Bob Minton

At one time, Bob was the most visible of Scientology's critics.

Bob Minton in the News

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January 14, 2001 Scientology Hearing Founders In Jabs, Jeers Ten feet - that's five paces - has become ultra-important to downtown Clearwater's archenemies, the Church of Scientology and the Lisa McPherson Trust, an anti-Scientology watchdog group. It's how far apart the members of each group must stay from each other, according to an injunction issued Nov. 30 by Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Thomas Penick. Bob Minton, Clearwater, lawsuits, Press
April 7, 2000 A Visit from Scientology's Enemy Number 1 Bob Minton was never a Scientologist. He began to get interested in the machinations of the sect when he read about the Lisa McPherson case on the internet. The young woman, who died, had apparently been locked up and starved by U.S. Scientologists. Scientology regards Minton as "Enemy Number One" - its arch-enemy. At his side sat Stacy Brooks, who worked in the "Sea Org" in the sect's headquarters and then left after being held against her will for nine months. Bob Minton, Press, What's Wrong with Scientology?
November 25, 1999 Scientology Foe Seeks Protection An outspoken foe of the Church of Scientology is striking back after being hit with an injunction barring him from going near the church's property and members. Minton contends in court papers filed Wednesday that he is the one who needs the protection of an injunction against Scientologists. Minton's attorney, Denis de Vlaming, said an Oct. 31 incident in which his client was charged with misdemeanor battery was the culmination of numerous confrontations over the years. Bob Minton, Clearwater, lawsuits, Press
October 30, 1999 Anti-Scientology Foundation Created A critic of the Church of Scientology said he is financing a new foundation named after Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist who died in 1995 while in the care of the church. Robert S. Minton said he would incorporate the Lisa McPherson Educational Foundation. McPherson, 36, suffered a severe mental breakdown 17 days before she died of a blood clot in her left lung. Her death prompted a wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Tampa, and criminal charges against the church in Pinellas County. Minton's foundation will reach out to disaffected members of the church and educate the public about what he says are the harmful effects of Scientology. Bob Minton, Clearwater, Lisa McPherson, Press
March 29, 1999 Critics Public And Private Keep Pressure On Scientology - At Home Scientology reacts to the pickets by sending staffers out to confront them and take pictures. Increasingly, Scientologists go out and picket critics' home or office, distributing fliers that accuse them of being "religious bigots." Some pickets say Scientologists have frightened elderly family members with visits and questions about their picketing. Bob Minton, harassment, Keith Henson, lawsuits, Press, Raul Lopez
December 24, 1997 Scientologists Get To Question Critics' Backer The Church of Scientology won the right Tuesday to question the man who has been financing its critics. Scientology's lawyers say they want to know who Minton has financed and why because his motivations and those of potential witnesses could be an issue if the case goes to trial. Moody agreed, but warned the church its questions of Minton must be relevant to the McPherson case. Bob Minton, lawsuits, Lisa McPherson, Press
December 23, 1997 Scientology Sponsored Suit Against Opponent Scientology has blasted Robert S. Minton Jr. for donating more than $1.25-million to its critics, calling his actions "nefarious" and underhanded. The church contends he is illegally interfering with lawsuits involving Scientology. But earlier this decade, Scientology officials themselves backed several lawsuits against one of the church's own adversaries, the Cult Awareness Network. Bob Minton, lawsuits, Press

Bob Minton in the News

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September 7, 1998 Bob Minton, drive-by pickets Bob Minton, drive-by Scientology pickets, Bob Minton
August 31, 1998 pickets Bob Minton, Stacy Young, Denver airport Scientology pickets Bob Minton and Stacy Young at Denver airport Bob Minton
April 19, 1998 Critic Bob Minton, Cult Information Service Annual Conference Critic Bob Minton gives a speech at the Cult Information Service Annual Conference titled "Battling Scientology's Attack on Free Speech". Bob Minton
March 10, 1998 Harassment: Bob Minton, Los Angeles Harassment: Bob Minton suffers a mysterious theft in Los Angeles Bob Minton, Los Angeles
February 9, 1998 Bob Minton A cult revenge picket at Bob Minton's home is reported: Bob Minton
December 16, 1997 Scientologists, Bob Minton's house Scientologists picket Bob Minton's house. Bob Minton
December 15, 1997 Bob Minton's house A dead cat is left at Bob Minton's house. Bob Minton
October 14, 1997 Scientologist Mary Frances, Bob Minton, doesn't, critics Scientologist Mary Frances telephones Bob Minton and threatens him with further harassment if he doesn't stop funding Scientology critics. "She indicated that $cientology was prepared to start attacking me on or in a number of areas unless I stopped giving financial support to their enemies. The areas of possible attack conveyed to me were: Family, Children, Ex-wife, Ex-business partners, State and Federal taxes, Mental Health, Drugs, Paying picketers." Bob Minton, taxes