Happy Valentine’s Day, David Miscavige!
Phil and Willie Jones have done it again, putting up a billboard calling attention to Scientology’s cruel “disconnection” policy after raising money on a crowdfunding website. (And thanks to Brett Chance for the photo of how it looks.)
For the third time, and the second time in Los Angeles, the couple has raised a billboard to help bring attention to the Scientology practice, which is what keeps them away from their own two grown children, Emily and Mike Jones, who work in Scientology’s “Sea Organization.”
And once again, Phil and Willie announced the location of this billboard well ahead of time, but Scientology was unable to stop it. The new billboard was put up today, and its location has to be particularly galling to Scientology leader David Miscavige — it’s just a few blocks down Sunset Boulevard from his new “Scientology Media Productions” studio complex which he opened last May.
It’s also very close to “Big Blue,” the Los Angeles headquarters complex that Scientologists refer to as PAC Base for “Pacific Area Command,” which is on Fountain Ave and “L. Ron Hubbard Way.”
Earlier today, Phil told our readers about how the new billboard appeared to have Scientology in a panic…
We asked him for some thoughts on the billboard going up today:
The billboard is now up. Location is 4301 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. With all the pushback we’ve been getting over the past week it seems that Scientology is nervous about this going up right in their back yard. It’s the closest we’ve had a billboard to any of their properties. You can see their Media Productions building and tower from the billboard, and we’re only a few blocks away from their Big Blue complex. Just up the street is where they do body routing to try to get new members so this one should have direct impact on them over just the press we got before.
The billboard is for all the families who are suffering from Scientology’s forced disconnection practice. These number probably into the thousands. It is an abusive practice for a so-called religion to partake in, especially in such large numbers, and for so little reason other than an attempt at control of their dwindling membership.
I hope any locals in the Los Angeles area can come out to meet us at our Billboard Dedication on Saturday Feb. 18th at 10:30am.
The location of the billboard is on Sunset just past Fountain, as you’re driving toward downtown.
Phil and Willie have called for a dedication ceremony to take place this Saturday across the street from the billboard at 10:30 am. If you’re in town, stop by!
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