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Man wants to make his home a church

A. Rhodes Wilson wants to use his single-family home on Easton Road as a mission for the Church of Scientology.

Looking for approval from the Plumstead Township Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Wilson, represented by Doylestown attorney Robert Gundlach, testified he intends to keep the house exactly as it is but convert its use to a place of worship.

Wilson is the church’s Bucks County mission’s director and would lease the home to the church. He does not there.

Gundlach presented three witnesses, including Wilson, during nearly two hours of testimony.

The hearing was continued until Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Several neighbors who live along the 5000 block of Easton Road, or Route 611, questioned what kind of services would take place in the five-bedroom, ranch-style house that sits on 21/2 acres.

“What exactly do you worship?” asked Daniel Belz.

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Important New Leak of Scientology Cult Insider Documents

Wikileaks has now released the Scientology cult’s “Clear Expansion Committee” documents, an excellent new leak that shows the intimate relationship between the “Church” of Scientology and its many supposedly “secular” front groups. There are materials for training Scientologists in setting up their “Free Stress Test” tables, maximizing book sales; and promoting the cheezy “e-meter” gadget as a “sophisticated instrument.” In addition, the documents reveal Scientology’s goal to expand Scientology by infiltrating such organizations as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. This is an important leak, and it will be helpful in getting this criminal cult shut down for good.

The documents.

Church of Scientology wants Gizmo building

Some neighbors are against it, but on Monday night, the Albuquerque City Council could vote to allow the Church of Scientology to move its regional headquarters into a building in the heart of downtown.

The church is hoping to turn the Gizmo building at Fourth Street and Central into its new location.

The church asked for a city zoning permit to move into the Gizmo space, but opponents say downtown Albuquerque isn’t the right place for the church. They’re afraid it would take away from plans to make downtown a cultural center for the arts, entrainment, and businesses.

The city planning department turned down the church’s request for a special use permit. Now, the church is appealing the decision.

Swedish tax money benefits Scientology

Swedish taxpayers have been indirectly supporting the Church of Scientology though local government contracts given to front organizations with ties to the group.

According to a Sveriges Television (SVT) documentary set to air on Wednesday, 156 of Sweden’s 290 local councils have contributed more than 10 million kronor ($1.4 million) to the Scientology movement.

Much of the money has been channeled through contracts with Narconon, a company which offers a controversial treatment method for drug addicts.

According to SVT, Narconon also serves as a front organization for the Church of Scientology and contributes 10 percent of its earnings to the main branch of the movement.

“I don’t actually think that politics can dictate what they do with their profits,” said Cecilia Lund, a Social Democratic council member from Eslöv in southern Sweden, to SVT.

Eslöv has paid Narconon more than 1.5 million kronor for its services in the last five years

The SVT report also details other organizations with ties to the Church of Scientology that have received contracts with various municipalities in Sweden.

One such organization is the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), which attempts to discredit all forms of psychiatry and claims that psychiatry is to blame for the Holocaust and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

SVT has interviewed people who have abandoned Scientology who explain that the movement relies on front organizations to raise money and recruit members.

Cult watchdog says scientology group targeting Irish schools

Ireland’s cult watchdog has contacted gardaí and the Department of Education over concerns the Church of Scientology is planning to target secondary school children under the guise of providing drug awareness programmes.

Mike Garde, director of Dialogue Ireland which monitors cult activity, said he has received information that the drug awareness group Narconon, run by the Church of Scientology, is planning talks in Irish schools.

“This is a major concern. The Church of Scientology is trying to infiltrate our schools. They are trying to recruit people to scientology. It has nothing whatsoever to do with drugs awareness,” he said. “I’ve been in touch with the Department of Education too and am awaiting a response.”

Garde received a leaked email saying the church planned to “hit” as many Irish schools as possible. “Everyone working in the school system needs to be vigilant. Narconon do not mention that they are associated with scientology,” he added.

Last year, Narconon was ejected from numerous schools in the UK when its links to the controversial church were revealed. There was no apparent reference to the church in its drugs education literature.

Scientologists living rent-free in one of Victoria’s grand lodges

MENTAL health experts and the State Opposition have called for a rethink of Victoria’s public land management with the revelation that a Scientologist-linked drug treatment group has exclusive, rent-free control of one of the state’s grand historic properties.

Narconon, a drug treatment program based on teachings of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, operates a secretive and secluded rehabilitation centre at O’Shannassy Lodge, east of Warburton in the Yarra Ranges.

The lodge is one of hundreds of properties managed by Parks Victoria on behalf of the Victorian public, but leased to companies and community groups in a bid to offload maintenance costs.

David Crosbie, one of Australia’s leading alcohol and drug treatment experts, and strident critic of Narconon, was stunned when told the group used prime public property.

“Whoever can best use those facilities in the public interest should do so. I don’t think the current situation should continue there,” said Mr Crosbie, who is the chief executive of Mental Health Council Australia and a member of the Prime Minister’s National Council on Drugs.

Church Of Scientology Eyes Bucks Co. Property

A religion with several famous members is hoping to turn a Bucks County building into its new home, but some people living nearby are becoming a little weary of their new neighbor.

When Plumstead resident Kim Coffman heard her new neighbors might be the church of Scientology, she was not happy.

“We were hoping a family would move in and my children would have some friends right out back would be the ideal situation,” Coffman said.

However, Scientologist A. Rhodes Wilson, who owns the home, wants to turn it into “The Church of Scientology Mission of Bucks County.”

“There’s that void here in that central part of Bucks County, New Jersey, Montgomery County, that this would be able to service,” Wilson explained.

Scientology was created by fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard as a self-help technique and philosophy which grew into a larger organization identifying itself as a religion.

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