City Commission Meeting
August 17, 2000
before Jeff is Scientologist Mary
DeMoss. Other Scientologists, Hans
Bschorr and Joanie Sigal, speak in response
to Jeff's comments
name is Jeff Jacobsen, I live at X. I moved
to Clearwater in May after having come here previously
to picket against the Church of Scientology.
I didn't know how far Scientology's influence has
spread in this community just from visiting once
a year. But I've seen the influence now.
Scientology gets away scot-free after the death
of Lisa McPherson, while critics of Scientology
are enjoined from even walking on certain sidewalks
in Clearwater. A Scientologist hits a critic's
video camera with a hammer and the police do nothing.
A picketer is assaulted not once but twice by a
Scientologist, and despite the assaults being on
video tape from different angles, the Scientologist
is not arrested.
The city officials seem hell-bent to treat Scientology
as just another friendly property owner, albeit
one with $40 million of property in Clearwater,
a large portion tax exempt. Yet in return,
I've counted 18 security cameras on Scientology
property aimed at Clearwater citizens on the city
sidewalks and streets. Motion sensors protect
both the Ft. Harrison Hotel and the staff's housing
Hacienda Gardens. If the Clearwater/Scientology
relations are so good, why the security cameras,
the motion sensors, the security guards everywhere?
Why the paranoia about Clearwater citizens walking
Now just a few weeks ago a German official from
Hamburg came to town. I was at the airport
when about 30 Scientologists greeted her with shouts
of "Nazi Go Home!" and attempted to manhandle
her. I was there when the Scientology attorney
came demanding that she be deposed in a case she
has nothing to do with at the exact time she had
already scheduled a news conference. Ms. Ursula
Caberta has gone home after
having been viciously treated by Scientology, and
let me assure you that the European media, starting
with Der Spiegel, have already begun to paint Clearwater
as German-hating and nuts. I suspect you are
going to be seeing fewer German tourists around
here now, thanks to
the actions of Scientologists.
The death of Lisa McPherson and other serious actions
Scientology hasn't seemed to bother the cozy relation
Clearwater's officials strive to have with Scientology.
Maybe when Europe's tourists boycott our wonderful
community, the hit in your pocketbooks might wake
you up to reality.
If you'd like to view any of the videos I've described
some of them are available on the internet at lisatrust.net.