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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cassjp)
Subject: AOL Protest
Date: 18 Oct 1995 04:28:22 -0400
Organization: America Online, Inc. (1-800-827-6364)
Reply-To: email@example.com (Cassjp)
I am reposting the following because it seems not to have appeared from
the first time I tried to post it. If it has already shown up and I
missed it, my apologies. If not, then I'm worried about how it got "lost"
between my AOL screen and a.r.s.
I know this doesn't quite meet the a.r.s. standard of fist in the air with
middle finger elevated defense of free speech and opposition to tyrrany.
I thought it appropriate, however, to the forum involved, and hopefully in
a vein to get the right sort of attention.
Posted to AOL Religion and Ethis Forum, Suggestions Message Board/Other
CC: Member Services
I'd like to see AOL clean up the pro- and anti- scientology scene.
To begin with, could there be several sub-folders underneath a single
Scientology folder so that things are easy to find? I think this should
include Scientologie (Free Zone) and anything else related even if not
I think that those who have some protests to make about Scientology (I use
that term to point out to you that it was from protesters that the
Protestant religions arose, there can in fact be a religion of opposition)
should have some designated space to post factual materials and
responsible critiques. The protesters, obviously operating out of a lot
of conviction (like religious fervor?), and many of them ex-scientologists
which is a valid sort of group in and of itself, deserve an area for
support and sharing of information if the Scientologists do. I've seen
some evidence posted to usenet that Scientology members have agreed
amongst themselves or been instructed by their church hierarchy to make
lots of positive posts and open new folders, meaning that they are using
this forum for the promotion of their religion to outside readers rather
than just for support amongst themselves. In fairness, you should allow
(restrained and moderated) forums with material unsupportive of the
Church, or put Church support folders in a private access area where they
can, in fact, be just for support of only church members.
I'm not an anti- or pro- activist, a current or former Scientologist, I'd
just like to see this debate cleaned up. AOL could set a good example for
the Cyber community by letting both sides speak, and if it's going to
monitor anything then should come down on abuses by both sides (I'm
uncomfortable with censorship, but suppose a private service has the right
to police things). I will cancel my AOL membership in protest if AOL
doesn't come up with an even-handed way to deal with this.