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Ruling 'in tune with times,' says Scientology attorney

Title: Ruling 'in tune with times,' says Scientology attorney
Date: Saturday, 16 April 1983
Publisher: Daily Times Advocate
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LOS ANGELES — A. Thomas Hunt, attorney for the Church of Scientology, said Tuesday that Monday's ruling on the religious nature of Scientology by a federal judge "means the absolute end" of cases filed against the church in that court.

He described the ruling by U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall that Scientology is a religion as "in tune with the times," and said it reflected the growing international acceptance of Scientology.

Hunt compared the ruling with similar judicial decisions favorable to the Church of Scientology in Australia, France, the United Kingdom and other countries and he stated it was "consistent" with a "landmark decision" by the Oregon Court of Appeals last year. That Court of Appeals decision was upheld this year by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch, president of the Church of Scientology International, called the ruling "a total vindication of the Church's First Amendment status."