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Our Pacific Northwest adventure begins this afternoon with a stop in Portland


Please note the early hour for today’s event in Portland, Oregon: We’ll be talking about our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely at 12:45 pm at the Friendly House at 1737 NW 26th Ave. And hey, how’s this for a bonus: You’ll not only get to meet your proprietor, but one of our great correspondents, former Scientologist marketing wizard Jefferson Hawkins, will be there! We’re so looking forward to finally meeting the man.

Hey, but we also wanted to follow up on yesterday’s story about the motion that Alex “Darth Xander” Hageli filed to challenge Scientology’s permanent injunction against the Lisa McPherson Trust, which was finalized in 2001.

Alex shared with us a letter by Scientology attorney Wally Pope, who claimed that because Hageli was working “in concert with” one of the people named in the injunction (former LMT videographer Mark Bunker) then Hageli was also subject to its restrictions against protesting Scientology facilities in town.

Hageli denies that he’s working with Bunker, and he said as much in his court motion, which asks for the injunction to be dissolved.


Well, today, we want to show you a second letter Hageli received from Pope, who described what Scientology might do if Hageli dared to litigate against the injunction. Pope says Scientology would then ask for attorneys fees against Hageli in what sure sounds like a threat. Here, read it yourself…

Wally Pope to Alex Hageli Letter

So, it’s important to keep in mind that Alex Hageli really is taking a risk by sticking his neck out on this. He may want the courts to consider erasing the injunction, but you can bet that Scientology will oppose it with its usual scorched-earth tactics.


British paper on Sweeney and Rinder

Here’s a fun piece today about BBC journalist John Sweeney, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, and Alex Gibney’s film Going Clear. Good to see the movie is kicking up related items like this.



Bonus photos from our tipsters

The L. Ron Hubbard statue seems to be singing along at this Scientology Puebla event in Mexico.




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 27: Portland, Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave, 12:45 pm, sponsored by Humanists of Greater 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, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (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), Cleveland (9/23), Minneapolis (9/24)


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 27, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of LA attorney and former church member Vance Woodward

UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists

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

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer
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…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield


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