If South Park insults your religion, and you feel so threatened that you have to counter with legal actions.... chances are your not a real religion.
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quote:Originally posted by AchillesHeel: If South Park insults your religion, and you feel so threatened that you have to counter with legal actions.... chances are your not a real religion.
They've countered a lot of people with legal action; they cite copyright laws quite often.
But they did not sue South Park creators. Isaac Hayes left the show because of it, and Tom Cruise threatened Paramount to walk away from MI:3. Cruise also threatened to sue because of the whole "coming out of the closet" bit, but not because of Scientology.
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I should also point out that I am talking specifically about the mans Ego not his religion.
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quote:Someone at ASI was given the task of organizing Scientologists to go out and buy copies. He took up residence in a room in the back of Bridge Publications where he dispensed the money for the purchases. The Scientologists would then come back with the books - usually more than one copy - and a receipt to pick up more money and go out again. The room was cluttered with plastic and paper bags from bookstores all over Southern California. There were also some from other parts of the US. Any Scientologist who traveled was to pick up copies at airports. The books were then recycled back into Bridge to be redistributed and bought again. He also set up similar programs in other cities.
The idea worked. The volumes made it onto best seller lists that we then touted to Hubbard before he died. Of course, he was never told about the recycling-buying scheme. As far as he knew, he was always a best selling author. In fact, in one of his "advices" (as we called his orders), he told this story how some company found back in 1937 or so that his name on the cover of a magazine helped to sell them, proving that he was really wanted. Willie Loman couldn't have told the story better.
About the only other amusing moment I can remember is the woman who was retyping the manuscript (for the publisher's proofs) who had to quit at around Book 4 or 5 because of the necrophilia. She found it very upsetting. I don't know what happened to her but no one was allowed to find anything Hubbard wrote to be disgusting, so there were some crude remarks about her "confront" and wondering what "hidden overts" [hidden crimes] she had committed on Hubbard to say such things.
Iím kind of a student of Hubbardís work and I can tell you we are not talking about some self absorbed, self involved, arrogant, jerk. We are talking about a completely black hearted sociopath. L. Ron Hubbard spent the first half of his life trying to summon and control supernatural forces of evil and the last half creating the most deceitful and duplicitous criminal organization ever. Except as it related to his one true love of enslaving people writing was just a job.
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