A.r.s Week in Review - 9/22/2002
Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 25
9/22/2002 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,
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.
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> SacramentoThe State Hornet, newspaper of the University of California at Sacramento,
printed a letter to the editor on September 18th in response to insert ads
by Thad Hammerhead III
"I am concerned with the Scientology insert in the Sept. 11th edition.
Scientology is a proven cult, outlawed in some countries because of the
sway it holds over the minds of vulnerable individuals.
"Scientology touts its 'scientific' basis, but is really a tool of mind
control. Scientology displays its elite, mostly Hollywood movie stars, who
can influence the weak with dreams of power and riches, while down in the
trenches the misbegotten souls who have been brainwashed into thinking
they are going to make a better life for themselves, directly or
indirectly labor away their lives, then are cast aside once their
usefulness ceases. There is no retirement or safety net for those who
those who can no longer perform the duties or continue bringing in money
"I personally know many people who, realizing that they were being conned,
were shut out of this cult with nothing to show for their toil. Some have
ended up in extensive therapy to overcome the damage done by the
"Before any person becomes involved with this cult, they should know just
a little of the background of L. Ron Hubbard. In his early days he was a
close cohort of the self-proclaimed 'Evilest Man in The World', Alistair
Crowley. Crowley and his disciples practiced black magic and Satanism, a
very insidious and dangerous from of mind control; Hubbard was a willing
participant and devotee. Please don't risk the integrity and honor of our
wonderful school paper, or contribute to some susceptible individual being
conned, by accepting any further advertising from this organization."
> Lisa Marie PresleySky News reported on September 18th that celebrity Lisa Marie Presley
credits Scientology for helping her overcome an addiction to cocaine.
"Lisa Marie Presley has been speaking about her battle with drugs and
admitted she was once addicted to cocaine.
Elvis's daughter, who is a member of the Church of Scientology, said she
had kicked the habit through her own will power and the help of her
church. The 34-year-old told the Daily Star she checked into the church's
rehab centre and emerged a 'new person.'"
> Protest SummaryKeith Henson and "The Unnamed One" reported a protest on September 15th at
the Toronto Scientology org and a theater being used to hold an Auditor's
"We (Gregg, the unknown picketer and me) put in an hour and a half
starting about 1 pm. As has become standard, people come up and tell tales
about their experiences with the cult. One guy came by on a bike and
related his experience from 8 years ago when he worked at the Money Mart.
At that time the Scientologists were wiring money by Western Union into
Canada, $20,000 a day every day of the week. He had no idea of what they
were up to but for an a number of months they were having someone pick up
$20,000 a day for a week and then they would switch to another person. I
asked him why and he didn't have a clue.
"When we showed, they had their emeter show outside. That vanished inside
in a few minutes. Gregg reports that Andy Hill spent much of the picket
sitting in the coffee shop across Mary St., probably with a camera. Gregg
had someone come over and ask him to quit talking who claimed to be from
an office across the street. Gregg told him he was pleased his voice
carried that far."
"The theater they were using, Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St., is at
the edge of the University of Toronto. I was doing a brisk business
handing out flyers 100 feet up the street from where the unnamed one and
Chris were picketing when this gaggle of students came by, 8 in number.
They were knowledgeable about Scientology and very interested in what I
was doing. I asked them if they wanted to join in, and they were all
enthusiastic about it. So I took them back to the car and passed out 7
"They picketed in front of the theater for a while. As we were leaving, an
hour after the event was supposed to have started, a car came up and
parked. I asked the people if they wanted a flyer about the nut cult? The
guy said they were 'nut cult' members coming for the meeting. He didn't
take a flyer, but I did remind him he had to write a KR about meeting the
SPs, not to mention being late."
"I called the Org, and was told that I should show up on the BACK street,
and see the people there, as they were ushering to the theatre from there.
Flyers in hand, Keith and I started the picket, and about 10 seconds into
it, we were spotted, and a co$ personality called the few others back away
"Theatre staff person showed up quickly, asking politely what was
happening, and how many we were, so I explained, and he left us alone,
privately wishing us luck. Chris joined us, as did a group of University
students, so all our signs were out, and it seemed to completely
disconcert the poor Org types to see that there were actually a great
number of people out with signs and flyers."
> In MemoriamThe Portsmouth Herald (Maine) reported on September 19th that Michael
Adams, a Scientologist, has passed away at the age of 49.
"Michael Adams, 49, of Orland, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at a Blue
Hill hospital. He was born Aug. 7, 1953, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Ralph
E. and the late Shirley J. (Todd) Adams. He lived in many places,
including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Texas, New Hampshire and
"He was a believer in the Church of Scientology for many years. Michael
was a loving man with a compassionate heart. As a nurse, he cared for the
sick and the elderly. He loved nature and all its beauty and wonders, and
was an avid outdoorsman."
> Archive.orgAndreas Heldal-Lund reported this week that Archive.org, the home of
Internet archive site the Wayback Machine, has removed archives of sites
at the request of Scientology.
"Many people are very eager to learn what sites the Cult of Scientology
managed to trick you into removing from the Wayback Machine. Please try to
get and send me this list and if possible the actual request from the cult
so that we know on what grounds sites are picked out or removed from the
Wayback Machine. It is valuable to know what is censored from your
"I do not like that it says on your site that my sites are removed based
on a request from me. This is not true and I don't want you to spread that
rumor. Please remove that claim immediately and reconsider the false
request from the 'Church' of Scientology.
"I urge you to update yourselves on the controversy surrounding this cult
and their repeated attempts to monitor and silence all criticism on the
Internet. Please read some of the following links to avoid the Wayback
Machine also being dragged into a negative media frenzy like Google did.
"I know Internet history and free speech are important to you and that is
why I believe it is very important that your service is not being
suspected of only being a censored version of the 'net. That was the trap
Google almost fell into and it generated a lot of bad publicity for them.
They solved this in a very smart way and I hope you at least consider
doing something similar."