What Are You Thoughts on Church of Scientology Vote? Take Our Poll

Sandy Springs City Council wants to give residents more time to be informed on rebuilding plans for the Church of Scientology property at Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road.


On Tuesday, on a zoning modification, which is about parking spaces for a Church of Scientology office building that would be converted to a church. They want to give residents more time to be informed and speak out on the issue.

Many residents, who live near the property, at Glenridge and Roswell Road have said their are concerned about increased traffic accidents at an already dangerous intersection. Others believe church-goers will park in their neighborhood.

The Church of Scientology has already sued Sandy Springs for discrimination. Where do you stand on the issue? 

Take our poll and let us know what you think in the comments. 

Adrianne Murchison (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Do you live near Glenridge Drive and Roswell Road?
Anny Anomousness June 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Scientology needs to be on the same list as all the other harmful controlling cults that have been shut down. How is this scam still going in the internet age. Anyone that goes online can read hundreds of accounts of abuse and criminal acts by the "church" of Scientology and its followers. If it takes a zoning issue to get rid of them, then do it.
Mark Cabian June 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I agree, Anny. I just hope they don't strong-arm their way with endless litigation, like they always try to do. They seem quite comfortable throwing money they make off of their clients (parishioners?) in order to gain control, no matter what citizens want. DO NOT let them get away with this, SSCC!
Truthteller June 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Here is a website that the "church" of Scientology would rather that you not read: http://www.rickross.com/groups/scientology.html
Chicklet June 22, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Any government agency doing business with Scientology, Inc. should look very closely at its track record. From 1979, when 11 top members including the founder's wife were jailed for infiltrating US Gov't offices and replacing bad info about the organization with lies, to what they did to Clearwater, FL mayor Gabe Cazares and in Hemet, CA. Not to mention the IRS, which finally caved in 1993 after 40 years of litigation and threats. Look at the reception Scientology has received around the world. The individual Scientologists can be nice people, but the organization is considered a threat to democracy for good reason.
Sandy June 22, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Church of Scientology is far from benign. Many ex-members have described horrendous abuses. Have you been to downtown Cleawater lately? It is a ghost town! More on the abuses from Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/
Louanne Lee June 22, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Clearly not a traffic/parking issue but some political nonsense crept in to that. Very much the detriment of proper use of the law. Disgusting.
Bill Sacks June 22, 2012 at 02:15 AM
None of these posters does.
Sandy June 22, 2012 at 03:17 AM
It's not political nonsense to listen to the citizens of Sandy Springs, Louanne. The residents had 0 to 4 days notice of this hearing, while the City of Sandy Springs and Church of Scientology had over a month to prepare for the meeting of June 19.
classic June 22, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Describing the democratic process as "nonsense" and "disgusting" is denigrating to the good citizens who attend public meetings and let their voices be heard.
Anthony Poselenzny June 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM
They should be approved. There is a lot of religious bias shown in not doing so. As citizens we will end up paying more in taxes when we get sued and lose. Our council needs to be adult, fair minded, and serious, and not political, and stand up and make the right decision.
dean fox June 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Check out idle orgs dot com. This site tracks the actual conditions of the church of scientology's ideal org drive. The clue is in the site address, idle. The buildings are pretty much all empty. I'd let them expand. Aside from the crowd brought in for the gala opening there won't be any more traffic than current and the locals might benefit from charging them more property tax.
Jack Shaw June 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I live exactly at Glenridge & Roswell in Round Hill Condos. At both morning and evening rush hours and for much of the day, getting out of Round Hill, especially turning left on Roswell Road or trying to go east on Glenridge is difficult or impossible. So is turning left from northbound Roswell Road into Round Hill. The result is several serious accidents per month - and dozens of "fender benders." The ONLY viable solution is to have a single intersection with the western couple of hundred yards of Glenridge rerouted so that it intersects Roswell directly across from the entrance to Round Hill. This will essentially eliminate the threat to lives and property that the current antiquated road design poses today. It will also eliminate several dozen parking spaces at the 5395 Roswell Road building which the Church of Scientology has purchased. This is not the intention of the planned intersection improvement. It is simply an unavoidable side effect. However, I don't believe this will leave enough parking spaces to support expansion of that building as they would like to do. Moreover, when we weigh the lives and health of Sandy Springs residents, and those passing through, against the desire of the Church of Scientology to expand the building they purchased, which is perfectly suitable for their purposes as is, then clearly the decision must come down on the side of saving lives rather than sacrificing lives so that the Church of Scientology can expand their space.
Patched In June 23, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I also live in Round Hill condos, and Jack Shaw is right on the money about the huge problem with ingress from and egress onto Roswell Rd. I have no opinion about scientology one way or the other, my concern is the negative impact their plans would have on an area that already has inadequate infrastructure. BTW, leaving the condo complex and turning left (northbound) on Roswell Rd can be a real PITA -- it is not unusual to wait for a red light at Glenridge, which normally provides a safe way to make that left -- only to find traffic in the southbound turn lane full and backed up, making a left turn impossible. Even worse, making a left into the property during heavy traffic requires all kinds of hand signals to southbound drivers, and negotiating a blind spot (the far right southbound lane, which oncoming drivers sometimes whip into to avoid the backed up left turn lane. Bottom line -- fix the existing infrastructure for existing residents before making any zoning modifications that will further overburden and endanger said residents.
Harold L McPheeters June 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I live in Highpoint area, but for some years I tended the traffic islands at Glenridge and Roswell, doing the work on Saturday or Sunday mornings. The traffic at those hours is very light. If that is when the church has congregational meetings, there should be no problems, If not, there could be difficulty on weekdays
Louanne Lee June 25, 2012 at 09:41 PM
We are on the same grounds here, Sandy. What is nonsense is to allow anti-religious bias and personal prejudice to enter this process. I am not a resident but from following this in the media I can tell that decisions are not done on administrative-technical grounds but for political reasons. And that I find disgusting.
Louanne Lee June 25, 2012 at 09:43 PM
So, classic, would you then please have the guts to post in your real name, like any upright citizen with something valid to say? Anonymous personal attacks won't change the fact that this simple administrative process has left the realm of the law a while ago.
choocho June 26, 2012 at 03:58 AM
But "Louanne", your real name is Lisa Lirones and you are a Scientology Office of Special Affairs internet pr-person posting from a Scientology office building in Glendale, California. Doesn't it take a little bit of nerve to challenge someone to post under their real name?
choocho June 26, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Translation: Louanne's group , Scientology's Office of Special Affairs, spent a month and tons of money on private detectives to find some dirt to blackmail the council, found nothing instead, and are now unhappy.
choocho June 26, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Bill Sacks works in a Scientology Office building in Glendale, California.
Jan R July 16, 2012 at 03:47 PM
If you attended any of the meetings on the subject, you would know that the religion does not enter into the decision in any way. It is strictly a traffic/zoning/parking issue that all of the residents I've heard speak on the topic have talked about.


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