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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Another sign Nation of Islam members are moving from Dianetics to full Scientology

[Black Scientologists conference held in April on the ‘Freewinds’]

Our tipster Communicator I/C keeps trying to convince us that the Nation of Islam/Scientology mashup is more substantial than we’ve given it credit for. And we have to hand it to him this time for digging up a new piece of evidence that bolsters his point of view.

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Scientology scores with political conservatives in Europe using the ‘religious freedom’ gambit

 
Rod Keller has a pretty alarming update for us on Scientology’s sneaky “interfaith” efforts scoring some pretty serious paydirt…

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The trauma of leaving Scientology: ‘Who wants to believe they’ve thrown away their best years?’

 
This week in our series of book excerpts, Chris Shelton has been good enough to share with us a key section from his book Scientology: A to Xenu — An Insider’s Guide to What Scientology is All About. And if you like this, we hope you can join Chris at HowdyCon in Chicago later this week!

 
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First person: In Scientology, children are punished for being kids

[Sunny Pereira at 15]

Once again, our technical expert Sunny Pereira has supplied us with a remarkable glimpse into growing up in Scientology and serving in the Sea Org. We learn that when you have a planet to clear, terrorizing children is just an unavoidable feature of the job.

 
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DOX: Quebec church owes other Scientology orgs heaps, pays its workers peanuts

 
You may have seen a story hit the wires yesterday out of Canada. It reported that some documents obtained by CBC showed that a worker at Scientology’s Quebec org had been paid only $70 for 39 hours of work.

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Why are New York politicians such easy marks for Scientology?

[Scientology’s latest patsies, Kevin Parker and Eric Adams]

Way back in 2013, we first told you about how easily a couple of sharp Scientology operators, Queens dentist Bernard Fialkoff and his daughter Meghan, were finding it to infiltrate New York City’s schools with Scientology propaganda, and with the willing participation of the NYPD and local gladhanding politicians.

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How to get fired from a Scientology job the easy way — a real-world example

 
We heard recently from a young man who talked himself out of a job at a Scientology drug rehab in May, and we thought you’d want to hear about it.

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When Scientology keeps a mother from her child in the ER: Lori Hodgson’s story

 
We’re continuing our series with another book excerpt, this time a wrenching anecdote from Lori Hodgson’s recently published memoir, A Mother’s Heartbreak: How Scientology Destroyed My Family. Lori’s story is pretty familiar to our readers, but if you’re new, what you need to know before reading this chapter excerpt is that Lori’s children, Jessica and Jeremy, disconnected from her when she left Scientology. The father of the children and Lori’s former husband, Jim Leake, is still in the church. For years, Lori has struggled to get any information she can about her kids, and then one night she got a scare in a really unusual way…

 
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Scientology working its grift on a continent where it’s the last thing they need

Rod Keller brings us a great update on Scientology’s claims that it’s opening a new “Advanced Org” — sort of like finishing school for space cadets — in a place that can’t possibly use it.

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DENIED: Los Angeles judge rejects Scientology’s latest delay tactic in forced-abortion case

[Laura DeCrescenzo and Scientology attorney Bert Deixler]

Yesterday in Los Angeles, a state court judge denied the Church of Scientology’s latest attempt to delay a lawsuit alleging forced abortion and other abuses in the Sea Organization that has already taken nine years to reach trial, which is scheduled for August.

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