Sorry I can't yet provide the original source of this rebuttal by the CofS, but I got it from a source who I believe is reliable. I'll post the "original" here, when I get it. I'll also respond when I chill after reading the BS in every paragraph......Of course the BS is to be expected, but still, lies and deceit can just really piss ya off.
Let's respond with what we know, hey?
Let's respond with what we know, hey?
20 May 2010
STATEMENT OF THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY
REGARDING CLAIMS BY CARMEN & PHOEBE RAINER ON ABC LATELINE
The allegation made by Carmen Rainer and her mother Phoebe on ABC Lateline that a Church member sought to dissuade Carmen and her mother from reporting an instance of abuse by Carmen’s stepfather is false, highly defamatory and is vigorously denied.
Not only did Church staff help facilitate Carmen and her mother to report the matter to the proper authorities at the time it happened in 1985, it was only through the intervention of the Church that the man responsible ultimately turned himself in to the police and was prosecuted. It is especially outrageous that they would make this false claim when the Church had to send the man responsible to the police twice before the police finally prosecuted him.
In police documents, Ms Rainer admitted that in 1985 she was interviewed by a senior social worker and that she told the social worker that there were a number of incidents. The social worker filed a full report with Youth and Community Services, who subsequently informed the police and investigated the incidents. The report to the social worker was prior to any approach made to the Church.
Police documents also clearly indicate that Carmen’s mother spoke privately and extensively to the same social worker. Evidently, she elected not to pursue the matter further, but that was not at the urging of the Church.
It is also a matter of police records that in 1999, at the Church’s insistence, the perpetrator again made a complete confession to the police, however, at the time, Carmen’s mother again chose not to pursue charges. Then, in 2001, Carmen chose to make a formal complaint to the police, resulting in criminal action and the matter concluded in 2002.
The allegations that Ms Jan Eastgate interfered in any way with the reporting of the matter to the proper authorities are highly defamatory.
Ms Eastgate has an impeccable record as a human rights defender and she has helped tens of thousands of people in Australia and around the world who have been victims of rape, abuse and enforced drugging. The Church knows the claims leveled against Ms Eastgate to be false. The matter was fully investigated by police and the matter was dealt with according to the law.
The Church considers these matters Crimes and High Crimes and our policy states: “Any such offences shall subject the offender to penalties prescribed by law as well as to ethics and justice actions,” meaning the offender should be subject to the laws of the land in addition to any ecclesiastical penalties.
One of the basic teachings of the Church include the following from the book, The Way To Happiness: Chapter 9
DON’T DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL.
Any member of society, however, has a responsibility, whether young or old, for knowing what that society considers to be an “illegal act”. When you realize or discover that those about you are committing “illegal acts,” you should do what you can to discourage it. You yourself, not even a party to it, can yet suffer because of it.
With regard to Ms Amy Scobee who appeared on the TV program, her own words in a sworn statement dated 27 January 2005 contradict her claims on Lateline:
In all my dealings with the Church and my Sea Org membership, I have observed that the Church has taken great care to abide by the law and has demanded the same from its staff. At all times, honesty, integrity and ethical conduct are emphasized as a hallmark of Sea Org members and when infractions, dishonesty or unethical conduct are found, the Church has taken appropriate action to get them rectified.
As to what Ms Scobee claimed may have happened in the late 1970s at a small Scientology mission in rural Washington state, the Church reiterates that it has always been the Church’s policy to report any violations of the law to the proper authorities. The individual she accuses left the Church nearly three decades ago and the Church has no way to contact him to verify what she is now claiming occurred.
Ms Scobee also makes made gratuitous false statements allegation about the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, Mr David Miscavige. Her allegations are lies and nothing more than the bitterness of a former Church staff member who was disgraced, dismissed and expelled five years ago. The facts are that underUnder the leadership of Mr Miscavige, the Church has seen unprecedented expansion across the globe, such as the following: in its membership, in its facilities to serve its parishioners and the surrounding communities and, most importantly, in its humanitarian programs reaching out to make this a better world. "Lateline" was more interested in pursuing a story more fitting to tabloid journalism.
Growth of the religion to approximately 8,000 Scientology Churches, Missions and related groups in 165 nations, doubled since 2004.
Total assets and property holdings of the Church of Scientology have doubled since 2004.
Church premises have increased from 5.6 million square feet to more than 11.5 million square feet since 2004.
70 buildings have been acquired by the Church since 2004.
Over one million square feet of construction of new premises were completed in 2009.
More than 750,000 square feet of Church premises are currently under construction in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Seattle and Clearwater, Florida.
The number of individuals completing Dianetics and Scientology auditing and training doubled in the past two and a half years.
The total number of auditing hours doubled in the past decade.
The number of hours of Dianetics (Book One) counseling increased by more than 20 times in 2009.
The total number of people newly introduced to Scientology and started on training or counseling doubled in the past five years.
L. Ron Hubbard was awarded three Guinness World Records in the past three years:
Most published works by a single author: 1,084
Most audiobook titles on Earth: 185
Most translated author in the world: 71 languages
80 million L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures on Dianetics and Scientology were distributed in the last decade, compared to 5.6 million in the prior decade.
68 million books and lectures were distributed in the past two and a half years—more than the combined total in the first 50 years of Dianetics and Scientology.
The Church’s Bridge Publications and New Era Publications were established as the world’s largest all-digital, on-demand publishers, with combined capacity of 500,000 books per week (26 million per year) and 925,000 CDs per week (48 million per year).
More than 3 million L. Ron Hubbard Dianetics and Scientology books have been placed in more than 125,000 libraries in 183 countries since July 2007.
More than 16 million online visitors from more than 19,000 cities and towns viewed more than 28 million videos on the Scientology website in the past year.
As part of the expansion of the Church and the services it sponsors to help make this a better world, the Church presents L. Ron Hubbard’s answers to the societal ills that plague the modern world. These programs are aimed at curbing drug abuse, illiteracy, immorality and criminality as well as restoring human rights, assisting individuals with personal troubles, and helping in times of disaster, both natural and manmade.
Facts such as these are the real story of the Church of Scientology and all that it is accomplishing.