Maryland county explains why (don't call it Scientology) can take a hike - 2016-06-17
The county council in Frederick County, Maryland, is fighting the Church of Scientology in court to keep the church from putting one of its quack drug rehab centers in a former fish camp known as Trout Run.
Readers know we've been following this dispute for some time, and that it's a bit technical. But it's another great example of how Scientology tries to run roughshod over local government officials and local courts, and so we've been keeping an eye on the case, step by step. And now, we think there's an interesting new wrinkle you'd want to hear about.
First, the quick rundown to remind you what this fight is all about: Three years ago, Scientology, through its real estate arm Social Betterment Properties International, paid $4.85 million for a parcel of land that included the lodge for a fish camp. The property, known as Trout Run, had once stood in for Camp David in some scenes for The West Wing. Scientology had learned that although the current zoning didn't allow a rehab center, if SBPI could get the parcel put on the county's register of historic places, it would qualify for a zoning exception that would allow renovation of the place for a 20-bed Narconon center.