2020-03-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A recent article in US Weekly quotes Jenna Elfman about "the controversy" around scientology.
She is a shining example of how a good scientologist acts and speaks. Foolishly.
While scientologists proclaim they have "the tech" to protect them from suppressive influences and they learn to "confront and shatter" this sort of thing, in fact, they avoid "suppression" at any cost. And by "suppression" they mean anything that is negative or even questioning about scientology. When they are confronted by such things, they run from it. Close their eyes. Hold their hands of their ears and hum to themselves to avoid hearing anything.
The D'Arsonval Galvanometer was invented in the 19th century by the esteemed French scientist Jacques D'Arsonval (1851-1940)
(Note: This is an excerpt from the book we're writing on Scientology.)
Very little was known about electricity in the 18th century. The subject commanded wide scientific and public interest. The idea that the human body was somehow electrical in nature was a matter of speculation and skepticism. The idea that God's creation needed electricity when God had breathed life into Adam and Eve was an affront to clerics. God was the source of life and did not need electricity – whatever electricity was altogether – to animate God's living Creation. God was the source of Life argued Christian theologians. Therefore, the Life Force was the Holy Spirit which pervaded all things as a function of God's omnipresence.
STAY HOME. There, we said it. Take the coronavirus seriously, keep calm, but most importantly, minimize your contact with other people and stay home.
Your proprietor, because of his childhood asthma, has a somewhat compromised respiratory system, so we started taking the epidemic seriously quite some time ago. We have been very effectively isolating ourselves from other humans, but we do like to leave the bunker for bike rides in the fresh air, and it alarms us to see some restaurants still busy and packed full.
Don't do that. Stay home. Have a beer, turn on Netflix, and chill.
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2019-03-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Every year since 1985David Miscavige has handed out "IAS Freedom Medals" to 3 (there were a couple of early years with 4) lucky winners.
These people supposedly represent the elite of the elite of the scientology world — those who are doing the most to forward the aims of scientology. Of course, as with everything else in scientology, what you see is not exactly reality.
I recently came across this photo of "COB" with a collection of IAS Freedom Medal winners.
Javier Ortiz and Lloyd Evans have spent two years working on a film that needs some funding to get it into post-production. Here's some of what Javier and Lloyd have to say about it in this short video appeal...
Javier: Two years ago we decided to document the stories of former Jehovah's Witnesses whose lives have been impacted by Watchtower in three main areas: Shunning, the refusal of blood transfusions, and the mishandling of child sexual abuse. Lloyd: When we took home the project we did so without any funding sponsors or even film equipment. All we had was a small group of passionate filmmakers and activists willing to work hard driven by a longing to help people by shedding light on the little-known abusive elements of the Jehovah's Witness faith.
Check out the short video and then help out if you can at www.telasofa.org/donate
Our readers know that we like to keep an eye on two of Scientology's sneakiest front group operators — Queens dentist Bernard Fialkoff and his daughter Meghan. As far back as 2013, we were examining how the Fialkoffs were infiltrating New York City schools with their quack L. Ron Hubbard drug abuse literature and getting lots of help from local political leaders and the NYPD.
Over the years they've been recurring figures here at the Bunker. And if you followed along with those sightings, you know that during their forays into local schools, the Fialkoffs often took with them whoever was the most recent "Miss New York."
(Teny Geragos and her famous father Mark)
The other day we noted that one of Keith Raniere's attorneys, Teny Geragos, had assured the court that there would be no conflict if her famous father, defense attorney Mark Geragos, represented Raniere's co-defendant, Seagram's heiress Clare Bronfman, in the upcoming Nxivm trial.
But now there's a new document in the court file from the government, laying out one way that prosecutors think conflicts could arise if the father-daughter duo continue to work on this case.
We have to hand it to our great tipsters. They are constantly on the lookout for us, and we truly appreciate it. In this case, we have an alert correspondent who brought our attention to the most recent issue of Freedom magazine.
We have to admit that we're paying less attention to Freedom these days. It's gotten so dull recently. For a while, it was a cartoonish attack vehicle for leader David Miscavige, going after perceived church enemies such as Anderson Cooper, Lawrence Wright, and the "posse of lunatics" — former high-ranking church officials who went public in 2009.
[Freedom's free-wheeling days of aggressive smears]
Stories on the alleged persecution of white farmers have also been posted in March on far-right sites from Richard Spencer's AltRight.com to American Renaissance.
The alt-right darling Lauren Southern is preparing a documentary on the issue. Fellow alt-right auteur Faith Goldy, sacked from Rebel Media after palling around too much with white supremacists in Charlottesville, described South Africa as the movement's "flavour of the month".
And Marcus's eye-popping claim that being a South African farmer is the most dangerous job in the world, though not supported by the evidence, certainly is supported by a range of far-right and conspiracist websites.
This week, on location in Minneapolis, I conducted an interview with Penny Mixhau, the widow of a former Scientologist whose death had a great deal to do with the anti-psychiatry phobia induction which Scientology engages in. Perhaps one of my most personal podcasts to date, Penny's story is a lesson for us all in the collateral damage that destructive cults wreak on those who are connected to their members.
Penny's blog: https://scientologywidow.wordpress.com/
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Another purification rundown: Leah Remini's show Scientology And The Aftermath has been renewed for another season it emerged Wednesday
It seems to have been a clear ratings winner.
For it has emerged Leah Remini's show Scientology And The Aftermath has been renewed for another season.
2017-03-16, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
I'm not going to lie. Logic can be hard! When I dived into this subject headfirst, it felt like I'd barely gotten started and I was already in the deep end, drowning in some of these big, heavy concepts.
What is truth really? How do you know when you have it? How do you prove it? What makes up actual proof? If you are going to have a nice or maybe not so nice discussion with someone else, how do you know who's right?
After seeing how murky this all looks, it seemed way easier to me just chuck it all overboard and stick with what "feels" good. Right?
2017-03-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The news that A&E has commissioned another 10 episodes of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath brought another lame response from scientology.
Instead of responding to ANYTHING exposed in the first episodes, they did the scientology thing and sought to "attack the attacker."
This is how they responded to The Hollywood Reporter:
On Tuesday, we examined the complete history of Mark "Marty" Rathbun's website, "Moving On Up a Little Higher," looking for some clues for what led the former top Church of Scientology official to go from one of church leader David Miscavige's most vocal and effective critics to give up that role so completely.
Today, we have another piece of that puzzle which shows Rathbun in full "warrior" mode as he battled Scientology attorney Bert Deixler during a deposition taken in San Antonio on December 22, 2014.
If you read our article Tuesday, you know that December 2014 was a very interesting time in Rathbun's journey. Earlier that month, he had been filming with Louis Theroux in Los Angeles when they were ambushed by Scientology operatives who tried to intimidate Rathbun about the adoption of a child the year before. That confrontation became the climactic scene in Theroux's film now playing in theaters, My Scientology Movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miscavige's father, Ronald Miscavige, Sr., is coming out with a tell-all book, Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, which hits stores on May 3. PublisherSt. Martin's Press says the book will be a "revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology told through the eyes of his father," plus, it will be "the only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader."
Ron Miscavige joined Scientology with his family in 1971, when David was around 10 years old. David joined Sea Org, the group's strict religious order, when he was 16, and quickly rose through the ranks. The patriarch left the church in 2012, and David reportedly sent spies after him; he allegedly told investigators not to help him when they thought he was having a heart attack, though Scientology denies the claim. According to Scientology chronicler Tony Ortega, the book was originally titled, "If He Dies, He Dies," referencing the response to his supposed heart attack.
This isn't the only book by a Miscavige relative. David's niece, Jenna Miscavige, wrote Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape, in 2013, which described her life in Sea Org and claimed that officials tried to break up her marriage.
The Church of Scientology is under fire again for using its wealth to allegedly silence former members.
Page Six reported last week that husband and wife Phil and Willie Jones, who left the church, raised more than $10,000 for an LA billboard criticizing Scientology.
Several former members helped the couple after Tony Ortega posted their story on his Scientology blog. But after the spouses struck a deal with Regency Outdoor Advertising to put up their ad a block from church leader David Miscavige's office on Tuesday, they said Regency abruptly pulled the plug.
"Everything was in place and then bam! We were shut down," Phil said. He added, "[A Regency sales rep] called to let me know that it had come down from the owner, but she wasn't told why. She originally had three calls from Scientology's media company, who wanted to buy all of their inventory. They are a huge media buyer and apparently wanted to block it through the end of July."
NEW YORK (AP) — A much-anticipated memoir by the estranged father of Scientology leader David Miscavige is coming out this spring.
St. Martin's Press told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Ron Miscavige's book is called "Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me." It will be released May 3. The elder Miscavige was with the church for more than 40 years before leaving in 2012. The publisher says his book will provide "a riveting insider's look at life within the world of Scientology."
"Ruthless," which was first announced last year, is expected to be the latest in a wave of unflattering works about the church, including the book and documentary "Going Clear" and "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape," a memoir by David Miscavige's niece, Jenna Miscavige.
A much-anticipated memoir by the estranged father of Scientology leader David Miscavige is coming out this spring.
St. Martin's Press told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Ron Miscavige's book is called "Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me." It will be released May 3. The elder Miscavige was with the church for more than 40 years before leaving in 2012. The publisher says his book will provide "a riveting insider's look at life within the world of Scientology."
2016-03-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
What scientology is willing to promote gets crazier and crazier by the week. They are beginning to read like Weird Al Yankovic parodies.
The ramblings are virtually incomprehensible. And it appears they don't even read them with any perspective about what they actually SAY before they send them out to the world. As long as they are over-the-top and kowtow to Dear Leader Miscavige they are good to go.
With success stories like the one below, I don't understand why anyone bothers spending the time and the money to go to the "top of the Bridge"?
As reported by Tony Ortega, Brian Kennedy, owner of Regency Outdoor Advertising has apparently capitulated to Scientology intimidation, this after Regency cancelled a contract for Phil and Willie Jones' disconnection billboard.
Kennedy's capitulation to the Scientology cult aside, the real issue is if the Church of Scientology engaged in violations of public policy by spending tax exempt dollars in a conspiracy designed to deprive the Jones' of their civil rights, particularly Freedom of Speech.
The 1994IRS publication Illegality and Public Policy Considerations cited the Church of Scientology when discussing the IRS' 1983 revocation of the tax exempt status of Bob Jones University:
Ron Miscavige's book has a new title and a publication date. What was originally announced as "If He Dies, He Dies" has been renamed "Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me," and St. Martin's Press is publishing it on May 3.
Wow, we're really looking forward to this one. In the book, Ron describes how his son David Miscavige, who had been a happy and funny child, became the ruthless and tyrannical leader of the Church of Scientology, surrounded by sycophants and living lavishly while others in the church toil in relative poverty.
What caused that transformation? The power he assumed on becoming leader of the church, Ron concludes in a book that will describe how he ultimately made his own escape from Scientology after serving it for decades.
Ronald Miscavige, Sr., the estranged father of controversial Scientology leader David Miscavige has written a memoir, publisher St. Martin's Press announced. Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me will publish on May 3.
St. Martin's touts it as the "riveting" and "revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology told through the eyes of his father" and "the only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader."
Had a chance to ask public on their way to course at Flag about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige. Didn't make much progress. Recorded around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 outside the Super Power Building.
2015-03-16, Laura Turner, Entertaining Faith, Religion News Service
One of the eeriest parts of Going Clear, the new HBO documentary about the abuses of Scientology, happens when Tom Cruise recounts being asked about whether he's ever met a Suppressive Person. (S.P.s, as they're known in the Scientology community, are people who impede your progress as a Scientologist.) Cruise starts to laugh at the idea that he might never have met an S.P., because to him they're everywhere, and his laugh grows crazier and more maniacal until it becomes super uncomfortable to watch, not unlike his couch-jumping antics. The actor doth protest too much! See for yourself:
Going Clear is full of moments like this; moments culled from past interviews (because no one from within Scientology would agree to sit down with these filmmakers) that make you realize just how insular Scientology is. Several ex-Scientologists were interviewed and they all, without exception, had friends and family members still in the Church who had to "disconnect" from them once they left. One particularly harrowing story followed a mother whose decision to leave Scientology has left her without a relationship with her daughter and grandchild.
One of the defining characteristics of a cult is its inability to ask critical questions of itself. For all its flaws, evangelical Christianity–my tradition–can at least admit to wrongdoings and have honest conversations about where we have failed. That ability does not exist with Scientology, a religion founded in the 1950s by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer who thought founding a tax-exempt religion would be the best way to make a bunch of money fast. He was right–the Church's assets are now approaching $3 billion, even at a time when its number of adherents is at an all-time low. The Church of Scientology claims to have about 10 million members, but according to Mike Rinder–a former Church senior executive featured in the documentary–the figure is around 30,000. They're investing their money in real estate around the world and hedging their poorly-spun defenses with walls of secrecy built by unlimited financial resources. All of this is reinforced by their strategy of appealing through "self-help" to celebrities and wealthy folks who will keep the Church's doors open with repeated and generous donations.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Church of Scientology, saying two former parishioners must go through the church's internal arbitration process to get a refund for more than $1.3 million they donated.
U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore issued a 21-page order Friday stating that plaintiffs Luis and Rocio Garcia are bound by contracts they signed during their 28 years with the church that require them to use the arbitration process to get their money back.
The Garcias' closely watched lawsuit, filed in 2013, alleges the church used fraudulent, deceptive and high-pressure tactics to solicit donations. But now that the order has put their refund demands in church hands, the federal court proceedings are at a standstill.
2015-03-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is the "Bridge Flow News" from the OT Committee in Clearwater.
They got an "OT VIII" through the Purif and are shouting about it from the rooftops.
These people have truly lost touch with reality.
2015-03-16, Amy Newlove Schroeder, Los Angeles Magazine
"If you will give them all your money, they will make anything possible for you." So says director and former Scientologist Paul Haggis about the allure of Scientology in Alex Gibney's new documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Despite its subject matter, the controversial film, which opened in theaters last week, is remarkable for its simplicity, lack of sensationalism, and evenhandedness. Going Clear presents a sobering portrait of the organization and its members without a shred of finger pointing or mockery. There is no derision, no cheap shots. (The Church of Scientology disagrees. A statement to the magazine says in part that "Alex Gibney's film is bigoted propaganda built on falsehoods invented by admitted liars who remain bitter after having been removed in disgrace and expelled a decade ago after they secretly conspired to suborn perjury and obstruct justice. They cannot be trusted, and no statements they make can be believed.")
Jeffrey Augustine is back with another podcast, this time his second interview with Mareka Brousseau.
Mareka, the daughter of Haydn and Lucy James, gives us more glimpses of the hardships of Sea Org life in Scientology. Her eyewitness testimony is hard-hitting, as usual.
We were interested also to see that she describes the independent Scientology movement as a kind of "halfway house" for people leaving Scientology entirely — hey, we've used that same analogy ourselves.
The Church of Scientology currently has only about 50,000 members but is worth over a whopping $1.2 billion. Much of this wealth is credited to famous people who raise funds, recruit and provide the church access to the elite of society.
The film highlights abuses done by the church to some of its members who are separated from their families, do physical labor and earn meager wages. Actual people were interviewed during the making of the film and they shared their stories.
Sara Goldberg, a one-time high-ranking member of the Church of Scientology, claims she was given an impossible 'Sophie's choice' by her superiors that ended up tearing her close-knit family apart.
According to Mrs Goldberg, 63, from Florida, church elders pressed her to sever ties with her son, Nick Lister, who was accused of being connected with Scientology apostates.
When the woman refused to willingly 'disconnect' from her renegade son, as church teachings dictate, she was put on trial at the Scientology compound in Clearwater.
2014-03-16, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I was declared the week of Thanksgiving, which was the church's gift to my family on such a memorable holiday. Since then until February, when he finally disconnected, my heartbroken son had been trying to wrap his mind around his mom being an SP and how to "handle" me. I am devastated but will not stop fighting to get him back, and fighting to stop this horribly abusive tactic of disconnection that the church of scientology uses to control its members. My son is in the honeymoon phase, and I feel responsible for setting him up to be the Scientologist he is today, for being the kind of Scientologist that would disconnect from his mother who he loves. (I never once talked to my son about the shit that was going on with me. He only found out something was up AFTER the Comm Ev. when he was barred from attending the big event because his mother was disaffected.)
I only hope it doesn't take him 35 years to wake up to the fact that he is in a destructive, mind-manipulating cult.
My story is virtually the same as many other stories of disconnection. I was a young adult in 1973 when I did the Comm Course and received Life Repair. Those two things set the stage for me. I trained in Dallas and interned at Austin Org. I was a staff auditor at Mission of the Southwest in Dallas when the crazies hit and I left with Vicki Stokes (Aznaran), Rick Aznaran and two other mission staff to go to Houston to start a mission. I did not like the state of affairs going on and being forced to do work I did not enjoy nor sign up for. So, in 1977 I left staff. (As an aside: An interesting thing of note to me around this time is that within a few short years, Vicki Aznaran became Inspector General RTC! This was astounding to me how she could go from Mission Ed to this vaunted post in such a short time. One of these days someone should explain to me how that happened.)
2014-03-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I haven't done any editorializing or analysis of the series of recent posts on the aims of Scientology (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, OSA Statistics). I have simply posted the words of L. Ron Hubbard directing his Scientology troops at various times towards what he considered vital objectives. More books could be written on the hundreds of lives that were ruined (both targets and executors of the objectives) by execution of those directives – and the many more like them that were issued over the years. Most of the commentary on those posts has gravitated toward two poles. At one pole is denial, strained justification. At the other pole is condemnation, wholesale and definitive. What few have assayed to do is explain the behavior of those who adopted and carried out these aims. Those people who really believed the future of humanity was won or lost on whether those directives were thoroughly complied to. I have some views to share on that score which are derived from subjective experience and objective observation.
If you want to change out rotting upholstery you need to get down to the brass tacks. One piece of fundamental 'scripture' that most Scientologists – corporate, independent and otherwise – tend to agree upon wholeheartedly is L. Ron Hubbard's 'Code of Honor.' It is so popular amongst them that it could be said to in some ways serve to define 'Scientologist.' There is no doubt that the Code contains some sensible and lofty principles that could serve someone well at certain life crossroads. Just as certainly, there are aspects of the code that could serve to suggest destructive, even sociopathic, behavior.
"2. Never withdraw allegiance once granted."
In Joe's story, he told in dramatic fashion how Sara Goldberg was presented with a stark choice - either accept the pressure coming from Scientology officials and cut off all ties from her son, who had been expelled from the church, or, if she didn't comply, lose all contact with her daughter, who remains a Scientologist. It was the kind of impossible choice faced by other Scientologists every day. We have talked to or know about literally hundreds of people who have lost all interaction with their parents, or their children, or their siblings. It's the way that Scientology enforces discipline, and as Joe illustrated so well, it's never a "personal choice," as the church claims. It's forced on families, often with stunning cruelty.
Now, with the Goldbergs getting so much attention, we hope there's some appetite for readers to revisit the many cases of disconnection we've documented over the years. Here are some links. We hope you find them useful.
Last week, we asked Scientology historian Jon Atack about OT III, the most important step on L. Ron Hubbard's "Bridge to Total Freedom." That got us talking about Xenu the Galactic Overlord, and Atack confirmed for us that this wild space opera tale was always meant to be taken literally by church members (at least, those who had spent enough money to reach OT III). This week, we're continuing our conversation as Jon helps us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet — a project we call "Scientology Mythbusting."
Jon, recently we've come to the understanding that what is shocking for some people who reach OT III is not the content itself — many of them have been spending years "remembering" their own million-year-old space opera tales during "whole track" auditing. Instead, what surprises them is that everything they've experienced up to that point has come from their own experiences, memories, and self-discovery. OT III is the first time that Hubbard tells them to accept his version of galactic history. Why did he do this, do you think?
JON: It breaches the Auditor's Code, which says 'Never evaluate for a preclear.' Notice the use of the word 'never.' Though, of course, suggesting to people that they have 'engrams' is also evaluative, but not on such a grand scale.
Interest-free loans from abroad are propping up the Irish branch, which is €686,723 in the red, acc-ording to its latest accounts.
However, the non-executive director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin, Gerard Ryan, said yesterday its membership continued to grow last year and "our church in Ireland is definitely here for the long haul".
2012-03-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I've added another book to the recommended reading section. It is Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. Dawson was 101 years old when he worked with author Glaubman to chronicle his life which touched on three centuries. Dawson had become somewhat famous after having checked into Elementary school at 98 years of age to learn to read.
This book will be of particular interest to those who bought into Dianetics or Scientology out of concerns for health and longevity - two things the subjects have consistently promised to better. In a way the book validates the core reasons the subjects posit as the primary causation of ill health and early expiration. On the other hand, it might help free one from the misconceptions the Corporate Scientology culture hammers into one about the alleged importance of becoming superman and lording over people and things.
It is a wonderful exercise in 'problems of comparable magnitude' (a Scientology concept that if you view a problem you are having against ones of greater magnitude than your own, your problem won't look so nasty any more). Worried about starting a new life outside of the cult in your forties, fifties, sixties or seventies? Read George Dawson's story.
When Infinite Complacency launched three years ago, mainstream news coverage of Scientology consisted mainly of celebrity gossip and jokes about their sci-fi cosmology. Today, the real issues are finally getting aired.
Something quite remarkable happened in the British press last month: Britain's two top-selling dailies ran stories about the violence and abuse that is rife at the top of Scientology.
The Sun and The Daily Mail both reported the court testimony of Debbie Cook, a former senior executive in Scientology's elite cadre, the Sea Org. Cook was denouncing the movement's leader David Miscavige.i
2012-03-16, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
In November we started a new feature here on Fridays: the Voice has obtained hundreds of copies of L. Ron Hubbard's previously unpublished "Orders of the Day," which he gave to crew members as he sailed the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Our documents cover the period from late 1968 through 1971, and this time we're looking at what was happening the week of March 11 through 17 during those years.
This week, L. Ron can't believe how old he's getting...
[Confused? Go here for our primer, "What is Scientology?" For recent controversies in the church, check out our stories on Debbie Cook, secrets of the Super Power Building, and our open letter to Tom Cruise. We know these 40-year-old ship's documents aren't for everyone, but they've been giving us some interesting insights into the mind of Hubbard as he ran Scientology from a yacht at sea. Check back here often for more breaking news about the church.]
2011-03-16, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Let me tell you why David Miscavige's personal staff are currently jet setting all around the world desperately trying to drive OT VIIIs and OT VIIs back into the implant pen. Disappointed, confused, invalidated and in some cases simply broken OT VIIs and OT VIIIs have been coming to Casablanca in increasing numbers . While getting repaired and rehabbed we have been able to pretty much fully map the David Miscavige Black Dianetics version of "OT levels."
We have discovered that David Miscavige has altered the Bridge in such a perverse and diabolical fashion that the "new" End Phenomenon of OT VIII lays in a dastardly implant. This explains why some OT VIIIs have dutifully agreed to start the Bridge over again like so many squirrels in a cage. And it explains why those who have not been successfully implanted have been left in a state of confusion (they had enough theta – and understanding of Scientology - left to resist being thrust from the prior confusion into the implant).
Sometime between 1988 when OT VIII was first released and early in the new millennium (if not earlier) Miscavige ALTERED the End Phenomena of OT VIII so as to reverse its effect. This truth has been revealed by the combined testimonies of more than a dozen OT VIIIs who completed the level as early as 1988 and as late as 2010.
2010-03-16, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
The following was sent to me by a friend who recently left the Church of Scientology. It's a reminder that there are places where one can find beauty, grace and peace. And it has nothing to do with how many square feet of space you've bought or renovated.
I had an interesting experience in a church yesterday. My husband and I were in a little neighboring town. We'd been walking around an arts festival for about 3 hours, and by about 2:00 we were tired and hungry and were looking for a place to sit down for a few minutes on our trek back to the car. We walked by an old church, and the doors were open and a pipe-organ was being played, so of course we went in. Even though it was Saturday, the church had been opened to the public and a few tired festival-goers were sitting in random pews. A middle-aged guy in jeans was playing an old pipe organ. So we went in and sat down in one of the old wooden pews. I noticed the wooden floor in front of our pew was actually worn from the feet of people walking in and out, and shifting their feet around while seated during services. The floor and the pews looked original to the building, so that would have made them over 80 years old. That's a lot of Sunday services, funerals, christenings and weddings.
This church was an old Spanish Revival style; white, hand-plastered walls, wide-open, gable ceiling with dark-stained, heavy timbers and beams from which hung big, wrought-metal chandeliers. The window wells for the stained glass windows were a foot deep into the white walls. At the front of the church was a huge, rosette window with a depiction of some religious figures. The glass had been stained in brilliant blues and soft greens, the robe of the central figure in cardinal red and touches of gold. We just sat there and breathed in the beautiful organ music, the light through the windows and the smells of the old wood pews. It was calm and beautiful and my husband and I both gratefully expanded into the space.
A former Scientologist has filed a lawsuit alleging that members of the movement's Sea Org were put under unreasonable pressure to have abortions.
Claire Headley is suing Scientology alleging that she and others were pressured into having abortions they did not want while members of the movement's Sea Org.
In most respects, her lawsuit echoes the allegations made by her husband Marc in the lawsuit he filed on January 5 against the Church of Scientology International (CSI) - the entity at the top of the movement's corporate structure.
I received word "Anonymous" protestors planned to picket outside Hemet's "IntBase" the next day. I decided we needed to come and get video of the incident. Instead of taking a regular news vehicle, I decided we needed to bring our KESQ Live Truck. This van, called "Eagle Eye," has a telescopic mast for microwave TV signal transmission. Though we had no intention of doing a live shot in front of the Hemet location that day, I knew we could use the high-powered camera on top of the 50 foot mast to give ourselves a tour of the headquarters complex.
The news photographer and I arrived around noon. While he videotaped protestors on the ground, I operated the camera in the truck. This was how we spotted the camouflaged observation post in the hills above the IntBase. The reflection of the sun glinting off the lens revealed its position. I received a cell phone call from Catherine Fraser and an unrecognized Los Angeles area number at this time. Because I was operating the mast camera, I did not answer the phone.
With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
Scientology is today paying the price for its aggressive campaign launched in the mid-1990s to shut down its earliest online critics.
Its use of law suits and court-authorised raids on critics' homes only succeeded in creating fresh waves of opposition.
About 40 people wearing masks and birthday party hats gathered Saturday afternoon to protest the Battle Creek Church of Scientology.
It was conducted Saturday in concurrance with worldwide protests around Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's March 13 birthday.
One Battle Creek man was arrested for wearing a mask and defying a police officer.
The group, calling itself Anonymous, held a worldwide action day yesterday, with about 20 people gathering at Britomart in downtown Auckland and in other centres, handing out fliers attacking Scientology as a dangerous cult "that scams members with pseudo science".
As part of the worldwide effort by the group known as Anonymous in order to educate the public about the dangers of the Church of Scientology, protests at Scientology centers occured worldwide today on March 15th, 2008.
The Toronto protest had well over 250+ members of Anonymous proudly out in force. There were no problems encountered, and everyone did an incredible job from 11:00AM onwards in their efforts.
This video is divided into two parts: The first part which is four minutes long has sound bites and interviews with people who were protesting; the second part lives up to the "Party Hard" codename given to these protests.
2005-03-16, Michael Weissenstein, Guardian Unlimited
Solomonyan entered the United States six years ago on a cultural exchange visa claiming he was a religious worker for the Church of Scientology, according to law enforcement officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity. He was living on the proceeds of Medicare fraud and other scams as he carried out the weapons scheme, the officials said.
Last Saturday a comment was posted here by an anonymous reader that contained text that was copyrighted by the Church of Scientology. They have since followed the DMCA and demanded that we remove the comment. While Slashdot is an open forum and we encourage free discussion and sharing of ideas, our lawyers have advised us that, considering all the details of this case, the comment should come down. Read on to understand what this means.
Geek paradise Slashdot has taken the unprecedented step of removing a post which contained text allegedly copyrighted by the "Church" of Scientology, after receiving threats from Hubbard Space Command shysters citing the dreaded Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
During the late 1940s, Mr. Himmel lived in a Pasadena mansion with a number of science fiction enthusiasts, including a struggling writer who later founded the Church of Scientology -- L. Ron Hubbard.
"He was a guy on the make," Mr. Himmel said. "I couldn't stand him."
Friends also included a struggling mystery writer named Raymond Chandler. ("Chandler didn't say much. He was kind of morose.")
As Douglas Frantz reported in The New York Times a week ago, Scientology in 1993 suddenly metamorphosed from a controversial and highly lucrative organization, with an extensive history of criminal activity in the 1970's, into a bonafide nonprofit religion -- at least as far as the U.S. Government was concerned. That's when the I.R.S. turned its back on 25 years of its own rulings and gave Scientology the tax-exempt legitimacy it had long craved. What made this decision startling was not only the I.R.S.'s contradiction of both itself and various court decisions on Scientology's tax status, but also the mysterious circumstances that brought on the about-face. Scientology's victory was set in motion in 1991 when two of its leaders dropped by the I.R.S.'s Washington headquarters unannounced and somehow secured an audience with the agency's then Commissioner, Fred Goldberg Jr.