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From: Gerry Armstrong <gerry@gerryarmstrong.org>
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Subject: Release -- Scientology's Salman Rushdie Goes Global
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 13:19:20 +0200
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Press Release

Scientology's Salman Rushdie Goes Global

Gerry Armstrong announces new website defying Scientology suppression

Ka-ching! Ka-ching! Ka-ching!


The U.S.-based Scientology enterprise says that every mention Gerry
Armstrong makes of his cult experiences is worth $50,000. Every
person he assists in any way against Scientology persecution -
ka-ching! - $50,000. Every time he mentions any
Scientology organization, any of their front groups, any of their
directors, employees, volunteers, or L. Ron Hubbard, cult founder and
the creator of their "scriptures" - ka-ching! - $50,000. If Armstrong
mentions any of their private investigators, their covert
intelligence operatives, or even any of their hundreds of lawyers -
ka-ching! - another 50 grand.

And Scientology has filed a new $10 million plus lawsuit to give
credence to this monstrous value they've put on Armstrong's words.
This is the fifth lawsuit Scientology has filed against him to enforce
and collect the $50K per utterance penalty.

Scientology says that they can assault Armstrong, which they've done
on multiple occasions, and he can't talk about it.
They can sue him, but he may not tell anyone.
They can run covert intelligence operations on him, but he may not
inform even the authorities.
They can libel him, but he may not publicly refute the libel.
They can try to have him prosecuted on false criminal charges, and he
may not oppose their attempts.
They can ruin him utterly, and he may not say a word in defense.

Scientology says that all of its directors, employees, volunteers,
agents and lawyers can say whatever they want about Armstrong, no
matter how false or perverse, and he may not respond. If Armstrong
responds, in addition to having to pay Scientology $50,000 per
response, he is subject to being jailed and fined.

http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/a4/ord-contempt-1997-06- 05.html,
http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/legal/a4/ord-contempt-1998-2-20.html .

Armstrong's position is that Scientology, by judicially prohibiting
him from responding to their attacks, and punishing him with
imprisonment and fines if he does respond, has created a new type of
slavery, which has U.S. Government support in flagrant violation of
its own Constitution. Armstrong says that because the U.S. confers
on Scientology the status and privileges of religion, what this cult
is doing to him, with U.S. Government support, is comparable to
jailing and fining someone for mentioning Christ or God or the
person's religious experiences in the Christian religion.

Since no U.S. Court would conceive of jailing and fining someone for
discussing his religious experiences in any other religion, and since
the U.S. government would not support such an obscene concept for any
other religion, the favoritism that U.S. Courts and the Government
give Scientology to persecute and enslave its victims makes it the
American State Religion. What Scientology, with U.S. Government
support, is doing to Armstrong, and hundreds of other citizens like
him, is specifically prohibited by the Establishment Clause of the
First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, yet not one U.S.
official has ever objected. Why?

Armstrong is now in Germany, where Scientology is seen as an
organization with criminal potential, where the nation's Constitution
is not so easily ignored, and where he has the Constitutionally
guaranteed freedom to respond to this cult's continuing attacks.

Gerry Armstrong
Dialog Zentrum Berlin
Heimat 27
D-14165 Berlin-Zehlendorf
Tel: +49-(0)30-847-23958
Fax: +49-(0)1212-5-205-27-015




This press release in French.

This press release in German.



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