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    Default Church challenged to inquiry

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/churc...0205-niql.html

    Church challenged to inquiry
    KIRSTY NEEDHAM
    February 6, 2010

    THE independent senator Nick Xenophon has challenged the Church of Scientology to agree to a Senate inquiry after the church succeeded in having Hansard altered to include its response to his attack on its activities.

    ''Senator Xenophon's statements under parliamentary privilege were false and unsubstantiated,'' reads the long reply to the November attack detailing allegations of abuse and criminality that was put onto the parliamentary record this week.

    The church claimed former members upon whose testimony the senator had relied were linked to a cyber-hate group called Anonymous which had also been involved in ''unlawful attacks on the Australian Prime Minister's website''.

    The Senate Privileges Committee refused to allow a second Scientology document, enclosing more material about the allegations of forced abortions and financial misdealings, to be recorded.

    Senator Xenophon said the committee had made it very clear that it had not made any judgment on the truth of the reply by the church's Australian president, Reverend Vicki Dunstan, when allowing it.

    ''I challenge the Church of Scientology - if they are so confident of their position, they should welcome a Senate inquiry where they can give evidence,'' Senator Xenophon said yesterday.

    He has been in discussions with Greens and Coalition senators about an inquiry into the tax-exempt status of the church.

    A spokesman for the church said the allegations in its reply about links to the hacker group Anonymous had been sourced from internet media reports.

    Most of the 58 applications to the Senate for a right of reply have been allowed unchanged.
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    No matter what they try, they just give us more ammo and themselves less toes.:D
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    No matter what they try, they just give us more ammo and themselves less toes.:D
    That's what I was thinking exactly.
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    Default Check and mate

    It's a very smart move for the Senator.

    The cult really can't win either way they respond - either they have to submit to the investigation (which they will never do) or they refuse and when they then try and continue to call the charges "lies" the fact they wouldn't take the opportunity to prove themselves will be thrown back in their faces.

    I'm beginning to think the cult has finally pissed off a real politician. If so they will be very sorry and I will be oh so happy.

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    Hubbard wrote that the Church should publicly "welcome an inquiry" then to thwart it at every turn.

    The cult followed the first part when they said they welcomed the inquiry. All they have to do now to be "in tech" is to obstruct any on going action. Easy.

    Now the good senator has double dared them to clear their name, which frankly is mud.

    Could they come to the party and clear their reputation in the public opinion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panda Termint View Post
    Nope!
    But, but what if they try a cinema and TV advertising campaign?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral View Post
    But, but what if they try a cinema and TV advertising campaign?
    They will look like a corporation trying to sell their wares. It may help the push for an inquiry by making Scientology a public talking point.

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    Default An excellent development ..

    Well , give them enough rope .....
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    Default Update on Australian Senate Enquiry

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