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Scientology in Texas

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Cool article in the University of Texas newspaper about the Scientology church in Austin.

Austin’s a really interesting town. Not at all what I thought Texas would be like. I always had the idea Texas was all desert–from too many Westerns no doubt.

When I first went to Austin I was shocked to find it was as humid as my native New York and way hot. It was green, with rolling hills, lakes and rivers. Nothing like I thought it would be.

Austin is the state capital, so there are the traditional American buildings that look like anytown capital USA.

And the college campus of UT was very much like any other college campus I’d ever seen.

But I also loved the friendliness and hospitality of the town, and the eclectic atmosphere that comes from a college town.

And then of course, there’s Willie!

Here’s a bit of the article:

The Church of Scientology of Texas is located across from the heart of UT’s campus, but there are few students who come to the center, said Director of Special Affairs Cathy Norman.

“Although we’re located near campus, we’re not exclusively students,” said Norman, who got involved with Scientology in the 1970s when she was a UT student. “The outreach is to everyone.”

There was a higher percentage of student involvement and interest when the center moved to its current location in 1980 because the Scientology movement was fairly young then, she said. There are not any certain programs aimed towards students now.

Scientology literally means “the study of truth,” according to the religion’s official Web site. It is about a set of ideas connected to the human mind and spirit and a set of practices that can be important to people, Norman said. >>

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