The protest then moved to the Saint Hill Manor Information
centre and Bookshop in London Road where demonstrators
handed out leaflets to passers-by and shouted: "Get
Your information against Scientology here."
Organiser David Bird told the Courier: "I have been
involved since about 1995. There are demonstrations about
once a month, mostly in London, Poole and Brighton, but
this is the first one here."
Former Scientology member Roland Rashleigh-Berry, from
London, who claimed he had handed over almost
£50.000 to the cult, said the protest was to "bring
awareness of the dangers of the church."
Jens Tingleff, who had travelled from Paris after reading
about the picket on the Internet, said: "I have been
protesting for about two-and-a-half years. I feel very
strongly about this. It is my mission to inform the public
that no-one gets anything from Scientology."
The group claims that the core belif of Scientology hinges
on excorcising souls or "thetans" of galatic leader Xemu's
subjects killed to solve overpopulation problems. One of
the protesters dressed up as Xemu in a bid to get his
Scientology public affairs director Graeme Wilson said:
"Saturday was on the 48th anniversary of publication of
the book Dianetics. During these 48 years, nearly 18
million copies have been sold.
"Further research into the spiritual nature of man by the
founder of Dianetics, L Ron Hubbard, resulted in the
creation of the Scientology religion, the only new religion to
be formed in the 20th century and recognised to be the
fastest growing religion in the world.
"Much of the research in the 1960s was done in East
Grinstead. There are always those who attack efforts to
better mankind. People wonder why our church is attacked.
"You could equally ask why were Christians thrown to the
lions? Why have religions been discriminated against or
persecuted throughout history? In Scientology you don't
need to take anyone's word for it --- you learn to think