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Melissa Paris, Valeska’s Sister, And Her Own Ordeal in Scientology’s Cadet and Sea Orgs: Forced to Marry at 16

Submitted by fadmin on Sat, 11/23/2013 - 16:48

This is the story of Melissa Paris, sister of Valeska Paris who had been kept a prisoner  aboard the Scientology slave ship Freewinds for 12 years.  She is the daughter of Ariane Jackson whose second husband Albert Jaquier died in sorrow and misery after being swindled and left a pauper by fellow Scientologists.  Excerpts are from the following story.

Michelle Pfeiffer and More Stars Who Escaped From ‘Cults’

Submitted by fadmin on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 14:35

Michelle Pfeiffer says she lived with a couple who believed in ‘breatharianism,’ the idea humans don't need food or water, only sunlight. See more stars who had similar experiences with other cults. Click here for the whole story.
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TEA PARTY: Political Extortionists Who Held the American Economy Hostage in Failed Attempt to Dismantle the Affordable Care Act

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 09:35

Friday October 18, 2013
 
Emmy and Peabody award-winning reporter Hank Plante wrote an article published in USA Today calling members of the Tea Party “political extortionists” and “political Jihadists” who aren’t far removed from their predecessors who hated Social Security, Medicare, welfare and anything that smacked of “entitlements.”
 

DUTCH COURT RULES SCIENTOLOGY TAX-EXEMPT

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 21:51

ABC News October 17, 2013
 
A Dutch court has ruled the Amsterdam arm of Scientology is a charitable organization and exempt from paying taxes.
 
The ruling by the Amsterdam Appeals Court overturns a lower court ruling that Scientology should be taxed because it charges adherents for classes.
 
The appeal court ruled that Scientology's classes "don't differ significantly from what other spiritual organizations do, or can do." It noted there are payment exemptions for members who can't afford them.
 

SCIENTOLOGY’S FRAUD CONVICTION UPHELD IN FRANCE

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 21:39

The Telegraph October 17, 2013
 
France's top appeals court has upheld a fraud conviction and fines totalling hundreds of thousands of euros against the Church of Scientology, for taking advantage of vulnerable followers.
 
The Cour de Cassation rejected the organisation's request that a 2009 conviction for "organised fraud" be overturned on the grounds it violated religious freedoms.
 

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