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Hey, Scientology, this guy doesn’t want to shill for you — what gives?

 
Rod Keller is back with another look at the way Scientology tries to get community leaders to front for it.

Some of the videos on Scientology’s newest web site, scientologyreligion.org, are actually fairly old. The video that features David DeLuz, former President of the Greater Sacramento Urban League, dates back to the opening of the Sacramento Ideal Org on January 28, 2012. I spoke to Mr. DeLuz this week and asked if he has seen the video.

“I’ve seen the video, and I’ve actually asked that they remove it. I’ve asked them to take it down. When I did the opening for the new facility in Sacramento I was very supportive of the work they were doing in the community including outreach to ex-offenders. I was a former staffer with the California Department of Corrections, and I know they took a lot of time to work with the ex-offender population to help them re-acclimate into society when a lot of folks don’t want to touch them. In the Department of Corrections we had Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, and I was interested in bringing some of the Narconon and Scientology support programs into our facilities.”

 

 
Mr. DeLuz tells us his contact with Scientology began through personal friends. “I have some close personal relationships. Somebody I consider a brother is a Scientologist. And there are two or three other families I know that are Scientologists, and they are really great people. I see the volunteer work they do and I was really impressed.

“My personal experience is that as a Christian, and with the impact that Jesus Christ has had in my life, there are some people who are going to instead resonate with the message of Scientology. They may find a way to examine themselves, to find their shortcomings, and to fix themselves and address their flaws. It’s a step in the right direction.”

 

 
But he was surprised and upset to find his video on the new web site. “Somebody called me out on Facebook, that Scientology has this video on Facebook, and I was like really? Because now I’m a Deacon in my church. It’s not what I wanted. I’m not angry with the folks in Sacramento, and my friend in Scientology is like another brother. But given some of the recent allegations that have been shared, I didn’t want to be associated with it. I spoke at their event, but it’s been years, and all of a sudden when they start getting tossed to and fro by the media now they want to trot out my name and my face to normalize Scientology when they’re getting heat from the public, and I don’t appreciate that.”

I asked what allegations in particular formed his opinion. “Some of the things about separating people from their families, people cutting off their families, mother and daughters or brothers. Also some of the more cultish accusations, where if you say something against Scientology or Scientologists you get sent somewhere to be reprogrammed. It didn’t ring very consistently with my Christian beliefs, and so it wasn’t something I’m comfortable with.”

Mr. DeLuz has never been a member of Scientology, but was briefly on an E-meter. “On a lark I did their machine, in their building they have this public section where you can do an audit, holding the paddles and they read your electric current.” He has not signed up for any Scientology courses in the years since.

 
— Rod Keller

 
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Super Bowl fever — Scientology throws the Hail Mary

 

 
The Houston mission is preparing to leaflet NFL fans…

 

 
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Miss Lovely runs Operation Cheeto Freakout

 

 
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Clearwater government faces facts: Scientology sucks

Even after Scientology paid big money for a bogus university “study” (Scientology supplied the data) which claimed that the church pumped nearly a billion dollars annually into the Clearwater economy (and they say Hubbard was a bullshitter), the city of Clearwater is having none of it.

The Tampa Bay Times reports today that a new downtown revitalization plan has only a single sentence about Scientology’s presence, and it’s not pretty: “The significant presence of the Church of Scientology members spending time downtown contributes to a sense of alienation among non-members.”

Mayor George Cretekos continues to show that he has some spine as he carps that in ten years on the city council, he’s had only a single meeting with Scientology leader David Miscavige.

Count yer blessings, mayor.

 
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Mike Rinder on Hubbard and cancer

Really interesting story at Mike Rinder’s blog today, where he posts a forgotten document that includes L. Ron Hubbard’s theory for what causes cancer: “It always requires a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children or some other mechanism to bring about a condition known as cancer. This is cancer at the outset.”

As Rinder points out, if losing children causes cancer, then why is Scientology splitting up families? “How does Scientology square the fact that the ONLY cause of cancer, according to L. Ron Hubbard, is ‘a second-dynamic or sexual upset, such as the loss of children…’ with their practice of forcing disconnection? By this logic, they are CAUSING cancer in people.”

 
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HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25. Go here to start making your plans.

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,654 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,251 days
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,290 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,003 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,588 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,758 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,078 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,053 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 409 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,711 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 818 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,093 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,179 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,423 days..
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,532 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 5, 2017 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • Scream Nevermore

    Well, I’ve been ill all day – about to have my first meal of the day – and it’s 2249 here! Typical! I have a pile of sweets and snacks for the Super Bowl, and it looks like I might not be able to eat them!

    • DoveAlexa

      Eat them anyways! Relive the childlike regret of having eaten crap! It’s halloween all over again.

      • Scream Nevermore

        Without straying into TMI territory, I don’t know if my backside will survive that!

    • downtherabbithole

      Nothing better than sweet treats! Looking forward to the brownies with salted caramel & a huge dollop of fresh whipped cream.

  • Here is a true supporter With a JAW in her A**
    https://twitter.com/MeganKashat/status/828332938672558080

    • Rasha
      • Right to the Bone!

        It’s safer to screen copy WYSIWYG

      • madame duran

        How to embed tweets:
        Look to the right side of any tweeted message and you’ll see a small downward arrow. When you click on the arrow, a menu shows up. Click “Copy link to tweet” (yes, there’s an option of “Embed Tweet” but for the purpose of simply posting Tweets on the Bunker, copying links is just as good and comes without all the extra coding text). Copy the link that’s shown on the screen then paste it directly here (in the box where you’d normally type your comments). You don’t have to do any screen captures or save images; the link includes the Tweet’s text and/or pictures “as is”.
        ===
        I’m testing the “Embed Tweet” option below just to see how it looks.

        My honey @apangelo showing off his chocolate chip pancake skills to our daughter. Little… https://t.co/ZA8EGAMRws— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) February 5, 2017

        • Rasha

          Very thanks! ^_^

  • madame duran
  • Tony Ortega

    Running again here

    • madame duran

      Wouldn’t it have been funny if A&E ran commercials to advertise re-runs of “Aftermath” right after the cult aired its ad?

    • Joy Lover (Ex-CS)

      Just ran here in LA!

    • Susan B.

      What does Twitter approved mean?

      • April

        Means that his identity was verified and it’s not a fake/spoof account. At least that’s what I think it means.

        • Mooser42001

          It means he has hair like the raven’s wing, and a Body by Adonis. Plus, he’s wafer-thin, rapier-sharp, and button-cute!

      • Identity verified – the real thing!

    • April

      LMAO @ Location: Underground

  • Tony Ortega

    I think I’ve seen a 15-second version and a 30-second version, but I’m not sure.

  • Tony Ortega

    NEW POST IS UP

  • TexasGirl

    Saw the Scientology ad at 4:30 here in Texas. I think it was a 15 second ad. Didn’t see much of it. Was to into my guacamole sandwich when it ran.

    • Missionary Kid

      Where in Texas?

      • TexasGirl

        Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area.

        • RedShoeLady

          Dammit I missed it. 30 seconds? Makes me think DM is a minute man.

        • Missionary Kid

          Lotta good that’s gonna do them. Their visibility locally, is next to zero. They probably have a whale lifing in the area.

  • downtherabbithole

    Hearing our national anthem gives me hope. I hope it instills the same for all of you.

  • iampissed

    Nothing in the LA Market yet

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Nothing in Norway yet either.

  • downtherabbithole

    Who is the under dog in this game? I have no idea who to cheer for.

    • TexasGirl

      Atlanta Falcons. That would be the better team to cheer for. This could be their first Super Bowl win.

      • downtherabbithole

        Than the Falcons it is. Now for that chocolate martini & fudge brownie with salted caramel. Love any excuse for going over the top!

        • Robert Eckert

          Especially when they’re up three touchdowns before the half

    • pluvo

      Hah – now you got interested. Short while ago you said “yawn”.

      • downtherabbithole

        True that – just needed an excuse to over indulge!!!

      • downtherabbithole

        Watching the kitten bowl right now and am enjoying this much more than the footbal.

  • SarahDB

    Watching the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel, too funny! The best is the announcers keeping straight faces. I’m routing for Sir Prance-alot

    • downtherabbithole

      Snowflake is too cute

    • downtherabbithole

      Oh dear maybe I should go back to football. Watching the kitten bowl makes me want one or two or three.

  • downtherabbithole

    Kitten bowl update: 2nd quarter & it is 24 to 10 with the felines over the bobcats

  • PickAnotherID

    Half time break and no $ci ad all day n the Raleigh area. And the Kitteh Bowl kittehs are too cute!

  • Free Minds, Free Hearts

    Go Paulette!

  • Fink Jonas

    Clear water will waste millions trying to revitalize the city , as long as Scientology is in the midst nothing around it will grow, if people come around they will be hunted and haggled by Scientologist which will make people shy away, Scientology will see this as an opportunity to hunt raw meat.