Scientology Welcomes US Congressman David Jolly

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This was buried in the Sec Check thread. IMHO it deserves its own thread and Google entry. Or at the very least U.S. Congressman David Jolly does.

Sec Check: Scientology Welcomes US Congressman David Jolly

https://seccheck.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/scientology-welcomes-us-congressman-david-jolly/

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Scientology will host a concert celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the City of Clearwater, Florida on August 29th in the Fort Harrison Hotel. U.S. Congressman David Jolly is the guest of honor, along with actress and Scientologist Anne Archer, and Scientologists Chick Corea and Jim Meskimen.
There will be appearances by Congressman David Jolly, 20-time Grammy winner Chick Corea, famed impressionist Jim Meskimen, and more. There is no cost to attend! A section will be reserved for downtown neighbors.

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From RightOn on WWP:

https://whyweprotest.net/threads/sc...-congressman-david-jolly.130001/#post-2551153

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1728 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5961
Fax: (202) 225-9764
North County District Office

29275 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
Phone: (727) 781-4400
Fax: (727) 781-4409
Hours: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Seminole District Office

9210 113th Street
Seminole, FL 33772

Phone: (727) 392-4100
Hours: 8:30am – 6:00pm

St. Petersburg District Office

425 22nd Avenue North
Suite C
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Phone: (727) 823-8900
Fax: (727) 821-0484
Hours: 8:30am – 6:00pm

email form:
http://jolly.house.gov/contact/

website:
http://jolly.house.gov/



request a meeting?
Should you wish to schedule a meeting to discuss any issue I can be of service with, please contact Reggie Paros at [email protected]. Please note that scheduling requests must be made in writing. When contacting Reggie, please include the following items:
Your Name:
E-mail Address:
Daytime Phone:
Organization (If applicable):
Preferred Meeting Location (DC or District):
Preferred Meeting Date(s):
Who will be attending the meeting (Please list all names)?:
Point of contact on day of meeting (Name and cell phone):
Are any of the attendees constituents?:
If the Congressman is unavailable, are you willing to meet with staff?:
What issue(s) will be discussed? - Jolly shilling for the COS?


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CommunicatorIC

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From Itsrainingagain on WWP:

https://whyweprotest.net/threads/sc...-congressman-david-jolly.130001/#post-2551184

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Anyone in tis district, please do contact Rep. Jolly. When he went to the another clam fundraiser for Pam Bondi last year, I emailed his office about it and received a personal phone call his chief of staff, J. D. White. At first, J. D. wasn't really taking it seriously, but after I explained that scientology's Narconon had, at that time, 16 lawsuits filed against it from just one attorney, he seemed a lot more interested.


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Smurf

Gold Meritorious SP
Rep. Jolly & his new bride have supported the cult for years.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/scient...undraiser-organized-by-scientologists/2186599

"For the past 12 years, Fashions with Flair has featured leading ladies of Tampa Bay on the runway. This year, models include: Mrs. Laura Jolly, wife of Congressman David Jolly.."

http://globenewswire.com/news-relea...ser-Featuring-Tampa-Bay-s-Leading-Ladies.html

Jolly is giving up his seat to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio in 2016. His schmoozing the cult will win him votes from the Scilon publics living in Florida.
 

Leland

Crusader
I might attend this shindig as a protester....

anyone want to join me?

PM me please.

Don't know if I'll have to work of not...but so far that date is open.
 

CommunicatorIC

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Jolly is giving up his seat to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio in 2016. His schmoozing the cult will win him votes from the Scilon publics living in Florida.
I wanted to emphasize this.

Just what we need -- a U.S. Senator beholden to Scientology.
 
I wanted to emphasize this.

Just what we need -- a U.S. Senator beholden to Scientology.

The guy has only been a Congressman since last May or so after a special election to fill the set of Bill Young who died.

He's a bit too ambitious for me.

Before he ran for the vacant seat last year, he was a lobbyist in D.C. for many years.

The Anabaptist Jacques
 

Little David

Gold Meritorious Patron
The Tampa Bay Times still has what it takes:

U.S. Rep. David Jolly will hobnob with some of his most controversial constituents later this month.

snip:

The church has called the allegations fiction concocted by bitter former members and criticized Gibney's film as inaccurate and bigoted.

Bay Buzz asked Jolly's office if the documentary or other coverage of the church gave the Congressman pause in accepting the invitation. We wondered if he'd seen the documentary and if he worries about backlash from conservative Christians. Here's the response from spokesman Preston Rudie:

"The City of Clearwater is celebrating its centennial and Congressman Jolly, who represents Clearwater, was asked and agreed to present Mayor George Cretekos with a proclamation recognizing the City’s 100th anniversary."


Pressed on whether Jolly had seen "Going Clear," Rudie said he didn't know.


Next month, Jolly's wife Laura will model for the church's "Fashions With Flair" charity fundraiser. It's set for Sept. 10, also at the Fort Harrison Hotel. A press release says the fundraiser is in its 12th year of featuring "leading ladies of Tampa Bay on the runway." Among the other models slated to attend this year are state Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena; Hillsborough School Board member Susan Valdes and physicianLinda McClintock, wife of former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco.


Bay Buzz also asked Rudie about that event.


"The Fashion with Flair event, as you know, is an annual fundraiser that has been in existence for more than a decade," Rudie said. " It benefits the Nourish to Flourish program, which was founded by 6th District Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender, Bob Dillinger, to help feed hungry and homeless children in Pinellas County. Laura Jolly agreed to join a host of community leaders and elected officials in helping to raise money for this worthwhile charity."


A church spokeswoman did not respond to an email Wednesday afternoon.

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/baybu...gys-clearwater-centennial-celebration/2241958

 

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Tampa Bay Times: Church of Scientology says item noting David Jolly's upcoming appearance was 'cheap shot'

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-b...ting-david-jollys-upcoming-appearance/2242128

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The church of Scientology was none-too-pleased about the Buzz noting that U.S. Rep. David Jolly planned to appear at the church's upcoming concert to celebrate the city of Clearwater's centennial.

The item noted that Jolly, an Indian Shores Republican running for U.S. Senate, is listed as a guest of honor at the Aug. 29 event titled "Clearwater: A Century in Music." It will take place at the Fort Harrison Hotel, one of the church's signature buildings in the city's downtown. Jolly's spokesman said he is attending to present a proclamation to Mayor George Cretekos to celebrate the city's 100th birthday.

The post referenced the controversy that has swirled around the church for years, most recently by HBO's release of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. And the post noted that Jolly's wife Laura will be appearing as a model in the church's annual charity fashion show next month.

"Your article 'David Jolly and his wife hang with the Scientologists' is another bigoted cheap shot by the Tampa Bay Times at the Church of Scientology," church spokeswoman Karin Pouw writes in a two-and-a-half page letter sent via email Thursday afternoon. "One can only imagine the public mea culpas the Times would be issuing had it published an equally snarky article with a headline stating that an elected official and his wife hang with the Jews.'"

Pouw countinues: "By your logic, because Alex Gibney and HBO released a discredited made-for-TV propaganda piece, elected officials must shun thousands of voting constituents they represent in the Clearwater area solely because of their religion. Furthermore, Times logic seems to argue that public officials should be harassed and interrogated if they attend any events in Clearwater in which the Church is a participant, including an official celebration of the City’s centennial and a charitable event to feed homeless children in Pinellas and Pasco Counties."

Here's the letter in its entirety:

Dear Mr. Marrero:

Your article “David Jolly and his wife hang with the Scientologists” is another bigoted cheap shot by the Tampa Bay Times at the Church of Scientology. One can only imagine the public mea culpas the Times would be issuing had it published an equally snarky article with a headline stating that an elected official and his wife “hang with the Jews.”

By your logic, because Alex Gibney and HBO released a discredited made-for-TV propaganda piece, elected officials must shun thousands of voting constituents they represent in the Clearwater area solely because of their religion. Furthermore, Times logic seems to argue that public officials should be harassed and interrogated if they attend any events in Clearwater in which the Church is a participant, including an official celebration of the City’s centennial and a charitable event to feed homeless children in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

Your article indicated you are aware of the Church’s voluminous response to Gibney’s propaganda, yet you ignored it completely. Did you watch:

Code:
http://www.freedommag.org/going-clear/videos/letters-to-alex-gibney.html
;

Code:
http://www.freedommag.org/going-clear/videos/alex-gibney-doctor-ofpropaganda.html
;

Code:
http://www.freedommag.org/going-clear/videos/exterminating-gibneyspropaganda-going-clear.html
?

Had you reviewed the Church’s responses to Gibney’s film in detail, you would have noted that he refused to answer over a dozen letters from the Church simply asking for an opportunity to address any allegations, that he never sent one fact to check and that in more than two years of working on the film he never even so much as asked to visit or film inside of a Church or one of its facilities. Please confirm that you have viewed each of the above listed videos.

You also fail to mention that Gibney’s key sources include three individuals whose conspiracy to suborn perjury was first revealed in the Times’ pages in 2009. Nor do you mention that the linchpin of Gibney’s film is a lawsuit brought by two disgruntled expelled ex-staff members alleging “clergy abuse” that was thrown out of federal court on summary judgment as meritless. In affirming the dismissal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held:

Rather, the record overwhelmingly shows that the Headleys joined and voluntarily worked for the Sea Org because they believed that it was the right thing to do, because they enjoyed it, and because they thought that by working they were honoring the commitment that they each made and to which they adhered.

You can see all of this material here:
Code:
http://www.freedommag.org/goingclear/white-papers/documentary-sources.html
.

But, of course, as a journalist, you should have studied this information to provide a balanced report. The Times’ coverage of the Church predictably involves scraping the bottom of the barrel for any excuse to disparage the Church and its parishioners, while turning a blind eye to the unprecedented expansion taking place before your very eyes.

As an example, the Times ignored the opening on July 11 by Mr. David Miscavige, leader of the Scientology religion, of the new Scientology Information Center in the Clearwater Bank Building and six new facilities for the Church’s global humanitarian programs. The event was attended by 4,000 people.

Indeed, the Church’s worldwide growth is manifest, as most recently illustrated in new Church openings in Basel, Switzerland; Bogotá, Colombia; and in Tokyo, Japan. Under Mr. Miscavige’s leadership, the Church has grown more in the last 10 years than in its previous 50 years combined. That is one of many reasons Scientologists worldwide hold him in the highest esteem, regardless of what a struggling media dinosaur like the Tampa Bay Times and a bigoted, one-sided filmmaker like Alex Gibney want them to believe.

The year you started working at the Times, Joe Childs and Tom Tobin had the opportunity to interview Mr. Miscavige, but instead rushed a profile of him to press and cancelled the interview. The Church advised the Times that the sources Tom Tobin and Joe Childs relied on were biased against the Church, but that did not bother the Times.

We have long since proven the sources were lying. Today, they no longer even pretend to be anything other than the anti-religionists they are.

If you are searching for an embattled corporation, look no further than your own front yard. The Church’s Freedom Magazine has investigated the Times’ corporate and financial circumstances. According to public accounts, the Times has a $28 million original loan which your employer does not seem able to repay.

That said, in relation to your offending article, I expect to hear back from you that you have:

a. watched the videos listed above with the links provided; and,

b. have added to your article a link to the Church’s response (
Code:
www.freedommag.org/going-clear/
) so as to give a semblance of fair reporting coverage.

Sincerely,

Karin Pouw

cc: Neil Brown, Tampa Bay Times Editor and Vice President

[email protected]


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The centennial was in May.

There were numerous events then including a big parade.

The Church has had 40 years in Clearwater to get ready for this and they still missed it by three months.

The Anabaptist Jacques
 

CommunicatorIC

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Mike Rinder has a post up on this.

Miscavige Media Handling

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/miscavige-media-handling/

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I got it — better analogy. Do you think the voters should be made aware if David Jolly was hanging with organized crime figures? Or would that be “bigoted” and you would see it as an attack on catholicism?

You, of course, picked the reason to squeal that your precious religious rights are being trampled, when nobody gives a damn about your beliefs. It’s your actions that make you of interest.

Isn’t it of public interest who politicians court? Shouldn’t citizens be allowed to know who their elected representatives “hang with”? What if it was legalizing Marijuana organization or a Big Pharma hosted function. Oh, you would have no problem publishing that in Freedom magazine.

And, let’s not forget about the other aspect of the First Amendment. Freedom of Speech. You don’t give that much credence if the speech is not to your liking.

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Veda

Sponsor
Mike Rinder has a post up on this.

Miscavige Media Handling

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/miscavige-media-handling/

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I got it — better analogy. Do you think the voters should be made aware if David Jolly was hanging with organized crime figures? Or would that be “bigoted” and you would see it as an attack on catholicism?

You, of course, picked the reason to squeal that your precious religious rights are being trampled, when nobody gives a damn about your beliefs. It’s your actions that make you of interest.

Isn’t it of public interest who politicians court? Shouldn’t citizens be allowed to know who their elected representatives “hang with”? What if it was legalizing Marijuana organization or a Big Pharma hosted function. Oh, you would have no problem publishing that in Freedom magazine.

And, let’s not forget about the other aspect of the First Amendment. Freedom of Speech. You don’t give that much credence if the speech is not to your liking.

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Haven't looked at Mike Rinder's site in a while. It appears that he is beginning to un-impale himself on Hubbard's&Miscavige's hook-barbed religion angle. He refers to religious cloaking and uses religion in quotes.

Mike Rinder: "...You like to hide behind that religious cloak you love to wear (except when it isn't convenient). But the reality is that people are NOT interested because you are a 'religion'... but because your organization is weird, secretive and creepy..."
 

Ogsonofgroo

Crusader
MR's blog said:
...I have been noting for some time now the strident, arrogant and often bizarre responses to the media that emanate from David “Karin Pouw” Miscavige.

Us too. You know cult virtually (and not so) screams the 'bigotry' every fucking chance they get, and with spokes-holes like KP at the helm, sucking up the Hubbard via the wee demented Dwarfenfurher's outrage, well then, the 'lutz-'o-nuts-machine' continues to grind out some of the weirdest shit. What always has struck me as quite bizarre, is how they'll flail about with little (if any) cognition of how they come off to the world-at-large. The continuing fiasco of all the smear via RFW and FreedomMag, the crap they confabulate, is, hm, certainly isn't the type of thing one would expect for a group of 'enlightened beings'... good. God. Are they that addled? Oh yes, and more.

I rarely visit any of the newer ex's blogs etc., but I have this feeling that M&M are actually pulling out some of the thorns that have infected their brains, we know it takes time to unwind one's head from pretty much any culty endeavours, some succeed quicker than others (some are just wrecked, I truly hope they are but a few, and they get the help they really need). Now, if Ratbunny quits trying to do the philosophical/guru thingy and just get on with his life, it'd be a good step forward and onward, imho.

Enough blabber from me, time to enjoy the beautiful sunset, made quite spectacular by the numerous fires on the West Coast. Kind of a sad, but 'wow' thingy thing.

Cheers to all! :cheers: And especially cheers to those still working on their new lives outside the abstracts of mind-controlling organizations, more powers to you all, and... :hug:


Ogs
 

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Congressman David Jolly and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos at Scientology Event

Congressman David Jolly and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos at Scientology Event

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos gives Congressman David Jolly a proclamation at Scientology event.

Tony Ortega: http://tonyortega.org/2015/08/30/miss-lovely-in-london-paulette-cooper-writes-another-chapter-in-her-amazing-story/

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Some photos are starting to come in of last night’s Clearwater Centennial musical celebration at the Fort Harrison Hotel…

[SNIP]

Mayor George Cretekos (left) gave Congressman and US Senate candidate David Jolly some kind of proclamation. Hey, what’s the point of attending a Scientology party if you don’t go home with a cert?

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