'Priority' critics of church faced special handling - 1980-01-09

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F0.png 'Priority' critics of church faced special handling January 9, 1980, Charles Stafford, Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater, St. Petersburg Times

THERE WAS such contrast between what Scientology did publicly in its first few months in Clearwater, and what went on secretly in the Guardian office in the Fort Harrison.

Oh, the church lost no time in letting the community know that its velvet glove concealed a rock-hard fist. On Feb. 6, just a week after Maren's announcement, the church filed a $1 -million lawsuit against Mayor Gabriel Cazares -- a consistent critic of the secrecy with which United Churches came to Clearwater -- accusing him of libel, slander and violation of the church's civil rights.


{{cite news | first = Charles | last = Stafford | title = 'Priority' critics of church faced special handling | url = http://www.antisectes.net/sp-times-scientology-special-report-pulitzer-price.pdf#page=8 | work = Scientology: An in-depth profile of a new force in Clearwater | publisher = St. Petersburg Times | date = January 9, 1980 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}