Scientology Plans in Clearwater
Do you know what the Church of Scientology's goals for Clearwater REALLY are?
They plan to take over the town. They want to make Clearwater into Scientology's first ALL-SCIENTOLOGY town. Oh, they'll tell you they like other businesses their, too. But that's because they don't yet have a member of Scientology running one of those types of businesses... yet. Also, they don't mind YOU coming into town and spending your money. That means more money for Scientology.
There are numerous news articles published quoting Scientology spokespeople about their plans for Clearwater. Here are some.
Scientology's Town. July 18, 2004. "As Scientologists launch unprecedented expansion, downtown Clearwater's identity is at stake. " "Scientologists now own more than 200 shops, restaurants, service outlets and small businesses in and around Clearwater's downtown. Many employ fellow Scientologists." "The church owns 21 buildings and about a dozen vacant lots in Clearwater, a portfolio valued for tax purposes at $46-million." "City Council members are in a bind. They want to save a downtown that has circled the drain for decades. But voters have thwarted them in recent years and, perhaps unknowingly, made it easier for Scientologists to press forward."
New school to use ideas of Scientology founder September 9, 1998. The opening of a Scientology school for children. "Chipman downplayed the school's ties to the Church of Scientology, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. She said some students come from non-Scientology families. 'I don't pay attention to that,' she said. 'We don't ask' families about their church affiliations."
Four key Clearwater Scientologists 2004. Ben Shaw, Bennetta Slaughter, Mary Story, Elias Jafif.
BBC News, John Sweeney followed and spied on in Clearwater by Scientology 14 May 2007 "After a long day with Mike and Donna we went back to our hotel [in Clearwater] at midnight, only to find [Scientology spokesman] Tommy Davis waiting in the lobby with his own black-clad Scientology cameraman. He harangued me for talking to the heretics. I told him that Scientology had been spying on the BBC and that was creepy."
One Clearwater resident's experience of Scientology in Clearwater. 27 May, 2007
Clearwater Florida: The Mecca of Scientology September 24, 2007 "But mostly, folks in this Gulf Coast city have come to accept that Clearwater is to Scientologists what Salt Lake City is to Mormons, what Mecca is to Muslims." "By church tallies, around 12,000 Scientologists now live and work in and around Clearwater, a city of 110,000 residents. Scientologists now sit on the boards of civic groups. They own businesses downtown."
Rolling Stone: Inside Scientology "There are buses -- a fleet of gleaming white and blue ones that slowly crawl through town, stopping at regular intervals to discharge a small army of tightly organized, young, almost exclusively white men and women, all clad in uniform preppy attire: khaki, black or navy-blue trousers and crisp white, blue or yellow dress shirts."
How scientology-watchers are treated September 17, 2006. "Lonsdale said he is making a 'pseudo documentary' about Scientology and its effect on downtown Clearwater for a local cable access show." "A Scientologist was charged recently with assaulting him." "That's what brought Lonsdale to a City Council meeting, where he ended up in a fight with a Scientologist over redevelopment issues. The Scientologist followed his car home." (and more)
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