An ideological battle brewing in the South End?

Last month, the guys in the Guy Fawkes, V for Vendetta masks were out again.

Mingling with the throngs of rainbow-clad gay Pride parade-goers mobbing the streets of the South End and Boston, protesters in the Guy Fawkes masks – wearing t-shirts that read “Scientology is homophobic” – passed out flyers featuring a passage from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s book, Dianetics, in which he describes gays and lesbians as “quite ill physically” and “extremely dangerous to society.” The flyer advertised a date, June 15, and said, “Join us in a worldwide demonstration against the cult.”

The next day, around 75 masked protesters, some dressed in pirate outfits, settled in for a few hours’ protest in front of the Church of Scientology’s Boston headquarters on Beacon Street in the Back Bay. The protest, which by Bostonist.com’s account was peaceful, if a little nerdy, was part of their monthly protests; later, the group decamped to dance to “Japanese chipmunk music,” Bostonist said, in Copley Square.

When the Church of Scientology moves into its new headquarters at the Alexandra Hotel, masked protesters and Japanese chipmunk music may become a common sight on the corner of Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

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