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Will the L. Ron Hubbard House Turn a Camelback Neighborhood Into a Scientology Recruitment Mecca?

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When a stranger stops his car in front of her home, she comes out and raps on the windshield. "Are you with the Scientology party?" she hollers through the glass. "You can't park here."

"What if I'm not with the Scientology party, but I just pulled over to take a phone call?" the stranger yells back.

"Oh, that's fine!" she yells cheerfully. "Stay as long as you like! Merry Christmas!"

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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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