A.r.s Week in Review - 1/12/2003
Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 40
1/12/2003 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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> CloningThe Glendale News-Press reported on January 10th on the position
Scientology has taken in the controversy over human cloning.
"While some local religious leaders believe human cloning could provide
advancements in health research, others fear the concept allows human
beings to play God.
"For Father Joseph Shea of Holy Family Catholic Church, the sense of
family commitment would be adversely affected if advances in human cloning
were pursued. 'It's taking the family expression of love and reducing it
to a laboratory,' he said. 'As Catholics, we believe the body and soul
will be reunited in the Resurrection. I don't understand why people would
want to clone themselves. The body would not have the same soul, it would
not be the same person.'
"Jean Dale is a minister of Scientology, and spokeswoman for the Glendale
and Los Angeles areas. To members of her faith, how the body is created is
not something of importance. 'We believe that man is a spiritual being
that inhabits his body,' she said. 'It means they never die, and go from
one body to the next. What is important to us is that genetic research,
and any research, is approached responsibly and ethically.'"
> Tom CruiseThe Associated Press reported on January 10th that Scientology celebrity
Tom Cruise is using the publicity over the shooting of his latest movie to
denounce the use of drugs to tread Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
"Hollywood star Tom Cruise advised parents on Saturday to work hard to
help children having problems at school and not immediately put them on
medication. 'Today in America I know they are so quick to put children on
drugs because they are not learning well,' Cruise told reporters before
the start of shooting of his latest movie, 'The Last Samurai,' outside
this North Island city.
"Cruise said he went to 15 different schools as he was growing up and had
a 'very difficult time' with formal learning. He eventually tackled his
learning problems with the help of 'study tools' from the Scientology
religion 'that have helped me to be able to educate myself,' he said."
From Stuff Magazine on January 12th:
"Nothing succeeds like niceness and Tom Cruise's niceness is like golden
rain. Yesterday he poured it over a sweltering black press room in New
Plymouth and everyone bathed in its glow.
"After the Te Huatahi concert party had karangaed and serenaded him he
fumbled a scrap of paper out of his pocket: 'I've got a little help here,'
he said, 'because I don't want to make a mistake. E Nga Iwi O Taranaki,'
he blurted in Californian Maori, 'Tenna Katow, Tenna Katow, Tenna Katow
Katoh.' The Maori party greeted this with a friendly explosion of welcome
but then they had a low key Kiwi charm to match his. Wharehoka Wano, the
Maori speaker who accompanied Cruise and spoke for him, said in Maori 'I'm
already being mistaken for Tom Cruise'. The Maori instantly guffawed; the
Pakeha journalists; and the trio from Hollywood listened to the
interpreter and burst into delayed laughter.
"Perhaps his performance lacked a little in grit. This after all is a
Scientologist and Scientologists believe that in the past billions of
surplus beings from other planets were sent to Earth and slaughtered an
evil alien called Xenu. Is there some dark weirdness beneath that golden
grin? Well, the star explains, Scientology helped him overcome his
dyslexia and his famously broken education (15 schools!)"
> DenmarkThe Associated Press reported on January 10th that Scientology has been
fined for making defamatory statements in an edition of Freedom Magazine.
"The Church of Scientology was fined by a Danish court Friday for
publishing defamatory remarks about an east German filmmaker and a Danish
journalist described by the church as having links to the former East
German secret police. Anette Refstrup, the Danish editor-in-chief of the
Frihed, or Freedom, was fined 10,000 kroner (US$1,370) and the church was
ordered by the Copenhagen City Court to pay court fees of 130,000 kroner
"In 1999, Frihed published a story that claimed filmmaker Walther
Heynowski worked for East Germany's Stasi and trained Danish journalist
Joergen Pedersen. The article was published after the Church of
Scientology tried to stop Pedersen from making a television show critical
of the church, which is not recognized as a religious organization in
"Heynowski, a German citizen, and Pedersen worked together on the show.
They sued the church for defamation and demanded 250,000 kroner
(US$34,200) apiece. Among those who testified in the trial, which started
in October, was former East German spymaster Markus Wolf, who denied
Heynowski had worked for him."
> Germanydie Kirche, a Christian newspaper in Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany
reported on January 12th that Gerry Armstrong and Thomas Gandow will
participate in a religious service in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
"He used to work directly with L. Ron Hubbard as a staff member in
Scientology's public affairs and secret service: Gerry Armstrong. He first
came upon the 'findings' of science fiction author Hubbard when he was 22
back in 1969, and was filled with enthusiasm for the promises of the
psycho-guru. In 1981 Gerry Armstrong left Scientology. What happened after
that was nothing especially strange to the former secret agent:
psychoterrorism, attempted attacks upon his person and court proceedings
with trumped-up charges. One result of this was that Armstrong is no
longer allowed to address himself to the topic of Scientology in the USA.
"Even in Berlin, Scientology has attempted to silence the the insider gone
out. So it's no surprise that the church commissioner for issues of sects
and weltanschauung, Rev. Thomas Gandow, sees a continued need for
information work in dealing with the Scientologists. He has referred to
the dangers of the organization many times in lectures for the public and
in job enhancement training for ministers and religious instructors.
"The Focus divine service, where Gerry Armstrong and Rev. Thomas Gandow
will speak, will take place at 11:30 a.m. January 19, 2003 in the
Luisenkirche on Gierkeplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg."