Narconon loses in Trout Run, Maryland

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology cries religious discrimination in appeal brief filed in Maryland zoning fight

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, October 26, 2015


    Characteristically, Scientology leader David Miscavige has reacted to Narconon’s numerous problems by putting his foot down on the gas pedal. Rather than retreat, he’s planned to open a whole new set of “Ideal” Narconons around the world, and some of them clearly are meant to be more about public relations than serving the public. In California, Miscavige purchased Larry Hagman’s spectacular estate in Ojai and is turning it into a special drunk tank for celebrities. At the same time, he bought the parcel in Maryland, not far from Washington DC, and similarly planned to open a boutique-sized, 20-bed facility, probably for other VIPs who needed to dry out.

    But around the world, Miscavige’s plan has run into trouble as locals, more greatly informed about Narconon after years of bad press, have fought back. Scientology has lost zoning fights in Australia, Canada, and Maryland as local groups sprung up to oppose what probably would have been unopposed zoning applications in the past.

    In Maryland, Frederick County council members heard from vocal activists who wanted them to know that it was Scientology trying to move into Trout Run, and that they were voting for much more than simply whether an old fish camp was historic.

    But when it came time for the June vote itself, the council members who spoke out against the historic designation were very careful not to mention either Narconon or Scientology. They said they had simply been unconvinced that the parcel was special, even after hearing expert testimony to the contrary.

    Now, Scientology is fighting back, saying that it was clear those council members were swayed by activists warning them about Scientology, and that basing their decision on that testimony was discriminatory.

    The Council inappropriately considered “evidence” outside and within the Record that consisted of nothing more than irrelevant and discriminatory testimony about [SBPI’s] relationship with the Church of Scientology, gossip and rumors about the Church of Scientology’s religious beliefs, and unsubstantiated claims about the effectiveness of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

    Looking at the entire document as a whole, Scientology is arguing that the council members had no right to exercise their own personal judgment. The experts the council had heard from told them that Trout Run was an historic property, so the council should have followed that suggestion. They should have rubber-stamped it, in other words.

    At the June 2 hearing, however, council members said they weren’t convinced that it was historic, and the reasons they gave appeared relevant to the question at hand — one council member, for example, said it really wasn’t rare to find a private campsite in the area. None of the council members who voted against the measure said anything about Scientology. But can Scientology convince the county circuit court that its 6-1 loss was unfair?

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  2. RightOn Member

    Making an intelligent decision is not "being swayed" by activists.
    The council heard both sides and they voted on what was best.
    If they voted for the COS to open, would they still call it being "swayed"?
    Fuck off COS, take your niacin, oil and treadmills and go home.
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  3. DeathHamster Member

    Scientology baaaws that the councilors cheated by listening to external arguments when they voted against Scientology's attempt to game the system by exploiting a loophole in the zoning laws.
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  4. Quentinanon Member

    The scientology organization is nothing more than a version of the schoolyard bully who threatens and harasses those who don't give him his way.
    I don't think whoever the judge will be will give the cult any sympathy, but he may slap them with sanctions for filing and prosecuting a frivolous and vexatious case.
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