Tony Ortega is executive editor of The Raw Story and is formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and has a forthcoming book about the subject. He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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New videos leaked from Scientology, including a sobering call for help from Nashville

Karen_MorrisWe love our tipsters, especially the ones who take great risk and smuggle out to us videos that are only meant for internal consumption in the Church of Scientology.

Most of the time, these videos are goofy, and we have a good time poking some fun at them. These are, after all, L. Ron Hubbard’s promised ‘homo novi’ — ‘improved’ human super beings who are going to take over the planet and save us from the Marcabian invading forces that rule Mars and Venus.

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Scientology Sunday Funnies: Turning begging for cash into an art form

Mike_SpurgeonWelcome to another of installment of Sunday Funnies, when we reveal some of the Scientology fundraising fliers that have been forwarded to us by our great tipsters.

As usual, the church is doing all it can to get its dwindling membership to come down for weekly and monthly fleecings, trying to attract them with themed parties made up to look like pep rallies where some big secret information is going to be revealed. In fact, the big secret is that you’re required to write an even bigger check than the last time!

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Sneaky Scientology finds another way to get access to high school students

Dorsey High School

Dorsey High School

We’ve said it before: Scientology never gives up. With its public image at an all-time low, the sneaky organization continues to infiltrate where it can with the use of its front groups and stealthy operatives.

One of our vigilant tipsters noticed that Scientologists have wormed their way into an anti-gang conference happening next week at a Los Angeles high school.

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Scientology’s tent party in England: The 9-minute trailer!

IASTent5Let’s give Scientology its due: It can put out a slick, high-quality video on occasion, and we have one for you today.

It’s a lengthy trailer for next month’s IAS gala in England which will celebrate 30 years since the legal slush fund was started at a time Scientology was being swamped by lawsuits.

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RATHBUN SUIT: Scientology’s last swipe in its anti-SLAPP appeal before hearing next week

Thomas Leatherbury

Thomas Leatherbury

Next Wednesday, Monique Rathbun and the Church of Scientology will tangle in another hearing before the Texas Third Court of Appeals.

The last time the court heard arguments in this lawsuit, it then reversed a trial court ruling that held Monique could depose Scientology leader David Miscavige in a question of jurisdiction. This time, the entire lawsuit is on the line.

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New leaked videos from the super beings at Scientology!

LIPlanningSometimes it’s important to remember that Scientologists believe that not only had L. Ron Hubbard discovered, for the first time, the actual nature of the human mind — a breakthrough on par with the discovery of fire — but that he had found a way to improve human beings and make them ‘homo novi,’ an entirely new race.

Scientologists take pity on us mere wogs, who are stuck on this prison planet, blinded by our reactive minds. If only we could be like the superhumans who are using Ron’s technology to take over the galaxy.

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Scientology says it’s received $5.7 million from Google in advertising grants

Brandy_HarrisonAt a $100 per person event held in the San Fernando Valley on September 6, about 500 Scientologists were told, among other things, that Google has approved advertising grants totaling $5.7 million for Scientology churches around the country.

Also, that the Chinese government has approved Scientology’s website, scientology.org, as one of only a few religious websites Chinese citizens can access without restrictions.

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Scientology’s secret plans for world domination — even better than the last time!

SciSatelliteIt’s always fun to see Scientology’s plans for taking over the world. No matter how much trouble the organization is in, no matter how many oldtimers ditch the place because of leader David Miscavige’s excesses, you can always count on Scientology acting like it’s actually about to catch fire and overwhelm the world with L. Ron Hubbard fever.

And how does Scientology think it’s going to reverse its recent downward spiral this time? Through media!

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Scientology Sunday Funnies: Smile while you write that check, pardner!

Michael_ChiaraOur tipsters have been busy sending us Scientology’s wacky fundraising fliers and emails this week. We have a ton of them. But we did our best to narrow it down just to the best. (And if we didn’t use something you sent in, our apologies, but we are so grateful that you sent us what you did.)

Last night, the Silicon Valley folks held their Gladiator-themed party, and we’re looking forward to seeing photos from it soon.

But for now, we have one more promotional item for the party — a video that must have got folks awfully pumped up to have their cash taken from them at sword-point! And how can you go wrong with comedian Jim Meskimen?

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Ryan Hamilton files 20th lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network

Mike_SchmidtLas Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed another federal fraud lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. This one involves a New Hampshire family that was convinced to send their son to a Narconon facility in San Diego County.

Also, this case is very recent — Linda Keller was looking for a rehab facility for her son, Christopher, in April 2014.

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