Author John Peterson
Date August 22nd, 19841
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22/PRN – The city of Clearwater, Fla., has been enjoined by a
federal appeals court from enforcing a controversial city ordinance aimed at regulating
religious and charitable institutions, a spokesman for the Church of Scientology
announced here today.
The ordinance has been opposed as openly discriminatory and unconstitutional by more
than a dozen major religious organizations.
The spokesman, church attorney John Peterson, said the injunction was granted to the
Scientologists by the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta, pending a full
hearing on the controversial measure, expected later this year.
The ordinance has been fought in the courts by a range of religious organizations,
including the National Council of Churches, Americans United for Separation of Church
and State, the American Jewish Committee, the Church of Scientology, American Baptist
Churches in the U.S.A., the Florida Council of Churches, and the General Conference of
Seventh-Day Adventists, Peterson said.
He added that “the city of Clearwater paid more than $110,000 to Boston lawyer Michael
Flynn for the heavily criticized hearings that led to the ordinance.
The city is now minus that money, and Flynn obviously left the city holding the bag.”
Peterson continued: “We have presented evidence to federal investigators to show that
this same Michael Flynn was the central figure in a conspiracy to forge a $2 million
It is not surprising that it was Flynn’s hearings that led to the Clearwater City
Commission’s ludicrous attempt to railroad through an ordinance that would effectively
destroy the First Amendment.
Contact – John Peterson at 213-628-6646 for the Church of Scientology.
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