Today November 18th in Scientology history
For Those Who Were There, Jonestown's A Part Of Each Day
November 18, 1998, Tim Reiterman, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times
On the 10th anniversary of Jonestown, she asked me to speak to a
network gathering in Portland. Those days, the Church of Scientology
was protesting against the anti-cult group. Now the network has been
bankrupted by lawsuits, and a Scientologist has purchased the name of
the church's old nemesis.
Patricia does not think the lessons of Jonestown have sunk in, not even
after Waco and Heaven's Gate. "I don't think politicians are any more
aware now (of cults) or care to do anything because it's not an easy or
expedient issue," she said. "I don't think young people even know what
Tags: Cult Awareness Network, Leo J. Ryan, Patricia Ryan, Peoples Temple
Sun, surf and Scientology?
November 18, 2006, Amy Green, Religion News Service, Seattle Times
Today, Scientologists own much of downtown Clearwater. They"ve given
new life to an ailing waterfront. They draw tourists and celebs such as
Cruise and John Travolta, and they serve in a host of civic
organizations. In one study commissioned by the church, Scientologists'
direct spending in the community in 1999 was estimated at $119 million.
But not everyone is pleased. Many residents complain the church, its
controversial history and unique beliefs alienate residents from a
downtown that, despite the development and prime location minutes from
the beach, remains sleepy. Downtown may look better, they say, but
unless you"re a Scientologist there's little reason to go there.
Tags: Clearwater, Gordon Melton
Australia mulls Scientology probe
November 18, 2009, BBC News
The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has said he will consider
calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the Church of Scientology.
But he said the evidence must be looked at carefully before proceeding.
Senator Nick Xenophon launched a scathing attack on Scientology, citing
letters from former followers alleging extensive criminal activity.
Tags: Australia, Cyrus Brooks, Kevin Rudd, Nick Xenophon
Let us audit
November 18, 2010, Julie-Anne Davies, The Australian
Tags: 911, Australia, Emmanuel Foundas, Kate Foundas, Wendy Honnor