We mentioned the other day that former Scientology mission leader Dani Lemberger told us he assumes that Scientologists will be interrogated on whether they've been watching the new unwatchable Scientology TV network. Well, that was a pretty good guess, because one of our sources in the church has smuggled out to us a document that proves it!
We really enjoy the beginning of this document which describes a Scientology org where none of the staff was watching the new DirecTV channel! Horrors! To make sure that doesn't happen again, this document was sent out to the staffs around the world — you better watch this thing David Miscavige is spending so much money on, or else!
We're reproducing the entire document here, even though the white pages will give you flashbacks to just how awful these shows are, if you have dared to give them a peek.
Luis and Rocio Garcia are more aware than anyone that when Tampa federal Judge James Whittemore begins calling Scientologists to ask for their participation in an arbitration, all hell is likely to break loose.
But as they point out in a new court filing, they think it's important for the judge to learn that on his own, and Scientology should stop complaining and get out of the way. Here's how the Garcias' attorney Ted Babbitt put it in their response to Scientology's most recent whiny motion:
If [it's] true that Scientologists by their nature would hesitate to be involved in any proceeding directed by this Court shouldn't the Court find that out? If Scientologists simply wouldn't take part in a fair and unbiased proceeding isn't that exactly what the Court should know? If it is true as Defendants' state in Page 3 of their current motion, "that direct contact to Scientology parishioners from a civil court about Scientology procedure may cause alarm of such individuals" doesn't that confirm what Plaintiffs have argued?
This is a very quick intro to a sort of online journal I will be keeping about my experiences under the totalitarian oppression of Scientology for 26 years and it's eventual victory and thus destruction of everything I ever loved.
Scientology claims to be an applied religious philosophy which uses scientific research and vigorous testing of its procedures so that it can be held to standards such as those of the physical sciences. However, this is really just hot air because Scientologists have to accept three very fundamental leaps of faith to even become Scientologists and I talk about those in this video.
Video about Dn and Scn development: https://youtu.be/cCrUAR__KS4
2017-06-08, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
In this video we are going to talk about faith and the religious beliefs of the Church of Scientology. Almost immediately, if any Scientologist were to bother to watch this video, they would feel challenged by what I just said because Scientologists don't really think about their beliefs as beliefs in the same way that an astrophysicist doesn't think about the orbit of the planets around the sun as a belief, but instead treats such ideas as scientific fact. Where the astrophysicist can actually use astrophysics to predict the exact speed, location and distance to any of the planets in our solar system, Scientologists are not as able to so easily predict the things their religion tells them about and that is actually one of the big differences between belief and fact.
I'll soon be doing a video series breakdown of the various tenets and practices of Scientology, but before we get to that series, there are some even more fundamental principles about Scientology which I first have to lay out. I've linked in the description below the first of these videos, covering the timeline and development of Dianetics and Scientology. Now in this video we'll take a good hard look at faith. Because make no mistake, Scientology is a faith-based belief system. In the same way that it cloaks its business model with religion and First Amendment privilege, it also cloaks its faith with pseudoscience. There are many claims made by L. Ron Hubbard that Scientology consists of scientifically developed techniques which were rigorously tested and which he guarantees will work 100% of the time on 100% of the people to whom it is applied if they follow his sometimes very vague instructions to the letter. Unfortunately, Scientology does not hold up to this kind of scientific scrutiny or peer review and so doesn't even really try, instead choosing to cloister itself away behind barbed wire fences and gilt facades which look great but don't prove anything.
Now don't get me wrong because I'm not actually knocking the idea of faith. There's nothing wrong with faith, religious or otherwise. It simply means putting one's trust or confidence in something without necessarily having any tangible proof of that thing. We all have a kind of faith in things, even if those things aren't directly related to God or religion. For example, many optimists have a faith that things will turn out alright, that people are basically good and given a choice, most people will choose a positive rather than a negative path. There are lots of good reasons to believe such things, but it is a leap of faith to speak in such broad terms about people and things we can't so easily predict or know. No matter how many times we observe the sun rise and set, that does not mean it's going to rise again. We may have faith that it will, but there is no concrete evidence that it shall always be so, especially since we already know that one day it will not. Whether that day is tomorrow or not is the question.
"They were both blackjack dealers in South Lake Tahoe. They were living up there and they worked together, they hung out together, they were close friends," said David Stenson with the El Dorado District Attorney's Office.
"If there's anyone out there that's directly involved with or associated with the Church of Scientology in South Lake Tahoe, you may or may not know you have information that could be helpful, so please contact us," said Stevenson.
While that's the new information, the detective can't say why it's an important factor, but said it's a lead they're pursuing.
On Monday we discussed Chick Corea and how such a jazz great seems destined to be among the very last to give up his superhuman dreams under the influence of L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology.
But these days, the signs of desperation among the bitter-enders hanging on as Scientology crumbles are coming fast. We wanted to point out three items that caught our eye yesterday, thanks to our various correspondents around the country.
First, you just have to soak up this performance by David Pomeranz as he spent time busking in Times Square for the church. Pomeranz is a Freedom Medal winner. He's got an Emmy. His work was recorded by Freddie friggin' Mercury, for Xenu's sake. But look at the manic look in his eye and the croaking gack coming out of him like he's going to attack the passersby until they take a goddamn flier for a free personality test (or whatever the white-shirted staffers are handing out behind him).
2016-06-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I originally posted this on my blog in 2013. I feel it is worth reiterating. I have updated it a bit.
While Scientology spokespeople have routinely denied that "enforced disconnection exists", anyone who is familiar with the church of scientology knows only too well about disconnection. Like so much else in the scientology empire, its an ugly truth to be hidden from the "wog" world through a game of carefully worded deception of the same order as Bill Clinton's infamous "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
When you see a church spokespeople emphatically state "there is no policy of enforced disconnection" in Scientology, the language is carefully chosen. (You can see Tommy Davis doing even worse than that here though frankly, he is a pretty poor example of the art of careful wording. In his short career, Tommy set records for horrendous blunders that will never be surpassed.
Hey, we need your help, Bunkerites. We had an opportunity suddenly come up, and decided to take it.
Although it's a bit last-minute, we realized that we had an open window for travel to some of the cities we want to visit on our book tour. So we grabbed it. Here are the dates and locations:
July 17: Denver
Oh, those days of thunder Tom Cruise has a new movie out, so maybe it just comes with the territory that some media types will do their best to burnish his reputation. We've always had a lot of respect for Tom's acting skills, and we never root against his movie success. But some of his admirers in the media have been trying to rewrite history by downplaying how much Tom's involvement in Scientology has hurt his public image.
We've tried to push back at that notion, and now we're glad to see that Jeffrey Augustine, in his latest podcast, talked to Marc Headley about his personal experiences with Tom Cruise in Scientology.
If you've read Marc's book, Blown for Good (or our 2009 review), you know that in 1990, Marc was used as a guinea pig for Tom's first experiments as an auditor. He recounts that history here, and plenty of other highlights of Tom's early Scientology involvement. But will the media revisionists pay any attention?
2014-06-08, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
I assume Tampa considers itself "on Source."
I would be quite certain, that like all good scientologists are supposed to do, they often think to themselves: "What Would Ron Do?"
After reading this, I am pretty sure I know what he would do: declare the "executives" of this org Fair Game and instruct Sea Org members to use R2-45 and reverse processes on them.
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He now has a new edition of the book out, and on Saturdays he's helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.
This week, Jon sent us something special. We had been discussing the way former Scientologists seem to need years away from the church before they can shake off their conditioning. That prompted Jon to write for us this remarkable essay about what motivated him to come back into the public eye after many years under the radar.
JON: My concern has always been for those who have been involved in Scientology. My opposition is to Scientology, not to those who have been infected with it. After many years away, licking my wounds, recovering my health and making a deep study of fanaticism in its many forms, I have come back because I am concerned that Scientologists do not recover quickly enough. Indeed, they often don't recover at all, and continue to live in a dream world.
2013-06-08, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Don't bother reading Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior. All I was trying to say was said much more succinctly and melodiously by others long before I bothered messing with it.
Songwriters: ARCHER, MICHAEL D'ANGELO / ARCHER, LUTHER
2012-06-08, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Dave Fagen – My Side of the Story
My name is Dave Fagen. I was on staff for 25 years in theChicago org of the Church of Scientology. I fully left the church in March of 2010 and announced my resignation to church officials.
After I left, a few people had asked me to write up a declaration introducing myself as someone who had left the church with an explanation as to why, as many others have done. I didn't know what I could offer that would be much different than what others have written, such as the abuses in the church and other stories.
2012-06-08, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
A slow week was suddenly broken wide open as we were hit with an avalanche of new books, promised books, and barely-begun books with one thing in common: Disapproval of David Miscavige's brand of Scientology.
After the jump, we'll tell you about the book that legendary cult-busting attorney Paul Morantz sent us, and discuss some promises that Jesse Prince has made about a book he's writing, which involves going after former church executive Marty Rathbun. But first, in the video above, Rathbun himself reads to us from the intro to a book he's writing on how to "cure Scientology with Scientology."
Rathbun has been telling us that he's working on multiple books about his more than 20 years as a powerful executive in Scientology and then his subsequent years as one of its most visible critics.
During the protest last Saturday at the grand opening of Scientology's Ideal Org at the former Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center, Andrea Lombard, a 20-year member of the church, spoke about the psychological torment she says she endured in the organization.
"I never said to myself, wow the church is fucked up," she said. "I said to myself, what am I doing wrong?"
2011-06-08, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Iz and Mary Ann,
It was wonderful meeting with you this past Friday at the Enterprise Car return lane at LAX. Unfortunately, Lublow, Allender, et al had to interrupt - but, you are gonna continue to carry fleas as long as you sleep with unkempt dogs. (see video below)
Thank you for promising to read my blog. Mosey is on the Student Hat course and came across a gem she wanted to share with you knowing you are conducting an investigation and study as part of your doubt formulas.
Actress Kirstie Alley is facing the loss of her Florida home if she fails to settle a big bill for outstanding property taxes, according to a U.S. report.
The former Cheers star allegedly owes more than $41,000 (£25,625) on her mansion in Clearwater, and, according to the National Enquirer, Alley had until 31 March (11) to hand over the cash to Pinellas County officials - but she missed the deadline and the five bedroom, four bathroom house is now listed as a "delinquent real estate tax" property.
2011-06-08, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
There's a new academic treatise on Scientology coming out this September, and it's a very welcome addition to the literature surrounding L. Ron Hubbard's odd organization.
Hugh B. Urban, Ohio State University religious studies professor, has given us, in his Princeton University Press tome, a history that does its best to keep above the fray between claims and counterclaims about Scientology, and, for the most part, he succeeds.
But along the way, if Urban is somewhat charitable to Hubbard at times, The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion also holds very little back about the controversies that Scientology has found itself in, and that are largely of its own making.
2010-06-08, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
Here's a fascinating discussion between Larry Brennan, former WDC member of the Church of Scientology, Nancy Many, author of My Billion Year Contract, and Steve Hassan, author of Combatting Cult Mind Control. It's a little over an hour and well worth the time. Provocative, and touches on a lot of the things we've been discussing.
Community affairs director Gwen Barnard said the 12-story Stevens Building at 812 S.W. Washington Street, which the church bought in 2008, lacks the open space needed for a chapel and architects couldn't make it work.
The church purchased the 6-story Sherlock Building at 320 S.W. Oak Street for $6.4 million from the Urban Renaissance Group, an investment partnership based in Seattle. Office space on floors two through six were occupied by ZGF Architects until last summer.
Needless to say, the Church is thrilled with the resulting story, we hear. With such fawning treatment in the pages of the global magazine that denounced it only a decade ago, it's scored a significant coup. As for the magazine? "Reader's Digest has sold out with no turning back as far as I'm concerned," laments one former editor.
Agent Ted Kurland Monday accused a local German government office of canceling a concert booking for keyboardist/composer Chick Corea because of the performer's affiliation with the Church of Scientology.
Kurland faxed a protest letter to the media and supported his contentions with a letter he received from a German promoter.
That letter stated that Corea would be denied a concert booking in conjunction with the World Championships in Athletics, but did not specify why Corea's affiliation with Scientology would affect the booking. Kurland was not available for further comment.
LOS ANGELES -- Three persons who allegedly helped cult deprogrammer Ted Patrick abduct a Church of Scientology member have been dismissed as defendants in the woman's $30 million civil suit against Patrick.
U.S. District Court Judge William Byrne granted a defense motion Thursday seeking dismissal on grounds of insufficient evidence against the other three defendants in the alleged kidnapping.
Scientologist Paula Dain sued Patrick and the others, alleging they had violated her right to freedom of religion by kidnapping her Sept. 2, 1979, and holding her captive for 38 days while she was deprogrammed.
LOS ANGELES -- The lawyer for a former member of the Church of Scientology on Friday challenged founder L. Ron Hubbard to make a public appearance if he really wants the return of thousands of documents he claims were stolen.
Michael Flynn, representing former church archivist Gerald Armstrong, said the reclusive Hubbard should be willing to appear in court personally.
Flynn's comments came at the conclusion of final arguments in nine-week civil trial against Armstrong, who is accused of stealing the documents.