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Missouri school district boots sneaky Scientology front group after Underground Bunker article

We are happy to give Underground Bunker senior reporter Rod Keller a victory lap this morning after his weekend story about a Scientology front group got quick results. Here’s Rod with the latest…

Steven Bales of the Pulaski County Coalition Against Drugs announced yesterday that they are withdrawing the use of Scientology’s Truth About Drugs program from public schools. In a video with Waynesville Daily Guide reporter Natalie Sanders he said that he was approached by a number of concerned individuals about the connection to Scientology, and he asked the Foundation for a Drug Free World for an explanation. They sent him a letter with the false claim that Scientology is only one of a number of donors to the Foundation. Scientology is the creator of the Foundation, and claims it with pride on its web site. The reverse is not true, the Foundation makes no mention of Scientology, not even on the “Who We Are” page. That stealth is deliberate, they intend to hide the affiliation from educators and other officials.



Bales spent Sunday deleting comments from his Facebook page with links to the article in the Underground Bunker and the connection to Scientology. He doubled down on claims that “all drugs are poisons,” “all drugs can cause flashbacks” and “all drugs are stored for years in fatty tissue,” all of which are untrue statements in Scientology’s materials. In yesterday’s video he admits that he was deceived as to the true origin of the Truth About Drugs, and his connection to the program is being severed. He said he will be moving to replace Truth About Drugs with another from the U.S. Government.

Bales makes no mention in the video of the false portions of the materials. The issue when California rejected the Narconon program in 2004 was not the connection to Scientology. It was important to state officials then that their schools distribute accurate information rather than Scientology myths. We assume the new materials used in Waynesville will not teach that 10 cups of coffee will put you to sleep.

— Rod Keller


Peter Nyiri’s escape from the Sea Org, part 3



For the record: Hubbard did eat lamb

You’ve probably seen the new Australian commercial using the world’s religions to sell people on slaughtering and eating juvenile sheep.

It’s not as funny as it should be to earn the “edgy” rating it’s getting from Australian media, but whatever.

What’s interesting Scientology watchers is that one of the “gods” at the table is a rotund L. Ron Hubbard, who says that he skipped dinner with Tom Cruise to dine with his fellow deities.

Hardy. Har. Har.

As lame as the commercial is, it did get us to wondering something we really don’t have any good reason to care about, but here it is: Did Hubbard eat lamb?

We asked his chef.

Sinar Parman prepared meals for Hubbard in the late 1970s, before Hubbard went into total seclusion in February 1980. And here’s what he told us:

“He had lamb on his menu, lamb chops,” Sinar tells us.

Well, now you know.



An update from Mark Bunker

News from Wise Beard Man about his recovery. You can help here.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,864 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,847 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,621 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,967 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,461 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,501 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,213 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 739 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,828 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,968 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,288 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,263 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 619 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 4,921 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,028 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,430 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,303 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 884 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,389 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,633 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,742 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on September 5, 2017 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. 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

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | 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 | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | 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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