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Sheriff criticizes drug rehab program

A controversial drug rehab program on Albuquerque’s West Side may be on the verge of losing its state funding.

Second Chance has been ridiculed for its expensive carrot juice and sauna approach to cleaning up addicts and now some people are questioning whether it’s a good use of taxpayer dollars.

“Let’s put that money, especially right now, when were on real hard economic times, let’s put that money where we know it has a proven successful track record,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White.

White says Drug Court has best track record for getting addicts off drugs. He says that he has a problem with a an unproven program shrouded in secrecy with potential ties to scientology getting tax dollars.

Germany Won’t Outlaw Scientology

Germany has made no secret of their complete and utter distaste for Scientology in recent years. Last year, government officials dared to ban Tom Cruise from filming on location because of his Scientology affiliation. But that was really only one minor incident in the government’s surveillance and investigation of the organization in an attempt to ban the Church of Scientology from the country altogether. However, the government has now dropped its attempts citing insufficient evidence. But, government insiders say that the organization will continue to be monitored by the government because of concerns that the tenants of the religion go against the constitutional principles of Germany.

Riverside County supervisors OK limits on picketing in residential neighborhoods

The Church of Scientology’s concerns about protesters outside their Gilman Hot Springs base led Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone to seek and gain approval Tuesday for county restrictions on picketing in residential neighborhoods.

Only Supervisor Bob Buster voted against the ordinance, which forbids demonstrators from coming within 300 feet of a home they are targeting in unincorporated Riverside County.

Buster said a 300-foot buffer would effectively quash demonstrations outside residences. He said the ordinance threatens free-speech rights.

Stone said that protesters can still present their message, but at a safe distance that prevents violence.

“We need to do what we can locally to allow people to have freedom of expression but not provide a bully pulpit for hate,” he said.

Germany government drops Scientology investigation

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[JURIST] The German government announced Friday that it has ended its investigation into the practices of the Church of Scientology. The German Interior Ministry began a probe into Scientology in 2007, calling it an “organization that is not compatible with the constitution,” seeking to ban the organization. The German announcement came during a meeting of ministers in Potsdam. While the government’s investigation into Scientology has ceased, the organization will continue to be under surveillance by domestic intelligence services [AP report]. Additionally, the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution (OPC) has said that it will continue to monitor Scientology.

Scientology, founded by American science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard in 1954, has come under increasing scrutiny in Europe in recent years. Last September, a Scientology center in France faced criminal charges in connection with allegations of fraud and the illegal practice of pharmacy. In September 2007, Belgian prosecutor Jean-Claude Van Espen said Scientology should be classified as a criminal organization after completing a 10-year investigation into the church’s activities.

Finger Pointing Begins In California’s Proposition 8 Ban, Scientology Gets Thrown In The Mix

For all that we achieved on the road to equality with Tuesday’s election results, some bigotry remains unaddressed. There were several anti-gay marriage measures on ballots across the country for Americans to decide on, but none as polarizing as that of California’s Proposition 8, which sought to reverse a previous ruling allowing gay marriage in that state.

While state officials are still counting the votes, it would seem that the ban on gay marriage has passed, and also alarming, is that with this measure those couples who were married prior to the ban, may now have to have their marriages annulled. From the Prop 8 website:

Voting YES on Proposition 8 does 3 simple things:

*It restores the definition of marriage to what the vast majority of California voters already approved and what Californians agree should be supported, not undermined.

*It overturns the outrageous decision of four activist Supreme Court judges who ignored the will of the people.

* It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage, and prevents other consequences to Californians who will be forced to not just be tolerant of gay lifestyles, but face mandatory compliance regardless of their personal beliefs.

The website also has a long list of churches and religious institutions who support the measure, including the Church of Scientology of San Diego. This is somewhat surprising, considering the number of celebrities who’ve lent their voices in opposition to the ban and the Church of Scientology history of recruiting celebrities into its Celebrity Center in Hollywood. Although, this is the San Diego branch, maybe they figure no one will notice. I guess they didn’t realize Anonymous is still watching them.

“Louanne Lee,” of the cult apologist site Scientology Myths, claims:

This is basically a question about a) whether Scientology is active on this issue at all and b) if the Church has an organizational viewpoint on the issue.

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The answer to both questions is “no”. The Church of Scientology is not active in LGBT issues and never has been active in those issues.

A claim to the contrary is spread anonymously by members of the “Anonymous movement” who since day one of their criminal activities against the Church of Scientology have tried to gain the support of LGBT community leaders by inventing stories that the Church of Scientology would try to “cure” homosexuality or would treat homosexuals differently. These lies don’t hold water and the real makers in the LGBT have proven to be clever enough not to fall for lies of anonymous hate-mongers.

Why, then, is the Church of Scientology San Diego listed as among the endorsers of Proposition Eight, a proposed measure in California which would make gay marriage illegal?

That’s an odd sort of neutrality, to be sure…

The following also seems rather less than neutral:

The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic II [i.e. sexuality] such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically… he is very far from culpable for his condition, but he is also far from normal and extremely dangerous to society…

(L Ron Hubbard, Dianetics.)

Hypocritical Church of Scientology Says Ban Gay Marriage

The Church of Scientology which claims to support human rights is supporting California’s same sex marriage ban Prop 8. And Scientology, a religion which denies the existence of Jesus Christ, is attempting to use Yes on 8 to curry favor with conservative Christian groups

The Church of Scientology consistently claims to promote human rights, however those rights do not apply to all. The San Diego branch of Scientology has recently joined forces with other conservative fundamentalist groups to oppose same-sex marriage in California.

“It’s a way for Scientology to gain legitimacy in the eyes of other churches,” explains one religious expert who prefers to remain anonymous. “This is deceptive, in that at the upper levels Scientology denies the existence of Jesus Christ. These Christian churches are being deceived.”

The Church of Scientology has campaigned publicly to show they support human rights and civil liberties by creating two front groups, Youth for Human Rights (YHR) and the International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance (IHFRT). Both loudly promote human rights and purport to support the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights which includes this phrase:

“All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.”

The creed of the Church of Scientology states in part: “We of the Church believe: That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights; That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance… That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives…”

“Opposing the rights of a couple, regardless of their genders, to join in a legal union and have the same rights as others actually opposes the very thing Scientology claims to uphold,” continues the expert, who declines to be named out of concerns of retaliation by Scientology.

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