Title: Re: OSA ALERT:
"Handling the situation in Maryland"
Author: Nuke <firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 16 Oct 1999 18:09:06 -0700
Glad to see the efforts of Marylanders acknowledged by the Cult of Greed and Power. Means the Task Force was on the right track. Funny, Dan Fefferman failed to mention any $cientology connections or support on Maryland Public TV recently. The AFF's Ron Loomis kicked some cult apologist butt. (Transcript soon, thank you, XenuBatChild). Perhaps Plantiffs NICHOLAS MILLER, PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM; ALEX COLVIN; HANALYN COLVIN; DAN FEFFERMAN; SUSAN FEFFERMAN; MICHAEL ROSCHUNI; and LLOYD EBY should have their houses picketed for exercising their Constitutional Freedoms? No, of course not, we'll leave that tactic to the Scientologists bedazzled by the smoke and mirrors of LRH and David the Dwarf. Wanna give Dan Fefferman an earful about his choice of counsel at ICRF@aol.com,you see Scientologist Kenrick Moxon as well as Eric Lieberman both work for Scientology (as if he doesn't already know?!?) On 16 Oct 1999 17:27:30 -0500 in <email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: Andreas Heldal-Lund - www.xenu.net sez: | I just got this by e-mail. This is an alert OSA now sends | out to Maryland members: | | [START OSA MAIL] | | Dear XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX, | | I have been sent a copy of your comm on how well you are | doing as a Scientologist, which is well done. | | We are working on handling a situation in Maryland | regarding potential religious discrimination against new | religious movements in Maryland, being fostered by known | anti religous movement members. A resolution was passed | which mandates the creation of a "fact finding" Task | Force who are to determine whether or not there should be | legislation enacted to prevent "cult" activities on | college campuses. The hearings have been very biased and | I am concerned about this situation. | | I would appreciate it if you would please call Sue Taylor, | our Director of Special Affairs Public Relations Officer | in Washington D.C. who is working with me to handle this | threat to religious freedom. | | ARC | | Lee Kemp, Secretary | for Heber Jentzsch | President CSI | | [END OSA LETTER]
this was in response to maryland's 'task force to study the effects of cult activities on public senior higher education institutions'. a coalition of religious groups, supported by the unification church ('moonies'), sued to prevent the task force from delivering its final report: http://www.lermanet2.com/cos/suitmaryland.html guess who leads the legal team? kendrick moxon! the suit was dismissed on the grounds that the plaintiffs did not have adequate standing, ie, they couldn't demonstrate they'd be harmed if the report was released. apparently, their complaint on the constitutionality of the task force is still pending. the final report was delivered to the governor of maryland a couple wks ago. it is avaliable at http://www.lermanet2.com/cos/maryland.htm the 1st part of the report is boring administrative details: we met on this date, at this location, these members were in attendance, we heard testimony from these people, proceedings are publicly available, etc. contrary to what the legal complaint says about the lack of representatives from 'cults', there seem to have been a fair number of such folks, as well as a couple of our favorite cult apologists. note that inspite of the plaintiffs denial of religious freedom claims, the task force did not actually address the issue of *religious* cults, choosing instead to define a 'cult' very generally as a harmful group. their mission statement: "To determine the extent to which there are groups whose activities on the campuses of USM institutions, St. Mary's college, or Morgan State University are, intentionally or innocently, inappropriately: --causing demonstrable physical, psychological or emotional harm to students --interfering substantially with the educational mission of the institutional policies and /or --violating institutional policies and/or federal, state or local laws. and to make recommendations concerning courses of action that might be pursued by individuals or institutions to assist in the prevention and/or resolution of those problems." a list of 'cult' characteristics from the report: 1) absolute obedience to leaders 2) charismatic, inspired and dogmatic leaders 3) deceit 4) threats 5) coercive persuasions 6) retention techniques 7) alienation from family, friends and society 8) physical and/or emotion abuse 9) mind control 10) exploitation 11) world view denouncing current values and beliefs 12) blackmail gee, how many fit co$? the conclusion of the report was disappointingly bland: cults are a complex issue, the incidence of harm is very small but significant, we need to educate our students in recognizing danger, we need to provide a source of information for students and their parents, and so on. generally i am rather sensitive to freedom-of- religion issues, but i have trouble understanding what all the arm-flailing was about over this task force, especially after reading its final report that said pretty much nothing. it seems to me that co$ (and the other 'cults') acted exceedingly guilty for having not been accused of anything. as one contributor to the _chronicle of higher education_'s online forum wrote about this task force: 'truth invites investigation; it has nothing to hide'. -elle ------------=[ l.l.lipshitz * email@example.com ]=------------ people are not only innately stupid, they are ambitiously so. -kk