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Oklahoma Bill Aimed to Curb Scientology’s Drug Rehab Passes House Committee

Robert "Murph" Murphy

Robert “Murph” Murphy

We just spoke with Robert Murphy, whose daughter Stacy died last July at Scientology’s flagship drug rehab center in Oklahoma, known as Narconon Arrowhead. Murphy had just come out of a legislative meeting in Oklahoma City to tell us that the House’s Public Health Committee had passed an amended Senate Bill which should put the Narconon center in some jeopardy.

“It’s a good day,” Murphy told us.

The bill’s sponsors told us they were hoping to fend off any amendments so it could quickly get House approval and then get to Oklahoma’s governor, Mary Fallin, for signing into law. But the bill was amended today, which means it will, after House approval, go back to the state Senate, where it originated.

But Murphy tells us the extra step is worth it. He says the amendment tightens up restrictions, and will force Narconon to be more up front about its ties to the Church of Scientology.

“It basically makes them reveal who they are, who supports them, and who their entities are. If Gary Smith says they aren’t Scientology, now he’ll have to admit that they are,” Murphy says.

Although any bill that becomes law would take effect throughout the state and would apply to any drug rehab center, Murphy tells us that it was quite obvious to everyone in the room that Narconon would specifically be affected by it.


We’ve put in a call to the bill’s House sponsor, Rep. Jason Murphey, and as soon as we hear from him we’ll add to this story.


New York City Councilman Dan Halloran Arrested This Morning by the FBI

City Councilman Dan Halloran (center), in happier times

City Councilman Dan Halloran (center), in happier times

Just days after we featured New York City Councilman Dan Halloran for his (probably unwitting) boosting of a stealthy Scientology infiltration of city schools, Halloran was arrested today as part of a federal probe into bribe-taking regarding the city’s upcoming mayoral race.

As we pointed out in our previous article, Halloran has a very interesting background, having once been the “prince” of his own local heathen kingdom and perhaps the first pagan elected to office in the United States. But alas, the pagan community was unhappy that Halloran seemed to distance himself from his heathen activities once he took office.

Now, see what happens when you spurn Tyr, Freya, and Odin? Let this be a lesson. Of some kind, anyway.



While Travolta Denies Sex Assaults, His Insurance Company Pays

Great piece by Camille Dodero over at Gawker about a stunning document. It’s a list of insurance payouts on behalf of John Travolta’s company, Constellation Productions, Inc., which show that the actor has been accused of sexual assault more times than was previously known. And ludicrous as “John Doe #1’s” accusations seemed to be, the document shows that Travolta’s insurance company shelled out $80,750 in that case.

John — just come out already. And ditch the organization that wants to interrogate you about your sex life. You’ll be welcomed with open arms.



Posted by Tony Ortega on April 2, 2013 at 15:10


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