This week I am once again joined by Dr. Jeff Wasel and John P Capitalist (a pseudonym) to discuss L. Ron Hubbard's Data Series and how it was used by David Miscavige to turn the course of Scientology and alter Hubbard's techniques and ideas forever. We go over Miscavige's Golden Age of Tech, the repercussions of that and where we think Scientology is heading now as a result.
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Sunny Pereira, who has helped us out with so many Scientology technical issues, brought up a memory she had about a remarkable man. Once she told us about it, we asked her to write it up for the Bunker as a poignant slice of Sea Org life. We hope you'll agree that it was a story worth telling...
For most of 2002 and into part of 2003 I was in Venezuela. I was there during protests, riots, and massive civil unrest that overtook the country. I had finally gotten myself free of Venezuela and returned to Los Angeles. Of course, as is so common in the Sea Org, I was in trouble and getting a Committee of Evidence (a story for another day).
In the middle of all of that, my stepdad Erik had been diagnosed with stomach cancer. He and my mother were Sea Org members and had been for decades. He was being seen by the doctor in Hollywood Presbyterian, very close to the main Sea Org property, locally called "Big Blue." The doctor determined that the cancer was caused by the treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma decades earlier when my stepdad was in the Air Force. For this reason, the Sea Org would not have to pay for any of his care or treatment (Sea Org care is minimal to say the least, so this option proved to be a better one). As it turned out, sadly, his cancer was too far advanced for any treatment, and he was soon placed in a hospice facility, directly across the street from the hospital, and, conveniently, very close to PAC Base, where both my mom and I were assigned. This made it possible for us to make pretty regular visits to him and, in his last days, be with him the entire day — anyone familiar with Sea Org lifestyle knows this is not common. We don't normally have the ability to stay with ill staff members, but in this case, just because there was nothing else pressing going on, we were able to stay with him long and often.
CLEARWATER — Two months after the Church of Scientology lost out to the city on buying a crucial downtown property it needed for its campus, church leaders are now negotiating a land swap to fulfill both parties' redevelopment needs.
The City Council is scheduled June 14 to vote on whether to trade three city-owned properties, two being small parcels around the footprint of the proposed L. Ron Hubbard Hall at S Fort Harrison Avenue and Court Street, in exchange for a vacant lot east of downtown the city needs for parking for the retail portion of the Nolen apartment complex.
Scientology is under contract to buy the vacant lot adjacent to the Nolen for $625,000 from a company managed by developer Guy Bonneville with an agreement to then swap the property for the three city parcels, according to the contract.
A judge has refused to throw out two wrongful death lawsuits which accuse Jim Carrey of supplying the prescription drugs his ex-girlfriend used to kill herself with.
Cathriona White was found dead in her LA home on September 28, 2015, surrounded by empty bottles of painkillers Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet - drugs which were acquired by Carrey using the alias Arthur King, the lawsuits allege.
Now White's mother Brigid Sweetman and estranged Mark Burton are suing the Carrey, accusing him of contributing to her death and violating the Drug Dealer Liability Act.
On May 9, a Scientologist named Dennis Clarke died in Hawaii, where he'd been in failing health for some time. There was some discussion on the usual forums about Clarke's extensive history in the church. He had been a Freedom Medal winner for his work as president of CCHR, the Scientology front group that agitates against psychiatry. Later he had become disillusioned when the church he had served for so long provided no help after he had had a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.
Hearing about Clarke again evoked for us another time and place — the rough pickets outside the Fort Harrison Hotel in the early 2000s, which were caught on tape by Mark Bunker. It was a time when Lisa McPherson's death was producing terrible press for the church, and when the Lisa McPherson Trust, funded by businessman Robert Minton, was regularly picketing Scientology's most holy site.
Those were very different times. You can see in Bunker's videos that the few picketers were swarmed by aggressive Scientologists, who shouted at them and shoved them. And none was more imposing or intimidating than Clarke, who was huge. We couldn't help being curious about what Bunker thought of the news that his old nemesis had gone to his reward. So we asked him.
2017-06-01, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
There appears to be an increase in the number, or at least the volume level, of people who have fallen into believing the Earth is not a spherical planet but is instead flat like a pancake. Video after video is appearing on YouTube with supposed proof that the earth isn't round, while celebrities like rapper BoB, UFC fighter Eddie Bravo and YouTube personality Tila Tequila have been in the news recently supporting this view, causing actual scientists like astrophysist Neil deGrasse Tyson to talk about why this nonsense isn't supported by anything like real world evidence.
As a critical thinker, what fascinates me about this is the psychology of it. The observable and scientific proof that the Earth is a sphere has been known about for literally thousands of years. So where did this idea come from and why would it persist when today we literally have photographic evidence of it and have even sent men to the moon and walked around on its dusty spherical surface and taken pictures of very round planet?
When ancient cultures first envisioned what the big wide world might look like, they modeled it after a flat earth or a dome, surrounded by the firmament of space and resting on the back of a turtle or elephants, who in turn were standing on pillars which went donw into mud and whatever else their imagination could think of to explain infinity. You can find many old descriptions of this, and Flat Earthers for some bizarre reason like to think that the ancients with their limited skill set and knowledge base somehow knew more about how things really are than we do now. As far as we know, the Greeks were the first to start doing the math and figuring out that the Earth was a sphere but no one seems to know exactly who figured it out. After the 5th century BC, though, it was pretty clear to everyone in Greece that the Earth was round. Aristotle was the first to observe that the stars in Egypt were different from the stars in Cyprus and that based on these observations, the curve of the Earth was such that the planet itself wasn't even that big. He also predicted the existence of the North and South poles with temperate regions in between and a scorching hot equatorial zone. Turns out he was absolutely right.
Now that Saturday's grand opening in Los Angeles has happened, Scientology is thrilled that it possesses a new state-of-the-art media center with cavernous television studios and piles of expensive equipment.
So what does Scientology leader David Miscavige plan to do with his new toy?
According to a promotional booklet that was handed out to Saturday's attendees, the new media headquarters (built from the old KCET studios, which Scientology purchased in 2011) is "Designed to take the Church of Scientology's message planet-wide across every conceivable media channel — there simply is no other facility like it on Earth."
2016-06-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
According to this promotional piece, L11 handles everything. So why bother with OT levels? Or anything else for that matter?
But then again, there are a lot of "success" stories about every scientology service (Student Hat, Purif, Objectives, Grades, Dianetics, PTS RD, Word Clearing and on and on ad nauseum) where the person proclaims it holds the answers to EVERYTHING and has made them TOTAL CAUSE on all dynamics or "no longer effect of the physical universe" or whatever. Of course, none of them are true. I saw something today proclaiming that OT VIII absolutely "cures" "amnesia on the whole track." This is the ultimate accomplishment in scientology. Yet it's such a transparent lie, simply demonstrated as false. Have ANY OT VIII completion provide the details of their life before this one. Forget "whole track" — just ONE lifetime. Name, details about their life, where they lived etc. In today's world it is easy enough to check records. Hell you could do it with a Google search. If they cannot recall their last life it stands to reason their "amnesia on the whole track" is NOT cured. This IS the stated result of completing OT VIII.
I am happy for people who feel they are better for having done a service. But the enforced success stories and claims of "End Phenomena" are simply absurd. The statements made have grown more and more outrageous over time because everything in scientology always has to be bigger and better than whatever came before. Success stories in scientology today are like German marks in 1923. A wheelbarrow full of them wouldn't get you a loaf of bread and stacks of them could be used as children's building blocks. Hyperinflation of hype has caught up with scientology.
2016-06-01, Geoff Bird, Radio 4 in Four, BBC Radio 4
Why are some historic buildings owned by the Church of Scientology lying empty after they were purchased ten years ago? Geoff Bird has been to see one of the properties in Manchester.
First broadcast on Sunday, 29 May 2016.
2015-06-01, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The seventh installment of my question-and-answer video show, where I take up questions subscribers and commenters have asked me in my videos and answer them as best I can. Questions in this video:
(1) Can you tell us when did Scientology start being a "church"? Was it after the IRS investigations?
(2) Hi Chris, I really enjoy these Critical Q&A videos. Here is my question: when you informed the Church of Scientology about your decision to leave the Sea Organization, were you required to pay the freeloader's debt? Is it something that's legally enforceable? What will happen to those who decide to leave and yet refuse to pay up, aside from being declared suppressive persons? Thanks.
A protest over a proposed Scientology-backed drug rehab center near Camp David has blown up into an intense proxy battle in the bitter culture war over the religion.
As a key Frederick County Council vote looms Tuesday, opponents of Narconon — a drug treatment program utilizing Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's writings and lengthy sauna sessions — suspect they have been watched and even followed.
While Narconon officials deny accusations of skullduggery, those organizing against the drug treatment program are worried that their online conversations are being monitored. They say they are fending off Facebook group infiltrations from rivals. In one episode, they found themselves face-to-face with sheriff's deputies.
2015-06-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is sad. And all too common.
Committing financial suicide to hand over money to be spent on some extravagant building that will sit empty for years, and even if it does eventually get renovated into a marble floored palace with custom furniture and carpets it will remain as empty as it was when it was a shell.
The last thing Columbus "org" needs is a $10 million dollar building. It is like buying the Taj Mahal for a lemonade stand.
In his post today at the Underground Bunker today, Tony Ortega posted a chilling audio clip of Jonestown leader Jim Jones talking about Scientology and Paulette Cooper. I repost the audio below. Please see the Underground Bunker for the article and comments.
The question "Could there be a Jonestown mass suicide inside the Church of Scientology?" has been asked repeatedly over the years. Some former members have said yes, some have said no, and some have said it could only happen at the International Base.
The Scientology Cult blog explored this question in 2010; the article is well worth reading.
Now that we're into a new month and our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, is taking us on tours around the country (and soon across the pond), we're going to begin posting material here that supplements our story about Paulette Cooper.
Miss Lovely is a book that looks at Paulette's entire life, from her survival of the Holocaust as a small child to her more recent years as an author in Florida. But she's most well known, of course, for her 1971 book, The Scandal of Scientology, which resulted in the most legendary campaign of retaliation and ruination in the history of Scientology's spy wing, the Guardian's Office. That campaign even included a plot to frame Paulette for a felony which resulted in her being indicted in 1973 and facing 15 years in federal prison.
In 1977 the FBI raided Scientology looking for evidence of the church's infiltration and burglarizing of federal agencies, but the FBI also discovered evidence of the many plots against Paulette. Initially, the FBI had to remain quiet about what it found in the raid. But then, news that Paulette Cooper had been framed on orders from top Scientology officials finally became public after a pair of Washington Post stories by Ron Shaffer appeared on April 28 and 29, 1978, followed by many other reports in the press.
Our thanks to the night crew for live-blogging our appearance last night on Above Top Secret radio. We appreciated the kind words, and had a blast doing the show. They tell us an archived streaming copy should be posted by mid-week.
And now, it's that time of the week when we reveal the Scientology mailers and fliers that our great tipsters have sent us during the week. This time, we're going to start with a couple of fun videos that should get everyone amped to turn over their money to David Miscavige!
In Sydney, Scientology recently opened its new $14 million Ideal Org, and now it needs to get you to come on down to spend some money!
2014-06-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Yesterday we had the Survival Rundown pitch.
Today — the Purif.
Interesting that the services they are HEAVILY promoting don't require auditors — you pay to co-audit Objectives and pay to sit in a sauna. Easy money.
2013-06-01, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
In the early eighties with the figurative barbarians at the gates of his Scientology kingdom L. Ron Hubbard wrote a dispatch to his personal services organization, Author Services Inc. (ASI), that stated in sum and substance: a man's worth can be judged by the stature of his enemies. At the time he was referring to the fact that virtually all major news media, the U.S. Department of Justice (including the FBI), the IRS, and a number of other state, provincial and federal agencies in several countries were in hot pursuit of Ron.
In its context the advice from Ron seemed intended to steady the resolve and nerve of those he had appointed with defending against his formidable enemies. There is some truth to his little axiom. Whether it is honorable to have so many law enforcement agencies after you is another question entirely. Under Ron's standard, Osama Bin Laden would be more worthy than anyone in recent memory – including Ron himself.
Something I find interesting is the number of people who twenty-seven years after Ron's death seem to derive their own sense of worth by virtue of obsessively continuing to go after L. Ron Hubbard. More than a quarter century after Ron's death it seems that an active cult thrives on the central religious practice of spitting on his grave.
On Saturdays, we like to talk Scientology history with author Jon Atack, but this week he's been busy with a conference in Copenhagen.
So we thought we'd catch up with some interesting material that our great tipsters have been forwarding to us about how things are going in the Los Angeles area.
For several months now, we've been entertained by the shenanigans of Scientologists in the San Fernando Valley as they've gone to extraordinary lengths to raise money for a new "Ideal Org" that is part of church leader David Miscavige's high-pressure plan to open up lavish new facilities.
2013-06-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is the second in a series of postings examining the subject of Scientology disconnection practices. See Disconnection — Scientology's Nasty Secret.
Who qualifies for disconnection?
The simple answer is "anyone deemed an undesirable."
2013-06-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The Portland Wagon Train keeps on rolling.
Here is the latest "WISE International" (Event Call In Unit IC), hype about the absolute VITAL importance of seeing this video of a speech given a month ago — complete with ridiculous, fawning over the magnificence of "COB."
Obviously none of these people know the REAL story of Portland, just the Miscavige whitewashed version, and of course they forget the Crusade moved from Portland to Los Angeles and lost another massive case that WAS eventually paid to Wollersheim. If you want to know the real story of Portland, read Marty Rathbun's book Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior.
2012-06-01, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
"Touch me" the man says again and again. "Touch me."
In what should go down as one of the most skin-crawling audio tapes in recent Scientology history, we hear a church operative repeatedly challenge protester David Love to provoke an incident so that Love can find himself in a world of legal hurt.
2012-06-01, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Magnotta, from a 2007 blog in which he announces that he's joined Scientology As the world tries to hunt down porn actor and murder suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta, Canada's National Post today pointed out something interesting -- Magnotta, 29, apparently converted to Scientology a few years ago.
Activists over at WhyWeProtest.net, naturally, were on to this months ago, when Magnotta first gained notoriety after he was blamed for posting to the Internet in January 2010 a notorious video of two kittens being strangled.
Now, Magnotta's in much more trouble, on the run after mailing parts of a man he allegedly killed and dismembered -- while videotaping it -- and then disappearing from his Montreal home. He's now thought to be hiding in France, and Interpol is on his trail.
A Nevada state Senate hopeful has taken to court to fight allegations that he conned a disabled man into buying two $30,000 ostrich eggs for the Church of Scientology.
Brent Jones says the spurious rumor appeared on a website called RealBrentJones.com.
"Did Brent Jones talk a mentally disabled man into giving up $30,000 for Brent's ostrich egg business," the website asks.
2010-06-01, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
[This article was written by Dan Koon and was originally published on 01 June 2010.]
"For years now, I've been hearing about DM's "interpretation" of LRH's definition of a floating needle and the trouble it has caused both auditors and preclears.
The LRH definition as written in HCOB 21 July 1978, WHAT IS A FLOATING NEEDLE is elegant simplicity itself:
Six members of Congress wrote a letter of protest to the French ambassador last month, taking the country to task for a new report from a French government agency that attacks some self-professed religions as "cults." Was Scientology behind it?
The letter, signed by Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Dianne Watson (D-Calif.), Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) and Dan Burton (R-Ind.), said that the report—which was written by MIVILUDES, a French government agency that tracks cults and sectarian religions—"raises serious concerns regarding protection for an individual's right to freedom of religion in France." The members of Congress didn't mention Scientology by name, but the MIVILUDES paper is reportedly highly critical of Scientology's efforts to influence the United Nations through "front organizations." Posters to the anti-Scientology message board Why We Protest suspect that the letter is part of a long-running Scientology campaign against MIVILUDES.
Ida Camburn lost her oldest son to the Cult of Scientology in 1975. She never stopped fighting to get her son back, even though it was real hard work to be in the frontline fighting this cult before we had the Internet and a friendly press like today. Ida helped make the path for the rest of us, she's the true heroine!!
Wikipedia's arbitration committee ruled to permanently block contributions and edits to Scientology articles from Internet addresses originating from the Church of Scientology's headquarters.
The decision follows six months of debate among administrators of the user-edited encyclopedia, who found conflicts between Wikipedia editors who were Scientology enthusiasts and those who disliked the religion. Some 430 Scientology entries on Wikipedia resulted in constant battles over revisions between the two camps. User accounts were created for the sole purpose of deleting or adding information on Scientology, a practice seen as harmful to Wikipedia's neutrality principles.
In September 2006 Kendra Wiseman, 25, was reading an old issue of Glamour when she came across a story by Astra Woodcraft titled "Why I Fled Scientology." Like Astra, Kendra had grown up in the secretive religion and made the agonizing decision to abandon it. She wrote to Astra, thanking her for the story. A year and a half later, Kendra heard another shocker: Jenna Miscavige Hill, the 24-year-old niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, had also left the church. Kendra sent her an e-mail too.
The protesters have joined forces with an off-shoot of the Church of Scientology movement to fight the decision.
Brian Daniels, from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, said: "These people have a very pertinent point because they are concerned about the dangers of what is going on in psychiatric units.
In response to this, Religious Freedom Watch (RFW), universally regarded as a front group for the Church of Scientology, has posted a rundown (pun intended) of the supposed crimes against journalism that I committed in the writing of my piece on the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Program.
With A-list celebrities among its followers and a string of unsavoury allegations from former members, the Church of Scientology is rarely far from the headlines.
But newly released government files from the National Archives at Kew show controversy surrounding the church in the UK is nothing new.
In the 1960s and 1970s officials debated whether or not to lift a ban on foreigners entering the UK to work or study at the church.
In the documents, high-ranking mandarins referred to the church as "evil" and some described it repeatedly as a "cult".
Many of the documents discussed a series of lawsuits filed by the church in the years after the entry ban was introduced in 1968.
That sad eyed actor Giovanni Ribisi is buying a condominium in Silver Lake. The 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom unit is part of a new complex of townhouse like condominiums right on Silver Lake Boulevard and was listed at $675,000. The photos below are not the actual unit, but another in the same complex.
Your Mama is not able to confirm this purchase through property records so we're going on the good word of Lucy Spillerguts, one of our more prolific and always correct tipsters.
Your Mama can't imagine why the Scientologist and brother-in-law of Beck would want to buy a condo instead of a house, but then again, we're not even sure this condo is being purchased for his own use. Could be just another landing pad for the Scientologist faithful? An interim place while he renovates a house? Or maybe he's just a modest living actor, which is a notion that, strangely, we almost never consider when talking about celebs.
Brooke Shields is lashing out at Tom Cruise, who recently criticized the actress for using antidepressants and called her actions "irresponsible."
Shields, whose recent book Down Came the Rain chronicles her battle with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Rowan in 2003, says Cruise should mind his own business.
"Tom should stick to saving the world from aliens and let women who are experiencing postpartum depression decide what treatment options are best for them," says the former Suddenly Susan star.
But we hear at least one person is enjoying the spectacle. Inside sources say Kingsley is so amused by DeVette's many missteps that she's been using them as object lessons for her junior publicists on how to ruin a well-choreographed career.
France has become the first country in the world to introduce specific legislation aimed at controlling the activities of cults. The objective is to combat the 175-odd movements of a quasi-religious nature considered a danger to society.
The Scientology movement and the Unification Church of the Rev Sun Myung Moon immediately denounced the bill - endorsed almost unanimously on Wednesday by national assembly deputies - as anti-democratic and in breach of human rights laws. Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders have expressed disquiet.
But the justice minister, Marylise Lebranchu, described it as "an important, even a vital law to protect human liberties".
When the end finally came for the old Cult Awareness Network, it happened fast. Cynthia Kisser, CAN's executive director, struggled to stay calm as she sat in federal bankruptcy court in Chicago late last October waiting for the auction to begin. Kisser, who had spent the past nine years leading CAN's efforts to inform the public about dangerous cults, had hoped that she wouldn't have to pay much for her group's assets that day. Nor did she want much, she claims—just the chance to put the hopelessly bankrupt CAN out of its misery by buying up its trade name, post office box, help line number, and service mark, so that all could be retired.
There was another suitor in the courtroom, however—Steven Hayes, a member of the Church of Scientology. And Hayes, a lawyer who had come all the way from Los Angeles to attend the auction, had other plans.
The bidding started at $10,000. Kisser offered $11,000, Hayes raised her by $1,000. The two quickly inched up to $15,000. Kisser kept going, to $17,000, then $19,000. But when Hayes upped the bidding by another $1,000, Kisser finally balked. "No more," she told Philip Martino, the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the sale. From there, it was all paperwork. "I will accept the offer of Mr. Hayes for $20,000," Martino announced dryly. "We will document this with a court order tomorrow."
1995-06-01, Stephen E. Marinick, 6.95, Java Monthly
To someone who isn't caught in this mental maze the actions of the church have more in common with organized crime than they do with religion. Although to my knowledge no critic has found a severed horse head in his bed, there are some other disturbing events.
Recently, cult apologists have attempted to create the impression that the scientific community has rejected the concept of thought reform. This is untrue.
As recently as May of this year, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) published by the American Psychiatric Association cites thought reform as a contributing factor to "Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified" (a diagnosis frequently given to former cult members). Thought reform (notes 1,2,3 below) and its synonyms brainwashing and coercive persuasion (4,5) were also noted in DSM-III (1980) and in DSM-III-Revised (1987), as well as in widely recognized medical texts (6,7).
The arbitration panel concluded that using fake names or last names only is reasonable, adding that it did not expect that most employees would need to go undercover. It also said that it was not convinced that the public would react negatively to the change.
"I think it's a lousy idea," said Philip Proffit, executive director of the National Coalition of IRS Whistleblowers, a taxpayer advocacy organization. "Now they're trying to escape accountability by hiding behind a k a's."
Humboldt County is now home to one of the most impregnable storage repositories known to man, Its prime purpose is to hold the teaching, philosophy and enlightenment of a single man: L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, one of the most contentious, controversial religions ever founded.
The vault is one of several under construction across the country. Southern California and New Mexico have similar underground facilities that are nearly complete. Unconfirmed reports say land has been purchased in Utah for a fourth facility.
Some residents of Ferndale and Petrolia are anxious. They are in wonder at the proposed use of the vaults. Why three or four vaults of such size to store the works of one man? they ask. What else is going into the vaults?
Narconon, a drug rehabilitation organization, has begun renovating buildings at the Chilocco Indian School near here.
John Duff, president of the non-profit group, said the renovation would cost more than $1 million.
The former school will become a 75-bed facility for the treatment of drug and alcohol abusers.
Vol. 6, No. 1, 1989
Litigating child-custody or visitation disputes is a complex endeavor. Because of the special protection the law accords religious beliefs, attorneys must carefully collect relevant facts and use appropriate language. Without questioning the truth or falsehood of a group's religious doctrines, attorneys should try to demonstrate that the group's practices are physically or psychologically detrimental to the child. Information from a variety of sources, including teachers, school psychologists, social workers, therapists, etc., should be considered. Several case examples are discussed.
The wealthy publishing houses were not hard to find. The ever-controversial Bridge Publications, publisher of L. Ron Hubbard's 'Dianetics' and 10-volume 'Mission Earth' series, brought in an Indianapolis 500-style track race car and an actor dressed as a warrior from a distant planet.
Scientologists have called on their celebrity members to lead daily protests here over a $39 million verdict against the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
The verdict was returned by a Portland jury May 17. The Scientologists say the issue is one of religious freedom. Mainline church leaders in the area say some consider Scientology a business and they claim the issue is financial not religious.
An estimated 4,000 Scientologists from 15 countries and most states are attending protest meetings, picketing the county courthouse and claiming that the verdict threatens religious freedom.