Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Russia

CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Russia.

In previous cross-posts I have noted the increased action of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in joining other churches and civil rights organizations in speaking out on various civil rights issues. I have argued that Scientology's statements on these issues were not about the substantive issues, but were instead about the Church of Scientology building relationships (including but certainly not limited to with the Nation of Islam), creating alliances, and establishing its bona fides as an organization concerned about civil rights. I asked whether anyone thought that any of the signatories on such prior civil rights letters would refuse the Church of Scientology if the Church of Scientology asked for support concerning its religious status in Russia, Kazakhstan, etc.

It appears I may have been at least partially right.

European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF): Letter to Vladimir Putin about the Yarovaya law with 93 signatories

http://www.eifrf-articles.org/Lette...he-Yarovaya-law-with-93-signatories_a195.html

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Written the Thursday, August 4th 2016 à 21:07
EIFRF

3 chapters of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (US, Europe and Vietnam. Implemented by EIFRF in Europe) gathered and got 93 signatories on this letter to President Vladimir Putin. The letter has been sent now.

August 4, 2016

Vladimir Putin
President of Russia
The Kremlin
Presidential Executive Office

Dear Mr. President,

We write as an informal group of organizations and individuals who are scholars, religious and secular leaders, and human rights advocates to express our deep concern about Federal Laws ? 374-?? and 375-??, On Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation to establish additional measures to counter terrorism and ensure public safety (the Federal Anti-Terrorism Law), which you signed into law on 6 July 2016.

The Federal Anti-Terrorism Law further restricts religious freedom. We are particularly concerned about the amendments that introduce an entire new section to the Religion Law, imposing strict limits on sharing beliefs, including where and who may share them, and increase extremism punishments.

As impact studies are now done and a set of normative acts or instructions are developed for its implementation, we respectfully urge you to ensure the Federal Anti-Terrorism Law is not used against peaceful spiritual groups.

[SNP]

Respectfully,

Greg Mitchell
Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable
President, The Mitchell Firm

ORGANIZATIONS

21st CENTURY WILBERFORCE INITIATIVE

ADVANCING FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF (VIETNAM)

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR VIETNAM

THE ALL FAITH NETWORK UK

AMERICAN ATHEISTS

AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION

ASSOCIATION OF FORMER POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS PRISONERS (VIETNAM)

BLOC OF TRADITIONAL HOA HAO BUDDHISTS (VIETNAM)

BOAT PEOPLE SOS

CATHOLICS IN ALLIANCE FOR THE COMMON GOOD

CENTER FOR INQUIRY

CENTER FOR PLURALISM

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE

CHURCHES IN ACTION

COORDINATION DES ASSOCIATIONS ET DES PARTICULIERS POUR LA LIBERTÉ DE CONSCIENCE (FRANCE)
Member of the Economic and Social Council of the UN

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR FREEDOM OF BELIEF (ITALY)

EUROPEAN INTERRELIGIOUS FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (EIFRF)

FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EUROPE (FOREF)

GERARD NOODT FOUNDATION (NETHERLANDS)

HINDU AMERICAN FOUNDATION (HAF)

HUMAN RIGHTS WITHOUT FRONTIERS (HRWF)

INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY

THE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE UK

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

JUBILEE CAMPAIGN USA

THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE FOUNDATION (THAILAND)

PHAP BIEN PAGODA, UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH OF VIETNAM IN BA RIA - VUNG TAU

POPULAR COUNCIL OF CAO DAI RELIGION (VIETNAM)

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AUTONOMOUS CHURCH OF AMERICA

SIKHI SEWA SOCIETY - NOVELLARA (ITALY)

SPIRITUAL CALL OF GENEVA (SWITZERLAND)

ST. CHARLES INSTITUTE

UNION OF COUNCILS FOR JEWS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION (UCSJ)

UNITED MACEDONIAN DIASPORA


Individuals

Rev. Dr. Lennox Abrigo
CUSH DC/MD/VA (USA)

Sheikh Hussain Labib Abu-Rukun
Chairman
Druze Council for the Preservation of Druze Heritage, Ussafia

C. Naseer Ahmad

Leith Anderson
President
National Association of Evangelicals

Ivan Arjona
President
Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society (Spain)

Bejzat Becirov
Executive Director
ISLAMIC CENTER Malmö

Professor Silvio Calzolari
Orientalist and Historian of Religions
Istituto Superiore di Studi Religiosi of Florence (Italy)

Anuttama Dasa
Minister of Communications
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Derek H. Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
Fellow, Treasurer and Board Member, International Academy of Freedom of Religion and Belief
Member, Board of Experts, International Religious Liberty Association

Piero d’Ettorre
Attorney
Torino (Italy)

Michael Donnelly
Director of Global Outreach
Home School Legal Defense Association

Acharya S.P.Dwivedi
President
Multifaith Action Society
Vancouver,Canada

Thomas F. Farr
President
Religious Freedom Institute
Barry A. Fisher
International Human Rights
Fleishman & Fisher
Los Angeles (USA)

Rev. E. Wayne Gaddis
Greater True Light Missionary Baptist Church
Los Angeles (USA)

Mike Ghouse
Center for Pluralism
Washington (USA)

Eric Gozlan
Responsable Associatif pour le Dialogue Interreligieux (France)

Brian Grim
President
Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Christopher J. Hale
Executive Director
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Lauren B. Homer
Attorney
Law and Liberty Trust

Dr. Joel C. Hunter
Senior Pastor
Northland, A Church Distributed

Rimon Kasher
Professor (Emeritus)
Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

Adnan Khan
Ambassador at Large
Council of Pakistan American Affairs
Muslim Community

Amjad Mahmood Khan, Esq.
National Director of Public Affairs
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

M. Jean-Claude Kolly
Président of the CLIMS (Centre de Liaison et d’Information des Mouvements Spirituels)
Switzerland

Larry Lerner
President
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Dimitris Levantis
Attorney, Executive Member
SOS Racism (Greece)

Rev. N. J. L'Heureux, Jr.
Executive Director
Queens Federation of Churches

Brent McBurney
President & CEO
Advocates International

Very Reverend William A. McComish
Honorary Dean of the Cathedrale St Pierre de Genève
Founder and Honorary Président of the Spiritual Call of Geneva

Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez
Churches in Action
Co-Chair, Los Angeles Interfaith Clergy Coalition

Russell D. Moore
President
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Gloria Moran
Law Professor (retired)
University of La Coruña (Spain)

Scott Morgan
President
Red Eagle Enterprises

Rev. Cecil L. "Chip" Murray
Professor, Center for Religion, University of Southern California (USC)
Co-Founder, The Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, USC

Irenée Omositsn Namboka
Retired Staff, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Human Rights Protection Advisor, DPKO, United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, Liberia

Kathryn Cameron Porter
President and Founder
The Leadership Council for Human Rights

Mr. Bruno Portigliatti
Hon. President
Buddhist Union of Europe

Carlo Proserpio
President
Asco Pratocentenaro - Milano (Italy)

Bashy Quraishy
Chairman
FAIRPLAY and Ethnic Debate Forum

Pervez Rafique
Former Member Parliament, Punjab Pakistan
Executive Director, Bleeding for Belief

Tina Ramirez
President
Hardwired, Inc.

Arron Rhodes
President
FOREF

Karan Singh
President
Sikh Foundation Switzerland

Rev. Dr. David A. Spence, B.A.; B.D.; M.Div.
Retired Minister
The United Church of Canada

Professor Daniele Spero
Coordinator of the Department of Science and Faith Fondazione Studium Cattolico Veneziano Patriarchy of Venice (Italy)

Leonid Stonov
Director, International Bureaus and Activities
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett
President
Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Aldo Natale Terrin
Professor Emeritus of History of Religions
Universita' Cattolica Di Milano (Italy)

Chris Vonck
Rector of the Faculty for Comparative Study of Religions - Antwerp
World Congress of Faiths Belgium

Bill Walsh
Human Rights Attorney
Bisceglie and Walsh

Travis S. Weber, Esq.
Director, Center for Religious Liberty
Family Research Council

Rev. Janet Weiland
Co-Chair
Los Angeles Interfaith Clergy Coalition

Rev. Alan Wilding
President
Universal Peace Federation Western Canada

Mrs. Michiko Wilding
Secretary
Universal Peace Federation Western Canada

Peter Zoehrer
Secretary General
FOREF

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Freeminds

Bitter defrocked apostate
Re: 92 signatories join Scientology in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Rus

More accurately, I suspect,

Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Russia

...or are you saying that Hubbard's woo-woo UFO cult initiated and orchestrated this? I think not.

Thread title change, maybe?
 

CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
Re: 92 signatories join Scientology in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Rus

More accurately, I suspect,

Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Russia

...or are you saying that Hubbard's woo-woo UFO cult initiated and orchestrated this? I think not.

Thread title change, maybe?
I agree. I will change the title.
 

Dulloldfart

Squirrel Extraordinaire
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

The whole thing is a cult initiative, I assume. Greg Mitchell is a Scientologist and lobbyist in DC. Just in case that isn't clear.

Paul
 

Jump

Operating teatime
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

The whole thing is a cult initiative, I assume. Greg Mitchell is a Scientologist and lobbyist in DC. Just in case that isn't clear.

Paul



Of course he's not clear. :whistling:
 

dchoiceisalwaysrs

Gold Meritorious Patron
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

yes, exactly what I also spotted while reading it.

This is simply OT ORGS PL in action. Handle the attacks but don't get distracted from the purpose to take over the planet.

So we get the "SPs" and the handle portion of OSA in one game and meanwhile OSA PR goes out with its own front groups AND its PR emissaries to find ruins in culture, find and make allies with individuals or OLs or groups wich are concerned with those 'ruins' and help them. NOT because OSA thinks it is a good thing to help downstats or put beans into problems, but because if doing so allows scientology to spread its poison then the End justifys the means.
This is at its core POLItical. winning the control of groups.
Maybe El Con IS coming back as a red haired politician.....lol



The whole thing is a cult initiative, I assume. Greg Mitchell is a Scientologist and lobbyist in DC. Just in case that isn't clear.

Paul
 

Churchill

Gold Meritorious Patron
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Russia.

In previous cross-posts I have noted the increased action of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in joining other churches and civil rights organizations in speaking out on various civil rights issues. I have argued that Scientology's statements on these issues were not about the substantive issues, but were instead about the Church of Scientology building relationships (including but certainly not limited to with the Nation of Islam), creating alliances, and establishing its bona fides as an organization concerned about civil rights. I asked whether anyone thought that any of the signatories on such prior civil rights letters would refuse the Church of Scientology if the Church of Scientology asked for support concerning its religious status in Russia, Kazakhstan, etc.

It appears I may have been at least partially right.

European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF): Letter to Vladimir Putin about the Yarovaya law with 93 signatories

http://www.eifrf-articles.org/Lette...he-Yarovaya-law-with-93-signatories_a195.html

* * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

Written the Thursday, August 4th 2016 à 21:07
EIFRF

3 chapters of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (US, Europe and Vietnam. Implemented by EIFRF in Europe) gathered and got 93 signatories on this letter to President Vladimir Putin. The letter has been sent now.

August 4, 2016

Vladimir Putin
President of Russia
The Kremlin
Presidential Executive Office

Dear Mr. President,

We write as an informal group of organizations and individuals who are scholars, religious and secular leaders, and human rights advocates to express our deep concern about Federal Laws ? 374-?? and 375-??, On Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation to establish additional measures to counter terrorism and ensure public safety (the Federal Anti-Terrorism Law), which you signed into law on 6 July 2016.

The Federal Anti-Terrorism Law further restricts religious freedom. We are particularly concerned about the amendments that introduce an entire new section to the Religion Law, imposing strict limits on sharing beliefs, including where and who may share them, and increase extremism punishments.

As impact studies are now done and a set of normative acts or instructions are developed for its implementation, we respectfully urge you to ensure the Federal Anti-Terrorism Law is not used against peaceful spiritual groups.

[SNP]

Respectfully,

Greg Mitchell
Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable
President, The Mitchell Firm

ORGANIZATIONS

21st CENTURY WILBERFORCE INITIATIVE

ADVANCING FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF (VIETNAM)

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR VIETNAM

THE ALL FAITH NETWORK UK

AMERICAN ATHEISTS

AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION

ASSOCIATION OF FORMER POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS PRISONERS (VIETNAM)

BLOC OF TRADITIONAL HOA HAO BUDDHISTS (VIETNAM)

BOAT PEOPLE SOS

CATHOLICS IN ALLIANCE FOR THE COMMON GOOD

CENTER FOR INQUIRY

CENTER FOR PLURALISM

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE

CHURCHES IN ACTION

COORDINATION DES ASSOCIATIONS ET DES PARTICULIERS POUR LA LIBERTÉ DE CONSCIENCE (FRANCE)
Member of the Economic and Social Council of the UN

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR FREEDOM OF BELIEF (ITALY)

EUROPEAN INTERRELIGIOUS FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (EIFRF)

FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EUROPE (FOREF)

GERARD NOODT FOUNDATION (NETHERLANDS)

HINDU AMERICAN FOUNDATION (HAF)

HUMAN RIGHTS WITHOUT FRONTIERS (HRWF)

INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY

THE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE UK

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

JUBILEE CAMPAIGN USA

THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE FOUNDATION (THAILAND)

PHAP BIEN PAGODA, UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH OF VIETNAM IN BA RIA - VUNG TAU

POPULAR COUNCIL OF CAO DAI RELIGION (VIETNAM)

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AUTONOMOUS CHURCH OF AMERICA

SIKHI SEWA SOCIETY - NOVELLARA (ITALY)

SPIRITUAL CALL OF GENEVA (SWITZERLAND)

ST. CHARLES INSTITUTE

UNION OF COUNCILS FOR JEWS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION (UCSJ)

UNITED MACEDONIAN DIASPORA


Individuals

Rev. Dr. Lennox Abrigo
CUSH DC/MD/VA (USA)

Sheikh Hussain Labib Abu-Rukun
Chairman
Druze Council for the Preservation of Druze Heritage, Ussafia

C. Naseer Ahmad

Leith Anderson
President
National Association of Evangelicals

Ivan Arjona
President
Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society (Spain)

Bejzat Becirov
Executive Director
ISLAMIC CENTER Malmö

Professor Silvio Calzolari
Orientalist and Historian of Religions
Istituto Superiore di Studi Religiosi of Florence (Italy)

Anuttama Dasa
Minister of Communications
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Derek H. Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
Fellow, Treasurer and Board Member, International Academy of Freedom of Religion and Belief
Member, Board of Experts, International Religious Liberty Association

Piero d’Ettorre
Attorney
Torino (Italy)

Michael Donnelly
Director of Global Outreach
Home School Legal Defense Association

Acharya S.P.Dwivedi
President
Multifaith Action Society
Vancouver,Canada

Thomas F. Farr
President
Religious Freedom Institute
Barry A. Fisher
International Human Rights
Fleishman & Fisher
Los Angeles (USA)

Rev. E. Wayne Gaddis
Greater True Light Missionary Baptist Church
Los Angeles (USA)

Mike Ghouse
Center for Pluralism
Washington (USA)

Eric Gozlan
Responsable Associatif pour le Dialogue Interreligieux (France)

Brian Grim
President
Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Christopher J. Hale
Executive Director
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Lauren B. Homer
Attorney
Law and Liberty Trust

Dr. Joel C. Hunter
Senior Pastor
Northland, A Church Distributed

Rimon Kasher
Professor (Emeritus)
Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

Adnan Khan
Ambassador at Large
Council of Pakistan American Affairs
Muslim Community

Amjad Mahmood Khan, Esq.
National Director of Public Affairs
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

M. Jean-Claude Kolly
Président of the CLIMS (Centre de Liaison et d’Information des Mouvements Spirituels)
Switzerland

Larry Lerner
President
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Dimitris Levantis
Attorney, Executive Member
SOS Racism (Greece)

Rev. N. J. L'Heureux, Jr.
Executive Director
Queens Federation of Churches

Brent McBurney
President & CEO
Advocates International

Very Reverend William A. McComish
Honorary Dean of the Cathedrale St Pierre de Genève
Founder and Honorary Président of the Spiritual Call of Geneva

Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez
Churches in Action
Co-Chair, Los Angeles Interfaith Clergy Coalition

Russell D. Moore
President
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Gloria Moran
Law Professor (retired)
University of La Coruña (Spain)

Scott Morgan
President
Red Eagle Enterprises

Rev. Cecil L. "Chip" Murray
Professor, Center for Religion, University of Southern California (USC)
Co-Founder, The Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, USC

Irenée Omositsn Namboka
Retired Staff, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Human Rights Protection Advisor, DPKO, United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, Liberia

Kathryn Cameron Porter
President and Founder
The Leadership Council for Human Rights

Mr. Bruno Portigliatti
Hon. President
Buddhist Union of Europe

Carlo Proserpio
President
Asco Pratocentenaro - Milano (Italy)

Bashy Quraishy
Chairman
FAIRPLAY and Ethnic Debate Forum

Pervez Rafique
Former Member Parliament, Punjab Pakistan
Executive Director, Bleeding for Belief

Tina Ramirez
President
Hardwired, Inc.

Arron Rhodes
President
FOREF

Karan Singh
President
Sikh Foundation Switzerland

Rev. Dr. David A. Spence, B.A.; B.D.; M.Div.
Retired Minister
The United Church of Canada

Professor Daniele Spero
Coordinator of the Department of Science and Faith Fondazione Studium Cattolico Veneziano Patriarchy of Venice (Italy)

Leonid Stonov
Director, International Bureaus and Activities
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett
President
Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Aldo Natale Terrin
Professor Emeritus of History of Religions
Universita' Cattolica Di Milano (Italy)

Chris Vonck
Rector of the Faculty for Comparative Study of Religions - Antwerp
World Congress of Faiths Belgium

Bill Walsh
Human Rights Attorney
Bisceglie and Walsh

Travis S. Weber, Esq.
Director, Center for Religious Liberty
Family Research Council

Rev. Janet Weiland
Co-Chair
Los Angeles Interfaith Clergy Coalition

Rev. Alan Wilding
President
Universal Peace Federation Western Canada

Mrs. Michiko Wilding
Secretary
Universal Peace Federation Western Canada

Peter Zoehrer
Secretary General
FOREF

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A perfect example of OSA work product. Not one of these knucklehead organizations did proper due diligence or even a cursory Internet search of Scientology, or they would understand that it is a fraudulent, multi-national, psycho-political commercial entity, of which a huge segment of its organization is devoted to an in-house intelligence apparatus.


With regard to Scientology, there is more than ample evidence to support the conclusion that it employs a deliberate and cynical defensive strategy of religious cloaking in order to obscure it's true aims, which are commercial and political in nature.

The Russians have it right, and the Russian Government should actively and energetically seek to educate and inform the signatories of the true danger, and history of Scientology, as well as their respective governments.
 
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Caroline

Patron Meritorious
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Russia.

In previous cross-posts I have noted the increased action of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in joining other churches and civil rights organizations in speaking out on various civil rights issues. I have argued that Scientology's statements on these issues were not about the substantive issues, but were instead about the Church of Scientology building relationships (including but certainly not limited to with the Nation of Islam), creating alliances, and establishing its bona fides as an organization concerned about civil rights. I asked whether anyone thought that any of the signatories on such prior civil rights letters would refuse the Church of Scientology if the Church of Scientology asked for support concerning its religious status in Russia, Kazakhstan, etc.

It appears I may have been at least partially right.

European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom (EIFRF): Letter to Vladimir Putin about the Yarovaya law with 93 signatories

http://www.eifrf-articles.org/Lette...he-Yarovaya-law-with-93-signatories_a195.html

* * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

Written the Thursday, August 4th 2016 à 21:07
EIFRF

3 chapters of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable (US, Europe and Vietnam. Implemented by EIFRF in Europe) gathered and got 93 signatories on this letter to President Vladimir Putin. The letter has been sent now.

August 4, 2016

Vladimir Putin
President of Russia
The Kremlin
Presidential Executive Office

Dear Mr. President,

We write as an informal group of organizations and individuals who are scholars, religious and secular leaders, and human rights advocates to express our deep concern about Federal Laws ? 374-?? and 375-??, On Amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation to establish additional measures to counter terrorism and ensure public safety (the Federal Anti-Terrorism Law), which you signed into law on 6 July 2016.

The Federal Anti-Terrorism Law further restricts religious freedom. We are particularly concerned about the amendments that introduce an entire new section to the Religion Law, imposing strict limits on sharing beliefs, including where and who may share them, and increase extremism punishments.

As impact studies are now done and a set of normative acts or instructions are developed for its implementation, we respectfully urge you to ensure the Federal Anti-Terrorism Law is not used against peaceful spiritual groups.

[SNP]

Respectfully,

Greg Mitchell
Co-Chair, International Religious Freedom Roundtable
President, The Mitchell Firm

ORGANIZATIONS

21st CENTURY WILBERFORCE INITIATIVE

ADVANCING FREEDOM OF RELIGION OR BELIEF (VIETNAM)

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR VIETNAM

THE ALL FAITH NETWORK UK

AMERICAN ATHEISTS

AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION

ASSOCIATION OF FORMER POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS PRISONERS (VIETNAM)

BLOC OF TRADITIONAL HOA HAO BUDDHISTS (VIETNAM)

BOAT PEOPLE SOS

CATHOLICS IN ALLIANCE FOR THE COMMON GOOD

CENTER FOR INQUIRY

CENTER FOR PLURALISM

CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY NATIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICE

CHURCHES IN ACTION

COORDINATION DES ASSOCIATIONS ET DES PARTICULIERS POUR LA LIBERTÉ DE CONSCIENCE (FRANCE)
Member of the Economic and Social Council of the UN

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR FREEDOM OF BELIEF (ITALY)

EUROPEAN INTERRELIGIOUS FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM (EIFRF)

FORUM FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EUROPE (FOREF)

GERARD NOODT FOUNDATION (NETHERLANDS)

HINDU AMERICAN FOUNDATION (HAF)

HUMAN RIGHTS WITHOUT FRONTIERS (HRWF)

INSTITUTE ON RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY

THE INTERFAITH ALLIANCE UK

INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

JUBILEE CAMPAIGN USA

THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

PEOPLE SERVING PEOPLE FOUNDATION (THAILAND)

PHAP BIEN PAGODA, UNIFIED BUDDHIST CHURCH OF VIETNAM IN BA RIA - VUNG TAU

POPULAR COUNCIL OF CAO DAI RELIGION (VIETNAM)

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX AUTONOMOUS CHURCH OF AMERICA

SIKHI SEWA SOCIETY - NOVELLARA (ITALY)

SPIRITUAL CALL OF GENEVA (SWITZERLAND)

ST. CHARLES INSTITUTE

UNION OF COUNCILS FOR JEWS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION (UCSJ)

UNITED MACEDONIAN DIASPORA


Individuals

Rev. Dr. Lennox Abrigo
CUSH DC/MD/VA (USA)

Sheikh Hussain Labib Abu-Rukun
Chairman
Druze Council for the Preservation of Druze Heritage, Ussafia

C. Naseer Ahmad

Leith Anderson
President
National Association of Evangelicals

Ivan Arjona
President
Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society (Spain)

Bejzat Becirov
Executive Director
ISLAMIC CENTER Malmö

Professor Silvio Calzolari
Orientalist and Historian of Religions
Istituto Superiore di Studi Religiosi of Florence (Italy)

Anuttama Dasa
Minister of Communications
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

Derek H. Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
Fellow, Treasurer and Board Member, International Academy of Freedom of Religion and Belief
Member, Board of Experts, International Religious Liberty Association

Piero d’Ettorre
Attorney
Torino (Italy)

Michael Donnelly
Director of Global Outreach
Home School Legal Defense Association

Acharya S.P.Dwivedi
President
Multifaith Action Society
Vancouver,Canada

Thomas F. Farr
President
Religious Freedom Institute
Barry A. Fisher
International Human Rights
Fleishman & Fisher
Los Angeles (USA)

Rev. E. Wayne Gaddis
Greater True Light Missionary Baptist Church
Los Angeles (USA)

Mike Ghouse
Center for Pluralism
Washington (USA)

Eric Gozlan
Responsable Associatif pour le Dialogue Interreligieux (France)

Brian Grim
President
Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Christopher J. Hale
Executive Director
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Lauren B. Homer
Attorney
Law and Liberty Trust

Dr. Joel C. Hunter
Senior Pastor
Northland, A Church Distributed

Rimon Kasher
Professor (Emeritus)
Bar-Ilan University (Israel)

Adnan Khan
Ambassador at Large
Council of Pakistan American Affairs
Muslim Community

Amjad Mahmood Khan, Esq.
National Director of Public Affairs
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

M. Jean-Claude Kolly
Président of the CLIMS (Centre de Liaison et d’Information des Mouvements Spirituels)
Switzerland

Larry Lerner
President
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Dimitris Levantis
Attorney, Executive Member
SOS Racism (Greece)

Rev. N. J. L'Heureux, Jr.
Executive Director
Queens Federation of Churches

Brent McBurney
President & CEO
Advocates International

Very Reverend William A. McComish
Honorary Dean of the Cathedrale St Pierre de Genève
Founder and Honorary Président of the Spiritual Call of Geneva

Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez
Churches in Action
Co-Chair, Los Angeles Interfaith Clergy Coalition

Russell D. Moore
President
Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Gloria Moran
Law Professor (retired)
University of La Coruña (Spain)

Scott Morgan
President
Red Eagle Enterprises

Rev. Cecil L. "Chip" Murray
Professor, Center for Religion, University of Southern California (USC)
Co-Founder, The Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, USC

Irenée Omositsn Namboka
Retired Staff, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Human Rights Protection Advisor, DPKO, United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, Liberia

Kathryn Cameron Porter
President and Founder
The Leadership Council for Human Rights

Mr. Bruno Portigliatti
Hon. President
Buddhist Union of Europe

Carlo Proserpio
President
Asco Pratocentenaro - Milano (Italy)

Bashy Quraishy
Chairman
FAIRPLAY and Ethnic Debate Forum

Pervez Rafique
Former Member Parliament, Punjab Pakistan
Executive Director, Bleeding for Belief

Tina Ramirez
President
Hardwired, Inc.

Arron Rhodes
President
FOREF

Karan Singh
President
Sikh Foundation Switzerland

Rev. Dr. David A. Spence, B.A.; B.D.; M.Div.
Retired Minister
The United Church of Canada

Professor Daniele Spero
Coordinator of the Department of Science and Faith Fondazione Studium Cattolico Veneziano Patriarchy of Venice (Italy)

Leonid Stonov
Director, International Bureaus and Activities
Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett
President
Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Aldo Natale Terrin
Professor Emeritus of History of Religions
Universita' Cattolica Di Milano (Italy)

Chris Vonck
Rector of the Faculty for Comparative Study of Religions - Antwerp
World Congress of Faiths Belgium

Bill Walsh
Human Rights Attorney
Bisceglie and Walsh

Travis S. Weber, Esq.
Director, Center for Religious Liberty
Family Research Council

Rev. Janet Weiland
Co-Chair
Los Angeles Interfaith Clergy Coalition

Rev. Alan Wilding
President
Universal Peace Federation Western Canada

Mrs. Michiko Wilding
Secretary
Universal Peace Federation Western Canada

Peter Zoehrer
Secretary General
FOREF

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It seems Scientology has not really "joined" in this letter cycle. More like they've programmed and initiated it as part of their "multi-faith" cloaking operation.

The Mitchell Firm said:
To increase national security and secure your rights and freedoms, the Firm has been working to advance international religious freedom since 2010. Greg Mitchell serves as Co-Chair and Coordinator of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in Washington, D.C. Chris Seiple of the Institute for Global Engagement co-founded the Roundtable and serves as the other Co-Chair.

[...]

And as Mitchell also notes, the Church of Scientology International supports the Firm’s multi-faith work as part of its selfless social mission to advance religious freedom for all. They fully understand that a rising tide lifts all boats.

The Mitchell Firm "Effective Political Communications": http://www.themitchellfirm.com/issues/foreign-policy/irf/

Same Greg Mitchell?: Scientology Service Completions

Thomas Farr and Alexander Dvorkin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnAyeEcv8uU

Here's William C. Walsh's Operator page: http://armstrong-op.gerryarmstrong.ca/archives/1624

Rev. Janet Weiland is a long time Scientologist, cult spokesperson and OSA.

Derek Davis is a Scientology academic collaborator: http://www.cesnur.org/2004/waco_davis.htm

Another Scientology cult collaborator Los Angeles attorney Barry A. Fisher: http://www.freedommag.org/english/vol29i4/page36.htm
 

dchoiceisalwaysrs

Gold Meritorious Patron
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

:omg: I just noticed that this thread is in 'Scientology infiltrates society" category. I want to give a very big thanks whoever might have made such a category as I feel this recognition has been sorely lacking in importance for discussion. When did this category happen? I am delighted to say the least.
And very glad to see all the contributors here addressing the issue.


http://www.xenu.net/archive/judge_quotes.html

"Guardian Order 060971" seized in FBI authorized search of Scientology headquarters:

"The vital targets on which we must invest most of our time are:
(T1) Depopularizing the enemy to the point of obliteration.
(T2) Taking over the control or allegiance of the heads or proprietors of all news media.
(T3) Taking over the control or allegiance of key political figures.
(T4) Taking over the control or allegiance of those who monitor international finance..."

and

http://scientologyinpolitics.blogspot.com/

MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2009

How The Cult of Scientology Harms Its Members and Has Infiltrated US Politics
Note To Readers: The subject of Scientology is complex, and very few articles really explore the actual nature of Scientology, its history, and the political goals of this disturbing mind control cult.

Readers who are used to scanning through short blog entries are generally expected to do the digging themselves if they have further interest. Unfortunately, not everyone has enough curiosity or time to do so.

I hope that by ripping open some of Scientology's dirtier and darker seams, this piece will provide more than enough reference material for readers to conclude that this cult that cynically calls itself a church for tax purposes should have no place in the lives and careers of any public officials, or celebrities for that matter. Therefore this is an extremely long post, divided it into 7 sections for convenience. I invite every reader to spend time reading the entire post even if it means multiple visits. There are many surprises along the way. As we all know, the devil is always in the details......

and

Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior
2004 Constitutional Protection Report
Development of political extremism in 2004
Scientology Organization
Free Unofficial Translation (FUT) from Lermanet.com

...

Munich, April 2005
Dr. Guenther Beckstein, State Minister
Georg Schmid, State Secretary

...


Section 2.
Development of political extremism in 2004

1. Right extremism 17
2. Left extremism 19
3. Foreign extremism 20
4. Scientology Organization 22
5. Graphic presentation 24

.....

. . .
4. Scientology Organization

The Scientology Organization (SO) continues to maintain the goal of making and governing a worldwide Scientology society according to its own rules, which disregard the fundamental principles of the basic German government system, the principles of democracy, the principle of a legal state and division of power. Its highest goal, world domination, stands in crass contradiction to its constant assertions of bringing complete peace to humanity because the implementation of its ruling principle would actually lead to a massive detriment to human rights. Until attainment of its goal the SO stands in fundamental conflict with all anti-Scientology people, social groups and states. In this setting the SO's 2004 propaganda measures included defamation of informational and countermeasures on Scientology.
 

ethercat

Cat in flight
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

:omg: I just noticed that this thread is in 'Scientology infiltrates society" category. I want to give a very big thanks whoever might have made such a category as I feel this recognition has been sorely lacking in importance for discussion. When did this category happen? I am delighted to say the least.

Thank you for noticing! I made this subforum about a month ago, and the mods have been quietly moving threads into here when they find ones elsewhere that belong. My big thank you goes to the moderators for their efforts!

The subject (infiltration) is one of my biggest gripes about the cult.
 

Caroline

Patron Meritorious
Re: Scientology joins 92 signatories in letter to Putin about religious freedom in Ru

Thank you for noticing! I made this subforum about a month ago, and the mods have been quietly moving threads into here when they find ones elsewhere that belong. My big thank you goes to the moderators for their efforts!

The subject (infiltration) is one of my biggest gripes about the cult.

I appreciate this subforum category too. Thank you very much. The public-at-large does not sign up for Scientology's predations and antisocial practices, and it is very important that people become alert to them.

Scientologists infiltrate society by directive, like the one dchoiceisalwaysrs noted above. Btw, I haven't seen the whole Guardian Order 060971 issue; it is not listed on the GO or OSA checksheets. However, Hubbard did list those targets in HCO PL 16 February 1969 Targets, Defense. That issue is on the GO Confidential Intelligence Course and on the later Department of Special Affairs Investigations Officer Full Hat Checksheet.

Also from HCOPL Targets, Defense:

Hubbard said:
The errors we have made have been

1. Defending only.

2. Defending on Scn ground.

3. Being reasonable and assigning mild motives to the enemy.

4. Failing to attack early and hard.

5. Undervaluing the broad social value of Scn.

6. Individuating from other similar organizations.

7. Not learning enemy tactics and using and bettering them.

8. Failing to heavily contest for public opinion and public media.

9. Failing to identify the enemy early and hit him hard.


Hubbard, L. R., (1969, 16 February). (Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter.) Targets, Defense.

Items 3, 4, 7 and 9 above clearly relate to the SP doctrine. Items 4 and 7 reveal the prescriptive mechanisms with which Scientologists disengage morally in their fair gaming of SP targets.

Item 6 helps to clarify the motive underlying the Scientologists' multifaith cloaking operation discussed in this thread.

Items 1 and 2 of course relate to the task of concerned citizens who oppose Scientology's infiltrations.
 
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