John Sweeney

When?
Tuesday, June 16 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

72 Union Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1ED
(01622) 752351

Who?
John Sweeney

What's the talk about?

 

Scientology is a new religion, founded in the 1950s by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Its teachings are based on Hubbard's writings, and the church claims to have millions of followers worldwide. Notable followers include Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
 
Scientology has gained recognition as a legitimate religion in many countries, and yet many people believe it to be both a cult and a business, often using harassment and bullying tactics to silence its critics. In 2007, the Paranoma programme aired an episode called 'Scientology and Me' in which John Sweeney investigated the organisation. After a number of intense interactions with Scientologists, John was involved in a dramatic confrontation with a church spokesperson, a clip that has since been viewed on YouTube over 1.5 million times.
 
John Sweeney is an award winning investigative reporter for the BBC and author of the books 'Church of Fear: Inside Scientology' and 'North Korea Undercover'.