Presenting Rod Keller's
Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 6, Issue 45 - March 3 2002


Scientology announced the publication of a new booklet from the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights this week. "The booklet is called 'Psychiatry: Shattering your world with Drugs.' As LRH has pointed out, psych treatments are the cause of crime, and there would be no criminals at all if the psychs had not oppressed beings into acts of vengeance against society. This new booklet will be distributed to politicians, government officials, law enforcement agencies, judges and those responsible for funding drug and criminal rehabilitation programs. "For some time the psychs and drug companies have put out propaganda directly to Doctors, schools, and even students. So this program includes the printing of two new pamphlets, written for the same doctors, schools and students as the psychs propaganda, and CCHR's pamphlets contain the truth. "'The hoax of learning and behavior disorders' pamphlet covers the false 'learning disabilities' psychs push on parents and teachers. 'Lets talk about psychiatry' strips away false data and includes a complete word list defining the phony labels of psychiatry, and explains what psych drugs are and what mental illness really is. "These three publications, in 15 languages, at two and a half million copies is five times the distribution of any previous CCHR publication." Message-ID: 3c7de9ab$

Caroline Letkeman

Former Scientologist Caroline Letkeman reported that she received her Suppressive Person declare from Scientology. "5 February 2002 "Caroline Letkeman, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, is hereby declared a Suppressive Person. Caroline Letkeman, in November 2001, formally resigned from the Church of Scientology by means of a public declaration. In addition to this, she demanded full refund of all funds donated to the Church. In the year 2000, Caroline wrote an essay against Scientology which contained defamatory statements and black propaganda; this was written for a known suppressive group and was published through a broad communication medium. "Attempts have been made by Church staff to assist Caroline to come to her senses, however, she refused these efforts to help her and has continued to commit suppressive acts. "Caroline has committed the following suppressive acts: VIOLATION OR NEGLECT OF ANY OF THE TEN POINTS OF KEEPING SCIENTOLOGY WORKING. PUBLIC DISAVOWAL OF SCIENTOLOGY OR SCIENTOLOGISTS IN GOOD STANDING WITH SCIENTOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS. PUBLIC STATEMENTS AGAINST SCIENTOLOGY OR SCIENTOLOGISTS BUT NOT TO COMMITTEES OF EVIDENCE DULY CONVENED. DEMANDING THE RETURN OF ANY OR ALL FEES PAID FOR STANDARD TRAINING OR PROCESSING ACTUALLY RECEIVED OR RECEIVED IN PART AND STILL AVAILABLE BUT UNDELIVERED ONLY BECAUSE OF DEPARTURE OF THE PERSON DEMANDING. "It is hoped that Caroline comes to her senses and recants." Message-ID:


Jyllands-Posten reported on February 26th and 27th that a Scientology day care center in Copenhagen, Denmark may be shut down by city officials. "The politicians are debating whether 20 nursery- and kindergarten schools are going to be torn away from their secure surroundings of the day care institution Lillekilde in Valby [district of Copenhagen] because the parents and the employees are connected to Scientology. Lillekilde was founded as a private day care centre for Scientologists and the institution has for several years been in the spotlights of the City Council. "The report dwells on the point that the [Scientology] institution's pedagogical foundation is based on 'improvement programs' and that each Friday the children are systematically rewarded with 'diplomas of commendation' for potty training and other achievements. Rewards for certain behaviour of conduct are in conflict with the service law, it says in the report. "Nevertheless, Lillekilde has been approved of by Frederiksberg, Hellerup, Gentofte, Brondby, Lyngby-Taarbaek and Ishoj town districts as a private day care centre and has until now had a permit from the employment bureau of Valby Bydel. With the dissolution of the experiment of the town district, it is now up to the Copenhagen City Counsel to decide whether or not the day care centre should be subsidized. "According to Christine Astrupgaard, who has a daughter in Lillekilde, the parents have already been notified that the City Counsel is planning to shut down the cash flow. Therefore, they have taken the matter up with an attorney, and she thinks that the presentation of the city council is distorted. "According to the chairman of the parents council, Julie Truelsen, 60% of the parents have nothing to do with Scientology. 'I am one of them myself and I have an incredibly good experience with the institution. The way a single child is taken care of, I don't think you will experience that in many other places,' says Julie Truelsen. 'The city council has tackled the things very unprofessionally, and it looks like there's something personal behind it. I don't see any connection at all between Scientology and the institution. But they have chosen to focus on people's religious relationships instead of looking at some parents, who have taken the initiative of having their children looked after themselves, because the municipal could not meet their own guarantee of accommodation,' she says." "Scientology disclaims any connection with the day care centre, which has been in the spotlights of the Municipal of Copenhagen and where it is now being decided if the State aid to the institution should be terminated. "Kerstin Bergendal, who has a child in Lillekilde, thinks that the Municipal of Copenhagen are on the wrong track. 'I have no sympathy for Scientology and my child would never be in the institution if there was any connection,' says Kerstin Bergendal. "Bente Moller (EL) is skeptical. 'We are considering whether it is a place, which the Copenhagen Municipal wishes to give a working permit. What in any case is needed, is that the institution accepts the rules of the service-law, agrees to a supervised inspection and is open for common accommodation.' "Family and labour market mayor Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard (SF): 'As politicians we should not interfere with people's religion. This here is exclusively about whether the institution runs according to the service-law and the pedagogical goals, which are set by the Copenhagen Municipal. I have asked the city ownership to come up with a exposition to get the thumb up or down for a State aid.'" Message-ID: a5n0u2$ Message-ID: a5u7q9$


The Associated Press reported on February 26th and 28th that two Scientologists were arrested in Cairo, Egypt for promoting Dianetics, under the charge that Scientology defames other religions. "A Cairo court has prolonged the detention of a Palestinian woman and her Israeli husband suspected of 'contempt of religion' by promoting Scientology in the country, Egypt's Middle East News Agency reported Tuesday. Wafaa Hassan Ahmed, 26, and Mahmoud Mufid Masarwa, 28, have confessed to being assigned by their followers in Tel Aviv and Rome to promote Scientology in Egypt as 'a pivotal country in the region that would ease its spread to neighboring countries.' The agency referred to Scientology as a religious belief that 'defames Islam and Christianity and calls for disobeying their teachings.' "Ahmed confessed to being chosen for her mission because she is Palestinian and hoped to draw sympathy from Egyptians because of Palestinian-Israeli violence." "The Church of Scientology rejects suggestions a couple detained in Egypt after selling a book by the church's founder showed contempt for Islam, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. 'We respect all religions,' Leisa Goodman, the church's human rights director, said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. Goodman said Ahmed, a Palestinian, and Masarwa, an Israeli, came to Egypt to sell 'Dianetics,' by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, because Egyptians had expressed interest in the material. She said they had received permission to sell 'Dianetics' at the 2001 Cairo Book Fair and remained afterward seeking a local publisher for Arab editions of the book. They were arrested Dec. 24 and since then, Goodman said, the church has been unable to get much information about their case." From Agence France Presse on February 28th: "Egyptian authorities arrested a Palestinian woman and her Israeli husband belonging to the church on December 24 for allegedly trying to damage the principles of Islam and Christianity by the spread of a new religious doctrine. Mahmud Massarwa, 28, and his wife Wafaa Ahmed, 26, are also suspected of spreading the doctrine 'with the aim of sparking riots.' "The church said the couple had been in Egypt to establish an office to promote two books by church founder L. Ron Hubbard and that the works had been cleared by the Egyptian censors. Prosecutors in Cairo said the pair entered Egypt as representatives of an Italian publishing firm to spread Scientology." From on March 1st: "The court of 'Masr al-Jadidat' in Cairo decided on Tuesday continued suspension of two of the Palestinians under the charges of belonging to 'Scientology,' according to a judicial source. "The judge decided to 'continue imprisonment of Wafaa Hassan Ahmad (26 year old) and her husband of an Israeli nationality Mahmoud Mufeed Masarweh (28 year old) for 30 days for investigations 'that are made with them at the knowledge of the State's higher security.' The two are accused of defaming 'divine religions' through the attempt of disseminating a new religion named Scientology." Message-ID: a5iutg$ Message-ID: a5ljo8$ Message-ID: a5p83a$ Message-ID: a5qvah$


Scientology issued a press release criticizing the trial in France, in which a prosecutor has urged that Scientology be dissolved for invasion of privacy. "The Church of Scientology has today filed a complaint to the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva, Ms. Mary Robinson, requesting U.N. intervention to halt the repeated violations of France's international human rights commitments by the French government's Interministerial Mission to Fight Against Sects (MILS), and its president, Alain Vivien. "The complaint details 18 separate incidents in which members of the Church of Scientology suffered serious abuses of their rights, each a direct result of the campaign of religious intolerance MILS has fomented and directed. These incidents range from an attempt to bomb the Church of Scientology in Angers, to the Girl Scouts of France rejecting a little girl's application for membership, to a Paris kindergarten's refusal to admit a child to the boycotting of firms because of the Church membership of their executives. "'As president of MILS, Alain Vivien works with private, anti-religious groups to create a climate of intolerance that breeds discrimination,' said Danielle Gounord, President of the Church of Scientology in Paris." A column in the Iowa State Daily, the newspaper of Iowa State University, on February 26th, defending Scientology's case in France. "Scientology is a religion, as much as Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any of your popular religions. The most hilarious thing is the way France has phrased its accusations. It accused the Church of Scientology of 'mental manipulation' and demanding large donations to the church in exchange for results. But don't those things practically ensure that it SHOULD be considered a religion? It's not like your standard textbook religions are turning away donations at the door. There are still religions in this country that insist on tithing and active participation within the church. "All of the churches I've ever heard of gather some sort of donations, and even if they didn't pass the collection plate, they'd expect me to give them my time. Every time I get the collection plate passed to me, I'm going to feel some obligation to give, no matter what church I'm attending. Does this mean I'm being manipulated? Sure does. But then again, I'm mentally manipulated by every person I speak to and every person on campus wearing any sort of corporate clothing. "Black's Law Dictionary defines a religion as 'a system of faith and worship usually involving belief in a supreme being and usually containing a moral or ethical code.' So whether or not you think there's any legitimacy to the Church of Scientology, legally, it's as religious as you get. "Scientologists are just like you and I, except they seem to be a lot wealthier. Looks like that Church of Scientology isn't doing too well with its mental manipulation after all, because their donations are pretty lousy. Tom Cruise is still rich, and he's still not signed on for 'Battlefield Earth 2: A Saga of Trying to Recoup Expenses.' Just because some church wants me to join isn't a problem. Just because someone somewhere is wearing a Creed T-shirt, am I going to be manipulated into having bad taste?" One of the former Scientologists reported that Scientology has threatened his family for participating in the case. "Jo has revealed this morning on Radio Framboise that Scientologists have been harassing him by phone for months with the goal of buying the rights on his book, 'Hell and Cult,' and that Mr. J.-M. B., employee of the Lausanne organization, did not hesitate this Monday to threaten him saying, 'You know, Jo, you don't have to imagine that it is a problem, we could get your children.' "Jo's book describes the daily life of a file clerk who witnesses what adherents undergo who did not achieve the results requested by their seniors. He also makes known other illegalities of Scientology (abusing the files of intimate data of former members who oppose Scientology, refusing mail from their children, using 'drugs' to quiet down recalcitrants shut into a cave and crying for help, etc. etc.)" Message-ID: Message-ID: a5ivjh$ Message-ID:

Gold Base

Mark Ebner reported that Scientology critics were confronted this week while attempting to visit the public golf course on the grounds of Gold Base in Hemet, California. "There's the Golden Era golf course, a sweet looking, well-groomed 9-hole track down the road from Gold. An 'Open To The Public' sign invites back-road travelers. There's even a restaurant on the premises. A Scieno-goon screeched up in his black Nissan Pathfinder, yelling, 'Tory! You're trespassing! Leave the premises.' As I walked over to his passenger side, offering press credentials, he barked into his cell phone, 'They refuse to leave. Call the authorities.' Tory asked guy for his name, and he pulled away - about 500 ft. He got out of his vehicle and monitored us, calling in his reports. We approached a gentle, elderly man, fresh off the course, and asked him if he saw what happened. He replied, 'What was that all about?' Tory explained her status, and he quickly informed us that 'Scientology had leased the property to a private company,' and 'It was no longer run by Scientology.' He winced by the severity of our greeting by the un-named Scientology goon. "There was no trespassing, confirmed by the Deputy who followed up on the false report filed by Scientology. Though she seemed rather stern when she approached Ida's door, once we explained the nature and circumstances of our visit, the Deputy eased up and explained that her department gets those frivolous calls from the base 'all the time.' When Ida stepped out and described her increasing stages of cult harassment in far more colorful language than I could muster, I think the Deputy got the picture of what was really going on. Ida and Tory noticed a white car drive by, and pointed the driver out as the one who was tailing us from Gold to Ida's house in Hemet. The Deputy confirmed that the car had indeed been following us. "The Deputy agreed that such calls from Scientology are an unnecessary burden on her department's resources, when they could be out investigating actual criminal activity in the area. The Deputy left smiling and we got on with our visit with Ida. "To the point of our visit to the Gold Base gate. Right next to a flashing sign advertising 'TOURS,' a young blonde guard sequestered in a booth told us that there were no tours available. Noticing the smug look on the young blonde's face, I said, 'Nice Scientology smirk. Looks real good on you,' and we drove off - tailed all the way through the back roads on our search for the notorious gulag called the RPF, or, Rehabilitation Project Force, to Ida's place about ten miles away in a sleepy neighborhood in Hemet." Message-ID:


Ha'aretz reported on March 2nd that parents in Rishon Letzion are upset over the distribution of The Way to Happiness in sixth grade classes there. "The teacher distributed small white booklets, and explained that it was 'in honor of Family Day.' Yardena, the school principal, had instructed the teachers to give them out. There are some very special and beautiful things written in here, the teacher told them. Now the class would all do a creative project using the booklets. It would be an original gift that they would give their parents this year. "On the cover of the booklet is the title: 'The Way to Happiness: A Common-Sense Guide to Better Living.' The children were asked to spend a few minutes quietly reading the booklets. They leafed through them, skimming over the headings. 'Take care of yourself - Maintain personal hygiene, take good care of your teeth, eat properly, make sure to rest. Have self-control - Don't take drugs, don't drink too much alcohol. Don't be careless - Be faithful to your spouse.' And, the explanation: 'Unfaithfulness on the part of a spouse may significantly reduce a person's survival - Sex is the means by which the race produces its future, through children and the family unit. A great deal of pleasure and happiness may be derived from sex, but when it is not used properly, when it is exploited, it carries serious penalties. Apparently, nature has also attested to this. If you do not insist on the faithfulness of your sexual partner, you are exposing yourself to diseases.' "'There were a lot of things in there that I didn't understand at all,' says one girl from the class. 'Some of it made sense to me. Some didn't. And there was a lot I didn't get. A lot of kids didn't have any idea what this was supposed to be about. But then the teacher explained to us that all we really had to do was to find one sentence or saying that we thought was the loveliest and most insightful. She gave us pieces of posterboard to write our sentences on.' "Her parents were very pleased with the gift. They smiled when they saw what their daughter had written on the back page in bright red magic marker: 'To my dear family. I want you to remember that, in fire, water, heaven and earth, I will always love you.' But their smiles disappeared when they noticed the name of the author of the booklet, which was printed in blue letters: L. Ron Hubbard. They knew who he was - the founding father of Scientology. "The father checked further and found that the name of a mysterious organization - The Foundation for Prosperity and Security in the Middle East - was also printed on the back page. Below it was an e-mail address and telephone number. The recording he heard went something like this: 'Thank you for calling. If you would like to order copies of 'The Way to Happiness,' please leave the pertinent information. If you would like to help distribute the booklets, please leave your phone number.' Not a word about Scientology. "Appalled, the father called his daughter's teacher. The father says that the teacher calmly responded that she had no idea it was related to Scientology, that she didn't know who'd written the text and hadn't bothered to check it out. The next day, the teacher informed the school's principal, Yardena Cohen, about the matter. In response, Cohen sent the father a copy of a letter. It was a letter from Education Minister Limor Livnat to the head of The Foundation for Prosperity and Security in the Middle East. In it, on official Education Ministry stationery, Livnat wrote to the publishers of the Scientology booklet: 'Greetings. This is to confirm receipt of your letter and the enclosed booklet, 'The Way to Happiness,' noted for its importance in educating youth about violence prevention. Violence is a scourge that must be uprooted. It does not and shall not have a place in the school system, and we will fight it tirelessly. Please accept my congratulations on this project. Yours, Limor Livnat.' "The father scheduled an urgent meeting with the principal, at which he again raised his arguments against the authors and distributors of the booklet. Her response outraged him even more. 'She said to me, 'What difference does it make who wrote it?'' he relates. She said: 'Read the contents. The precepts are certainly positive and educational. It's against violence, against vulgarity, against drugs. It's for respecting parents and loving children. It's for tolerance and family life - all the things we want to educate our children about.' "If Limor Livnat, Yardena Cohen and the teacher had done their homework, and checked on the Internet, or looked in the Knesset archives, they would have discovered, among other things, that in the early 1980s, an inter-ministerial committee was established to look into cults operating in Israel. After five years of research and information gathering, the committee included Scientology among the mystic cults active in Israel. Several Scientology centers are currently operating in Israel. The largest and most active is on Shoncino Street in Tel Aviv. "Dan Vidislavski, 27, is the director of The Foundation for Prosperity and Security in the Middle East, which distributes the booklet. He is a follower of Scientology and a graduate of a workshop on business technology called 'Wise International,' founded by L. Ron Hubbard. However, he vehemently denies any connection between the booklet distributed at the school and the Church of Scientology, and says that his foundation has been especially active since the outbreak of the intifada. He says the foundation's one and only objective is to distribute this booklet, which he insists has no connection with Scientology. "Three years ago, a group of Israeli parents with an affinity for Scientology founded the 'Atid' primary school in the Mikveh Yisrael neighborhood of Holon. Other parents who innocently enrolled their children into the school were told that the institution offered a unique system of learning called 'applied scholastics,' which had proven a great success in hundreds of schools in the United States. L. Ron Hubbard's name wasn't kept hidden, but not many parents made the connection with Scientology. In 2000, the school had 39 pupils in grades one through six. In July 2001, the Education Ministry decided to close the school, and canceled its license. The official explanation was that the school did not meet the required pedagogic criteria or level of studies. The parents appealed the decision in District Court. Judge Asher Grunis accepted their argument and ruled that there was no justification for closing the school. The Education Ministry appealed to the High Court of Justice. A ruling has not been handed down yet. "Ezra Marom, the chairman of the school's parents' association, doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. 'The pamphlet was distributed to all the students,' he says. 'There's nothing threatening or inappropriate in it. It isn't geared toward any religion or cult. There wasn't any missionary effort of any kind here. I spoke with Yardena, the principal, and she told me that she had thoroughly checked it out before it was distributed. She only gave out the booklet after receiving written approval from the education minister.' "Did you know that the distributors of this booklet are connected with Scientology? 'No, we didn't know that. And even now, as I understand it, there is no direct connection. So there wasn't anything improper here. The parents' association gives full backing to the teacher and the principal. They acted properly. If a few parents were offended, or saw something missionary in this or something that reminded them of Scientology, then we regret that.' "The following response was received from the office of Education Minister Limor Livnat: 'The Education Minister had no idea that this was Scientology material. She thought it was part of a violence prevention project, and therefore gave her approval to it. The minister thanks the reporter for bringing this to her attention. The Education Ministry is unequivocally opposed to the introduction of any material on the subject of Scientology. A review done by professionals in the ministry found that the booklet contains no mention of Scientology. Rather, it discusses universal principles such as tolerance, restraint and acceptance of others.'" Message-ID: a5p8dk$

Protest Summary

Caroline Letkeman reported a protest at the Vancouver Scientology org on February 25th. "Celebrity picketers this time are John and Margaret Letkeman, who have suffered at the hands of Scientology since 1975 when their second daughter - me - entered the cult. They enthusiastically joined Gerry and me yesterday to add their loving voice to the protest against human rights violations that Scientology continues to perpetrate against our family, and against families everywhere. "Lots of interest from passersby, honking and all 'round approval and encouragement from wogs of every description. My Dad and Mom were struck by how many people had heard about Scientology and already know it's a cult, a fraud and a scam. A bus driver signaled for a flier, and we gave him one. We used two fliers, and gave away around 90 during a good hour of picketing. "After the picket, I asked my parents if they wanted to say anything to a.r.s. readers. Dad said, 'If you're a Mom or a Dad, or if you've ever had a Mom or a Dad, get out there and picket and show your stuff.' My Mom said, 'Let our granddaughter go. And send some money along with her.' "No one for the entire picket came up and identified themselves as a Scientologist. We were causing a complete cessation of movement in or out of the org's front doors. The org prevents its staff or public from interacting with us in every way possible, and they had taken to re-routing exiting and entering through the rear. "We were walking toward the coffee shop when there was some commotion ahead and I noticed the OSA babe in her black leathers. She had already whipped out her camera and was snapping off pictures of the celebrities when I realized I still had my own camera and my job was not done. By the time I had taken these images, OSA babe had just taken her last one of me, and was giving herself a 'That's IT!' on her little op." John Ritson and Dave Bird reported a protest on March 2nd at the London Scientology org. "Five suppressive persons plus boombox turned up outside the Tottenham Court Road org. At mid-day the org had its chairs on the tables while the floor was being swept. The five of us outnumbered the forces that Scientology could mobilise on the street despite frantic phone calls. They had two demoralised leafletters, plus the receptionist who spent a lot of time taking photographs, and even more time running along the road, presumably looking for a phone box. Strong support from the passers-by. One lady with a pram shouted 'Scoundrels!' at their leafletters." "We had Roland on Camera, John on Mic, Dave and Jens on leaflets, plus Hartley leafleting across the road. In terms of faces-pointing-at-the-public they were better deployed, except the public didn't want their leaflets, whereas if I was distracted for a moment people would actually come up to me and tug a leaflet from the pile in my hand!" Message-ID: Message-ID: WjYpG17nyRg8EwY$ Message-ID:

Roger Gonnet

Roger Gonnet reported this week that he has lost his case, in which Scientology was claiming that he posted to ask one Scientology lawyer to kill another. "I'm appealing the judgment, despite its very low level of penalty - $175 - 200 Euros - since I'm certainly not guilty of having really asked Kobrin to really kill Moxon." Message-ID: a5g59j$b3t$

LRH Exhibit

The Salt Lake Tribune reported on February 24th that Scientology plans an exhibit on the life of L. Ron Hubbard. "A touring exhibit dedicated to the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard will be open through the end of February at 30 E. 300 South in Salt Lake City. The show contains 200 rare photographs and additional literary works." Message-ID: a5fvla$

World Trade Centers

Dave Touretzky posted a report from one of the volunteers at the World Trade Centers disaster on the behavior of Scientologists following the 9/11 disaster. "I found myself working with a mental health/mass care group assigned to Ground Zero five days after the attack. In spite of the mind-numbing horror of the site itself, one of the largest jolts of emotion that I had was when I entered the official command center housed in a school at the foot of the rubble. The lobby area was overrun by Scientology reps - a dozen or more - offering their brand of 'bearing witness' in exchange for minor first aid (foot powder, Band-Aids, massages, cots). The displays of their pamphlets and books spread strategically throughout the area was marketing at its most aggressive. They all donned brightly colored t-shirts and, striking me as eerily inappropriate at the time, seemed to be festive in their demeanor. A mental health volunteer and I immediately sought out the central command of the relief effort and made a formal complaint. No one had apparently authorized their presence and in fact, Guilliani had publicly and formally strictly forbidden religious groups from any visible presence. "No one knew how they had gotten access and they were routed out later that day. I consider their presence as 'intellectual and spiritual terrorism' that was taking opportunistic advantage of people (police and firemen and I assume family members at the Pier site) who were still in the shock of having, for example, watched '15 of my friends who were rushing the building in formation to help get people out and seeing the building crush them ALL.' The Scientologist's were sucking the much needed air out of the site by promoting their agenda. They were Scientologists FIRST and human beings SECOND." Message-ID: a5qhg4$s9u$

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