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Scientology Injunction Denied Against "Anonymous" 486

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Anonymous writes "A circuit court judge has denied the Church of Scientology's second request for an injunction against protests by the internet group "Anonymous." The Church sought to prevent Anonymous from protesting on the birthday of the Church's leader, the late Ron L. Hubbard. The petition filed by the Church listed twenty-six individuals allegedly affiliated with Anonymous, but "accidentally" included others who merely work near the location of the first protests held in February and did not participate in them, such as a Starbucks employee. Furthermore, the Church failed to show that any of those listed actually committed any wrongdoing."
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Scientology Injunction Denied Against "Anonymous"

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  • Yay! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2008 @03:31AM (#22758144)
    I win!
    • Re:Yay! (Score:4, Insightful)

      by utopianfiat (774016) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @11:37AM (#22759656) Journal
      Who modded this offtopic? You don't even realize how true it is.

      Are they even listening to themselves? Do they realize how stupid they sound? "A group known as Anonymous"- you mean that guy that had attributed to him poems, quotes, and the rickroll?
      Anonymous is Anonymous. Seriously. Say what you want about "lol *chan" but the truth is 'Anonymous' is not linked to 4chan. Anonymous itself is a person, who wishes to keep their identity hidden. "Anonymous", as a group, simply refers to the collective nature of people who wish to conceal their identities. THAT'S IT. IT WAS A JOKE. "Anonymous does not forgive!" IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE THE PERSON'S NAME CAME UP AS ANONYMOUS, NOT BECAUSE ANYONE WHO ASSOCIATES THEMSELVES WITH THIS GROUP IS UNFORGIVING. Christ, will these fuckers ever get it through their thick fucking heads that this isn't some terrorist group? This isn't some fucking Jihad against Scientology! It's a bunch of pissed off nerds who got a bunch of other nerds from around the world to protest a cult, THAT'S IT.
      The media are a bunch of fuckups.
  • Grab Your Masks! (Score:4, Informative)

    by MostAwesomeDude (980382) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @03:32AM (#22758150) Homepage
    Get out there, show how fed up you are with these people. It's not hard to protest; just show up, wear a mask, and stand on the sidewalk.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2008 @03:36AM (#22758162)
      Click on "Post Anonymously", idiot.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by quokkapox (847798)

      Except "these people" haven't done anything to directly harm me or my family or friends.

      I'm more concerned about the fundamentalist Christianists and Islamists (yes, in that order, at least here in the U.S.).

      Most people know the Scientologists are nuts. But most "moderate" religious people tolerate the extremists among their ranks.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Most people know the Scientologists are nuts. But most "moderate" religious people tolerate the extremists among their ranks.

        Yuo Fail. Most don't. Most Muslims (at least, two with whom I work) don't want to murder me. Most Christians (I work with dozens of them) deplore Fred Phelps and his ilk. Teh J00z? Couple of them at my office. They don't eat pork, they do drink wine. Buddhists? They think all us Abrahamic folks are a little strange, but if that's our way of following the Path, then we're

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by ortholattice (175065)

        Except "these people" haven't done anything to directly harm me or my family or friends.

        You've heard it before: "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Socialist. ..."

        I'm more concerned about the fundamentalist Christians and Islamists (yes, in that order, at least here in the U.S.).

        And these should be protested and exposed just as vigorously. Especially the first, since they have voted into office the current leaders who are destroying our economy and

      • by Oligonicella (659917) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @05:10AM (#22758484)
        I'll bet neither have the fundie Christians or Islamists done anything directly to harm you and yours. "Nuts" and murder, extortion, false accusations, kidnapping and other activities are worlds apart.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Tom (822)

          I'll bet neither have the fundie Christians or Islamists done anything directly to harm you and yours.
          Then I'll speak for him and say the same, because they did to me. It's been a while, but let me tell you, xians and scientologists aren't half as different from each other as both would like.

          Or, as Bill Maher would say: I don't care what kind of crazy you are.
        • by metlin (258108) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @09:38AM (#22759154) Journal

          I'll bet neither have the fundie Christians or Islamists done anything directly to harm you and yours. "Nuts" and murder, extortion, false accusations, kidnapping and other activities are worlds apart.
          Yes, they have. They have passed laws that are keeping in with their religion that are offensive to my person. And their religious beliefs and actions are changing the landscape of this country, the world, and how nation-states view freedom and liberty. What's your point?

          "Nuts" and murder, extortion, false accusations, kidnapping and other activities are worlds apart.
          Would you rather prefer terrorist attacks, invading other nations in retaliation and killing hundreds of thousands, instead?

          Scientology is bad, but there are other religions that have been around a lot longer and are a lot more harmful to society and civilization as a whole.
        • by quokkapox (847798) <quokkapox@gmail.com> on Saturday March 15, 2008 @10:02AM (#22759252)

          I'll bet neither have the fundie Christians or Islamists done anything directly to harm you and yours.

          Yeah, I suppose preaching hatred against gays, so they get spit on or cursed at or their friends get beaten up on the street, that doesn't count as "direct" harm.

        • Re:Grab Your Masks! (Score:5, Interesting)

          by TechyImmigrant (175943) * on Saturday March 15, 2008 @12:16PM (#22759824) Journal
          >I'll bet neither have the fundie Christians or Islamists done anything directly to harm you and yours. "Nuts" and murder, extortion, false accusations, kidnapping and other activities are worlds apart.

          Well the IRA tried to blow up my mother at the Ideal Home Exhibition in Birmingham. She got away unscathed but she saw someone's foot blown off. That's the catholics for you.
          • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

            by smolloy (1250188)
            IRA violence is political, not religious. That they call themselves "Catholics" is neither here nor there. I bet, if you were to ask the nutjobs who planted that bomb, they would claim to have done it for political/nationalistic reasons. Not religious. Yours is a good example of the evils of extremism, but a bad example of extremist religion.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2008 @07:22AM (#22758750)
      Make sure you be careful: they have cameramen staked out at public transit locations to try to photograph people with their masks off; they'll try to match you by your clothing, identify you, and harass you to no end. Some guys in London found out the hard way. Their practice is always to stay under the threshold of proof. If they can throw a brick through your window and if you can't prove they did it, they'll do that.

      They're planning on disrupting the protests [indymedia.org.au] with staged violence by anons [enturbulation.org]. Make sure you catch it all on camera if you attend.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by SCHecklerX (229973)
      http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Ides_of_March [encycloped...matica.com]

      lol, they think 'anonymous' is an alien race. You can't make this stuff up:

      http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Marcab [encycloped...matica.com]
  • In other news: (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2008 @04:02AM (#22758236)
    In Adelaide they submitted a march of their own to the council [anonsa.org], nullifying our permit. It went ahead anyway, with well over two hundred attending: News story [news.com.au], Gallery [news.com.au].

    We're never going to give them up, never going to let them down.

  • Touched a nerve? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by H0p313ss (811249) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @04:06AM (#22758262)

    An "injunction against protests"? In the US? Wow! They must have really touched a nerve. Keep it up!

    Of course CoS had any sense at all they'd just ignore the whole thing until it blows over... but I'm counting on CoS to blow it way out of proportion. Which is exactly what Anonymous wants.

    This could be an interesting showdown, especially if the protests continue to be disciplined and, well... funny!

  • by DKlineburg (1074921) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @04:10AM (#22758280)
    Here is what Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] said:

    This article or section has multiple issues. Please help improve the article or discuss these issues on the talk page.
    It needs sources or references that appear in third-party publications. Tagged since February 2008.
    It may require general cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Tagged since February 2008.
    It may contain improper references to self-published sources. Tagged since February 2008.

    I would have a hunch, that the "Church" itself is causing the problems on the page. First The war starts [wired.com]. They impose there beliefs and pull web pages from Google [wired.com]. I have seen a few things that they have done to try and put "Anonymous" in a bad light. I wish I could find the link, and maybe someone out there knows it. It is of a group of protesters getting arrested. The "Church" said it was "Anonymous". This was quickly debunked they the comments around the article, and found that the pictures where taken from a real protest elsewhere, and not an "Anonymous" protest. All and all i think the "Church" is a bunch of bull and don't play fair with others.

    I'm now prepared to get buried by the "Church" for my negative comments against them.
  • by gorbachev (512743) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @04:26AM (#22758338) Homepage
    "The petition filed by the Church listed twenty-six individuals allegedly affiliated with Anonymous, but "accidentally" included others who merely work near the location of the first protests held in February and did not participate in them, such as a Starbucks employee. Furthermore, the Church failed to show that any of those listed actually committed any wrongdoing.""

    OMG! I think I get it now!

    RIAA is run by the church of scientology!

    That explains everything!
  • Um... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Perseid (660451) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @04:30AM (#22758360)
    I'm not normally a summary-nazi, but it's L. Ron Hubbard. Not Ron L. Hubbard.
  • by essence (812715) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @05:42AM (#22758544) Homepage Journal
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2008 @06:03AM (#22758588)
    I've been on the net since gopher was cool and I'll tell you that the Scientology virus is the *worst* infection it's ever gotten. The hell with RIAA or the MPAA, they've done nothing compared to the trampling of net ideals the Scientology jerks have done.

    They started by taking down anon.penet.fi, and they've been getting worse every year. The hell with all their supposed abuses, and cult like activity. It's messing with the geek stuff that pisses me off.

    Get off my f*ckn net! On my f*ckn net we don't tolerate: censorship, copyright abuse, trademark abuse, bogus DMCA notices, intimidating lawyer letters, or stripping our anonaminity for no good reason.

    People have been scared to fight back for nearly 20 years. No more!

    * Posting anon not because it's cool, but because these jerks still scare me enough not to use my nick.

  • by LM741N (258038) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @08:13AM (#22758880)
    Scientology is a lightweight compared to Synanon in its heyday in the early 70's. It went from a respectable drug program to a wacky cult. Everyone was compelled to shave their head and they were also compelled to change sex partners every night and then the next day report on what it was like.

    These are the people who put rattlesnakes in the LA DA's mailbox. I think the Synanon founder was sent to prison for attempted murder on that one.

    They also at one time had over 100 attorneys working for them and would sue anyone just like Scientology. They even won a lawsuit for defamation or libel against Hurst Publishing. It had never been achieved before. They had a tactic where in lawsuits they would depose people for hours asking them stupid questions like "what has the consistancy of your stool been lately?"

    Just wait. Scientology will eventually get nutty enough to do something similar to the rattlesnake bit and then they are done for.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 15, 2008 @08:17AM (#22758902)
    check out this firehose story, and click the + top left to give it your support so the /. editors write it up!

    http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&id=573326 [slashdot.org] "Church of Scientology violates Federal Law"

    You'd never guess who might be voting THAT one down ;o)

     
  • by blind biker (1066130) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @08:23AM (#22758930) Journal
    You can find a very detailed explanation here. [xenu.net] Basically, questions like what is scientology, what is the e-meter, and last minute news about scientology, can be found there.
  • by stabiesoft (733417) on Saturday March 15, 2008 @10:30AM (#22759416) Homepage
    Personally, I'd like to see ALL religions lose their tax write off. They have all become soo political that I don't understand why the religion of ? should enjoy tax benefits when others pay. If the donors don't get to write it off, I suspect funding for all religions might drop like a rock. I also think the churches should have to pay prop taxes etc. Most these "dream" churches have millions of bucks in property, buildings and in the case of the mega's, planes, schools, etc. Let them pay like for profit. I can't tell the difference between non-profit/for-profit anymore except a couple of "praise god's".
    • * Largest hospital system in the country, accounting for over 20% of visits in 20 states. 5.4 million patients, 100 million visits (15 million of them emergency room). Includes some amusing trivia like "treats more AIDS patients in NYC than anyone else"
      * Largest non-governmental primary/secondary education provider in country. Educates about 2.5 million students (including about 320k non-Catholic kids), many of them poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Routinely outperforms local public schools, but subsidi

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