In article<firstname.lastname@example.org>, Shy David writes:
>My first impulse was to think the following is funny. But damn it--- it ain't.
>It is so bloody close to the truth that it just is not at all funny. What the
>hell is coming next? DEA prosecutors getting a flood of letters from drug
>addicts when a major drug bust results in prosecutions?
Well, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Partly I did it as a joke, partly to raise consciousness. CofS has much more in common with other organised crime than with organised religions. American organised crime businesses are the direct product of prohibition which shifted from alcohol to other substances, and to some extent also of gambling and prostitution.
It's there to make money by carrying on the trade. It will use force, from bribed judges and politicians to outright murder, to keep the trade going against critical investigation and mainly to keep monopoly control against rival "squirrel" operations in its own area. (At other times the "money tree" has been payroll heists or protection rackets).
CofS is merely a grungy down-market version of drug-dealing or pimping, which is driven by fraudulent selling of bogus services,and drowns dogs rather than shoots informers.
> On Thu, 9 Mar 2000 19:19:27 +0000, Dave Bird
>> In article<email@example.com>,
>> #$%^%$$@apple.com writes:
>>> CHICAGO -- A group of more than 200 Mafiosi says the criminal
>>> prosecution against the Carlo Gambino family has hurt them personally,
>>> and they are asking a judge to dismiss the case.
>>> In affidavits filed Wednesday in Chicago Circuit Court, many
>>> mafia members said the criminal case stemming from the 1995 death of
>>> hit-man BabyFace Dimple has prompted their non-Mafiosi relatives,
>>> friends and co-workers to question their involvement in the honourable
>>> society, shun them, ridicule them or express concern for their safety.
>>> They aired their complaints to buttress the Mafia's argument that
>>> prosecutors have improperly burdened the Gambino family with two felony
>>> charges in Dimple's death, and thus have "chilled the felonious rights
>>> of every Mafioso" in Sicily.
>>> The filing is part of a flurry of arguments this week by the Mafia
>>> as Gambino family attorneys and prosecutors prepare for a major hearing
>>> scheduled for Monday on whether the case should be dismissed.
>>> The church's Chicago entity, known as the Violin-Case Organization or
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