Hundreds attend Australia-wide Scientology protests
May 12, 2008
ReligionNewsBlog.com • Monday May 12, 2008
Over 400 people attended anti-Scientology protests across Australia at the weekend, with activist group Anonymous organising the events.
The Church of Scientology and Anonymous remain locked in a bitter war of words over allegations about the organisation’s true intentions, with Anonymous previously calling for Scientology to be “destroyed”.
It marks months of continuous protest against Scientology. Anonymous claims that the Church is a “cult” and should also lose it’s right to tax exemption.
Anonymous at the weekend held protests against the Church’s so called “Fair Game” policy which calls for critics of the organisation to be pursued.
Disagreement over the policy has marred protests between the two groups, with the Church saying that the policy is no longer in use.
However Anonymous says it continues to be the victim of “Fair Game” including tactics against it’s own grassroots activists.
“The Fair Game law remains in practice, even if Scientologists claim it has been canceled. The text of the cancellation policy is cleverly worded so that the casual observer will assume it is a real cancellation,” Anonymous member Wen Hsing told scopical.com.au.
Hsing says that just over 400 people attended protests across Australia, including more than 100 in Sydney and Melbourne.
“Even if the name “fair game” is not in use, the Church of Scientology is an organisation that continues to practice a vicious policy of retribution against perceived enemies, and it teaches its members that extreme measures are morally justified if they aid the Church.”
It comes as gambling and media tycoon James Packer is believed to have left the Church of Scientology due to negative press.
Mr Packer’s own position in the Church was also reportedly questioned due to his company’s competitive pursuit of gambling assets.
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