We’re grateful to our source who has been supplying us rare looks at the Maiden Voyage celebration of 2006. As we’ve said previously, these videos are exceedingly tough to find, and it has been illuminating to see David Miscavige lead his “OT Summit” on Scientology’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds, over successive nights that June. And now, we’ve save the best for last.
Continue reading L. Ron Hubbard, would-be conqueror: Scientology’s fable about Rhodesia is a riot
Historian Jon Atack (right) and religion professor James Beverley put together a remarkable gathering of people in Toronto in June. We were fortunate to see people like Paulette Cooper and Nancy Many and Jonny Jacobsen and Nora Crest and Nan McLean and so many others all get together for the first time.
Continue reading THE GETTING CLEAR CONFERENCE: How to see the videos that lay Scientology bare
Scientology has its soul duds on! These young staff members are in place in Harlem for tomorrow’s big block party, as David Miscavige opens yet another Ideal Org.
We’re very disappointed that we won’t be on the scene because of other obligations. We’d love to know if there are any New York correspondents who might want to check out the scene for us and maybe snap a few photos on Saturday. Please let us know.
Continue reading Scientology about to throw its Harlem party — and we need your eyes and ears!
Last December, we brought you some pretty bizarre footage. It was shot by Marc Headley, who was visiting Scientology’s secretive Int Base near Hemet, California with a Danish film crew making a documentary about a Danish former Scientologist, Robert Dam.
Continue reading Surreal encounter at Scientology’s secretive Int Base shows up in Danish documentary
We have a new video today from Aaron Smith-Levin in his series, “Growing up in Scientology.” In order to help outsiders understand why Scientologists could dedicate themselves to chasing outlandish ideas about superhuman abilities, Aaron went all Matrix on us.
Continue reading ‘Fundamentalist’ Scientology means chasing the ideal of Neo while turning your back on family
[Thank you, reader SeriouslyWTF, for this image.]
Wow, it’s great to be back in Phoenix. Your proprietor spent some very important formative years of his journalism career here in the Valley of the Sun, and it’s great to see that despite some new trolley tracks, a freeway shooter, and some new coats of paint, the place essentially remains the same.
In other words, gorgeous.
Continue reading Back where it all started: Hoping to see you in Phoenix to talk Scientology then and now
Your proprietor is a bit under the weather, and we’re traveling, but we didn’t want to leave you without something to chew on today. Luckily our source came through again and pointed us in the direction of yet another Scientology video gem that has previously been unseen outside of the church.
Continue reading Another rare Scientology video leaks, and this time we see its long vanished president
[Alex and Anne Gibney and Tom DeVocht at the Emmys last night]
What a night for Alex Gibney and his documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Not only did the film win the Emmy for outstanding documentary, but Gibney also won Emmys for writing and for directing.
We brought you some of the scene last night at the awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. After the win, we asked people who took part in the film for their reactions to the awards sweep for Gibney.
Continue reading Paul Haggis, Lawrence Wright react to Alex Gibney’s Emmys sweep for ‘Going Clear’
The “Creative Arts Emmys” are being held today at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and we’re looking forward to finding out how many trophies Alex Gibney’s Scientology documentary Going Clear takes home.
It has some stiff competition — some of it from its own network, HBO — and the event won’t be televised for another week. But we’re hoping our correspondents on the scene will let us know what’s happening.
Continue reading ‘Going Clear’ wins Outstanding Documentary Emmy, also for writing, directing
As the Daily Beast reported recently in an excellent piece, a government-funded study has been going on for several years in Maryland that is measuring the effect of Scientology’s “detoxification” regimen on veterans with Gulf War Syndrome. The study isn’t actually testing L. Ron Hubbard’s quack theories for how his sauna-and-niacin plan is actually supposed to work (as Jeffrey Augustine recently laid out in all of its goofiness). Instead of putting Hubbard’s way-out ideas to the test, the study is only asking its subjects if they feel better after getting some exercise and the sauna treatment.
But even with that low bar to get over, Scientology, it turned out, tried to rig things in its favor.
Continue reading US Army catches Scientology ‘detox’ study rigging results, government document shows