Archive Message - 1995

Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From!!!pipex!warwick!bsmail!plmlp Mon Jul 17 09:48:21 1995 Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology,uk.misc Path:!!!pipex!warwick!bsmail!plmlp From: (Martin Poulter) Subject: Critics confront Scientology in London Message-ID: <> Sender: (Usenet news owner) Nntp-Posting-Host: Organization: University of Bristol, England Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 13:46:07 GMT Lines: 97 Xref: alt.religion.scientology:75159 uk.misc:50719 Yesterday (Wednesday the 12th), about 25 protestors demonstrated outside Scientology's shop on Tottenham Court Road, London, to publicise tonight's "The Big Story" documentary on ITV (7.30- watch it!). We held placards and handed out leaflets. This was met by a counter-demonstration by the scieno's. The two demos managed to co-exist without a disturbance, but it was not at all as peaceful and friendly as the previous demonstrations that have been described on a.r.s. I had never taken to the streets in protest about anything before, but when I heard that there was a protest in London, I knew I *had* to be there. Before the demo, there were two security leaks. The scienos somehow found out about last month's secret meeting at which the publicity campaign was discussed. They obtained a handout from the meeting which detailed out plan to lobby MP's, the press, community leaders and so on. They knew that they were going to be picketed. Shortly before the demo, *we* heard that the atmosphere in the orgs was of real panic and that the scientologists were preparing for "the storm" !!! We decided that if we were asked our names we call ourselves "S-T-O-R-M, Storm". Amongst the band of demonstrators there was Gail Storm, Norman Storm, Force Ten Storm, Ron Storm, Mary-Sue Storm, I C Storm and so on. As we set off from our Secret Location, we heard that two police constables would be there in case of trouble (in fact they had to send three!) As we marched along the road to the org, we had no idea what was going to happen. Would the scieno's react? Would they try to cause trouble? How would they feel about having their org picketed when they are trying to recruit people to keep their "stats" up? As we approached, I experienced what is truly the strangest moment of my life. I heard the chant: What do we know? THE TRUTH ALWAYS WINS! What do we know? THE TRUTH ALWAYS WINS! What do we know? THE TRUTH ALWAYS WINS! What do we know? THE TRUTH ALWAYS WINS! Packed into the space right in front of the shop was a bunch of scientologists waving banners and (calling the program "The Lie Story" and demanding "honest journalism"). The police told us that we could not demonstrate on the same stretch of pavement, so we took up positions on either side of the shop and on the other side of the road. Some of their people came out and stood among our lot, waving placards. It seems that their intention was to make it look like it was all one demonstration *against* the TV programme. They succeeded in this to an extent, in that it was not obvious at first glance that there two separate demonstrations. We handed out a leaflet advertising the program and calling for people to write to Michael Howard and to their MP's demanding that the government takes action. The scienos had a specially prepared issue of "Freedom" magazine, which dead-agented Carlton Tv and the ex-scientologists that they had consulted. Twenty-twenty was referred to as "one of the most notorious tabloid programmes on television"[!] and the reporter who infiltrated them to film with a concealed camera was compared to "a reporter for the Nazis entering a Synagogue under false pretenses." The scieno's made sure they got photographs and video of each of the protestors. Margaret Reese, their Public Affairs Director, came around talking to each of us, asking for our names and motivations for protesting. Later she told us that the leaflets we were handing out were defamatory and grounds for a suit- we just ignored her. Margaret is the replacement for Peter Mansell, who was seen yesterday morning looking very tired and ill- perhaps he has been through Scientology's infamous "ethics conditions" for his failure to "handle" the press? (Let's hope that isn't true, and let's hope Margaret doesn't get put in an ethics condition for her failure to prevent yesterday's massive PR disaster :-> ) It was interesting to see the reactions of some people to being handed the Freedom leaflet. I saw two people tearing their copies up and littering the pieces on the pavement. A few people made a point of handing it back when they saw what it was. Our side got a much better response from the public: reactions included "Thank God someone's doing this at last!" "Do you have a petition for me to sign?" and "You're demonstrating against them? But this is a dangerous cult!" Some people told us about their own experiences with the cult, which we were of course very interested to hear. As time went on the scieno's became more agitated. One woman started shouting "WHAT is your PROBLEM with this FUCKING CHURCH?" She got so carried away that before she knew it she was yelling straight into a policeman's face. Maybe I'm biased, but I do not think the way they presented themselves to the public created a positive image at all. They were certainly not doing much to dispel the idea that they are cult victims. At 3 o'clock, after two and three-quarter hours of demonstrating, we withdrew for a drink and then handed out the remaining leaflets in another part of London. It's difficult to assess what effect we had. Hopefully a lot of people, reading each side's leaflet, will see what is going on. We didn't get as much press interest as we hoped for, but perhaps enough of the people we leafleted and talked to will agree with us for there to be a rush of leaflets through Michael Howard's letterbox. -- MARTIN L: Postgrad. studying "Probability and Belief" at Bristol University POULTER : KNIGHT NATASEVOLLLEWYLLOJI WWW Home Page & Scientology Critics' OF Scientology is a dangerous cult stuff: XENU -warn your family and friends.


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