That time when Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard didn't invent surfing in California - 2016-11-25

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F347.png That time when Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard didn't invent surfing in California November 25, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

(L. Ron Hubbard, circa 1934)

On Saturday, Scientology leader David Miscavige blessed the newest "Ideal Org" with another grand opening ceremony, this time in San Diego, California. After the ceremony we heard from local journalist Ken Stone, who told us he found it very odd that Scientology had held an event with what they claimed was a crowd of 3,500, and had done so without notifying the local press.

Ken decided to look into things a little further and managed to get an interview with Scientology's public relations B-team, Erin and Nick Banks. The result was a nice piece by Ken that included the usual howlers from Erin about how the new org was a gleaming example of Scientology expansion — even though it was really just a renovation of the building they'd been in for years and years and didn't represent any "expansion" at all. (And as for the size of the crowd, we've found that if you divide by about seven, you get closer to actual truth, which suggests that the event probably had closer to 800 people in attendance, many of whom would have been bused down from Los Angeles.)


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