Tax Exempt Independent Scientology: Religious Liberty League

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  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Tax Exempt Independent Scientology: Religious Liberty League.

    Introduced in a Save Scientology blog post:

    Introducing Religious Liberty League

    http://blog.savescientology.com/2015/10/introducing-religious-liberty-league/

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    Religious Liberty League is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. It’s original purpose was to fund the activities SaveScientology.com. That purpose was later expanded to engage in its own activities and have its own identity and presence on the Internet.

    SaveScientology.com will remain in place as a source of information regarding LRH Intent for the governance of Scientology organizations. It will no longer publish articles on this blog or engage in action plans to bring the churches of Scientology into alignment with the religion of Scientology, however.

    Please visit Religious Liberty League’s new website, bookmark it and sign up for its newsletter. Join its Facebook page, too.

    We have some exciting plans and information you won’t want to miss if you have any interest in salvaging the materials and religion of Scientology!

    We welcome your support!

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    Religious Liberty League

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/


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    Religious Liberty League - About Us

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/about-us/

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    Religious Liberty League is a California nonprofit corporation with federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It is the first truly independent (of the church) Scientology civil rights organization. Founded by Merrell Vannier, Religious Liberty League defends the religion of Scientology and rights of Scientologists to freely practice the religion without defamation or discrimination.

    Religious Liberty League is an outgrowth of the website, SaveScientology.Com, which was created to notify Scientologists of betrayal of LRH Intent for the governance of Scientology after his departure by David Miscavige who usurped the multiple checks and balances created by L. Ron Hubbard and turned Scientology into a dictatorship. See Existing Scene, on which web page is featured LRH’s view toward one-man rule:
    Is the Religious Liberty League necessary?

    Absolutely! Just venture onto the Internet or open a newspaper or watch television. Never has Scientology’s repute and image – and that of L. Ron Hubbard – been so low.

    Yet the church today, which is really the alter ego of David Miscavige, having been hijacked by him, is powerless to effectively to defend Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard: it is too busy trying and failing to defend the repute and empire of David Miscavige from allegations leveled against him by dozens of former high-ranking executives of inhumane treatment, corruption and criminality.

    Prior to the creation of SaveScientology.com, long-time Scientologist lawyers wrote letters to David Miscavige, church attorneys, and the special directors of Church of Spiritual Technology, which – under LRH’s corporate structure – has oversight of Miscavige and Religious Technology Center and the power to eliminate both, urging them to conduct internal investigations into the chargers independent of Miscavige rather than attacking the whistleblowers. Our pleas were ignored. The situation only worsened. Now members are being declared even for reading the allegations of former members, triggering other members to disconnect from them, even if they are family. And so it goes, like dominoes falling against another. Thus creating an indelible image that is a diametrically opposed to the aims of Scientology.
    Unless and until the charges leveled against Miscavige are independently investigated and dealt with in a credible manner, and checks and balances as intended by LRH are implemented, the repute of Scientology will only worsen, and a false message sent to the world.

    Haters will continue to jump on board to take full advantage of the situation, spewing intolerance and blaming the philosophy of Scientology, itself, when the real target of abuses, inhumane treatment, disenchantment, failed technical results, and declining membership is David Miscavige.

    Office of Special Affairs and the trustees and directors of CST, RTC and CSI, weakened and under the iron grip of Miscavige, have abandoned their duties.

    Religious Liberty League have bypassed them – out of necessity.

    What sort of activities is Religious Liberty League involved in?

    In the legal arena, Religious Liberty League is involved in: (1) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; (2) plans to assist trustees, directors and officers of the governing corporate bodies of Scientology (CST, RTC & CSI) to understand the powers and duties bestowed upon them by LRH and to enforce them; (3) steps to eliminate the oppressive policy of disconnection; and (4) plans to uphold and safeguard the religious freedom and free speech rights of Scientologists whenever and whereever they are threatened.

    Religious Liberty League will also act as a voice for responsible Scientologists to set the record straight on a myriad of urban myths (false data/propaganda) about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard by publishing the hidden story of Scientology in print and video.

    Can I help?

    Your contribution in the form of donations, feedback and assistance is welcomed. Indeed, it is vital.

    Please visit out Contribute pages


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    Religous Liberty League is, in fact, listed as a Tax Exempt Organization by IRS Exempt Organizations Select Check:

    https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/pub78S...us+Liberty+League"&zipCode=&deductibility=all

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    I cannot find the Religious Liberty League on the State of California Exempt Organizations List, but the list was last updated on September 14, 2015:

    https://www.ftb.ca.gov/businesses/Exempt_organizations/Entity_list.shtml

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    The Religious Liberty League is a registered, active corporation in the State of California:

    http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/

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  2. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Courtesy The Wrong Guy on WWP: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/ta...religious-liberty-league.130438/#post-2559670

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    https://dockets.justia.com/docket/district-of-columbia/dcdce/1:2015cv01550/173969
    RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LEAGUE v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    Plaintiff: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LEAGUE
    Defendant: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
    Case Number: 1:2015cv01550
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Court: District Of Columbia District Court
    Office: Washington, DC Office
    County: 88888
    Presiding Judge: Randolph D. Moss
    Nature of Suit: Freedom of Information Act
    Cause of Action: 05:552
    Jury Demanded By: None​
    What's an 05:552? And is this the same Religious Liberty League?

    https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/9426406/RELIGIOUS_LIBERTY_LEAGUE_v_US_DEPARTMENT_OF_JUSTICE $$$ ​

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    http://foiaproject.org/2015/10/01/c...her-new-foia-lawsuits-plus-case-descriptions/
    7. VANNIER v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Sep 22, 2015)
    Merrell Vannier, a former member of the Church of Scientology who had been investigated by the FBI for his church membership, made two requests to the FBI. The first request asked for records about himself and his relationship to the Church. The second request asked for records about Gabriel Cazares, who Vannier said had been interviewed by the FBI concerning Vannier’s relationship with the Church. After some back and forth with the agency, Vannier was persuaded to narrow his request so that it would be processed more quickly. He also requested classification in the news media fee category. However, he later agreed to commit to paying up to $1000 for costs associated with his request. Vannier appealed the agency’s classification, but hearing nothing further from the agency, Vannier filed suit.

    Issues: Adequacy – Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation – Attorney’s fees

    8. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LEAGUE v. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (filed Sep 22, 2015)
    The Religious Liberty League, which publishes a blog, submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records on the late James Connor Mulligan, who was prominent in the Church of Scientology at one time. The group also asked to be classified in the news media fee category and requested a fee waiver as well. The FBI searched is central records system and told the group that it found no records. The group appealed to the Office of Information Policy, but after hearing nothing further, the group filed suit.

    Issues: Adequacy – Search, Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation – Attorney’s fees​
    Hmm. Dis guy?
    Category:Jimmy Mulligan


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    *sigh* Yup, Schwarz-level barking moonbattery FOIA requests.


    — That Scientology was the subject of an FBI ‘COINTELPRO’ operation that involved planting agents in the church, and using Pulitzer-prize winning St. Petersburg Timesreporter Bette Orsini as a front to launch a coordinated attack and make Scientology’s move into Clearwater controversial.

    — That Gabe Cazares was actually an FBI operative who was part of that scheme and knew that Vannier was a Scientology agent and hired him anyway in an elaborate conspiracy to entrap him.

    — That the FBI and/or the CIA’s planted agents also included current Scientology leader David Miscavige and top current or former executives like Norman Starkey, Bill Franks, Jimmy Mulligan, and his wife Ann Mulligan. The aim of this government operation was to replace the system of “checks and balances” L. Ron Hubbard intended to leave behind after his death with a dictatorship that is destroying the organization.​

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  3. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    The new Independent Scientology Religious Liberty League Blog is (at least to start) very active, posting three articles on October 13, 2015.

    No, I won't cross-post everything going forward (you may now respectfully thank Xenu), but thought people in the U.S., at least, might want to see what they are effectively subsidizing with their tax dollars. I also believe some of you will find some of the following information interesting.

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    Bypass

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/bypass/

    “Scientology will decline, and become useless to man, on the day when it becomes the master of thinking. Don’t think it won’t do that. It has every capability in it of doing that.

    “… So anybody that knows the remedy of this subject, anybody that knows these techniques, is himself actually under a certain responsibility – that’s to make sure that he doesn’t remain a sole proprietor. That’s all it takes, just don’t remain a sole proprietor. Don’t ever think that a monopoly of this subject is a safe thing to have. It’s not safe. It’s not safe for man; it’s not safe for this universe.” [1]

    Hasn’t Scientology become the master of thinking? Members of the church are told who they can associate with, what is good and bad behavior, how the technology should be interpreted and applied, what they can read, and so on. Hasn’t Scientology declined because of it? Could it be that the Old Man was right, that the key to preventing this situation is to make sure no one becomes a sole proprietor?

    Yet, within years of his departure this is exactly what happened.

    So now what? We hear from many Scientologists who at least roughly agree with our assessment but are hopeful something might change. Some await “a leader;” some are in apathy, some in fear.

    LRH states our view of it:

    “The best way to know any future is to cause one. And that’s why, you see, when you start consulting the oracle at Delphi, you’ve taken a step downhill. You have assigned cause for the future elsewhere…

    “So one predicts the future as much as one is cause. The future isn’t a pattern laid out to abuse and bully you. The future is a beautiful playground that nobody happens to be combining. You talk about virgin territory – the most virgin territory there is, is the future. You can do anything you want with it.”
    Our History – a Summary

    We started many years ago following policy and writing reports, and discovered it wasn’t wanted, we had counter-intention, were engaged in “reverse management,” and were not in alignment with “command intention,” which we figured out was the intention of upper management, not that of LRH as expressed in the scriptures of Scientology. We set about isolating the source of this out-tech, off-policy point of view. We had more than our share of security checks and Office of Special Affairs ethics handlings in the process – it was not safe to take responsibility and speak up, another bad sign.

    The revelations of former high-ranking Sea Org international executives reported in the Truth Rundown explained all of the outpoints we had seen and reported, and pointed to one person: David Miscavige. He had assumed total dictatorial control and ruled like a mad tyrant, even bullying and physically beating staffers, degrading them.

    We watched events play out. Rather than confront and handle the accusations, the church – which we now knew was really just Miscavige, a sole proprietor – vehemently denied the accusations and attacked back, calling them liars, apostates, and sundry names. The general public wasn’t buying it. Predictably, the bad media escalated.

    We put our heads together. We were lawyers, professionals who knew how to defuse the situation: conduct an internal investigation into the allegations, independent of those accused of wrongdoing.

    We decided to write a letter to selected church leaders and lawyers. One of the three lawyers, Jim Jackson, heroically agreed to use his letterhead. The letter was ignored. We did our own policy research and determined that Executive Director International (ED Int) was the convening authority for worldwide matters, so we asked that he call for a Committee of Evidence. Again, no reply. Then we learned that ED Int was in “the Hole,” a prison-like facility at the International Base with iron bars on the door and windows. He had been banished there by David Miscavige. The ethics and justice codes of Scientology had been subverted. We had reached an ecclesiastical dead end.

    Our attention turned to secular law. By law, the boards of directors of religious corporations must control them, not one person. Also, tax-exempt status requires some form of checks and balances. As we researched into LRH’s estate plan and corporate plan for the control of Scientology, we wrote more letters.

    As mentioned in our first article, “An Important Distinction,” the trustees and directors of CST are empowered with the ultimate safeguard of the religion of Scientology. We directed all future letters to the special directors of CST, the only addresses we had for the trustees and directors.

    All our letters were ignored.

    We then publicized our findings through SaveScientology.com, an anonymous site. Each one of the original three lawyers was eventually summarily declared. No written reports. We were not confronted with specific charges. There were no Committees of Evidence, though two of the three requested one. We were not even given copies of the declare orders. Other Scientologists, including family, friends and business associates and clients were notified by the church and told to disconnect from us.

    As we had learned earlier, the church was no longer practicing Scientology; it was rule by fiat, using rumor, whispering campaigns, hidden data lines and unwritten policy.

    The Next Gradient

    In order to advance our efforts it was necessary for us to remove the veil of anonymity. Two of the three original lawyers have gone public. Merrell Vannier wrote his autobiographical book, Arrows in the Dark, and created Religious Liberty League, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

    Jim Jackson told his story to the Tampa Bay Times, which can be viewed here. And he has published the letters. View them here.
    How to Write Your Own Letters

    Scientologist readers who feel that the “church” of Scientology is no longer coterminous with the “religion” of Scientology, and who want the trustees and directors of CST to wear their hats and conduct an inquiry into the situations we identify in our letters – or to determine whether the church is “co-terminal” with the religion of Scientology – can also write to them and register your concerns. In fact, your letters may later become evidence and provide a significant boost toward reform.

    Address them to:
    Sherman Lenske
    CST Special Director
    c/o, Lenske, Lenske & Abramson
    6400 Canoga Ave.
    Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

    Monique Yingling
    CST Special Director
    c/o Zuckert Scoutt Rasenberger
    888 Seventeenth St. N.W., Suite 700,
    Washington, D.C. 20006

    The original life-appointed special directors were Sherman Lenske, Stephen Lenske & Lawrence Heller. We don’t know which of the latter two Monique Yingling replaced or who the current third special director is, so until we find out, address your letters to Stephen Lenske and Lawrence Heller and ask them to forward their copies to their successors as special directors of CST, as we did in our letters:

    Stephen Lenkse
    c/o, Lenske, Lenske & Abramson
    6400 Canoga Ave
    Woodland Hills, CA 91367

    Lawrence E. Heller
    Heller & Edwards
    9454 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 500Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Bypass of David Miscavige/CST

    Essentially, we are on a bypass of David Miscavige and the trustees and directors of CST, doing our part to create a safe environment for the religion of Scientology and change the message of Scientology from one of control, enforced reality, oppression to families and hate to the true one of Affinity-Reality-Communication, understanding and self-determinism.

    We do this because we know the technology and are under “a certain responsibility… to make sure that David Miscavige “doesn’t remain a sole proprietor” of it.

    We could use your help.

    End Notes:
    [1] LRH, 1952 lecture, Formative State of Scientology: Definition of Logic

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    CST Failure to Safeguard Scientology

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/cst-failure-to-safeguard-scientology/

    In our estimation, CST has failed in its mission to safeguard the “religion” of Scientology and ensure that the “churches” of Scientology continue “to espouse, propagate and practice the religion of Scientology.”

    Based on our investigation, the trustees and general directors have been subverted. The trustee we interviewed didn’t even know she had been appointed for life. None of the trustees or general directors know the powers entrusted to them by LRH.[1]

    David Miscavige orchestrated this usurpation of powers. He couldn’t have done it without the active complicity of the special directors of CST who helped Miscavige convince CST trustees and general directors – as well as Office of Special Affairs legal staff members – that Miscavige, as Captain of the Sea Org, is the ecclesiastical leader of Scientology over all matters, including the decisions of the three governing corporations.

    And with this false and unlawful dictate, out the window went LRH’s grand plan of checks and balances and the safeguard he created for the religion of Scientology.

    Miscavige is Not the Ecclesiastical Leader of Scientology

    While it may be true that Miscavige is the Captain, and therefore leader, of the Sea Org, he is not the ecclesiastical leader of Scientology he claims to be. Nor would the IRS have granted tax-exempt status had it known of his intentions. (The reason the IRS previously revoked Scientology’s tax exemption was because of what it viewed was “one big ball of wax:” all powers emanated from one person.)

    One need not look any further than the CST bylaws and to LRH’s estate plan, in which he bequeathed to CST options to purchase the Scientology trademarks and trade secrets he had bequeathed to Religious Technology Center (RTC), to see that the trustees and directors of CST – none of whom were Miscavige – were entrusted to safeguard the religion of Scientology, and have the power to eliminate RTC.

    Note well: these are the only written expressions of LRH intent for the governance of Scientology after his death, and they contradict Miscavige’s claims for authority.

    The opinion whether the “church” of Scientology continues “to espouse, propagate and practice the religion of Scientology” is an ecclesiastical decision. It is to be made, not by David Miscavige or Captain of the Sea Org, but rather by the trustees and directors of CST.

    Obviously if Miscavige were allowed to make their decision for them, or to keep them from investigating or making an independent decision, the entire purpose of LRH’s attempt to safeguard the religion of Scientology would be defeated.

    So, the answer to the question who LRH appointed Scientology’s ecclesiastical leader is: no one person. He intended checks and balances among three governing corporations and seven boards of trustees and directors. LRH entrusted the ultimate power and duty, i.e., the safeguard of the religion of Scientology over all churches of Scientology, to the trustees and directors of CST.

    The Situation Can be Handled

    It only takes one trustee or one general director to call a meeting of either board, and it only takes two to pass a resolution.

    Religious Liberty League is standing by to help ensure an independent meeting occurs. We have lawyers available on retainer.

    If you are a CST trustee or general director, please contact us. Or if you know one, please notify and refer them to us.

    End Notes:
    [1] See, e.g., Existing Scene; Arrows in the Dark, chs. 33 & 34.
    [2] See here.

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    An Important Distinction

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/an-important-distinction/

    There is a difference between the “religion” of Scientology and the “church” of Scientology.

    LRH highlighted this distinction in his estate plan and created a safeguard in Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) in case the church drifted out of alignment with the religion of Scientology. Here is how he defined the terms:

    “’Church of Scientology’ shall mean both those organizations and that group of organizations throughout the world which have as their primary and exclusive purpose the propagation, espousal and practice of the doctrines, beliefs, tenets, practices, applied religious philosophy and technology of the religion of Scientology, as the same has been developed and may be developed by L. Ron Hubbard, and to the accomplishment of its goals;” [1] and,

    “‘Religion of Scientology’ and ‘Church of Scientology’ shall not necessarily be co-terminal. That is to say, the terms “religion of Scientology” and “Church of Scientology” shall be co-terminal only so long as churches of Scientology continue, in the opinion of L. Ron Hubbard during his lifetime, and in the opinion of all of the Directors and Trustees following the death of L. Ron Hubbard, to espouse, propagate and practice the religion of Scientology.”[2]

    The word co-terminal means: having a common boundary. [3]

    Do you think the Church of Scientology today is co-terminal with the religion of Scientology, as the same has been developed by L. Ron Hubbard, and is accomplishing its goals?

    If not, feel free to express your opinion to the Trustees and Directors of CST.

    The original trustees, all of whom were given lifetime appointments, are: Marion (Meissler) Pouw, Greg Wilhere, and Terri Gamboa. We know that Terri was replaced by Russ Bellin.

    (Terri Gamboa did not resign and was still listed as a trustee in CST’s application for tax-exempt status 3 years after she blew[4] Int Base[5] over Miscavige’s abuses, unaware of her trustee powers over him.)

    The general directors are appointed by the trustees for one-year terms, according to the CST bylaws, but in reality, according to our investigation, are appointed by Miscavige. We do not know the current general directors.

    The “Special Directors”[6] were also appointed for life, and are California licensed attorneys. The original ones were: Sherman Lenske, Stephen Lenske, and Lawrence Heller, none of whom are Scientologists. The latter two have indicated to us that they are no longer special directors but Sherman Lenske still is. His mailing address is: Sherman Lenske, Lenske, Lenske & Abramson, 6400 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. His office phone number is: (818) 716-1444.

    Monique Yingling replaced one of the original special directors. She can be reached at: 888 Seventeenth St. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20006, phone: (202) 298-8660.


    Based on our investigation, none of the trustees or general directors of CST have ever read the CST Bylaws and do not know their legal and LRH-appointed ecclesiastical duties. They have all been keep in the dark by and falsely convinced by both Miscavige and the special directors that Miscavige is the supreme ecclesiastical leader on all matters. This is another way of saying that LRH’s last wishes don’t matter and that secular law does not apply to them.

    If you are a CST trustee or general director and want assistance in carrying out your LRH-appointed legal and ecclesiastical duties independently of Miscavige and the CST special directors, please contact us. We have top lawyers who specialize in religious corporation law on retainer who will assist you.

    For more information on this subject, please visit Save Scientology’s website.

    End Notes:
    [1] CST Bylaws, Article II (Definition of Terms), section g.
    [2] Ibid., section f.
    [3] Dictionary reference
    [4] “Blow” is Scientology term that means an unauthorized departure.
    [5] “Int Base” is slang for Scientology’s Sea Orgnization facility, “International Base,” outside Hemet, California.
    [6] A board of “Special Directors” is one of two unique features that were added “based on Mr. Hubbard’s review” of his estate plan, according to a sworn declaration of his estate lawyer, Sherman Lenske. (Declaration, page 4, paragraph 10.) The other one is the safeguard invested in CST, the options to purchase from RTC the trade secrets (i.e., confidential materials) and trademarks of Scientology. (Ibid.)
     
  4. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

  5. Gib

    Gib Crusader

    falling in line with auditors unite, on the back of religious freedom. LOL

    I'd like to meet a true clear or OT. LOL
     
  6. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    From Melissa Data.

    http://www.melissadata.com/lookups/np.asp?mp=p&ein=473370339

    Religious Liberty League

    In Care of Name Merrell Vannier

    Address 2446 Olive Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214-2210

    IRS Subsection 501(c)(3) - A religious, educational, charitable, scientific or literary organization.

    Type of Foundation Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.

    Type of Organization Corporation

    Deductibility Contributions are deductible

    Tax I.D. Number 473370339

    Exempt Since 05-2015

    Form 990 Requirement Not required to file (income less than $25,000)

    Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
     
  7. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Charity Navigator has a bit more information. Interestingly, according to Charity Navigator is appears the Religious Liberty League will have to file Form 990-Ns.

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.profile&ein=473370339#.Vh9TpOx3nIU

    EIN 47-3370339

    Name in IRS Master File RELIGIOUS LIBERTY LEAGUE

    Street Address 2446 OLIVE AVE

    City, State, Zip LA CRESCENTA, CA 91214-2210

    NTEE Code X01

    NTEE Classification Alliance/Advocacy Organizations

    NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development

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    Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)

    Deductibility Contributions are deductible

    Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).

    Group Name [Not Applicable]

    Ruling Date May, 2015

    Asset Amount $0

    Income Amount $0

    Form 990 Revenue Amount $0

    Latest Form 990 Return

    Filing Requirement 990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $50,000 per year

    Fiscal Year End December

    The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).
     
  8. ThetanExterior

    ThetanExterior Gold Meritorious Patron

    I wonder if any of them have achieved the state of clear or OT with the abilities as described by "the old man"?

    If not, I wonder if they ever wonder why.:confused2:
     
  9. CommunicatorIC

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  10. CommunicatorIC

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    Just in case anyone wants to get into contact with the League by means other than Facebook. As of this writing, the League does not have a Twitter account, a Google Plus page, or a Linkedin page. I'll try to let everyone know if that changes.

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/contact/

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  11. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    I suspect many here will object to the Religious Liberty League Mission Statement. My understanding of the portion highlighted below is that it: (1) is inconsistent with the First Amendment; (2) calls for unprecedented in the US freedom from "unwarranted" criticism (who determines what criticism is "warranted"?); and, (3) indeed calls for the passage of (perhaps qualified) blasphemy laws, or enforcement and interpretatioln of existing anti-discrimination laws that would have the same legal effect.

    In short, the RLL appears to be pushing the Church of Scientology's argument that criticism (or at least "unwarranted" criticism) somehow equals "infringement.

    Religious Liberty League Mission Statement

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/mission-statement/


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  12. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    I also find point 8 interesting:

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    To obtain and maintain the tax-exempt status of Scientology organizations that practice the religion of Scientology in the United States, and, if the IRS initiates a revocation proceeding against the churches of Scientology in response to current public calls for revocation, to urge the imposition of intermediate sanctions against David Miscavige and require the implementation of checks and balances called for in the original bylaws of the governing corporation – and/or require the reconstitution of those boards by Scientologists untainted by the corruption of the Miscavige regime.

    * * * * END QUOTATION * * * * *

    The phrase "religion of Scientology" is significant. As noted elsewhere, RLL (like other Indies) stresses the distinction between the religion of Scientology, and the corporate Church of Scientology. Basically, the above is a call for Indie Orgs to get tax exempt status.
     
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  14. oneonewasaracecar

    oneonewasaracecar Gold Meritorious Patron

  15. strativarius

    strativarius Comfortably Numb

    You missed a bit oneone: :wink2:

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  16. Soul of Ginnungagab

    Soul of Ginnungagab Patron with Honors

    A Rant on Tax Exempt Status

    People are free to believe whatever they want, and they are free to act and perform any way they like as long as they follow the laws of the country.

    That means there is no problem in having whatever religion you want as long as your behaviour and practice is legal. Thus no need to get any official recognition as a religion. You can label your practice religious or not as you want. Should make absolutely no difference legally speaking in my opinion. Thus spend your time on what you believe and practice instead of spending time and effort on official recognition matters.

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    Yes, I know that there is this idea of getting tax exempt status for religions. That is just plain wrong in my opinion. It is discrimation on any type of belief-system that isn't labelled as a religion. And saying that a belief can be related with taxation is just odd and weird. An exception regarding tax exempt status is money donated to welfare, which should be documented of course so you can trace the money.

    A religios organization is not a welfare organization, but it can donate money to welfare of course. And only those money that the organization can document actually is going to welfare can come under the idea of tax exempt. But that would be the case no matter what type of organization or person donates the money. It is not religion that defines welfare, it is welfare that defines welfare.

    Unfortunately above is not how things are. Religions can get tax exempt status in many countries as far as I know just because of being officially recognized as a religion. What a strange reason.

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    Anyway, as long as the laws are the way they are regarding tax exempt status, organizations will of course like to utilize the possibilities that exist. I can't blame them for that.

    But you could turn it around and argue that paying tax is paying money to the welfare of the citizens of the country. Thus wouldn't any religious organization that wants to donate money to welfare be happy to pay taxes?

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    Sorry for this long rant, I just felt like getting it out. Have a nice day.


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  17. CommunicatorIC

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  18. CommunicatorIC

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    Independent Scientology Religious Liberty League: Breaking the Monopoly

    http://religiouslibertyleague.org/breaking-the-monopoly/

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    The Religious Liberty League can be viewed as the Department 20 for the “religion” of Scientology as opposed to the “church” or “churches” of Scientology.

    For those familiar with Scientology organizations, Department 20 of the Church of Scientology International is the Office of Special Affairs (OSA), which oversees the external affairs of the church, among them: Public Relations, Legal, and Investigations.

    Of course, as has been well-documented in cyberspace, Miscavige micro manages OSA to protect his monopoly over Scientology. See, e.g., SaveScientology.com.

    Under the administration of L. Ron Hubbard, or someone with his benevolent intent, we don’t have a problem with that concept – as do, we surmise, most Scientologists. Clearly, LRH always strove to deliver standard technology for the betterment of mankind. That is how he boomed Scientology organizations.

    But Miscavige does not operate the church in alignment with the religion of Scientology. Rather, he has altered Scientology technology – the religion, same thing – and uses it as a control mechanism. This, too, has been well-documented. See, e.g., FriendsofLRH.org.

    Indeed, a conspiratorial mind could view the church in the clutches of Miscavige as a giant laboratory for the perfection of Scientology techniques as control mechanisms. Perhaps that’s his real intention.

    Too far out there?

    Consider this. In a 1952 lecture to Philadelphia Doctorate Course students, LRH said this:

    “Therefore, we really do have the remedy before the assault weapon is produced. Did you ever read poor old George Orwell’s 1984? Yes, yes, that’s wonderful. That would be — could be the palest imagined shadow of what a world would be like under the rule of the secret use of Scientology with no remedy in existence.

    “It’s a very simple remedy. And that’s just make sure that the remedy is passed along. That’s all. Don’t hoard it and don’t hold it; and if you ever do use any Black Dianetics, use it on the guy who pulled Scientology out of sight and made it so it wasn’t available. Because he’s the boy who would be electing himself “The New Order.” And we don’t need any more new orders. All those orders, as far as I am concerned, have been filled.”
    [1]

    You won’t find the highlighted portion of this passage in the new version of this lecture released in 2008 by David Miscavige. It was deleted. You have to find the original version.

    This deletion speaks loudly, doesn’t it?

    Be the answer to that question as it may, conspiracies aside. One way to ensure that the remedy is not hoarded and held onto, and that the world does not come under the rule of the secret use of Scientology, is to break Miscavige’s monopoly over the technology.

    Indeed, it as imperative. As LRH said about the dangers of a monopoly over Scientology:

    * “Don’t ever think that a monopoly of this subject is a safe thing to have. It’s not safe. It’s not safe for man; it’s not safe for this universe.”[2]

    * “Scientology, well understood, is a very powerful thing. Well used, it can do a great deal for the social order and for the individual. Poorly relayed, poorly communicated, monopolized or used exclusively for gain, it could be a very destructive thing.”[3]

    “As I look into the future I see that we are handling here material of a potential control and command over mankind which must not be permitted at any time to become the monopoly or the tool of the few to the danger and disaster of the many.” [4]

    * “The efforts of [the U.S.] government since 1955, stepped up since 1963, [has been] to seize Scientology rather than forbid or stop it.”[5]

    The Religious Liberty League is engaged in actions to break the monopoly over Scientology and make the subject available to anyone who desires to freely practice the religion.

    Stay tuned for news breaks.
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    End Notes:
    [1] (Emphasis added) PDCourse Lecture No. 20, Formative State of Scientology, Definition of Logic, given on 6 December 1952.
    [2] Ibid.
    [3] The Anatomy of the Spirit of Man Congress, Lecture No. 15, What Scientology Is Doing – Organizations, The Control & Division of Man, given on 6 June 1955.
    [4] Ibid.
    [5] HCO PL 14 Jun 65 Issue III, Politics, Freedom from


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  19. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    An update is promised soon.

    https://www.facebook.com/religiouslibertyleague/posts/719096468229951

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    Religious Liberty League
    July 28 at 3:13pm

    Thanks for all the views and interest for this page despite the lack of news being published here and on our website.

    Soon to end. Major developments to report on in the very near future.

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