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HOW SCIENTOLOGY COERCED A CHILD TO HAVE AN ABORTION: THE LAURA DECRESCENZO FILES

—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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Sunday Funnies: The Writers of the Future and more success stories!

2014-WotF-30-Bookcover.inddIs it that time of year again already? Tonight, Scientology puts on its annual celebration of SF and Fantasy, the Writers of the Future gala. The celebration will anoint this year’s winners in writing and illustration, who are also featured in another year’s anthology (see right).

Once again, leading lights of speculative fiction will pretend that this is not Scientology’s attempt to burnish its image through the imprimatur of the likes of Orson Scott Card and Larry Niven. Over the years, some writers have wondered about the veracity of assurances they got from the Sea Org executives running the event that it was separate and independent of the church itself. And since so many stories about the dystopic world of Scientology workers came to light in the last several years, those questions were getting more pointed.

Then, two years ago, we proved a direct link between the contest and some of the most brutal behavior of Scientology. The Sea Org executive at Author Services Inc who oversaw the contest, Barbara Ruiz, was seen by eyewitnesses helping church leader David Miscavige run the hellish and strange office-prison for church executives, “The Hole,” early in 2004. Both Ruiz and Miscavige were seen at the Writers of the Future gala later that year. But some time after that, Ruiz disappeared. She hasn’t been seen since.

She’s just one of several top Scientology executives who were vanished, but that hasn’t stopped the gravy train of the WOTF gala. If you’re going to ignore that your annual party is tied to Scientology’s odd and troubling behavior, you’re probably also going to ignore that somehow, this minor anthology calls for a week-long party, with free airfare, custom-fitted tuxedos, and a lavish awards ceremony unaffected by the shaky fortunes of the rest of the publishing industry.

Hey, it’s a great party, why ask questions about who’s paying for it? Just make sure you thank L. Ron Hubbard when you pick up your trophy, right?

Oh, and a thank you to Skip Press for bringing to our attention that Publisher’s Weekly got into the act by allowing Scientology to buy the cover of its latest issue…

 
PWCover

 
Everyone loves Scientology’s money!

We’ll be watching the ceremony tonight, which is always a hoot, and we may put up a live-blog entry later with an embed of the ceremony.

Now, on to our weekly feature, Sunday Funnies!

 
First up, at Saint Hill, Scientology’s UK headquarters, another great success story video from another satisfied customer.

 

 
Jake’s dynamics are expanding!

 
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Saint Hill is hiring!

 
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Easter? EASTER? Did Jesus “do a bunk”? (And how many readers remember THAT reference. We are really reaching.)

 
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Join Scientology’s espionage wing, the Office of Special Affairs, and then go spy on the US Capitol!

 
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Grant Cardone, our favorite asshat.

 
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More Easter fun…

 
flags easter banquet and show

 
Who needs reges pounding on your door everyday begging for your donations — set up an automatic bloodletting every month!

 
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Hey, it’s Matt Feshbach, one of the famous Feshbach brothers and a Super Power graduate! He’s superhuman!

 
power_leadership_EMAIL

 
Scotland’s new sauna is operational!

 
valpurif

 
Sydney’s Ideal Org opens in three weeks. But an AO? Get us the details, Sydney peeps.

 
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Thanks again to our great tipsters!

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on April 13, 2014 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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UP THE BRIDGE (Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43

GETTING OUR ETHICS IN (Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING (Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46

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  • nosce

    Bubble world! Ah how fitting!

  • And I don’t rent cars!

    He’s about to have a WIN !!!!!!! And jump on Oprah’s sofa?

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    TIM POWERS!

    The REAL Super Powers!

  • Guest

    I would love to see a boycott list of writers who participate in this Scientology BS…. I will never get a book written or illustrated by one of these asshats

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      I cannot understand why Time Powers would do this– but he really, really loves young writers.

      • Guest

        Boycott!

      • Tony Ortega

        He’s in the story I wrote 2 years ago.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    And category three: lunatic science fiction writers who founded bogus religions…

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    The Joan Ranger Fashion Police would arrest this women.

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    K.C. Norton
    Thanks parents who came to see. College. ASI and Galaxy press. Thanks hubbard. Nervous but sincere. Nice.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Mr. Hubbard introduced her to people?!?

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Channeling Mr. Rogers…

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Tim Powers wrote a great book entitled Dinner at Deviant’s Palace. It could be read as a thinly veiled criticism of Scientology and LRH…

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    Kristie Kim. Artist.
    Says thanks to other artists and writers. No Hubbard.

    Ok. I’m done. someone else take over.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Have a good night!

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      Thanks Michael. You did a great job. Good night.

    • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

      sleep well

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    Wow. No thanks to LRH, and she left before people knew she was up there.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    This video package really needs a volcano.

    And more cowbell.

    • Sydjazz

      always more cowbell

  • Sydjazz

    this is your escape?

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    And heeeeeeeeeeeere’s the sales pitch. There’s everything good about encouraging artists. There’s also so many ways to schmooze them into paying for the lovebombing.

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    biggest clap for hubbard all evening

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Regges are standing by now!

  • TheWidowDenk

    Not a good idea to put the illos in the back of the book. Purpose of a story illustration is to get the reader to want to read the story.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      You understand this.

      I understand this.

      But the hapless acolytes of LRH? They don’t understand this.

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    is this the woman that will later disappear?

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Trevor styled his hair to match the award!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Congrats Smith. About that $5,000 check … do you have your Basics yet?

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Kinda hard to point out his ruin right after giving him a top prize, though…)

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        He just said he feels he should give back … bwahahahaha.

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Ears pricked up at FLAG for that one…

  • nosce

    Considering the worth of Scientology ($2,000,000,000.oo), $5,000.oo is really NOTHING!

  • Jimmy3

    Trevor Smith. Illustrator. Not a great public speaker. He’s very grateful. Honored, humbled. Has a duty he takes seriously. There it is, LRH shout out. Thank you, thank you so much.

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    I was hoping it was going to be red vest guy, he negged the gaudy stage set, and came kind a close to saying something about tragic human stories.

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    wait, that was the gold brush award, maybe there is still a chance for red vest guy. Oh please…

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    OSA drone, OSA drone!!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Aaaaaah! OSA in tha house!

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    OH BOY!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Crying writer is crying.

  • media_lush

    so scientology suck-up boy wins the big prize…..

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    OHHHH PLEEESSEEEE, finish what you started!

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    feed just quit for me

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Winner is being ultra-smarmy.

    • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

      I’m jealous

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Is this winner the Only guy that was dressed in red vest?

    • Robert Eckert

      He’ll never survive to be beamed up.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Oh go on.Pull a Neil Gaiman.

  • nosce

    WOW!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Literary Alley? Isn’t that in Harry Potter?

    • EnthralledObserver

      Literally Alley

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Kirstie Alley…!

        (You CAN go back again!)

        • EnthralledObserver

          Litigation Alley

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    He hopes to pay it forward. Fear not, oh little one, fear not.

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      He’ll have to pay it back, not forward.

      They have his name, his address, family’s names and addresses… and he already has a “folder” in Central Files somewhere.Yikes!

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    knew better than to get my hopes up…

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Ack! Aaaack aack ACK!

  • Jimmy3

    Golden Pen Winner: there’s no envelope. Miscavige shows off his new (prototype, more like an RC helicopter) drone that he bought from Bezos. Here it is…
    “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask” by Randy Henderson.

    He has some thoughts. Judging this year was difficult. Tolkien mention (get that blasphemy out of here.)
    He wants to pay it forward. General thank you. (Good man, good sir, no thank you for LRH.)
    This concludes a giant waste of time.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      No hubbard gush? Oh, that’s got to hurt.

    • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

      GIANT waste of time, but in good company…

      • Jimmy3

        Well, it was fun on this side, for sure. I bet the Bunker crowd made up most of the live stream, right?

        • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

          that, and family of the writers and illustrators. Too much internet bandwidth for anyone within the bubble.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    ACK! AAAACK! Ack ack ack ack!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    ack.

    ack ack.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    The list of shame…

  • Tony Ortega

    All right, thank you all for another fun night of live blogging. See you in the morning!

    • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

      Thanks Tony.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      And thank you dear proprietor.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Nighters!

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      Thank you and good night.

      I would never have been able to get through this without the help and support of the Bunker. I’d like to thank… oh, enough already.

      Wishing everyone a good night.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Mr. Meskimen spoked!

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    This was their 30th year? That was why there were big “25s” on each side of the stage?

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      It’s 25 for illustrators.

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      Hubbard math.

      25 + 25 = 30

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    I see the names of dead people.

    • TheWidowDenk

      Correct – all judges were listed, those among the living and those no longer among the living.

    • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

      What a twist at the end. I did not see that coming.

  • The Paper Tiger

    I think Illustrators is 25, Writers is 30

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    That’s right, Hubbard. Everyone has a creative spark, and you snuff it out like nobody’s business.

    I repeat something that really struck me throughout this show. So many artists mentioned their family who helped and supported them and inspired them.

    I wish I could tell them that most any artist who falls into the Hubbard trap will have to choose between Hubbard and their art, and eventually, even their family.

    Now make sure you buy plenty of copies of Hubbard’s latest volume that contains your story in it so you can give them out as gifts to your family and friends. See the reg for bulk discounts and make sure to give them your drivers license, credit card numbers, social security and private cell phone number and address.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      Yep. When I did life orientation course (!) I deliberately didn’t select writing as my “hat in life” because I knew I would get unending pressure to use it for the “good of scientology” which would pollute the last good thing I thought I still had.

      They destroy everything good about your own hopes and dreams and talents. They do it by twisting it and bending it and diverting it to serve hubbards toxic creation. Then it is not yours any more.

      It’s theirs.

  • Captain Howdy

    Cassandre Bolan..YAY
    Everything else..NAY

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      What about Morticia?

      • Captain Howdy

        I think i missed her when I was doing dishes.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          A presenter, over in 20 seconds.

        • Baby

          Did you have to mention Dishes ; /

    • Jimmy3

      Who did she look like? It’s driving me crazy… Some actress…

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Feed go home.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    So, I was working my way through today’s Sunday Funnies when this happened. Mind If I post one?

    That Easter Service piece is too coy. Here’s how they REALLY need to sell it:

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      This is too good for a one time, last night post. You’ll have to post it again this week as get closer to Easter weekend. (Please?)

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Ohhhhhh… twist my arm.

        • And I don’t rent cars!

          Consider it done. You’re face down on the ground, your arm is twisted behind your back, and I’m sitting on top of you… waiting for you to say Yes!

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            Not Uncle?

            • And I don’t rent cars!

              No, YES!

    • TDA1541A

      I found a picture of the Scientology Easter Bunny:

      http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjmhJoCCAAA4yxK.jpg:medium

      • Dean Fox

        Perhaps it’s just me but the Easter bunny seems to have a demented look to it.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    PAC recruiters are standing by to lovebomb those bike guys for L Ron Hubbard Way bike guard duty. And if they don’t sign the Billion year contract, that drone will be following them home. Hey, there’s got to be some excitement or I stayed up late for nuthin’!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      The bike guys will need to be watched closely, however. They have unique talents for blowing…

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        I’d love to see Tory conversing with them while Smurf videotapes their act.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    And one more. (I still haven’t gotten through all of them…)

    (refresh)

  • Sydjazz
  • Jimmy3

    I know someone must have recorded the stream, but is anyone able to post a copy tonight? It would be appreciated.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      You would want to see that… again?

      Or are you planning some unique torture??

    • Captain Howdy

      Jimmy, come on dude, she wasn’t that hot.

      • Jimmy3

        SHE WAS THAT HOT, SO YOURE OBVIOUSLY WRONG.

        No, actually I want to check out some of the writing and illustrations they were honored for, and maybe compile a list for others. Also, I would like to explore in search of J&D tunnels.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Do you see Matt Feshback X 2, or a badly clay-modeled vase?

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      There’s a difference?

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Okay. Made me laugh.

  • valshifter

    A scientology ad on channel 5 Los Angeles right before the sports section, yak! what are they trying to recruit Lakers fans now?

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Control over MEST… hmmm…

      • valshifter

        A MEST clear = someone that is now totally clear of any physical matter including his house, his money, and his car.

        • Michael Leonard Tilse

          Then there is the New OT VIII Money process where you get rid of the accumulated clusters and individual Wallet Thetans.

          After that your bank account and wallet are transparent. Congratulations you’re broke. But your needle is floating.

          This way to the egress…

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            Thank you Mr. Barnum! Please may I have another?

  • Sunny Sands

    Someone’s feelings are hurt.(refresh)

  • valshifter

    Diamond Maximus = this one has the most money.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Shouldn’t someone tell those poor people in Sydney?

    (refresh)

    • Sydjazz

      eeek. is in Sydney remember

  • media_lush

    anyway….. the one thing that struck me tonight was the lack of Hubbard love from the nominees/winners… kind of expected I guess but the REAL telling moment [IMO] was one of the them dared to go for a deliberate shout out for LRH (tall Aussie sounding bloke if I recall) and there was a significant pause and lacklustre clapping that (and you can imagine someone in the background miming “CLAP YOU BASTARDS!!!!”) only just managed to get a little more enthusiastic. The fact that so many of the ‘official’ presenters seemed to fluff their lines can be interpreted that they weren’t shown what they were expected to say until they got their cue card…. even Nancy Cartwright fumbled ‘her’ words.

    If you factor in this with with the revelation that the next major LA event is reduced to some kind of childrens’ climbing volcano gizmo (see Rinder’s latest article) when before they had huge floats and stuff then it’s easy to surmise the collapse is happening a lot faster then we think!

    Anyway…. here’s a pic I tweeted which is close to my heart!

    • valshifter

      little Billy is tired of not getting any attention ever.

  • Sydjazz

    kept looking for mauela oliviera. did anyone spot her? or isn’t she allowed to dance anymore

  • Sibs

    Scientology commercial during Revenge? I was under the impression that they weren’t spending any more money to air it.

  • Sunny Sands

    New video out from Karen. Scientology Inc. War on Psychiatry.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLkGbLNaaTg

    • DodoTheLaser

      It broke my heart. I was relieved to learn that poor guy got prosthetic hands, off of the streets and is doing much better! Ironically, thanks to psychiatry. Good to know he is re-united with his family. I guess they are out.

      • i-Betty

        That was very hard to watch. I just wanted to wrap him up :( Thank goodness he is back with his family.

        I sent a link to this video to my Swedish psychiatrist friend and told her to watch the first 1:10. I’ll be interested to hear her response when she finds out she’s been eradicated, but I might struggle to hear her over the gales of laughter.

        • DodoTheLaser

          “I just wanted to wrap him up.” Same here. Thanks Betty.

    • valshifter

      So the bright future that scientology has planed for humanity, is a world divided, composed of: Diamond Maximus members applauding dear leader, slaves in the sea org, and a bunch of insane people rumbling the streets because Psychiatry no longer exist to help them out, thanks scientology it looks great.

    • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0

      Serge Obolonsky. Neil talks about him at 0:55

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAl7LiJ3hlo

    • http://scientoonery.tumblr.com/ Natalia 2.0
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  • El Con Blubbard

    Hot off the press: It was reported that the Santa Barbara Mission is CLOSED!! Hip Hip Hooray!!

    http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?35605-Scientology-Santa-Barbara-closes-it-s-doors

  • http://deirdre.net/ Deirdre Saoirse Moen

    I’m fascinated that they moved the WotF awards from fall to spring. I haven’t followed it since I published my disconnection notice (lol), but even after that I was invited to the awards by friends who were winners.

  • worldwide_webster

    Writers of the Future is not a “minor” anthology; it’s a hugely respected award and has launched the careers of many respected science fiction writers, most of whom have nothing whatsoever to do with Scientology and many of whom are vocally opposed to the CoS. Is it troubling that WotF is funded by Scientology? Yes. On the other hand, I can’t blame writers for entering the contest anyway. As a secular humanist I don’t like ANY religions and to me they’re ALL basically cults. I don’t care whether you think the magical cloud-god, or sparkly unicorns, or aliens created humanity. Any way you slice it, you’re an idiot. If people are gullible enough to join a cult and then they can’t figure out how to get out of it, why should I feel sorry for them?