[Ilse Hruby wrote a book in the German language, the English title of which is "My Marriage to a Scientologist." See Marriage on the rocks in Scientology. And don't tell anybody, but the Korneuburg General Hospital does not have an internet connection.]
Dr. Martin Leitner, Attorney-at-Law
October 11, 2000Korneuburg General Hospital Attn: Business Management
Subject: My client Mr. Peter Hruby and member of your staff Mrs. Ilse Hruby-Plechl
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am entrusted with the legal representation of Mr. Peter Hruby [address].
My client is the divorced husband of Mrs. Ilse Hruby, who is employed with you in the emergency department as OR nurse. Mrs. Ilse Hruby spends very much time distributing incorrect statements over the internet about her past with my client and about - my client is a Scientologist - Scientology. This has gotten to the point where my client has to ask what kind of time and effort Mrs. Ilse Hruby has to put into this effort.
Based on Mrs. Ilse Hruby's duty times and the date-time stamps of Mrs. Ilse Hruby's submissions to the internet, my client has the suspicion that she may be using your computer equipment for her internet access.
In the event this suspicion is verified, my client respectfully asks that a stop be put these unfortunate occurrences.
This is a Scientology Press Release in response to the event described in the news article to be found at http://cisar.org/g80722ae.htm
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Open Letter from Mark Janicello
I was the lead role of "Elvis: A Musical Biography," which was presented January 1998 in the "Kongresszentrum" in Innsbruck [Austria]. I will never forget the warmth and the prominent public reaction which greeted me in Innsbruck.
I had planned a "Concert for Religious Freedom" for August 4, 1998 in Innsbruck; that was supposed to take place in conjunction with the European "Run for Religious Freedom."
Yesterday I was informed that the Innsbruck Mayor's Office did not want to grant a permit for this open air concert because the arranger of the concert is the Scientology Church, and an "advertisement ban" is said to have existed in Innsbruck since 1995, of which fact Scientology was not notified at time of application, nor have they received written notification of it.
I have had my largest success in the German-speaking section of Europe. Swiss, Germans and Austrians are as close to me as my own countrymen. My goal with this concert was to bring attention to ALL religious discrimination in Europe, and especially in Germany. Scientology is my personal belief. It is not necessary that someone share my belief. However, I and every other person should be permitted to select their own belief without having to worry about whether they will be discriminated against.
When the people from Innsbruck admired and applauded my presentation, nobody was saying or even thought, "Pity, he can sing, but he is a Scientologist, therefore we'll boycott him."
On August 4, I will come back to Innsbruck, whatever else happens. And if I may not sing, then I will still raise my voice and say: This is not the way things go in Innsbruck. This is not the way things go in Austria. Discrimination based on belief does not have any place in the Tyrol. And I will remind the Innsbruck state administration of the General Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, in which it says in article 18, "EVERY person has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion."
Direct Questions to: Church of Scientology Austria
Andreas Bock [telephone number given]
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Innsbruck prohibits Scientologist Concer for Religious Freedom
Encl.: "Elvis" Mark Janicello's Open Letter to the Public
Vienna/Innsbruck (OTS) - Yesterday, the mayor's office of Innsbruck "prohibited" the Church of Scientology's Concert for Religious Freedom, which the Scientologists had wanted to arrange on August 4 in Innsbruck in the course of the "European March for Religious Freedom." The renowned artist, Mark Janicello, lead role in the musical, "Elvis: A Muscial [sic] Biography," who was to have appeared at the concert, is "shocked that something like this could happen."
In a written statement from the Innsbruck mayor's office, an alleged "advertisement ban for the Church of Scientology Austria in Innsbruck" was alluded to, which is supposed to have existed since 1995 and which the church was never made aware of nor has it received a copy. When the church requested a copy of this "advertisement ban" from the mayor's office, they were told that "at the instruction" of the mayor's office this was not to be given out to the church.
Scientology speaker Andreas Bock is shocked about the method of process in Innsbruck. "When we are already so far that one prohibits people from having a concert for religious freedom, then that is shocking. One cannot shut people of that kind out and forbid them to appear publicly with other communities," said Bock.
Bock pointed out that in the course of the European Run for Religious Freedom, which goes through cities as Belgium, London, France, Switzerland and Italy, and ends August 10 with a large demonstration in Frankfurt, Innsbruck is the only city which prohibits this type of gathering. Not even in Germany does one get carried away to this kind of treatment. The Scientology speaker also pointed out the fact that the Church of Scientology had arranged this gathering with the support of other religious communities and celebrities. For instance, members of the English House of Lords, European parliamentarians, members of UNESCO and every mayor in which a gathering has been held have all completely supported and also have signed a proclamation for religious tolerance. On August 4, a torch for religious freedom is to be handed over from Italian runners to the Austrian, who will then on August 5 hand it over to those from Germany. The run is to end on August 10 with a large demonstration in Frankfurt, where the renowned Jewish artist and Holocaust survivor, Perli Pelzig, is to unveil a Statue for Religious Freedom.
The Church of Scientology Austria has announced that it will take legal steps against this proceeding.
"When the people from Innsbruck admired and applauded my presentation, nobody was saying or even thought, 'Pity, he can sing, but he is a Scientologist, therefore we'll boycott him.'," said Janicello "On August 4, I will come back to Innsbruck, whatever else happens. And if I may not sing, then I will still raise my voice and say: This is not the way things go in Innsbruck. This is not the way things go in Austria. Discrimination based on belief does not have any place in the Tyrol."
Continuation: Open Letter from Mark Janicello
Direct Questions to: Church of Scientology Austria
Andreas Bock [telephone number given]
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Scientology Demonstration turns out peacefully
From: "Tiroler Tageszeitung"
August 4, 1998
About 50 Scientology adherents demonstrated yesterday in Innsbruck against the prohibition of a concert by the city administration. They used blackboards to demand the observance of human rights.
INNSBRUCK (er). A concert by Scientologist Elvis imitator, Marc Janicello, was supposed to have taken place yesterday in front of the Golden Dachl in the course of the several week long "European Run for Religious Freedom." The city, however, had denied the event, and had referred to an advertising ban for Scientology from 1995. Upon the denial, Scientology reported that legal steps would be taken and announced a demonstration would take place.
A ceremony had taken place that morning as the "torch of religious freedom" was passed from an Italian to an Austrian relay team. In the afternoon, a group of activists greeted the runners in front of the Golden Dachl. The demonstrators used blackboards and addresses to recall the 50th anniversary of the "general Proclamation of Human Rights." Another board reading "The fundamental right to the freedom of thought, conscience and religious freedom is suppressed" was an unmistakable reference to the called off concert in Innsbruck.
Waving banners, and with Mark Janicello in the first row - singing "Freedom, freedom", the group first moved to city hall, where they were somewhat drowned out by the beating drums which accompanied the Aztec dancers who were performing there.
In the absence of the mayor, magistrate director Gerhand Loinger accepted a proclamation of human rights and a protest letter.
Scientology speaker Angelika Thonauer presumed out loud that Mayor Herwig van Staa must have formed his opinion about Scientology on the basis of reports out of Germany. She beseeched him to "make up his own mind" from the material presented there. At the close of the demonstration in old town, Janicello gave a few songs his best shot (in spite of the prohibition).
Ban on Advertising is Contested
July 22, 1998 16:58
Those responsible for the Scientology teachings now wish to to take legal proceedings against the city of Innsbruck. Triggered by the denial of a permit for a concert which was planned in front of the "Golden Dachl."
INNSBRUCK (pn.) AUSTRIA On their European March for Religious Freedom, the adherents of the controversial Scientology teachings - they call themselves a church - also wish to march on Innsbruck Station on August 4. A concert with Mark Janicello was originally planned in front of the "Golden Dachl." He played the lead role last January in the musical "Elvis: A Musical Biography," which was performed in the "Kongress" building.
However, the city's land permit office denied the request for the concert. The reasons given listed an advertising ban enacted in November, 1995 by the Innsbruck City Senate. The ban was recently ratified by the City Senate on July 15. Andreas Bock, the speaker for Scientology Austria, spoke yesterday about a sign of intolerance because the city turned down a meeting for religious freedom. Besides that, according to Bock, Innsbruck is the only city that has prohibited that type of meeting.
For Bock, the area in front of the Golden Dachl represented a wish; Scientology would have also accepted an alternative site. "But the denial generally cited the advertising ban for Scientology," said Bock. He further stated that Scientology will not accept the denial under any condition, that it now is a question of constitutional rights. Legal steps against the advertisement ban are already underway. Scientology Central in Vienna is considering the possibility of a demonstration in the Tyrol state capitol. If nothing else, there is the right to congregate and demonstrate.
On Wednesday, Innsbruck Mayor Herwig van Staa firmly dismissed the Scientologists' criticism that he had prohibited the planned concert. The denial was not a result of his instruction, but of the written instruction of the land permit office - "resulting from the legitimate and legally binding decision of an office of the State Capitol." Van Staa regretted that the Scientologists were, once against, making untrue assertions. He is not a "thought police," nor does he have anything against a concert by Janicello - but when that concert takes place within the confines of a Scientology meeting, then that is a whole different matter, emphasized the city's leading official.
Scientology as the *Cuckoo in the Christmas Market
[*A bird that lays its eggs in the nests of others.]
From: "Kleine Online"
Graz, Austria, Saturday,
December 12, 1998
"Gifts & handicrafts" at the Graz fair do not only include Christmas goods this year. The Scientology movement has also settled in.
by BERND MELICHAR
Christmas "gifts & handicrafts" at the Graz Fair International: cribs, Christmas tree decorations, Teddy bears, beeswax candles - and right in the middle of it is booth Nr. 410: "New Era Commerce, GmbH" offers stacks of devotional literature. The author of them is L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of Scientology.
"New Era" is the publishing company which manages Scientology literature. Using an innocuous sounding name is part of the strategy of the movement. Only insiders know that "New Era" and Scientology are identical.
Gerd Novak, fair director, did not know it, and is "anything but happy" about the Scientologists settling in at the Christmas fair. He does not see any chance of getting rid of the cuckoo. "The situation is certainly problematic. As far as I'm concerned, Scientology plays a pyramid game with the soul. But "New Era" was an officially licensed company.
In the meantime the event is already having repercussions. The Sect Counseling Center of the Dioceses of Graz-Seckau and the "Network - Association against Destructive Cults" have notified the Federal Center for Sect Issues in Vienna. Business director German Müller preaches "Information and Prevention." Müller defines the dangerousness of Scientology as follows: "This ideology can lead to psychic dependency for the individual. And since the courses are very expensive, it is often comes to debts which threaten a person's existence." The movement's "craving for world domination" is a danger for the state. "This is primarily because Scientology has the apparatus at its disposal to transform this craving into reality and thereby undermine democracy."
For the "Network", booth 410 is clearly an "advertisement stand for Scientology. They intentionally cast their net out especially during the Christmas season. Those who are lonely or searching for people are potentially easy customers to snag." Enrico Hosak said, "Abstruse sects and movements always manage to sell their philosophy under innocent sounding names."
Upset about Scientology at the Christmas market. Fair Director Novak is "anything but happy," but sees no legal way out.
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