Archive Message - 1995
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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 news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!gatech!usenet.eel.ufl.edu!news.cybercom.net!dial1-5.cybercom.net!user Mon Jul 17 09:48:54 1995 Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!gatech!usenet.eel.ufl.edu!news.cybercom.net!dial1-5.cybercom.net!user From: rnewman@cybercom.net (Ron Newman) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Eugene Ingram in Oklahoma, 1992 Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 12:38:36 -0500 Organization: Cyber Access Internet Communications, Inc. Lines: 95 Message-ID: <rnewman-1307951238360001@dial1-5.cybercom.net> NNTP-Posting-Host: dial1-5.cybercom.net Here's something I haven't posted in a while. It is from the book _Countercultures: A Sociological Analysis_, by William W. Zellner, a professor of sociology at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. The book was published in 1995 by St. Martin's Press. The following excerpt is from pages 125-27. ------------------------ Church Detectives In recent years, in place of church members the Office of Special Affairs has hired private detectives to harass and intimidate perceived enemies. The detectives provide the church with plausible deniability when odious activities are brought to the public's attention. Working from the premise that everyone has something to hide, detectives hired by the Church of Scientology plot to intimidate adversaries. A U.S. District judge in Washington, D.C. had his sex life investigated. In running down a "squirrel" (Hubbard's term for former members who teach Dianetics, usually at a lower price than the church charges), one of the detectives passed out business cards that read "Special Agent, Task Force on White Collar Crime. [50] In talking to the squirrel's neighbors and banker, the detective suggested that the subject of his inquiry was implicated in drug smuggling and terrorism, which were totally false accusations. On another occasion, detectives told the neighbors of an antagonistic former Scientologist that she had pinworms. [50] Sappell and Welkos, "On the Offensive against an Array of Suspected Foes", Los Angeles Times, June 29, 1990. Such abuses are not isolated incidents, but not enough pages are available in this chapter to recount all the excesses of the Church of Scientology's detectives. Nevertheless, church efforts to discredit civic leaders in Newkirk, Oklahoma, to pave the way for Narconon must be retold, if only to add humor to what has been to this point a rather bleak narrative. After Bob Lobsinger exposed Narconon in his paper [the _Newkirk Herald Journal_] as a Scientology front, Scientologists spread the rumor that anyone who opposed the drug treatment center at Chilocco must be an advocate for drugs. The same accusation was leveled at Newkirk pastors who spoke from the pulpit against Scientology. This kind of attack might work in a big city where people don't know their neighbors, but it did not work in Newkirk where everybody knows everyone else and everthing about the -- including whether they have pinworms. The effort only served to further alienate the community from the Scientologists. I asked Lobsinger if he was afraid that the Church of Scientology would sue him. "Look around you," he said. "All I've got is this old building and a couple of old computers that half the time don't work. And apart from that, I head that they are way behind on paying their attorneys' bills. Let them sue! I haven't written anything that isn't true." Lobsinger also said that the church's attorneys had sent an open letter to many of Newkirk's citizens advising them that "a few local individuals have sought to create intolerance by broadsiding the Churches of Scientology in stridently uncomplimentary terms." The letter further informed readers that Eugene Ingram, a private detective, had been hired to investigate the matter. Ingram's first contact in Newkirk was with Mayor Garry Bilger's twelve-year-old son, whom he found browsing in the local public library. He handed the youngster a business card and told him to have his father call him. Lobsinger called it a bit of "subtle intimidation. It really unnerved his mother." Also according to Lobsinger, "Investigators ... camped out at the local courthouse, where they searched public records for `dirt' on prominent local citizens. They were checking on the banker, the president of the school board, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, and, of course, the mayor and his family, and me." Rambo tactics do not work in Newkirk. The more the detectives dug, the angrier the citizens' response became. Finally, Kirstie Alley came to Oklahoma in an attempt to defuse the negative response to the Church of Scientology. Lobsinger reported in the _Herald Journal_: Scientology is not an organization we need in our midst, no matter how many TV barmaids they parade before the governor. It was just another desperation dog and pony show to generate a little free publicity and impress folks who don't know any better yet. Hollywood, long the neurotic center of the universe, and its equally strange population of overpaid shiny people, fails to impress most Oklahomans, who tend to laugh at them instead of with them. There's a big difference; it just doesn't show up in the Nielsen ratings. [51] [51] Newkirk Herald Journal, October 12, 1992 -- Ron Newman rnewman@cybercom.net Web: http://www.cybercom.net/~rnewman/home.html

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