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October 15, 2005 Inside the Odd World of Scientology Proponents claim Scientology is a method of counselling that helps individuals break free from negative emotions to live more rewarding and fulfilling lives. However, Scientology's theology is somewhat shaky. In fact, the church's creation myth revolves around an intergalactic warlord named 'Xenu' who kidnaps billions of alien lifeforms, chains them near Earth's volcanoes and blows them up with nuclear weapons. Dublin, Press
December 13, 2002 Woman Critical of Church's 'Manipulative' Techniques A woman who is suing the Church of Scientology told the High Court yesterday she did not criticise Scientologists in general but took issue with the techniques devised by the church's founder and used in the pursuit of its activities. Ms Mary Johnston said the church was engaged in a personal and vindictive campaign against her. Her issue was with the coercive and manipulative techniques devised by the founder of the church, L Ron Hubbard, and used in pursuit of its activities. Ms Johnston said Hubbard had written that anyone who was antagonistic to Scientology could be tricked, sued, lied to, cheated or destroyed. Dublin, lawsuits
December 12, 2002 Church of Scientology 'Coercive' A woman who is suing the Church of Scientology for damages told the High Court yesterday she was distressed to recall that a man became unconscious while she was giving him an "auditing" session. She described the church as "coercive" and "destructive". She has sued the church and three of its members for damages alleging personal injury, breach of constitutional rights. Dublin, lawsuits
December 11, 2002 Church Pressure Not Raised On Talk Show A woman who is suing the Church of Scientology has been cross-examined at length in the High Court about why she had not spoken about the alleged pressure put on her by the church when interviewed on RT's Late Late Show in February 1995. Ms Johnston is suing the church and three of its members for damages for personal injuries, breach of constitutional rights and conspiracy. Dublin, lawsuits, Press
December 10, 2002 Controversial Church Sued A Dublin woman who claims she was brainwashed by the Church of Scientology has begun a High Court legal action for damages. She is now suing the organization because of the experiences and pressures she claims she suffered while a member and because of threats and intimidation she claims to have suffered when she tried to leave. She is also claiming a breach of her constitutional rights, defamation and conspiracy by the church. Dublin, lawsuits, Press
December 8, 2002 Scientologists Bid To Recruit Students Cult members posing as health workers have been targeting students at University College Dublin in a membership drive. The controversial Church of Scientology has been using anti-drug pamphlets in a bid to open contact with thousands of potential members. The leaflets, delivered to the students' union of University College Dublin, all have contact numbers for cult members printed on them. A Scientology spokesman admitted the pamphlets had two aims - firstly, to stop drug usage and secondly to promote Scientology. Dublin, Press, Scientology and Society
December 6, 2002 Church Pressed Woman To Sell Shop, Court Told A woman who is suing the Church of Scientology has told the High Court she had been encouraged to sell her business to pay for courses which would advance her within the organisation and which would cost about (pounds) 9,200 sterling. As a result of her involvement with the church, she became withdrawn from her family and friends. She tried to recruit people into scientology but was unsuccessful in most cases. She had many rows with her boyfriend in which she "screamed, shouted, ranted and raved". Her short-term memory started to be affected. Dublin, lawsuits, Press
December 5, 2002 Scientology Case Woman Tells Of Abortion Confession A woman who is suing the Church of Scientology told the High Court yesterday she became very distressed during a church "auditing session" in 1992 and had recounted an event that nobody else knew about her, that she had been pregnant and had had an abortion. What really disturbed her was that, far from feeling relieved at the end of the session, she actually felt anxious and concerned. Dublin, lawsuits, Press
December 4, 2002 Court Told Woman Suffered Personality Change A woman suffered a personality change after she was sucked into the grasp of the Church of Scientology and subjected to mind-control techniques, the High Court was told yesterday. Ms Mary Johnson has sued the church for damages. Among courses Ms Johnson reluctantly signed up for was a "purification rundown", the court heard. The starting point for entry to the church was a personality test which was "not a proper psychological test". Dublin, lawsuits, Press, Purification Rundown