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From news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!ix.netcom.com!netcom.com!janda Thu Sep 14 09:44:25 1995 Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology Path: news.interserv.net!news.sprintlink.net!howland.reston.ans.net!ix.netcom.com!netcom.com!janda From: janda@netcom.com (Keith "Justified And Ancient" Cochran) Subject: Denver Post Article on 9/9 Picket... Message-ID: Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest) Date: Sun, 10 Sep 1995 12:51:08 GMT Lines: 78 Sender: janda@netcom21.netcom.com Page 2B 'NETIZENS WAR WITH SCIENTOLOGY' by Bruce Finley Denver Post Staff Writer BOULDER - They looked like computer nerds marooned on a mall. But these were "netizens" uniting, taking their global computer war against the Church of Scientology for the first time. They numbered 17 in Boulder yesterday morning. Each picked up a bright- colored sign and circled in front of the Boulder County Courthouse as hundreds of shoppers strolled. "Hands off the Internet" one sign read. "Scientology harasses Critics" said another. The Netizens were protesting an Aug 22 raid of two Boulder County homes by federal marshals, at the behest of the church, to confiscate church documents that Netizens allegedly have been sharing illegally. A Netizen wearing thick glasses, plaid shorts and oversized sneakers distributed anti-church leaflets from Internet correspondents in Australia and South Africa. The Netizens draw their name from their love of the Internet computer network. They had used it to schedule the protest in Boulder along with demonstrations in more than a dozen other U.S. cities and three abroad. The Boulder raid, and a subseqent legal battle in U.S. District Court, is the latest of several conflicts involving critics of the popular Church of Scientology. Church lawyers have had federal marshals raid homes elsewhere searching for copyright infringements. Critics worldwide use Internet discussions to accuse the church of controlling people and blocking free thought. At the Boulder demonstration, former scientology Bob Penny, whose house in Niwot was raided, likened the search by federal agents to raids of the Branch Davidian cult compound outside Waco, Texas, and the federal assault on Randy Weaver's family in Idaho. "If a private wealthy corporation can break into somebody's home, that's something that everybody should be concerned about," 52-year old Penny said. A handful of Scientologists showed up at the courthouse in defense of their church. They had picket signs, too. One said "Only criminals spread lawlessness on the Internet." "These guys have been posting confidential material," said Robert Anderson, president of Scientology's 700 member mission in Boulder. "That violates freedom of religion. It's against the law to use copyright materials Most people who have morals, any ethical standards, are going to stand up against immoral or criminal behavior." Yet most mall shoppers mostly just glanced at the demonstrators and signs, then walked on by. "Bunch of computer nerds," 15-year old nathan Brown said, sucking a cigarette. He guestured at a sign on which the word criticize was written as "critize." "Look," Brown said, "They can't even spell." [End of article] OK, OK, OK! I'll figure out some way of running a spelling checker on protest signs in the future... -- "...we can use fair use to paraphase the advanced materials, quoting important excerpts while just descibing in our own words the incredibly tedious junk that stuff is made up of." Diane Richardson (referen@ibm.net) on the SeKrEtSkRiPtUrEs of the "Church" of Scientology.

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