As I said before, I live in the Tampa Bay area and I see effects Scientology has on Clearwater and its surroundings first hand. Downtown looks pretty bleak, and I hear businesses try to stay away from there, to avoid any problems. After St. Petersburg Times published a series of articles exposing Scientology practices, there was a response in the paper from some more, or less prominent politicians from Clearwater and Pinellas County, and most of them seem like the Church of Scientology has pretty deep pockets...
In case you wonder what it takes to join them, here are some documents one must sign to get on board:
Leaked Scientology Documents Reveal Church Values
Scary, if you ask me!!!How desperate (or just plain stupid) you have to be to sign up?