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Misusing funds, not making up shit.
The Church of Scientology is facing a multimillion-dollar wave of lawsuits from defectors who claim it misused donations to pay for its leader’s lavish lifestyle.
A couple from California, who alleged they were defrauded of US$420,000 ($402,000) filed this week what their lawyer said would be the first of up to 20 cases being prepared against the church, which denied any wrongdoing….
”The church, under the leadership of David Miscavige, has strayed from its founding principles and morphed into a secular enterprise whose primary purpose is taking people’s money,” the couple alleged.
They said funds were instead used ”to finance the lavish lifestyle of Miscavige”, to ”stifle inquiries” into the church’s activities and to ”intimidate members and ex-members”.
I can see two possible outcomes: 1) the court decides that anyone falling for Scientology is a complete idiot who would have lost their money somehow anyway, and throws out the case: 2) The plaintiffs win, more cases follow, Scientology goes broke, and the US legal profession starts looking for bigger game.
Priests vs. lawyers… it’s a scary scenario.
Sith, Scientology — what’s the difference?
Scientology describes itself as the world’s fastest growing religion, but in Australia it is going backwards.
Figures released to Lateline from the Australian Census show that in 2011, just 2,163 Australians called themselves Scientologists, a decrease of 13.7 per cent from the 2006 census.
In 2009, Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis told ABC’s Four Corners program there were “tens, if not hundreds of thousands” of Scientologists in Australia.
The Church of Scientology would not grant an interview to Lateline, but in a statement said: “The census figures are not an accurate reflection of the growing number of people visiting our churches and actively participating in Scientology both in Australia and internationally.”
Paul Schofield, who was a member of the Church for 29 years, before leaving in 2008, says Scientology has a history of fudging their figures.
“Scientology is totally obsessed with statistics. If your statistics are not going up you get punished, and they are probably the world’s most creative people with numbers when it comes to increases.”…
Australians who describe themselves as Jedis now number over 65,000, over 30 times higher than Scientology’s figures.
A church spokeswoman, Virginia Stewart, said the church ”shares none of the characteristics of a cult”.
”We do not have a messianic leader, we do not predict the end of the world, our members are urged to think for themselves and are not subject to ‘coercive persuasion or mind control’. And we most certainly do not promote suicide or murder as solutions to human unhappiness. Quite the opposite,” she said.
And we don’t believe crazy nonsense. Oh, wait…
When the police arrived Hasle squares he came out again and was furious that the cars honked. He claimed that it interfered with his work in peace. He pushed the people and the police asked him to calm down. The police gave him the choice to leave voluntarily or be taken to the police station. Then he pushed the police.
Maybe Xenu was giving him a hard time…
Janice Meyer, 57, was surrounded by supporters in the Downing Centre Local Court today, when her bail was varied to enable her to travel to California where she lives and has a business.
She is charged with perverting the course of justice, being accused of threatening and intimidating an 11-year-old girl into providing false statements to police about the sexual abuse she had suffered from a man who was a member of the Church of Scientology.
Neurotics build castles in the air. Psychotics live there. Psychiatrists collect the rent. But only theists try to bully other people into moving in with them.
Former members of the Church of Scientology have told a Senate committee of the ”ruthlessness” of the church and its judicial system, and argued it should not be eligible for tax-free status.
…a senior Scientologist from the Sydney branch, Jan Eastgate, allegedly told the mother and daughter to lie to the police and community services about the allegations. ”Just say no, she kept repeating that … don’t say yes because otherwise you will be taken away from your parents and you’ll never see your family again …” Ms Rainer said.
The daughter of the president of the Church of Scientology in Australia has spoken out against the organisation, describing it as toxic and accusing the church of tearing some families apart.
“The best way I can describe it is cattle,” Ms Hanna said of their treatment. We were property of the organisation.”