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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 8, Issue 4 5/4/2003 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2003 Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
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      Week in Review Volume 8, Issue 4
      5/4/2003 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.

      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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      Note: This issue contains articles from the past two weeks of


      > Leipzig Award

      CNET News published an article on May 1st on the award of the Leipzig
      Human Rights Award to Xenu.net creator Andreas Heldal-Lund.

      "A critic of the Church of Scientology, Andreas Heldal-Lund, has received
      a human rights award for maintaining his Web page despite repeated legal
      attacks from church officials. Heldal-Lund, a Norwegian citizen who
      operates the Operation Clambake Web site, is the fourth recipient of the
      Leipzig Human Rights Award. Church of Scientology officials have tried to
      silence Heldal-Lund by, among other things, asking Google and the Internet
      archive site Archive.org to pull links to his site, claiming that material
      on its pages violates church copyrights."

      Message-ID: <3e471c14.0305011943.3198fb58@...>


      > Criminon

      The East Grinstead Courier reported on March 7th that Criminon is planning
      an evaluation of its programs with the University of Kent.

      "Criminon, based in Lewes Road, runs a number of correspondence courses
      for prisoners, and its work is to be evaluated by senior lecturer in law
      at the University of Kent at Canterbury, Dr Deborah Cheney. 'We've been up
      and running for seven years doing this,' said Criminon executive director
      Susan Chalmers. 'We would very much like to take it to the next level,
      which would be actually running courses inside prison. But to do that, you
      need to have a proven success rate - and this work is very difficult to

      "She said the ideal way to research a programme like this would be to
      evaluate the recidivism rates of people who have completed the Criminon
      programme, in other words, working out how many Criminon 'graduates'
      commit crimes after being released from prison. Dr Cheney's idea is to
      look at the disciplinary records of prisoners, and see if there is any
      improvement once a prisoner has begun the Criminon correspondence course.
      'If this proves successful,' Mrs. Chalmers said, 'we can then move forward
      to an in-house programme where it can then be evaluated for recidivism.'

      "Criminon is part of an international organisation which uses the works of
      L. Ron Hubbard to address the main factors behind offending. Programmes
      are running in prisons in countries as diverse as South Africa, the USA,
      Hungary, Israel and Mexico. 'Certainly in no way do we want it to be
      solely staffed by scientologists,' she said. 'My goal is for the
      organisation to eventually act like a sort of quality control, ensuring
      that it is run with the original philosophy.

      "About 10 prisoners register with Criminon every week. Eight courses are
      on offer, beginning with The Way to Happiness - a 21 point 'common sense
      guide to better living'. After this, more specific courses can be taken,
      including parenting skills and drug awareness. Criminon operates out of
      about two thirds of prisons in the country, and its take-up rate appears
      to be almost equal between men and women."

      Message-ID: <f758becc.0305031242.738ebee@...>


      > Search Engines

      Tory Christman reported that an Scientologists are being asked to email
      search engines to ask that web sites critical of Scientology be removed.

      "They are supposed to say things like: 'Scientologists have suffered
      personal violence and bloodshed in Europe and the USA. Potentially violent
      and unstable people get their fuel from others hate-speech. Do you want an
      incident of violence traced to a hate-site found by your search engine?'

      "'This issue is absolutely not a matter of 'free speech' or 'showing both
      sides of a controversial subject.' One is not free to incite violence, to
      fuel hatred, or yell 'fire!' in a crowded theatre. These hate sites
      actively seek to ruin others' lives and businesses, then hide behind 'free
      speech.' Scientologists with excellent work records have been fired or
      lost their businesses when hate-media mentioned them as Scientologists or
      stirred up ignorant anti-Scientology hysteria. Do you want those economic
      repercussions traced to your search engine?'

      "'Hate sites for other religions, other persuasions are omitted from
      search results -- as they should be! It's prejudicial to include
      hate-sites that denigrate Scientology. (Please find another example
      besides Judaism; it gets overloaded as a comparison point.)'

      "They are to send their emails to:
      Google: comments@...
      Yahoo: http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/abuse/cgi_abuse
      Lycos: abuse@...
      Netscape: http://wp.netscape.com/feedback/general.html
      AOL: http://www.aol.com/info/feedback.html"

      Message-ID: <pJVra.58926$cO3.4010708@...>


      > In Memoriam

      The Buffalo News reported on April 21st that Marie Bolt, a staff member of
      the Buffalo org, has passed away.

      "A memorial service for Marie R. Bolt, of the Town of Tonawanda, will be
      held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Church of the Nativity United Church of
      Christ, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Mrs. Bolt died April 16th of
      injuries suffered in an auto accident in Oak Hill, WV, while traveling
      with her family. She was 48.

      "In 2002, she joined the staff of the Church of Scientology, where she was
      a ministerial counselor in training. She was active as a Girl Scout troop
      leader and a member of the Kenmore East High School Band Parent Council."

      Message-ID: <1051525386.810908@...>


      > Montel Williams

      CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD) published an open letter to TV talk
      show host Montel Williams protesting a recent appearance by Scientology
      celebrities on his show, in which they promoted Scientology's theories of
      Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

      "As the director of communications and media relations of CHADD, the
      nation's leading support and advocacy organization serving individuals
      with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, I am writing to express my
      astonishment and supreme disappointment in your biased, inaccurate, and
      unequivocally damaging program entitled, 'A Parents Right to Choose.' By
      featuring the panelists you did - individuals who vocally decry the
      existence of AD/HD - you not only offered 'no right to choose,' you
      unquestionably deterred and prevented millions of families from seeking,
      obtaining and securing the help and medical treatment they or their
      children may need in order to manage their AD/HD and live successful and
      fulfilling lives.

      "Irresponsibly tossing around untruths and inaccuracies is a tactic
      designed to startle and scare the American public, one spearheaded largely
      by a wealthy organization with Hollywood celebrities who claim that AD/HD
      and other childhood mental disorders do not exist. Anyone familiar with
      your featured panel knows that several of your guests are reported to be
      members of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an affiliate
      founded by the Church Scientology, and well recognized for its anti
      psychiatry rhetoric. It was a one-sided panel, a one-sided show, and a
      one-sided case of journalistic irresponsibility at its height. Shame on
      you, Mr. Williams, for not recognizing junk science when it's staring you
      in the face.

      "Tather than citing the vast body of research validating the existence of
      and devastation of untreated AD/HD, you and your panelists cited no
      credible research at all. Instead, you mocked the medical community,
      referred to stimulant medication as 'kiddie cocaine,' compared
      psychiatrists to drug lords and, in general, violated every possible rule
      of sound and responsible journalism that you had an obligation to provide
      to your viewers.

      "Perhaps most glaring was the complete omission of well-documented
      clinical studies demonstrating the effectiveness of stimulant and other
      psychotropic medications when appropriately administered. Not one was
      referenced; not one was included. No one will dispute that unnecessarily
      placing a child on medication is deplorable. But the greater travesty is
      delaying proper diagnosis and effective treatment for those who truly need
      it. The sad truth is that many more children with mental disorders slip
      unrecognized past the gatekeepers of mental health services than those who
      are improperly diagnosed.

      "Peg Nichols
      Director of Communications & Media Relations

      Message-ID: <53183a73.0304271742.659eb270@...>


      > Lisa Marie Presley

      The Daily Record newspaper from Glasgow, Scotland reported on May 1st that
      Scientology celebrity Lisa Marie Presley has been receiving therapy from
      John Travolta in the wake of her divorce from Nicolas Cage.

      "John Travolta has been giving 'therapy sessions' to Lisa Marie Presley,
      who is trying to get over the collapse of her marriage to Nic Cage. The
      actor has been passing on Scientology tips on how to find her true
      soulmate. Travolta became pals with her mum Priscilla Presley after
      helping her cope after the death of Elvis."

      Message-ID: <3e471c14.0305011939.7957c99c@...>

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