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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve)
Subject: Scientology's Response to the UK protest
Date: 10 Sep 1995 09:09:47 +0100
Organization: war with the clam$
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These "Demonstrators" Support Computer Criminals
The "demonstrators" outside this Church support crime on the
Internet. Their cohorts are a handful of computer criminals seeking
to destroy religious freedom for millions of Scientologists around
At issue is the unauthorized and illegal distribution of unpublished,
private Scientology scriptures on the Internet. These materials were
originally stolen from the Church and later entered into a court case
by an ex-convict, solely and only to make them accessible to the
public and invite further violations of their confidentiality.
These scriptures are held sacred by more than 8 million
Scientologists around the world and are protected by copyright and
trade secret laws. The people you see "demonstrating" support
criminals who have knowingly broken the law and violated the rights
of the Church's parishioners.
Most Scientology literature is broadly available. But its advanced
scriptures are only revealed to parishioners of the Church who have
completed certain prior steps of religious study and counselling.
Revealing these scriptures only to those spiritually ready for them
is as fundamental to the Scientology religion as the belief in
Resurrection is to Protestants and the absolute sanctity of life is
to devout Catholics. It is tantamount to forcing a Jew to eat pork or
insisting a devout Catholic have an abortion.
This is not a battle between the Chrch of Scientology and its
"critics." At stake is the right of every present and future member
of the Church to practice his religion as he chooses without being
dictated to by a handful of bigots who seek to destroy it. Allowing
disaffected members of a religion to use its sacred writing is
equivalent to giving control of Jewish dogma to a pack of Nazis.
The Church has contacted those who were illegally spreading its
advanced scriptures and asked that they refrain from distributing
Those who respected the religious beliefs of Scientology parishioners
willingly stopped distributing the materials.
A small number refused.
The Church took legal action through copyright and trade secret law.
And when judges have deemed it necessary, U.S. Marshals have seized
computers belonging to individuals who continued to blatantly and
illegally distribute its scriptures.
As with any thief caught in the act, those who suddenly had to face
the consequences of their illegal actions tried to insist *they* had
been wronged. Hiding behind the cloak of the First Amendment, they
squealed "Free Speech!"
Free speecg does not mean free theft [ed: ]. Nor does it mean
destruction of the rights of eight million Scientologists around the
world to practice their religion.
If you would like more information, a representative of the Church
will be happy to meet with you today and answer any questions you
have.And if you would like to know more about Scientology, our doors
are always open and visitors are always welcome.
Steve: SP4 and Clam Cluster, KoX
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