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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Keith "Justified And Ancient" Cochran)
Subject: Rocky Mountain News, 10/03/95...
Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest)
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 1995 13:24:38 GMT
[All typos mine.]
CHURCH TELLS JUDGE THEIR SOULS AT RISK.
By Sue Lindsay
Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer
Scientologists on Monday said they would be excommunicated and the
immortality of their souls would be at risk if they followed a court
order to turn over church materials to a Boulder man.
Their testimony came during a hearing Monday in Denver U.S. District
Court to see whether the church should be held in contempt for failing
to follow a judge's order to return all property seized from former
Scientologist Lawrence Wollersheim and Robert Penny.
U.S. District Judge John Kane ordered the computer materials returned
Sept. 12. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme
Court denied requests for a stay of the order.
But Wollersheim contends that his returned computer system doesn't
work and that the disputed higher level teachings of the church were
Wollersheim and church president Heber Jentzsch got into a shouting
match outside the courtroom before the hearing began.
"This is a $2 billion satanic church that wanted to shut us down!"
"You are the criminal who has stolen these documents and you got
caught," Jentzsch countered.
Kane said he will rule today.
The church says the materials are secret, sacred Scientology beliefs
that Wollersheim and Penny were illegally distributing on the Internet
in violation of copyright and trade secret laws.
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(1) How can you believe in reincarnation but not an immortal soul?
(2) Religious beliefs should not be a defense against a court order.
(Well, most of them).
(3) I see that the "trade secrets" thing has popped up again. How
(4) I really wish they would have said which Scientologists testified.
Attention Cult of Scientology: ...and the trade secrets vanished...