For many years, the U.S. federal government and the American legal system have been the CofS’s most important allies.
Websites and book after book get published that clearly document CofS abuses and crimes. And yet, U.S. government and legal support for the CofS remains in place.
Others who are more knowledgeable than me on the legal scene might want to share their opinion on whether the legal climate in the U.S. is improving; the Narconon lawsuits, for example. Public education efforts by the news media, former church members and authors such as Janet Reitman and Lawrence Wright seem to be paying off.
Two examples of types of action that might eventually have a cumulative effect of reducing U.S. government and legal system leniency toward the church of scientology:
1. More countries worldwide deciding not to give the CofS recognition as a tax exempt organization or a religion.
Many have already done so. A summary or analysis of successful actions in those countries would be helpful. (Status by Country).
2. Fewer American mainstream churches supporting CofS status as a bona fide religion.
An example from Tony Ortega’s Blog: Episcopal Church Objects to Being Included in Supreme Court Brief Supporting Scientology
The Laura DeCrescenzo lawsuit (2012, July 2013) could have a large social impact. It has elements that broad segments of American society can emotionally relate to and might help awaken a sense of civic duty in government officials:
- Blatant violation of child labor laws
- Intense pressure to have an abortion
- Church denial of wrongdoing in the face of obvious suffering by the plaintiff
- Years of legal stalling tactics by the church to prevent being accountable
Thread at Anonymous on the IRS tax exemption decision.
ESMB thread: the reason the FBI won't do anything