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Ex-Scientologist // Scars have yet to heal

Title: Ex-Scientologist // Scars have yet to heal
Date: Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Publisher: Calgary Sun
Author: Bill Hart
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Brendon Moore was yesterday piecing his life back together — after. being cleared by a court of defaming the Church of Scientology.

The case, which has lasted four years, was thrown out of Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Monday when the church failed to post a $45,000 bond to cover future court costs.

But Moore says the scars from his association with Scientology have yet to heal.

The Scientologists sued eight ex-members in September, 1976 for allegedly defaming the church by writing letters to several organizations and elected officials.

Legal action against one Edmonton woman was later dropped when she agreed to testify for the church.

The other seven — Moore, Lorna Levett, Les Jackman, William Reid, Neil Taylor and David Wallace, all of Calgary and Betty McCoy of Edmonton — fought appeals, delays and refusals to comply with court orders.

Moore, an electrician, said the battle had cost him his marriage, several jobs, 5,000 given to the church and four years of court costs.

He has changed his telephone number and won't give out his address for fear of harrassment.

His brother and sister are still involved and Moore says he can't visit them.

Moore joined the church in Calgary in 1968 when his brother, already a member, told him about Scientology.

He says he was given a personality profile and told he needed counselling to reach the spiritual goal of the Scientologists — a training course (level) called OT III.

"It's like a carrot on a stick," Moore said. "I was really hooked on the fact I needed this stuff."

Moore left Scientology in March, 1974, after a disagreement over which courses to take. He still then believed the church was right — only some of its followers were corrupt.

Moore said he'll continue to try to show what he believes the church is really like.

Ken Staroszik, lawyer for the seven, said yesterday they'll be back in court In October, to recover legal costs from the church. They could file for as much as $50,000, he said.