In the midst of it all, I received an email from Lombard, saying she was never involved with, nor has she heard of the Scientology Parishioners League, of which Pouw alleges Lombard was a part. Pouw also said while in this group, Lombard “took some initiatives” with other parishioners against religious discrimination, bigotry and hatred.
The kerfuffle stems from my questions to Pouw as to whether it indeed sends spies to collect data on its critics.
should say that I did this on my own initiative, nothing to do with the church.”
Pouw replied by email Saturday, saying she responded by way of a letter for publication that was sent to my editor, and I would receive a copy as well. The letter is scheduled for the Weekly's print edition this Thursday.
The subject of the article, Paulien Lombard, was a member of a group of parishioners who organized themselves to protect their churches, much the same as a neighborhood watch will warn families of criminals and sexual predators.”