Monday, 2 June 2008

Now anti-Scientology protesters are under attack in Glasgow

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What is it with the police and Scientology? Following clampdowns on protesters using the word 'cult' in relation to Scientology in London and Birmingham, a Scottish newspaper yesterday reported similar action by the police in Glasgow.

According to the Sunday Herald, protesters from the group Anonymous were told to remove banners calling Scientology a 'cult' and this was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Strathclyde police, who tried to justify the action:

"The word is not a breach of the peace in itself. However, in this case it was exacerbating the situation and our stance was that we had to remove that. From a policing point of view, a balance has to be struck between the right to assemble and hold a meeting and other persons' rights to go about their business or demonstrate without being obstructed or hindered."

The only trend that seems to be emerging here is a complete lack of consistency on the part of the police, with different forces reaching entirely different conclusions regarding the use of the word 'cult'. As I said on Friday, surely the fact that the Crown Prosecution Service found no problem with protesters using the word in the City of London set a precedent that police can't prevent its use in other parts of the country? At least according to my understanding of how the law works (if any readers know a bit more about the law, please do explain some more by commenting on this post).

It's certainly time this issue was cleared up once and for all. Either using the word 'cult' in relation to Scientology is fine, in which case it can be used anywhere in the country, or it isn't, in which case there's a serious free speech issue that needs to be contested.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Because Justice Latey called Scientology a cult in a court decision then that descrpition is in the public domain as a legal description of this entity.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget English Law and Scots Law are different.

Scotland is more sensitive to any criticism of religion.

Phunicular said...

"From a policing point of view, a balance has to be struck between the right to assemble and hold a meeting and other persons' rights to go about their business or demonstrate without being obstructed or hindered." - my emphasis.

To me that sounds as if the words on the banners may not have been the only thing that caused the police action.

I don't trust police to uphold the law without bias, but I trust less the reporting of newspapers. Was this a quiet unobtrusive "protest" or were the "cult" banners actually obstructing business?

DavidMWW said...

The interesting thing here is that 3 different laws are being invoked in the 3 different locations. London, Birmingham and Glasgow: Public Order Act 1986, Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006, and Scottish “breach of the peace”, respectively. It looks like they are trying every legal angle to fight the "cult" label .

What are they going to do when they run out of legal angles?

Makali said...

Oh there's an almost inexhaustible supply of legal angles, frustratingly. CoS has a lot of money, a lot of lawyers, and a lot to lose, so they've got plenty of incentive to try as many angles as possible, and to keep trying.

The other thing is, that just as Anonymous is a distributed effort, with thousands of protesters each doing a little to achieve a lot, so is Scientology's response. Hundreds of passionate, caring and intelligent individuals each doing their part to find a way to protect what they no doubt see as their rights and freedoms. These are people who have been misled, but not yet victimised by their church. I've known some of those guys, and they're Good People™.

The only way to fight the organisation and not the people is by revealing the lies they have been told and putting fact into the public record where the sinister elements cannot obscure or control it. An educated and informed public cannot fall prey to scientology, and Anonymous' joyful and absurd protests capture the attention of the public and create awareness of scientology's controversial status.

What's really impressed me is that the protests are still happening, that so many people are still committed to the cause, when I'd cynically assumed that they'd have become bored and wandered off long before now. I suspect that the church of scientology is now trying to make the whole thing as difficult and annoying for individuals as possible, so that fewer people will bother attending. I can only hope that the protests continue to be as fun and interesting as they have been so far, bringing in new people to match or exceed the numbers departing.

James said...

Was this a quiet unobtrusive "protest" or were the "cult" banners actually obstructing business?

I've seen the protests concerned in Glasgow on a couple of occasions and did not see any evidence that they were obstructing the "free stress tests". Any time I saw them, they were simply holding up placards and wearing masks.

The area they were protesting in is a busy shopping street in Glasgow city centre. I've had no trouble walking past them, whether it was between them and the Scientologists or otherwise.

It's possible a bit of aggro developed on the day in question, but I saw no sign of such a thing when I spoke to the protesters, whilst the police were still around, when I personally witnessed the police directing a protester to bin some signs and was told that the police told them not to use the word "cult".

Phunicular said...

Thanks James.

I guess the police spokeswoman was doing the usual professional spin job, i.e., make sure the police action sounds as if they had to do it to keep the peace.

RONBOTHUNTER said...

WHAT IS THE SECRET THAT THE “ANTI-GOD CULT” CALLED “SCIENTOLGY” FEARS THE MOST FROM BEING EXPOSED?

The secret most un-exposed about Scientology is that is it an “applied physiological philosophy” rather than an “applied religious philosophy”. All Scientology courses, all auditing processes, and all the management and professional courses are based on physiological phenomenas, psychophysiology, emotions, human behavior patterns etc., that are our birth right and used in Scientology as their own discoveries. Even their PTS-SP data is based upon how a “Symptom” re-stimulation is brought out by physiological reactions of the mind affecting the body when under stress. They blame innocent human beings called by them “suppressive persons” for bringing out a symptom that was there to warn you of hidden real illnesses caused by non-suppressive sources such as parasites, chemicals, poisons, toxins, viruses and bacteria. The data on PTS-SP is twisted by them to blame innocent people in order to keep them in line.

The only way to fight them is to expose to the world--how Scientology has used physiological phenomenas as the basis for a false religion. How it has harmed families by claiming that innocent mothers and fathers are SPs -- when they lied about symptom re-stimulations to the world.

No where in Scientology will you find courses on any bible, there is no study or belief in heaven, hell, saints, angels, the devil, or even God himself. They do not study religion or even believe in religions. They do not share common values with any other religion. Their goal is to eliminate all other religions.

The E-meter reads your physiological reactions, the Ronbots never calls it that—they call it the “CHARGE” or the “MASS” or “ENGRAMS” OR “MENTAL IMAGE PICTURES” that you have in your brain—all meant to distract you from the truth.

Know this fact --- There is a law of Nature or law of God called “Physiological Reactions” that is the true secret behind Scientology’s Dianectic study technology.

AUDITING ERASES AND LESSONS YOUR PHYSIOLOGICAL REACTIONS!!! Once they are gone – your symptoms can’t be re-stimulated by stress or arguments. This is how the scam works. Now when you argue with your mother and don’t get sick – you think she was the cause of all your illnesses.

If you were audited a hundred times (repeated) for a word that you were ordered to never clear or understand, and then made to read a page that contained that word—it would never again read on the Emeter or cause a physiological reaction.

LRH discovered that when you passed a misunderstood word—you manifested many reactions of various types: Yawning, sleepiness, not there feeling, dizziness, blurry eyes, nervousness and dozens more.

Being the liar that he was, he claimed that physiological reactions which he now calls “Dianetics” was “‘his” invention and not a law of God; he hid the fact that it is our human inheritance since time began.

Granted that his power of obnosis was the best in the world, his crime against humanity was to make a “religion” based upon the falsehood, that it was his invention or creation and not a law of God belonging to all Humanity as their lawful right.

All living beings have physiological (The functions and activities of life or of living matter such as the organic processes of organs, tissues, or cells) phenomenas (observable reactions known through the senses rather than by thought or intuition), or physical manifestations (made evident by showing or displaying) or physical reactions, that we see or feel as symptoms, and they are external and/or internal or visible signs or warnings given to us, by our creator to help us survive, help us increase our potential, our knowledge and our health.
All life on Earth has these cause and effect reactions called physiological phenomenas. All living beings whether they are plant, insect, retile or animal or human could not live without these reactions. They influence the body’s and the mind’s reactions to any form of stimuli, and have an influence on every cell of the body and mind.
[Noun. Physiological reaction – Is an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus.]
[Examples of physiological reactions: inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, reflex response, unconditioned reflex, accommodation reflex, Babinski reflex, belching, headache, migraines, swelling, sweating, erections, blinking, blushing, burping, defecation reflex, disgorgement, involuntary eye blinking, farting, skin flush, gag reflex, goose bump, goose pimple, gooseflesh, involuntary gulping, involuntary hiccup, knee-jerk reflex, light reflex, puking, papillary reflex, rectal reflex, regurgitation, shaking, shiver, shock, sneezing, startle, stretch reflex, suckling reflex, trembling, upset stomach, vomiting, involuntary winking, yawn, yawning -- plus hundreds more.]
Ron studied Physiological reactions more than most scientists and applied it to invent a new Religion.
He did not invent but copied the laws of nature and scammed the whole world into thinking that he alone discovered these reactions and no one else did. What he did do - was noticed the reactions of students and from this scam invented Dianetics “study tech”.
Examples of Physiological reactions of the body and mind when reading:
Falling asleep while reading - yawning, confusion, feeling blank, feeling anxious, not there feeling, tearing eyes, eyes going out of focus, dizziness, reeling, rebelliousness, headaches, skipping words, feeling nauseous, fidgeting, jumpy while reading, can’t stay still, mispronouncing words, feeling as if you are squashed, feeling as if you are over-whelmed, twitching, can’t apply what you are reading, can’t understand what you are reading, etc. are all due to physiological reactions when you read misunderstood words or misunderstood definitions.
To understand the secrets of your enemy –is to know exactly where to hurt him.
Scientology’s copyrighted files on based upon the laws of Nature and laws of God; they are in violation of copyrights and patent rights. Therefore, the contents or subjects can be used by anyone and can be talked about without fear of any lawsuit.
Everything you do produces a reaction in your body and mind. Every time you read, eat, sleep, rest, run, etc. produces a reaction.
To tell your mother that you invented a new religion, because you discovered why you farted, is a good example of the scam that Ron pulled on you. He got away with it because the world did not see these reactions as they applied to reading. Or if some scientist saw and knew it—he did not protest it and allowed a Cult to claim it as their own new discovery.
If you want to destroy the cult, study your own reactions each time you do something—learn to read yourself and use your own power of obnosis to discover the real world within you.

Yours truly

RonbotHunter
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