Independent Scientology: The Ballad of Captain Bill - 2013-03-30

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F347.png Independent Scientology: The Ballad of Captain Bill March 30, 2013, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Bill Robertson 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, a big part of the current Scientology story is the large breakaway group of "independents" who have left the official church but still adhere to the ideas of founder L. Ron Hubbard. Church leader David Miscavige most definitely perceives these "indies" as a big threat, and it seems like this is the most significant schism the church has ever experienced.

But there were previous groups of Scientologists who left the church to form their own independent groups, and they formed practically from the beginning, when Hubbard got things going in the early 1950s. Before the present indie scene, probably the biggest breakaway happened in the early 1980s, isn't that right?

{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Independent Scientology: The Ballad of Captain Bill | url = | work = Underground Bunker | date = March 30, 2013 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}