In a 39-page ruling, a California appeals court struck down a lower court's decision that had derailed the lawsuit filed by Danny Masterson's rape accusers against the That '70s Show actor and against the Church of Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige.
Filed in 2019, the lawsuit is not directed at Masterson over the rape allegations that have him facing 45 years to life in a parallel criminal case, but instead was aimed at Masterson and Scientology over the years of harassment the plaintiffs say they have gone through after coming forward with their allegations to the LAPD in 2016.
Scientology had successfully derailed the suit by arguing that four of the five plaintiffs, who were former Scientology church members, had signed service contracts that obligated them to take any grievance to Scientology's internal "religious arbitration" rather than to a court of law. Los Angeles Superior CourtJudge Steven Kleifield agreed with that argument and granted Scientology's motion, forcing the lawsuit into arbitration on December 30, 2020.
Tomorrow, Danny Masterson is scheduled, once again, to be arraigned on three counts of forcible rape that have him facing 45 years to life in prison. And for that reason, say his alleged victims, they have asked for an emergency hearing to take place, also tomorrow, so they can ask to have the harassment lawsuit they filed against the That '70s Show actor and the Church of Scientology put on ice.
If they have to wait any longer for their lawsuit to be put on hold, they say, Scientology's plan to put them through "religious arbitration" could compromise the criminal case against Masterson.
Masterson himself made a motion to halt discovery in regards only to himself, and that motion is scheduled to be heard on January 29. But his accusers argue that the case cannot be frozen for only one person — it should be put on hold for everyone, and immediately.
2020-01-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A recent Facebook posting, coupled with the blog post about my daughter yesterday, prompted me to write this today.
Mirit Hendrickson is a full-on scientologist known for her "VM videos" — donning a yellow t-shirt and heading out to look for photo-ops during hurricanes that she then posts all over social media to prove the "effectiveness of the tech."
Her life is immersed in all things scientology. So it is hardly a surprise that her children are being raised as part of an "ideal" scientology family (which includes joining the Sea Org as soon as possible).
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The state of mental health is so bad in Georgia, the federal government stepped in and sued the state, resulting in a 2010 settlement that required Georgia to improve conditions in its psychiatric hospitals and find more neighborhood-level solutions to behavioral problems.
Last year, in a bid to end that federal oversight, the state legislature passed a law creating a 24-member commission to study the problem for four years and come up with real solutions, hoping to mirror the success of a previous commission that studied and reformed criminal justice in the state.
News coverage of the new panel, the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform & Innovation Commission, has tended to assume that the study will find ways to more efficiently bring professional mental health care to more people who need it.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis has issued an order to permit victims to provide impact statements at Nxivm leader Keith Raniere's sentencing without having to disclose their identities.
This will include alleged victims who were not included in the second superseding indictment against Raniere.
According to the Albany Times Union, that was over the objection of Raniere's attorneys that the government will be deciding who is or isn't a victim…
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Chris Shelton has a remarkable story about an escape from the Sea Org for us today, and disturbing new evidence that Scientology has not given up its policy of forcing women to have abortions, even nearly a decade after that policy was exposed by the Tampa Bay Times...
There I was, minding my own business last October, when I suddenly got a message out of nowhere from someone claiming to have known and worked with me back in the Sea Org. It said that she had just taken off (blown, in Scientology parlance) from her Sea Org mission just a day before! I get a lot of interesting messages all the time, but rarely do I get one this interesting.
2019-01-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
As we have previously stated, our thoughts and prayers are with Chih-Hen Yeh's family — the victim murdered at the Australian scientology center.
Sadly, this is just the latest example of scientology using a tragedy to attack those speaking out against its abusive practices. The irony is that we speak out against the culture of violence within the highest echelons of scientology, perpetrated and encouraged by David Miscavige. We are exposing scientology's violence to bring it to an end. We have never and will never advocate violence for any reason. That's scientology's modus operandi and we condemn it.
Chih-Hen Yeh was placed in harm's way by scientology. Knowing what we know, it is clear that too often those recruited to join the Sea Organization are assigned jobs but given no training to perform their duties. This young man was acting as a security guard in a situation that necessitated trained authorities. According to scientology the perpetrator had previously threatened to burn down their building, so they were aware that he was unstable and allowed him in anyway. Why didn't they call the police when the original threat was made? Scientology should be held accountable for its negligence.
This week I have the longest interview I've done in one go with Binah (Bree) Mood, a woman who only just escaped from Scientology's Sea Organization in October of 2018. We discuss her entire history with plenty of anecdotes and segues as various aspects of Scientology's abuses come to light.
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[Important note: we had audio issues in the first few minutes but switched Bree's mic and it cleared right up]
So since launching his campaign for City Council Seat 5 against well-known incumbent Hoyt Hamilton, Funk said he has knocked on 2,000 doors to introduce himself. Before the March 13 election, he plans to hit a total of 7,000 homes.
"I can make a difference," said Funk, 71, a real estate broker and chair of the Community Development Board. "I have a passion for city government."
Funk is campaigning on bringing better planning and strategy to city decisions.
Our thanks to reader Rasha for getting us the latest issue of "International Scientology News," which once again provides an inspiring look into the amazing things ecclesiastical leader David Miscavige is accomplishing for the Church of Scientology around the world.
How can you not be impressed with numbers like these, for example, which show that Scientology's goal to clear the planet is just around the corner...
122 Million books and lectures in the hands of public
Scientology in Vancouver sees the First Nations as a group with similar aims to be united in opposition to Psychiatry. Efforts to destroy Psychiatry are integral to Scientology. Psychs are seen as more than competition in the field of mental health, they are the enemy to be obliterated. A future without this entire field of medicine is one of the key goals, and the Industry of Death exhibits will continue as long as Scientology exists.
2017-01-19, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Hey everyone, we are really coming down the home stretch on this series with only three more chapters to cover after this one. This chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the book Scientology, edited by James R. Lewis, has been highly educational in terms of how far off the beam some academics can go in writing apologetics pieces in favor of the Church of Scientology. We've covered a lot of ground in this series actually, from Scientology beliefs and mythology to its supposed contributions to the community, its outreach programs around the world, as well as some of the legal and moral controversies it has been involved in. The last few chapters have covered Scientology's experience in specific non-US countries and this week we go to the Land Down Under, Australia.
Adam Possamai is Professor of Sociology and the Director of Research and Higher Degree Research in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. He is also a novelist and the past President of the International Sociological Association's Committee 22 on the Sociology of Religion. He is currently working on a monograph on religion and neo-liberalism.
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy is an Associate Professor in sociology at the Western Sydney University. She is currently involved in ongoing research that focuses on the democratization of science, post-secularity, risk society as well as religion and spirituality.
What is it with David Miscavige and trees? He seems to be in such a hurry to pave over the world in the name of Scientology, the church leader is in hot water again for cutting down trees without permission.
The Guardian reports that Scientology is applying for consent after it already mowed down 22 trees in order to put in a new parking lot for passenger buses at its UK headquarters, Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England.
And odds appear to be that they'll get that permission, even after such a brazen act: The Guardian notes that Miscavige and his sidekick, Tom Cruise, have been softening up local officials with posh parties and gifts.
2016-01-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Funny how transparent scientology is. Under the guise of being "standard" and "on source" these clowns stumble and bumble around doing the most incredibly foolish things that invariably blow up in their faces.
I recently received two separate emails, both containing the same text, though they concern two different people.
Under the guise of conducting an "ethics interrogatory" the emails are intended only to create mistrust and worry about Glenn Samuels and Candy Swanson in the minds of the people that are the recipients of the emails.
We're nearing another big anniversary — 30 years since the Great Thetan, L. Ron Hubbard, dropped his material body — and so we've been looking through our files for material about the man that isn't already picked over. We have something pretty nice and never posted online for the anniversary itself. But along the way we also found some items we thought you'd like to see.
The other day, one of our commenters asked about Isaac Asimov and whether Hubbard had ever told him his line that the only way to make a million dollars was to invent a religion. Previously, we concluded that Hubbard did, indeed, make that statement to several different people in the period 1948-1949, before publication of his 1950 book Dianetics. Asimov was probably not one of them, however.
We say that because Asimov himself said he saw little of Hubbard, and not during that period. We know this because it turns out that Asimov was interviewed by FDA inspectors during its investigation of Hubbard after raiding the Scientology org in WashingtonDC in 1963. Researcher R.M. Seibert has turned up a wealth of great stuff after convincing the FDA to turn over documents from that investigation, resulting in stories here at the Bunker revealing Hubbard's high school grades for the first time, for example, and that Hubbard had told John McMaster that he intended to be reincarnated as the future son of his daughter Diana.
Mike Ellis (Photo by Doug Owens) The Church of Scientology is known for its legendary scorched-earth legal tactics that can tie up lawsuits for years or persecute its enemies with endless motions and obfuscations.
But its legal chicanery can also be a hoot.
We have a series of documents that have been flying back and forth between parties as the Luis and Rocio Garcia federal fraud lawsuit against Scientology approaches a crucial February 18 evidentiary hearing. And we have a feeling you're going to find the material in these documents rather entertaining.
2015-01-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Yes, you heard it here first. Planetary Clearing is happening for realz. Edy Lundeen says so.
Massive, monumental, universe shattering news. The theta/entheta ratio is being tipped.
They made "Highest Ever Ever!!!!!!" Solo NOTs completions in 2015. 436, or more than one a day. OMG!
Today the Sunday Independent takes you inside the strange and secretive world of the Irish Church of Scientology. The church hit the headlines last week after it emerged the head of the church, David Miscavige, bizarrely claimed that its 'DublinMission' was responsible for an 85 per cent drop in drug-related crime in the capital.
Addressing fellow Scientologists during the church's New Year's Eve gathering, Miscavige described the Dublin Mission, which claims to have distributed 110,230 booklets to members of the public last year, as an "exemplary emphasis of how missions take root in cultural soil".
But the church's extraordinary, and up until now, unheard of work left drug agencies and gardai here scratching their heads.
2014-01-19, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
(Article By Special Correspondent)
Recently I received a copy of the Scientology SeattleIdeal Org Building Fundraising Hat Write-Up By Mark Arnold, the Executive Director for Seattle Day. You can see the full write up here. Most of it is a detailed and complex structure for milking every possible penny from Scientologists in the local area.
He confirms that 10% commissions are paid on funds raised and also makes it clear that materials written by L Ron Hubbard are not the important references - the core reference for the fundraising is a book called ASKING by Jerold Panas which he refers to over and over. He also talks about "dinging" in his audiences with COB quotes (David Miscavige lies actually). L Ron Hubbard quotes have nothing to do with this because L Ron Hubbard despised the idea of asking for donations without giving back valuable services in return, a subject he covered vigorously in a series of letters loosely called the Safe Environment Fund Advices, or "SEF advices". So not much from L Ron Hubbard in the whole discussion except to try and find "inspirational LRH quotes" of a generic nature to forward an activity that would have enraged LRH mightily.
On the first day of 2012, a woman named Debbie Cook who had been a somewhat legendary official in the Church of Scientology rocked the church with a lengthy e-mail that went out to thousands of her fellow church members.
One of the accusations she made in that e-mail (which the church sued her over) was that Scientology's leader David Miscavige was sitting on more than a billion dollars in cash that had been raised by the International Association of Scientologists — money that was supposed to be used for promoting the church. Specifically, Cook complained that you never saw the kind of high-profile advertising that Scientology had been known for decades earlier.
Readers of this blog know that Cook's e-mail had many repercussions, and it is still leading some longtime members to question their faith in the church. But one of the most interesting reactions to it seemed to be a much more concerted effort by Miscavige to spend money on advertising.
The Church of Scientology defines itself as "a spiritual philosophy that offers a precise path which can lead to an understanding of one's true spiritual nature".
* It was founded by L Ron Hubbard in 1953.
* LRH once said that he likes "to help others" and counts it as his "greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days".
Jamie DeWolf, the great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has come out with new explosive claims against the church and its controversial founder.
And it's not pretty.
'My family sees Scientology as absolute poison,' says Jamie DeWolf. 'It's a dangerous cult.'
UPDATE: PLEASE SEE THE NOTE WE'VE ADDED TO THE END OF THE POST
In 2011, we told you about Jamie DeWolf and his amazing monologue about his great-grandfather, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and we predicted that he would continue to gain fame for his views. Now, during this worst week ever for the church, Jamie continues to fulfill that prophecy in a big way.
At the local ABC affiliate in Los Angeles, KABC Channel 7, producer Lisa Bartley got another very fine show past that station's uptight brass, and we're especially impressed by some of the images she gathered for Jamie's interview. But that wasn't all the attention Jamie received this week.
2012-01-19, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
On Thursdays, we bring you Scientology news from around the globe. And this week, we were planning to note that Australia's television program A Current Affair had done a nice job on a story we brought you earlier, about Ramana Dienes-Browning and her hellish 8 years on Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds.
But then, our plans for a brief item about the Australian program changed, as we learned more about the chatty church spokeswoman who appears in it, Virginia Stewart...
As you may recall, our lengthy interview of Ramana Dienes-Browning was one of three substantial stories we did in November and December about life in the Sea Org and aboard the Freewinds. A shipmate of Ramana's, Valeska Paris, alleged that from 1996 to 2007, she was held against her will aboard the vessel. Her sister, Melissa Paris, recalled her several years -- while underage -- doing menial labor at Scientology's UK headquarters for a total of about $40.
2012-01-19, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
As brilliant as Debbie Cook was as a corporate Scientology executive, she was and is just as naïve about the workings of the outside world and particularly how David Miscavige's Office of Special Affairs (OSA, corporate Scientology's propaganda and dirty tricks branch) works within it.
Unfortunately, there has for decades been a "Peter Principle" at work within corporate Scientology. It goes something like this. To the degree that one is willing to set aside logic, compassion, and understanding to drive home "command intention" to compliance is the degree to which one rises. Thought-stopping supreme is the greatest asset for rising in the corporate Scientology ranks.
This is not a criticism of Debbie Cook. It is fact that I fully acknowledge applied to me too. However, I had the fortune, or misfortune, of dealing with the outside world throughout my corporate Scientology career, and specifically with the apparatus used by corporate Scientology to deal with the outside world. I learned well that one does not and cannot approach David Miscavige in a gray-area fashion. He only sees black and white, positive and negative, good and evil. It is purely a God vs. the Devil world to David Miscavige and corporate Scientology. Gray areas and nuances do not exist to them. That is why after many months of soul searching before deciding to make myself known on the outside I decided to choose the only entrance to the road to truth, honesty. It is the only antidote to the poison that is sure to rain upon anyone stepping out of line of the corporations. And, it has served us well.
2011-01-19, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
I'm reprinting a letter from religious scholar James R. Lewis here, for any that missed it. Lewis got into somewhat of a bad odor with Scientology critics as a "Scientology apologist." Like Gordon Melton, Lewis became a Church of Scientology "ally" and was used by them to defend their religious status and quash critics.
I never met Lewis. I knew Gordon Melton when I lived in Santa Barbara and we had dinner occasionally. I gave him a hard time over his role as a Scientology apologist, and took the time to educate him on what really goes on at the highest levels of Scientology. He has since revised his opinion of Scientology. It now appears that James Lewis has been going through a similar process.
In addition to anything else, Scientology appears to be running out of religious scholars who are willing to shill for the cult.
2011-01-19, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I know I have in the past, in moments of frustration, referred to Tommy in less than respectful terms. I had a bit of a change of heart after Mike Rinder and I had a discussion about Miscavige's standard operating procedure for handling the media.
For those who've more recently joined us, perhaps you did not hear the Tommy Davis meltdown with the St Petersburg Times. Tommy's interview in response to their 2009Truth Rundown series investigation "annihilated" Tommy's and Miscavige's credibility - confirming for most intelligent listeners that Tommy was lying through his teeth and David Miscavige in fact did commit the serial psychotic and violent acts enumerated by myself, Mike Rinder, Amy Scobee, Tom Devocht, Jeff Hawkins, Marc Headley, Claire Headley, Steve Hall, et al......
You can find the Davis meltdown here, particularly the first segment titled "there were witnesses to it": http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/project/church-response.shtml
Scientology "devotes vast resources to squelching its critics", Time magazine wrote in 1991 - and this was before Scientology sued Time Warner for $416m over the article in which that passage appeared. In 2001, the US Supreme Court, in refusing to revisit Scientology's failed suit against Time Warner, cited a 1984 California Superior Court case that found: "The Church or its minions is fully capable of intimidation or other physical or psychological abuse if it suits their ends. The record is replete with evidence of such abuse."
2007-01-19, Lauren Etter, Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
This is not a spa. This is Second Chance, one of the country's most unusual alternatives to the nation's prison systems. Founded by a Scientologist and former real-estate developer -- and funded partly by federal tax dollars -- Second Chance is a treatment program for nonviolent prisoners with substance-abuse problems.
Who is behind invitation to party for "Youth for Human Rights"? The invitation is signed by Don Shaul, 13 year old, with title of Israeli director of "International Youth for Human Rights". But behind heartwarming initiative stands Scientology movement
Cult buster" Rick Ross shouted for joy yesterday after a Grays Harbor Superior Court jury acquitted him of unlawfully imprisoning an 18-year-old Bellevue man to deprogram him of his religious beliefs.
The jury deliberated just two hours