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More proof of Kerri Kasem’s Scientology involvement, and Laura Prepon lies like a rug

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We told you previously that we don’t envy the judges presiding over the sordid mess surrounding American Top 40 deejay Casey Kasem, 82, as he slips away into dementia.

Kasem’s wife of 34 years, Jean, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Kerri, are locked in a bitter fight over how to care for him in his final days. Kerri has convinced a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that the best thing for her father is to withhold food and drink as he slips away. There may be a very good medical reason for this, and we’d rather not second-guess a judge in a tough spot.

But we’re still learning more about Kerri’s involvement in Scientology, which Jean has raised as an issue in the matter. Last time, we told you that Kerri’s friendship with Scientology clown prince Grant Cardone and a report from one of our inside sources suggested that Kerri’s involvement was more extensive than she’s been letting on.

And now, we have an on-the-record account from one of our most trusted sources.

“I was friends with Kerri Kasem,” says Tiziano Lugli, who left Scientology in 2010 and has become one of the more visible ex-members of the church. A music producer in Los Angeles, he’s put out numerous videos about Scientology.

Tiziano says that when he decided to ditch Scientology, he talked to Kerri about his reasons for leaving.

“I briefed her all about David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, and what happens on the Bridge,” he says, referring to Scientology’s embattled leader (Miscavige), a top former official who had started speaking out about abuses in the church (Rathbun), and secrets of the upper levels of Scientology that newer members are prevented from knowing (the Bridge). “She listened to everything, and she agreed with everything I had to say.”

Even though she seemed to sympathize with him, Tiziano says, she explained that she really couldn’t leave Scientology herself because of the good deal she was getting.

“They were giving her some quick, free program to get Clear. It was kind of unheard of at the time,” Tiziano says. “She said, ‘I just want to finish the program and get to Clear. Then we’ll be friends again’.”

He laughs at that, saying it was obviously just a way to dismiss his concerns. She seemed determined to take enough courses to go “Clear” — Scientology’s major intermediate goal before members move on to the upper “Operating Thetan” levels, with ‘auditing’ that costs hundreds of dollars an hour.

“She was definitely in Scientology, and she was doing courses,” he says.

Jean Kasem has made the accusation that Kerri is trying to get control of her father’s money so she can give it to Scientology. We don’t know if that’s true. But what seems increasingly clear is that Kerri’s involvement in Scientology is much greater than she’s indicated in press statements.

 
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Laura_PreponLaura Prepon lies like a rug on Fusion

Laura Prepon appeared on the nascent Fusion network and engaged in some of the most blatant dishonesty we’ve seen from a celebrity in a long time.

Prepon was dogged with questions when it was announced that she’d be largely absent from the second season of the wildly successful series Orange Is The New Black. Because she was portraying a lesbian on the show, the entertainment media wondered if Prepon was reducing her involvement because of Scientology’s well-known homophobia.

In the interview, it’s made clear that Prepon’s reduced involvement in the show was caused by a scheduling conflict. OK, fair enough. But then Prepon goes on to utter this canard…

“I’ve been a Scientologist since 1999 and I’ve never come across any piece of information that remotely is negative or derogatory in any way towards the LGBT community.”

It’s a shame her interviewer didn’t know even the most basic information about Scientology, because then she might have asked…

Ms. Prepon, how could you be a 15-year member of Scientology and not have read its most basic text — the Bible of Scientology, as it were — L. Ron Hubbard’s 1950 bestseller, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health? Here’s what Hubbard had to say about “perversion” in that book…

The sexual pervert (and by this term dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in Dynamic II such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc. and all down the catalogue of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically. Perversion as an illness has so many manifestations that it must be spread through the entire gamut of classes from (1) to (5) above. Overdevelopment of sexual organs, underdevelopment, seminal inhibition or magnification, etc. are found in one pervert, some in another. And the sum of it is that the pervert is always a very ill person in one way or another, whether he is conscious of it or not.

Soon after publishing Dianetics, Hubbard then more fully developed something he called the “Tone Scale,” which measures the state of human emotions, with a score of 40 at the top (“Serenity of Beingness”) and -40 at the bottom (“Total Failure”).

He assigned the score of 1.1 to “Covert Hostility,” which included “perversion.” Said Hubbard in his 1951 book Science of Survival, “A 1.1 is the most dangerously insane person in society, and is likely to cause the most damage.”

To this day, Scientologists refer to people who are gay or lesbian as “1.1,” and they are considered to be damaged people who need to “handle” their homosexuality if they want to remain in the church.

We have talked to many former Scientologists, some who were in the church’s highest positions, who confirm that Scientology teaching held that the goal of counseling — “auditing” — is to raise a person’s tone scale level, and so a homosexual could escape being “1.1” by paying for courses. It is, in other words, a purported “gay cure.”

Previously, we’ve written at length about recent examples of Scientology’s homophobia. We wrote about Keith Relkin, an active Scientologist in West Hollywood who tried to make the church more gay-friendly, but admitted to friends that he had failed miserably. And we wrote about Derek Bloch, a young man who was kicked out of Scientology’s “Sea Org” once he admitted that he was gay, and then was disowned by his family after he expressed doubts about the church.

Any 15-year member of Scientology would be thoroughly familiar with Dianetics, Science of Survival, the Tone Scale, and the notion of gay and lesbian members “handling” their homosexuality through auditing.

Laura Prepon is a liar.

 
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The difficult life of a Scientology attorney

Another fun video from Karen de la Carriere and Jeffrey Augustine…

 

 
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Our alternate take

In regards to yesterday’s fun story from Joe Childs at the Tampa Bay Times about an attorney and his wife being banned from a wedding reception at Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel because the attorney, Denis deVlaming, had faced Scientology in litigation in the past…

Here’s our alternate take: What kind of jackasses rent the friggin’ Fort Harrison Hotel for a wedding reception?

Instead of bawling to the Tampa Bay Times about their friends not being able to attend, they should read about Lisa McPherson and shut the F up.

Just our two cents.

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on June 12, 2014 at 06:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS (We read Scientology’s founding text) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

UP THE BRIDGE (Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47

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