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Andreas Heldal-Lund (born December 10, 1964 in Oslomarker) is a Norwegian anti-Scientology activist best known for operating the website Operation Clambake.

Activist

Andreas Heldal-Lund is since 2009 on the board of the national secular humanist organisation Human-Etisk Forbund Heldal-Lund has also long been a member of the Norwegian Society of Heathens Since 1996 he has been noted for his criticism against the Church of Scientology, namely as the operator of Operation Clambake. In 2003, he received the Leipzig Human Rights Award from the European-American Citizens Committee for Human Rights and Religious Freedom in the USA, an organization which states it is composed of "Scientology opponents from all over the world."

Operation Clambake



Operation Clambake is a website about Scientology and the Church of Scientology that over the years appeared in the top ten results on Google for the search term "Scientology". Most of the information presented by Operation Clambake is critical of the Church of Scientology and its leadership, although dissenters are given prominent space to air their differences.

Heldal-Lund said that he began criticizing the Church of Scientology in 1996 after reading about a Norwegian ex-Scientologist who successfully sued the Church of Scientology. He has stated many times that he does not object to people practicing the religion of Scientology itself, but he objects to the abuse-ridden management of that religion by what he has called the "criminal and corrupt" Church of Scientology.

When actor Jason Beghe decided to leave Scientology in 2008, he contacted Heldal-Lund, who convinced him to meet with Mark Bunker, a critic of Scientology known to the Anonymous group as "wise beard man". Heldal-Lund and Bunker went to Beghe's house, where Beghe participated in an interview about his experiences as a Scientologist. Bunker published a 3-minute portion of the 3-hour interview to YouTube on April 7, 2008.

Awards



References

  1. He has previously been on the board of the organisation's county chapter in Rogaland ( Official homepage of the Human-Etisk Forbund - Activities, photo credits Heldal-Lund - Heldal-Lund about Heldal-Lund
  2. Official homepage of Hedningsamfunnet
  3. 10 Aug 1995, Press release by Heldal-Lund as head of the Heathen Association Rogaland, celebrating 1000 years of attacks against the misdeeds of Christian churches
  4. Operation Clambake - The Inner Secrets Of Scientology
  5. Google web search on "scientology"
  6. Heldal-Lund, Andreas Comments from Scientologists (website accessed 4/27/06)
  7. Leipzig Award 2003 speech
  8. Cult Control, TIME, January 27, 1997
  9. Andreas Heldal-Lund in Hollywood Sept. 25, 2004


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