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Scientology starts collecting bed tax when county questions why it wasn’t

For 34 years, thousands of Scientologists traveled to Clearwater and stayed in hotels owned by their church, enjoying a free ride from the 5 percent tourist tax that other visitors pay at Pinellas’ commercial hotels.

But that quietly changed earlier this year.

Pressed by the staff of Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson, the Church of Scientology agreed to start collecting the tourist tax a few months ago and pay it monthly to Nelson’s office, the St. Petersburg Times has learned.

It’s a surprising reversal that will generate significant new revenue for Pinellas’ tourist promotion efforts.

But the change raises questions about another tax that Pinellas hotel guests pay – the 7 percent sales tax. Does the church now collect that tax from its guests too?

The Florida Department of Revenue, which separately administers the sales tax, wouldn’t say, citing state laws that make confidential almost all information about sales-tax payers.

The church, meanwhile, suggested it doesn’t collect sales tax on hotel stays. Read the full story here.

Then, if you haven’t already done so, inoculate yourself against the Scientology cult — which we consider to be a commercial enterprise masquerading as a religion, and acting like a destructive cult.

Scientology is incompatible with Christianity

Vanity Fair asked Scientologist Juliette Lewis whether she celebrates Christmas.

“I’m a Christian! I think there’s so much confusion because people don’t understand a religion where you can be another religion but you can still practice Scientology,” the actress replied.

That’s a standard Scientology claim — and like so many other things that religious cult teaches — total nonsense.

Scientology is incompatible with Christianity because its teachings (not to mention a good many of its practices) violate the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

Counterfeit Dreams

“This was not an easy book to write. For three years following my departure from the Church of Scientology, I was not able to write anything sensible about my experience. Then gradually, the onion layers of indoctrination started to peel off, one by one, and I began to get some distance and perspective.”

“I knew that I could never tell part of the story; it had to be the whole story or nothing. When I would try to tell people about the abuses I experienced within the Church of Scientology, they would ask me one thing: why had I stayed so long? And understanding that meant telling the whole thing.”

“Once my blog account was completed, my readers and friends encouraged me to expand Counterfeit Dreams to book-length and publish it.” Jefferson Hawkins

Narconon Rehab Called Front for Scientology

Scientology quackery A father claims Narconon International and the Association for Living and Education International are fronts for Scientology, and that he paid them $35,500 for “essentially worthless treatment” for his drug-addicted son.

He says the groups run rehab programs “to enrich themselves and to provide a recruit base for the Church of Scientology rather than to provide competent treatment for chemical dependency.”

UK Government urges councils to stop giving tax breaks to Scientology

Scientology The government is urging councils across the country to stop giving hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax breaks to the Church of Scientology.

The communities secretary, Eric Pickles, said a majority of the public did not want the “controversial organisation” to be given the kind of favourable treatment usually reserved for charities and questioned this use of public money.

Future Scientology center in Jaffa burns, police suspect arson

Scientology cult in TIME magazine Initially, fire officials attributed the blaze to an electrical short circuit, but once the identity of the owners became clear, investigators began to suspect arson.

Arab and Jewish residents of Jaffa have mounted protests in the hope of denying the Scientologists a foothold in the city and launched a petition on Facebook calling on the authorities to keep the organization away

Federal judge to state judge: Butt out of Scientology case

Scientology kills In a rare clash between courts, a federal judge today said he will order a state judge not to interfere with a lawyer’s handling of a federal case involving the Church of Scientology.

A visibly irritated U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday granted a motion by lawyer Kennan Dandar, who is representing the estate of Kyle Thomas Brennan in a wrongful death suit against the church.

BBC reporter John Sweeney revisits the Church of Scientology

Scientology In 2007, while investigating the Church of Scientology for Panorama, reporter John Sweeney had a dramatic on-camera confrontation with a church spokesman named Tommy Davis.

The church was accusing the reporter of bias and it attempted to stop the documentary from being broadcast – a campaign backed by Scientology A-lister John Travolta. Sweeney has returned to investigate the church again.