The Underground Bunker's 2019 Scientology year-in-review starts today! - 2019-12-21
Once again, the world's press was infected with a passion for Scientology stories this year. And that metastasized in May when news organizations went rabid over the discovery that an entire cruise ship was quarantined at the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia for a case of the measles, and the ship in question just happened to be Scientology's bizarre floating cathedral for its wealthiest members, the Freewinds.
For a few weeks, Scientology's maritime religious retreat became a worldwide laughingstock and almost a perfect symbol for our stupid conspiracy-obsessed, anti-vaccination era.
It turned out that only a single crew member had come down with the illness, but by the time that had been worked out the damage had been done. The ship will forevermore be remembered for its attempt to sail away from Curaçao while infected, and was busted by the island's health officials, who alerted their counterparts in St. Lucia. What a day we had here at the Bunker on May 1 when we were among a handful of organizations that were scrambling to confirm that the quarantined ship was none other than Scientology's waterborne holy sanctuary, the only place where high-paying penitents can achieve the ultimate auditing level, Operating Thetan Level Eight.