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

Volume 7, Issue 14 - July 7 2002

Gay Pride

The San Francisco Examiner reported on July 1st that Scientology attended the annual gay Pride Parade, attempting to sell attendees copies of Dianetics. "This year, the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade ushered in a new era, with the 1 million-strong Market Street crowd cheering long and loud for the uniformed gay police officers and sheriffs who marched hand in hand with their partners. Politicians waved, whip-cracking leather daddies strutted, shirtless dykes rode their motorbikes and scantily clad muscle boys in red and white gyrated to techno beats. Vendors were hawking everything from your name on a grain of rice to the Scientology tome 'Dianetics' - you could even get a 'Botox Pride Special.'" Message-ID: zPAU8.44$


A Scientology Press Release issued on July 1st announced that a German Scientologist is suing his employer in the U.S. because he was fired for being a member. "A German member of the Church of Scientology today filed suit against the U.S.-based company Life Plus International over his dismissal without notice as a marketing agent for the company's German branch, solely because of his religious beliefs. Mr. Thomas Ernst Akyar has sued the natural food supplements company in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. "After an article in the German trade journal Network Press featured a photograph of Mr. Akyar captioned 'Successful Scientologist,' Life Plus Europe terminated Mr. Akyar's contractual relationship. Life Plus's counsel Dr. Gerd Weidemann wrote to Mr. Akyar 'our client has been informed that you openly admit your Scientology membership and take a stand to the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard. We terminate the existing contractual relationship with Life Plus Europe Ltd.' Life Plus Europe disseminated a two-page document concerning Mr. Akyar that attempted to justify the termination of his contract by reference to his religion. "Mr. Akyar charges that Life Plus, headquartered in Batesville, Arkansas, has violated the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993. In addition to damages, Mr. Akyar seeks an injunction holding that the termination of his contract was discriminatory and unlawful." Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on July 4th that Scientologists attempted to interfere with rescue efforts following an airplane crash in Southern Germany. "'Everybody wants to help,' said Ferdinand Veit. Many people want to console the relatives of the dead, and other bring giant cakes to the auditorium in which police, fire department personnel and other assistants can sit down. Some assistants are not wished for. A troop in bright yellow t-shirts from the Scientology cult has assembled in front of the fire-fighters' building and are offering what they call spiritual counseling. 'The pack of scum ought to disappear,' said one town hall employee." Berliner Zeitung reported on July 4th that Scientology is campaigning to recruit volunteer ministers in Berlin. "On the big yellow sign next to the tangled cross the highly visible black letters carve out a common ground: 'These are hard times. Something can be done about it,' and ends up with a telephone number and the surprising message, 'Call a Volunteer Minister.' But you don't have to do that at all, because a 'volunteer minister' is to be found in a big yellow tent erected on the parking lot at Rosa-Luxemburg Street. At least that is what it says on his yellow t-shirt. Smiling, he directs us into the tent. Later on it becomes clear that the Scientologists are trying to recruit staff members. "Little pictorial stories show ever-smiling alcoholics drying out, family fights being settled and over-stressed office employees being relieved of their mountains of paperwork. They are especially proud of the photographs from New York after the September 11th catastrophe of last year. Scientologists are to be seen in their yellow t-shirts amid the rubble of 'Ground Zero' among firemen and even a somewhat surprised Rudolph Giuliani, who was mayor back then. 'We were the only group they let in to give assistance,' a woman told us proudly. "Thomas Gandow, cult commissioner of the Evangelical Church, however, describes it somewhat differently, 'They used a trick to slip in and bother people,' he said, 'about which people complained.' The campaign in front of the yellow tent is a 'desperate attempt to find staff members in Germany,' said Gandow. 'They're making a last-ditch effort here to cast their solution upon stricken people.' He estimates the number of active members in Berlin at 20 or 30. At least half that number appear to be in action in front of the yellow tent. "They have two stretchers where volunteers are being treated with 'touch assists.' Back and forth they touch arms and legs, up and down. That is supposed to help pain, fatigue and cramps. 'That is how pockets of energy are removed from the body,' the staff member explained the cross between massage and laying on of hands. 'What they're doing with the touch assists, of course, is quackery,' said Gandow, 'but it's interesting that they're offering something for free.'" Message-ID: Message-ID: Pine.LNX.3.96.1020707073407.117A-100000@darkstar.zippy

Institute for Historical Review

Spotlight magazine reported this week that Scientology is bidding to purchase the mailing list of Liberty Lobby from the Institute for Historical Review. Both are right-wing organizations that cast doubt on the existence of the holocaust. "Our attorney said that both the ADL and the Church of Scientology were interested in buying the LL mailing list from us. It didn't surprise me to hear that the ADL might be scheming. I suppose it would be a good propaganda for them to tell their supporters that they had gotten Carto's mailing list. "I'm a bit stunned that it is even considered an option. The same goes for the Church of Scientology. We should sell it for the best price we can get from a non-interested party (that is a party that neither tries to stamp out patriotic organizations, such as the ADL, or a party which attacks racial groups with full-page ads in the NY Times, such as the Church of Scientology), but to an honest business. Both of the aforementioned organizations are piranhas which are no better than Carto himself. "If we are going to stand on principles and refuse to sell to CoS, ADL, ACLU, we have to be prepared for the alternative, which is either make a LOT more money than we are making now, cut back to a staff of two or three, hibernate, and hope for the best while we continue the legal struggle somehow, or simply go out of business (but with all our principles intact!). "The supposed deal with Scientologists was so concrete that Greg said that the Church of Scientology had offered to send their own attorneys to Liberty Lobby to do the photocopying of disclosure files for us." Message-ID: GcYU8.314$


A letter to the editor of Magill magazine criticized a recent article about Scientology training methods being used at Dell computers in Ireland. "Where Mr. O'Brien stuck to the essential story - that the training courses used by one of the most successful companies in the world is based on the writings of L. Ron Hubbard - the piece rang true. Where the story deviated from facts and got into unsubstantiated allegation it floundered. "Mr. Hubbard's research into the mind and spirit are increasingly being used in secular fields - simply because they are effective. For example, the secular drug rehabilitation programme Narconon is based on his research into the effects of drugs and how to deal with these. It has an independently assessed success rate of between 70 and 80 per cent, and has helped tens of thousands of hard-core drug addicts to kick their habit. Narconon recently opened the largest residential drug rehab centre in the world in Oklahoma, USA. "As regards Ron Hubbard's research into organisational structure and administration theory, Jordan Levy, lecturer at California State University, stated: 'It's a brilliant way of horizontally laying out a company, giving everybody a clear identification of what their responsibility is, but at the same time giving management a tool to use to gauge growth in every area.' "Gerard Ryan, Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin "Paul O'Brien replies: My piece on a training course used by the Irish-based company in question centred on the nature of the course, the company that provides the course, that company's background and its links to Scientology. The 'unsubstantiated allegation' I take to refer to my questioning of the late L. Ron Hubbard's own background, and the claims of many of his followers, who attribute to him a remarkable list of achievements. Officialdom in several countries, most notably France and Germany, are sceptical of many of these claims, and several judges have also questioned them. As such, I believe it is valid to question aspects of his background. "Narconon does indeed have 'the largest residential drug rehab centre in the world in Oklahoma,' but independent medical experts have questioned the methods of treatment that the facility offers. Similarly, there have been questions raised about educational and training programmes based on research by L Ron Hubbard. I acknowledged that Hubbard's writings have influenced 'a range of educational, anti-drug and training programmes among others,' but pointed out that most of these are run or administered by Scientologists or legally incorporated bodies or Companies with some affiliation to the movement." Message-ID:

Keith Henson

Keith Henson and Gregg Hagglund reported on a hearing in Toronto, Canada. They are suing the police for using a SWAT team to arrest Keith after Scientology had reported him as a terrorist and bomb-maker. "McGivney stuck to the line that the cops had every right to bust us with whatever level of violence they wanted because they had a warrant against me based on the 'fact' I was an 'explosive expert.' We have engaged Peter McWilliams. McGivney said, 'I don't imagine this is just going to go away.' McWilliams said, 'No it's not. Because your fellows went too far. Ever hear of the Casey Hill case?' McGivney said, 'Of course but it's not relevant to this.' McWilliams smiles, gets that mongoose look on his face again and says, 'Of course it's relevant. We have the same cast of characters. Your fellows were relying upon some strange bedfellows. I plan to call Justice Hill as a witness to establish that relevance.' McGivney blanched. "The judge picked up the two thick briefs Gregg and I provided and shaking them slightly said, 'There are serious allegations in here.' McWilliams said 'I take it your honour is familiar with our documentation?' and the Judge said, 'Yes. I read them.' At this point McGivney (who possibly didn't read them) is blinking like crazy. The judge sent us out to set a trial date with the clerk." Message-ID:

Bob Minton

The St. Petersburg Times published an an article on July 7th on Bob Minton and his testimony in the Lisa McPherson civil case. "Over and over Minton was ordered into depositions and grilled by Scientology lawyers about his financial dealings. When Minton invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, a judge ordered him to answer. When Minton didn't show up for a deposition, he faced contempt of court. Scientology attorney Monique Yingling testified that the church believed it was on the verge of uncovering serious abuses of the legal process, false affidavits and false allegations in the McPherson case. 'It was like the Terminator was after you,' he said. Now, after six years on the Scientology battlefront, Minton wants out. "Just eight months ago, Minton stood before a crowd in Cleveland and proudly accepted a human rights award recognizing him for 'extraordinary courage' in the 'battle against tyranny over the mind of man.' A nationally known Scientology critic, Minton talked in his acceptance speech of 'terrorist cults' led not by Osama bin Laden but by 'like-minded terrorists' such as Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology leader David Miscavige. "Scientologists did not turn the other cheek, according to Minton and other church critics. They circulated leaflets about Minton to his neighbors in New Hampshire and Boston calling him a 'hate monger' leading a 'KKK style' attack on a religion, according to a 'harassment' timeline maintained by the critics and entered into court records. Scientologists picketed him at his home and at airports. Minton said a Scientology official sent photos and a letter to his wife accusing him of adultery. Scientology dug into Minton's finances. Minton said Scientology operatives stirred up an allegation that he helped a Nigerian dictator launder $12-billion as part of a business deal 12 years ago. Minton has not been charged and says the allegation is bogus. "Dandar said he believes Minton was threatened with something Scientology discovered related to his overseas financial affairs. Minton has invoked the Fifth Amendment when pressed for details about his finances and when asked if he has underreported his income to the IRS. "Now the church is using Minton's testimony to support an effort to get the lawsuit dismissed. It has left Dandar fighting not only for the McPherson case but for his own reputation. Dandar has denied all of Minton's accusations, saying Minton's lies started after he met with Scientology. 'They are committing a charade on the court,' Dandar said. 'They have Minton coming in as if he were this pitiful lying witness who wanted to come clean. He was coming in claiming to be a perjurer because he was told to do that.' "After he settles his litigation with the church, he said, he just wants to walk away. 'I just want some peace.'" Message-ID: UiWV8.619$

Protest Summary

Dave Bird reported a protest at the Scientology org in Birmingham, England on July 6th. "Present were Dave and Jens and John, plus Martin who turned up later by coach, and we had one Local Lady who turned up at the demo site. I brought 500 Xemu leaflets and John brought 200 Xemu leaflets, of which we gave out 550 to 650. We had helium balloons, large white one with orange-and-blue 'XEMU LOVES YOU.' We had pre-cut ribbons with a weight, and a little 'Daily Xenus' newspaper style mini-leaflet, though not enough for all 160 balloons. "John did the slogans on our fine boom-box, Jens did the helium balloons, Martin did leafleting, I did leafleting too plus handed out the odd helium balloon when the customers weren't actually queuing up, and the local lady did some chatting and leafleting. I noticed people were reading our leaflets, and coming up to us and asking for them, also parents were looking close up at the Alien Face on their kiddies balloon and reading the '' (plus 'scientology sucks') written in smaller type. "I saw some torn up clam leaflets torn up on the ground, and one passer-by tear up a leaflet in the face of the clam who gave it to him. There were a few body routers and leafletters out; actually there must have been about a dozen present, but most were milling round in plain clothes and trying to be part of the crowd." Message-ID: C35OJCT337443.6662268518@anonymous.poster


Prosperity Magazine announced a reorganization of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises. "Mr. Don Cunningham, Commanding Officer WISE International, addressed a packed WISE convention audience at the Flag auditorium. He briefed them on the recent surveys of Scientologists in business and what they have to confront on a daily basis "Traditionally, Charter Members of WISE have acted as a committee to handle disputes and ethics situations of a business nature in their local communities. Some Charter Committees, deciding to expand their role, began disseminating LRH admin tech and assisting others in its application. Other WISE membership groups provided services to their local WISE membership by assisting in the application of LRH admin tech through seminars and guidance on the Model of Admin Know How Programs. "This restructure included: A broadening of the responsibilities of Charter Committees. The are wholly entrusted with the administration of the WISE membership locally. Literally, through their charter from WISE, this power has now been delegated locally to them. All dispute handlings, ethics and justice matters are directed toward getting LRH tech applied. A situation is not resolved unless a party or parties have as a result begun applying LRH tech. And Charter Committees extend their reach to ensure this product is achieved. Charter committees work with the entire local membership to expand the membership and through standard application of LRH tech create a sane community in their areas. "The Charter membership annual fee has been cut to a fraction of its prior amount. Now any ethical and responsible person can apply to join or establish a local Charter Committee. "Twelfth Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winner: Craig Jensen, Executive Software International "Eleventh Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winner: Luis Colon, MGE, Inc. "Tenth Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winners: David Singer, David Singer Enterprises "Ninth Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winners: Heimo & Uta Bucerius, Idee & Geld Roger Van Loocke, U Man Belgium Juan Villareal, Harlingen Family Dentistry "Eighth Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winner: Robert Lotter, R.A. Lotter Insurance Pam Chipman, Clearwater Academy Clearwater Charter Committee Bennetta Slaughter, AMC Publishing "Seventh Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winners: Dan Margolin, Clearly Platinum Dr. Jack Sushko, DDS Bruce Atkinson, DDS Kim Bright Cassano, Kim Bright Cassano Inc. Rob Collewijn, Health Motion Physical Therapy, Inc. "Sixth Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winners: Tom Niemi, New Era Dental Janet Nodine, Family Maternity Clinic Bruno & Helen Tschuppert, TCM Tschuppert Mike Chan, Durable Slate "Fifth Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winners: Alain Bohren, Formatique John Brasel, Exec Tech Consulting Chet Eccles, American Alliance Juri Murk, Dajoeri New York Charter Committee Carl Smudde, DDS Marc Silber, Pacific Management Consultants Jim Speiser, Indianapolis Veterinary Emergency Clinic Marlin Anderson, Anderson/Anderson CPAs Hubbard College of Administration Clearwater Flag OT Committee "Fourth Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winners: Larry Gluck & Ted Prescott, Mission: Renaissance Sherry Harris, Ultimate Creations Tom Schuster, Sovereign Finance John Stout, Stout Development Alan Baker, Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters Business Expansion Club International Dan Kingsbury, Networking Dynamics "Third Consecutive-year Model of Admin Know-How Winners: Los Angeles Charter Committee Cindy Clayton, Clayton Chiropractic Brian Coyle Advanced Medical Center Rainer Fischer, Fischer Immobilien Lorraine Hart, Ideal Consulting Hubbard College of Administration Pecs Sherene Lee & Jeffrey Lee MD Gabor Lenkei & Eva Peto, Comline Chuck Wolhberg, Aqua 2000 Burbank Graham Payne and Peter Buckles, Summit Business Mgmt Business Expansion Club Orange County" Message-ID:

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