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CANCELED: Tory Christman:Speaking out against Scientology

From: Katherine
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:02 AM
BREAKING NEWS ALERT! SDARI January meeting CANCELED

A fire in the restaurant adjacent to the Joyce Beers Center has closed the Center until at least mid-February. As a result and because other suitable venues are not available, our January meeting must be canceled. We expect our January speaker, Tory Christman, to speak at the March 2008 meeting instead.

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Hi folks, Joanne notified me that the San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry is hosting a lecture by Tory Christman on Scientology at the Joce Beers Community center. Here's the link for more information:

Tory Christman: Speaking out against Scientology

Scientology
One thing we know for sure, it is a group often in the news. Also it has many followers, including some that have high profiles. A while back, Tom Cruise dispensed Scientologic advice to fellow film star Brooks Shields. She should stop using Paxil because, "These drugs are dangerous." He was talking about prescription drugs and suggested she take vitamins instead. Guess who sells lots of vitamins? Time Magazine ran a show on the religion/cult/scam and got sued for millions. Since then few folks have dared stick their necks out.

But that may be changing. a long-time member, Tory Christman, has been speaking and writing about her old outfit for a some time now. The Center for Inquiry West (CFI-W) in Hollywood had her as a speaker recently and she drew largest audience in CFI-W history. They gave her two standing ovations, the first time that had happened.

In 1969 Ms. Christman signed a "billion year contract" with Scientology and was sent to the ship Bolivar. They quickly routed her out of their "Sea Organization, which she'll tell us about. Still, she remained a member for thirty years. Now Scientology itself lists Tory as their top "extremist" on its own page, a page aimed at its many critics. Christman's criticisms of the Church of Scientology include the manipulation of its members, sometimes causing the breakup of families through the policy of "disconnection."

Ms. Christman has been interviewed by CNN, Inside Edition, Rolling Stone, and Good Morning Norway. You can see a report of her talk to CFI-W here. Also, you can hear her here.

If you have always wondered about Scientology, but haven't been able to find out this is the lecture to attend.

Note: The name "Scientology"? is trademarked to the "Church" of Scientology.

Learn more here:
http://atheists.meetup.com/518/calendar/7124328/

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