Scientology fights back in court

CLEARWATER – With the Internet activist group Anonymous threatening a second round of protests against Scientology this weekend, the Clearwater-based church went to court late Tuesday, filing a petition for a temporary restraining order.

The petition was filed just before the close of court Tuesday afternoon, and the St. Petersburg Times could not obtain a copy of the petition.

Pat Harney, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater, confirmed the church had filed a request for a temporary restraining order, but on the advice of counsel, she refused to provide a copy of the lawsuit or discuss who it seeks to restrain.

The person named on the restraining order (according to the court’s website) is Roger Akiyama, former RPFer and OSA agent, or so say the good folks at alt.religion.scientology.

Sadly, in this case it seems the cult isn’t playing by its own rules. They seem quite up for the right of public assembly and protest – they even made an advert promoting it via their front group Youth for Human Rights International. Apparently that “right” ends about a hundred feet from the front door of any Scientologist building.