Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another Mysterious Scientology Death

On July 1st in Scientology history

Body is found in Clearwater Harbor
July 1, 1988, Mike Jackson, St. Petersburg Times

The body was found about 10 a.m. floating face-down along the shore off Victoria Drive near Main Street, Dunedin police said.

The body probably had been in the water about eight hours, said Dunedin Police Sgt. G. M. Hollis. The man apparently drowned, Hollis said, and no foul play was suspected. The medical examiner's office planned an autopsy and had not determined the cause of death Thursday.

Tags: Clearwater, Death, Peter Frei


L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology: An annotated bibliographical survey of primary and selected secondary literature
July 1, 1999, Marco Frenschkowski, Marburg Journal of Religion

No New Religious Movement has been a subject of more public interest and of more heated discussions in Germany during the last two decades than Scientology. I first became interested in this debate in the early Eighties, but only in 1996/1997 - after completing a similar project about Theosophy and Helena Blavatsky - I seriously started to search for available material on Hubbard and the movement he founded. Only then I became aware of the rather paradoxical situation in Germany

Tags: Academic, L. Ron Hubbard, Marco Frenschkowski

Scientology -- Is this a Religion?
July 1, 1999, Stephen A. Kent, Marburg Journal of Religion

Although some social scientists insist that Scientology is a religion, the more appropriate position to take is that the organization is a multi-faceted transnational corporation that has religion as only one of its many components. Other components include political aspirations, business ventures, cultural productions, pseudo-medical practices, pseudo-psychiatric claims, and (among its most devoted members who have joined the Sea Organization), an alternative family structure.

Tags: Academic, Sea Org, Stephen Kent


Scientology - Are we Clear on This?
July 1, 2002, Bob Gersztyn, The Wittenburg Door

We don't have to tell YOU about L.Ron Hubbard, his book Dianetics, and the religion it spawnedScientology. In fact, until just recently, most media outlets WOULDn't tell you about it given Scientology's well-deserved reputation for litigation. Instead, let us tell you about Tory Bezazian.

Tags: alt.religion.scientology, Celebrity Centre, David Miscavige,
International Association of Scientologists, John Travolta, OSA, Richard
Tenning, Robert Minton, Scientology Parishioners League, Sea Org, Stacy
Brooks, Tory Christman


Close Encounters of the Scientology Kind
July 1, 2005, Jonann Brady, ABC News

We had seen the Scientologists offering "free stress tests" in the middle of the Times Square subway station. In the name of research and curiosity, we decided to take them up on the offer, approaching discreetly and separately.


Scientology's war on psychiatry
July 1, 2005, Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon

But the Church of Scientology's war on psychiatry is no joke. For decades, Scientologists have maintained that the very notion of mental illness is a fraud. They base this belief on the views of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, who proclaimed that psychiatry was an evil enterprise, a form of terrorism, and the cause of crime. Now, they're attempting to enshrine their contempt for psychiatry in laws across the country.

Recently, Scientologists have promoted legislation in Florida, Utah and New Hampshire that seeks to discredit psychiatry and drug therapies, especially for kids. The laws would penalize, even criminalize, schoolteachers who recommended mental health treatments to students or parents. At the same time, Scientologists have infiltrated the public schools, promoting a drug abuse program that presents information -- that drugs like marijuana and LSD, for instance, accumulate in body fat and create constant cravings -- roundly dismissed by medical experts.

Tags: CCHR


War of Words
July 1, 2005, Brooke Shields, Op-Ed, New York Times

I WAS hoping it wouldn't come to this, but after Tom Cruise's interview with Matt Lauer on the NBC show "Today" last week, I feel compelled to speak not just for myself but also for the hundreds of thousands of women who have suffered from postpartum depression. While Mr. Cruise says that Mr. Lauer and I do not "understand the history of psychiatry," I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression.

Tags: Brooke Shields, CCHR, Tom Cruise


Church of Scientology buys site in Center City
July 1, 2007, Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Tags: Philadelphia, Real estate


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