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Posted: Friday January 16, 2009 

How not to protest Scientology

A hooligan claiming to be a member of an anti-Scientology group was arrested Wednesday for attempting to “desecrate” the Church of Scientology with a wacky weapon - Vaseline, police said.

Mahoud Samed Almahadin - the name he gave cops - tossed a number of books around, then smeared the petroleum jelly on a TV set, shelves and himself during the incident at the W. 46th St. Scientology center last week.

A cohort videotaped the 18-year-old’s antics while surveillance cameras filmed them both.

Cops used the tapes to track down the dopey duo, who said they were members of Anonymous, a shadowy, Internet-based anti-Scientology group.

A cop escorting the suspect to his arraignment, said “He’s just a kid. He’s young and he’s dumb.”

Almahadin, whose who goes by Matt Connor on the Web, was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and aggravated harassment as hate crimes. No charges were filed against the other man. 

- Source: Greasy vandal in hate crime vs. Scientology, Kerry Burke, Simone Weichselbaum, Alison Gendar and Leo Standora, New York Daily News, Jan. 15, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

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