Blood Brother Ron: Starting Out Life on the Wrong Blackfoot - 2013-03-23

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F347.png Blood Brother Ron: Starting Out Life on the Wrong Blackfoot March 23, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

In 1990, author Jon Atack published what is still one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology, A Piece of Blue Sky. Atack now has a new edition of the book out, and it reminded us what an encyclopedic resource he is. So join us as we rely on Jon's expertise to 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.

Jon, one of the more memorable parts of the L. Ron Hubbard legend has him becoming a blood brother of the Montana Blackfoot tribe as a small child. We thought this legend was debunked long ago, but something in Lawrence Wright's book concerns you. What is it?

JON: On page 21, in Wright's generally excellent Going Clear, we find the claim that Hubbard had studied shamanism:


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