I went undercover with an alias inside the Church of Scientology in Santa Ana, CA yesterday. I wanted to see how they are recruiting others and what claims they are making about their group. The state of Scientology is even more sad, and worse, than I thought I would experience. In addition, the cult is so paranoid that they used their spy resources to find out who I was. I am going to share with you what I found out, as well as tell you how I ultimately got kicked out of the building.
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Who supports Scientology and why? Why do critics of Scientology speak out about its abuses and what are they trying to accomplish. In this video, I break all this down.
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2017-08-03, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
Let's talk a bit about the Church of Scientology's current campaigns to dispel rumors and lies about its organizations and members. One can divide Scientology supporters into roughly five categories:
(1) Scientologists, who obviously are going to speak in support of what they think their organization is and does. It's quite surprising to many of them to discover how much of the Church's real history and activities they are unaware of until they leave the Church and do some research.
(2) Ex-Scientologists who are still caught up in the Scn mindset and feel that they need to speak in favor of Scientology's practices or methods or who still feel that L. Ron Hubbard was a genius researcher and humanitarian philosopher. The kindest thing that can be said about such people is that they have not availed themselves of the information available to them which would show them that Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard are no such thing. The facts on this are crystal clear and hardly up for debate, but sometimes it takes people a while to come around to accepting the truth of those facts.
(Florida's state supreme court)
Just yesterday we were singing the praises of our sources, and once again we want to say a big thank you, this time to the extraordinary researcher Mary McConnell, who tipped us to some very interesting new documents in the ongoing saga of attorney Ken Dandar.
In March, we reported the amazing news that Dandar miraculously managed to get out from under a million-dollar judgment against him awarded to the Church of Scientology under bizarre circumstances.
2016-08-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Another in the ever-growing series of essays by Terra Cognita. See earlier posts here: The Horrors of Wordclearing, Why Scientologists Don't FSM, Respect, The Survival Rundown - The Latest Scam, Communication in Scientology... Or Not, Am I Still A Thetan?, To Be Or Not To Be, An Evaluation of Scientology, Fear: That Which Drives Scientology and Justification and Rationalization.
Love em or hate em, the registrar—reg for short—is an icon in every Scientology organization. In most missions and orgs, they're the most important person on staff. As everyone well knows, the reg is responsible for "regging," or signing public up for services and taking their money. Simply put: no reg, no income. Orgs live and die on what transpires at the registrar's desk.
2015-08-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Boy, here is some really good news from Tampa model ideal SH size org.
For the paltry sum of $13,750 you can CO-AUDIT your way to Clear (you will also need the new GOAT CCRD after that and they won't give it to you for free, but you will sort of be clear, at least as clear as you can be without having someone else verify you are not clear so you can be sold some more stuff).
But Thomas, don't you realize NOBODY is ever "in your area." Nobody lives in that area. It's tourists and people from Tampa eating out at night. Maybe a few people pass within 1/2 mile on their way to Ikea.
We've greatly enjoyed the new Freedom magazine. Scientology's propaganda outlet used to be a lot wackier and in its own way was screamingly funny. For several years it came out only about once a year, and when it did, it was a doozy — issues slammed Marty Rathbun for running his own "cult" (A Posse of Lunatics), or went after Lawrence Wright, Paul Haggis, and The New Yorker (What a Load of Balderdash).
The writing in those issues was slimy and hilarious, and it was quite clear that it had been done to Scientology leader David Miscavige's exacting standards of ridicule. But then, after about a year with no issues, Freedom reappeared a year ago after a new staff had been assembled in Los Angeles. This new incarnation of Freedom is very entertaining in its earnestness.
Over the past year, editor Jennifer Lankheim has penned artful editorials, trying her best to sound like a serious journalist while also praising Scientology. Then, this week, the August issue of the magazine appeared, and we clicked straight for Jennifer's essay. Here is its opening...
Tom Cruise steadfastly chooses to remain silent about the brutality, lies, and human rights abuses of his beloved Church of Scientology. And with his Mission Impossible franchise having raked in more than two billion dollars to date and still producing cash, you can't blame him. OT VII Tom Cruise is better off remaining silent about Scientology, making films, and quietly solo auditing his body thetans every day behind closed doors.
While an epic film stunt, Cruise riding on the outside of an Airbus A400M in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation doesn't change the fact that the Church of Scientology is a vicious, dishonest, and deceptive business. In my view, Tom Cruise's MI5 Airbus stunt is a metaphor for his life as a Scientology celebrity.
The stunt was carefully designed; engineered; tested using a dummy; and it had a large unseen support crew behind it. But most importantly, the stunt was heavily edited so that none of the artifice was seen.
On Sundays, we like to share with you the best of the Scientology mailers and fliers that get forwarded to us by our great tipsters. We call it Sunday Funnies, and once again we have a large collection of items which show Scientology doing its best to get its waning membership to come on down for a fleecing.
These themed parties and rah-rah events that put members under intense pressure to donate large amounts for new, unneeded buildings, have become pretty familiar to us as we've watched them over the last couple of years.
But for some reason, it really struck us this week: As you look at the phony enthusiasm and paltry crowds, remember that these people have bought into the notion that they're better than the rest of us, that they alone understand how the universe and the human mind works, and that they are working towards becoming godlike superbeings who will be taking over the planet any day now.
2014-08-03, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
The two "Valley" orgs seem to be competing for the title of "Most Deluded Valley":
Silicon opens the bidding with an announcement that on 2 August, THEY will be announcing the beginning of world clearing.
Wonder what all those other orgs that are telling people that they ARE Clearing the Planet think about this? Isn't every "ideal org" already clearing the planet for real? And so is Flag with Sooper Power.... These guys are a day (decade?) late and a lot of dollars short.
2014-08-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Max Hauri is the head of the only reportedly growing independent scientology operation in the world. It goes by the name of Ron's Org. That apparently stands for 'L. Ron Hubbard's organization.'
Max recently sent out via mass e-mail one of his secrets taken from Ron himself on how he manages to keep the faithful on board. Here is the piece he e-mailed in full:
"No, a Scientologist—an auditor can pay the debt. A Clear can never pay the debt. A person who is just Clear and can t audit could never pay the debt."
The Hollywood Reporter, the King of Queens star has taped over 37 years worth of private confessionals, and the church is at will to use them or destroy them -- and some of the confidential information could be published online.
The news outlet chatted with another former Scientologist Karen de la Carriere, a top executive who left in 2010 after 35 years in the system.
'When Leah and her family made the decision to leave the church after having been members for decades, the church immediately used disconnection against them in retaliation,' de la Carriere alleged.
Gerry's passport photo, 1971Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, 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.
The Church of Scientology may be around for years to come, but it's in such dire straits at the moment, we can't help thinking about some of the consequences if it suddenly went belly up. One of the first things that comes to our mind are the many people whose lives are affected negatively on an ongoing basis because of the church's legacy of ripped apart families, onerous legal settlements, and silencing gag orders. One of the first people we'd like to see sprung from years of legendary harassment, for example, is British Columbia resident Gerry Armstrong, who avoids stepping foot in the United States because of a legal history that is almost too outlandish to believe.
It's also a very complex history, and that's why we've turned to Jon Atack for help. This week, we begin a series on Gerry Armstrong and his legal plight that we hope will eventually, perhaps, lead to some real changes to make up for an incredible legacy of shameful behavior against a man who simply tried to tell the truth.
2012-08-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
From page 95 of What Is Wrong With Scientology?:
Mark my words: Scientology Inc. will present to Scientologists, as one of the first 'proofs' of the dangers of reading this book, its references to, excerpts from and recommendations to read books written by mental health professionals.
Quotation from Scientology Inc.'s primary anti-Marty Rathbun website (one of 35 it operates):
2011-08-03, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
One of the essences of Reverse Scientology as practiced in the Radical Corporate organization is to indoctrinate through the CULTure there that life is not a game. No, they are taught that life is a deadly serious activity. They are conditioned to believe that life is an arduous struggle against evil enemies intent on enslavement - and that any lapse in seriousness about this is a transgression requiring adjustment of attitude. Adjustment toward a much more solid, black and white, us vs. them, seriousness. The Radical Corporate Scientology view is that of its leader David Miscavige. Win at any cost; defeat the designated enemy by any means necessary. Become whatever it is that the leader has you resist. And above all, NEVER question the enemy status of anyone Botox Dave fingers. Thus, the cult has become a sorry example of that which Scientology once served as an alternative to: intolerant, warring institutions.
Miscavige the Cheat
Those who know or knew Miscavige personally will tell you that he is incapable of the activity of games, by pure definition. He is obsessed with using "games" to create "no-games" conditions (that is he must dominate and overwhelm into nothingness every opponent - real or imagined - he perceives as confronting him).
2011-08-03, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
Want to have Tom over to your place for dinner? Apparently all it takes is some yummy coconut cake. Another revelation this afternoon from Marty Rathbun, formerly one of the highest executives in Scientology who defected in 2004 and since 2009 has been criticizing church leader David Miscavige at his blog, "Moving On Up a Little Higher."
Rathbun once worked very closely with Miscavige, who today he describes as a man who sees everything as a game, and one that he wants to win at any cost. (Miscavige himself has not given a press interview in many years.)
In particular, Rathbun mentioned a concerted campaign by Scientology, as it was suffering one of its worst public relations disasters after the death of parishioner Lisa McPherson, to go on a charm campaign to woo and influence Florida public officials.
By the early 1990s years of over-work and lack of sleep were taking their toll on Maureen Bolstad's health. Scientology's solution was to force her to disconnect from her mother.
For everyone who worked in Scientology Sea Organization, particularly at the International Base, near Hemet, in California, the priority was to "make it go right".
Every Sea Org member knew that their superiors did not want to hear about their problems: they only wanted solutions.
2010-08-03, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
Being in a cult-like environment can affect us in ways that may not be immediately visible.
In September 2005, I had been out of the Sea Org for five months. I had managed to get a good job working as Production Manager for a weekly magazine in Santa Barbara. I was adjusting to life outside the Sea Org and, I thought, doing pretty well at it.
Then I made a mistake.
On July 10, Blake went home to discover that Duncan had killed herself (pills, alcohol, and a suicide note were found nearby). One week later, Blake swam out to sea at New York's Rockaway Beach; five days later, his body washed up in New Jersey.
The Church of Scientology and its globetrotting team of volunteer ministers have been active over the last several years, arousing the ire of critics who read unholy motives into the group's charitable works. In Minneapolis, the group said it's working with the Red Cross. Yet members of the Red Cross working at the disaster zone questioned by ABC News weren't aware of the Church's assistance.
So is Boston financier Robert S. Minton an arch-enemy of the Church of Scientology or a prospective member?
The multimillionaire, who has infuriated the church with his financial support of its enemies, says top Scientologists recently tried to recruit him as a member.
Scientology leaders deny offering membership but acknowledge they made overtures to help Minton because they say he has an "emotional problem." Minton - whose projects include bankrolling a lawsuit filed on behalf of Lisa McPherson, a Scientologist who died in Clearwater under mysterious circumstances - told the Scientologists to keep their help to themselves.
1994-08-03, Wayne Garcia, Column One, St. Petersburg Times
Scientologists and their critics are colliding in cyberspace.
The critics started the fight, creating an electronic bulletin board dubbed alt.religion.scientology on the Internet, a worldwide web of computer networks with an audience pushing 25-million.
Kurt Weiland, who heads Scientology's legal and public affairs branch, dismissed much of the Internet traffic as irrelevant and a waste of time. In the next breath, though, he acknowledged that "we asked our law firm to look into what was going on."
A private investigator working for Scientology posed as a journalist to quiz a computer user in Bloomington, Ind., who is believed to have started the anti-Scientology newsgroup.
Although fewer than 150 people now use the computer network, Scientology officials have responded to FACTnet's existence with a blitz of legal threats and reams of allegations about its founders.
The church also has tried to derail publicity about FACTnet. The Church of Scientology sent two high-ranking officials from Los Angeles to St. Petersburg to lodge a protest when the Times asked about FACTnet.
But Archer -- whose credits run more to R-rated fare like "Fatal Attraction" and "Patriot Games" -- is on a two-day mission here to help those kids, even if she's not their type. She's on the stump trying to gain federal funding for Applied Scholastics, a 20-year-old group that aims to teach people of all ages how to study.
"A person can learn anything when he knows the technology to learn," she gushes, looking lovely in an olive suit, suede pumps and flashy Armani shades. The methods are based on the philosophies of L. Ron Hubbard, who also founded the Church of Scientology, of which Archer is a longtime member.
Archer, 42, raves about the program's "miracles" in L.A. ghettos, but says it was the experiences of her own son (8-year-old Jeffrey) that got her on the road. "That's what galvanized me," she told The Post's Mary Alma Welch. "I see him come against a wall, and then I've been able to help ... and see him giggle" in recognition.
Maryland has sent a team of inspectors into Straight Inc.'s new Howard County facility to evaluate the drug-treatment program, and an official said yesterday that the facility is not accredited to operate in the state.
Rick Sampson, director of Maryland's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration, said he initiated the inspection after learning this week that Straight's accreditation by a national organization could not be transferred across state lines.
Straight closed its Springfield facility last week after Virginia officials accused it of violating state regulations. The program, which is part of a national chain of treatment centers for adolescents that has been criticized for its confrontational form of rehabilitation, then crossed the border and opened the Columbia facility.
Despite the close relationship, Knight says individuals with reservations about the church have no reason to object to Bridge's sponsorship of the Games. "The church is a completely separate entity. It is not involved in the sponsorship of the Goodwill Games,"" she says.