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Since some of the materials which describe the $cientology cult could be considered to be copywritten materials, I have censored myself and The Skeptic Tank by deleting any and all possible text files which describes the cult's hidden mythologies. I have elected to quote just a bit of the questionable text according to the "Fair Use" legal findings afforded to those who report. - Fredric L. Rice, The Skeptic Tank, 09/Sep/95 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!news.nic.surfnet.nl!sun4nl!xs4all!utopia.hacktic.nl!not-for-mail Thu Jul 20 11:48:06 1995 Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!news.nic.surfnet.nl!sun4nl!xs4all!utopia.hacktic.nl!not-for-mail From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous) Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Subject: Big Suprise Date: 17 Jul 1995 17:00:22 +0200 Organization: RePLaY aND CoMPaNY UnLimited Lines: 100 Sender: replay@utopia.hacktic.nl Message-ID: <3udtu6$sbo@utopia.hacktic.nl> NNTP-Posting-Host: utopia.hacktic.nl Content-Type: text Content-Length: 4313 XComm: Replay may or may not approve of the content of this posting XComm: Report misuse of this automated service to Couple files $542,000 suit against Church: The suit alleges the Church of Scientology violated several State laws and led the couple on an emotional roller coaster Orlando Sentinel Sunday, July 16, 1995 By Robert Perez TAVARES - Samuel Williams' and Janet Miller's odyssey with the Church of Scientology began in 1986 and ended in less than a year. But the Lake County couple's struggle to recover from the experience is nearing 10 years. Their civil suit, which is seeking to recover $542,000 the former husband and wife from Leesburg spent on what they say were bogus church services, is now 17 volumes thick and the church has yet to respond formally to their charges. But attorneys for both sides believe the case will move quickly after a Sept. 28 case management conference before state Circuit Judge Jerry T. Lockett. The lawsuit's initial complaint goes on for nearly 50 pages, describing a horror story the couple say they experienced with the church. The couple was subjected to an emotional roller coaster and high-pressure sales tactics that bled them of more and more money, the suit states. Church employees convinced Williams his wife was suffering from a degenerative mental condition that would lead her "into a state of hopeless madness" without the church's help, it continues. When Williams was convinced to leave Miller at the church's San Francisco mission for additional treatment, she was put up in a roach-infested storeroom without heat for two days, the suit states. And when Williams and Miller had had enough and wanted out, they were told they would become "enemies of the church" and would be subjected to harassment and risked physical harm to themselves and their daughter. The Church of Scientology was the creation of L. Ron Hubbard, whose 1950 book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, became a bestseller and the bible of the church. The church has been the subject of numerous lawsuits and media exposes charging that Scientology is a cynical business driven by mind-control and not a religion. Church officials say they are simply victims of religious persecution and that a worldwide membership in the millions establishes Scientology's legitimacy. Williams' first contact with the church was through the Sterling Management Co., a Tampa firm that promised to boost clientele at Williams' optometry business. Tests done in May 1986 to determine problem areas at the business led to the discovery of "personality defects or emotional problems" in Williams that would need further treatment. By September 1986, Williams was convinced his rocky marriage could be helped by the church's "Life Repairs" course. He convinced his wife to travel to San Francisco for the treatment, the claim states. After the couple returned to Leesburg, they continued to undergo home treatments that included daily exercises, saunas, potions and mega-doses of calcium, magnesium and niacin. Even the couple's 3-year-old daughter was drawn in. She was diagnosed as having "undue anger, emotional pain and a personality disorder" caused by a "difficult birth," the suit states. The couple stopped the church's treatments in 1987 and sent a final cancellation letter in 1991. Since being filed in 1992, the suit has grown into a jumble of legal proceedings that don't respond to the couple's charges. George Russ, a Leesburg attorney representing Williams and Miller, said the church has dragged its feet about responding to the suit. "My experience with this lawsuit has been that they are intentionally stalling," he said. "How else would you construe three years without a response to the complaint?" There is nothing to respond to, said an attorney for the church. Tampa attorney Robert Johnson said the church's position is that there isn't a "viable cause of action" that has been alleged. "In certain instances, you are faced with a person who claims they have been harmed, but there is no recognized statute to handle it." Johnson said the issues in the lawsuit are "rather hazy at this point." But Russ counters the allegations are clear. The suit alleges the church violated the state laws on deceptive and unfair trade practices, home solicitation sales and breach of contract.

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