My wife Karen de la Carriere and I want to show our respect for Paul Haggis and our solidarity with Leah Remini and Mike Rinder. Therefore, we are reprinting verbatim Leah and Mike's open letter that was posted today on Mike's blog:
There is plenty of reason to worry about defending anyone accused of sexual assault in today's climate. But the fear of consequences for speaking our truth has not held us back in the past and isn't about to start now.
We have supported victims of sexual abuse who have reached out to us and have worked with them and law enforcement to ensure justice is done for both victims and the accused. We have avoided trial by media.
Yesterday, Mike Rinder and Leah Remini made a strong statement of support for director Paul Haggis at Rinder's website. They explained how Scientologists are mined for intimate details about their lives, which they suspect may have led to recent accusations made against Haggis by four women, two of whom allege that they were raped, in 1996 and 2013.
Haggis appeared in an episode of Remini's A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath, this past season. Rinder and Haggis also appeared together in Alex Gibney's 2015HBO documentary about Scientology, Going Clear. (As did we, full disclosure.) Rinder left the church in 2007, Haggis in 2009, and Remini in 2013.
Rinder and Remini, in their statement, said that it was "suspect" that the accusers had not gone to law enforcement. The Church of Scientology denies that it is involved in the emergence of these women and their allegations.
2018-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Scientology sent a statement to the press about our Paul Haggis post.
As with everything in scientology's PR denial closet, you have to read it closely and parse its terminology carefully. Scientology mastered the technique of "depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is" long before Bill Clinton came along.
Here is the statement in the Hollywood Reporter:
2017-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is the report on how scientology is "making planetary clearing a reality" from the MODEL-nearly double SH Size-Ideal Org in Tampa.
This is the best of the best. Where all Flag public go to hide from the FSO regges, where the children of the "huge" scientology field are sent to begin their careers of dedication to the church by joining staff, where you can theoretically get your OT Levels for free at Flag by just joining staff there and where all the rejects from Flag are sent to do courses. Yes, that org - propped up by Flag and held out as the shining beacon of Class V organizations that stands above all others.
Here is what they have accomplished since March of this year — and they are damned PROUD of it.
Scientology front-group, "The Way to Happiness", collect footage of themselves engaging in a municipal clean-up (of a few square metres), so as to deceive those reading their in-house publications into thinking the cult is making strides in the wider community; they're NOT!
A big thanks to reader Rasha for tipping us to the new issue of International Scientology News. This is a large-format publication that we always enjoy seeing. It's one of the magazines that Scientology puts out trying to convince its members that the organization is doing better than it ever has.
For the most part, it's a print version of the same address that Scientology leader David Miscavige gave at the New Year's event, whose audio we were leaked and posted on New Year's eve. And, like the New Year's event, for the outsider it's just so much hard-to-believe propaganda about how Scientology's various initiatives are saving the planet.
But the pages that we found most interesting were the ones that were simply slick ads. This is Scientology advertising to Scientologists, who are completely familiar with all of these products and initiatives. Put yourself in David Miscavige's place — how do you create enthusiasm for going 'Clear,' for example, the intermediate goal of Scientology and something every church member has heard about a million times already?
Original Air-Date: April 5, 2015
On the 5th of April we had the pleasure of interviewing Lynn Campbell -- former Scientologist, current activist, and all-around lovely person. She had been a Scientologist for a number of years, having been introduced to it by her aunt at a young age. From then on, she became engrossed in Scientology and soon joined the new religion alongside her aunt and mother. Last Sunday, Lynn joined us on WoTR to answer all our questions and provide us with a true insight into Scientology.
Link | http://www.wotrradio.com/blog/2015/4/...
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.
My dear friend Gerry Armstrong has recently taken me to task for suggesting that 99 percent of escapees from Scientology suffer from arrogance when they leave. I made my remark in the foreword to Chris Shelton's new book and I stand by it (as well as my assertion that Chris showed humility in putting aside the arrogant notions of Scientology so quickly after he left).
It may not have been clear enough that I was speaking of the newly escaped, rather than castigating all former members (several hundred of whom I count as friends, most of them long past the embarrassing egotism of Scientology). Even the most casual reader of the comments at the Bunker will soon become aware that we are not an arrogant crowd for the most part (though I probably have my moments and beg my readers' forgiveness).
Braverman, founder and owner of LeBus Bakery, says he spent close to $1 million on Scientology during nearly four decades - on the church's so-called auditing sessions to restore "beingness and ability," on travel to its massive Flag Building in Clearwater, Fla., and in fulfilling constant requests for donations. He also provided the catering for fundraising events.
Foremost in his largesse was the estimated six-figure sum he gave toward purchase of the 15-story former Cunningham Piano Building, on Chestnut near 13th Street. The church bought the building in 2007 for $7.85 million, touting it as its first "skyscraper" to replace its longtime Philly headquarters a half-mile away on Race Street. Plans for the building included a chapel, a bookstore, and even an office for a dead man - Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986.
But the Chestnut Street building appears no closer to opening in 2016 than it did in 2007. According to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Church of Scientology has yet to apply for work permits on the property. An L&I spokeswoman said recently that an issue over sprinklers and standpipes could land the church in blight court if a variance isn't granted by the Fire Department.
2016-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This guy is assuming his rightful place alongside other notables in the Wacky Hall of Shame. Right up there with David Wilson and Mike Smith.
He is taking a quote from the "Pledge to Mankind" that was signed at the "founding" of the IAS and attributing it to Hubbard.
What an idiot.
The Church of Scientology is launching a "Cruise" missile attack on an HBO-backed documentary about the controversial religion, The Post has learned.
The attack, which will include newspaper ads slated to run on Friday, will claim Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney didn't give Scientology executives a fair shot to respond to certain of his claims, sources said.
The documentary, "Going Clear," based on the 2013 book of the same name, claims the church uses its Hollywood members - like Tom Cruise and John Travolta - to advance its goals.
Alex Gibney's new documentary about the Church of Scientology is entitled Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. The film is set for its world debut on January 25, 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival.
Gibney's film has already caused anger and rage at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. I say this for three reasons:
1. The Church of Scientology's full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing Alex Gibney. Whenever the Church of Scientology becomes extremely hostile about something it reverts to its 1950's Communist-hysteria mentality and takes out full-page newspaper ads. Back in the day when print newspaper ads actually meant something, powerful special interest groups took out full-page ads to present their case to the public. A full-page ad was a symbol of wealth and power; it meant you were somebody. Nowadays, a full-page newspaper ad is an expensive and pointless temper tantrum. The Church of Scientology might as well light $100,000 on fire while screaming about how unfair life is.
The New York Times is so desperate for money that it accepted a full page Scientology ad bashing an unseen HBO documentary. The ad compares Alex Gibney's documentary based on Lawrence Wright's book "Going Clear" to the the episode involving Rolling Stone and the University of Virginia. In that case, Rolling Stone had to retract its article after admitting they had not spoken to alleged rapists. In this case, the Gibney doc is based on a much respected, thoroughly researched, vetted and awarded book. There is no similarity.
But Scientology has vowed to go on the offensive against the doc, which airs in mid March and will have its premiere in two weeks at the Sundance Film Festival.
If controversy sells, HBO may suddenly have a hit in Alex Gibney's new documentary about Scientology and renegades who left it.
The Church of Scientology struck out Friday at the movie Going Clear, which its members and leaders have not yet seen, with full-page ads in the New York Times and elsewhere detailing what it says are journalistic lapses by Gibney.
The Church of Scientology hasn't seen a new documentary on its practices, but is already attacking it, publishing a full page ad in The New York Times Friday accusing the film of reporting false claims about the controversial religion.
The Scientology ad calls out "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" director Alex Gibney for supposedly not allowing the organization to respond to claims made in the film.
The Times' Michael Cieply neatly details Scientology's accusations and Gibney's responses. The church accuses Gibney of journalistic lapses, such as turning down the church's offers to respond to the movie's accusations. Gibney counters that he requested interviews with church leader David Miscavige and other prominent Scientologists - but those requests were ignored, declined or had unreasonable conditions attached.
Gibney is a respected documentarian who has tackled chicanery in corporate life ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"), sports ("The Armstrong Lie"), the Catholic church ("Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God") and the war on terror (the Oscar-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side"). The Church of Scientology may have just ensured his latest movie, set to air on HBO in March, will be a hot ticket at Sundance.
2015-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Scientology is apparently hell bent on turning Alex Gibney's upcoming documentary into a major hit. More power to them.
The New York Times reports the church is taking out full page ads to denounce a film they have not seen. This is every PR man's dream. The HBO PR Team should send them a thank you basket.
With The Interview so fresh in everyone's mind, the chances of scientology convincing anyone this is a "UVA/Rolling Stone redux" are slim to none. The take away is more likely to be persuading/intriguing people to see the film because scientology hates it with such vengeance. These days, being on the scientology hate list as a Nixon Enemies list style badge of honor and endorsement that you are doing something right. Leah Remini is Exhibit One for that proposition.
2015-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Thanks to Tony Ortega for being right on the ball and putting up the image of the full page footbullet early this morning.
Tony also took the time to retype the text of the ad and I am taking a few minutes to comment on some of their drivel.
First, there is this quote from Monique Edwige Yingling in the NY Times article of last evening:
2015-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is the third in the scientology HBO footbullet series. See the two previous posts.
My comments about are in blue. They follow reviewing the Freedom magazine pages about Alex Gibney and HBO.
Below is the introductory statement:
2014-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
If you are a Field Auditor and GAG II has not completely destroyed your willingness/desire or ability to continue your profession, this surely will.
You are expected to come up with $10,000 in the next 2 weeks to purchase the "required number" of Warehouse VIII's — otherwise you will be declared a CI squirrel.
How very typical of the arrogant "let them eat cake" attitude of Captain Miscavige. I can see the orders that have been issued now "You tell IHELP they had better get all the field auditors to buy my Warehouse VIIIs and if there are any field auditors who are so DB they are going to claim they "cannot afford to be in tech" then screw them, they don't deserve to be able to call themselves an auditor. We don't want those sort of peanut thetans on our team. We are the big beings."
Jefferson Hawkins was once the top marketing executive for the Church of Scientology and helped it reach its greatest extent with the famous "volcano" TV ads in the 1980s. He's told his tale of getting into and out of the church with his excellent books Counterfeit Dreams and Leaving Scientology, and he's helping us understand the upside-down world of Scientology "ethics."
We're really looking forward to this week's episode in this series, Jeff. The notion of justice in Scientology is another strange one.
JEFFERSON: We're getting towards the end of Introduction to Scientology Ethics now. This week we'll be going over Chapter 11. It's called "The Scientology Justice Codes and Their Application." The bulk of the chapter consists of long, long lists of things that are considered offenses in Scientology.
Marty and Monique Rathbun It's another victory for Monique Rathbun in her harassment lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige: Comal County, TexasJudge Dib Waldrip has granted her request for a continuance so she can gather more evidence to refute Scientology's anti-SLAPP motion. A new hearing on the matter has been set for February 3 and 4, and in the meantime, Waldrip has given Monique a strongly-worded order to help her pry that evidence from Scientology.
Scientology presented its own argument in favor of its motion last week, on January 8, and tried to convince Judge Waldrip that its legal argument was so sound, no additional evidence was needed.
Scientology is trying to convince Waldrip that the years it spent spying on Monique and her husband Mark 'Marty' Rathbun were all just part of a religious dispute that the court has no business getting involved in. They're classifying Monique's lawsuit as a bullying action, and the church as an innocent victim. As our attorney analysts have pointed out, it's a topsy-turvy use of anti-SLAPP law, which was designed to keep large, well-heeled bullies from suing small critics out of existence.
THE Church of Scientology has been criticised after a propaganda video suggested it helped reduce Irish drug crime by 85pc.
Several businesses in Dublin have also hit out at the church for filming their premises as part of a video shown at a New Year's Eve celebration in Clearwater, Florida.
The video, which is a presentation by Scientology leader David Miscavige, claims to show the work done by the controversial group around the world and includes a special feature on its efforts in Ireland.
The longtime occupants of the storefront at 696 Yonge have just moved to temporary digs in an old brick building at 77 Peter Street (former home of Time and Studio 77 night clubs) in order to renovate the Bauhaus-inspired modernist Yonge building at the corner of St. Mary.
2013-01-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Corporate Scientology has spent large sums of money plastering the internet with false propaganda about its 'unprecedented expansion' under the guidance of David Miscavige. It is the pat response to every new revelation reported here on the unlawful and inhumane abuses of Miscavige. Finally, the news world is catching on that the big lie of Scientology Inc is just that - no matter how much money Miscavige wishes to throw at perpetuating it.
Idle Morgues story by Alex Klein. Thanks to Mark Elliot, Amy Scobee, Jeff Hawkins, Bert Schippers, Lynn Hoverson, Luis Garcia, Rocio Garcia, Tony and Marie-Joe DePhillips, Dani and Tami Lemberger, and last but not least, Mike Rinder and Christie King for holding to the truth against this multi-million dollar propaganda machine.
The Atlantic flap. Apparently, Miscavige didn't get the memo, money can't buy you love.
Tonight is the night we move into a new era: for the first time, a television network is putting on not just a story about some of Scientology's worst abuses — spying on perceived enemies, degrading treatment of workers, splitting up families — but it's being dramatized in a 1-hour show that pulls no punches.
We've seen the whole thing and can attest to the high production values and the respect with which the Investigation Discovery network and its new series "Dangerous Persuasions" is treating Nancy Many, who had one of the most remarkable careers in Scientology.
Let the live blogging begin!
2012-01-16, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Update: After the jump, we'll show you the church e-mail that confirms just about everything we were told by Jefferson Hawkins about this sudden ad campaign.
The Church of Scientology bought network TV ad time in a big way this weekend. On Saturday, we started noticing Twitter users complaining that they were running into Scientology ads on Hulu -- a place where the church's ads have been pretty common in the past. But then that night, a lengthy ad showed up during the Miss America pageant, prompting a burst of mocking tweets. Then, Sunday, things really got interesting.
Twitter users seemed shocked when the lengthy ads showed up during Sunday afternoon's football playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. (I didn't catch the commercial myself, but judging from the way Twitter users described it, the ad was a version of the 2-minute film that pops up when you first visit the church's official site, Scientology.org.)
2012-01-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The following interview of Mike Rinder was published in the most widely circulated and influential newspaper in Germany, Sueddeutsche, over the weekend. It is informative and gets more integral differentiation going out worldwide. (Click Here for Mike Rinder Bio)
Thanks to Greta Alexander for translating for us.
Scientology-dropout about leader of sect "He beat me, he made me clean toilets"
2012-01-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
The following interview of Mike Rinder was published in the most widely circulated and influential newspaper in Germany, Sueddeutsche, over the weekend. It is informative and gets more integral differentiation going out worldwide.
Thanks to Greta Alexander for translating for us.
Scientology-dropout about leader of sect "He beat me, he made me clean toilets"
2011-01-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Do you know what we call mosquitoes without peckers in Texas? Gnats.
Miscavige's throes are becoming progressively more pathetic. He cannot even muster mosquitoes any more it seems; he has degenerated into utilizing gnats.
Despite having been called out in public by myself on this blog for his penchant for sending his resources to execute creepy encounters with women, he's done it yet again, today.
2009-01-16, Peggy Fletcher Stack, Salt Lake Tribune
Jett Travolta is not in heaven.
Instead, the 16-year-old son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston who died earlier this month of a seizure has cycled back to Earth in a new body.
That's according to Scientology beliefs practiced by Travolta and his family.
A four-year-old video of Tom Cruise talking about his Scientology beliefs has been leaked onto the internet.
Cruise is shown discussing how he wants to spread the message of Scientology, saying: "You're in the playing field or out of the arena".
Ian Halperin, a 43-year-old guerrilla investigative reporter from Montreal, claims to be the first person to record a Scientology employee affirming that they might be able to cure the homosexuality that was hampering his confidence to pursue an acting career, through the process of "auditing." The encounter is just one part of Hollywood Undercover, set for release next week, and billed as "the world's first YouTube-compatible book".
Set to music reminiscent of the theme to his "Mission: Impossible" flicks, the video is loaded with Scientology buzzwords and appears to be intended for only longtime followers of the L. Ron Hubbard-created faith.
"So they said, 'Have you met an SP?' " he says, breaking into a fit of hyena-like laughter as he discusses enemies of the church known as "suppressive persons."
"I thought, 'What a beautiful thing,' because you know, maybe one day . . . Wow, SPs, you'll just read about those in the history books, you know."
Following up on yesterday's item ("Dear Tom, You're Not Helping"): Defamer has another eye-opening piece of Scientology propaganda here, and it deals directly with that exploitative quack Scientology "org" that's been tricking sick 9/11 workers into thinking they're getting better. I'll try to transcribe Tom Cruise's meandering dreck as best as I can. As the narrator's reading the bizarrely written voiceover copy, you see various clips of the 9/11 cleanup, Cruise at Ground Zero wasting people's time, Cruise paying a visit to the worse-than-useless "detox" center, and so forth:
If ever there was evidence that Tom poses a threat to a house plant, let alone a minor child or adult woman, it's contained in a videotape he made on behalf of his religion, Scientology.
I got to see it yesterday. It is Tom Cruise: Unhinged.
In the video, he claims to be among the few who can really help victims of traffic accidents. He puts himself among the few whose counsel world leaders seek. But why? Because he's one of those who "know."
Well, in case you hadn't heard the news, we got hit with a copyright infringement notice from the Church Of Scientology earlier today. Frankly, we've been too busy watching repeat after repeat of Defamer's appearance on The Today Show this morning to pay it much mind. After all, that's what they pay lawyers for, right? Anyhoo, we managed to get our paws on another outtake from the DVD from whence the "Freedom Medal Of Valor" speech came*. In it, Tom Cruise helps explain how he saved America after 9/11 ... without even asking for permission!
"I want to know that I've done everything I could every day I think of all those people out there who are depending on us. I think about it. It does make me feel we need more work, more help. Get those spectators on the playing field, or out of the arena. Really, that is how I feel about it. I do what I can, and I do it the way I do everything... there's nothing part of the way for me.
(Fades out as Cruise laughs )
Over the past few decades, the Church of Scientology has shown up after earthquakes and disasters around the world, including the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, where the group largely operated under a different name, and in Beslan, during the hostage crisis at a school in the Russian city. In Beslan, the local government swiftly asked law enforcement to shut down the group's operation, arguing that its psychological tactics could be harmful for hostage survivors, according to Russian news reports.
But in Banda Aceh, the Church of Scientology is so unknown and trauma from the tsunami so widespread that it has made swift inroads, giving massages to the Indonesian military and training university students and large groups of volunteers.
2005-01-16, Jason Burke, Special reports, The Observer
The Church of Scientology has also established a presence in Banda Aceh, setting up a base opposite the governor's mansion. "We are not here to proselytise. That would be distasteful," said Greg Churilov. "We hope we are just seen as another relief group."
Clearwater police and McPherson's relatives in Dallas have said they think her death is suspicious. Elliot Abelson, an attorney for Scientology, said the church is assembling a team of medical experts to help answer questions from investigators.
McPherson's relatives question why church members did not call an ambulance or take her to a closer hospital. They say they think McPherson may have been planning to leave the church and that fellow Scientologists detained her.
Church officials say there is overwhelming evidence McPherson never planned to leave the church. They say McPherson checked herself into the hotel and was free to come and go.
Gary Smith, Narconon Chilocco president, said Tuesday that 12 trainees from Narconon facilities in Europe and Canada are currently enrolled at the center north of Newkirk.
At least 15 more are scheduled to arrive later this month, he said.
Jentzsch had hardly settled into a conclave of church members in Madrid when the Spanish police put the cuffs on him and jailed him and ten others. Jentzsch was held for about three weeks without being charged and was then released. But he has been told not to leave the country until investigations are complete.