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Scientology’s Hilarious ‘Protest’

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Hey, remember how the Philly Church of Scientology — let’s call it the farm system for Clearwater — scheduled a protest all day on the day of the latest Anonymous protest against Scientology so Anonymous couldn’t protest with masks on?

Well, a dude from Anonymous (I guess) contacted me the other day and passed along some hilarious photos of the “protest” that wasn’t really a protest at all.

Anyway, there’s another protest on May 10, and it naturally involves Battletoads. (Seriously, I am super confused. Next time, can Anonymous reference River City Ransom? I loved that game!) Hopefully, Scientology won’t be able to get a permit this time since they only protested (against drugs!) for about an hour and not for the whole day like they said they were going to. Keep on fighting the man, people.

  1. David Says: May 1 1:57 PM

    That is sad, if you’re going to get a permit at least follow through we a proper protest. There should be a hefty fine for wasting a permit and if it prevents another protest taking place it should be doubled.

  2. Anne Hiro Says: May 1 2:01 PM

    So wait a minute… The Philly Church of Scientology files a permit, therefore using tax money to waste the civil servant’s time, for an all-day protest permit only to use it for an hour just to block Anonymous protestors from having their protest at the same time?

    Do I see waste and fraud here? Seriously, the City should never grant the CoS any more all-day permits if they’re going to pull BS like this. I hope the City is happy that they just got used as a CoS tool.

  3. David Mudkips Says: May 1 2:10 PM

    Scientology didn’t just pull this “fake protest” nonsense in Philly. They tried to do the same in various other cities as well (with similar results — one or two people outside of a building shilling their books and fliers).

    It’s a cheap shot, clearly designed to block freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

    At least it’s been documented. They won’t continue to get away with this crap.

  4. David M Says: May 1 2:13 PM

    Are they protesting drugs or offering drugs for an hour? I mean seriously, do we have a drug issue to the point you need to schedule a protest against the social idea that Drugs are good? Hilarious. I bet the meth heads took great offense.

  5. Terryeo Says: May 1 2:22 PM

    Let me get this straight. Anonymous is protesting (something). And then Scientology puts a handful of people on the street (outside their door?), is that how it comes down? What happened to the “religion is free” placards?

  6. Dark Horse John Says: May 1 2:33 PM

    In the Scientologists’ defense, it does look like it was raining pretty hard, and it’s a widely-accepted fact that thetans can’t stand rain.

  7. anonymom Says: May 1 2:50 PM

    But since rain melts Body Thetans, one wonders why there weren’t more out there.

    For the uninitiated, according to Scientology founder and guru L Ron Hubbard, Body Thetans are the remnants of a great inter-galactic kidnapping and nuclear conflagration perpetrated by the evil overlord Xenu, which took place 75 million years ago, when earth was known as teegeack.

    So why should a Scientologist or anyone else care? Because those pesky little body thetans managed to surive the big battle, and have been wandering around earth attaching themselves to poor unsuspecting us every since, causing unhappiness, war, arthritis, cancer; in short every single thing which is wrong with us is the fault of a body thetan.

    Which is why Scientology is so expensive. Costs a lot of money to remove a body thetan one by one by one.

    Pro-tip: Protesting the crimes of Scientology will liberate you of all body thetans instantaneously!

    (I know, I know, it sounds nuts but I am not making this up! Google is your friend.)

  8. maggie Says: May 1 3:08 PM

    They did this in Clearwater over a decade ago; when there was a critical protest of Scientology there, they made a bunch of anti-drug signs and hovered around the critics, trying to cover critical signs with their own that were “against drugs.” I think they were trying to make it look like an anti-drug protest, or so that those holding anti=Scn signs would be viewed as somehow pro-drugs…whatev, it seems they have a limited playbook of responses to public criticism. Most include ad hominem.

  9. 207 Says: May 1 3:08 PM

    teegeack? LOL. It’s almost “tea geek”

  10. maggie Says: May 1 3:08 PM

    They did this in Clearwater over a decade ago; when there was a critical protest of Scientology there, they made a bunch of anti-drug signs and hovered around the critics, trying to cover critical signs with their own that were “against drugs.”

    I think they were trying to make it look like an anti-drug protest, or so that those holding anti=Scn signs would be viewed as somehow pro-drugs…whatev, it seems they have a limited playbook of responses to public criticism. Most include ad hominem.

  11. John Says: May 1 3:16 PM

    go Anonymous you are awesome.

  12. Anon1970 Says: May 1 3:16 PM

    A protest no one showed up for! Fools, this only proves they have no support! Scientology fastest failing religion on earth!

  13. bgodley Says: May 1 3:29 PM

    As a Scientologist, I must say I am very concerned about drug abuse, however I am even more concerned about this obvious farce.

    At one time, Scientology was about helping people. Clearly this is no longer the case, and I am embarrassed to witness my organization stoop to such a blatant charade.

    This whole thing reminds me of that time Terryeo, James Lightfield and I were in the RPF together. There was this 6 foot tall pile of gravel that James was supposed to move across the road with his bare hands. He had to run across the road, with handfuls of gravel, to where there was a hole that was about 6 feet deep. He had to run back and forth, until he had filled that hole up. I think he did this from the crack of dawn until sundown, which is typical for the RPF.
    The next day, Terryeo was assigned the duty of removing the gravel from the hole, by hand, until he had made a nice 6 foot high pile of gravel all over again!
    Later, at about midnight when we finally got to lay down in our flea infested bunks, I asked them how they thought moving gravel back and forth was going to help anybody clear the planet.
    They both said that David Miscavige knows what is best for us! Well, you better believe that they told on me for questioning Miscavige during their next sec check, and I had to spend a lot more time in RPF for it.

    Anyhow, Scientology is just like that, trying to look like they are accomplishing something, but in the end it’s all just purposeless action.

  14. Anonymuse Says: May 1 4:03 PM

    The Scientologists drug protest might not have included street drugs as they are always protesting psychiatric drugs. Apparently after taking psychiatric drugs, Scientology auditing doesn’t work anymore and these drugs can’t be removed with their detox program. Apparently most street drugs can be removed with their detox program so street drugs are secondary issue. Thus, as these psychiatric drugs a.k.a. psychotropic drugs make people Scientology proof, what Anonymous should do is recommend everyone visit their local psychiatrist and get a prescription. Even better visit multiple psychiatrists and get a variety of psychotropic prescriptions. This will also make the psychiatrists much wealthier so then can do their own promotion and overwhelm Scientology. One more important item. it’s very important that everyone keep taking all their psychotropic prescriptions or they will go crazy and do crazy stuff like shoot people and commit suicide. I know this may seem extreme but at least the Scientologists won’t be able to modify them anymore.

  15. Centurian 10 Says: May 1 6:32 PM

    TERRYEO, OSA SHILL 9CULT OF SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS)

    More on this thing at http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Terryeo

  16. Centurian 10 Says: May 1 6:33 PM

    TERRYEO, OSA SHILL CULT OF SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS)

    More on this thing at http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Terryeo

  17. Centurian 10 Says: May 1 6:33 PM

    TERRYEO, OSA SHILL CULT OF SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS)

    More on this thing at http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Terryeo

  18. Centurian 10 Says: May 1 6:33 PM

    TERRYEO, OSA SHILL CULT OF SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS)

    More on this thing at http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Terryeo

  19. Anon Y. Mouse Says: May 1 6:38 PM

    This cult makes me sick to the guts. Parents, don’t let your kids get sucked in.

  20. Kilia Says: May 1 7:01 PM

    bgodley, Im so glad that you have finally found out the REAL truth of your church. I smile with happiness when I see your posts now. :-)

  21. squeak Says: May 1 7:52 PM

    Something worth mentioning is that the lackluster Scientology anti-drug protest occurred the same day of the international April 12th Anonymous protest, effectively blocking Philadelphia anons from participating with groups around the world.

    However, the Phili protest was then held the following day, with New York and Washington D.C. anons busing and car pooling their ways south and north to help out.

    I know this, because I am a D.C. anon. It was nice to visit you, Phili. Even if it was just for one day.

    Anonymous supports Anonymous.

  22. CLWanon Says: May 1 9:23 PM

    Can we say footbullet? A large sign over the door that says DRUGS, pro drugs? Anti-drugs, who can tell? A blocked protest which not only gets them looking like they advocate drug use for a day but doubles the Anon protest the next.

    Then, there once was a ship called the Freewinds…

    Everyone, come to the May 10th protest, there will be much cake.

  23. Merrill Says: May 1 11:50 PM

    So, we should just sit idly by and let you conduct your attacks? I see nothing wrong with our attempts to negate your actions and present our side. I fail to see why the Church should be criticized for actions taken in its own defense.
    Scientology is an incredible philosophy with tools for better survival freely available for all to use. Go to the library and read “Scientology: A New Slant on Life”, or “Problems of Work”. THAT is Scientology, not the slander and insults you promote.

  24. gary Says: May 2 9:29 AM

    So, merrill, do you deny the existence of the RPF?

  25. friendlynerd Says: May 2 9:29 AM

    Available at the low, low price of millions of untaxed dollars! Act now and we’ll send you 2! That’s right, DOUBLE your order of BatshitCrazy. And remember folks, NO TAX

  26. Mike Says: May 2 10:39 AM

    Merrill,
    I’d like to draw your attention to:
    http://www.scientology.org/world/worldeng/corp/creed.htm
    The “Churches” own creed, on an official “Church” website. Among other things it says:
    “That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others;”
    Wouldn’t that suggest that ANYONE should be allowed to say ANYTHING they like about Scientology WITHOUT an attempt by Scientology to silence them using protest permits. You of course have a right to disagree, however you shouldn’t be trying to silence others.

  27. Anonymous Says: May 2 3:36 PM

    We’re going to be CHARGIN’ OUR LAZORS in preparation for May 10th, Scientology had better be expecting us.

  28. Anne Hiro Says: May 2 5:13 PM

    Merrill: And what side is that? That your so-called “church” lies to the City of Philadelphia in order to get an all-day permit only so you can waste it by setting up a table and pass out flyers for an hour? What a fabulous way to show “your side” which is the LIAR’S SIDE.

    You know, there are SELF-HELP books by many prominent PSYCHIATRISTS and other medical professionals and scientists that I would rather read than that drivel L. Ron Hubbard wrote while in a drunken and drugged-out stupor back in the 50s. You people need to get with modern times. Show me some scientific testing of the drivel in any of L.Ron’s books and maybe I’ll give your “church” a penny for the paper that bull is written on.

  29. CLWanon Says: May 5 9:19 AM

    “So, we should just sit idly by and let you conduct your attacks?

    No-no Merrill, you are not under attack, Scientology is under attack. Your philosophy is under attack, it’s nothing personal.

    I fail to see why the Church should be criticized for actions taken in its own defense.

    You can’t defend, remember? Don’t you know your own dogma? Never defend, always attack.

    Go to the library and read “Scientology: A New Slant on Life”, or “Problems of Work”. THAT is Scientology, not the slander and insults you promote.

    I don’t take orders from you, besides, I already read that material. It’s not inspiring in the least. I also read “Keeping Scientology Working,”
    http://carolineletkeman.org/sp/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=168&Itemid=9
    , now that’s inspiration!

    Now do you see your problem Merrill? I do!

  30. Mike Patterson Says: May 5 10:13 AM

    The COS’s strategy of taking out permits for fake protests is one in a thousand stategies they use to keep the truth out of the newspapers. They also sue everyone and anyone, file false charges with the police, corrupt law enforcement, etc. They managed to sail that blue asbetos contaminated boat for 20 years using these tactics, not to mention the child slavery part. Google for yourself. It’s insane.

  31. Lucas Dobson Says: May 7 3:26 PM

    Dear Self-Righteous Anonymous Ranter:

    You don’t know anything about logical scrutiny.

    You are far too blind to what your “side” is doing. Hopefully you are one of them and end up in the same dark cell. It won’t be as bad as it seems, as your minds are already locked up into tiny dark little cells.

    The level of apathy is truly astonishing, but it’s NOTHING compared to your collective ignorance about the very practical subject of crowd psychology and hate campaigns.

    Would it be too difficult, would it twist your brain up into knots, simply to consider the other side? That you might not be right?

    Not the Critics’ side. Not the Critics’ version of the “other side.”

    The Church’s side. The one you all are too feeble and shallow to even confront. Being exposed to ones’ own ignorance can be a very frightening experience and most of you will never climb out of it. Most of you will die in this condition.

    OR..you might figure out that you don’t know everything, and that your sad, myopic little lives are nothing alone and that you are incapable of autonomy. Then, you might understand why we find you so utterly contemptable.

    For the record, none of the contributors are Scientologists. It really should frighten you that you are incapable of believing this fact.

    However, we are pretty certain that the Scientologists appreciate the irony of being called brainwashed by masked paranoids dressed like action heros parading around the streets because a robot computer voice told them to.

    http://www.anonymoushategroup.blogspot.com

    ^^^

  32. FrankvdWaal Says: May 26 5:36 PM

    Actually, Lucas Dobson, an Anonymous girl, unmasked, went into the Amsterdam org just last week. She asked for a DVD Scientology just gave to two other people.

    Did they give her the information about their very own church? Did they share their side of the story? No. They locked her in and actually even assaulted her when she tried to leave.

    Could you enlighten us, Lucas, as to why we cannot ask for information?

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