Voice Readers Raise Thousands For Couple That Refused to Spy for Scientology - 2012-09-09
We've always been suckers for the final scene of It's a Wonderful Life. No matter how many times we see it, we tear up at the sight of George Bailey's friends coming to his aid in his time of need, proving to him that he really is the richest man in town.
Over the last couple of days, we watched something remarkable happen as the readers of this blog rallied to help a family in a somewhat similar circumstance. Only this time it wasn't old man Potter providing the bullying tactics, but the attorneys of the Church of Scientology.
As we reported on Thursday, Marc and Claire Headley were stunned when the church -- their former employer -- offered to waive the $42,852.06 in court costs they owed if the couple agreed to spy on former church executive Marty Rathbun and other critics of Scientology, including "media contacts." (We can imagine a short list of who that might include.)