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Newsletter Novermber 1997


letters/FACTNews #10 - November 28, 1997

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Vol. I, Issue #10 November 1997

In this issue:

  1. Expert witness testifies church is a cult
  2. Truth, lies and the Internet
  3. Channel 4 Airs L Ron Hubbard Show Despite Scientology Threats
  4. U.S. House of Representatives defeats resolution on German government's treatment of Scientologists
  5. Supreme Court rejects bid by cult members to bar Texas judge
  6. U.S. Lawmakers support German religious tolerance
  7. Carter opposes calling Mormons cult
  8. Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties newsletter available

    Expert witness testifies that church is a cult (07/18/97)
    The Straits Times (Singapore)
    By Tan Ooi Boon

    An expert on cult studies said the Central Christian Church is a cult because it exhibited "many cultic characteristics." The expert witness, Rev. Adrian van Leen is the director of the Concerned Christians Growth Ministries, which are based in Australia and which conduct researches into religious movements. He identified the characteristics of a cult for readers.

    Truth, Lies and the Internet (10/9/97)
    by Keith Ferrell

    Think you can't be had? Take the Internet lie detector test to see if you can weed out the truth from the lies. Then read a primer on how to evaluate what you find on the Web and where to find reliable online information.

    Channel 4 Airs L Ron Hubbard Show Despite Scientology Threats (11/09/97)

    Despite legal threats and harassment from Scientology, England's Channel 4 aired a program as part
    of their "Secret Lives" series on the life of L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer and founder of
    Scientology. Even John Travolta, actor and spokeperson for the cult, asked the station England’s not to show the documentary.

    U.S. House of Representatives defeats resolution on German government's treatment of Scientologists

    Voting was 318 no, 101 yes, 10 not voting
    See Congressional Record for text of resolution, speeches and voting

    High court rejects cult's bid to bar Texas judge (11/10/97)

    According to an Associated Press story by Laurie Asseo,
    Branch Davidian cult members lost a Supreme Court appeal aimed at removing a Texas federal judge from presiding over a lawsuit against the government.

    U.S. Lawmakers support German religious tolerance (11/19/97)

    According to a Reuters story by Erik Kirschbaum, a group of U.S. congressmen said Wednesday they had no doubts about religious freedom in Germany and were embarrassed by Congressional efforts to scold Bonn for alleged discrimination against the Church of Scientology.

    Carter opposes calling Mormons cult (11/20/97)

    Associated Press reported in its religious briefs for November 20 that Jimmy Carter, in opposition to Southern Baptist leaders, said Mormons should be considered part of the Christian community rather than a cult.

    Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties newsletter available

    The November 1997 issue of the Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties newsletter, published in the United Kingdom, is available in three formats (doc, rtf, html) for downloading.


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