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|The Daily Southtown 6.2.2001
L. Ron Hubbard Day scrapped
Hubbard, who died in 1986, founded Scientology in 1954. The international church, based in Clearwater, Fla., is known for its aggressive recruitment tactics, which have caused many to view it as a cult.
The Internal Revenue Service in 1993 ruled that Scientology was a religion and entitled to tax-free status.
When a reporter questioned Zabrocki about the agenda item on Monday, Zabrocki said he knew nothing about it and would check into it.
Zabrocki called back a short time later and said the proposed proclamation was placed on the agenda in error when a clerk's office employee mistakenly thought Zabrocki had given his blessing to the item.
"It's off the agenda. There's a conflict of church and state. We don't want to get involved in that," the mayor said.
The proclamation had arrived at the village hall resembling an official proclamation. The Church of Scientology routinely sends such documents to communities nationwide, hoping they'll honor Hubbard on March 13, his birthday, church spokeswoman Sue Strozewski said.
"None to my knowledge have named a day for him," she said.
Orland Park has received such releases, but "we try to keep such days (of honor) village-oriented," said Kathy Zuro, secretary to Mayor Daniel McLaughlin.
Scientology counts celebrities such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise among its faithful, but it tends to find controversy, along with lots of money, worldwide, according to Paul Rutgers, executive director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.
"One of the major things (followers) lose is money," Rutgers said. "It's one heck of a money-making scheme."
Village trustees said Zabrocki was right to pull the proposed proclamation from the agenda — even though it had no chance of being approved by the board.
"It's a cult," Trustee Mike Bettenhausen said of Scientology.
Strozewski has heard that before.
"The IRS said we were a religion after a long, drawn-out investigation," she said. "We are and always have been a bona fide religion."
Just one without a day in Tinley Park.
|Der Gemeinderat ...
Der Bürgermeister strich die Proklamation von der Tagesordnung. Später sagte er, erwisse nicht, was diese bedeute.
"Wenn wir unseren Namen dafür hergeben, sollten wir mehr darüber wissen", sagte er.
Die Proklamation hätte den Mai als Dianetik-Monat etabliert und "alle Bürger" aufgefordert .....
Die Kirche führt eine Öffentlichkeits-Kampagne, um negativer Publizität aus Deutschland entgegenzuwirken, wo die Regierung ihr regelmäßig entgegentritt.
Die Angestellte der Stadtverwaltung Joyce Bryant sagte, jedermann könne eine Stadt um eine Proklamation bitten. Sie sagte, sie habe einene Brief aus New York bekommen in dem darum gebeten wurde, den Mai als Dianetik-Monat zu proklamieren.
"Wir machen das aus Höflichkeit", sagte sie und merkte an, daß sie nichts über Dianetik wußte. "Das bedeutet nicht, daß wir es unterstützen".
Der Jurist der Stadt Ed Rich sagte, eine Proklamation ist eine bloße
Feierlichkeit und hat keine tatsächliche Bedeutung.
|Church's tenets fail to win Orange Park OK
The Jacksonville Times-Union 23.4.1998
Florida Times Union 25.4.1998
By Caren Burmeister, County Line Staff Writer
ORANGE PARK -- The Orange Park Town Council yanked a proclamation honoring the 48th anniversary of Dianetics, the founding principles of the controversial Church of Scientology founded by L. Ron Hubbard.
Mayor Monty Crook pulled the proclamation from the consent agenda Tuesday night. Later, Crook said he didn't understand what it meant.
"If we're going to attach our name to it, then we ought to know more about it," he said.
The proclamation would have established May as Dianetics Month and urged "all citizens to join in acknowledging the humanitarian work of our Dianetists and congratulate them on this anniversary of the pioneering techniques which frees lives from `the shadows which darken' and builds a brighter future for ourselves, our children and generations of the future."
Hubbard, a one-time science fiction writer, founded the Church of Scientology in 1954. The church professes dozens of axioms or rules that read like a science fiction novel.
Scientologists pay thousands of dollars, or the equivalent in full-time labor, to attend courses and climb up the ladder of spiritual understanding until they cross what is known as the Bridge of Total Freedom, according to former church members and experts who have studied the church.
The process includes purification and auditing, which claim to detect and rid the church member of past emotional disturbances. Critics have likened to practice to exorcism and characterize the church as a cult.
Many celebrities have joined the Church of Scientology, including John Travolta, Tom Cruise and his wife, Nicole Kidman, Kirstie Alley, Jenna Elfman and jazz pianist Chick Corea.
The church is conducting a publicity campaign to counteract negative publicity from Germany, where it has run into staunch governmental opposition.
"We do it as a courtesy," she said, noting that she was unaware of what dianetics was about. "It doesn't mean we support it."
Town Attorney Ed Rich said a proclamation is purely ceremonial and has no real significance.
|No proclamation for Hubbard
The Herald News (Joliet, IL) 15.3.1999
And another monumental event was the victim of red tape. Did you know that Saturday was L. Ron Hubbard Day everywhere in the United States ... except in Lockport. On the initial agenda for Wednesday's City Council meeting was a proclamation that March 13 would be L. Ron Hubbard Day to honor the late founder of the Church of Scientology.
Even though the agenda was fairly light Wednesday, Mayor Frank Mitchell proclaimed there would not be any consideration of a proclamation for the late L. Ron. "We have more important things to do than proclaim a day for L. Ron Hubbard," he said before whisking his wife off to Cancun as a surprise for her 40th birthday.
What actually happened, said Deputy Clerk Donna Gura, is that all proclamations must first be considered at the council workshop. All of them have to be approved there before going officially to the council.
Scientology members hope to make friends by cleaning up Malibu's Surfrider Beach.
The Los Angeles Times 21.4.2000
By MARCELA ROJAS
MALIBU -- There's a different kind of surfer
shredding the waves at Surfrider Beach. Armed with a surfboard and L. Ron
Hubbard's book "The Way to Happiness," members of the Scientology Surf
Club have just as much interest in riding swells as they do fulfilling
the Scientology founder's environmental dreams.
The Los Angeles Times 4.5.2000
Kudos for help on cleaning beaches
I applaud Marcela Rojas and the Westside Weekly
for their unbiased coverage of the Scientology Surf Club's hard work cleaning
beaches, donating money and raising public awareness of environmental causes.
|I read the article in the Westside Weekly written on April 21 by Marcela
Rojas about Scientologists helping clean up the beach. Having been a longtime
reader of your paper, I would like to thank you for mentioning this. As
a mother who often goes to the beach, I have been amazed over the last
two to three years at how dirty the waters and the beaches are. Any group
who takes on the task of cleaning this up should be thanked for their help.
I would like to correct one thing, and that is to say Scientology is a "moneymaking venture" is not only false, but creates hatred and defamation toward our group. Having studied and used the tools of Scientology in my life for 30-some years, I know first hand that we are
an active group who does believe in bettering our world. I know there are numerous other groups with this same purpose and each should be hailed for their improvements.
|Surf's Up for Scientologists
LA Weekly 26.5.2000
By Christine Pelisek
Admirers of L. Ron Hubbard have launched a major environmental and morality
offensive in Southern California's beach cities, rankling critics who say
the proselytizers have been less than forthcoming about their ties to the
Church of Scientology. The controversy first flared when Scientology Surf
Club president Rob Hoover asked the city of Malibu to proclaim March 13
L. Ron Hubbard Day, in honor of Scientology's founder. The request made
the City Council agenda, but was withdrawn by Hoover when March 13 came
and went with no action. "I was shocked when I saw [the proclamation request]
on the agenda," said longtime Malibu resident Ruby Fader. "I don't see
any reason to promote the Church of Scientology. To me, it is a cult."
Both the ACLU and the Malibu city attorney said the proclamation would
have violated the constitutional separation of church and state. That didn't
stop the San Diego County city of Encinitas, however, which in March issued
a Hubbard Day proclamation - without realizing that Hubbard was Scientology's
founder, according to Encinitas Mayor James Bond. Bond said Hoover told
him only that Hubbard was a writer and surfer who lived in Encinitas in
1934. "I think that, in truth, he should have let us know that [Hubbard]
was a founder of Scientology so we at least had that knowledge," Bond said.
|LOSING HIS RELIGION?
LA Weekly 26.5.2000
In other Scientology news, OffBeat was amazed to read in US weekly earlier this month that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman had begun severing their ties to the Church of Scientology. US also reported that Cruise, while filming the Warner Bros. film Eyes Wide Shut, had "hinted" to the studio that releasing the John Travolta project Battlefield Earth would be a mistake. A week later, however, US Weekly ran a "For the Record" notice declaring that the magazine had subsequently "found" that Cruise remains an "active and committed member of the Church of Scientology" and that the actor had never said, much less "hinted," anything negative about Battlefield. Nevertheless, the widely panned sci-fi groaner, based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's novel, appears to be going down as a colossal box-office failure. OffBeat, which has been the object of Scientology's none-too-tender PR ministrations, would love to know what went on behind the scenes of the correction...
LA Weekly 16.6.2000
L. RON AND FRIENDS
Christine Pelisek's attempt to create a wave of controversy with her OffBeat article "Surf's Up for Scientologists" [May 26-June 1] is a definite wipeout as far as fair and unbiased journalism is concerned. She states that we (Scientologists involved in beach-cleanup activities) have been less than forthcoming about our ties to the Church of Scientology - a complete fabrication of Christine's own making. On March 13, I introduced myself before the Malibu City Council and Malibu City TV as president of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center International Surf Club. In my initial letter to Encinitas Mayor James Bond (January 11, 2000), written on Church of Scientology 20-point letterhead, I said to him, "Well, I am writing you as I would like to share some interesting information with regards to Encinitas and L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of our church."
With regards to my withdrawing the Malibu proclamation, Christine omitted facts to create a false impression. During my interview with her, I specifically told her that my proposal was made to the City Council on March 13. Being unfamiliar with City Council procedures, I requested that they vote on it then and there, as the proclamation was to celebrate L. Ron Hubbard's birthday on March 13. I was informed that it could not be put to a vote until after it was added to the agenda for the next council meeting, two weeks hence - according to regular City Council procedures. I opted to try for the next meeting anyway, but that ended up being canceled due to the death of a councilman. Finally I just withdrew the proposal altogether, as a month had gone by since his birthday and it was no longer appropriate.
Christine then tops off her offensive piece by insinuating that Maria Ferrara, who was given a photo credit for her picture of our kids cleaning up Zuma Creek in the April 27 Malibu Times, was doing something underhanded because the photo credit did not say "photo by Maria Ferrara, Scientologist." (The photo caption provided by Maria did say "Church of Scientology.") Give me a break! When and where - with the possible exception of Nazi Germany - have newspaper photo credits required one to include one's religious affiliation?
Christine Pelisek's claim that "admirers of L. Ron Hubbard" have been "less than forthcoming about their ties to the Church of Scientology" is utterly false, starting with the title of our surf club, which is called the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center International Surf Club and is stated as such on its logo for its T-shirts and letterhead. Our "less than forthcoming" beach-adoption papers from the California Coastal Commission bear the name Church of Scientology Celebrity Center, as adopting Malibu Surfrider Beach and San Onofre State Beach; we have been listed as a beach adopter for Malibu Surfrider Beach in the quarterly Heal the Bay Newsletter for at least two years; the L.A. Times Metro section printed our name on June 27, 1997, when we helped with a beach cleanup for the Surfrider Foundation; the Malibu Times and the Malibu Surfside News have both published photographs of our beach cleanups that caption "Church of Scientology Celebrity Center"; we were acknowledged as "volunteers of the year" in 1998 by Heal the Bay; we received a Congressional Recognition from Congressman Brad Sherman for service to the community; the Los Angeles Board of Public Works acknowledged our community service and commitment to help environmental groups in a formal proclamation; we received a certificate of outstanding community services from the Malibu chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, among others - again, all of these stating the full name of our church or surf club.
Christine was shown these documents, yet she still printed false information in her article. All the environmental groups we work with know who we are and don't discriminate against minority religions. It seems that the L.A. Weekly does.
It seems to me that if, as a Scientologist, I do something to help in this society, then there is something wrong, not right, about it. According to this logic, I guess I'd better stop volunteering my time on a weekly basis to tutor children and adults in the inner city. Many of my fellow Scientologists volunteer their time in many capacities, but I guess that, according to your article, we had better stop. Fortunately, I pay little heed to individuals with your obvious prejudices and will continue to help all those that I can in any way I can. I am sorry if you find fault with this.
Thomas Burpee Los Angeles
Is L.A. such a completely fascist utopia that you can't even clean up a beach without disavowing your religion? Maybe you would prefer that people got tattoos on their foreheads announcing their affiliations. Somehow it appears that being a Scientologist is the ulterior motive if you declare that you like clean beaches. Take a moment and think of how completely ludicrous that sounds. Do all Catholics have an ulterior motive when they run homeless shelters?
Bruce Pyle Encino
|Proklamation des Schwachsinns von Proklamationen
|Hereby proclaiming the silliness of proclamations
The Los Angeles Times 8.6.2000
BY NOAKI SCHWARTZ
One year, the city declared itself a safe haven for victims of pornography. The next, it embraced clean air. And then there was the time Newport celebrated women real estate agents.
While most proclamations signed by the mayor are for serious issues, a few have wandered away from those formal boundaries over the years.
Proclamations are not legally binding and, for the most part, are simply for recognition. However, mayors are annually deluged with requests for proclamations honoring various causes deemed of citywide importance by their promoters.
The most recent proclamation stated "that the City of Newport Beach will continue not to display or exploit wild or exotic animals." Among the 16 animal groups listed were nonhuman primates, ursids (bears) and hyenas. Even civets and genets made it onto the list.
Oftentimes prominent city officials or residents are honored with proclamations. Last year, former Cannery restaurant owner Bill Hamilton was honored as "Mr. Newport Beach." Not only did Hamilton contribute $1 million in tax money from his restaurant, but was also honored for his more personal contribution of three male citizens to the city.
Former city manager Bob Wynn, upon retirement, was honored with a proclamation complimenting "his sweet tooth and love for chocolate well-known by many."
A few years ago, a resident was honored for staying alive for 70 years. And a couple was feted for getting married.
"Whereas Jill and Greg met at law school, fell in love and have decided to join together as partners in the law firm of holy matrimony," read the proclamation.
Still another resident was honored for a rather different achievement -- having the fifth-largest publicly traded waste service company in the nation.
Other requests, obscure yet approved, have been Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week and Escrow Month -- no doubt promoted by righteous lawyers and real estate agents.
Perhaps the most interesting requests for proclamations, however, appear in the "rejected" folder. International Forgiveness Day, World Populations Awareness Week and Day of the African Child all made it into that pile. The Church of Scientology makes an annual request -- and is annually turned down -- to honor L. Ron Hubbard.
What actually gets the mayor's stamp appears to depend on who's in charge at the time. Busy Mayor John Noyes generally leaves it up to his secretary's recommendation.
Last year, former mayor Dennis O'Neil apparently read through each request and after rewriting several lines, approved the majority.
Former mayor Jan Debay's proclamations folder is thicker than most. However, getting a proclamation out of ex-mayor John Hedges was a difficult task. And former mayor Tom Edwards focused on proclamations that were directly related to the city.
Persistence, however, appears to eventually pay off. National Garden Week, a worthy cause, was rejected for years but finally got the nod this year.
* NOAKI SCHWARTZ covers the city of Newport Beach for the Daily Pilot.
Subject: Proclamation gotten by deception
From: Jeff Jacobsen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 22 Mar 1996 12:59:01 -0700
I came across a Cincinatti Enquirer article dated August
9, 1983 titled "Officials Feel Tricked: L. Ron Hubbard Month Not Support
of Church" by John Erardi. It says Gov. Richard Celeste felt tricked
after he signed on to a proclamation for Hubbard. His press secretary
wrote Ken Kramer of the local church "You deceptively failed to indicate
Hubbard's membership or involvement with the Church of Scientology in the
background information... You are therefore not to interpret the proclamation
in any way an endorsement of the Church of Scientology, its founder, its
policies and practices by the governor of the state of Ohio."
|L. RON HUBBARD HONOR RESCINDED BY ILLINOIS
March 30, 1991
By Rick Pearson
Copyright (c) 1991, Phoenix Newspapers Inc.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gov. Jim Edgar rescinded a proclamation this week that declared March 13 as "L. Ron Hubbard Day" in Illinois in honor of the late founder of the Church of Scientology.
Gubernatorial proclamations traditionally are issued to honor deeds of individuals at the request of a variety of organizations. Edgar aides said the Hubbard proclamation "slipped through the cracks" and was issued without any thought surrounding the controversial author and church founder.
Hubbard, who was 74 when he died in January 1986, was the author of "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health." The book has been a best-seller that helped attract a following to his Church of Scientology, which critics and some former members have branded a cult.
Scientology members undergo a process called "auditing," in which an electronic device is attached to the skin to help detect and eliminate negative thoughts from the past.
But the one-on-one counseling sessions can take years and can cost clients thousands of dollars. Documents seized by the FBI in the late 1970s and entered into court testimony showed that the Church of Scientology conducted intelligence operations involving more than 100 government agencies. Federal investigators said church members conducted burglaries, wiretapping and theft of government documents.
In his original proclamation, issued Feb. 28, Edgar said Hubbard's "writings on the mind and human spirit have helped millions of people lead better lives. His literary works have enriched the lives of many readers."
But Tuesday, Edgar issued only a one-sentence proclamation, stating that his original proclamation was rescinded.
|In other business
Wednesday, March 8, 1995
The Wichita City Council:
Learned that ordinances that make it illegal to leave unattended vehicles running are backed by state law and cannot be softened by the city.
City attorney Gary Rebensdorf explained that cities can enact ordinances that are more stringent than state laws, but they do not have the authority to lessen their impact.
Tentatively approved an ordinance that will increase penalties for taverns and lounges cited for repeated noise violations.
Heard from the directors of several social-service programs who are seeking money through the city's $4 million Community Development Block Grant Program.
City staff members next week will propose which requests should and should not be approved.
Passed a resolution proclaiming Monday as L. Ron Hubbard Day, in commemoration of the birthday of the founder of the Church of Scientology. Hubbard, who died in 1986, lived in Wichita in 1951-52.
Actress and Wichita native Kirstie Alley was on hand to accept the proclamation.
Later, council member Greg Ferris objected to the proclamation, which he did not sign. He said he felt it was inappropriate and cited concerns that the center would attract controversy.
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