After critical ‘Aftermath’ episodes, Clearwater police chief denies favoring Scientology

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    After critical ‘Aftermath’ episodes, Clearwater police chief denies favoring Scientology

    We’re going to guess that the Clearwater Police Department was inundated with angry calls and messages from the public after the last two episodes of Leah Remini’s A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. How else to explain the extraordinary step that Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter took yesterday, posting a video to the[.......]

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    Chief Daniel Slaughter of Clearwater


    Clearwater Leaders on Scientology - Then and Now

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    This article by Stephen Kent explains the sophisticated Scientology strategy of "safepointing" government agencies.

    Sect and cult classifications from the late 1950s through the 1970s usually contained categories of groups that expected to see the transformation or revolution of the world (Wilson, 1959: 6; see 1973: 23; Bromley and Shupe, 1979: 22, 27-29; Wallis, 1984: 11). Resembling Weberian ideal types, these categories were the sociological distillations of groups' doctrines, activities, policies, and pronouncements. The fixed, static nature of the categories, however, did little to aid research in the actual techniques that groups used in attempts to enact their desired global transformation. Resource mobilization theory provided that aid with descriptions and predictions about strategies that groups, organizations, and social movements utilize in attempts to achieve their goals (McCarthy and Zald, 1977; Zald, 1982; Zald and McCarthy, 1987). Henceforth, social scientists had the analytical concepts and tools to study the manner in which sects attempt to acquire and utilize the resources that they need to impose their transformational visions upon an increasingly complex world.