A demonstration will be held outside the Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office in Dublin on December 2nd at 11:00 AM.
What: Protest against the Scientology organisation’s fraud and abuses
When: Saturday, December 2nd from 11:00 AM
Where: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, 4 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Pete Griffiths says he “was conned for twenty years” until a similar protest in 2008 led to a “penny-dropping moment” that saw him desert Scientology.
The High Court last week lifted an injunction forbidding Griffiths or his “servants or agents or any person acting in concert” with him from picketing Church of Scientology premises.
Now Griffiths plans to demonstrate outside the Church of Scientology’s Dublin 2 offices in the hope that his protest might help others “to see that they have been duped”.
Griffiths, who heads up the Ex-Scientologists Ireland group, said today: “I’m keen to resume regular protests of the Scientologists’ premises after defeating their court injunction.
“While I’m opposed to the Scientology organisation’s fraud and abuses, I see Scientologists as victims deserving of sympathy and understanding.
“I was conned for twenty years until such a protest opened my eyes to the enormity of the deceit.”
At the weekend, author and well-known ex church member Jon Atack described the successful appeal as a “landmark achievement against active Scientologists in the Irish courts”.
Griffiths added that the goal of Saturday’s protest, which will take place from 11am, “is to inform the general public, and if possible, to reach the existing membership in the hopes that they too will eventually come to see that they have been duped”.
A new Church of Scientology opened in Firhouse last month, while their offices in leafy Merrion Square opened a year ago.
Seán Crowe, TD for Dublin South-West, said recently that he had grave concerns about the Firhouse opening.
“This is basically a place for a cult and we know from the past that it targets people who are vulnerable in their own lives. It is not something I would encourage people to get involved in”, he said.
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin described Scientology as a cult at his party Ard Fheis in the RDS last month.
He told the party faithful: “These types of cults can be very damaging to people, particularly to young people. The best way forward needs to be examined, it may not be legislated. I think ultimately in situations like this it is about education.”