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Scientology about to throw its Harlem party — and we need your eyes and ears!


Scientology has its soul duds on! These young staff members are in place in Harlem for tomorrow’s big block party, as David Miscavige opens yet another Ideal Org.

We’re very disappointed that we won’t be on the scene because of other obligations. We’d love to know if there are any New York correspondents who might want to check out the scene for us and maybe snap a few photos on Saturday. Please let us know.

We’re traveling today after a busy week on the road, and we hope you’ll bear with us as we try to get caught up on things.

We want to thank all of the people who sent well wishes about our health. We’re feeling better, and should be fully back to normal pretty soon. Being on the road tends to slow down that process.


But we did have a great trip to our old stomping grounds, and not only delivered a lecture at ASU’s Barrett the Honors College in downtown Phoenix, but the next night got to hang out with Skeptics in the Pub in Scottsdale (thank you, Jim Lippard, for the invite).

There’s lots of good stuff coming, and we are trying to catch up on recent developments. And please let us know if you can be in Harlem for us tomorrow!


Bonus photos from our tipsters

The mission holders of Russia get a dance class…


This one’s for i-Betty…


Actual caption: “We are very, very, very proud to announce that @christine.sandmann.wright is the first Scientologist to attest the State of Clear with the doors of our Ideal Church of Scientology!” Really? They opened that place like two years ago, right? What a blazing pace they’re setting!




We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

Sept 23: Cleveland, Parma Heights Library, 7pm sponsored by Center for Inquiry – Northeast Ohio

Sept 24: Minneapolis, Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, 7 pm, sponsored by Minnesota Atheists

Sept 27: Portland, Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave, 12:45 pm, sponsored by Humanists of Portland

Sept 28: Seattle, Razzi’s Pizzeria, 7 pm, with Seattle Skeptics and Seattle Atheists

Sept 29: Vancouver, BC, Seven Dining Lounge, 7 pm

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 25: Melbourne, venue secured (announcement coming later)

Oct 28: Adelaide (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 30: Perth

Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15)


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 18, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

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The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill
The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
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