Monday, October 30, 2006

Everybody's Talking about the Scientology London Opening

As far away as South Africa, there were still articles running about the Grand Opening of the Church of Scientology of London. I just was meandering about, and found this one on a South Africa news zine, covering the opening, which I thought was pretty cute:

The revamped building is a short walk from St Paul's Cathedral, and sits next to an Anglican church. Some parishioners walked out of the church following their Sunday service and stayed to watch the ceremony.

The ceremony started with a procession by the London Scottish Regimental Pipe and Drum Band, finishing with an explosion of multi-coloured ticker tape. Scientology leader David Miscavige addressed the several hundred Scientologists who attended the outdoor ceremony, describing the occasion as "momentous".

"This day will go down in history. Of all the foreign lands where LRH (Hubbard) lived and worked, he called England home," Miscavige
After the opening ceremony, the public were invited inside the building to discover more about Scientology. One room is devoted to Hubbard's accomplishments, while one exhibit claims "the Holocaust was conceived and propagated by psychiatry".

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