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With its Mexico City project halted, Scientology fans out across town to promote its pablum

 
Scientology’s “Advanced Org” project in Mexico City was shut down by local politicians when neighbors complained. Rod Keller has been keeping an eye on developments for us there…

Scientology took a break this week from trying to renovate the future Advanced Org in Palmas del Olivo, a neighborhood of Mexico City, without proper permits. Instead they are working to “safepoint” the city and the neighborhoods around the vacant facility.

Scientology spokesperson Jonathan Rico organized Scientologists to join the neighborhood association De La Mano Hacemos Más, or “United We Do More” in a trash removal and beautification day yesterday. The Las Palmas neighborhood is over 10 Km from the nearest Scientology mission in the city. De La Mano Hacemos Más is not associated with Scientology, but there’s no reason they should refuse volunteers who want to pick up trash.

 

 
Scientology’s purpose, however, is not beautification but to make De La Mano Hacemos Más an ally in their effort to open the Advanced Org. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The most important action to undertake when going about making a safe point is to carefully and painstakingly find out who exactly are the top dogs in the area in financial and political circles, and their associates and connections, and to what each one is hostile.” In other words, infiltrate and befriend influential people and groups in order to expand Scientology.

On Tuesday Scientology opened its “Psychiatry — An Industry of Death” traveling exhibit at Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM), the main public university in Mexico City. The exhibit features gruesome depictions of the history of mental health, and blames psychiatrists for the Holocaust.

 

 
In April Scientology protested against psychiatry at the statue of Christopher Columbus on Paseo de la Reforma. Scientology Volunteer Ministers regularly promote “touch assists” in yellow tents. The booklet El Camino a la Felicidad (The Way to Happiness) is widely promoted in Mexico to police and influential politicians. All of these “social reform” groups have one purpose — to create allies and a safe space for Scientology to expand according to the theories of L. Ron Hubbard.

 

 
If a safe space is created, Scientology believes it can renovate the Advanced Org in Palmas del Olivo. They believe that the org will spur the establishment of Ideal Orgs throughout Latin America, including three more in Mexico City — Del Valle, Polanco and Organizacion de Desarollo y Dianetica (ODD).

 

 
In reality, allies of Scientology are rare and seldom come to their aid when authorities oppose the creation of a new org or mission. Scientologists regularly ignore that reality when they volunteer for safepointing social reform branches of the church.

 
— Rod Keller

 
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Countdown to Denver!

 

 
HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25 at the Residence Inn Denver City Center. Go here to start making your plans, and book your room soon!

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,750 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,853 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,347 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,387 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,099 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 625 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,714 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,854 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,174 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,149 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 505 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,807 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 914 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,316 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,189 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 770 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,275 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,519 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,628 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 14, 2017 at 07:00

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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

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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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