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    Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 8, Issue 26 1/4/2004 by Rod Keller [rkeller@voicenet.com] copyright 2004 Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review
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      Alt.religion.scientology
      Week in Review Volume 8, Issue 26
      1/4/2004 by Rod Keller [rkeller@...]
      copyright 2004

      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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      > Project CALL

      The Fort Bend/Southwest Sun reported on December 15th that a new
      Scientology-based literacy project has opened in Texas.

      "Having just started its second year, Project CALL, short for Communities
      Assisting Literacy and Learning, has helped nearly 1,000 people, including
      children, teens and adults, not just to learn how to read, but to learn
      how to learn. Their methods are nontraditional, but they work, says Minot
      Edwards, Project CALL's technical director.

      "The center uses a study technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, author of
      'Learning How to Learn,' an illustrated work that teaches children how to
      study. Everybody who participates in the program must read the book. 'If
      they can't read the book, we read it to them,' says Edwards. Pariani says
      part of the theory that works so well is that it is simple. It works for
      everyone, even adults and people who have been labeled with learning
      disabilities, she says. The program also adds some fun into the mix.

      "The phonics program, Reading Rescue, was developed by Edwards based on
      his extensive research into the most effective ways of teaching reading.
      Reading Rescue teaches the student the sounds of a language and then how
      to combine them to read and spell. Using games and fun drills, the student
      will master reading and spelling with the sounds of the English language,
      says Edwards.

      "In the learning basics program, the student learns what gets in the way
      of study and what to do about it, as well as ways to ensure that they
      understand and continue to use what they read. 'To study means to look at
      something and ask about it and read about it, as you learn about it,' says
      Edwards. 'Just reading the sounds of the words on the page does not even
      begin to ensure understanding.'

      "Meena Mabbu, 12, a volunteer tutor, found that as she helped others, she
      also benefited from the program. While Mabbu did not need help reading, as
      she completed the learning basics program and began to tutor others, she
      found herself using the skills in her everyday life. 'I began using the
      concepts I was teaching others in my daily life, and it has helped me a
      lot,' says Mabbu.

      "Project CALL was founded by Missouri City residents Dr. Willis J.
      Pumphrey Jr. and his wife, Grace. Pumphrey, a successful dentist with his
      own practice in the Houston area, started the program after years of
      conducting truancy workshops for Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Joel
      Clouser's court. The program, still going on, gives truant students who
      appear in Clouser's court an alternative to fines. During the one-day
      workshop, the students are taught how to learn how to learn and study
      based on 'Learning How to Learn.' A parent is also required to go the
      workshop."

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      > Unauthorized Christmas

      On December 21 the New York Times reviewed an off-Broadway production
      based on the history of Scientology.

      "Most children would be content to play a shepherd in their first
      Christmas pageant. Max Miner gets to play John Travolta. The 11-year-old
      also portrays a robot and other roles in 'A Very Merry Unauthorized
      Children's Scientology Pageant,' now Off Broadway through Jan. 4 at the
      John Houseman Theater after a sold-out run at the Tank, also on West 42nd
      Street.

      "Conceived and directed by Alex Timbers, with text and songs by Kyle
      Jarrow, the 55-minute show purports to tell the story of the life of L.
      Ron Hubbard (played by Jordan Wolfe, 13), including his stints as a
      science fiction writer and World War II Navy man, culminating in his
      founding of the Church of Scientology in 1954.

      "Hubbard called Scientology a religion but its critics have considered it
      a lucrative business. Adherents say it is not based on the worship of a
      god, but is a method of counseling and courses that helps individuals
      break free from unnecessary emotions to lead more rewarding lives.

      "Mr. Timbers said he wanted to 'juxtapose that with a straightforward
      retelling of the life of L. Ron Hubbard, for the kids not to wink back at
      the audience but perform it very genuinely, with as much honesty and
      integrity as a real Scientologist would.'

      "In a recent interview, however, the Rev. John Carmichael, president of
      the Church of Scientology of New York, said 'these guys just don't
      understand the subject.' After visiting a rehearsal and sending a letter
      of protest, Mr. Carmichael saw the show and was not amused. 'These folks
      have a right to write whatever play they want,' he said, but 'they've sunk
      to cliches.' Hubbard, who died in 1986 at 74, is portrayed in the show,
      Mr. Carmichael said, as an authoritarian demagogue whose methods create
      emotionless followers. 'We believe it's up to you,' he emphasized.
      'Salvation depends on the individual.'

      "Mr. Jarrow, 24, said that for his text he drew from both Scientology
      literature and journalistic accounts that criticize it. Using a cast of 10
      children, ages 8 to 13, Mr. Timbers's production mimics a Sunday school
      class's earnest attempt at holiday theater, complete with stiff line
      readings and blocking. Its portrayal of Hubbard's birth even parodies a
      Nativity scene, with little L. Ron surrounded by parents and barnyard
      animals as an angel (Alison Stacy Klein) proclaims, 'Billions of years of
      evolution had climaxed with his birth.'

      "Amid this zaniness, the tone can turn poignant, as when Sophie Whitfield,
      11, who plays a struggling actress named Annie, lip-synchs to a ballad
      about giving control of oneself over to someone else. After all, Mr.
      Timbers concluded, Scientology is 'about clearing your mind - almost
      embracing the mind of the child.'"

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      > Netherlands

      Het Parool reported on January 3rd that Scientology has been attempting to
      suppress the making of a documentary by the news program Network in The
      Netherlands.

      "At the end of last year, the Scientology Kerk Amsterdam managed to
      prevent the broadcast of the news-background and analysis program Network.
      Former director Caspar de Rijk, who was going to contribute to the
      program, was put under so much pressure that he decided against
      participating. He is now considering taking legal action against the
      'church.'

      "Network reporters Frank du Mosch and Jelle Broek-Roelofs (NCRV) found De
      Rijk, among others, ready to contribute to the program. The ex-director
      left Scientology a few years ago, and now is part of a large group of
      'apostates' who have newly organized themselves under the name Ron's Org
      (after Scientology's founder, Ron Hubbard). De Rijk's ex-wife and two
      daughter are still with Scientology: his daughters are following 'courses'
      at Sea Org in Copenhagen, his ex has a high function within the feared
      Office of Special Affairs (the sect's secret service) and is alternately
      stationed in Copenhagen and Dusseldorf. He hasn't seen his daughters for
      years.

      "According to De Rijk, Scientology discovered that Network was going to
      cover the sect's problems, and that he would contribute to the program. He
      was subsequently approached by his ex-wife. 'It was suggested to me that
      if I would withdraw from publicity, I would finally be permitted to see my
      daughters again.'

      "De Rijk let Network know that he unfortunately had to withdraw from
      participating. The Network reporters were, although understanding,
      furious. Camera teams were canceled and the item dismissed, because De
      Rijk is an indispensable source. But a meeting between De Rijk and his
      daughters never came about. 'In hindsight they simply strung me along for
      a while. They thought: we'll keep him appeased for a month, and after that
      De Rijk will probably stay quiet.' He also received a 'SP-declare,' a kind
      of judgment that marks recalcitrant Scientologists as a Suppressive
      Person. Other Scientologist are strictly prohibited to communicate with
      him - family or not.

      "In Scientology it is common practice to manipulate the media where
      possible. For instance, the sect requires makers of television programs to
      sign contracts. These contracts stipulate that Scientology not only has
      the right to view the final version, but also the right to correct
      'defamatory statements.' If a third party in the broadcast makes any
      comments, Scientology has according to these contracts the right to make
      the last response. Failure to abide by the contract results in a
      'compensation for damages' of 45,000 Euros.

      "Network is not going to give up. Now that it is clear what kind of game
      has been played, and now that De Rijk has been declared SP, the news
      programs will again attempt to produce a broadcast about the downfall of
      Scientology in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, Caspar de Rijk has become the
      target of an old-fashioned campaign of smear tactics in accordance with
      Scientology's notorious Fair Game law. 'I am supposed to have stolen money
      from people, and a complaint against me is said to have been filed. That
      is all inspired by the Office of Special Affairs and the theory is simple:
      when there is a group of apostates, you've got to smear them one by one.'"

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      > Jean Janu

      Stockwatch reported on December 31st that a Jean Janu has pleaded guilty
      in the investigation of a Ponzi scheme run by Scientology minister Reed
      Slatkin.

      "The former bookkeeper of controversial EarthLink co-founder and
      ex-Scientology minister Reed Slatkin has agreed to plead guilty in a
      conspiracy to obstruct justice during an investigation by the United
      States Securities and Exchange Commission of Mr. Slatkin. Jean Janu, 56,
      formerly of Santa Fe, N.M., is charged with helping former Howe St. player
      Mr. Slatkin hide his massive $593-million alleged Ponzi scheme, an
      unregistered investment operation he ran from 1985 until its collapse in
      the spring of 2001.

      "The SEC announced Dec. 10 that Ms. Janu agreed on Dec. 5 to plead guilty,
      the same day she was charged in a one-count criminal information in United
      States District Court for the Central District of California. She faces an
      arraignment hearing on Jan. 12, 2004, and is expected to formally enter
      her guilty plea either that day or later that month. Ms. Janu is the
      fourth figure to plead guilty to obstruction of justice during the SEC
      investigation. Mr. Slatkin, based in Santa Barbara, Calif., was sentenced
      Sept. 3 to 14 years in prison, after pleading guilty to 15 counts,
      including conspiracy to obstruct justice.

      "Richard D. McMullin was sentenced Dec. 1 to five months in jail and five
      months of house arrest, after pleading guilty last year. Daniel W. Jacobs,
      who pled guilty on Oct. 15, 2002, faces sentencing Feb. 23, 2004.

      "U.S. officials have called the case one of the largest Ponzi schemes in
      history. Mr. Slatkin allegedly preyed on the rich and famous, luring and
      conning scores of Hollywood stars and producers, Internet executives and
      high-society types.

      "Although Mr. Slatkin was a high-profile Scientologist for several decades
      and many of his victims and a number of his supporters and associates were
      also Scientologists, the Church of Scientology makes its position clear.
      'Earlier this year his ministerial status was revoked and he was expelled
      from the church,' media director Linda Simmons Hight told Stockwatch in
      early 2002. 'His unethical conduct violates the basic policies and ethics
      codes of the church and is unbecoming of a Scientologist.' According to
      Ms. Hight, there is no record of Mr. Slatkin practising as a minister in
      any Church of Scientology since 1983."

      Message-ID: <3ff5bca4@...>

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