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‘Are you 100 percent American?’ — ‘Ross & Carrie’ investigate joining Scientology

In 1968, LIFE magazine published a lengthy investigation of Scientology that had been done in an enterprising way. Writer Alan Levy had decided to find out what Scientology was all about by joining it.

Levy went farther probably than any other journalist has in his pursuit, even though his effort is largely forgotten today. He […]

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30 years ago today: ‘L. Ron Hubbard discarded the body he had used in this lifetime’

[Pat Broeker gives a lip-smacking performance]

On Friday, January 24, 1986, L. Ron Hubbard, then 74 years old, went to his reward after suffering a stroke at the Creston, California ranch where he’d been hiding out for several years. Three days later, the top management of Scientology gathered Sea Org, staff, and public members of […]

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Whale watching, 2016 edition: Who’s keeping Scientology afloat?

  One of our very helpful readers let us know that he had the new Impact magazine and wanted to let us in on this year’s parade of whales that we look forward to each year.

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The Church of Scientology of Latter-Day Dolts: Video evidence of the fall

  For a few years, we’ve been telling you that Scientology is in a poorly way. Many different sources of evidence suggest that the 65-year-old movement has been suffering from a mass exodus of longtime, loyal members. Many others remain in the group but hold back from participating as they react to leader David […]

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When the feds tracked down L. Ron Hubbard’s boast about getting rich by creating a religion

  We’re nearing another big anniversary — 30 years since the Great Thetan, L. Ron Hubbard, dropped his material body — and so we’ve been looking through our files for material about the man that isn’t already picked over. We have something pretty nice and never posted online for the anniversary itself. But along […]

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A business executive looks at Scientology as a (poorly run) business

[Blue states contain active Scientology orgs.]

Jeffrey Augustine is back, this time with a new look at Scientology’s current strength in the United States. We think he’s got a unique perspective in this piece.

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AUDIO: Hear Scientology boast about the $5.7 million it got from Google in free ads

  In September 2014, we published a story that we expected would get more attention. We reported that at a gala celebration in the San Fernando Valley, a gathering of about 500 Scientologists who had paid $100 each to attend were told that the Church of Scientology had benefited from its relationship with Google, […]

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Scientology becoming a ghost town; ALSO: Illinois man arrested for threatening Miscavige

  The “L. Ron Hubbard Golden Age” theater troupe visited a middle school in St. Petersburg, Florida recently in order to bring back to life the words of the pulp fiction writer. Having actors read the corn-pone tales that Hubbard cranked out in the 1930s is just one of a dizzying number of stealthy […]

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Scientology posts the new ad that will likely be its Super Bowl entry this year

  The new ad that Scientology uploaded to its website right around midnight on New Year’s Eve is now on Scientology’s YouTube page, and so we can embed it, below.

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Scientology’s state of the union, 2016: Former spokesman Mike Rinder predicts ‘more pain’

  A year ago, Jeffrey Augustine interviewed former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder for his predictions about Scientology’s 2015. It went so well, they’re back again this year. Jeff leads Rinder through the highlights of what happened to Scientology in the last year, with observations about what David Miscavige is likely to do in the […]

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