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Something Can Be Done About It
May 5, 2023 By Mike Rinder 23 Comments
May 9, 2023 at 1:31 am
The only good thing is that there’s no spitting lama in the jury box. But there might as well be a trapdoor into an alligator pit for all the hope that fair justice will be done today.
James Rosso says
May 5, 2023 at 10:20 pm
Religious courts are almost always ones where you are presumed guilty at the start, aren’t allowed to defend yourself, be told the charges before entry or confront your accusers. Hearsay is legitimate evidence and the reputation of the accusers determines the weight of the case against you. Heck, you’re often not even informed that you’re being charged until you get there – it’s just ‘when are you free to meet?’
Jehovahs Witnesses have their courts too, but instead of buying your way out of trouble, they rely on your ability to convince the 3-man judge, jury and executioners that you repent whatever you’re accused of. And given that the organization attracts awful people who crave power over others and the ability to hurt them – good luck with that! (It’s a heirarchical, totalitarian organization of the worst kind where those with lower status can.not gainsay those with higher status, because Jehovah himself picked them to have that status!)
Jere Lull says
May 7, 2023 at 8:15 pm
scientology’s “ethics” proceedings determine your guilt right up front, when you’re accused of some infraction by a scientologist “in good standing”. There is no defense allowed or possible. You might as well write up a check for your total worth and credit limit before you show up to be declared, since that’s exactly what they’ll demand from you in the proceedings.
Asher Kobin says
May 5, 2023 at 8:45 pm
I’m new here. Does Mike create these cartoons?
Mike Rinder says
May 6, 2023 at 7:44 am
No, Regraded Being is our resident cartoonist, I couldn’t come up with a stick figure drawing…
May 5, 2023 at 2:59 pm
By the mere fact you find yourself in arbitration you are guilty of not abiding by church doctrines. The only question left to be answered is your amends or your banishment. Hubbard.
Chris Shugart says
May 5, 2023 at 2:04 pm
And there you have it, friends and neighbors–a perfect illustration of Scn justice. And those kangaroo kooks believe it too. It’s such a fitting testament to their twisted perspective of reality.
May 5, 2023 at 11:47 am
Too accurate today to be funny. I cannot understand why the courts see this as a legitimate arbitration process.
Fred G. Haseney says
May 5, 2023 at 12:44 pm
I whole-heartedly agree with you, Elizabeth. Today’s Regraded Being hits too close to home to be funny.
It’s somewhat sad, the hell scientologists endure… especially ex-scientologist who want:
Peace of Mind
May 5, 2023 at 5:17 pm
Agree. Not funny. Tragic, and a travesty of justice.
Dead Men Tell No Tales Bill Straass says
May 6, 2023 at 4:14 pm
No shit. The Captain Freewinds advised i.e.ordered my last wife to place me in a hospice so that I could die. The Only reason I am alive to write this comment is that she had the audacity to go against Command Intention and took me to a doctor (realize that by then I often did not recognize her).
In the end it was funny as all hell. But I was very close to just being dead.
Fred Haseney says
May 7, 2023 at 7:11 pm
I’m glad you’re here, Bill.
May 8, 2023 at 10:05 pm
You have to write a book, Bill!
May 6, 2023 at 1:54 pm
The courts have never maintained that they see this as a legitimate arbitration process. They are not allowed to weigh in on that. The courts cannot just do what the judge thinks is right and moral, they have to strictly follow the laws of the land, whether they like it or not. And several judges have reluctantly sent litigants to Scientology arbitration because of legal papers the people signed, again and again. Now if somebody could bring a case against Scientology and prove that the papers were signed under duress, they might have a chance. But how could you prove that? Scientology videos the people signing the papers, with the enforcers outside of the frame of the video.
May 7, 2023 at 8:23 pm
Real justice systems are required to accept without inspection “religious” ‘justice’, no matter HOW it’s carried out. If handling of venomous snakes was part of it, so be it. I’m slightly encouraged since I don’t believe they could show evidence that I ever signed such an “agreement”.
Michael Mallen says
May 5, 2023 at 10:03 am
Humbly tendered as a grift to man:
May 5, 2023 at 1:14 pm
May 8, 2023 at 12:33 pm
Lili R says
May 5, 2023 at 1:48 pm
Wow, what an experience. Thank you for showing her story to us
May 8, 2023 at 12:34 pm
May 5, 2023 at 3:50 pm
Nice 🙂 – thank you!
Glad you liked it.
May 5, 2023 at 8:17 am
Gee, Gosh, Wow. What can one expect from an arbitration procedure laid out by a career criminal?
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