Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker he shares with four cats and one of them wrinkly Shar Pei dogs. Despite his super-secret security protections, you can still reach him pretty easily by sending him a message at tonyo94 AT gmail.com (Drop him a line if you'd like to get an e-mail whenever a new story is posted.) [Header image courtesy John Rickard]
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Why Scientology’s Erika Christensen can play a Christian convert on the big screen

[Christensen, baptized in The Case for Christ]

We’re starting to get questions from readers about Erika Christensen playing a Christian convert in the movie The Case for Christ, which opened in theaters Friday.

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Scientology spends millions on its shiny new buildings, but its workers have to beg for food

 
Rod Keller keeps a watchful eye on Scientology’s social media, and he has another great report for us this week…

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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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XENU VICTORIOUS: Scientology bamboozles USA Today to help it fight the ‘evil psychs’

 
You really have to hand it to Scientology. It just never gives up.

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Scientology disconnection: A toxic policy that punishes innocent people every day of the week

[Brian Sheen and his daughter Spring, before disconnection]

We heard unexpectedly from Brian Sheen yesterday, who told us why today was a grim anniversary for him.

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Bryan Seymour: Scientology’s sniffer-dog problem is bad timing for Narconon in Australia

[Australian K9 Detection Unit at work]

Two years ago, we told you that Scientology’s drug rehab in Australia was in trouble, and now there’s more evidence of it — the place is being sued for not paying its bills. And TV journalist Bryan Seymour tells us the timing couldn’t be worse for Scientology as it prepares for another push to expand its drug rehab network in that country.

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David Miscavige: Scientology TV launches by June 21, to show ‘planet’s coolest religion’

 
Last week, one of our tipsters found evidence that the Church of Scientology has convinced the country’s second-largest cable television system, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), to make room for SCNTV, a channel that will carry Scientology’s programming.

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Scientology leader David Miscavige launches new personal attacks at Leah Remini

 
Scientology leader David Miscavige is demonstrating some real concern about Leah Remini’s upcoming second season of her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath.

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Scientology for your plants? In the grand tradition of L. Ron Hubbard, yes!

[Fulvio Balmelli]

Rod Keller has some good news today for plant lovers and Scientologists.

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Scientology’s spies: L. Ron Hubbard’s twisted legacy that proved his sickness

jon_atack4Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than three years he’s been helping us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet.

 
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