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Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review

Volume 7, Issue 11 - June 16 2002


The St. Petersburg Times printed a letter to the editor on June 10th about Scientology's plan to open the Fort Harrison Hotel to the public. "A while back a letter spoke about how opening the Fort Harrison Hotel could help open minds about the wonderful organization known as Scientology. We can't forget we are not talking about a wonderful organization worth opening our minds about. We are talking about an evil empire bent on global expansion funded with the savings of thousands of victims. No amount of letters written by members of the cult or people ignorant of the truth about the cult can change the fact that Scientology is an evil cult. - David Rodman, Dunedin" Message-ID: j60N8.723$

Images of a Lifetime

The New York Post published a review on June 10th of the film L. Ron Hubbard, Images of a Lifetime. "It changed my mind. I now believe that L. Ron Hubbard is the greatest man who ever lived. Just kidding! That breathless reverence, however, captures the glitzy, almost servile reverence of the show, which, through photos and hyperventilating captions, seeks to detail the life of Scientology's founder. Born of an almost insatiable passion for p.r., this show is as slick a piece of p.r. as you are likely to see - and you are encouraged to go for that reason if for no other. "You will learn, for example, that Ron was America's youngest Eagle Scout and that he won 20 merit badges - before the age of 12, I think it was. You will see pictures of him traveling to exotic lands, images of him at his typewriter, of the early days of Scientology and some of the group's more recent community outreach programs. Finding fame as a sci-fi author, he is said to have written over 60 million words. Not a modest man, he began his most famous, almost unreadable book, 'Dianetics,' with these words: 'The creation of Dianetics is a milestone for Man comparable to his discovery of fire and superior to his invention of the wheel and arch.' "I have read about him before and have never been able to crack this one, central mystery of the movement: How could so many people, so much cleverer and more refined than Hubbard, fall for his pseudo-religion? Unfortunately, this is not the sort of exhibition to provide any answers." Message-ID: _o0N8.728$


The Irish Times reported on June 13th that Scientology is seeking reports about Scientology written by Irish ambassadors. "The Church of Scientology looked for certain records in the Department of Foreign Affairs. The department 'decided that to disclose the existence or non-existence of records relating to the request could reasonably be expected to affect adversely the international relations of the State.' "The Department of Foreign Affairs 'seems to feel that all diplomatic exchanges between ambassadors and department should be a class exemption,' that they should be exempted regardless of content. In its response to the applicant, the department used a provision that it could 'neither confirm nor deny' the records. In his ruling, the commissioner said that 'at the very least, the department should have acknowledged the existence of records without necessarily disclosing the circumstances surrounding their creation.' The commissioner directed that the records be released. 'We expect public bodies when they refuse records to justify their refusals and they have to do it strictly by criteria laid down in the Act.'" Message-ID: eskO8.81$

Juliette Lewis

The Calgary Sun published a profile on Scientology celebrity Juliette Lewis on June 10th. "She's only 28 but Juliette Lewis is already in the comeback stage of her career. At 17, Lewis was dating Brad Pitt and earning an Oscar nomination for her nymphette role in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear. Five years later, her life was so out of control Lewis checked herself into a Scientology rehab centre. 'I crashed and burned a couple of times, but it really just amounted to a short burnout,' she recalls. She's now drug-free, married to professional skateboarder and sometime actor Steve Berra and has been acting non-stop for the past three years." Message-ID: OUmN8.87$

Bob Minton

The St. Petersburg Times reported on June 13th that the judge in the Lisa McPherson civil case has predicted that Scientology critic Bob Minton may be in serious legal trouble as a result of his recent admissions. "New England millionaire Robert Minton came forward recently to say he wanted to set the record straight about lies he told in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Church of Scientology. But his confessions and testimony may bring him a heap of new legal problems. Judge Susan Schaeffer said Wednesday that Minton could be in serious trouble with her, the State Attorney's Office and the Internal Revenue Service. 'I think Mr. Minton is in all manner of trouble,' Schaeffer said. 'Mr. Minton has perjury problems. Mr. Minton has contempt problems. I think Mr. Minton has IRS problems.' "Accusations of wrongdoing in the lawsuit have flown during the proceeding. Schaeffer made it clear Wednesday that the allegations will be brought to the attention of prosecutors. 'When this hearing is over,' Schaeffer said, 'I'm going to turn the matter over to the state attorney because there are all kinds of allegations of criminal acts from both sides.' "The church has relied, in part, on Minton's statements to accuse Dandar of serious professional misconduct and to ask Schaeffer to throw out the case. Dandar has denied the allegations and said the church is extorting Minton. Minton has filed affidavits recanting some of his earlier testimony. When he testified recently in court, however, Schaeffer uncovered more lies that Minton had not corrected in those affidavits. 'Maybe I need someone here to advise this man of his rights,' Schaeffer said at one point during the hearing. "Minton also testified about two financial arrangements that funneled $800,000 of his money from Europe to the Lisa McPherson Trust, an anti-Scientology organization he founded in Clearwater. Later, Minton pocketed a large portion of the money. The money was transferred that way, Minton said, to keep Scientology guessing about the source of the trust's money. Schaeffer noted that it was 'a fairly elaborate scheme' to hide the money from Scientology and 'whatever else it is that you're trying to made hide it from.'" Message-ID: Ya7O8.18$

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