Our friend and fellow journalist Mark Ebner alerted us last night to a fairly mindblowing statement posted on Twitter on Monday afternoon. The Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, California announced that it is donating $10,000 to the Scientology front group Youth for Human Rights, and in the name of actress Jenna Elfman.
Continue reading Legoland theme park donates $10,000 to Scientology front on behalf of Jenna Elfman
Twenty years ago today, the new weekly edition of the Phoenix New Times featured a man named Rick Ross on its cover, and a byline that was printed there for the first time: “By Tony Ortega.”
Continue reading Where it all began for us: Rick Ross, David Koresh, and the Church of Scientology
Our man in Europe, Jonny Jacobsen, finally found some time in his busy schedule covering the Scientology prosecution in Belgium to give us his thoughts about the other big story this week — the Moscow court’s decision to ban the church. Like us, Jonny has his concerns about the way Russia goes about its opposition to Hubbardism.
Continue reading Jonny Jacobsen: Why the Moscow ban on Scientology may be built on shaky foundations
A number of our readers noticed that Scientology has been putting out gushing news about its unstoppable “expansion” in press releases that show up in the oddest places, like in a piece masquerading as a story that showed up in Digital Journal and in Jim Cramer’s news website The Street. We have to wonder at the people who might take such claims of Scientology’s growth seriously.
Continue reading Scientology’s apocalyptic ‘expansion': A hint at the real story in a Brighton shiny moment
We have an interesting document for you today. It’s the response from Frederick County, Maryland, to Scientology’s appeal of a zoning decision that is preventing its drug rehab network, Narconon, from building a boutique rehab center with 20 beds in a fishing camp known as Trout Run.
Continue reading Scientology wants to force a drug rehab center on Maryland: Here’s the local county’s response
Here in the United States, today is the biggest Thursday of the year. It’s the day we give thanks, and the Underground Bunker certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year.
Continue reading We’re giving thanks here in the Underground Bunker, and we hope you’ll help us out
Lisa McPherson’s first week under confinement at the Fort Harrison Hotel ended twenty years ago today.
Continue reading Lisa McPherson and the doctors: Hamstrung by the ‘spiritual’ needs of a thetan
Yesterday, some of our commenters seemed confused that your proprietor wasn’t celebrating the news coming out of Russia that a Moscow city court had called for Scientology to be banned and its Ideal Org in that city to be shut down within six months. (Scientology vowed to appeal.)
Continue reading Strange scenes from the Moscow hearing that banned Scientology yesterday
We asked our man in Europe, British journalist Jonny Jacobsen, to make some sense of the news coming out of Russia today, where the government has repeatedly tried to ban or dissolve Scientology. But if anything, Scientology is dying less slowly in Russia than it is arguably anywhere in the world, and the government’s tactics may have something to do with it. What’s the latest, Jonny?
Continue reading Moscow orders banning of Scientology in ongoing dispute, church vows to appeal
Just a couple of weeks ago, we were telling you that Scientology leader David Miscavige was responding to the difficulties faced by the church’s drug rehab network, Narconon, by relaunching it. While numerous Narconon facilities have been hit with lawsuits over patient deaths and other claims of harm and dishonest dealing, Miscavige was opening new centers around the world, and was reshuffling management of the network so that it was more tightly controlled by Scientology through one of its subsidiaries, the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE).
Continue reading Another Scientology rehab death — and why this one is particularly bad for David Miscavige