I had a wonderful welcome when I arrived at the Seattle airport -- no Scientologists picketing me!
Bob had called Jesse before he left Columbus for Boston to let him know what had happened at the Columbus airport. He had found out the name of the head of airport security in Seattle and gave Jesse the man's name and number. Jesse called him and told him about Scientology's illegal picketing that has been going on at airports across the country. This guy told Jesse there was no way any Scientologist was going to picket at the Seattle airport.
So when I got off my plane Jesse was there to meet me, and so were a couple of Seattle police officers. But no Scientology picketers!
I was ready with my camera and was on the alert all the way down to the baggage claim area. But since security knew my flight number they also knew where my bags would be coming out. There were Seattle police patroling the baggage claim area, staying in touch with each other by walkie-talkies and stopping anyone who they thought looked suspicious in any way.
What a wonderful way to come home -- with the police protecting me from the Scientologists!
It's just as it should be. And it will be that way at every airport in the country from now on.
Of course, when Jesse and I arrived at the sanctuary on Vashon there were three picketers at the street waiting for me. Their signs said, "Bob Minton was arrested for assault on September 10 in Boston," "The woman who lives here is the head of an anti-religious hate group: Stacy Young," and "Bob Minton, stop attacking our religion."
But my neighbor saw me later and said, "These people picketing you are really crazy, aren't they? I don't know what they think they're accomplishing, but the people on Vashon can't stand them."
So Scientology is just shooting themselves in the foot every time they picket me here. Go for it, guys.
Stacy Brooks Young