Scientology Scuffle Over Xenu: When a Protester is Attacked! - 2011-12-21

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F11.png Scientology Scuffle Over Xenu: When a Protester is Attacked! December 21, 2011, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

Getting a face full of unhappy Scientologist Tommy Gorman has a pretty in-your-face way of protesting the Church of Scientology. He positions himself outside the entrance to San Francisco's Scientology "org" holding a video camera and another device that plays an audio recording.

As workers at the org arrive or leave, Gorman plays for them the recording, which is from a tape of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard describing Xenu, the galactic overlord that is part of secret upper-level teachings in the church, and which Scientology publicly denies is part of their religion.

While he's playing Hubbard's words, Gorman himself barks things at the workers intended to make them question their faith. He's not subtle about it. He's deliberately trying to get under their skin. Many of them, in fact, know Gorman well. He grew up in Scientology and worked at the San Francisco org for years until leaving in 2001. In 2005, he began protesting Scientology, and his intense -- but peaceful -- demonstrations have resulted in more than one org worker taking a swing at him.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Tony | last = Ortega | title = Scientology Scuffle Over Xenu: When a Protester is Attacked! | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/12/tommy_gorman_scientology_xenu_chris_krzywicki.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = December 21, 2011 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}