Doyle 'would rethink Scientology visit'
The Age 3rd Feb 2011
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/doyle ... 1aeom.html
Melbourne lord mayor Robert Doyle says he would rethink his decision to attend the opening of a new Scientology centre in Melbourne if given his time again given the furore his presence caused.
Cr Doyle faced widespread criticism for accepting the role of guest speaker at the opening of the Church of Scientology's multimillion-dollar headquarters on Mount Alexander Road in Ascot Vale on Saturday.
Despite insisting he only attended the private function as a friend of Scientologist Kate Ceberano, Cr Doyle said in hindsight he would probably avoid the event if given his change again.
Advertisement: Story continues below "I probably wouldn't do it because it has been such a distraction," Cr Doyle told radio 3AW today.
"But I didn't mean to offend anybody or lend authority to anybody. I was asked a favour by a friend and I did it and no one should draw any inference about Scientology and me from that.
"But look, you're probably right, given that it has been such a distraction I probably wouldn't do it again."
Also at the event was former planning minister Justin Madden, who says he attended the opening as the Member for Essendon.
Cr Doyle revealed that he arrived at the headquarters in the mayoral limousine and stood with Mr Madden to pull a cord which officially opened the centre, before both men spoke to the congregation.
Leading the chorus of opposition to Cr Doyle's presence was Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who has been spearheading the push to overturn the church's formal recognition as a religious body.
The lord mayor's decision to attend the opening also put him at odds with Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu who said he was "no fan" of the church.
Local newspapers had reported rumours that church director Cheryl Wickens would be joined by guests including celebrity Scientologists such as Tom Cruise or John Travolta at the opening, however none attended.
A "distraction"? Aw, Poor you.
Meanwhile, in the Moonee Valley Leader, we have this piece in which Cyrus Brooks lies about scientology membership....
Science defiance in Moonee Valley
7th Feb 2011
http://moonee-valley-leader.whereilive. ... -defiance/
“We’ve made mistakes in the past, like every religion, but Scientology dates back to 1952 and is recognised as a religion and already has 250,000 members - 7500 of them are in Australia.”
So, worldwide member ship is no longer 10million or 8millionor however many million it has said in the past but now it's 250,000.Welll at least that's a step in the right direction and craps on Miscavige's claims that scientology is the "fastest growing religion".
As for 7,500 scientologists being in Australia? The last census in 2006 revealed that only 2507 were willing to admit to being a scientologist and all indications are that this figure is unlikely to be larger today in view of all the OTs that have blown aswell as first hand attendance reports at org
events (which are always pitiful).