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brainwashing • cost • cult awareness network (can) (earlier form, citizen's freedom foundation) • cynthia kisser • deprogramming • fair game • ford greene • fraud, lie, deceit, misrepresentation • garry scarff • harassment • hare krishna • infiltration • internal revenue service (irs) • lawsuit • legal • margaret thaler singer • membership • moonies • narconon (aka scientology drug rehab) • office of special affairs (osa) (formerly, guardian's office) • operation snow white • people's temple • private investigator(s) • richard ofshe • rick ross
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May 30, 2010
Megaraid 5-30-10 Hotel meeting [Larry Brennan, Nancy Many, Steven Hassan]
Nov 22, 2009
Concern at Governing magazine over its sale to Scientologists — New York Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tim Arango
Source: New York Times
Over the last several months, The St. Petersburg Times published a series of scathing articles on the Church of Scientology under the rubric “The Truth Rundown.” In 1980, the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for an investigation of the church’s inner workings. Coverage of Scientology has long been an important story for The St. Petersburg Times, given that the church’s spiritual headquarters is located in nearby Clearwater, Fla. So it came as a bit of a shock when, on Friday, the ...
Oct 26, 2009
My Billion Year Contract / Memoir of a former Scientologist (book) - Chapter 20 The Internet — CNM Publishing
Nov 1, 2005
The Strange Case of Garry Scarff — Jonestown Report
Type: Press
Author(s): Rebecca Moore
Source: Jonestown Report
In 1989, Fielding McGehee and I published The Need for a Second Look at Jonestown, a collection of essays written by those who had been involved with Peoples Temple. In this retrospective volume, people reflected on their experiences of the previous decade, as well as on their understanding of the Temple. Contributors included former members, relatives, and others who had had connections with the Temple, such as news reporters and social activists. Shortly after the book appeared, Chris Hatcher, the psychologist ...
Oct 5, 2005
Sign of the Cult-Buster — SF Weekly
Type: Press
Author(s): Ron Russell
Source: SF Weekly
Maybe it was "Defy Evil Bushism" or "Christmas Is No Fun in Fallujah." Or it may have been one of the other not-so-subtle references to President George W. Bush posted on the sign next to his law office; perhaps "Vote the Thug Out." Or was it the sight of the American flag suspended upside down from that same sign, in protest of the outcome of last November's election? Ford Greene isn't quite sure what sent his opponents over the edge with ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Apr 5, 2005
Jeb Bush praises Scientologists — MSNBC
Type: Press
Author(s): Jeannette Walls
Source: MSNBC
While the religion of Tom Cruise and John Travolta has been getting some tough press in recent days, it’s also been lauded by President Bush’s brother. Florida Governor Jeb Bush raised eyebrows among the critics of the sometimes controversial religion recently when he honored Scientology volunteers who helped victims of hurricanes in his state. Members of the group — which was put in the spotlight this week by the New York Daily News for its alleged anti-homosexual philosophy — were given ...
Jun 23, 2004
U.S. Lawmakers Fete Rev. Moon, Church Leader Gets Crown At Congressional Reception — CBS News
Type: Press
Source: CBS News
(CBS/AP) More than a dozen U.S. lawmakers turned out for a Capitol Hill reception honoring the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial leader of the Unification Church. Some of the lawmakers later said they were duped when questioned about their presence at the event held at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on March 23. The Washington Post reported that Moon received a crown that was placed on his head. The crown was carried on a pillow by Rep. Danny K. Davis, ...
Tag(s): CBS NewsMoonies
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 7, 2003
Margaret Singer, a Leading Brainwashing Expert, Dies at 82 — New York Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Anahad O'Connor
Source: New York Times
Dr. Margaret Singer, a leading expert on brainwashing who testified in several high-profile cases contending that various groups inappropriately manipulated their members to control their behavior, died on Nov. 23 in Berkeley, Calif. She was 82. The cause was respiratory failure, said her son, Sam. In her long career, Dr. Singer investigated and testified about techniques used by North Koreans against American soldiers in wartime and the Symbionese Liberation Army's influence over the kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst. In the 1950's, Dr. ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Feb 13, 2003
Working the web: Cults — The Guardian (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Clint Witchalls
Source: The Guardian (UK)
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Jun 1, 2001
France arms itself with legal weapon to fight sects // Law to shield the vulnerable worries main churches — The Guardian (UK)
Type: Press
Author(s): Jon Henley
Source: The Guardian (UK)
France has become the first country in the world to introduce specific legislation aimed at controlling the activities of cults. The objective is to combat the 175-odd movements of a quasi-religious nature considered a danger to society. The Scientology movement and the Unification Church of the Rev Sun Myung Moon immediately denounced the bill - endorsed almost unanimously on Wednesday by national assembly deputies - as anti-democratic and in breach of human rights laws. Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders have expressed ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Feb 22, 2001
Faith-Based Welfare Puzzles Televangelist / He fears public funding of cults — San Francisco Chronicle (California)
Feb 20, 2001
Bush's Call to Church Groups To Get Untraditional Replies — New York Times
Jul 13, 1999
Cult or religion: What's the difference? — BBC News
Jan 1, 1999
"When Scholars Know Sin" forum debate / Mea Culpa! Mea Culpa! / J. Gordon Melton responds — Skeptic magazine
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Dec 1, 1998
Brainwashed! // Scholars of cults accuse each other of bad faith — Lingua Franca
Type: Press
Author(s): Charlotte Allen
Source: Lingua Franca
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY SOCIOLOGY professor Benjamin Zablocki has been studying cults–now called, thanks to academic political correctness, new religious movements, or NRMs–since his graduate school days at Johns Hopkins during the mid-1960s, when he bought a ninety-nine dollar Greyhound bus pass and traveled around the country visiting all the religious communes he could find. "My style of research is participant observation," he explains. "I live with the groups, wash dishes with them, pray with them, and immerse myself in their way of ...
Sep 1, 1998
When Scholars Know Sin — Skeptic magazine
Type: Press
Author(s): Stephen A. Kent, Theresa Krebs
Source: Skeptic magazine
Dec 21, 1996
Testimony / The Autobiography of Margery Wakefield (book): Chapter 11 - Offloaded
Nov 30, 1995
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlatans — Phoenix New Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Tony Ortega
Source: Phoenix New Times
Clients of deprogrammer Rick Ross call him a savior. Perhaps that's why people he's branded cult leaders want to crucify him. Rick Ross is describing how Arizona's cults use mind control to exploit their members. He warns about 70 people gathered at Arizona State University's Memorial Union that they are prime targets for groups that tend to prey on university students. The Moonies have a house on North Central. Scientology has a church in Mesa. There's Scottsdale's CBJ, whose members believe ...
Item contributed by: Ron Sharp
Dec 1, 1994
Litigation noir // Ford Greene thought he knew all about hardball litigation. Then he sued the Church of Scientology. — California Lawyer
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Steven Pressman
Source: California Lawyer
It was a strange way to describe an aspect of a theology. But L. Ron Hubbard, the highly successful science-fiction writer who founded the Church of Scientology in the 1950s, had little tolerance for those who challenged his beliefs. And so it was, at one time, that Scientology scripture came to include an unusual litigation clause: "The only way to defend anything is to attack, and if you ever forget that, then you will lose every battle you are ever engaged ...
Mar 1, 1992
Religious news & comment — Unification News
Jun 29, 1991
Scientology? No way, send me $200,000 — Arizona Republic
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Kim Sue Lia Perkes
Source: Arizona Republic
Look, all you have to do is pull out your checkbook and write a check for $200,000. Oh, and make it out to me. No strings attached. That should give you the inner peace you have been searching for. In return for your donation, you'll receive absolutely nothing, and I'll never ask you for a donation again. True, if you do this, I will lose my job. However, if only five of you send the money, I'll be able to retire. ...
Jun 6, 1991
In battle against Time, Scientologists put money on ads — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Bob Sipchen
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Last June, the Los Angeles Times published a damning series on the Church of Scientology. Scientologists responded by extracting a few good things the writers had to say about their organization and putting those quotes in foot-high letters on billboards all over town. On May 6 of this year, Time magazine published a cover story on Scientology. It had even fewer good things to say, and now the church has responded with an even more aggressive counterattack. Scientology's campaign of daily ...
Jun 1, 1991
Petrolia's new neighbors – L. Ron Hubbard's followers, the Church of Spiritual Technology — North Coast Journal
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Type: Press
Author(s): Joe Cempa
Source: North Coast Journal
Petrolia — A few miles outside of this coastal community, a massive 400-foot subterranean vault constructed of steel and concrete lies beneath a peaceful knoll overlooking the Pacific. The breadth and dimension of the vault stagger the imagination: 100 feet longer than a football field and 20 feet in diameter, the two-story sarcophagus is almost complete. It is designed to withstand the ravages of nature as well as man-made destruction. Humboldt County is now home to one of the most impregnable ...
Jun 1, 1990
Parting is such sweet sorrow — Unification News
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Type: Press
Author(s): John Biermans
Source: Unification News
After eight years at Headquarters, I am "moving on" to other work. My duties as Director of Public Affairs will be handled by Taj. Hamad and Linda Shapiro although I will try to continue to work, with many of the contacts I have made/over the years. For me, they are much more than professional contacts—they are my friends. Thus, my change in mission does not mean I will forget my friends. Those relationships will continue and hopefully flourish for many years ...
Aug 28, 1989
Special Report // Scientology: Religion or cult? — Daily Tribune (Oakland County, Michigan)
More: link
Type: Press
Author(s): Julie Edgar
Source: Daily Tribune (Oakland County, Michigan)
The Church of Scientology is often denounced as a cult profiting from the blind faith of its members. But arguments over its true nature — Scientology a religion or a cult? — seem irrelevant except when referring to its legal status, because the organization has features common to mainstream religions as well as to so-called cults. The Church of Scientology has won the legal right to function as a religious organization, and therefore is entitled to tax-exempt status in most states. ...
Aug 2, 1989
Ex-Scientologist risks jail to speak against church — Orlando Sentinel
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Type: Press
Author(s): Claire Dezern
Source: Orlando Sentinel
TAMPA — You shouldn't be reading this story. The tale of Margery Wakefield vs. the Church of Scientology is supposed to be a secret. Church officials say so. So does a federal judge. In fact, Wakefield could go to jail for talking about the 12 years she spent as a member of the cult, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. Wakefield, 41, is talking anyway, braving the threats of Scientology lawyers and testing the patience of a U.S. district judge. ...
Nov 17, 1988
The cult wars // Ten years after Jonestown, the battle intensifies over the influence of 'alternative' religions — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Bob Sipchen
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
Eldridge Broussard Jr.'s face screwed into a grimace of such anger and pain that the unflappable Oprah Winfrey seemed unnerved. It hurts to be branded "the new Jimmy Jones" by a society eager to condemn what it doesn't understand, the founder of the Ecclesia Athletic Assn. lamented on TV just a few days after his 8-year-old daughter had been beaten to death, apparently by Ecclesia members. At issue were complex questions of whether the group he had formed to instill discipline ...
Oct 18, 1988
Church can be sued on recruiting // Beliefs protected but not conduct, Justices rule — Los Angeles Times (California)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Philip Hager
Source: Los Angeles Times (California)
SAN FRANCISCO — In a major ruling on the separation of church and state, the California Supreme Court held Monday that a religious organization may be sued for fraud for allegedly "brainwashing" unknowing recruits into joining the church. The justices ruled 6 to 1 that two former members of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church can proceed to trial with claims that they were tricked by recruiters who denied they were church members and then used subtle "mind-control" techniques to ...
Nov 27, 1987
High court to hear appeal of suit accusing Moon's church of fraud — Los Angeles Times (California)
Feb 5, 1987
Probers report on cults / 'Soul-traders abuse our laws,' MK says — Jerusalem Post
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