Scientology cries religious discrimination in appeal brief filed in Maryland zoning fight - 2015-10-26
In June, Scientology suffered an embarrassing defeat courtesy of the Frederick County Council in Maryland. You probably remember the drama as the council denied Scientology's request that a 40-acre parcel of land it had purchased in 2013, known as "Trout Run," be put on the county's list of historic places. Why did Scientology care that a decrepit fish camp in rural Maryland be designated a historic site? Because it wants to turn the place into a tiny, 20-bed drug rehab group home for its Narconon network, and the only way it can get the zoning it needs is through the parcel being put on the list of historic locations.
But in a 6-1 vote, the council decided that Trout Run wasn't so historic, and left it off the list.
Scientology notified the county that it was going to appeal the decision by petitioning for a judicial review of that shellacking by the county council, and now we have the appeal brief that Scientology's attorneys recently submitted. We're looking forward to you giving us your thoughts on this intriguing document.