Scientology is a totalist organization which has refined marketing, PR and staged events into a black art. Victims of Scientology and their relatives, however, will be happy to hear that one of the most active supporters of their cause, Bob Minton, will be receiving a human rights award for his efforts on their behalf.
Minton will be presented with the Alternate Charlemagne Award in Leipzig, Germany on June 3, 2000. The city of Leipzig was chosen because it was the site of the first in a series of demonstrations in former East Germany which presaged the fall of the Berlin wall. This is significant, among other reasons, because of similarities between the "unofficial staff members" of the former East German Ministry of Security, and the "field staff members" of Scientology's Office for Special Affairs today.
The award site is http://www.alt-charlemagne-award.de.
Both fictional and real-life material written by the above author have been banned by Scientology. He supports accurate reporting on the practices of Scientology in the USA and around the world.