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This is Scientology today: Oregon 10-year-old celebrated for donating $100,000

Quinn_BennettYesterday, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder posted a stunning new flier at his blog.

The flier was part of a series describing the fundraising for a project to replace the Mountain View, California church with a new facility that will be known as the “Silicon Valley Ideal Org.”

More than 10 years after it started, Scientology leader David Miscavige’s “Ideal Org” push has put church members under intense pressure to donate huge sums so expensive buildings can be purchased and renovated, in many cases so they can replace normal “orgs” which may not really be deficient or need replacing.

This is mostly done for public relations purposes, and so Scientology’s spokeswoman, Karin Pouw, can answer any question about the church by reeling off the list of Ideal Orgs that have been purchased, renovated, and opened in the last decade: Berlin, Brussels, Buffalo, Cambridge (Ontario), Cincinnati, Clearwater (Florida), Dallas, Denver, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Las Vegas, London, Madrid, Malmö (Sweden), Melbourne, Mexico City, Moscow, Nashville, New York, Padova (Italy), Phoenix, Portland, Pretoria, Quebec City, Rome, Seattle, St. Paul, Tampa, Tel Aviv, and Washington DC, as well as several in California: Inglewood, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, Orange County, Pasadena, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose.

And still, more are being pushed as Scientology’s “continents” are pressured to “go ideal” — in California alone, there are Ideal fundraising projects underway in the Silicon Valley, San Fernando Valley, and San Diego. In order to raise all that money, Scientologists are constantly urged to “up their status” by turning over bigger and bigger amounts — and those status levels have names. Once you’ve donated $100,000 to the cause, for example, Scientology names you a “humanitarian.”

As the flier Rinder posted indicates, the newest “humanitarian” in the push to raise money for the Silicon Valley Ideal Org is a 10 year old girl named Quinn Bennett…


“I looked at it and went, this is the most unbelievable thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Rinder told us last night by telephone.

When he posted the flier on his blog yesterday, Rinder didn’t realize how much money the girl had donated. Only later did a commenter point out to him that the “humanitarian” moniker requires a donation of at least 100 grand. Rinder says he’s still stunned.

And what is young Quinn getting for her money? As we learned from Chris Shelton, a recent church defector who actually worked at Ideal Orgs, replacing churches with expensive new buildings isn’t leading to a stampede of new members. In fact, Shelton says, the effect is the opposite — the Ideal Orgs are keeping away the public away in droves.

Documents that Rinder has been posting lately back that up. He’s posted spreadsheets and other internal reports that show Ideal Orgs are producing pitiful results.

“In the reports, they make it sound like a major accomplishment, but they’re talking about an Ideal Org getting one person on course. For a $10 million or $20 million investment, you think you’d get more than some excitement about one person going on course,” Rinder says.

“They try and keep the actual state of affairs clouded and masked with hype, but this kind of stuff leaks out at the edges. And if you know what you’re looking at, you can see that nothing is happening…But the pretense for the clubbed seals is that all of these Ideal Orgs are doing wonderful and are flourishing.”

That message was apparently attractive enough to convince a 10-year-old girl to turn over $100,000.

We’d like to know who Quinn’s parents are — if you have information about that, please drop us a line. We’d like to call them up.


We have videos!

We noticed that Mike Bennitt has put together a summary of Monique Rathbun’s harassment lawsuit against Scientology, and we appreciate the shout-out for the Bunker…


As for the latest in the case, we double-checked with Monique’s attorney, Ray Jeffrey, who confirmed that Judge Dib Waldrip can technically keep open the recent hearing on Scientology’s “anti-SLAPP” motion until next Tuesday, and then he has 30 days to issue a ruling. In the meantime, expect Jeffrey to bolster the motion for sanctions that he had submitted earlier. We’ll let you know if we learn about a hearing date on that.

And finally, here’s another fascinating video about Gary Weber from Karen de la Carriere, J. Swift, and Angry Gay Pope…



Posted by Tony Ortega on February 12, 2014 at 07:00

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  • media_lush

    I wonder if this is an ex sea orger trying to make a few bucks…..

    • Sydjazz

      Ms boheme hey

    • aegerprimo

      The only item I took away from the Freewinds was a patch. (I was one of the first SO members on the Freewinds and participated in the renovations). I was not able to snag a mug!

      Commodore Cruises is the cruise line that owned the Boheme before the Co$ purchased it.

  • Missionary Kid

    On Quinn Bennett, I’m going to be a contrarian. First, let me say that any money that goes to the evil cult/David Mi$cavige is bad.

    That being said, this kid is a performer. Yes, she’s being used, and she probably gets a lot of psychological rewards for doing what she is doing. I’m not trying to sully the name of Shirley Temple Black, but this kid is being used as a performer like her, and probably is not being abused to raise the money. Within the cult she’s probably treated with high regard because she brings in the money, and that is the most important thing in Co$.

    The organization that she’s raising the money for is evil, but, as far as being abused, she probably gets a lot of emotional pats on the back for raising the money for the building. Instead of abused, she is probably getting special treatment because of her dedication.

    You guys see a kid being used for evil, I see $cientology’s equivalent of Marjoe Gortner. No, that’s not a good thing, and she isn’t preaching, but she is being manipulated and is manipulating the clams for the “awww” factor in local orgs.

    Hopefully, she’ll wake up like Marjoe did.

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      You’re not being contrary, Mish Kid. I don’t think anyone would disagree with anything you’ve said. It all depends on how a person defines the word “abuse.” For myself, parents who use/manipulate or let their 10 year old child be used/manipulated for the “church” in this fashion is abuse – psychological abuse.

      • Missionary Kid

        Thanks. Get some rest. I’m going back to bed.

    • Sherbet

      Marjoe Gortner! I was fascinated by him, and I must have seen his documentary 20 times.

      • MaxSpaceman

        A budd of mine produced that, the great Howard Smith, who goes way back to the early V V days and some great radio interviews on WPLJ iirc.

  • Cindy

    OT – I was watching General Hospital today and The Miscavige Institute for the Criminally Insane was heavily featured. It’s now turned into a corrupt asylum with workers that keep healthy people trying to expose the corruption (Luke Spencer/Scott Baldwin) as prisoners. Hmm…

    • Sejanus

      Wonder how long before the Thetan Shortbus tries to sue them for defamation…lol

    • DodoTheLaser

      Thanks for this update, Cindy!

    • Scream Nevermore

      Do the writers have any $cino links/past??

  • Sydjazz

    She lives to tell the tale…hmm…cos we told her she would be rpf’d if she didn’t?

  • Cat Daddy

    They have no shame

  • valshifter

    scientology is so humanitarian it makes my hart feel warm. but then again, thanks to the internet I can google and see their GOOD WORK around the world, to all scientologist you CAN too and is not an overt to do so.

  • Pierrot

    Good day Bunkerites,

    Because my posts are disappearing as spams I will now simply direct you to the lists at
    WWP. (we will post the same regularly within the 24 hours and hopefully refresh with new ads from co$) on a daily basis)

    Yesterday I put up an enormous list of catch up (across USA), today the list is short and
    only contains the entries that I missed yesterday (sorry about that) but most
    importantly the very fresh ones posted within the 24 hrs.

    We have learned that the sooner we catch them and flag them the quicker they disappear.

    Let’s try to keep on top.
    Ventura has been particularly busy in the last 24 hours.

  • Toni m

    Mr Weber has a very very sad story and thinking that his story has been multiplying by thousands over the years is mind blowing. How can this be happening in this land of freedom? Slappy little worm, you will pay for your crimes, your time for judgment is near. I hope more exes will tell their stories. Mr Weber I wish you have a better life today, you deserve it.

  • cookie monster

    First of all, I want to know where the hell her little ass got a hundred thousand dollars to donate to CoS (while I’m over here struggling to pay these bills)…she’s not a child actor, at least one I recognize.

    Second of all, if this is her money, aren’t there laws against it being spend like this (the “Gary Coleman Law” or something after his parents fucked him out of his life savings)?

    In other words, I think this all a big stunt. The parents “gave” her the money and she “gave” it to the church for a publicity stunt. Otherwise some sane person in that family should take the parents to court. If that money was hers, she’s probably spending her college fund.

    Legally, I’m sure, she could get the money back because a contract with a minor isn’t binding.

    What the fuck – how desperate will the “church” get?