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Sat Jun 1, 2019, 10:07 PM

Atheists Commend LAPD for Removal of Massive Scientology Display from Department

Los Angeles, CA—Following a demand letter from the American Atheists Legal Center, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Hollywood Community Police Station has removed from its lobby a large kiosk promoting the Church of Scientology.

“When a massive display promoting a particular religious viewpoint appears in a police station, that is immediately cause for concern,” said Geoffrey T. Blackwell, staff attorney for American Atheists. “We’re pleased that the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners took immediate action to resolve this issue. A police facility is where crime victims go in times of acute emotional distress. Not only it is beyond inappropriate for them to encounter a church’s recruitment campaign, it’s unconstitutional as well. People depend on the police for real-world assistance, not religious endorsements.”

American Atheists was first made aware of the interactive kiosk—which featured a large video screen, an interactive touch panel, and free publications produced by the Church of Scientology—when a local resident contacted the organization with their concerns.

An August 13 letter from American Atheists, sent to Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, explained that the display violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution and demanded that the display, along with any others like it in the Department, be removed. In addition, American Atheists requested all public records from the Department related to the installation, placement, and maintenance of the display.

The display was removed within 48 hours of the letter. However, in response to American Atheists’ record request, the Department stated it was unable to identify any documents or records related to the display in its possession.

“I’m grateful to the LAPD for resolving this situation quickly and correctly,” said the complainant, who wishes to remain anonymous. “The LAPD is supposed to ‘protect and serve’ the community, not be used as a tool to promote religion.”

https://www.atheists.org/2018/08/lapd-scientology/

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Reply Atheists Commend LAPD for Removal of Massive Scientology Display from Department (Original post)
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procon Jun 2 #3
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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 10:33 PM

1. why did they allow such a display?

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 1, 2019, 10:47 PM

2. There's a huge Scientology Center in Hollywood.

I'm guessing they have friends in the police force who do them "favors."

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Sun Jun 2, 2019, 12:08 AM

3. It's an odd choice in any event.

There is any number of sects in LA, including a huge Catholic presence. Did someone from Scientology just come in and set it up without any official invite? I can actually believe that could happen in a large complex, and those folks are very aggressive.

No religious display should ever be found on public property, so good riddance to the lot of it.

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Response to procon (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 2, 2019, 09:34 AM

5. "No religious display should ever be found on public property,"

Amen, to that.

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Response to yortsed snacilbuper (Original post)

Sun Jun 2, 2019, 02:29 AM

4. Scientology....

... should be removed from the face of the Earth, as should every extreme cult. There is absolutely nothing I would consider in it's defense.

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