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Religion's search for a home base

Title: Religion's search for a home base
Date: Monday, 1 December 1997
Publisher: New York Times
Author: Douglas Frantz
Main source: nytimes.com
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — In 1975, L. Ron Hubbard, the flamboyant founder of the Church of Scientology, was intent on finding a home base for his religion, which had come under criticism in several countries. The result was Operation Goldmine. Late that year, a dummy corporation paid $2.3 million in cash to buy the Fort Harrison Hotel, a historic building that was the symbolic heart of downtown Clearwater. The buyer was identified as the United Churches of Florida, an unknown organization. A ... [Read the rest at nytimes.com]