MR. SCARY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS:
The 1st Annual Benefit Concert for the Lisa McPherson Trust
For immediate release- October 12, 2000 – Tampa, Florida – National and regional musicians and artists are participating in an all-day event organized by Mr. Scary Productions to benefit the Lisa McPherson Trust. All proceeds will be donated to the Lisa McPherson Trust, a watchdog group dedicated to exposing the abusive and deceptive practices of Scientology in an effort to reform the organization and its harmful tactics.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2000 from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Club More, located at 703 Franklin Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756. All ages are welcome before 8 p.m., at which time only adults 18 or older will be permitted. Cover charges will be free/donation for those 15 or younger, $15.00 for ages 16 thru 20, and $10.00 for ages 21 and older. Club More may be reached at 727-466-6673.
Poets, guest speakers including former Scientologists, cult experts and video presentations will accompany the musical acts. Musical acts scheduled to date include WMNF radio disk jockey Jah-Be, The Hazies, Crizzy and the Punx, Fornikulture, Undecided, Wicker God, Trocar, Shiver, The Outpatients, Boney Fiend, The Gotohells, and ACK Records recording artist Tranceboy.
Scientology founder and Dianetics author L. Ron Hubbard’s great-grandson Jamie Kennedy will be the Master of Ceremonies for this event. Poet and artist Kennedy has been profiled by television’s 60 Minutes and in the New York Times regarding his volatile performances at poetry slams. He truly has a unique, critical perspective about Scientology and his family. Jamie Kennedy will also perform several of his “poetry slam” pieces. Click the followint link to hear his performance titled, "Judas' Son" in RealAudio: http://chooser.mp3.com/cgi-bin/play/play.cgi/AAICQk07CADABG5vcm1QBAAAAFI4aAEAUQEAAABDXEbcOcyPWrUo4v7C.1t3Oy1y3DY-/scientology1.m3u?refer=http%3A//artists.mp3s.com/artists/92/silicon_valley_poetry_slam.html&brwsk=ie.m3u
For booking and promotional information contact Mr. Scary Productions at MrScary@tampamail.com . Jamie Kennedy and other event participants are available for interviews, which may be scheduled through Mr. Scary Productions. For more information about the Lisa McPherson Trust, contact Karin D. Case at 727-467-9335.
Club More is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.
It recently came to the attention of Tampa Bay area musicians and artists that the Lisa McPherson Trust has been literally under attack by the Church of Scientology, its adherents and its various front groups. Their most recent tactic has been to try to label the Lisa McPherson Trust and its members as religious bigots, and to call the trust a “hate group.” Scientologists have attempted to destroy businesses owned by critics and members of the board of directors of the Lisa McPherson Trust, including handing out fliers to workers at those businesses alleging the directors are affiliated with Nazis and the KKK. A large group of Scientologists at the Tampa airport recently greeted a German Government representative with chants of “Nazi go home,” primarily because she had scheduled a press conference at the Lisa McPherson Trust to expose immigration and tax fraud by a German Scientologist. Several peaceful picketers of Scientology’s “spiritual headquarters” in Clearwater have been physically assaulted by Scientologists in the past few months.
Many of the board members of the Lisa McPherson Trust are former Scientologists, and their stated goal is to educate the public as to the true nature of Scientology and its methods, as well as to help those who want to leave the group. The Lisa McPherson Trust states that its objectives include: Exposing the Church of Scientology’s abuse of the human, civil and privacy rights of its members and critics. Revealing its deceptive advertising practices that border on consumer fraud. They will bring to light those “religious practices” that violate civil or criminal law. They help people in recovering from their unique personal experience with the abusive and deceptive practices of the Church of Scientology. They offer counsel to Scientologists who choose to hear the truth about how the Church of Scientology uses deceptive mind control techniques. Their dedicated staff provides the information, love and support to Scientologists that enables them to release the bonds of cult mind control.
We at Mr. Scary Productions chose to become involved and to work with area volunteers to organize this benefit concert out of a desire to help educate the public as to the truth about the Lisa McPherson Trust. A concerted effort has been made by Scientology and its members to depict the trust, and ALL critics of Scientology as criminals, liars, and worse. The fact is that Scientology is putting to work the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, which included this doctrine regarding critics- “Always attack, never defend.”
The story of Lisa McPherson’s death broke in 1996, a year after she died at the hands of Scientology, after 17 days of being held against her will in the Ft. Harrison Hotel in Clearwater. As the details of her tragic and senseless death began to be publicized, more and more people across the country came together to oppose the abuses occurring in the Church of Scientology.
The Lisa McPherson Trust believes in religious freedom for all, but they do not believe that anyone has the right to engage in behavior that violates other people’s rights, or the laws of the land.
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