Scientology Wants It Both Ways: The Church's Opposite Legal Strategies In Florida and Texas - 2012-02-04

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F11.png Scientology Wants It Both Ways: The Church's Opposite Legal Strategies In Florida and Texas February 4, 2012, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice

Back in November, the St. Petersburg Times uncorked its best expose of the Church of Scientology yet -- "The Money Machine," a look at Scientology's incredible appetite for fundraising among its members.

Just three months later, two court cases are putting an exclamation point on that investigative series (which should really win the paper, which has changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times, another Pulitzer prize this April, something its Scientology reporting has garnered in the past).

But what's even more interesting about these court cases -- the lawsuit against former church official Debbie Cook taking place in San Antonio that Scientology watchers around the world are already glued to, and another lawsuit taking place in Clearwater, Florida that Times journalists Joe Childs and Tom Tobin described just yesterday -- is that they take completely opposing legal strategies which illustrates the church's highly malleable concept of religious freedom enshrined in our Constitution.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Scientology Wants It Both Ways: The Church's Opposite Legal Strategies In Florida and Texas | url = http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/02/scientology_wan_1.php | work = Runnin' Scared | publisher = Village Voice | date = February 4, 2012 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}