If you recall, we suggested in recent months that we had noticed a marked increase of activity from some of the most reliable Scientology actor types. Kirstie Alley, Kelly Preston, and Nancy Cartwright all recently completed “Operating Thetan Level 7,” one of the most difficult high-level courses on “The Bridge,” and one that can take years to finish. Also, actress Marisa Nichols finished OT 8, the highest level of all, which is only delivered on board Scientology’s private cruise ship the Freewinds. Cartrwight, Alley, and Michelle Stafford have also recently been spotted on the ship.
Now, there’s another wrinkle. In emails and fliers we received this week, some of Scientology’s celebrities are also making appearances at church events, and it’s being used as a way of drumming up more involvement from existing church members. We’ll show you what we mean.
First, there was this flier that enticed Scientologists to show up for an event Wednesday night at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre which featured Jenna Elfman…
Note the emphasis on existing members, and that no new recruits would be allowed in — this event was intended to get stalled Scientologists back on the Bridge.
We were also sent this email, which says that Kirstie Alley will be appearing at an event in East Grinstead, England, where Scientology’s UK headquarters are located at Saint Hill Manor…
You MUST come to Saint Hill to see these OT’s, to hear their OT data, and to GO OT!
This Sunday Clive Rabey is going to explain why OTV is NOT a rest point on the Bridge, and HOW to get yourself sorted out so you can get onto OT VI and VII this year (NOT next lifetime J)
FREE event – 3 pm for tea, finishing at 6 pm for a nice dinner with OT friends!
7 March 2015 – Kirstie Alley is going to tell you how she got onto and through OTVII. And then through Super Power. And was a driving force behind the Padova Ideal Org.
Afternoon Tea and dinner, £15 per person. PLUS She will give an OT Hatting course on Causation and Havingness.
We are ABLE UK, and are here to make the able more able. Come to these events, and you will BE more able, DO something very prosurvival, and HAVE more abilities and creativity to BE, DO and HAVE an OT life, a better game, more Freedoms, better Purposes, Happiness and Havingness.
Contact me to confirm. 0776 321 9614
ML, Jacqueline Gardner
ED ABLE UK
Then there’s this email, which says an unnamed Grammy Award-winning musician (who has to be Chick Corea) would be showing up at graduation last night at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida.
Subject: LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!
FLAG GRADUATION LATE BREAKING NEWS!
This Friday, you’ll hear the fantastic story and wins of a 22-time Grammy Award winner who just finished Solo NOTs yesterday!
We also have the Jive Aces who flew in from the UK performing at this week’s graduation!
You simply cannot miss this! This is the ONLY place to be on Friday night!
Doors open at 8:00pm
PICK UP YOUR 2015 BIRTHDAY EVENT CARD & TICKETS FOR THE LIVE HALL AT GRADUATION!
And finally, a minor Scientology celebrity, but someone who is very well known inside the organization, voice actor and musician David Pomeranz, is lending his name to a contest that our commenters noticed recently which may benefit a Scientology school to the tune of $20,000.
The Scientology school, the Washburn Academy, is vying neck and neck with the Humane Society for a technology upgrade from a local company. And now, Scientology is trying to put a thumb on the scale with one of its celebrities…
From: David Pomeranz
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 11:39 PM
To: David Pomeranz
Subject: Please vote for Washburn Academy to get their grant!! :o)
I would like to ask a favor – one which will definitely benefit us all. In Clearwater, our son, Nick, attends Washburn Academy, which is purely an LRH Study Tech School and they are in the running to receive a sizable government grant ($20K) to help expand their premises. I’m asking all my friends to click on the link below and find, “Washburn Academy” and VOTE for it. You can vote from the same device once a day or more from different ones, if you are so inclined. The competition ends on Feb, 28th.
This great school with Standard Tech deserves to flourish and we can help them do so by making sure they get this grant.
Here is the link and instructions:
Here is what you do:
1. Go to www.milner.com/jumpstart
2. Click the big VOTE button.
3. Select “Washburn Academy” in the 16+ employee category.
4. Enter in the verification code.
5. Click “cast vote”
Thanks so much!
DAVID and KELLY
We were pretty struck by this pattern, so we asked former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder if he also thought this marked a significant change going on in Scientology.
“Oh, I agree completely,” he told us. Rinder said there has been a noticeable shift recently in the role of celebrities, and he thinks it’s related to Scientology leader David Miscavige’s ongoing problems with dwindling membership and horrific public perception, particularly with Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear coming to HBO on March 29.
“Generally the use of the celebrities has been for dealing with the world outside Scientology, for public relations and for giving an impression to the outside world,” he says. “But now, we’re seeing them being used to keep the flock from running out the gate. And suddenly, here are three important celebrities doing events in a single week? Jenna, Kirstie, and Chick all pitching to the internal public?”
Rinder agreed that we were seeing something new. “They’re trying to use the celebrities to handle the sheeple. Until this point, the celebrities had been for the outside world. It’s the first time I’ve seen this.
“I think this is very indicative of a panic situation,” he added.
He also made sure we noticed that in the message about Kirstie Alley appearing at Saint Hill, the email was sent out by ABLE UK. ABLE, which oversees the Narconon drug rehab network, is here talking about encouraging Scientologists to “go OT,” dropping all pretense that it isn’t an arm of Scientology itself.
“And Kirstie Alley is going to talk about how she got up the Bridge? Will she explain how much special treatment she received that helped her get there? The people listening won’t get that kind of treatment, but will she tell them that?”
Rinder agreed with us that it’s really unusual for a Scientology celebrity to take part in an event like this.
“Kirstie must be on some kind of amends program or something. Why is she in the UK doing this? It’s strange,” Rinder says.
Bonus photos from our tipsters
Caption, from actress Denice Duff: “Once again my husband has the honor of performing at the CItizens Commission on Human Rights Awards Dinner. Yes, that’s a kilt and Celtic face paint. Tomorrow nights attire will be equally heroic because THAT’S what CCHR is comprised of: Heroes.”
Distributing The Way to Happiness in Venezuela. Google translation: “This book delivery took place last February 26 when we went to a talk at one of the institutions of the Health Institute, after being suspended Ronny decided to deliver the books to people who were walking since students were rowdy and not let in units public service in view of this he decided to deliver the 60 books that remained TWTH 80”
Here’s our first look from the Belleair mission in Florida going “Ideal” today. Looking spiffy!
Scientologists are using social media more than ever. Drop us a line if you spot them posting images to Instagram or Facebook!
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