[The woman Scientology won’t name]
You have to give Scientology leader David Miscavige one thing: Once he makes a decision, it can get carried out very quickly. And after this weekend’s opening of a large new Narconon center in Clearwater, Florida, it’s plain that a major project Miscavige set into motion a couple of years ago is now pretty much complete.
Narconon, as we know it, is over.
Continue reading Narconon is dead, long live Narconon! How Scientology solved its drug rehab addiction
We have something of a cryptic story this morning. Some months ago, we were asked a question by a researcher and we didn’t have access to the answer at the time. Now we’ve stumbled upon it, and we thought rather than just email that person, we’d post the answer publicly for the heck of it.
Continue reading Scientology on the high seas: When L. Ron Hubbard was still making tech ‘breakthroughs’
Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder has a great new post at his blog this morning, and in it he predicts what Scientology leader David Miscavige may do in response to “Hurricane Leah,” the media storm that is still raging after Leah Remini’s book Troublemaker was published on Tuesday.
Continue reading Up next for Scientology: Sending out Tom Cruise to put on a grand performance?
We’re still jonesing for the next issue of Scientology’s propaganda magazine, Freedom, which completely missed putting out an issue in October. The magazine had been chugging along with monthly issues after it was retooled and relaunched in July 2014 with a new, very earnest focus on issues of the day rather than goofy attacks on Scientology’s critics.
Continue reading Desperate to hurt Going Clear‘s Oscar chances, Scientology goes down a dangerous path
After more than a year since an oral hearing was held in the case, the Texas Third Court of Appeals has finally ruled in Monique Rathbun’s favor, denying the Church of Scientology’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling.
Continue reading SCIENTOLOGY DENIED: APPEAL SHOT DOWN AFTER YEARLONG WAIT
Jefferson Hawkins was once the top marketing executive for the Church of Scientology and helped it reach its greatest extent with the famous “volcano” TV ads in the 1980s. He’s told his tale of getting into and out of the church with his excellent books Counterfeit Dreams and Leaving Scientology, and he’s previous written a series about Scientology “ethics” for the Underground Bunker.
Continue reading Jefferson Hawkins: What those Scientologists in yellow T-shirts at a disaster scene really want
Yet another photo of Tom Cruise at the recent Scientology annual IAS gala in England hit social media today, and this is the best one yet that unambiguously shows the actor making the scene under the big tent in East Grinstead, England.
Continue reading Can the tabloids ignore this photo of Tom Cruise getting his Scientology on?
[Leah Remini, Lt. Andre Dawson, Shelly Miscavige]
“Hurricane Leah,” former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder has dubbed it, and as the Leah Remini media storm continues, we’re just trying to keep up with all of the reactions to her landmark book, Troublemaker.
Continue reading Hey, Miscavige, quit calling Leah Remini names and produce your wife already
Last month, we had the opportunity to attend the premiere of Louis Theroux’s fun new film My Scientology Movie at the London Film Festival. After the screening, we were invited by the producers to have a drink, and Louis came over to have a talk. We engaged in about an hour’s worth of nonstop talk about Scientology, and was it fun. We can’t share a lot from it, but we did call up Mark Bunker and tell him one thing that Louis asked us: When is “Knowledge Report” coming out? Theroux said he was very much looking forward to the documentary, which Bunker has been working on for about five years now.
Continue reading Hey, Mark Bunker, what’s taking that film of yours — ‘Knowledge Report’ — so long?
On November 16, it will be ten years since Comedy Central first aired the South Park episode titled “Trapped in the Closet.” The episode brought to many people their first exposure to the wacky contents of Scientology’s secret Operating Thetan Level Three material, in which founder L. Ron Hubbard explains that each of us is infested with invisible alien souls left over from a genocidal incident that happened 75 million years ago, courtesy of a galactic overlord named Xenu (pictured).
Continue reading Ten years ago, ‘South Park’ rocked Scientology in a way it’s never recovered from