Last month the Church of Scientology issued a cease and desist order to the New Zealand owner of a Tom Cruise parody website, www.scientomogy.info demanding they shut down the site and transfer ownership to the Church or face a law suit of up to $100,000. Via email, the Church's law firm Moxon & Kobrin stated the website domain was an infringement of their trademark and would cause a "likelihood of confusion" with their own, breaking federal law, specifically citing The Lanham Act , 15 U.S.C. 1125(a).
The Lanham Act contains the federal statutes governing trademark law in the United States and the church would have to prove factors such as "proof of actual confusion" "product types, proximity and marketing", "their respective appearance and meanings", and "(bad) intention behind selecting the mark"Glen Stollery, the website's owner has now hit back at the church stating "We have researched this and believe their claims are completely without merit. The church can provide no proof as to any confusion regarding the sites. For instance, scientology.info does not even exist, so compared to scienTOMogy.info it is hardly a matter of someone hitting the wrong key. We also have a Full Disclaimer at the top of the front page and in the website's meta-tags stating that there is no connection between ourselves and the church. Not to mention the fact that the site is completely non-commercial in nature, and does not generate a single cent of revenue nor offers any services of any kind. It is a parody site showing the recent lunacy of Tom Cruise - confusion of any kind with their site is literally impossible."
Stollery continues "The non-commercial use of a trademark as the domain name of a website — the subject of which is consumer commentary about the products and services represented by the mark — does not constitute infringement under the Lanham Act." Bosley Medical Institute v. Kremer (9th Cir., Apr. 4, 2005). In this instance, we are even one step further removed as their trademark is "scientology" not "scienTOMogy" Their claims are completely frivolous."
If this is the case then it would not be the first time the law firm would be found guilty of filing frivolous complaints. In 1994, Helena Kobrin of Moxon & Kobrin, counsel for the Church of Scientology, was ordered to pay sanctions in the total sum of $17,775 for filing a frivolous complaint in federal court. Stollery states on his website that he believes this is simply a way of "scaring any critics into instantly backing down at the prospect of costly lawsuits regardless of their innocence." In closing he says to the church "I'm calling your bluff. File your lawsuit we're keeping our domain... see you in court"
TOM ON OPRAH STATS... (AND SOMEONE GET ME A BUCKET)
- Number of times Tom dropped to his knees in front of Oprah :: 6
- Times Tom called Katie "extraordinary" :: 2
- Times Tom and Oprah grabbed each other :: 18
- Times Tom used the word "love" to describe his feelings for Katie :: 3
- Times Tom said he respected the women :: 2
- Times Tom called Katie his "woman" :: 2
- Times Tom said Katie is "freaking out" :: 3
- Times Oprah said that Tom is "gone" (no shit!) :: 19
To view the video click here
Traffic to the site has gone through the roof - 64,000 hits in 3 hours today thus far! And people are now seeing the reality, and, as they do, they express it in their BLOG!
has a great scoop this morning, for those of you out of the loop on the spreading epidemic of Tom Cruise hatred. If you’re not familiar with ScienTOMogy.info
, you need to visit immediately.
ScienTOMogy.info has received cease and desist letters from the church, threatening to sue the New Zealand-based Web site for copyright infringement, according to various sources.
“You are hereby on notice that the registration and use of this domain name in this fashion has caused your name to be falsely associated with our client’s registered mark, SCIENTOLOGY,” notes a legal letter posted online. “The fact that you have changed one letter (“m” instead of “l”) does not protect you from trademark infringement.”
The site — which mercilessly ridicules Cruise, his engagement, and his devotion to the controversial religion — has posted a disclaimer of sorts:
“YOU MUST UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING BEFORE CONTINUING: Obviously www.scienTOMogy.info has ABSOLUTELY NO connection whatsoever with the Church of Scientology, it’s [sic] affiliated organizations or, needless-to-say, Tom Cruise. It is designed for commentary and criticism within the limits of Free Speech. All content should be treated as opinion and all trademarks/copyrighted material herein are owned by their respective trademark owners. The Scientology site is [link to site]. Thank you. You may continue…”
What’s even more disgusting about the Church of Scientology’s oh-so-scientific campaign against free speech--something the Internet is all about, by the way--is that ScienTOMogy is only part satire, and what is satire is clearly labelled “SATIRE.” Two-thirds of the main page consists exclusively of downloadable video evidence of Tom’s manic panic to save the world from, I don’t know, rational thinking? There’s the Matt Lauer interview, the Oprah interview, the Access Hollywood interview...even a press conference or two thrown in for good measure. How exactly does the “Church” of Scientology plan to prosecute this website for defamation of character when the bulk of their “defamation” consists of their own star client’s televised insanity?
And if these people have the answers to complete enlightenment, then what the fuck do they need to threaten their detractors for? If they’re so scientific, then they would welcome a conversation that allows all perspectives--even those that choose to voice their criticism through satire, a time-honored method of illuminating the weaknesses of a society or school of thought. If they’re actually a “church”, whatever happened to forgiveness and compassion? They might not agree with it, but in the spirit of generosity, shouldn’t they just let it go?
It’s interesting how they’re apparently not a cult, and yet nothing
about them is remotely charitable, humanitarian, or vaguely thick-skinned. I never hear about the Church of Scientology giving money and resources to those in need outside of their own organization. I never hear about them counseling people who are feeling lost or in crisis to seek help. I never heard about them giving money after the tsunami, the hurricanes, or the earthquake. I never hear about them going into Calcutta and caring for the sick and dying with their own hands. I never hear about Scientologists who forsake all worldly pursuits in order to do the work of God. I do hear the Church of Scientology, and their little shaggy-haired manchild spokesperson, Tom Cruise, repeatedly telling people that they are ignorant, misguided and doomed to a life of failure, alienation and suffering because of these “hopeless” flaws that they are too stupid to fix for themselves. I hear the Church of Scientology, instead of giving to charity, repeatedly criticizing those in this country who could benefit most from it--children, women, the mentally ill, the homeless, the hungry, the lonely. Jesus, Moses, Muhammed, the Buddha--all these had a legacy of compassion, forgiveness, generosity and unconditional love. Even for morons like Tom Cruise, even for those who promote the dangerous ideals of Scientology; and this is why threatening the good-humored and well-meaning authors of a satirical website is the very pinnacle of their hypocrisy.
and show your support.EDIT:
Incidentally, we have reason to believe that changing one letter in the name of a domain does
protect an author from copyright infringement.UPDATE: The site is now apparently down. I think between all six billion of us earth residents we can scrape together the bus fare so a posse of at least ten can get to Los Angeles in time to shit on Mr. Cruise’s front porch before breakfast. Once again, it’s amazing how some of the most “enlightened” minds in the world are so incapable of acting like grownups, or you know, taking a joke?Additionally, I’ve been surfing around the web getting different opinions on the legal merit to the claims of what appear to be the ambulance chasers of planet Xenu, but the general consensus is that the complaint is bullshit. Whatever legal grounds they may have are incredibly shaky, given that this site openly admits it is satirical in nature--and even directs to the real scientology site, a generous gesture to say the least. To revisit their open disclaimer at the top of their page:
(screencaps to be posted soon, I still have the page archived)
“YOU MUST UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING BEFORE CONTINUING: Obviously this website has ABSOLUTELY NO connection whatsoever with the Church of Scientology, it's affiliated organizations or, needless-to-say, Tom Cruise. It is designed for commentary and criticism within the limits of Free Speech. All content should be treated as opinion and all trademarks/copyrighted material herein are owned by their respective trademark owners. The Scientology site is here [link]. Thank you. You may continue...”Explain to me how, then, these attorneys managed to bully the site into submission? It really is quite the spirit of L. Ron Hubbard, isn’t it? Next thing you know these attorneys will be calling for cease-and-desist on the grounds that the author of a detracting webpage is a Communist, or worse, a Jew. Let’s stop these fuckers, shall we? First step, carrying on Scientomogy’s crusade to get the Church of Scientology’s tax-exemption status revoked.
By Jeannette Walls
Updated: 2:58 a.m. ET Oct. 12, 2005
Tom Cruise’s future father-in-law apparently isn’t a happy camper.
Katie Holmes’s dad is said to be “very upset” because his unmarried daughter is pregnant with Cruise’s child. And, what’s more, the devoutly Catholic Martin Holmes reportedly is none-too-thrilled about his daughter’s involvement in her husband-to-be’s controversial religion, Scientology.
“[Martin Holmes] was very upset and got into a real spat with Katie,” the forthcoming issue of Life & Style Weekly quotes “a close friend” of Cruise as saying. “Tom had promised her parents that they would do the right thing and get married before any baby came along.” After scolding his daughter, according to the mag, Martin Holmes berated Cruise by declaring “You’re no good.”
“He said he and his wife were very upset by the news,” according to the source, “and demanded the pair get married quickly.”
Furthermore, a member of Christ the King Church, which the Holmes family belongs to, told L&S that Cruise and Holmes’ publicist, his sister Lee Anne DeVette, sent a letter to parishioners, asking them not to talk to reporters. Although a family friend told the mag that the Holmes family is thrilled by the news of a grandchild, they’re also concerned.
“It seemed like Katie was being controlled by Scientologists,” the friend told L&S. “Now they wonder if it’s a Rosemary’s Baby situation, where Katie is being groomed to provide Tom with a child.”
DeVette didn’t respond to The Scoop’s repeated requests for comment.
By Jeannette Walls - MSNBC
Updated: 2:49 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2005
Tom Cruise is the latest celeb to be involved in a clash with paparazzi.
Cruise's bodyguard got into an altercation with photographers last week
outside the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles after paparazzi
followed him to the center during a break in shooting "Mission Impossible."
The photographer swarmed around the center and a security guard went out to
photograph the crowd of lensmen. But a Scientology spokesman disputes an
account from ContactMusic that suggests that the incident got ugly when one
of the paparazzi tried to swipe the guard's camera.
"The paparazzi were outside our property and our security guard went to
photograph him out of concern for the safety of our parishioners,"
Scientology Celebrity Centre spokesman Greg LaClaire told The Scoop.
"[Later] our security officer drove away and was at a stop light on a
corner. While he was sitting at the stop light, the paparazzi jumped thru
the passenger window and started beating him. Our security officer defended
himself as best he could and then made a citizen arrest on felony charges of
battery. He held [the paparazzi] until the police came."
Cruise's rep didn't respond to requests for comment.
These are the pics circulating the internet since TOMKAT's announcement that she is pregnant on October 6. Some are confused, Tom and Katie announced their engagement on June 17, about 3.5 months ago - yet opinion has varied as to how far along the pregnancy is - with speculation it may be six months or more... but the scary thing....
Why does the Scientologist minder appear in every photo of Katie alone.... is she watched 24 hours??? Bet we'll be hearing a lot more with time
Here is a chart of completions of various 'secret' levels offered at Scientology's Headquarters in Clearwater, data compiled by thomas j. best: Year Clear OT5 OT6 OT7 L s Totals
1986 134 142 209 181 446 1112
1987 176 166 308 211 646 1507
1991 276 134 260 125 725 1520
1992 36 71 132 21 480 740
1993 196 79 129 31 603 1038
1994 141 60 101 81 576 959
1995 123 68 112 41 591 935
1996 107 74 81 16 372 650
1997 78 53 39 0 220 390
1998 57 47 86 0 159 349
1999 87 30 99 0 90 306
2000 49 15 43 0 133 240
2001 46 68 39 16 173 342
The following was just posted today on a website - it makes for interesting reading;
"In addition to being a nuclear physicist, L. Ron Hubbard was a pedatrician and thoughtfully gave his followers a baby food recipe that he picked up in Roman times when he was a Roman. As good
Scientologiststs, Tom and Katie will need to feed their new bundle of joy per
LRH or a trip to Ethics will be in store.
First, skinny little Katie needs to realize that she, and all other modern
women, are not good "Guernsey type" mothers, i.e. milk cows, according to Ron,
and that is why Katie cannot breast feed her new baby:
Quote:Breast feeding babies may have a nostalgic background,
particularly to a Freudian oriented medico, but real breast milk again is
usually a poor ration. Modern mothers smoke and sometimes drink. Smoking makes
the milk very musty. Anyway, a nervous modern mother just can't deliver the
right ration. Maybe it's the pace of the times or the breed, but there are few
modern Guernsey-type mothers. So even without drinking or smoking, one should
forget breast feeding.
The foremost reason a baby doesn't do well is poor rations. And to remedy that,
here is a formula one can use:
15 ounces of barley water
10 ounces of homogenized milk
3 ounces of corn syrup (As the Romans had honey, 2 ounces of honey may be used
instead of corn syrup, if desired. Do not use lactose [a sugar found in milk,
used in infant foods] as a substitute.) The amount of syrup should be varied -
depending on the baby - some like it weak - some take it stronger.
The Romans did not have homogenized milk, so LRH must have used his OT powers to
materialize homogenized milk from the future. This glaring bit of out-chronology
aside, Katie, who is not a Guernsey Mother with a large and ample bosom that
produces a sufficient ration of milk for baby, now has the recipe for baby food
straight from Source.
Honey can also cause death in babies as they cannot digest it. Never give a
child honey until they are two years or older, and even then ask their
Ron's baby food formula is not just a good idea; it is a dire warning not to use
hospital formulas or retail baby formulas:
Modern hospital formulas and patent mixes for babies are not just
bad, they are criminal.
Katie is stuck: No breastfeeding, no, no,
no. She is not a Geurnsey mom. And hospital formulas and patent mixes are
criminal. Katie does not want to commit a crime per LRH or she will be RPF'd. So
Katie has to give baby the Roman baby food per LRH.
On another note, I must vigorously protest the fact that Tom Cruise does not
practice the morality he so loves to preach.
He divorced Nicole, his wife of ten years. They have two children and Tom tore
the family apart.
I thought Scientology had all the answers to making a marriage work. The
Scientology Marriage Solutions website claims that Scientology has all of the
Quote:How to Improve Your Marriage Course
What do you do when a marriage is breaking apart?
Is there any way to restore communication, trust and happiness, or is it
Spiraling divorce rates and the increasing number of single parents show that
for many, the only answer was to end it.
They lacked the knowledge and technology to improve their marriage.
In fact, if you spent as much time on this course as you spend in a week
agonizing over your marriage, you wouldn’t have those problems very long.
Take this course to restore to your marriage the happiness with which it began.
It can be done.
Real communication, mutual trust, honesty and openness in the relationship —
these are factually attainable with the knowledge and skill you gain on this
Here you can find the basics of successful marriage and the way to resolve past
upsets, increase understanding, and create goals together.
You can gain the ability to:
# Deal with the rough spots in a marriage
# Repair upsets before they blow up
# Communicate to solve problems in a marriage
# Resolve marital conflicts
A happier life with your spouse is within your reach. The course takes
approximately 5 mornings, afternoons or evenings, and can be done anytime
throughout the week or on weekends.
Tom also divorced Mimi Rogers. That is
two divorces for Tom. Statistically, that means his marriage to Katie is doomed
to fail. Tom cannot hold together a marriage over time and has in fact failed
Where is the OT in that?
After he failed to use Scientology teaching to keep his marriage to Nicole
together and his family united, Tom next apparently had promiscuous, premarital
sex with several actresses and then with Katie Holmes and got her pregnant.
Tom and Katie have had promiscuous, premarital sex. Hubbard is hard on such
"At 1.1 on the tone scale, we enter the area of the most vicious
reversal of the second dynamic. Here we have promiscuity, perversion, sadism and
irregular practices." Tom, and now Katie, are role models as
Scientologists and so they have sent a global message to young people that
Scientology approves of promiscuity and premarital sex.
Tom Cruise has had both promiscuous and premarital sex, played a violent
professional killer in Collateral, and has two divorces under his belt. And yet
he has the temerity to attack psychiatry. Tom's ethics are out. He is sending
all of the wrong messages out about Scientology.
Katie is now technically an unwed mother, another sad statistic of the moral
decline of society that CCHR laments in its screeds:
Quote:"Perhaps the most powerful of these enclaves is in the United
States, where psychiatry influences many of the institutions that are simply
taken for granted: politics, education, health and the court systems. The result
of this unfortunate influence can be found by a quick glance around our nation's
cities and towns: dramatic increases in
illetracy, drug abuse, crime, teenage pregnancy,
poverty and insanity. All concurrent with the presence and expansion of they
psychiatric influence." [p. 223]
While Katie is not a teenager, she is
only 26 and is pregnant by a leading name in Scientology and is unwed.
KATIE HOLMES: UNWED PREGNANT SCIENTOLOGIST.
WILL TOM BE PUT INTO A LOWER ETHICS CONDITION?
OR DOES SCIENTOLOGY APPROVE OF TOM AND KATIE'S PROMISCUITY?
If Katie needs painkillers during childbirth, forget it! She has to remain
quiet. She also is forbidden to use breathing techniques to help her per
"Kelly Preston will be screaming in silent agony when she
gives birth to hubby John Travolta's baby later this month. Her only relief
through hours of excruciating labor will be to bite her lips and clench her
husband's hand. The staunch Scientologist plans to follow her church's teachings
about childbirth - which include a strict no-noise policy in the delivery room
and a ban on painkillers. Even natural childbirth breathing techniques are
"'It's called quiet birth,' says Travolta of the Scientology procedure, which is
used because L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's founder, believed excessive noise can
'be the cause of irrational fears, compulsions and unexplainable behavior' later
in a baby's life. 'The birth is for the child and for the mother,' explains
John. 'Moans and groans are one thing. It's words that have the most potential.
Any people saying negative verbiage could adversely affect the baby later on.'
"Everyone in the delivery room--including doctors--are encouraged to keep as
quiet as possible. 'The child will experience pain as it's being born, but to
have all these people around saying all kinds of things makes it worse. As he
grows up and hears these same words, it will stimulate the memory of the pain of
Katie will not be able to speak to
her baby for the first week after it is born because LRH said so. A new baby's
brain needs to start wiring itself to higher levels the second it is born, and
mother-baby bonding are crucial. But Katie can't talk to her baby and neither
can Tom. Hush for a week.
What happens if Katie suffers from severe postpartum depression so severe that,
God forbid, she is suicidal?
Tom Cruise has taken a harsh stand against Brooke Shields. If Katie has suicidal
feelings from postpartum depression, she will only be allowed vitamins and
exercise. No anti-deppresants in the Cruise household!
That would make Tom and Scientology look stupid and so, rather than getting
Katie on anti-deppressants and giving her the help she needs, she will be put
into the Introspection Rundown if she has postpartum depression. She will be
isolated in a room like Lisa Mc Pherson and even Tom will not be allowed to see
her. Katie will remain locked up until her CS decides she is better.
If Katie gets put into the Introspection Rundown for postpartum depression and
Tom has to leave to go make a movie, the Sea Org childcare system is a wonderful
place to leave baby.
From Jesse Prince:
Just looking at it now, those children were so under-nourished,
just not whole, complete children, because L. Ron Hubbard figures barley water
is better than milk. . . I've seen those children, 15 to 20 of them in a filthy
room, filthy carpet, food everywhere, and playing. If one of them got out of
line, they'd just lock them in a room and let them scream itself to death, or
scream itself to sleep. . . They make them do what's called rocks and shows,
where if they do something that they weren't told to do, they have to do
sit-ups, push-ups from the cradle they are punished. From the cradle the
children are punished.
Former Scientologists who served as crew together with Hubbard in
the early years remember a five years old deaf and mute child being locked up in
the chain-locker. Hubbard said she was not to leave the chain locker until she
completed the formula by writing her name. Another witness claims that a
three-year-old was once put in the locker.
"Warrior" describes unhealthy living conditions and neglect of
From: Warrior <email@example.com>
Subject: Scientology lied to me over and over for years
Date: 23 May 1997 17:38:56 -0700
In 1975 I joined the Sea Organization of the "Church" of Scientology. That turned out to be the biggest mistake of my life.
I didn't realize it at the time of signing my contract, but the Sea Org
Recruiter (Steve Grant) from ASHO Day had lied to me about every aspect of the
Sea Organization's living conditions.
1) He lied about the facilities for child care (at that time referred to as the
Cadet Org). I was told that there was a day care facility to look after my
child, and that upon my arrival in ASHO, my child would be placed in this day
care center while I worked. Upon my arrival to the Sea Org in LA, I discovered
that the Cadet Org (on Melrose Avenue at that time) was absolutely filthy. It
was understaffed. Many babies (infants and toddlers) wandered around in the
lobby, apparently under the care of the *receptionist*!! I was disgusted. This
"day care" facility was obviously in violation of health codes. What I saw was
utter neglect, filth and stench. Several babies were crawling on the tiled
floor. They were filthy and in need of having their diapers changed. And at the
time that I walked into the building and into the lobby, there was *no one* even
there to keep their eyes on the children.
Sorry to rain on Tom and Katie's good news of a baby on the way, but Tom is a hypocrite and needs to be called on it.
Tom has two divorces, broke up his family with Nicole, and was promiscuous and
slept around. He had premarital sex with Katie and is sending a message to
people everywhere that Scientologists can get as many divorces as they want, be
promiscuous, pretend to be violent killers in movies, and engage in generally
whatever the hell insane and aberrated conduct they want to, all the while
I guess I am missing something here. I thought Scientology was moral, kept
marriages and families together, and decried the moral and social decline of
drugs, sexual promiscuity, depictions of violence, and illiteracy.
When will Scientology hold Tom Cruise accountable for his atrocious and
Or is Tom a chosen one who gets to break all of Scientology's rules?
Katie, take your baby and get out now!
Scientology will want your child to go to a non-school, skip college, and go on
staff with Sea Org at sixteen for $20 per week.
Katie, is that what you want for your baby?
Get out now.
It is too late for Tom, but you can save yourself and your baby!
Apart from Ava's numerous email's and faxes about their trademark claims re
http://www.scientomogy.info (which I do not consider
harassment), it seems the local chapter of the Co$ has decided to begin a
non stop barrage of phone calls, emails, and visits to my home
- at any hour day or night.
The phone calls are always from a prepaid cellular phone and they've used
plenty of different numbers, normally at night from 8pm till
midnight. The first few I was stupid enough to answer but now they just call
and call and call.
When I did speak to "a church member here in Auckland" he kept insisting
over and over that we meet to talk about my "vendetta" with
the church... I explained that my site is about Mr Cruise not the church and
that was extremely clear - and all correspondence was to be
through my lawyers and Ava - there was nothing else to say.
Then the visits to my home started. Now I have security cameras stationed at
my front door and driveway entrance so I have never
answered the door and therefore cannot be certain it is the church... but
they have my home address and in 8 months of living here never had
unsolicited callers - especially almost daily! Though when I do meet these
guys at least I'll know them from the footage!
Interesting thing is... Last census showed only approx. 200 Scientologists
in the whole of NZ!!
So, I wonder what's next???