Scientology's Freedom magazine congratulates itself for going 'Ideal' - 2015-08-03

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F347.png Scientology's Freedom magazine congratulates itself for going 'Ideal' August 3, 2015, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

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...


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Scientology's Freedom magazine congratulates itself for going 'Ideal' | url = https://tonyortega.org/2015/08/03/scientologys-freedom-magazine-congratulates-itself-for-going-ideal/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = August 3, 2015 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}