GermanySwiss newspaper Tagesanzeiger reported on October 19th that the Bavarian government will be issuing a report that finds that Scientology is opposed to the principles of the the legal system in Germany. "The Bavarian government pursued the topic and a report will be appearing in November. Reputable lawyers, psychologists and forensic psychiatrists have investigated Scientology these last four years, and their work is covered by a 680 page report. "The result of the quarter million Euro study is that Scientology's internal structure and several areas of operation are in contradiction to central principles of the legal system. The authors recommended that politicians consider banning the organization. They also regard it as possible that the formation of a criminal organization has occurred with respect to Scientology. State Interior Minister Gunther Beckstein was not displeased with this news, as Scientology has successfully outmaneuvered the legal system in Bavaria in the past. "Scientology's dealings with its staff was a pointed issue of the study, which said that heavy pressure was used to obtain results, and that sometimes people were required to give up speaking with members of their family. The cult's courses were also taken into consideration, and some of the promises made about them were said to fulfill the conditions for fraud. Some practices were also regarded as a violation of medical malpractice laws." Message-ID: Pine.LNX.3.96.1021026055820.137Aemail@example.com
PsychiatryThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on October 18th that Scientologist Randy Kretchmar will defend a patient in Chester, Missouri at a commitment hearing. He has announced that he plans to use the hearing to put Psychiatry itself on trial. "It's a commitment hearing for Rodney Yoder, an unwilling 'patient' at the Chester Mental Health Center. But Yoder and his supporters intend to do more than argue that Yoder ought to go free. They intend to put psychiatry on trial. They hope that this hearing will do to psychiatry what the Scopes Monkey Trial did to creationism. That is, expose it as a false science. "First there's Rodney Yoder. Time magazine called him one of America's most spectacular jerks because he is so often rude and impatient with people. He has been held at the Chester Mental Health Center for more than 10 years, and he argues that he is sane. Before being thrown into the asylum, he had done a stretch in the prison in Chester for assaulting his wife. She is now his ex-wife, and he is engaged to Millie Strom, a Canadian who was once married to the legendary musician, John Lee Hooker. "Yoder's attorney is Randy Kretchmar. He's new to the practice of law. This will be his first trial. By the way, he is a Scientologist, and followers of that faith seem to make up a good portion of Yoder's supporters. (Yoder is not a Scientologist.) Also supporting Yoder are so-called psychiatric survivors. Throw in a smattering of journalists and you've got the makings of an interesting audience." Message-ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
NarcononSignonsandiego.com reported on October 19th that Narconon has received permission from the planning commission to operate a facility in Warner Springs, California. "The Narconon center would be housed in a former motel and two houses off state Route 79. It would serve up to 30 people ages 18 to 25, and they would be treated by a staff of 15, three who would live at the center. Patients would pay $22,000 to participate in a voluntary six-month program. The project - which had many supporters at yesterday's commission hearing - was approved in a 4-0 vote, with Michael York absent. But opponents vow to appeal the project to the Board of Supervisors." Message-ID: 3DB6CD1D.D653A79D@bc.cc.ca.us
Tom PadgettArnie Lerma reported that Tom Padgett was released from jail on October 22nd. He has been involved in a family court dispute with his ex-wife, a Scientologist, which led to his extradition from Rhode Island to a Kentucky jail. "The bogus 'felony indictment' of child support allegations filed in march 1998 was reduced to a misdemeanor charge, the court did acknowledge that Mr. Pagett's child support had in fact been fully and completely paid, and that all future support had already been paid. In addition, a $12,000 overpayment was due to be returned by the court. "The Kentucky Court ordered Padgett to pay a $1,900 'extradition' travel expense before they released him. This would pay for his travel as well as the Hopkins county sheriffs that went to Rhode Island to take him back to Kentucky before the extradition hearing in Rhode Island could even be held. A post ruling affidavit will be filed to object strenuously since the extradition procedure was done illegally from Rhode Island." Message-ID: email@example.com
Protest SummaryJens Tingleff reported a protest at the Birmingham, England Scientology org on October 26th. "Dave, John, Hartley and myself had a cracking day out picketing. Quite a few kids wanted balloons only for the helium, but there were lots of balloons that people kept, so our XENU logo is getting out there. When the youngsters queued up for balloons, some of them asked for an explanation and got the spiel about how Scientology was a self-help therapy combined with a pyramid money-making scheme which dragged members in from the real world to the phony alternative of a cult. Quite a few of them knew that Travolta and Cruise are members, and I offered the theory that some actors need the comfort of bought friends enough to sign up for craziness as bad as the UFO-cult. "John keeps developing his spiel on the microphone, and worked in the message that, unlike most other UFO-cults, Scientology didn't have the courage of their own convictions to admit to being a UFO-cult. I had two youngsters walk up and say 'Scientology stole my brother.' At least he got out again, as far as I understood. "We did have a brief visit from a nasty git. He tore one of our XENU balloons from a girl. He also threw a few pennies at John's feet which was considered hilarious by the Scientologists. The Scientologists had four people there permanently, and occasional reinforcements of another three or four. "The 'anti-drugs' leaflets handed out by the Scientologists started with a page that did not describe the drug they purported to discuss but describing how groups who were trying to rid society of drugs were often attacked by people and other groups who had some interest in keeping society affected negatively by drugs." Message-ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Marie PresleyThe National Enquirer reported in the October 29th issue that Scientology celebrity Lisa Marie Presley and actor Nicolas Cage will be separating in part because he refuses to convert to Scientology. "They've had arguments about Nicolas wanting to go out partying with his buddies whenever he wants and Lisa Marie objects to that. Nic also wants to close down Graceland to the public and move in there with Lisa Marie but she would rather live in Southern California. He also wants Lisa Marie to get pregnant right away and have his child but Lisa Marie wants to wait for a while to have any more kids so she can keep her figure. Also, according to a source, 'On top of all that, Nic isn't a Scientologist like Lisa Marie - and he refuses to be converted.' From UK magazine Anorak on October 25th: "It appears to be too late to save the marriage of Lisa Marie Presley and Nicolas Cage. 'The marriage has exploded,' a pal tells. 'Fights have brought Nic and Lisa Marie to the brink of divorce.' They not yet have matching plasters, but they do seem to share a mutual antipathy. He, it seems, is upset that she is reluctant to have a baby. She's upset over his partying with friends, when he drinks, smokes and plays pool. "And then came the row to which we can all relate: where are we going to live. Will it be his Beverly Hills mansion? And if it is, then what about her Hidden Hills home, her mansions in Florida and New Orleans or even her daddy's Graceland home? Or how about the spaceship orbiting planet earth, although only she can go there because he's refusing to convert to Scientology. But it remains an option." Message-ID: email@example.com Message-ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger GonnetRoger Gonnet reported on developments in a number of lawsuits brought against him by Scientology in France. "Scientologists have presented twice the same suit against me since 2000 before the instruction judge. I was supposed to have menaced them of bombing and tried to blackmail them. None of it true. The instructor judge dismissed it the first time. Their attorney came back with the same complaint, slightly different this time. I learned that the instructor judge had dismissed that second complaint in July 2002. "The situation of complaints is that The case above won twice without having had to go before the courts. One civil case for 300 Euros damages lost, to be paid to Moxon. One Euro damage to Ethique et Liberate (Freedom magazine) for a copyright issue. One civil case from Arsac dismissed, except I should have declared my website sooner than I did, and I have to go before the courts for that. One case from Laurent Quoisse won but he retried the same. One case from Panda who complained for libel. That one case is won because of amnesty, but the civil part remains for December. Another case from Ethique and Liberte for 'insults' (untrue), which is already already won, but will be defended before courts in March 2003." Message-ID: email@example.com
RussiaAlexander Dvorkin reported on October 22nd that the Scientology event at the Kremlin reported previously in the press appears to be a hoax. "This 'event' is a Scientology hoax. Our staff member with great difficulty got an invitation card and went to the Kremlin. Nobody there had heard of this event. The guards said that our staff member was the first person that day who tried to pass inside the Kremlin with such card. She went in and the advertised place was empty and none of the workers even heard than anything like that was supposed to take place." An appeal for funds was sent to Scientologists this week to help Volunteer Ministers work at the site of a Moscow theater where Chechens have taken hostages to pressure the release of combatants in the Russian-Chechen war. "Right now Russian Volunteer Ministers are working to set up 2 or 3 stable bases around this area to deliver help to family members as well as to some hostages who were allowed out. As the situation continues there will be more and more people there that will need their help. VMs are also organizing teams to go around each metro station in Moscow to distribute simple handouts with VM Hotline phone number people can call if they have someone who needs help. "We have enough Volunteer Ministers in Moscow who are willing to work to do all they can to help this situation. They are lacking funds to print materials, get VM jackets, get Way to Happiness booklets, etc. Donations are needed right now to keep the actions of theses VMs. They will make all the difference. "- Olivia Meijer CO I Help Europe" Message-ID: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-ID: BO0HYOUA37554.email@example.com
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