From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Milne) Subject: Melbourne "Demo" also a flop. Date: 18 Mar 1996 00:00:00 GMT Message-ID: <email@example.com> Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology David Gerard's "demo" outside the Church of Scientology in Melbourne, was, like those last week in the US, a flop with minimal turnout -- at most about half the "high point" of last year when they scrambled up to about 15 through extraordinary efforts. * They handed out a leaflet which nobody was really interested in and most people dumped in the trash soon after. People were much more interested in the Freedoms that were handed out. * For most of the time there were only about 3 people there. A few stragglers came and went. * Contrary to what Gerard expected (he seems to have had the impression he would be the high point of the day for the Scientologists), the Scientologists in the Church didn't think it worth their while to talk to him. * The "demo" had absolutely no impact whatever and was more of a curiosity for passersby. All in all, a sorry affair. In fact, it is revelatory that after weeks of touting these demos as a big international "protest", the total turnaround around the world was utterly insignificant. I guess that's what comes of following Steven Fishman. If Gerard wants to "demonstrate" again next year, he may. But with the Church's new sites up, people are now going to be finding out what Scientology really is on the Internet. I recommend to Gerard that he give up a hopeless cause (whatever his cause may be, I'm not sure) and take a look at the sites and find out the truth about Scientology. Otherwise he runs the risk of becoming like the flat-earth society -- irrelevant and unnoticed.