Scientology foe sets up office close to church - 2000-01-06

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F15.png Scientology foe sets up office close to church January 6, 2000, Thomas C. Tobin, St. Petersburg Times

An organization that says it wants to reform the Church of Scientology has followed through with its plans to open a headquarters at the epicenter of the Scientology world.

The group, led by New England millionaire Robert S. Minton, on Wednesday purchased a small office building at 33 N Fort Harrison Ave., just 30 feet from a major Scientology building downtown. Minton and a five-member staff say they plan to educate local residents -- including existing Scientologists -- about abuses within the church.

Scientology reacted Wednesday with strong words.

"These guys are nobodies," said church official Marty Rathbun. "They bring absolutely nothing to this community."


{{cite news | first = Thomas C. | last = Tobin | title = Scientology foe sets up office close to church | url = http://www.sptimes.com/News/010600/NorthPinellas/Scientology_foe_sets_.shtml | work = St. Petersburg Times | date = January 6, 2000 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}