Wow. What a day, huh? On Friday morning, we revealed that Danny Masterson was the subject of an LAPD investigation into the allegations of three women who say they were sexually assaulted by him as many as 16 years ago — but had not come forward earlier because of the bullying of the Church of Scientology. By the end of the day the story had hit just about every major news organization with an interest in such things. And most of them sent readers our way — and we thank them for that.
Naturally, that kept us busy with media inquiries and the like until late in the evening. So we’re grateful that Karen de la Carriere and Jeffrey Augustine happened to have a video ready for us to give you today while we take some time to regroup.
And this video is a lot of fun. Karen and Jeff take on one of Scientology’s more bizarre ideas — the mental implant.
“Implants are hidden commands maliciously implanted into the mind that make a human acts as he does,” Jeff says. “Only Scientology Inc., for many tens of thousands of dollars can un-install these malevolent evil-intentioned commands. And by erasing them, you get to call yourself Clear and beyond. In the culture it is widely believed that when you die, you report to an ‘implant station’ to get further zapped with more Implant Commands…the video explains more.”
Hey, thanks Jeff and Karen for jumping into the fray for us as we continue to report the latest crazy Scientology news.
Talking Masterson on KABC
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GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
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