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

Volume 7, Issue 40 - January 12 2003



Cloning

The Glendale News-Press reported on January 10th on the position Scientology has taken in the controversy over human cloning. "While some local religious leaders believe human cloning could provide advancements in health research, others fear the concept allows human beings to play God. "For Father Joseph Shea of Holy Family Catholic Church, the sense of family commitment would be adversely affected if advances in human cloning were pursued. 'It's taking the family expression of love and reducing it to a laboratory,' he said. 'As Catholics, we believe the body and soul will be reunited in the Resurrection. I don't understand why people would want to clone themselves. The body would not have the same soul, it would not be the same person.' "Jean Dale is a minister of Scientology, and spokeswoman for the Glendale and Los Angeles areas. To members of her faith, how the body is created is not something of importance. 'We believe that man is a spiritual being that inhabits his body,' she said. 'It means they never die, and go from one body to the next. What is important to us is that genetic research, and any research, is approached responsibly and ethically.'" Message-ID: o6AT9.1092$gU.545769@news2.voicenet.com

Tom Cruise

The Associated Press reported on January 10th that Scientology celebrity Tom Cruise is using the publicity over the shooting of his latest movie to denounce the use of drugs to tread Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. "Hollywood star Tom Cruise advised parents on Saturday to work hard to help children having problems at school and not immediately put them on medication. 'Today in America I know they are so quick to put children on drugs because they are not learning well,' Cruise told reporters before the start of shooting of his latest movie, 'The Last Samurai,' outside this North Island city. "Cruise said he went to 15 different schools as he was growing up and had a 'very difficult time' with formal learning. He eventually tackled his learning problems with the help of 'study tools' from the Scientology religion 'that have helped me to be able to educate myself,' he said." From Stuff Magazine on January 12th: "Nothing succeeds like niceness and Tom Cruise's niceness is like golden rain. Yesterday he poured it over a sweltering black press room in New Plymouth and everyone bathed in its glow. "After the Te Huatahi concert party had karangaed and serenaded him he fumbled a scrap of paper out of his pocket: 'I've got a little help here,' he said, 'because I don't want to make a mistake. E Nga Iwi O Taranaki,' he blurted in Californian Maori, 'Tenna Katow, Tenna Katow, Tenna Katow Katoh.' The Maori party greeted this with a friendly explosion of welcome but then they had a low key Kiwi charm to match his. Wharehoka Wano, the Maori speaker who accompanied Cruise and spoke for him, said in Maori 'I'm already being mistaken for Tom Cruise'. The Maori instantly guffawed; the Pakeha journalists; and the trio from Hollywood listened to the interpreter and burst into delayed laughter. "Perhaps his performance lacked a little in grit. This after all is a Scientologist and Scientologists believe that in the past billions of surplus beings from other planets were sent to Earth and slaughtered an evil alien called Xenu. Is there some dark weirdness beneath that golden grin? Well, the star explains, Scientology helped him overcome his dyslexia and his famously broken education (15 schools!)" Message-ID: o5WT9.1139$gU.549622@news2.voicenet.com Message-ID: 80ee9418.0301121245.727841f9@posting.google.com

Denmark

The Associated Press reported on January 10th that Scientology has been fined for making defamatory statements in an edition of Freedom Magazine. "The Church of Scientology was fined by a Danish court Friday for publishing defamatory remarks about an east German filmmaker and a Danish journalist described by the church as having links to the former East German secret police. Anette Refstrup, the Danish editor-in-chief of the Frihed, or Freedom, was fined 10,000 kroner (US$1,370) and the church was ordered by the Copenhagen City Court to pay court fees of 130,000 kroner (US$17,800). "In 1999, Frihed published a story that claimed filmmaker Walther Heynowski worked for East Germany's Stasi and trained Danish journalist Joergen Pedersen. The article was published after the Church of Scientology tried to stop Pedersen from making a television show critical of the church, which is not recognized as a religious organization in Denmark. "Heynowski, a German citizen, and Pedersen worked together on the show. They sued the church for defamation and demanded 250,000 kroner (US$34,200) apiece. Among those who testified in the trial, which started in October, was former East German spymaster Markus Wolf, who denied Heynowski had worked for him." Message-ID: 80ee9418.0301101203.36cde4dd@posting.google.com

Germany

die Kirche, a Christian newspaper in Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany reported on January 12th that Gerry Armstrong and Thomas Gandow will participate in a religious service in Berlin-Charlottenburg. "He used to work directly with L. Ron Hubbard as a staff member in Scientology's public affairs and secret service: Gerry Armstrong. He first came upon the 'findings' of science fiction author Hubbard when he was 22 back in 1969, and was filled with enthusiasm for the promises of the psycho-guru. In 1981 Gerry Armstrong left Scientology. What happened after that was nothing especially strange to the former secret agent: psychoterrorism, attempted attacks upon his person and court proceedings with trumped-up charges. One result of this was that Armstrong is no longer allowed to address himself to the topic of Scientology in the USA. "Even in Berlin, Scientology has attempted to silence the the insider gone out. So it's no surprise that the church commissioner for issues of sects and weltanschauung, Rev. Thomas Gandow, sees a continued need for information work in dealing with the Scientologists. He has referred to the dangers of the organization many times in lectures for the public and in job enhancement training for ministers and religious instructors. "The Focus divine service, where Gerry Armstrong and Rev. Thomas Gandow will speak, will take place at 11:30 a.m. January 19, 2003 in the Luisenkirche on Gierkeplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg." Message-ID: 3E1ECA95.7010904@dialogzentrum.de


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