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".
New financial filings show… Continue
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A leading Irish recruitment agency has won a highly unusual tussle with the quasi-religious cult, the Scientologists.
Prosperity Recruitment had applied to register the trade mark of its own name: "Prosperity".
However, objections arose as the Church of Scientology has a similar trade mark relating to the word "Prosperity".
The objection said that Prosperity Recruitment's activities were too closely described to the Scientologists!
After much… 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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It's Saturday the 8th August and I was just buzzed into the Church of Scientology in Dublin. I'm physically shaking after the stories I've been told outside by former scientologist, Peter Griffiths. He tells me that they call all journalists `merchants of chaos', and make up rumours about those that write negative stories about their `Religion'. Today probably wasn't the best day to be wearing my Journalism and New Media class hoody. I could picture naive people being led… 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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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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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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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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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
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EX-Scientologist John Duignan has hit out at the religion, claiming actor Tom Cruise was freely allowed to have a child out of wedlock, but sex is banned outside marriage for ordinary members.
In his book, titled In The Complex, he claims the Church, invented by former science fiction author L Ron Hubbard, regularly orders women to have abortions .
And he claims most members are banned from eye contact with more famous members.
John, who was a member for 22… Continue
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A TOP Scientologist who escaped the cult has given the most explosive insight yet into the shady “celebrity religion”.
A-list followers including Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta believe their faith is the secret of their success.
But for John Duignan it cost him everything and everyone he held dear after he become a leading figure in the church’s British branch.
John says he was so brainwashed that he would have… Continue
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SCIENTOLOGISTS are furious about a new book by an Irish writer that is set to expose the controversial church's military plans - including a sinister mission to 'clear the earth'.
Author John Duignan claims to be a former high-ranking member of the church's secret army, the Sea Organisation or 'Sea Org', which answers directly to leader David Miscavige.
His book, The Complex: An Insider Exposes The Covert World Of Scientology, details the weapons… Continue
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Anonymous Announce 'Operation: Lulz of the Dead'
DUBLIN, Ireland - 18th October 2008 - The collective known as Anonymous marches forward on their path of exposing the fraud and abuses of the Church of Scientology with a worldwide protest this Saturday. This will be the ninth such protest to take place since Anonymous announced their intent to "dismantle the Church in its present form" in January of 2008. Since then, Anonymous… Continue
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Ireland's cult watchdog has contacted gardaí and the Department of Education over concerns the Church of Scientology is planning to target secondary school children under the guise of providing drug awareness programmes.
Mike Garde, director of Dialogue Ireland which monitors cult activity, said he has received information that the drug awareness group Narconon, run by the Church of Scientology, is planning talks in Irish schools.
"This is a major… Continue
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DUBLIN, Ireland — On Saturday, September 13, the collective known as Anonymous will stage a global protest against the Church of Scientology management, its attempts to infiltrate schools, and its internal exploitation of children. Since January, Anonymous has staged seven successful, non-violent protests at over 130 Scientology centres around the world, including the Mission of Dublin Ltd on 62/63 Middle Abbey Street.
Each global protest has a theme intended to raise public… Continue
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Critics of the Church of Scientology picketed the organisation’s Dublin headquarters yesterday, as part of a worldwide campaign by opponents of the religion.
The protest on Middle Abbey Street was the latest in a series of protests by Anonymous Ireland, which describes itself as a ‘‘grassroots collective’’ of people who oppose Scientology. More than 100 masked protesters attended the first Dublin protest in February.
Anonymous organizations protested at… Continue
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