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considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The
Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes
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those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Beebo Brinker)
Organization: Anonymous forwarding service
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 1995 23:34:34 UTC
Subject: [B17] Can CAN members join Scientology?
I am not a Scientologist. My questions are for those familiar with
Scientology practices and policies.
I recently visited a www page at www.theta.com for the 'Can Reform Group',
and have done further reading and research into its origins, its
membership, and its relationship with the Cult Awareness Network
and with the Church of Scientology.
I infer from reading this web page and other material that the Can
Reform Group is composed primarily of Scientologists who
oppose the goals and policies of the Cult Awareness Network, and
that the COS has pursued legal means to gain admittance to CAN.
I have also read some of the "security check" lists of questions posed
by Scientology auditors to Preclears, regarding their motivations
for seeking Scientology counselling, in particular any affiliations
with "suppressive" groups such as CAN, which would tend to
disqualify them from membership in the Church of Scientology.
My question for Scientologists is this: Why would the Church of
Scientology seek to use the courts to force CAN to admit Scientologists
into the Cult Awareness Network while maintaining their membership in
Scientology, while at the same time denying absolutely the same rights to
CAN members who wish to join Scientology?
Another question: Why would the Church of Scientology, which
seeks recognition for itself as a mainstream religion and for Dianetics
as a valid mental therapy, expend so much time, money and effort to
discredit an organization such as CAN, whose primary purpose is to
campaign against crackpot religious cults? What does the Church
of Scientology stand to gain, therefore, by its self-identification with the
lunatic fringe, as evidenced by their continued campaign against CAN?
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