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Marc Headley continues his Scientology tour, and Steve Hall describes his defection

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Grand opening of the Las Vegas Ideal Org in 2010

I’m in Las Vegas for a convention, so after the event closed for the day I met up with a friend and he said that the new Scientology Ideal Org was a short trip through the slummier part of Las Vegas. Maybe I could go over there and get a photo?

So we roll up to this place that is far out in the middle of nowhere and on a weekday night (which, in the 1980s, was routinely the busiest time of the day for an org). I spotted about 25 cars parked in a lot that had room for more than a hundred.

 
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I walked in and asked the receptionist if she could get a shot of me in the lobby. So she cleaned up the entire reception area in preparation for my photo!

 
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After she was done taking the photo, she wanted to gave me a tour and have me hang out.

 
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I explained that I had someone outside waiting for me and headed out to an awesome party being thrown by one of my equipment manufacturers.

I’m no expert on this Ideal Org program, but like the others I’ve visited, this one was empty.

— Marc Headley

 
Thanks, Marc! We look forward to your next installment of “All your orgs belong to Blown for Good.”

 
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Steve Hall was a harbinger of things to come

Steve Hall’s journey from official writer for the Church of Scientology to the owner of scientology-cult.com was the harbinger of the major exodus of major officials leaving the organization and speaking out publicly.

Steve was one of the best examples of a passionate Scientologist who left not because he’d lost confidence in the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard, but because he objected to what leader David Miscavige was doing to the church.

We’ve said numerous times that in our experience, many of the people who leave the church to become “indies” — continuing to audit and otherwise maintaining their confidence in Hubbard’s “technology” — eventually leave behind those ideas altogether, becoming “exes,” in our parlance.

Take a listen to this interview with Jeffrey Augustine, and listen to what Hall has to say about L. Ron Hubbard near the end of the recording. Where would you put Steve on that continuum today?

 

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on June 23, 2014 at 07:00

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