THE Irish wing of the controversial Church of Scientology is making annual profits of over €270,000 but its director last night insisted all the money was going to pay off the company's "substantial debts".
A favourite with celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, the local Scientology spin-off has been the subject of numerous protests at its Middle Abbey Street base in Dublin, with a Fine Gael TD branding the movement a "crackpot cult".
A Paris court has fined the French branch of the Church of Scientology a total of €600,000 after finding it guilty of fraud but allowed the group to continue operating in France.
When the hearing opened, there were expectations that the court could order the group to be banned in France but legislation passed in parliament just before the start of the trial in May, ruled that option out.
The legislation has since been changed back to allow the dissolution of an… Continue
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Cork students have been urged to be cautious if approached by members of religious organisations while traveling abroad. Members of the anti-Scientology group Anonireland.org gathered outside City Hall earlier this week to protest the inclusion of a 'Dianetics and Scientology' stand at the Mind Body Spirit Festival held at the venue. While one protester refused to remove his mask for fear of being "destroyed" by members of the Church of Scientology, ex-Scientologist and founder of Anon-Ireland… Continue
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John Duignan likes to joke about his experiences. "I did 22 years. You'd be out of jail quicker for murder." Duignan was a member of the Church of Scientology.
Having joined the group in 1985, he moved up the ranks until he was promoted to membership of the Sea Organisation, the management arm. Duignan was to spend the next two decades in Scientology's grip before finally leaving in 2007. He has written a book, The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of… Continue
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Dublin, Ireland – The internet-based collective known as Anonymous will mark their one year anniversary of peaceful protests against the Church of Scientology this February with global protests spanning several weekends.
Anonymous has raised global public awareness of the Church of Scientology's scams and scandals over the last twelve months.
Highlights from the last twelve months include:
1) Court rejects Clearwater injunction in early March… Continue
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Just found your site. It's excellent ! As a former scientologist of Irish descent, I am very pleased that you're getting rid of Scientology in Dublin. I have a niece from Poland permanently living in Dublin with her husband and daughter and I certainly don't want to have to come to Dublin to pull them out of Scientology. I would if I had to ! Someday I'll return to Ireland, but that'll be for the fun of retirement. And maybe lay a fart at the grave of Scientology. LOL, from Winnipeg
DUBLIN, Ireland - January 17th 2009 - The collective known as Anonymous will stage its 12th monthly protest against the 'Church' of Scientology this Saturday.
This will complete a full year of internet-driven demonstrations stemming from Scientology's attempts at censorship in January 2008. Following this shameful debacle, the "Project Chanology" movement was born. February 2008 then ushered in the start of an ongoing series of non-violent protests by… Continue
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The Complex, a book by John Duignan about his time in the Church of Scientology, is no longer available from Amazon.co.uk. The author claims that Scientology have targeted the website, although he rejects suggestions that actor Tom Cruise, the controversial church's best-known member, was directly responsible. "This is a tactic that has worked for Scientology before," Duignan told Newstalk, and he revealed that the book's Irish publishers, Merlin, received a solicitor's… Continue
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Amazon.co.uk has pulled an Irish book on the Church of Scientology after receiving a legal letter from the organisation.
Customers who ordered a copy of The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology have received correspondence from the UK-based website informing them the book is no longer available and they will be not be charged.
The move has not come as a surprise to industry insiders as the Scientology movement is renowned for being… Continue
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LONDON — 15/11/08 — British bookstores, and the British arm of the online retail site Amazon, have been forced to pull the sale of a new book critical of the Church of Scientology "for legal reasons", according to an email sent by Amazon to customers who have ordered the book. A new exposé by former Irish Scientologist, John Duignan, titled “The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology” (ISBN# 1903582848) has recently been… Continue