Forcing Scientology 'arbitration' on rape victims would be US courts imposing religion - 2020-03-08
We've just had a chance to read the brilliant opposition filed on behalf of Chrissie Carnell Bixler, Bobette Riales, and the others suing the Church of Scientology as they argue against the church's attempt to stay their lawsuit and force them into "religious arbitration."
Some of the arguments are similar to what we've seen before when Luis and Rocio Garcia fought the arbitration gambit, but what we especially like about this new document is how the attorneys for Bixler turn the tables on Scientology and inform Judge Steven Kleifield that if he grants the church's motion, he's essentially forcing religious rituals on women who are no longer Scientologists and no longer hold its beliefs. And what American court can force religious belief on any American citizen?
This is the lawsuit filed by four women who say they were violently raped by Scientologist actor Danny Masterson in incidents between 2001 and 2004. They came forward to the Los Angeles Police Department in 2016, and since then they say they have been subjected to a classic Scientology "Fair Game" harassment campaign. They're suing Masterson, Scientology, and Scientology leader David Miscavige for that campaign of alleged stalking and invasion of privacy. (Chrissie's husband, rocker Cedric Bixler-Zavala, is also a plaintiff.)