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With Scientology at war in Clearwater, religious studies types still seeking its warm & fuzzy side

[Some ordinary Scientologists]

With all of the amazing news happening lately, Scientology’s true nature is finally getting through to the larger public: The church has the knives out in Clearwater, Leah Remini is laying Scientology’s abuses bare on television, and so many other things are exposed here at the Underground Bunker every day. So you’d […]

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Bunker reader Dee Findlay stole the show as Clearwater stood up to Scientology last night

  By now you’ve probably heard that the city of Clearwater is the proud owner of a 1.4-acre parcel of downtown land after its city council voted unanimously to purchase it from an aquarium company and defy the Church of Scientology, which wanted the plot for its own uses.

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DOX: Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s nutty scheme to strong-arm America’s psychologists

  Wow, what a couple of days of reporting we’ve had. Big stuff is coming, but for now we have to keep a lid on it. In the meantime, our old friend Mark “Warrior” Plummer sent over a couple of nice items we thought you’d want to see.

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You tell us: What’s the current condition of the Church of Scientology?

  For this Saturday morning, we’re going to take things easy and let you do the work.

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Lawrence Wright goes to Nazareth; or, how Reza Aslan drove us into the arms of L. Ron Hubbard

[Lawrence Wright, getting the scoop. (Illo by Observer)]

Yesterday, we were still thinking about Reza Aslan’s friendly-but-not-so-friendly jabs at Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright in his Sunday night Believer episode about Scientology.

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Understanding Marty Rathbun: For the first time, his full deposition of 2014

  On Tuesday, we examined the complete history of Mark “Marty” Rathbun’s website, “Moving On Up a Little Higher,” looking for some clues for what led the former top Church of Scientology official to go from one of church leader David Miscavige’s most vocal and effective critics to give up that role so completely.

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Sheriff’s deputy on what Scientology does behind its gates: “That’s not my business”

  Perhaps the number one question we get from people who are new to our website or on Twitter is, with all of the evidence and history of Scientology abuses over so many years, why doesn’t law enforcement do something about it?

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In Scientology, you get to blame everything on your trillion-year-old mental booby traps

  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 […]

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15 of the strangest things Scientology’s two supreme leaders ever uttered

  Contributor Jeffrey Augustine has put a stirring collection together for us today. Just for fun, here are fifteen of the strangest things ever said by Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and his successor, current leader David Miscavige.

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Keep your Oscars, we won a Scientology ‘bigot’ award!

[Illustration by Jeffrey Augustine!]

That was some Oscars last night, eh? By now you must have seen about a thousand different jokes about poor Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong Best Picture winner, and we laughed at just about every one of them.

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