"During a four-month tenure at a Columbia dentistry, a Glen Burnie woman claims she was unwillingly subjected to the ways of the Church of Scientology and then unjustly fired. She alleges she had to take a personality test primarily used by Scientologists before she was hired. She claims she had to attend seminars based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. And she maintains her employer told her that her lifestyle didn't mesh with the Scientology philosophy and then fired her. Tammy Bright, 44, is now suing Smile Savers Dentistry for $400,000, accusing it of discrimination because she did not adapt her religious beliefs to Scientology.
Devora Lindeman, a Newark, N.J., attorney representing the dentistry operated by Dr. Daniel Stewart, denies the allegations and said Bright was fired for 'poor performance.' Lindeman said that while the dentistry used 'management and administrative technology' developed by Hubbard, the techniques had no religious undertones.
Bright attended all seminars that were required of her and other employees where the teachings and philosophies of Scientology were stressed, according to the lawsuit. At the first seminar, Bright was taught topics including, 'How to spot a person who commits an overt act,' and 'Aberration: Departure from rational thought,' the suit alleges.
At another seminar, the teachings included: 'what is a suppressive person,' 'what is a potential trouble source,' and 'two type of people: destructive and constructive,' according to the lawsuit.
Judy Stewart told Bright that aspects of her life - her relationship with her ex-husband and her daughter living with the ex-husband - were contrary to the teachings in the ORG.Book. Judy Stewart told Bright that she was a 'potential trouble source' and should not be involved in a business's financial dealings, the lawsuit states.
The next day, Stewart told Bright that he felt something was wrong with the 'energy' at the front desk and that Bright's and a colleague's personal lives were affecting the dentistry. Stewart told Bright and the other colleague to complete an 'Over Act/Withhold Write Up Form' and return to the office with 'more positive energy,' according to the lawsuit.
That evening, Judy Stewart called Bright at home and told her to not return to work because 'things were just not working out,' the lawsuit said. Murnane claims that Bright was fired solely because she did not practice Scientology, as Stewart had required.
"VISTA A North County man was placed on three years' probation yesterday for his role in the death of his mother in what a judge said was one of the most unusual cases to come before him. Superior Court Judge Richard E. Mills also ordered Leo Dunckley, 62, to complete 300 hours of volunteer work. The judge said he had never seen a case like Dunckley's in which the defendant had made such an effort 'to do the right thing' and still ended up being convicted of a crime.
In January, a jury convicted Dunckley, formerly of Solana Beach, of elder abuse in the death of his 90-year-old mother, Eleanor Dunckley, on Aug. 12,2002. Leo Dunckley lived with his mother, who suffered from a host of maladies including Alzheimer's disease and poor circulation, and cared for her for eight years.
According to testimony during two trials, Eleanor Dunckley died of a lung infection and a blot clot. Medical authorities said her body was covered in bedsores, which contributed to her death.
Dunckley testified that he treated the bedsores himself by spraying them with an iodine solution and turning his mother regularly throughout the day and night. He said he tried to get an appointment with either of two doctors he trusted in Los Angeles but was unable to do so. Stein said Dunckley preferred those doctors because they, like himself, were members of the Church of Scientology. Stein said Dunckley ignored the doctors' advice that he take his mother to a doctor or emergency room in San Diego County.
'It's unimaginable to me that Mr. Dunckley could not have been aware of his mother's condition, and he needed to have it treated in a different way,' the judge said."
"As Heber Jenztsch reminds us, L. Ron Hubbard wrote that 'a being is only as valuable as he can serve others.'
I serve you now with two hours worth of video from last weekend's Humanist Society Meeting. The first part is Barb and Tory sharing their opinions. The second half features the comments of the three Scientologists in attendance.
This is the full raw footage of the meeting, unedited. I only had two hours worth of video and the meeting ran a few minutes over that so the ending of the meeting was not captured but nothing of substance was missed.
I thank everyone who participated including the three Scientologists.
"Donna Reeves a very good and highly productive Class VIII auditor who dedicated her whole life to Scientology while in the SO is now being dumped at a nursing home, without any consideration for her well being. Donna is in her mid 70's and she can no longer be on staff. [...]"
Tory/Magoo responded, in part:
"They did the same to Sally Esterman, years ago. It was pathetic. I told Kay Connally, the Head of PR from RPR, that she HAD to start making sure these folks have a place to go, as there are going to be bunches of them, soon. (I said that in 2000). Here we are, 4++ years later, and they still do the same thing?"
"I watched the tragedy of Sally Esterman, a kind lady who worked tirelessly behind the scenes with Yvonne, getting Celeb Center going. When I saw her in this old, dumpy-dirty nursing home down Fountain, squished in a room with two other older ladies, abandoned and alone, crying, telling us, 'I don't know ~how~ to drop my body'........it was truly sickening and sad. I don't wish that on any Sea Org member (except many those Exec's who have harmed so many people)---but many of the SO members are just good people, in the dark as to how little their 'Church' really gives a damn about them."
and "ladayla" remembered Luzette Sparrin and Ikey Stone.
"Cult cons farmer.
In the Kaluzhsky region Scientology brought a farmer to sell his land for a song. Dissidents were discouraged ...
The 'Voznesene' farm used to be one of the largest in the district. It had over 2,000 cows and swine, with 1,500 hectares under cultivation. Now the fields are covered with weeds, 300 head of cattle remain and the cow sheds are gray with dirt and decay. In the stalls stand sad, gaunt cows.
'They're slaughtering the livestock,' Elena Levshina the milkmaid says mournfully. 'Every Tuesday either the Gypsy or the Armenian comes by and takes away 5-7 cows. The farm is falling apart! Our new landlord says he is trying his best.'
Last spring everything intensified. Back then things took off in a new direction. Some enthusiastic young people passing themselves off as strategic investors asked the farmer to a meeting. There they presented the future life of the farm in radiant splendor. They promised 10,000 rubles a month, free firewood and a ploughed garden. They said new equipment would replace the old. But, in order for the fairy tale to come true, he would have to sell land shares.
'Say what! The land is the last thing we have,' Lydia Dubinkina the bookkeeper screamed loudest of all. 'It's better to keep it and lease it as a source of income!'
After only a few days a line was forming in the office, in which connection the bookkeeper was one of the first. For each share of land, 6 hectares, they got 30,000 rubles. They didn't know how it would turn out for the farmer. They signed a blank form, received money, and walked away.
It was later explained that the buyers represented the interests of the 'Planeta Zemlya' ('Planet Earth') investment company, which is controlled by a religious organization of Scientologists.
The miracle didn't happen. Instead of the 10,000 rubles promised, the farmer gets 1,500 or 2,000. Instead of buying new machinery, management's instructions are to cut up what they have for scrap. 'When I was on vacation for a month, nobody took care of the tractor!' seethes mechanic Sergei Zverev. 'They took it away for scrap metal.' Anyone who sputtered a protest was sacked.
'It doesn't make any difference to the new boss whether the farm exists or not. For them the main thing was to get the land,' says Voznesensky administration chief Tatyana Belova. 'The Oka River runs near our village. It's a picturesque spot. Magnificent dachas are scattered along the riverbank upstream and down. The owners are from Moscow. In a nearby village they say the rural school itself is being rebuilt into a private building.'
The affair quickly gathered momentum. 'Zemlyan' reorganized the 'Voznesene' farm and split it into two companies. One they called 'Voznesene' and the other, 'Oka' Inc. The richest land on the banks of the river was transferred to 'Oka' Inc., and the old machinery and employees stayed in 'Voznesene.' Now the sectarians don't give a hoot what happens to the farm. The choice land was transferred to a different company and put up for sale.
The farmer got downright angry. If the farm was broken up, how would it survive? Those who had not yet bid farewell decided not to sell the land. On the contrary, they called the land surveyor, and pooled their resources for a site on public land.
However, the new landlords were not about to pass up additional profit. 'Planeta Zemlya' brought the dissidents to court. The farmer was outraged: they had tilled this land for decades, and now strangers were taking them to court! They were being intimidated! 'Their lawyer screamed at us: Where are you going? If you thrash about, you'll get nothing at all! We're the ones with money here!' said Elena Levshina the milkmaid.
Those who sold their land did not get the full amount. Svarshchik Biryukov bought a lot of vodka, locked himself in his house, hasn't finished it all and hasn't left. 'And my neighbor had canned meat all year. 'Oh, woman, I want to eat real meat,' she said,' continued the milkmaid.
Meanwhile the 'Planeta Zemlya' is already selling hectare parcels for construction lots near the village of Voznesene. Besides this, they can go to market with the parcels of two other Kaluzhsky region farms they bought up earlier. The price in 6,000 rubles an are (100 sq. meters). Calculated at that rate, then one farm share is worth 3.6 million rubles. It's really something, cults con people!"
"California Superintendent of Public Schools Jack O'Connell, said Tuesday that all California schools should drop an anti-drug program after it was revealed that the program was teaching false information. Narconon Drug Prevention and Education program, which is affiliated with the Church of Scientology, was used in at least 39 schools in California, including some in Los Angeles.
Some teachers reported that the program's instructors taught students that drugs produce a colored ooze as they leave the body, and that drugs can 'ruin creativity and dull senses' - all of which is inaccurate. A report also found that the program taught many beliefs held by the Church of Scientology.
The move to abolish this anti-drug campaign is clearly a good one. While it is important that children learn the harmful effects of drugs, educators can easily accomplish this without lying to children."
Ida Camburn recalled a similar situation about 30 years ago and posted a letter to that effect.
"... This is not the first evaluation on his program which is dangerous as Kim has explained. The first evaluation was done in l974 by a group of learned people who also found the program without merit. In 1976 I wrote the following letter to Josette Mondanaro who was in Calif. State Health dept at that time.
Dear Dr. Mondinaro:
Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry of August 4 -- re Narconon. I have made further inquiries and found that the City of Palo Alto are funding money for the support of Narconon in their city. I am at more or less at a loss as to how to continue other than to call their office -- the city manager of Palo Alto and ask for information. Perhaps you saw the program on ABC last night Sept. l, Thursday at l0 PM. regarding Scientology and the Moonies.
Thank you again and I will make an effort to continue the research . I will quote you from a letter from my son as it appears they are treating drug addicts at the ASHO as a part of his study."
A url for "another Narconon horror story" was posted:
"'Tara J' describes her hellish experience at Narconon of Southern California (Newport Beach) and Narconon Warner Springs. With supporting documents:
"Some high-profile Scientologists are donating some impressive celeb-related items to a charity auction, sometimes with the assistance of their corporate employers. And that has raised eyebrows among foes of the controversial group.
'I find it interesting that networks would oblige their stars by supporting a single sectarian effort,' Rick Ross of Cultnews.com tells The Scoop. 'What about the Catholics and Jews? Why is Scientology so special?' Charity organizer Tracee Falkow tells The Scoop no corporations have had any problem with such issues. 'We've made our purpose very clear, and so far, so good,' she says."
"February 25, 2005 -- SEXY starlet Jenna Elfman has gotten so deeply into Scientology that her main goal these days is to help it take over the world.
Scientologists who reach 'OT 3' are told about 'Xenu,' a galactic ruler who paralyzed humans and sent them back to Earth in spaceships 75 million years ago, reports CultNews.com, which closely follows the faith. They were then arranged around a volcano and murdered with H-bombs, but their souls are still hanging around and are known as 'Body Thetans' or 'BTs.'
Elfman's career hasn't exactly taken off like Xenu's spaceship, however. Since 'Dharma & Greg' was canceled, she's appeared in a series of flops. This she seems to attribute to what Scientologists call 'Suppressive People' or 'SPs.'
'The more successful I became, the more suppression I bumped into,' Elfman says. 'Especially in the entertainment industry, which is really home to rabid suppression . . . I don't have time as a leader, as an OT and as an artist to be suppressed.
'[If] you want to survive as an artist or leader . . . know you are going to be under attack,' Elfman warns. 'You have to be able and willing to confront evil if you want to survive.'
Elfman says she has done this by 'cleaning house of those people who were very good at convincing [me] that they were there to help, when they were absolutely not . . . Now that I'm willing to confront them, they away scurry much like her fans, apparently, and perhaps her publicist, since she no longer has one. Elfman's agency, CAA, had no comment on her religious ramblings."
So there's still hope it can be named WORST FILM OF ALL TIME somewhere down the way.
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