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Jul 2, 2007
Hubbard's Scientology 'built on nonsense' — Herald Sun (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Jill Singer
Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
WITH the Packer wedding over — and guest Tom Cruise embrolied in a "religious" controversy — Scientology is once again on the agenda, writes Jill Singer. SCIENTOLOGY is being talked about again because of certain prominent supporters. Germany is reluctant to have Scientology's most famous adherent, Tom Cruise, play one of its country's greatest heroes. Valkyrie, the planned film, centres on Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg's heroic role in attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The problem for Cruise is that Germany is ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jul 2, 2007
Readers Say: Not So Easy — Forbes
Type: Press
Source: Forbes
Not So Easy " Easy Money" (June 4) misled your readers, inaccurately presenting both my client, Dr. Bryan Zwan, and Forge ABS, a CDO manager. Here is one simple fact that the article failed to share with your readers: Forge ABS is controlled and managed by two experts in CDOs, with a combined 42 years of fixed-income and research experience. The CDO offering document referred to in the article made this clear, as it did the additional 17 years of experience ...
Jul 1, 2007
Church of Scientology buys site in Center City — Philadelphia Inquirer
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Type: Press
Author(s): Michael Klein
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
It has purchased more spacious quarters on Chestnut Street and plans to expand. Retailers, restaurants and other businesses are flocking to Center City. Now comes another flock. The Church of Scientology last month paid just under $8 million for a vacant 15-story office building and an adjoining one-story former toy store in the heart of downtown: the 1300 block of Chestnut Street — across the street from Macy's and next door to the furniture store Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. The ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 26, 2007
Scientology profits from some big business — CBN News
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Type: Press
Source: CBN News
Scientology is pervasive in business and has received a big boost in publicity with celebrities at the helm of the PR machine. In this week's Us Weekly, the new Helio phone is featured in the Buzz-o-meter section as a desirable gadget with this celebrity endorsement: "Katie Holmes and Laura Prepon use this phone…" Holmes and Prepon are both Scientologists, and Helio is a Scientology-based company descended from another one, EarthLink. Both Helio and EarthLink were founded by Sky Dayton, an avowed ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 26, 2007
Why Germany Hates Tom Cruise — TIME Magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Andrew Purvis
Source: TIME Magazine
Tom Cruise may suit up nicely as an American flying ace or an acrobatic crime buster, but when it comes to portraying Germany's most beloved anti-Nazi, Germans would prefer a different actor, bitte. Cruise is due to play German officer Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, celebrated for trying to kill Hitler in 1944, but the German Defense Ministry has warned that if Cruise gets the role, Ministry sites will be off-limits to the filmmakers. The reason? Because Cruise, as the Defense ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 25, 2007
St. Paul / Scientologists plan $7M makeover for new center — St. Paul Twin Cities Pioneer Press
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Type: Press
Author(s): Gita Sitaramiah
Source: St. Paul Twin Cities Pioneer Press
The former home of the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul will undergo a $7 million makeover and be unveiled next year as among the largest Church of Scientology centers in the world. Only the spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., and Los Angeles are bigger than the 80,000-square-foot building at Seventh and Exchange streets, said the Rev. Brian Fesler, the church's director of special affairs in the Twin Cities. "We didn't plan it that way, but I'm happy about ...
Jun 23, 2007
'Church' that yearns for respectability — The Times (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Dominic Kennedy
Source: The Times (UK)
Scientology is trying to transform its image from that of a shadowy cult When Scientology officially opened its spectacular new British church in the Square Mile, the movement was given an unusually warm embrace by the Establishment. Ian Luder, an Alderman of the Corporation of London and a magistrate, lauded the organisation’s anti-drugs efforts. “The work which you do in this area is greatly to be welcomed,” he said, “and I wish you growing success.” It was a satisfying moment for ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 23, 2007
Scientologists set to cash in on tax break — The Times (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Dominic Kennedy
Source: The Times (UK)
A change in the legal definition of religion has opened the way for Scientology to claim a multi-million-pound British tax break by registering as a charity. Advisers believe the new law, which recognises groups that worship multiple gods, or none at all, entitles the movement to the same privileges as traditional faiths like Christianity. Pagans, witches, Rastafarians, druids and satanists may also be entitled to start rattling collecting tins bearing the label “registered charity”. Scientology, founded by the science fiction writer ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 22, 2007
Writer: I was stalked by Scientologists — Radar Online
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Type: Press
Author(s): Jeff Bercovici
Source: Radar Online
Scientology can seem more silly than scary, with its zany mythology, made-up lingo, and Tom Cruise. But it was no joke when the group's leaders set out to destroy investigative journalist Paulette Cooper's life. In the new issue of Byline magazine, a publication of the New York Press Club , Cooper for the first time tells the full story of her 17-year battle against the followers of L. Ron Hubbard. It began in 1968 when she wrote a story, "The Scandal ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 21, 2007
Scientologists find home at former science museum in St. Paul — Finance and Commerce Daily (Minnesota)
Type: Press
Author(s): Burl Gilyard
Source: Finance and Commerce Daily (Minnesota)
The building at 505 N. Wabasha St. in downtown St. Paul isn't your average piece of property. Most buildings don't come complete with a 300-seat theater – the former Omni Theater, a forerunner of today's IMAX theaters. When it opened in 1977, the building was the new home of the Science Museum of Minnesota. After the Science Museum moved to its new home along Kellogg Boulevard in 1999, the Minnesota Business Academy took up residence in the building. The academy closed ...
Jun 20, 2007
Scientology golf links off limits — Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
Type: Press
Author(s): Herbert Atienza
Source: Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California)
Golden Era Golf Course, a historic golf course owned by the Church of Scientology near San Jacinto, is closing to the public effective July 15, church officials said. The golf course, which traces its roots to the early 1930s when it was established as the Gilman Hot Springs Golf Course, will remain a golf course, although its focus will shift from use as a public course to being a venue for charitable golfing tournaments and other community events, church spokeswoman Muriel ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 20, 2007
Stars in their eyes — Spectator
Type: Press
Author(s): Tessa Mayes
Source: Spectator
Tessa Mayes is the first reporter to have gone undercover in the London Celebrity Centre of the Church of Scientology. It is, she finds, like a pious version of Pop Idol. The adherents want to be celebrities at least as much as Scientologists ‘A culture is only as great as its dreams and its dreams are dreamed by artists,’ wrote L. Ron Hubbard, who founded the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in 1969, 15 years after he formed the church itself. ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 19, 2007
Lawsuit: Firm's training was front for Scientology — Daily Southtown
Type: Press
Source: Daily Southtown
A former employee of a Southland telecommunications company claims the company's required training included courses "designed to indoctrinate employees" in Scientology, and when she objected to the religious aspects of the training she was fired. Margaret Warfield, of Montgomery, filed her religious discrimination lawsuit in federal court Monday against BTI Communications Group. According to the company's Web site, BTI Communications Group is a business telephone and communications technology company headquartered in Lemont, with branch offices in Santa Fe Springs and Sacramento, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 19, 2007
Scientologists finish apartment renovation project, opens garage — Tampa Bay Business Journal
Type: Press
Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal
New housing is now available for members of the Church of Scientology's staff after $1.7 million in renovations were completed at Sherwood Gardens, a 106-unit apartment complex located three miles east of downtown Clearwater. Church executives purchased the apartment complex in 1999 for $4 million, which includes 105,800 square feet of rental unit space on 7.5 acres just off Keene Road. Renovations expanded beyond the units, including planting trees and gardens throughout the property. The re-opening of the apartment complex comes ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 17, 2007
Fringe faces the wrath of L Ron — The Scotsman (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Marc Horne
Source: The Scotsman (UK)
Stand by for the Fringe's first sect scandal. The world's biggest arts jamboree is facing a boycott over a scathing parody of the Church of Scientology. A musical about the controversial religious sect will premiere in Edinburgh during the event in August. Drama group Collapsible Theatre is staging Xenu Is Loose! - a satirical science-fiction production poking fun at the doctrines of the organisation, which has a host of celebrity adherents, including Tom Cruise and John Travolta. But the spoof drama ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 17, 2007
Saying goodbye to the father he never knew — South Coast Today
Type: Press
Author(s): Jonathan Comey
Source: South Coast Today
It was April 4, just two months ago, although to me it feels like two years. It was an ordinary spring Wednesday to the world at large, but with my wife due to give birth to our first child, everything in my world was heightened. And I was a bit of a mess. Despite feeling upbeat and mostly unconcerned about the upcoming event, I kept getting these recurring attacks of wooziness; small but disorienting brain clouds of differing strength and unknown ...
Jun 14, 2007
Church of Scientology buys former science museum site — St. Paul Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Type: Press
Author(s): Gita Sitaramiah
Source: St. Paul Twin Cities Pioneer Press
The Church of Scientology has purchased the former Science Museum of Minnesota building in downtown St. Paul Eric Rapp, a Welsh Cos. broker who marketed the space, said the church plans a major renovation of the building that once housed exhibits and has since been the home of the failed Minnesota Business Academy. Rapp wouldn't disclose the sale price of the 80,000-square-foot west building of the former museum complex. The sale closed Friday. A number of financial institutions had come to ...
Jun 14, 2007
Proselytizing on the Common - The Church of Scientology comes to town — Worcester Magazine
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Type: Press
Author(s): Chet Williamson
Source: Worcester Magazine
For the past week, they set up big yellow tents with three snow-cone points and little flags on top on the Common right behind City Hall. From a distance you'd have thought that the circus had come to town. It didn't. It was the Church of Scientology's International Volunteer Minister Pioneer Cavalcade, a kind of roving revival tent show to spread the word of church founder L. Ron Hubbard. Emblazed across the front of the tents were the words: "Do Something ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 12, 2007
Cruises's clinic OK — New York Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Steve Dunleavy
Source: New York Post
SHOCK and grief turned to horror when Joe Higgins helped pull the body of his brother and fellow firefighter, Tim, from the rubble of the World Trade Center. "We found him about three weeks after Sept. 11, and later, there was a bunch of us on the pile one night and I looked up," Joe was saying. "I saw this haze of dust was like a rainbow - red, blue, yellow tiny particles - and I said to the guys, 'You ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 9, 2007
My name is L Ron Hubbard — The Guardian (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): James Donaghy
Source: The Guardian (UK)
The show is about karma and redemption, but could there be a deeper message? James Donaghy examines the influence of the Church of Scientology on hit comedy My Name Is Earl Do good things and good things will happen to you. Do bad things and it will come back to haunt you". Why can't all TV have a simple message like that at its heart? The brilliantly slick My Name Is Earl carries the karmic principle through to its logical/absurd conclusion ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 8, 2007
Ndebele flirts with Scientology — Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
Type: Press
Author(s): Niren Tolsi
Source: Mail and Guardian (South Africa)
The Church of Scientology is running courses for learners on behalf of the KZN premier’s office About 120 hand-picked learners in KwaZulu-Natal have participated in a pilot human rights workshop run by an organisation with direct links to the controversial Church of Scientology — with the backing of the provincial government. A proposal to have the programme rolled out to the rest of KwaZuluNatal’s children is awaiting approval from the provincial legislature and the office of Premier Sbu Ndebele. Last week ...
Jun 7, 2007
Scientology infiltrates summer camps — Ynet
Type: Press
Author(s): Moran Rada
Source: Ynet
Association affiliated with Church of Scientology offers free activities to summer camps The Association for Prosperity and Security in the Middle East has recently distributed an email to directors of summer camps in Israel, offering a range of activities free of charge. An inquiry by Ynet revealed that the messages and materials offered in the email originated from the Church of Scientology, whose activities in schools have previously been prohibited by the Education Ministry. Members of the association offered to give ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 6, 2007
Scientologists snap up heritage home — New Zealand Herald
Type: Press
Author(s): Anne Gibson
Source: New Zealand Herald
The Church of Scientology is stepping up its image and presence here, spending $10 million to buy a prominent Auckland building. The church, which is popular with Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, will move around 100 staff into the building perched above the Southern Motorway at Grafton and run courses from there. It will soon leave Panmure's industrial strip for the building now occupied by the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, which has two other campus ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 4, 2007
Easy Money — Forbes
Type: Press
Author(s): Nathan Vardi
Source: Forbes
As the U.S. housing market sinks, billions and billions are still going into risky mortgages. Who's minding the bank? Bryan Zwan, entrepreneur and prominent donor to the Church of Scientology, is now dealing in collateralized debt obligations. CDOs have helped fuel the boom in U.S. housing and are backed by junk bonds, leveraged loans, asset-backed securities (like mortgages), credit default swaps–and who knows what else. Zwan's particular group, Forge ABS of Tampa, Florida, intends to invest half the $1.5 billion it ...
Jun 4, 2007
Fresh controversy for scientologists in files — The Argus (UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Argus (UK)
Newly released Government papers have mired the Church of Scientology's Sussex headquarters in fresh controversy. Files from the National Archives at Kew include a confidential report produced by the then Department of Health and Social Security in 1977 for Home Secretary Merlyn Rees stating the church was a "considerable evil". It was written as the Government prepared to defend itself against a number of writs filed by the church relating to a 1968 statement announcing a ban on foreigners entering Britain ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 2, 2007
Quincy to be Literacy Center's main office — Quincy Herald Whig
Type: Press
Author(s): Steve Eighinger
Source: Quincy Herald Whig
Bishop E.L. Warren says the goal is far-reaching, but so is the problem it is addressing. "The purpose of this is to eradicate illiteracy and provide a new place of learning and hope in downtown Quincy," he said. Warren, who pastors the Cathedral of Worship, 215 N. 25th, and is the head of E.L. Warren Ministries International, said earlier this week that Quincy will be the headquarters of the Vision Literacy Center. There will be 52 learning centers around the world, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 1, 2007
Protesters in anti mental health unit demonstration — Birmingham Mail
Type: Press
Author(s): Jasbir Authi
Source: Birmingham Mail
MORE than 1,000 furious campaigners disgusted at plans for a secure mental health unit on their doorstep today staged an angry demonstration. The protesters turned out in force to voice their concerns against a planned 80-bed unit on the site of the former Yardley Green Hospital in Bordesley Green. Men, women and children waved placards and banners saying "no sex offenders here", "no murderers", "no rapists", "no paedophiles" and "keep our community safe". Hordes of motorists sounded their horns and shouted ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 1, 2007
Scientology Front Group Responds... — New York Press
Type: Press
Author(s): John DeSio
Source: New York Press
In response to this, Religious Freedom Watch (RFW), universally regarded as a front group for the Church of Scientology, has posted a rundown (pun intended) of the supposed crimes against journalism that I committed in the writing of my piece on the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Program. "Methinks you doth protest too much DeSio. Or do you find Touretzky’s racist comments so normal, and your defense of his bigoted statements so necessary to support your own deep hatred, ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 1, 2007
UK officials feared church 'evil' — BBC News
Type: Press
Source: BBC News
With A-list celebrities among its followers and a string of unsavoury allegations from former members, the Church of Scientology is rarely far from the headlines. But newly released government files from the National Archives at Kew show controversy surrounding the church in the UK is nothing new. In the 1960s and 1970s officials debated whether or not to lift a ban on foreigners entering the UK to work or study at the church. In the documents, high-ranking mandarins referred to the ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
May 31, 2007
Church, city sparring over spaces — Pasadena Star-News
Type: Press
Author(s): Janette Williams
Source: Pasadena Star-News
Pasadena – Before work has even started on the Church of Scientology's new complex in Old Pasadena, members have clashed with the city over sidewalk tables used to distribute church literature and sign up passers-by for "stress tests." Eden Stein, president of the Scientologists' Pasadena branch, said Tuesday that a church lawyer has written to City Attorney Michele Beale Bagneris and the Police Department to complain that code-enforcement officials were "out of line" in citing them for using the sidewalk for ...
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