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  • Rod Keller
    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 46 2/23/2003 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2003 Alt.religion.scientology Week in
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      Week in Review Volume 7, Issue 46
      2/23/2003 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.

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      > Ad Agency

      Adweek reported on February 21st that the new advertising agency for
      Scientology defends the relationship.

      "Its detractors have compared the Church of Scientology to a cult, but the
      controversy that often surrounds it did not deter Horizon Media from
      taking on the business. 'It's freedom of speech,' said Zach Rosenberg, evp
      and general manager for Horizon in Los Angeles. 'Everyone has a right to
      market a belief, and we want to help them.'

      "The church, which spent about $45 million on ads in 2002 had grown too
      big for URI, said Becky Miscavige, client marketing campaigns director.
      Horizon was tapped because it is 'a growing independent agency that fits
      our needs as a growing church,' and it has an office in Europe, she said.
      Horizon will handle media strategies for building awareness of the church
      in the U.S., Europe and Russia.

      "U.S. duties include buying and planning to support church founder L. Ron
      Hubbard's book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
      Internationally, Eurizon will support the Volunteer Minister Cavalcade,
      which touts Scientology in 40 cities. 'It's not standard retail
      [advertising] to drive traffic into seats or generate ratings - it's
      ultimately to recruit people to the church,' Rosenberg said."

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      > Faith-based Groups

      The Anchorage Daily News reported on February 21st that Scientology
      participated in a meeting with the Lt. Governor of Alaska and a U.S.
      official responsible for the faith-based initiative.

      "Lt. Gov. Loren Leman led the state's first meeting Thursday. A White
      House aide in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives spoke by
      phone. A crowd of about 100 gathered at Wilda Marston Theater to listen
      and talk at a session that began and ended in prayer. Pastors came. So did
      leaders of nonprofit organizations.

      "Many church groups represented were Christian but not all. A minister
      with the Church of Scientology, for instance, came to ask how the new
      effort will affect denominations that have experienced discrimination. The
      intent is to define religion broadly, Leman responded. Churches,
      synagogues, temples are all welcome, he said.

      "The White House has laid out guidelines for religious organizations
      receiving federal dollars on a Web site, www.fbci.gov. Essentially, the
      money can't be used to fund worship or buy Bibles, the Koran or other
      religious materials. Clients cannot be forced to pray or participate in
      religious activities as a condition of getting help. It doesn't matter
      whether an organization has a cross on the wall, White House aide Balan
      Ayyar told the crowd by speakerphone. What is important is 'whether the
      service you are rendering is effective.'"

      Message-ID: <yGq5a.17243$gU.700511@...>


      > Michael Pociej

      Scientology has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice to allow
      Michael Pociej, a Polish Scientologist, to remain in the U.S. as a
      religious worker.

      "Plaintiff, CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY OF LOS ANGELES, files Complaint for
      Mandamus seeking to compel the Defendants to adjudicate the Special
      Immigrant Religious Worker petition they filed on behalf of Michael
      Pociej, a national of Poland. This is a civil action to redress the
      rights, privileges, and immunities secured by Plaintiff, by which status
      jurisdiction is conferred, and to compel Defendants to perform a duty
      Defendants owe to the Plaintiff.

      "On October 8, 1996, a Warrant of Arrest was issued for Michael Pociej for
      not appearing at his scheduled Deportation Hearing. Mr. Pociej never
      received this Notice of Hearing hence, he was not aware that he was being
      summoned by the Immigration Court. The Beneficiary of this petition, Mr.
      Michael Pociej, is scheduled for a hearing before the Los Angeles
      Immigration Court on February 27, 2003 to deliberate what other form of
      relief is available to him.

      "The Church of Scientology, Los Angeles suffered harm due to the INS'
      delay in adjudicating their petition. They need the services of Mr. Pociej
      and they cannot hire him unless they are given authority by the INS to
      commence the employment.

      "WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays that this Court: Compel the Defendants to
      perform their duty to adjudicate Plaintiff's Petition for Special
      Immigrant Religious Worker Award attorney's fees and costs of Court; and,
      Award such other and further relief that this Court deems proper under the

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      > Clearwater

      The St. Petersburg Times reported on February 21st that charges will be
      dropped against the husband and friends of a Scientologist who restrained
      her in order to take her to a doctor.

      "The State Attorney's Office last week dropped false imprisonment charges
      against Terry R. Hemphill, 54, Jamie J. Popa, 34, and Laurie Lynn Miller,
      33. A domestic battery charge against Hemphill also was dropped. Largo
      police arrested the three after finding they had bound Hemphill's wife,
      Cathleen, with electrical tape. Hemphill told the officer his wife had
      been acting erratically and needed to see the doctor. Hemphill said he
      enlisted the help of Popa and Miller to get her there. Officers determined
      Hemphill's wife was being taken against her will. Hemphill and the two
      women were arrested.

      "Mrs. Hemphill had told police that her husband had previously abused her,
      though she had not reported it to police. She reported it instead to the
      Church of Scientology, of which the Hemphills are members. Mrs. Hemphill
      also said in statements that Popa and Miller were members of the church.
      In fact, she said Popa was a 'field minister' with the church."

      Message-ID: <80ee9418.0302210754.7a565044@...>


      > In Memoriam

      The Oregonian reported the death of Scientologist Dan Perz on February

      "More than 100 kids at Lake Oswego Swim Club were under his tutelage,
      mostly ages 8 through 12. He loved to inspire kids, teach them how to
      swim fast and watch them improve. It would drive him nuts when coaches
      yelled at kids.

      "Perz had a master's degree in cinematography and married his art
      experience and visual talent with swimming. He took videos of swimmers in
      the water, then used a computer to isolate single images and used special
      effects from the computer to make photographs. His size intimidated some
      people. But his wife says he was a big teddy bear. He was a committed
      Scientologist for at least 20 years, a faithful reader of L. Ron Hubbard,
      and took classes at the Celebrity Centre downtown."

      Message-ID: <575016bf.0302182346.4dfbdf74@...>


      > Narconon

      The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on February 18th that the sponsor of
      a trip for legislators to visit a Narconon program at a Mexico jail will
      no longer advocate the program for Nevada.

      "Assemblywoman Sharron Angle said Monday she will end her quest to have
      female prisoners enter a drug rehabilitation program devised by
      Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Reno Republican said introducing a
      bill to try the program in Nevada would be useless because of Democratic
      opposition. Democrats hold 23 of the 42 seats in the Assembly. Majority
      Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, opposes the program.

      "Angle said she will cancel a March 1 trip by legislators to an Ensenada,
      Mexico, prison to look at the Second Chance Program. The trip would have
      been paid by Randall Suggs, an Arizona businessman with ties to the
      Scientology church. Angle said the Scientology church is not involved in
      the Mexican prison's program.

      "Under the program, inmates receive sauna and massage treatments for
      extended periods of time. Only 10 percent of the inmates who enter the
      program return to drugs, Angle said. Buckley said Arizona legislators
      looked at the program last year and found it cost $15,000 per inmate for 3
      1/2 months of treatment. Also, legislators were told Mexican officials did
      not check on program participants after they left prison, Buckley said."

      Message-ID: <Mxr4a.17186$gU.683664@...>


      > Australia

      The Daily Telegraph reported on February 16th that billionaire James
      Packer has left Scientology.

      "'He's out of it,' confirmed one mate, who did not wish to be named, but
      who insisted the billionaire media boss had cut all ties with the Church
      of Scientology. Packer, 34, started attending classes at the Church of
      Scientology in Sydney last year after close friend Tom Cruise introduced
      him to the religion. Just last month, Packer the younger flew to New
      Zealand to catch up with Cruise, who is shooting The Last Samurai in the
      North Island. But his dalliance with the celebrity-driven religion is
      definitely over, insiders assert."

      Message-ID: <80ee9418.0302161938.209b4d81@...>

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