ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Wednesday March 12, 2008
I returned to the popular Des Moines radio show Mac’s World to once again discuss Scientology and the upcoming Anonymous global picket of Scientology. In my first appearance, the co-host Bradshaw was running the ship. This time Mac took a crack at me and he was much more skeptical about “criticizing a religion.”
I try to explain it’s the fraud and abuse and not the mythology that people are upset about. In many respects, I felt like a listener this time out rather than a guest as Mac and Bradshaw argued the points and I waited them out. Bradshaw is up to speed and was good at getting his message across so I was happy to listen and be a part of the show.
Then the callers started and the first one was DefendingScientology from YouTube. He claimed to be a member of Anonymous and said he went in to take a course to see if what I was saying was true and gosh darn it, wouldn’t you know it, in that first Scientology course they said nothing at all about Xenu so everything I had to say therefore must be a lie.
Only after getting off the show did I look at DefendingScientology’s profile where he says he was an “ex-member” of Scientology. In my opinion, he adopted a suitable guise to try to stop the peaceful protest on the 15th. That is his stated goal. I have no problem with anyone speaking or protesting peacefully. I’d just suggest, don’t lie when you’re doing it.
Other callers were full of praise for me and while I didn’t get a chance to say thanks, I would like to point out that there are many other critics at this much longer than me who have made massive contributions that I only have tried to build upon. My praise goes to them and to the new breed who are coming on strong and bringing a lot of new life into the movement.
I only wish I had read the full Clearwater injunction before airtime. Tory called me and told me it was online right after I got off the air. Here’s the full request for injunction which shows once again that Scientology is great at investigating people and finding their “crimes.” They list the names of several Anonymous and run through a litany of supposed threats to the church and to Heber Jentzsch in particular.
I don’t know how many of those threats were real or mocked up by Scientology. I don’t condone any such behavior. All I know is that on February 10th, thousands of people peacefully picketed Scientology around the world and there were no acts of violence attempted.
The same will happen March 15th when once again citizens will exercise their right of free speech and take to the streets of Clearwater and beyond to protest Scientology’s fraud and abuse. Scientology’s attempts to stop free speech on the net or on Clearwater’s streets will only backfire and make more people speak out against them.
They never learn.
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