The internet group known as “Anonymous” have planned several protests against the Church of Scientology today. The quiet protests will take place in Australia, Western Europe, Canada and the US. Anonymous declared war on Scientology last month by shutting down at least one Scientology site. Some Anonymous protesters wore masks at Sydney’s protest, but most of them weren’t wearing masks. About 150 showed up in Sydney and around 200 in Melbourne. Thousands of protesters are expected to show up in total at around 30 protests.
The group said their protest will be non-violent and want to expose Scientology’s “corrupt” leadership. They said, “Our first major objective is the revocation of (the church’s) tax-exempt status wherever it has managed to obtain one.” They also sent out a “Call to Arms”:
We want you to be aware of the very real dangers of Scientology. We want you to know about the gross human rights violations committed by this cult. We want you to know about Lisa McPhearson. We want you to know about former members of Scientology’s private navy, SeaOrg, who were forced to have abortions so that they could continue in service to the church. We want you to know about Scientology’s use of child labor and their gulags. We want you to know about Operation Freakout and Paulette Cooper. We want you to know about Operation Snow White and Scientology’s efforts to infiltrate the government of the United States of America.
“We want you to know about all of these things that have been swept under the rug for far too long. The information is out there. It is yours for the taking. Arm yourself with knowledge.
Be very wary of the 10th of February. Anonymous invites you to join us in an act of solidarity. Anonymous invites you to take up the banner of free speech, of human rights, of family and freedom. Join us in protest outside of Scientology centers world wide. We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. We will be heard. Expect us.”
Lisa McPhearson is a woman who died in 1995 while in the care of Scientology. Charges were dropped against the church in 2000.
You can visit Xenu.net for more information.
What’s that I hear? It’s Tommy Girl’s high-pitched scream. Homegirl is pissed. Kirstie Alley is totally going to write another letter.