addiction.
"The technical methodology used by Narconon has been scientifically
studied. After early confusions were cleared up decades ago, Narconon
staff continue to work with justice departments worldwide, including a
Utah juvenile court program; in Pretoria, South Africa; in Baja,
California; Mexico prisons, etc. - Kate Wickstrom, Executive director,
Narconon Stone Hawk"
> Protest SummaryKeith Henson reported a protest at the Toronto, Canada org on July 21st.
"Al Buttnor was in deep lurk inside the org, Brian McPherson as usual was
the front man, on a tight leash by Pat Felske. Bob Pearce was videotaping
from the coffee shop across St. Mary's St. Mad Mike was there too plus
several other actives and a bunch of spectator 'day orgers' inside the org
looking out. Their only obvious function must have been cheer at Gregg's
"Martin met us at the door to the coffee shop. Martin was the ED of the
Quebec City org and has been out a long time. This was his second picket.
This was the first time in about two years they have paid to have an
officer there for a picket. Brian did an outstanding job of misinforming,
misleading and manipulating the police officer. The officer had been
predisposed by Brian's efforts to be an enemy and indeed was vocally
hostile at first. Gregg reminded him bluntly that he was supposed to be
"He obviously thought about that and listened to what Gregg was telling
folks on the street. Within minutes the officer was not only acting
professionally neutral, he was emotionally neutral and willing to listen.
The officer asked to read all the material Gregg had with us, not only the
flyers but also the things we don't reproduce, like Gregg's laminated copy
of Fair Game and OT3. The officer read the OT3 flyer and that really
opened his eyes and he understood what the fraud was, not a belief but it
is being sold fraudulently as a 'science.' Then Gregg showed him the Fair
Game Policy and the cancellation of its name and Martin explained to him
about what the Fair Game Policy meant to Scientologists.
"The officer appeared to realize the Scientologists had manipulated him.
The tensions between the picketers and the officer completely disappeared.
At one point when Gregg was talking about Lisa McPherson, Brian was trying
to disrupt the discussion. The officer just gave Brian a cold hard stare.
Brian shut up and vanished inside. He and Pat were just steamed that
Martin and Gregg had turned the officer they had bragged uplines would
"Toward the end of the picket, three officers in the van were taking a
cool break and had brought our officer a slushy and air conditioned space
for respite from the heat. Our officer thought it was important to inform
the other officers about the volume and quality of false complaints made
by scientology. The other officers were incredulous at his explanation so
he opened the door of the van and called for Gregg to bring over some
flyers. Gregg went over and found that the officers wanted to read all of
his material. All were deeply interested in scientology's policy to
destroy its enemies, and its attempted use of the police to further this
goal. We ran entirely out of the 'A Parsonage?' flyers and gave out maybe
another 200 Xenu and Child Sec Check flyers."
> RussiaThe Russian Institute reported on July 22nd that Scientology is making a
new push for expansion in Russia.
"On Saturday, July 13th, Scientology Yekaterinburg was to celebrate the
birthday of its spiritual leader Ron Hubbard. Ural clergymen protested:
'Hubbard: a homosexual, paranoid, drug-addicted Satanist, and all his
followers are cultists.' The legal protection organ took care that the
conflict between believers of either side did not escalate into open
"Another one of the surprises the Hubbard disciples had in store was the
international marathon in support of the 'Universal Declaration of Human
Rights.' The marathon planned by the Church of Scientology started July 16
in Saint Petersburg and is to end August 20 in Paris. The Torch of Freedom
will be displayed in ten European countries. Russia is participating in
this 'premiere world-class event,' reported the Hubbardists' information
sheets. It was anticipated that at the starting gate would be Governor
Vladimir Yakovlev, a religious and social figure, representative of the UN
Information Center in Russia and Apparatus Representative for human rights
in the RF, along with more than 25 Olympic and world champions. A
statement was also to be signed with an appeal to observe hum an rights
and with a proclamation of 'freedom for all.'
"The document, which will be conspicuously carried about by marathon
participants, contains the following words, 'We appeal to France, as a
leading nation in Europe, to end government discrimination against
religion, which has criticized groups that support human rights all around
the world, and to stand as an example for all humankind.' Why name France?
And what kind of religion? And what does that have to do with Scientology?
Back in October 1996, Scientologists in Lyon were convicted of homicide.
Cult member Patric Vic, not having money to pay for the next 'course,'
jumped out the window, and his wife brought the case to court. After the
case was heard, representatives of the cult were convicted at the highest
level of government.
"In the Archdiocese Council Ruling of the Russian Orthodox Church 'On
pseudo-Christian cults, neo-paganism and occultism' (December 1994), the
Church of Scientology was called a pseudo-religion. In 1999 the
Ostankinski intramunicipal court of Moscow declared the regional
registration invalid for the 'Hubbard Humanitarian Center' social
organization and made the decision about its liquidation in connection
with violations of the registration law. The violation of registration
procedure was discovered in the course of the investigation into the
criminal case, brought up in dealing with the Hubbard Humanitarian Center
and the Scientology Church of Moscow. In court, the defendant called the
court's decision 'a violation of social rights to visit a church.'
"On May 17, 2002, in the Moscow city Duma as session was held on the theme
'of destructive totalitarian cults (sects).' Deputy Mikhail
Moskvin-Tarkhanov presented in his proposal, government and society in
Russia tended to underestimate the extent and danger of cult proliferation
in current times. The analytical bulletin of the RF State Duma 'On the
national threat in Russia from the direction of destructive religious
organizations' of 1996 reads, 'Cults present a danger to the individual,
the family and to society. According to official texts from the MVD in
Russia, the Church of Scientology is one of a variety of satanic cults
that has a manifest criminal tendency and actively applies psychotropic
substances so that its adepts will obtain a controlled type of
personality. Cult instructions have specially created structures of
concealment, and it is engaged in superficial charitable activity, which
also applies to the Hubbard Humanitarian Center. The police in many
countries recognize that the Scientology organization has created a
massive spy network and collects information by both legal and illegal
> Sweden"Mucronate" reported a visit to the Scientology expo in Gothenburg, Sweden
on July 17th and 22nd.
"Lots of big pictures and some text about how incredibly much the
Scientologists had helped people. They also showed various films about the
Volunteer Missions and films with information about Scientology in
general. There was a television set up with two nice little rows of chairs
in front of it, an e-meter close by with information about the bridge,
various monitors containing Dianetics in many translations, and three
tables with various scriptures on it. Everyone who entered was asked if
they wanted a guided tour. Both times there were more Scientologists than
"The second time I explained as well as I could what they were showing,
and various things about Scientology in general. My friend was approached
by a Scientologist asking if we wanted help, and as I explained my friend
was not speaking Swedish, she was immediately taken to the table with
English scriptures on it. I moved around and ended up close to a woman
from the cult talking to a man about psychology. She was ranting about how
insane it was to hand amphetamine to children and went on to talking about
how much greater Scientology was.
"She began talking about courses and that the man should try one to
improve himself. I interrupted after a while asking the woman why she did
not tell him how much the auditing cost, as I thought it would be fair to
let him know. The only thing she would say was it would cost 'some money'
after which the other man began realizing what it was all about. She
proudly declared anyone could reach 'clear' without even one hour of
auditing from just reading Dianetics alone, and when I asked how many had
done so she replied with a very delayed 'hundreds of thousands of people.'
I asked her if she knew anyone personally who had done so, and the
question must have taken her by surprise because she was stuttering for a
while before saying 'yes, well, several.'
"She finally lost her temper with me and asked where I found such silly
and wrongful information about Scientology. She wanted to know my name as
she refused to say another word if I did not tell her, and she refused to
talk to me in the vicinity of others. I stressed my name was not
important, and she began ranting about how silly I was and how she always
wanted to know who she was talking to. When I went on refusing to tell her
my name she wanted to take a picture of me! I refused that as well asking
her loudly why she needed to take my picture when I asked critical
questions. I gave her some sources of information i.e. xenu.net and she
was clearly shaking when she wrote it down on a piece of paper, even
asking how to spell 'that name' Xenu. As I had to leave the exhibition in
its final minutes before closing on that the last day she was shouting
after me she did not have to find any information on the Internet since
'Scientology provided her with everything she needed.' I replied with
saying she probably could not even visit the site at all since
Scientologists are not allowed to do so.
"When leaving the place with my friend who was clearly shocked by the way
the woman acted I noticed there were people standing around listening to
the whole thing. On top of facing another critic she had managed to act
stupid in front of a lot of people."