Inside the Trump and Louis Farrakhan Ties to Scientology - 2020-07-22
On July 6, the Trump administration released federal data revealing which "small" businesses were awarded Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans because of the COVID-19 shutdown. In addition to the Kushner family, Trump's fundraising pal Joe Farrell, and Kanye West, one name stood out among the recipients: the Church of Scientology.
The celebrity-obsessed church—which professes that an intergalactic overlord named Xenu brought billions of aliens to Earth 75 million years ago, arranged them at the base of volcanoes, blew them up with hydrogen bombs, and their surviving souls haunt the human race—received three loans of up to $350,000 each for its sites in New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C., supporting what it claims is a total of 137 employees.
It's a curious decision by the Trump administration, awarding hundreds of thousands of dollars to a scandal-plagued organization that, due to its tax-exempt status, has reportedly amassed more than $1 billion in assets (mostly in real-estate holdings).