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Nov 20, 2009 Science or fiction? — The Australian
EVEN for a religion started by a science fiction writer, the allegations levelled against the Church of Scientology in federal parliament this week sound stranger than fiction. Blackmail, cover-ups of child abuse, labour camps, embezzlement and coerced abortions are spelled out among the 53 pages of allegations by seven former Scientologists - some of whom had climbed high in the church hierarchy - tabled in the Senate. In what the church has decried as "an outrageous abuse of parliamentary privilege", independent ...
Jul 25, 2009 Is John Travolta cracking up? It's not just grief - and guilt - over his dead son that are tearing the actor apart — Daily Mail (UK)
Daily Mail (UK)
Dead of night, and on a deserted Florida landing strip, the silence of the oppressively hot early hours is broken by the low whirring of an electric golf cart, driving lazy circuits.
At the wheel is a bulky, lone figure, hunched forward over the controls as he tries to kill time during another long, sleepless night.
It is a sight that has become something of a regular occurrence in recent weeks, as Hollywood star John Travolta acts out his bizarre nocturnal ...
Mar 17, 2008 Cult Friction — Radar Online
After an embarrassing string of high-profile defection and leaked videos, Scientology is under attack from a faceless cabal of online activists. Has America's most controversial religion finally met its match?
By John Cook
Masked hackers have declared war on Scientology. Could the celebrity-friendly religion be in its final days? (Photo: Sam Comen)
This article is from the April issue of Radar Magazine. For a risk-free issue, click here
Clearwater is prepared for its enemies. It's a warm, if ...
Dec 6, 1998 The life & death of a Scientologist // After 13 years and thousands of dollars, Lisa McPherson finally went 'Clear.' Then she went insane — Washington Post More: xenutv.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dec 6, 1998 - "I am L. Ron Hubbard," the woman on the hotel room bed announced in a robotic voice. "I created time 3 billion years ago." She rambled on and on, every outburst dutifully scribbled down by those assigned to watch her. "I can't confront force . . . I need my auditor . . . I want to take a toothbrush and brush the floor until I have a cognition." The jargon of Scientology was ...
May 29, 1996 Ominous new threat to free speech — Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)
Free speech has come under renewed threat because of a little-noticed decision by the Australian Broadcasting Authority. In an ominous echo of moves to restrict free speech via racial hate laws, the ABA has ruled that radio station 3RRR breached acceptable standards on religious vilification. The unprecedented case centred on criticisms of the Church of Scientology by ex-Scientologist Cyril Vosper on 3RRR's
The Liars' Club
program last year. Among other criticisms, Vosper likened Scientology to an extremist political regime and ...
Jan 26, 1994 Scientology, county settle tax suits — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Oct 14, 1993 Ruling may doom Pinellas tax suit against Scientology — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More: news.google.com, link
St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
The IRS' exemption of the Church of Scientology may doom the county's effort to collect a tax bill exceeding $7.9-million. CLEARWATER — Pinellas County's property tax lawsuit against the Church of Scientology is badly wounded by an Internal Revenue Service ruling that exempts the organization from federal income taxes, Property Appraiser Jim Smith said Wednesday. The two sides are headed back to mediation that likely will result in many, if not all, of the Scientology properties being removed from the property ...
Aug 27, 1991 Scientology plan called tax avoidance — St. Petersburg Times (Florida) More:
news.google.com May 7, 1991 County, Scientology continue tax talks — Tampa Tribune (Florida) More: link
Tampa Tribune (Florida)
CLEARWATER — No end is in sight in negotiations between Pinellas County and the Church of Scientology over the church's $5 million tax bill. Neither side would talk about the negotiations taking place in front of a court-appointed mediator. Mediator William Fleece adjourned the talks Monday, and the two sides may not meet again for months. "If we had reached something, obviously we wouldn't have adjourned," Pinellas Property Appraiser Jim Smith said. "I don't think we will lose anything by talking, ...
Mar 21, 1991 Disadvantage for Pinellas in sect case — Tampa Tribune (Florida)
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