PSTA aims to avoid ad flap - 1999-01-28

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F15.png PSTA aims to avoid ad flap January 28, 1999, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

The ads in question were placed by a group called Former Scientologists Speaking Out, whose goal was to cause existing church members to question Scientology. The messages included: "Doubt is not a crime," "Think for Yourself. Quit Scientology" and "Why does Scientology lie to its members?"

Sweeney said he pulled the buses out of service after he was contacted by Scientology attorney Paul B. Johnson, a former prosecutor who said the ads violated a 1945 state law regarding published material that "tends to expose any individual or any religious group to hatred, contempt, ridicule or (abusive language)."


{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | title = PSTA aims to avoid ad flap | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/12899/NorthPinellas/PSTA_aims_to_avoid_ad.html | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = January 28, 1999 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}