Lloyd Evans talks to Amber Scorah, whose book about leaving JW, "Leaving the Witness," is getting major media treatment. Not only is she with a major publisher, but she's getting interviews at places like The Daily Show and NPR. Nevertheless, it's still good to see her talk with someone who deals with this subject day in and day out like Lloyd.
Says Lloyd: "In 2005, Amber Scorah arrived in Shanghai determined to spread the good news of Jehovah's Witnesses in a country where the religion is banned. Little could she have known that her unique experience of moving to China and being immersed in a strange new culture would cause her faith to unravel. As Amber's brilliant memoir goes on sale, I learn more about her incredible story."
On Sunday, Mike Rinder posed a great question about the ongoing relationship between Scientology (which pretends it's a force for human rights) and the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist movement whose leader, Louis Farrakhan, isn't shy about demonizing white people and, in particular, Jews.
Mike was specifically pointing to the work of Nation of Islam figure Sister Nayyirah Muhammad, who is putting on Dianetics (Scientology) seminars under the banner "Repair of the Black Family."
In the past, we've noted that Sister Muhammad has also put on Dianetics seminars promising attendees that they'll learn how to make their child a "god." While most Scientologists rarely use language this plain, it is true that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard promised repeatedly that the end result of his counseling was to give Scientologists back the godlike powers they had lost after trillions of years of existence.
In the Laws within Scientologly In you CANNOT report a crime or felony to Law Enforcement
You cannot report breaking the laws of the to any Government agency.
Reporting internal conduct to anyone outside the Scn Cult is deemed a suppressive act and the punishment is you will get your nearest and dearest family and friends disconnected (shunning) from you.
2018-06-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Some of the claims made about Ideal Orgs defy belief. Even for a cynical bitter defrocked apostate on the fringes of the internet.
This is the latest fundraising pitch for the Detroit ideal org.
Detroit org has been there for half a century (perhaps more?) and it has created absolutely NO impact. They admit nobody in Detroit even knows what scientology is. They probably know the word and the information from the internet and The Aftermath and Going Clear — but in the minds of scientologists that means they don't know what scientology REALLY is. They are only aware of the "entheta"...
We hear it all the time — why can't law enforcement do something about the abuses in Scientology? There are a number of ways to answer that question, but one of the simplest is that Scientologists themselves know they cannot report the abuses they see to police.
It's against the rules that founder L. Ron Hubbard laid down decades ago. He listed reporting Scientology as one of the "suppressive acts" that could get you excommunicated from the organization — and alienated from your own family: "Reporting or threatening to report Scientology or Scientologists to civil authorities in an effort to suppress Scientology or Scientologists from practicing or receiving standard Scientology."
With that hanging over their heads, Scientologists will do anything other than report crimes they see to authorities. They're terrified of doing the right thing, in other words.
Rod Keller keeps a vigilant watch over Scientology sneaky front groups, and takes us around the world this time...
A new flier from Foundation for a Drug Free World quotes four local officials from four areas of the world in support of the distribution of Scientology's drug education booklets. Attempts to reach the officials for comment were not successful, but we do know about some of Scientology's activities in these areas. Scientology uses a variety of tactics in these countries to promote their anti-drug message and to gain allies for future expansion or orgs and missions.
Eastern Cape is one of the nine provinces of South Africa and both Eastern and Western Cape are the territory of Robert Van Der Feyst (see above), a one-man touring drug education campaign in local schools. There is little doubt that the quote from the Department of Education was elicited through one of his talks. Van Der Feyst speaks under the banners of several Scientology front groups. He is Narconon, he is the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and he is The Way to Happiness. In most countries Narconon runs drug rehab centers while the Foundation for a Drug Free World does education. Since the Cape Town Narconon closed many years ago, Van Der Feyst is an independent operator, and is the sole presence of Narconon in southern South Africa.
2017-06-04, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
(1) I have family still in Scientology, which is very frustrating for me at times. I can't wait until they are out, but their arrogance, certainty, stubbornness, and inability to listen make me think they may never get out. Even after 20 years, the alternate route to Clear, Super Power processing and large donations, my dad is not "Clear". What could be the reason for this? Also, I asked him if he got to the top of the bridge and didn't have super powers and all the things promised, would he then look at the other side? His response was,"I've gotten enough out of it already to still be worth it." Obviously it is life changing for some people, so what is it that actually works? I know you say that you can find the parts that work elsewhere in the world. I'm wondering if you intend to sort through the mix of truth and lies within Scientology technology and share with us in the form of a book/books? Also, I know for me it wasn't really the processing that made me feel any better, but just the thought that I had the right path and future access to powerful truth that would change me and the world for the better. How much of the improvement in people is due to processing, and how much do you think is just the high from believing you have the answer to life and are working on getting to ultimate freedom, etc?
(2) I have read a few different versions of a story claiming that back when Hubbard was a pulp science fiction author he told his fellow writers that he was going to found a religion because "that's where the money is," or that he made a bet with Robert Heinlein that he could successfully found a religion. There are also stories that some of the other authors helped him brainstorm ideas that ended up in Scientology, thinking that they were all just playing around and not realizing that Hubbard would actually use their ideas to found a cult. Harlan Ellison also told a story about this. Do you think this story is true or at least possibly true?
(3) Chris, did you ever use one of the Clearsound listening systems? Like this. I would love to see a sound test and a disassembly of the clearsound amplifier. I'm guessing it's a cheap amplifier with a Scientology logo and an inflated price tag.
2017-06-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I always had a hard time wrapping my mind around Scientology's policy on dealing with the mentally ill.
L. Ron Hubbard wrote that Scientology was for the able and that those not up to standards need not apply. He and his church didn't have the time or energy to deal with the depressed, the neurotic, or the insane. Saving the planet before it exploded was hard, grueling work. Dealing with crazy people was a distraction.
Not until sufficient numbers had gone "Clear" would Scientology handle these people.
2016-06-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
It was clear to everyone this was coming.
The SuMP launch is done. Funny, haven't seen any shows broadcast yet on the airwaves - not TV or radio or even anything on the internet?? You can be sure that if someone else "opened" a "broadcast center" it would begin broadcasting. Ideal orgs will continue, but there are too many areas where they already HAVE an empty ideal org or there is absolutely NOTHING happening even when they have a "new" building (Hello Philly? Detroit, New Haven, Chicago etc etc etc). The dead ideal org horse has been beaten to dust in all but a few cities.
So what's the ecclesiastical leader of the fastest growing religion on earth supposed to do under the circumstances?
Like the rest of the world, we're remembering Muhammad Ali today with the passing of one of the 20th century's most intriguing personalities. Like you, we're seeing a lot of great pieces about Ali's career as an athlete and his memorable quotes as a human being, one of the best known human beings of all time.
Ali, of course, was well known for his 1964 conversion to Islam. But we couldn't help wonder if Scientology ever made a run at the famous boxer. And that's when we found that Janet Reitman, in her 2011 book, Inside Scientology, mentioned Ali in connection to a subtle church operation that took place in 1981.
Before there was "We Are the World" (1985) and "Do They Know It's Christmas" (1984), there was "Get High on Yourself," a star-studded, if awful song about saying no to drugs that made use of some of the biggest celebrities of the time to bring publicity to a cause.
We have another segment for you from a secretly-recorded audiotape which captures a briefing inside a Scientology church.
This is our fifth portion of the recent briefing given by Andres Rodriguez, a senior executive in the organization, and they just keep getting better. Rodriguez has really become a star here at the Underground Bunker, but he's also notable because he was married at one time to Jessica Feshbach, who became notorious as the pushy "handler" of actress Katie Holmes during her first years married to Tom Cruise. Jessica is now married to former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, and they are no longer in Scientology's elite Sea Org.
Rodriguez is the Senior Case Supervisor West US, which means he oversees the delivery of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" for half the country. But as we've seen, his description of that technology is not familiar to oldtime Scientologists who have left the church.
2014-06-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
A Special Correspondent just sent this to me. I found it interesting and somewhat heartening.
If you read the message you will see that it does not come from the IAS Vultures but is asking for money to go directly to the OTL Central Europe to buy water, canned food, diapers and rubber boots.
No pitch about distributing soggy copies of WTH or "we are going to train everyone on how to do nerve assists".
Specifically, Jean Kasem has said that Kerri Kasem, 41, who has been assigned to be her father's healthcare conservator by a judge, wants to donate his fortune to the Church of Scientology. Kerri Kasem has denied being a member of that church - the documents submitted in Kitsap Superior Court on Wednesday include an entertainment site's unverified roster of celebrity Scientologists that includes Kerri Kasem.
The court filing also accuses Kerri Kasem of owing Casey and Jean Kasem $1.3 million. An in-house accountant for the former "Cheers" actress estimates that Casey Kasem has loaned Kerri Kasem over $630,000 since she turned 18, and that less than 15 percent of that money would be considered gifts.
2014-06-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The below article is currently on the Scientologists back in comm blog.
It is a wonderfully documented dismantling of the hype and lies spread about the wonders of GAG II.
While it may not be entirely proper netiquette to republish their whole posting here rather than just giving the link, I believe the important thing is to make the information as widely available as possible and I am pretty certain the powers that be in S Africa will agree.
In March, the Church of Scientology was sued by former member Vance Woodward, an attorney in the Los Angeles area. Readers at the Underground Bunker were familiar with Vance — he helped us do a comprehensive and fun series, reading L. Ron Hubbard's essential text, Dianetics, cover to cover. Over his 22-year career in the church, Vance estimated that he'd spent about $600,000 and about a third of that was for services he never received.
As part of its 1993 agreement with the IRS that gained Scientology tax-exempt status, the church is required to give refunds to members who qualify for them. But Vance is one of many former members who say Scientology's refund process is a sham. He's suing because he says there's no way to get his money back through the church's own procedures.
Now, Scientology has answered Vance's lawsuit in a predictable way — the church has filed a motion asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to find that Woodward should subject himself to Scientology's internal arbitration rules and dismiss his lawsuit.
2014-06-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is not going to please Dear Leader.
He is desperately trying to escape from HIS announcements that the church IS responsible for all sectors (yes, that INCLUDES NARCONON).
Ruh roh. Someone needs to get fitted for a black boiler suit.
Claire Headley is taking us on our journey to train as Scientologists. She and her husband Marc were Sea Org workers who escaped from Scientology's International Base in 2005. She spent years working with Scientology's "tech," and was trusted to oversee the auditing of Tom Cruise. Go here to see the first part in this series.
We were all set to jump into the sauna this week, but Claire Headley had even more to say about the crucial Scientology course we've been considering for several weeks now, Potential Trouble Source/Suppressive Person, or PTS/SP.
Before we move on, Claire wanted to tackle even more about the notion of being "declared an SP," Scientology's version of excommunication, particularly with the notion that an SP might get back in the good graces of the church through certain steps.
Attorney Jeff Harris (center) and his partners Stephen Lowry (left) and Darren Penn. Photo by Chris Dunn. This morning, attorney Jeff Harris filed a blockbuster class-action lawsuit that alleges fraud and civil racketeering endemic to Scientology's drug rehab program, Narconon.
With seven plaintiffs included and more to come, the lawsuit not only names Narconon Georgia and its umbrella non-profit corporations — Narconon International and the Association of Better Living and Education — but also the Religious Technology Center, the Church of Scientology's controlling entity.
This suit, more than others before it, aims to connect Scientology and Narconon in a relationship of deceit: "The Defendants direct staff members and salespeople to lie about, misrepresent, or otherwise conceal Narconon's connection to Scientology."
The lawsuit has not been served. However, from what we understand, this case lacks merit and is simply an attempt to obtain money from a non-profit dedicated to helping address this nation's drug epidemic.
2013-06-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
We have been pretty much closed to folk visiting Casablanca over the past few months while I wrapped up Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior. Now that the book is done and available I am scheduling people again for consultation.
I am in progress on the follow up book to Memoirs which will spell out in some detail how it is that I believe certain principles codified by L. Ron Hubbard can be sensibly practiced; that is, how they can be integrated, how they can evolve, and how people can learn from that to transcend. One of the purposes of Memoirs was to set the factual foundation for that presentation. It is difficult to communicate to closed minds that are implanted and conditioned to not dare think along those lines. I have been labeled by some Scientologists as being like a 'Nazi War Criminal', 'Gestapo', and worse for attempting to have that conversation. The reasons for such a reaction are pretty well spelled out in Memoirs. Rather than waste time attempting to debate with such a mindset, I decided it made more sense for me to spell out the facts that led me to consider that people need to graduate from that frame of mind in order to get anywhere meaningful. Hopefully Memoirs will help to accomplish that. Certainly, the follow up book will be all about how to do that.
I am no longer wasting time with the necessarily interminable argumentation on what constitutes 'standard technology', 'standard admin', and such . You might come to understand through Memoirs how it is that Scientology is hardwired to create that perpetual state of conflict and how it will continue to manifest down through the ages (to no possible substantive conclusions) if anyone in the future continues to find that activity worthwhile. In either event, I don't find that rancorous debate productive. Most of the people who want to argue (or disconnect) on that subject don't have much of a production record anyway, so it is like fighting with a gossamer of theory based on a patchwork of quotations.
2013-06-04, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
This is an article sent in by one of our intrepid Special Correspondents.
I felt it worthy of its own posting as it highlights some important points.
I recently read an article on Yahoo News about a self made billionaire who has established a philanthropic foundation with 4 billion dollars that he will use to fund criminal reform, education and moral standards. He is not going to do conventional charitable contributions. He has established a highly qualified team to locate workable programs and technologies that will effectively make a change in some of the worst societal ills. This is the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
While the grand opening of the new Orange County Church of Scientology's Santa AnaIdeal Org was well attended and very well orchestrated, there were a few detractors – including at least one disgruntled member of the local media.
The anti-Scientology protesters have their own website, here.
2012-06-04, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
I came across a little something that might bring a bit of relief for those of you who have put out tremendous amounts of energy attempting to wake up Scientology Inc. Kool-Aid drinkers. The following is an excerpt from a 12 December, 1952 lecture by L. Ron Hubbard entitled "Game/Goals":
Two notable things occurred this weekend when OC Weekly blogger Josh Dulaney decided to check out the opening of a new Church of Scientology facility in downtown Santa Ana – without the benefit of an official media invite.
Firstly, after he was denied entrance, the Church took advantage of the opportunity to beef up their local reporter intel:
The controversial group has applied for a street traders' licence for the New Kirkgate Centre in Leith, to run from 9am to 7pm every day from July 1 to December 31.
Local councillor Gordon Munro has vowed to block the group from promoting what he called "its nonsense" in Leith.
A spokesman for the group said that if the application was granted, members would carry out "stress tests" and related activities with passers-by.
So there is nothing new in Gordon Munro's protests at Hubbard Foundation Scotland's application for a street traders' licence for the New Kirkgate Centre.
He is merely echoing concerns which have trailed the church across the globe and he is absolutely right to oppose the length of time the application would let Scientologists "trade" in Leith, from 9am to 7pm every day for six months.
Day 3 (May 27): the second plaintiff in the Paris trial of Scientology told the court how her employer put her under ever-increasing pressure to take the movement's courses.
Having heard from defendant Didier Michaux and again from Jean François Valli, the president of the tribunal called the next plaintiff: Nelly Reziga.
Before asking Reziga to speak, Judge Sophie-Hélène Château read a brief summary of her story from the case files.
The Raelian Movement is announcing plans to build a UFOland in Las Vegas where visitors can attend a Happiness Academy and see a full-size replica of a UFO.
Raelians believe that humanity was created by extraterrestrial scientists and they want to share their belief with visitors to Las Vegas. They will also host a museum and a 1000-seat theatre where their spiritual leader, Rael, will give lectures.
Newly released Government papers have mired the Church of Scientology's Sussex headquarters in fresh controversy.
Files from the National Archives at Kew include a confidential report produced by the then Department of Health and Social Security in 1977 for Home Secretary Merlyn Rees stating the church was a "considerable evil".
It was written as the Government prepared to defend itself against a number of writs filed by the church relating to a 1968 statement announcing a ban on foreigners entering Britain to work or study at the church.
A California judge has ruled that Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard has proved he is not dead. The ruling came in a case filed by the reclusive Hubbard's estranged son, Ronald De Wolf, asking to be made a trustee of his father's estate because, the son claimed, Hubbard was either dead of incompetent to handle his affairs.
Superior Court Judge David Hennigan ruled that a seven-page response to the suit had been written by Hubbard and was not, as De Wolf, who broke from the Scientology movement, charged a forgery by church officials controlling Hubbard's interests. The judge gave De Wolf's attorney three weeks to try to disprove the authenticity of the document.