Shadow Boxing - 1996-06-30
With EarthLink preparing for its first public stock offering, this is not good publicity. On the Net, the Church of Scientology is the antichrist. It slaps lawsuits on church critics who post quotes from copyrighted church documents, sometimes getting federal marshals to search homes and seize computer disks. There's no evidence that the church currently uses extralegal weapons against online critics -- pries into their e-mail, say. Still, among the desirable qualities of an Internet access provider -- the company whose computers all your e-mail and cyberwanderings pass through -- "Church of Scientology affiliated" does not rank high.