Scientology's 40 years of conflict with the City of Clearwater, recapped - 2019-10-20

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F7.png Scientology's 40 years of conflict with the City of Clearwater, recapped October 20, 2019, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

The church begins

May 1950: Science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard publishes Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, which theorizes that a so-called reactive mind is the source of all ills, from anxiety to arthritis. It teaches a person can erase the reactive mind and achieve a superhuman state called "clear." The book becomes a bestseller but is seen as a pseudoscience by health professionals.

1954: Hubbard turns his teachings into the Church of Scientology of California. The federal government recognizes the church as a tax-exempt religious organization three years later. It revokes the exemption in 1967, saying the group was a for-profit business enriching Hubbard.

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{{cite news | author = Tracey McManus | title = Scientology's 40 years of conflict with the City of Clearwater, recapped | url = https://www.tampabay.com/news/clearwater/2019/10/20/scientologys-40-years-of-conflict-with-the-city-of-clearwater-recapped/ | work = Tampa Bay Times | date = October 20, 2019 | accessdate = October 25, 2019 }}