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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!EU.net!news.eunet.fi!anon.penet.fi Mon Jul 10 17:02:13 1995 Message-ID: <234418Z07071995@anon.penet.fi> Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!EU.net!news.eunet.fi!anon.penet.fi Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology From: an221181@anon.penet.fi (Beebo Brinker) X-Anonymously-To: alt.religion.scientology Organization: Anonymous forwarding service Reply-To: an221181@anon.penet.fi Date: Fri, 7 Jul 1995 23:34:34 UTC Subject: [B17] Can CAN members join Scientology? Lines: 41 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? Beebo Brinker ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- To find out more about the anon service, send mail to help@anon.penet.fi. If you reply to this message, your message WILL be *automatically* anonymized and you are allocated an anon id. Read the help file to prevent this. Please report any problems, inappropriate use etc. to admin@anon.penet.fi.

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