Scientology fight with ‘Anonymous’ hits home in New York

The war between the Church of Scientology and the group that calls itself Anonymous is heating up.

New York City has become one of the chief battlefronts. Critics of the church – which counts John Travolta and Tom Cruise among its members – have staged at least nine protests here in the last year.

Last Saturday, Anonymous members picketed the Scientology Center on W. 46th. Many came dressed as nurses and doctors to lampoon what one protester tells us is “the unfounded and unscientific ‘medical advice’ that the church dispenses.”

The protester says church officials posted brawny security guards outside and videotaped demonstrators (many of whom hid their faces behind surgical and Guy Fawkes/”V for Vendetta” masks).

Graham Berry, an attorney for Anonymous, says New York cops have been cool about the protesters. “Members say the NYPD finds the pickets fun,” says Berry.