2017-09-10, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
The weekly show where I answer viewer questions left in the comments section of my Q&A videos or sent by email to AskChrisShelton@gmail.com. This week, the questions I answer are:
(1) In your recent "Bridge to Nowhere" video you mention that Scientologists believe they're saving lives by clearing their body thetans in OT 3. Do they believe they're only saving human kind from the harm these clusters do, or do they also believe they're helping to free the thetans caught up mindlessly in these clusters?
It reminded me of the Mormon Temple rites that Mormons are encouraged to do, first for themselves, then for their deceased relatives in order to free them from the "Spirit Prison" their spirits ended up in because they died without receiving the Gospel (the Mormon version, at least), and can move into Spirit Paradise, which is a much more pleasant waiting room for spirits awaiting the Final Judgement. This motivates Mormons to keep going back to the Temple again and again (and paying the tithing and attending the meetings and following the rules they're required to follow to be allowed entrance into the Temple).
Scientology leader David Miscavige continues to push for new Ideal Org openings around the world, and tells his followers that the new orgs will bring in lots of new public to Scientology. That hasn't happened, and Miscavige has blamed it on a number of reasons — most recently, that the orgs aren't staffed up enough. But even that excuse is wearing thin. Our Rod Keller finds that with another Ideal Org on the horizon, Scientology has come up with a new formula that it expects will finally make the new Ideal Orgs boom.
Birmingham Ideal Org will be the next to open, set for this fall. As we previously reported fundraising has long since been finished to renovate the Pittmaston House, a Grade II listed building which protects the historic structure from major changes. The only question remaining is whether the opening will be before or after the IAS Anniversary extravaganza being held at Saint Hill in East Grinstead, England on October 6-8. We're betting after, since the org is still recruiting staff who will have to fly to the U.S. for training and be back in time for the opening.
At last count the org had 125 staff, and they want to recruit 75 more. That number is ambitious, but we count more than 25 new staff in August, each signing a standard 2.5-year or 5-year contract. Some auditors go to Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida for technical training, while staff in administrative positions fly to Los Angeles, where they train with the Sea Org-staffed LA Org. The idea is that in the past Ideal Orgs didn't meet expectations because they didn't fully understand L. Ron Hubbard's organizational policies. Now instead of the usual handful of executive trainees, Birmingham is sending them by the dozens.
2016-09-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Every scientologist has done the PTS/SP Course. Most good scientologists have done the course more than once and have been sent to retread it when they are deemed to have become "PTS" again — in itself pretty good evidence the course does not work. But then again, this is one of the most often used explanations as to why the "tech didn't work" — "you cannot make/lose your gains if you are PTS."
And even though the graduate of this course has "mastered the tech" of how to handle suppression and SPs, they do not then get to choose who they may or may not be connected to — they are told by the church. In fact, they are completely at the mercy of Suppressive Persons - the most powerful OT's, the highest trained auditors, the ultimate causative beings in this universe apparently melt in the presence of SPs.
It makes one wonder how they reconcile this quote they send around?
Jon 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 for more than three years he's been 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.
I want to expand on an earlier post about Leroy Fletcher Prouty, Scientology's hired gun, who managed to trick many people into believing that L. Ron Hubbard was active in US Navy Intelligence.
My first task on leaving the mother cult was to understand why the friendly group to which I thought I had belonged for nine years had turned so very sour. The "dead-agent" pack produced by Scientology about me says that I objected to the "tough and ruthless" attitude of the new leadership. I did and I still do.
2015-09-10, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large
We pick up in this interview in 1990 when Robyn had just completed the Sea Org's version of boot camp, called the Estates Project Force or EPF. Once a person completes this, they are usually assigned to a specific sub-organization within the Church hierarchy where they will learn a new job or what they call a post, and spend quite some time doing that.
However, because the Sea Org tries to do so much and has so few people, resources are often stretched thin. It is a usual case that instead of establishing a person and training them well and keeping them on a post while they get more new recruits into the Sea Org, the people in charge of personnel in the SO will transfer staff around from place to place to solve whatever emergency situation has hit the lines. This can result in people being moved around many times a year and in Robin's case, that's exactly what happened.
There are some other details of Robyn's early Sea Org experiences that are also quite eye-opening and give us a realy great insight into what life is like in Scientology's elite corps and how long this group has been ripping off its members and worse. You are not going to believe what's at the end of this part of the interview. Remember while you are watching this that these people consider themselves to be the elite of planet Earth, the best and brightest of all Mankind and the people who are saving the world.
On August 28, we told you that Indianapolis attorney Jonathan Little and his firm had scored an interesting victory against Scientology's drug rehab network, Narconon. San Francisco federal district judge Edward M. Chen called for a trial in a class-action lawsuit that Little and others had filed on behalf of former patients of Narconon centers in California.
Chen ordered the trial in a preliminary matter in the class-action suit, and we remarked on how unusual it is that any lawsuit filed against the Church of Scientology or one of its front groups gets to any kind of trial. In fact, we couldn't think of a jury trial taking place since the major lawsuits of the 1980s in Oregon and California. (We're not counting the criminal trials against Rex Fowler and Reed Slatkin, which were only tangentially about Scientology.) So the prospect of a jury hearing serious allegations against Narconon in the California class-action — that patients were taken by rehab employees to their dealers to get high before being admitted — seemed like a pretty significant development to us, even if it may be a year or more before the trial actually happens.
And now, Little's firm has done it again. State circuit judge Sarah S. Lincoln in Battle Creek, Michigan (pictured) has ordered trial in a lawsuit filed by a woman named Candice Tyler. In her finding, Judge Lincoln knocked down, in part, a motion to dismiss filed by the defendants. The Scientology rehab — Narconon Freedom Center in Albion, Michigan — and its Scientology-run umbrella group — Narconon Eastern United States (NEUS) — have been ordered to stand trial. But it's not all bad news for Scientology. Two other defendants — Narconon International (NI) and the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) — were each dismissed as defendants.
2014-09-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
You know how unimportant this event is to Miscavige when:
a. He is not in it
b. It is not promoted as "the greatest event EVER" and "you do not want to miss this" and "everyone MUST be there to hear earth-shaking breakthrough in planetary clearing"
We've said it before: Scientology is really missing out by not being more open about its space-opera beliefs. Thanks to the Internet the word is already out, and there's just no hiding the fact that Scientology is all about time travel to your brutal experiences taming unruly planets 10 million years in the past, getting implanted with memory-wiping brain-scans on Venus or Mars between lives, and spending years exorcising unseen alien entities with electronics that were considered sophisticated when a guy named Ike lived in the White House.
Maybe that kind of Space Age excitement, especially at several hundred dollars an hour, isn't everyone's cup of tea. But it seems to us that everyone would be a lot better off if Scientology were to embrace its L. Ron Hubbard weirdness and actually try to reach people in a more open way.
And that's why we're super excited by some new videos put out by the "Advanced Org" in Copenhagen, Denmark, which at least go a little way towards embracing that weirdness.
They join to cross the Bridge to 'Total Freedom'. But first members of the Church of Scientology sign contracts locking them into the faith not only for this lifetime but all the lives they believe come after.
They are bound for a billion years by legal documents in which they sign away their spiritual, physical and mental freedom.
In never-before-seen contracts for potential members of the elite Sea Org - seen by MailOnline - members jettison family or friends opposed to Scientology, absolve the church of any liability, surrender their right to sue or reclaim donations and give the church license to hold them hostage under 24 hour guard with no limit of time.
2013-09-10, Mike Rinder, Something Can Be Done About It
Jon Lundeen has been a champion money grubber for a LONG time.
Way back in the 70's he was plying his trade at Flag.
He has been "Captain" at ASHO for many years now (a sure fire indication there is NO management structure in Scientology as one of the hallmarks of Scientology management is the musical chairs of org EDs/COs, especially for orgs like ASHO that have continued on a decades long slow decline).
On Monday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Leah Remini finally spoke about her break from the Church of Scientology.
The former "King of Queens" star appeared on the show to promote the upcoming season of "Dancing With The Stars."
With the controversy surrounding her July defection from Scientology, though, DeGeneres asked why she joined Nicole Kidman, Jerry Seinfeld and Demi Moore in breaking from the organization.
Marty Rathbun and David Miscavige, back in the day When Mark "Marty" Rathbun filed an affidavit last week saying that his former employer, David Miscavige, firmly rules every aspect of the Church of Scientology and oversaw its dirty tricks campaigns in Texas, we expected that the church might respond by calling Rathbun a liar.
Instead, Scientology is crying foul because Rathbun told the truth.
In a stunning, if predictable, move, late yesterday the Church of Scientology asked Comal County, Texas Judge Dib Waldrip to disqualify Monique Rathbun's attorneys and cripple her harassment lawsuit because, the church says, Monique's attorney Ray Jeffrey and his team improperly used "confidential and attorney client privileged information" when it allowed Marty Rathbun to submit an affidavit in his own wife's lawsuit.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court is considering a request to block a judge's order for a controversial drug treatment facility to produce records on staff misconduct.
Narconon Arrowhead, a drug detoxification facility rooted in Scientology, filed the request to block the judge's order last month in a negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Heather Landmeier.
Re: Must be a way to work together | letter by Ralph Rugo, Sept. 4
Scientologists don't help area
It was interesting to read the letters from the "non-Scientologists" defending the Scientologists against the fines handed to them as a result of years of delay in completing their building. Of most interest was Mr. Rugo's comment on downtown Clearwater.
2011-09-10, Tony Ortega, Runnin' Scared, Village Voice
We were feeling pretty whiplashed this week here at the underground bunker where we keep an eye on all things Scientology related -- on the one hand, our big countdown was really heating up, but we also needed to keep an eye on the big news breaking out in Germany, where Marty Rathbun and Ursula Caberta were giving David Miscavige reason to have the night sweats.
The Church of Scientology, which paid $1.9 million for the building in 2007, is reviving it. After a year of planning, work began this summer to restore the building's main auditorium, a smaller side auditorium and the entrance facing Lafayette.
2010-09-10, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
I have wanted for some time to open this blog up to other contributors. Here is the first of what I hope to be many guest contributions, from Lunamoth, whom I consider a brilliant writer.
I had a visit from an old friend today. At least, she looked like my old friend. The woman who showed up at my door with the borrowed item she was returning looked a lot like her, but something important was missing. There was some intangible change, some diminution of life force like a lowered flame that made her almost hard to recognize. The experience was like seeing someone who looks so much like someone you know, but it's not really them.
2010-09-10, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher
Apparently, we are impinging of late.
The PIs are suddenly in the Corpus Christi Bay area en masse. They've been here all the time according to my observations, as confirmed by D/IG Legal Affairs' (Warren McShane) memorialized statement to the Riverside County Sheriff's office. But, now the king of knee-jerk has sent another platoon lead by Black Ops Specialist Dave Lubow.
Fresh from the Dead Brother Op in Los Angeles https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/murder-outs/ , where his illegal acts have landed him as a target in a more senior law enforcement investigation, Lubow showed his weasely visage to local friends and former associates.
2009-09-10, Jefferson Hawkins, Leaving Scientology
According to the recent 80-page Freedom Magazine, extolling the many accomplishments of David Miscavige, there are plans afoot to create three more Advanced Organizations:
"To dramatically speed progress of parishioners up the Scientology Bridge to the Mecca in Clearwater, Mr. Miscavige has inaugurated a program to establish Advanced Organizations in every continent."
I just heard from a friend who lives in one of these areas. They tell me that the push now is to get all Scientologists in the area to donate towards the new AO. And if they don't? The usual – Sec Checks, Ethics interviews, HCO summons.
Scientology case: The Church of Scientology and seven top members are to stand trial in Paris on fraud charges after an investigation into allegations by a former member that the church swindled her out of more than $28,000. The church is considered a sect in France.
2007-09-10, Mike Donila, Business, St. Petersburg Times
It's a dramatic turnaround for an area that has been in a free fall since the mid 1970s, when the Church of Scientology arrived and secretly bought downtown's biggest hotel, then started gobbling up properties nearby.
In all, about $385-million in public and private sector investment is pouring into downtown Clearwater. After fits and starts, the city is attracting believers with deep pockets, ones willing to make plays where others - including Clearwater voters - previously saw too much risk.
2005-09-10, Gina Piccalo, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times
The Church of Scientology has set up a tent there for volunteer ministers who are giving counseling, massages and anything else the officers might need. Actress Kirstie Alley paid a visit yesterday to the command center to talk to the officers and military personnel.