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A.r.s Week in Review - 9/1/2002

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  • Rod Keller
    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 22 9/1/2002 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2002 Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
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      Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 22
      9/1/2002 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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      > Clearwater

      A letter to the editor of the St. Petersburg Times on August 27th
      criticized the building of the Super Power building in downtown
      Clearwater, Florida.

      "Aren't we lucky. Scientology's largest facility in the world. Right here
      in Clearwater. As the article says, an unmistakable presence. In reality
      it is the last nail in Clearwater's coffin. This building is a
      monstrosity. It has scarred Clearwater's skyline.

      "Yes, people stare at the building, not because of the architecture but
      because of the evil it represents. Can you imagine how many lives and
      families were ruined to pay for this building?

      "Real churches, such as Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, feel
      intimidated. That is what the cult does. They are not a real church so
      they make a structure that intimidates. Even the cult calls it a 'super
      power building,' not a church. Real churches inspire warmth and reverence
      to invite someone to worship. The cult instead shows off its wealth and
      opulence. It doesn't invite, it repulses. - David Rodman, Dunedin"

      Message-ID: <FvIa9.99$AJ5.11560@...>


      > Edmonton

      The Edmonton Journal reported on August 30th that a government project to
      revitalize Edmonton, Canada has paid for repairs to the Scientology org.

      "An initiative to rejuvenate the faded east downtown is running out of
      time to spend $75,000 of the province's money with little to show for the
      $150,000 the effort has already spent. With just 31/2 months left in the
      three-year mandate of the Jasper East Village project, there's a risk the
      revitalization project will fail to spend a third of its $225,000 budget.

      "The Edmonton initiative boasts two major street-front restorations after
      almost three years when at least eight or 10 might have been expected,
      Conley said Thursday. Architect David Murray, who has worked on the Jasper
      East Village project since the beginning, said talks are still underway to
      restore the historical facades of two more buildings on 97th Street,
      although the province may have to agree the work can be completed next
      year. Murray said one prospect is the vacant building just south of the
      Fix & Smith law office and the other is home to National Cappuccino &

      "He also cited two examples of smaller accomplishments: The program
      cost-shared a sign and canopy for the Edmonton Community Loan Fund when it
      had an office on 97th Street. Unfortunately, the company moved and took
      the sign and canopy. The Church of Scientology, also on 97th Street, got
      assistance with a new sign and offered to do street-front repairs."

      Message-ID: <6x2c9.160$AJ5.17623@...>


      > Relational Disorders

      The Washington Post reported on September 1st that the proposal to
      identify Relational Disorders as a form of mental illness is being
      criticized, in part because of the anticipated opposition of Scientology.

      "Some of the nation's top psychiatrists are advocating the creation of an
      entirely new category of mental illness that could profoundly alter the
      practice of psychiatry and result in tens of thousands of families being
      diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. In a monograph being circulated by
      the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the doctors recommend that a
      category called 'Relational Disorders' be added to the next edition of the
      Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is the psychiatric
      profession's official guide for defining emotional and mental illnesses.

      "This new type of disorder would identify sickness in groups of
      individuals and in the relationships between them. This is a profound
      conceptual shift from the medical model of psychiatry, in which illnesses
      are diagnosed solely in individuals. The psychiatrists calling for the
      creation of a 'Relational Disorders' category are led by Michael First of
      Columbia University, editor of the previous edition of the psychiatry
      manual, and David Reiss of George Washington University. They and others
      say that troubled relationships are the reason many people seek
      psychiatric help and that improving those relationships can lift people
      out of depression, improve cardiac and immune system functioning and even
      heal wounds faster.

      "Several psychiatrists oppose the move, portending a clash that could last
      for months or years - doctors are still in the early planning stages for
      the next edition of the manual. Some worry that the new category of
      disorders would fuel fears that psychiatrists are inventing disorders as a
      backdoor way to fix social problems.

      "'You can take road rage as a relational disorder. It's a relationship
      between the person and traffic,' said Bedirhan Ustun, a doctor with the
      World Health Organization. Robert Spitzer, a previous editor of the
      manual, said the new category would give fresh ammunition to critics of
      psychiatry, such as the Church of Scientology. 'There are Scientologists
      on the street making fun of our diagnoses,' he told First, referring to
      critics outside the meeting halls who spun a roulette wheel to offer
      passersby a psychiatric diagnosis. 'It's one thing to call something a
      problem. But to call it a disorder is to move away from the medical

      Message-ID: <fJpc9.180$AJ5.18968@...>


      > Tom Padgett

      Arnie Lerma reported on September 1st that Tom Padgett has been arrested
      while waiting for his son to arrive for court ordered visitation. Tom has
      been fighting his ex-wife, a Scientologist, over visitation and alleged
      non-payment of support.

      "He was arrested last night at the Providence, RI airport where he was
      supposed to meet his son for visitation. He was arrested by a swarm of
      cops and then was taken to Warwick RI jail. I believe this for a 'failure
      to appear' charge against Mr. Padgett in Madison Kentucky, about a matter
      that was overturned on appeal, but is being used by his
      ex-scientology-wife to destroy him and his relationship with his son."

      "Tom said that the RI police said they received so many faxes to go after
      him that they thought he was Kentucky's 'most wanted criminal.' Other
      charges have been added besides the failure to appear, one being flagrant
      non-support. I believe that Kentucky will be there Tuesday morning with a
      governor's warrant to drag him back down there."

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      Message-ID: <3d71a645.270014357@...>

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