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Clergy attack Scientologists

Title: Clergy attack Scientologists
Date: Friday, 10 April 1992
Publisher: East Grinstead Courier (UK)
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WORRIED town clergy have issued a warning on the controversial church of Scientology.

More than 2,000 leaflets have been sent out with parish magazines warning people to be wary about scientology and dianetics.

And clergymen say they are available for help and independent advice on problems caused by the cult.

Felbridge vicar the Rev Stephen Bowen said the Ieaflet had been a co-operative effort by several of the town's churches because of concern over the effects of scientology.

He said: "I think it does have significance here, because East Grinstead is an international centre for scientology. It is right and essential we take some action."

The leaflet contains information on scientology and dianetics taken from East Grinstead writer Jon Atack's book A Piece of Blue Sky, published in the USA.

It warns people to beware of the controversial Say No to Drugs campaign, run by the church of Scientology, and other off-shoots such as Narconon, and Criminon.

But scientology spokeswoman Rose Tinklenberg said: "Most of the stuff in the leaflet has been disproven many times. If someone has a problem they should come to us. How can anyone else sort it out for them?"

"If you had wanted information on Christianity in 30AD would you have gone to a Roman soldier? The real way for people to find out about scientology or dianetics, of course, is to read one of L. Ron Hubbard's books or speak to a member of the church. People are welcome to come to Saint Hill and see for themselves.