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2018-03-11, John P. Capitalist, John P. Capitalist
Certain Scientology policies written by L. Ron Hubbard have assumed almost mythic proportions. Keeping Scientology Working is perhaps the penultimate example but there have been others. These policies provide an inside look at the mind of Hubbard and are very helpful for those seeking an understanding of his motivations and thought processes. To some extent, these policies also illustrate not only Scientology's group-think on expanding their reach, but also how Hubbard expected Scientologists themselves to think and act.
The Importance of The Responsibilities of Leaders
Beyond Keeping Scientology Working, perhaps one of the next most crucial policies is called The Responsibility of Leaders, released on February 12, 1967. Over the next two posts, I'll first look at the more obvious Scientological connotations of this important policy, and in my second, I'll address some of the more subtle, heretofore unrecognized or underappreciated contextual and historical motivations for Hubbard writing this iconic policy. What's unique about The Responsibilities of Leaders is that not only does he not use his own writings as the primary frame of reference, but more so, that he uses a strong woman as the basis for this allegorical discourse on power and loyalty.
Last night in Clearwater, Scientology leader David Miscavige revealed that Scientology TV is now an app which is downloadable for both Android and Apple systems, and that programming will begin streaming on the app, and at DirecTV, tomorrow night at 8 pm Eastern.
L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles, meanwhile, has been blocked off at the southern end so that a celebration can take place there when the network goes live Monday night.
Also yesterday, Rod Keller spotted that a billboard in Miami was advertising that Scientology programming will show up on DirecTV channel 320...
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CLEARWATER — It's not unusual for an elected official to venture into the community to meet with a citizen, but a major organization summoning each city council member out from City Hall to lobby a single issue? That almost never happens.
In a rare dynamic where the constituent is beckoning each council member to his headquarters instead of going to theirs, Scientology leader David Miscavige will host individual meetings at the church's Fort Harrison Hotel on Tuesday to discuss his downtown retail strategy.
Miscavige has not announced plans for a presentation to the general public, prompting one council member to decline her private meeting.
2017-03-11, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This has to be one of the more remarkable things in the history of scientology "dissemination" efforts. And there have been plenty of really bizarre episodes.
New York "ideal" org is trying to attract people to "The COS" (they do NOT use the word scientology) with Hamilton tickets for $20. Like anyone who is not on staff in scientology would ever know what "The COS" is...
Scientology claims to have the answers to all of life, the solutions to the problems of mankind and can hand you the keys to eternity — but they cannot get anyone interested, so they pretend they are offering theater tickets on the cheap to get anyone to talk to them.
Of his eight siblings, Michael Young was the most zealous street missionary. As a child growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, he preached up to 10 hours a day, three to four days each week. He spoke to strangers on the streets and often went door-to-door. He'd ask them, in broken Spanish, if they wished to go to heaven. If they said yes, he would pray for them. If they said no, he would ask for at least a donation to The Family International, a church formerly known as the sex cult The Children of God.
Young's parents, devout American missionaries who moved to Mexico in 1998, told him that such work was his destiny and duty. The alternative was an afterlife spent in the slums of heaven, a place only slightly better than hell.
When he was eight years old, in 2000, Young's family moved to Texas and started their missionary work anew in mini-malls and Walmart parking lots, handing out theological tracts about the imminent apocalypse that would soon wipe out the unbelievers.
(Danny Masterson in 2003)
Last week, the Underground Bunker revealed that the Los AngelesPolice Department is investigating That '70s Show actor Danny Masterson in three cases of rape or sodomy of women who, like Masterson himself, were members of the Church of Scientology. Hours after our story appeared, the LAPD itself confirmed that it was investigating the three cases of sexual assault.
Once again, we want to emphasize that Masterson has not been charged with a crime, and he has put out a statement denying any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, in a Feb. 22 letter to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, the person we're calling Victim A complained that the investigation has been plagued with mistakes and inaction caused, she believes, by the LAPD's relationship with the Church of Scientology.
A court on Friday rejected a fraud and extortion case against the Belgian branch of the Church of Scientology which could have seen the controversial organisation banned in Belgium.
Eleven members of the US-based church and two affiliated bodies were charged with fraud, extortion, running a criminal organisation and violating the right to privacy, all of which Scientology denied.
The judge in the Belgian trial of Scientology has thrown the whole case out on procedural grounds.
His ruling was delivered in three and a half hours at a terrific pace, and it threw out most charges because either the date for them to be prosecuted had expired; in some cases the judicial process had simply been inactive for too long.
Others charges were thrown out against two defendants because documents they had personally submitted to the prosecutor had gone missing.
2016-03-11, Robert-Jan Bartunek, Reuters, Daily Mail
A Belgian court acquitted the Church of Scientology on Friday of charges of forming a criminal organisation, and dismissed demands that it should close its Belgian branch and European headquarters.
Prosecutors had accused the church's Belgian branch, its European headquarters and a number of church members of forming a criminal organisation over alleged fraud, unlawful medical practice, extortion and invasion of privacy.
They had called for it to be disbanded, along with prison terms for the members on trial.
However, presiding judge Yves Regimont dismissed all the charges against the church, which says it has been unfairly hounded for years by Belgian authorities.
In a key decision, a Brussels court ruled on Friday that the Church of Scientology was not guilty of forming a criminal organisation. The court dismissed calls for the Scientologist churches in Belgium to be closed.
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Numerous articles were written in the British Press warning potential clients to steer clear of his unauthorised schemes. One piece warned that despite his being 'not licensed anywhere as a stockbroker or financial adviser', he promised returns of 38 per cent on investments and once claimed to make a consistent return of 41 per cent a year.
Last night, his 56-year-old son John Wood, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, defended his father, saying: 'My father ran a series of high-risk investment schemes, and because they were "high risk" that was the nature of the beast.
'Dad was both ethical and above board, but when someone loses money they obviously become upset. I still maintain much of what he was involved in was an incredibly successful investment scheme which made him and many other people a lot of money.'
A court in Brussels has thrown out charges that could have seen Church of Scientology banned as a "criminal enterprise" in Belgium, after a judge said the defendants were targeted because of their religion.
Eleven members of the celebrity-backed, US-based church and two affiliated bodies had been charged with fraud, extortion, the illegal practice of medicine, running a criminal enterprise and violating the right to privacy.
"The entire proceedings are declared inadmissible for a serious and irremediable breach of the right to a fair trial," the presiding judge, Yves Regimont, said on Friday.
Ruth McLeod, the Southern Atheist and Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large, riff on news and hot-topic issues using common sense, skepticism and a healthy dose of critical thinking.
This week, Ruth and Chris interview Jon Atack, author of the new book, Opening Minds. We talk about his history with Scientology and study of undue influence and mind control and the new Open Minds Foundation he has started for research.
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A special report from our man in Europe, British journalist Jonny Jacobsen...
A Belgian judge will rule rule today in a case against the Church of Scientology and 12 of its members that could see the organization shut down there.
ALBION, MI - Administrators at an Albion-based drug rehab center hope a U.S. District Court dismisses a lawsuit against the Narconon Freedom Center, two months after a former patient claimed the center uses its program to introduce Scientology to unwitting patients and sued the organization.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in January, former patient and Ohio resident Lauren Prevec claims the center charged $25,000 in upfront costs before skipping a medical assessment, taking her completely off her anti-depressant medication and attempting to indoctrinate her to Scientology over the course of two months in the summer of 2012.
(Related: Read the lawsuit brought against Narconon claiming the rehab facility is a Scientology front)
2015-03-11, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
I traveled from Denver to Austin on Tuesday to see a special advance screening of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. This is a film which defies one-word descriptions so I can't boil it down to some adjective like "amazing" or "perfect" or "touching" because
all of those words apply and so many more.
I don't want to give "spoilers" and there are some surprises in this film for everyone including long-time Scientology watchers and ex-Scientologists, so I'll be sllghtly vague about some things but still do my best to convey what I got from it.
Davis was the head of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre in LA until mid 2011, when he and his wife Jessica disappeared from public life for two years, later moving to Texas where he now runs an investment firm.
He has not been publicly involved with the organisation since.
It's thought Erica, 36, became involved with the Church Of Scientology via her casino mogul ex, who was introduced to it by Tom Cruise in 2002.
Rinder's story is one of eight from former church members that make up the emotional arc of the documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," which opens in theaters Friday and will air on HBO on March 29.
Directed by the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney and based on the acclaimed book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, "Going Clear" is the highest-profile expose yet of the controversial religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
Substantially on the basis of former members like Rinder speaking out, the film paints a disturbing portrait of Scientology, claiming physical abuse happens regularly; that the church drives wedges between families by labeling non-Scientologist spouses and parents "suppressive persons"; and that the Internal Revenue Service deemed the church a tax-exempt religion in 1993 only because of an avalanche of lawsuits. The documentary also singles out several of Scientology's most famous faces — including Tom Cruise and John Travolta — for not using their power to change the organization.
Needless to say, the Church of Scientology and its secretive leader, David Miscavige, will not be overjoyed by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney's explosive new documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief." But the film's depiction of the celebrity-centric self-help sect as a micro-Stalinist police state — dogmatic, autocratic and plagued with internal violence and abuse – is only part of the problem. What may be even worse, from the church's point of view, is that Gibney and his collaborator and central interviewee Lawrence Wright (who wrote the exhaustively researched nonfiction book on which the film is based) depict Scientology as declining and beset by crisis, for all its real estate wealth and reflected Hollywood glamour.
Miscavige and his minions remain well insulated by their millions, but Wright believes the church is now down to a few thousand active members. In terms of pure numbers, there are far fewer Scientologists in America than there are Sikhs or Wiccans or Rastafarians. (Scientology may be on a numerical par with Zoroastrianism, an ancient faith that is likely to die out in another generation or two.) Furthermore, Scientology's celebrity glitter, which drove the church's growth in the '80s and '90s, has faded considerably. Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology's biggest Hollywood names, are now over 50; there are certainly younger professional actors in the church, including Elisabeth Moss and Michael Peńa, but they are nowhere near as prominent or as outspoken. (Will Smith has consistently denied being a Scientologist, although he's good friends with Cruise and appears to have been influenced by Scientology doctrines.)
PLANS to build a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre at Yarramalong by an offshoot arm of the Church of Scientology are back on the drawing board.
Association for Better Living and Education president Kaye Conley confirmed the first Narconon centre in NSW could be built on the Central Coast if its challenge before the Land and Environment Court was successful.
The initial proposal to build the centre at 36 Rose Hill Lane was vehemently opposed by local residents when it was lodged early last year. Wyong Council rejected the application on several grounds in May.
Our reader Vaquera admits that she felt a bit fanatical to purchase a membership to the Austin Film Society just so she could get her hands on two tickets to last night's screening of Going Clear, but she says it was all worth it. Here's her report, and photos that she took...
I had John Peeler on my arm. Baby urged us to connect this past Thanksgiving and we've been messaging since then. When I had confirmation of two tickets to this evening's event, I asked him to join me.
Because of stories of ticket holders not getting a seat in the theater, John and I were the first people in line (5 pm), one hour before the doors opened (6 pm) which was an hour before the start time (7pm).
Last month, Los Angeles Supreme Court Judge Ronald Sohigian announced that he'd be retiring in April.
That's directly affecting Laura DeCrescenzo, who went through so much last year to get her forced-abortion lawsuit against the Church of Scientology through several appeals and then a big summary judgment hearing before Sohigian in October.
Those of you who were with us as we reported that hearing live from Sohigian's courtroom know that the judge stunned us with his detailed support for the facts in DeCrescenzo's testimony. He then set a date early in 2015 for trial. And now, he's walking away, and a new judge will have to learn the case from scratch.
POLICE are expected to speak when Yarra Ranges Council meets tonight (Tuesday 11 March) to decide the Narconon planning application.
The application to relocate the drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility from East Warburton to Warburton township was deferred by the council in December to allow further exploration around safety and amenity issues raised by objectors.
The council received 297 objections to the proposal.
2014-03-11, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
In the spirit of the Golden Age of OTC Security, here is some news.
First, from the "EUS" OT Committee — whatever that may be.
Atlanta is going to be their next Ideal Org. Amazing prediction. Wonder if New Haven is EVER going to be done. They have had their building for about 10 years, sitting empty. Or Harlem? Surely Harlem is going to be next? After all, Miscavige has shown Harlem about 3 different times, along with his efforts to sound "hip and cool." Oh, Boston? They bought a huge new building, also sitting idle? That is one of the "big" EUS orgs. How about Miami? They have an empty ideal building too... So do Chicago. And Detroit. And Battle Creek, another building about as old as New Haven's. What a mess of incomplete half-dones.
Some remarkable documents hit the Internet yesterday. They appear to be actual scripts used by employees who answer the phone numbers listed at drug rehab information websites with generic-sounding names.
The websites claim to deliver impartial advice about drug rehabilitation programs, but many of them are in fact front operations for Scientology's rehab network, Narconon. According to the scripts - as well as confirmation by several former employees - the people who answer these phone calls are instructed to do everything they can to convince a family to send a potential patient to a Narconon center (and they earn a large bounty for doing so).
2012-03-11, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Scientologists don't really have a Sunday service. They like to say that they do, because they crave mainstream acceptance. But unless Xenu rested after six days and L. Ron Hubbard just forgot to mention it, there's no reason for Scientologists to treat Sunday any differently than every other day of coursework, detoxes, fundraising, and generally clearing the planet.
So here at the Voice, we've come up with a Scientology Sunday tradition of our own, and we call it Sunday Funnies! Our sources regularly send us Scientology's wacky and tacky fundraising mailers, and each week we choose a few of them to gaze upon, hoping that it inspires you to wax eloquent in our comments section. So here we go...
Our countdown to LRH's birthday continues! Here in America, we may have lost an hour as we Sprung Forward last night, but that has only propelled us even more quickly to Scientology's big holiday.
Now a young man who says he escaped from a Scientology workplace in the city of Commerce after growing up in the church has made some bombshell claims -- including disregard for child welfare laws, failure to report child neglect to authorities, false imprisonment and violation of labor laws -- in a pair of suits filed in L.A. against Scientology and the publisher of its L. Ron Hubbard books.
Montalvo was 19 when he made a break for it last year with the help of a Scientology defector. He ended up in Florida. When he tried to contact his parents, however, a Scientologist allegedly talked him into returning to L.A.
While in L.A., the suit claims, Montalvo was falsely imprisoned.
2011-03-11, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
While Scientology Inc is crassly utilizing the LRH Centennial as a worldwide crush reg fest, we are kicking off the LRH Centennial weekend with a special acknowledgement. It is the announcment of the 2011 Birthday Game LRH Technology delivery winner. But it is more than that. It is an acknowledgment of two of the most valuable beings on the planet - as LRH defined the term "most valuable beings".
Some may at first blush call this crowning presumptuous. So, I will provide some context first. I will start by referencing a stat analysis of the Orange County Church of Scientology performed by a long-time Sea Org vet and evaluator, our own Friend of Ron. FoR obtained the stats from OC Org's own Org mag. Most of you will recall that Orange County was the Ideal Org (as LRH defined such) of the eighties and nineties. The perrenial Birthday Game winner before the game was cancelled by Scientology Inc. The analysis of FoR is attached at the bottom of this posting.
I am announcing here that the HGC and Academy production of the Birthday Game winner 2011 completely eclipses the once proud and mighty Orange County org. Realize, I am sure that Ron's Org, Helmut and Helen's org and other Russian and European outfits produce several multiples of OC org, or any other Scientology Inc Org for that matter. But, remember, the Birthday game is about degrees of EXPANSION. And it is about expansion in the delivery of standard LRH tech. So, don't take offense you all - you are appreciated and acknowledged. This is just my blog and reflects what I am informed and aware of. So, anybody and everybody who is doing similar deeds, and maybe even at higher levels of quantity - please take this acknowledgement as an acknowledgement to you too. My game winner choice is constrained by those I am intimately aware of and have seen evidence of the expansion of the practice of Standard Tech; both in terms of numbers and breadth of the Bridge. On that score, I can personally attest that the winners of the 2011 Birthday Game produce miracles, day in and day out.
Australia's ruling Labor party and the coalition have been accused of walking away from claims of abuse in the Church of Scientology, by blocking a Senate investigation into the tax-free status of religious groups.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon on Thursday failed to win sufficient support for an inquiry into whether church groups should be subjected to a public benefit test, like that in the UK.
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has slammed the major parties for blocking his moves for an inquiry into the Church of Scientology.
Senator Xenophon has been calling for a full inquiry into the church since revealing claims of forced abortions and other abuses in Parliament last year.
Today he accused Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of hiding behind process and vowed to continue to fight for further examination of Scientology in Australia.
According to the makers of Until Nothing Remains, the €2.5m (Ł2.3 m) drama, which is due to air in a prime-time slot at the end of March, is based on the true story of Heiner von Rönns, who left Scientology and suffered the subsequent break-up of his family.
Scientology officials have said the film is false and intolerant. At a preview screening in Hamburg members distributed flyers in which the filmmakers were accused of seeking to "create a mood of intolerance and discrimination against a religious community".
Germany's state broadcaster is locked in a row with the Church of Scientology which wants to block an upcoming feature film that depicts the controversial organisation as totalitarian and unethical.
Bis Nichts Mehr Bleibt, or Until Nothing Remains, dramatises the account of a German family torn apart by its associations with Scientology. A young married couple joins the organisation but as the wife gets sucked ever more deeply into the group, her husband, who has donated much of his money to it, decides to leave. In the process he loses contact with his young daughter who, like his wife, is being educated by Scientology instructors.
Scientology leaders have accused Germany's primary public TV network, ARD, of creating in top secret a piece of propaganda that sets out to undermine the group, and have demanded to see it before it is broadcast.
LABOR and the Coalition have been accused of choosing to look away from claims of abuse in the Church of Scientology, by blocking a Senate investigation into the tax-free status of religious groups.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon today failed to win enough support for an inquiry into whether church groups should be subjected to a public benefit test, like that in Britain.
There's been a touch of Internet controversy today about Beck's somewhat-impromptu show at the Echo tonight, first started by blogger Sketchytown, then picked up by the LA Weekly's West Coast Sound blog. Both blogs raised a flag about a charity cited on the show's promotional material, Educating Children International, which, according to the promo poster, will get the "net proceeds" of the show priced at a cool $35.
Nothing was mentioned about any connections with Scientology, and the website for the charity turns up an error message. So what's the official word from the Church of Scientology? Is Educating Children International a charity working with Beck's known (and controversial) path of spirituality?
Davis serves as the Church's spokesman. During the visit, we showed him video shot by members of "Anonymous" as they were being accosted and arrested by guards hired by the Church at the Scientology grounds in Hemet. Davis contends that the protestors arrested assaulted the guards.
The New Village Leadership Academy generated some controversy when it was first announced because it relies on instructional methods developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The school's director has said it isn't a Scientology facility.
Hubbard's "study technology" is a secular course akin to a Montessori approach, the Web site says.
2008-03-11, Rachel Hatzipanagos, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Highland Beach - A group that sent out thousands of unsolicited copies of a guidebook promoting Scientology precepts is ending the practice after receiving hundreds of complaints from elected officials.
2008-03-11, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Ron's been worm food for more than a score of years now, so it probably won't matter to him that the best birthday party being held in his name will take place a couple of days late. On Saturday, March 15, the surprisingly upstart, leaderless movement known as "Anonymous" will be holding its second worldwide anti-Scientology protests at Hubbard sites in more than a dozen countries.
A group affiliated with the Church of Scientology has forged close ties with several influential members of the Arizona Legislature as part of a nationwide battle against the mental-health industry.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has courted key lawmakers with trips to glitzy Scientologist events in Hollywood. And, observers say, it has been the force behind more than two dozen bills in Arizona in recent years, including measures to restrict prescriptions of Ritalin and mood-altering drugs.
Every day, off-duty Clearwater police officers provide security for the Church of Scientology, which was investigated by police for 18 years but now is putting thousands of dollars in officers' pockets.
The church pays $25-an-hour for two uniformed officers to pull an 8 1/2-hour shift seven days a week, 365 days a year. All told, the church has paid nearly $150,000 to 110 officers since January 2000.
The arrangement is a remarkable turnaround for a department that long has mistrusted Scientology and rejected church attempts to ingratiate itself, saying no to offers of Scientology's anti-drug and criminal rehabilitation programs.
The decision by the IRS in 1993 to give the Church of Scientology the tax exemption granted to churches surprised many tax experts and outraged opponents of the organization, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. The IRS had refused to grant the exemption for 25 years; numerous courts had upheld that position; and the agency offered few details about its surprising reversal.
Now a report by the New York Times sheds new light on the circumstances surrounding the controversial decision. It raises so many disturbing questions about the integrity of the process that the IRS and Congress should review the Church of Scientology's tax-exempt status and determine whether the federal agency acted improperly.
The center, on Indian land in northern Oklahoma, treated patients for almost two years before the certification issue was decided. The center continues to treat Indian patients, asserting state laws do not apply to them.
Narconon Chilocco's lease obliges it to follow state law, and the continued treatment of patients violates state law, L.W. Collier Jr. of the BIA office in Anadarko said.
In April, 1987, when federal regulators were investigating suspicious dealings at American Continental Corp., three brothers in Palo Alto were laying a bet that the regulators would find trouble.
The Feshbach Bros. -- Joe, Kurt and Matt -- are owners of the nation's largest short-selling investment firm and were actively building a short-stock position in American Continental, selling shares they did not own in the belief that the stock would fall and that they could buy the shares back later at a much lower price.