Thursday, July 17, 2008

Portland July 12 Protest

The Willamette Week, a local Portland newspaper, has an article about the July 12 Anonymous protest.

It gives a fairly equal time to the views on both sides, something that tends to infuriate anonymous members in their comments. Nor is the depiction of CoS' harassment strong enough for anons demonized views:
""Heckling" is an awful mild description of the treatment received by people like Mark Bunker and Paulette Cooper"
The author's depiction of the protest, however, is quite accurate:
"the group tromped off, clad with accusatory signs ("Scientology Kills," "The Church of Scientology is a Criminal Organization"), blank name-tags and spirits driven by conspiracy theory"
Scientology's point of view was parted by Gwen Mayfield-Barnard (photo).
"She maintained a matriarch's composure, calling out "There are cookies!" and gesturing to a table laden with nibbles whenever a new Scientologist walked in the door."
She reminded me of Yvette Shank, the New York Scientologist, whose warm motherly attitude transpired from one of the Anonymous videos trying to demonize her and twist her words.

The cookie note also shows what I reported earlier, that Scientologists increasingly just ignore Anonymous protesters at their door and have their own small parties inside, while Anonymous hold their "Epic" parties outside, sharing "ceak".

Mind you, even such an innocent gesture is questioned by anons, who have to ask:
"Ok, Gwen. What's in those cookies?!"

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