Some Scientology stories in George Magazine:
QUOTE #1: Clash of Titans
The German Government says the Church of Scientology is a tyrannical cult that recalls the country's dark history. The Scientologists say it's the Germans who haven't changed. In an increasingly bitter battle, two powers collide over the meaning of freedom and the burden of the past
...In fact, German officials respond to the group's highly publicized charges with a reciprocal blast—that it is Scientology that bears similarities to extreme political movements in Germany's past, such as Nazism and communism. Therefore, they argue, the organization constitutes a legitimate security risk. “Scientology is a new kind of extremism,” says Dr. Jurgen Keltsch, a former Bavarian prosecutor who has devoted more than a decade to investigating the church. “If you look to the end, you have an Orwellian society.”...George Magazine, April 1997 By Russ Baker END QUOTE FROM: http://www.rickross.com/reference/Scien26.html
QUOTE # 2: "George" magazine asserted that President Bill Clinton and John Travolta came to a sort of agreement in April, 1996, shortly before the filming of "Primary Colors" began. Clinton was said to have wanted to make an effort to have Scientology acknowledged as a church in Germany. In return, Travolta was to portray a friendlier picture of the fictitious president, who strongly resembled the real Bill Clinton. END QUOTE FROM http://cisar.org/g81211ae.htm
QUOTE # 3: Greta Van Susteren
CNN newsreader Greta Van Susteren is the subject of a story in this month's issue of George magazine, including her relationship to
Scientology. "Raised as a Catholic, Van Susteren apparently left the church after marrying Coale, who was already a Scientologist, and she converted to his faith. Both Van Susteren and Coale have reached senior levels in the
Church of Scientology, having passed a stage called 'The Bridge to Total Freedom' some time ago. But for Coale, Scientology is not just a church; it is a business. He has represented fellow adherent Lisa Marie Presley in her divorce from Michael Jackson. His firm, Coale, Cooley, McInerney & Broadus, has employed Loretta Miscavige, the mother of David Miscavige,
who is currently the head of the church.
"Scientology's 'spiritual headquarters' are located in Clearwater, Florida, where Van Susteren and Coale keep a vacation home. Friends of Van Susteren's are at a loss to explain what appeal the church holds for her. Several surmise that her relationship with Coale is the determining factor. In any case, her colleagues at CNN consider her religious affiliation to be immaterial. 'We've all looked for it,' says CNN veep Gail Evans. 'I'm a Jew. If people went at me about my religion the way they do Greta, there would be defamation groups all over the country.'
"In 1994, Van Susteren and Coale used WISE to arrive at a settlement for their ex-partner Phil Allen. Also a Scientologist, Allen said he had been introduced to the church by Van Susteren after he joined her law firm, and relied on the church for help in overcoming marital problems. GEORGE obtained documents relating to the Allen separation that show Van Susteren can slip easily into the strange jargon of WISE arbitration. Participants file 'knowledge reports,' counterfile 'false reports,' and disclose information about each other in 'Things That Shouldn't Be' reports. The detail in these documents is remarkable: In one of them, Van Susteren reports that a colleague at the firm, a man only tangentially related to the arbitration but a new adherent to Scientology, indulged in pornography and that she had found women's lingerie under his desk. True or not, neither claim appears to have much relevance to the dispute with Allen.
"According to Van Susteren and Coale's version of events, Allen had a problem with 'honesty and candor.' As a result, Allen was 'in liability'
to them, which made it necessary for him to be 'handled' by a Scientology counselor. For Scientologists, being in liability is a result of
committing 'overts', the church equivalent of a legal tort. The only way to get out of 'liability' is to write a 'liability formula', a written plan on how to make up for the offense to the church and the injured party. In a September 1994 letter to Allen, Van Susteren alleged that he had confessed to committing overts against her, Coale, and the law firm -
acts that created 'enormous enturbulation,' a phrase apparently unique to
Scientology." END QUOTE FROM http://www.xenu.net/archive/WIR/wir4-32.html
QUOTE # 4: Sonny Bono had so much trouble trying to break away from the Church of Scientology, says a source, that he asked the FBI to intervene. The August issue of George magazine carried an article by Ann Louise Bardach about the late congressman’s efforts to break away from the controversial church, whose members include John Travolta and Lisa Marie Presley. Its critics claim that Scientology officials intimidate its detractors as well as members who want to leave the church — a charge church officials deny. END QUOTE FROM: http://www.skepticnews.com/archives/1999/week33.shtml
and finally QUOTE #5:
I learned today that after George Magazine did its' article on Germany and Scientology,David Miscavige flew east and met with John Kennedy,Jr.
After the self-appointed cult leader left the meeting Kennedy thought and said:"what a nasty piece of work he is."
Look for a fuller report in an up-coming major-media story.
Title: Berry to DM
Date: 11 Jan 1998 02:21:10 GMT
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My comment: The closing of George Magazine was only a small part of the tragedy of losing John F. Kennedy, Jr.