Scott Goehring started an anti-religious newsgroup, in 1991 with a forged ID from an Internet server at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Goehring said that he “forged it to make it look like it came from him [a member of the Church]. He also admitted that he is anti, meaning against the Scientology religion.

But it was quite apparent to a person who spoke to Goehring about his forged newsgroup in 1994 that Goehring had an ulterior motive as well for the forgery of the newsgroup. This person declared Goehring told him that his wife had been married to a Scientologist prior to their marriage in 1992 and he forged the newsgroup “in order to generate information on Scientology that he could use to dissuade his wife from returning to her former husband [a Scientologist].” In the end, the wife he tried to keep with the forged newsgroup left him as well.