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Scientologists don't like professor's anti-cult work

Title: Scientologists don't like professor's anti-cult work
Date: Saturday, 13 June 1992
Publisher: Orlando Sentinel
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Two members of the Church of Scientology have charged that a professor at UCLA has wrongly used his position and state funds to take part in anti-religious activities. They refer specifically to the professor's participation in two anti-cult organizations, the Cult Awareness Network and the American Family Foundation.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by UCLA extension students Mario Magorski and John Van Dyke, members of the Church of Scientology. They allege that the professor, Louis Jolyn West, has used his university credentials to help organize conferences and seminars attacking religious groups targeted by the Cult Awareness Network.

According to the suit, West's expenses for these meetings were paid by the university. The suit also charges that the university funds West's membership in the American Family Foundation.

The suit charges that West and university officials have violated state and federal laws by enabling West to use the school's authority and funding to support a campaign against minority religions.