Pets, protest share downtown - 2008-04-13
Anonymous, a loosely organized group that formed on the Internet, used the demonstration to target what it calls the church's "cruel and inhumane" policy. The group says that Scientology requires church members to disconnect from friends and relatives who have left the fold.
The group rented out the Royalty Theatre downtown and two former Scientologists -- Mike Henderson and Creed Pearson -- spoke about the pain they suffered from not being allowed to contact relatives still in the church.
"I can't speak to my brother or my four sisters," Henderson said in a tearful speech. "I have attempted to speak to my son and my daughter and my mother, to no avail."