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Scientology actress Jenna Elfman fully stoked by church’s new expansion push!

 
We’re still getting some interesting bits and pieces out of Scientology’s recent New Year’s event and the claims made by church leader David Miscavige. During the event filmed on December 16 in Los Angeles but shown in the rest of Scientology’s facilities on December 31 Miscavige made the announcement that Mexico had recognized Scientology as a religion.

We were also struck by the photo you see above, when Miscavige called up many Scientologists to the stage who had qualified as “Power FSMs” (Field Staff Members) — and the church website explains that these were folks who had signed up 100 or more people on Scientology’s “Bridge to Total Freedom” in the past year. FSMs recruit new people into Scientology and are paid a percentage of what those new members pay for courses. Power FSMs can make a very lucrative living.

The website also made this claim: “This year further saw an unprecedented four individuals achieve the status of Elite FSM, recognizing their achievement of having helped 1,000 people onto and up the Bridge.”

Hey, that’s a pretty big number. Recent defectors have estimated for us that there are only about 20,000 active Scientologists left in the world at this point. But Miscavige is claiming that just four people were responsible for bringing more than 4,000 new members into the fold.

And one has done even better. According to a photo on his Instagram account, Andrea D’Agostini was named a “2X Elite FSM,” which implies that he was personally responsible for bringing 2,000 new members into Scientology in the last year.

To celebrate that, he posted this photo of a banner he was given…

 

 
We’ve highlighted a couple of people who celebrated D’Agostini’s achievement: Vic Tipnes, who we’ve encountered before, and actress Jenna Elfman.

“YESSSSSSSSSS. Y.E.S. Yes. And more YES,” she posted.

Hey, as long as Jenna is excited, it has to be good, right?

Well, we thought we’d check with an expert, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, and he threw some cold water on Jenna’s parade…

“Those numbers, like every number in Scientology, are completely fake,” Rinder tells us. “They get up to all sorts of tricks. You know D’Agostini goes around doing ‘reg’ events for the Freewinds full time. He is effectively a full time reg. The ‘Power’ and ‘Elite’ FSMs pad their numbers in a lot of ways: They count every person they have ever selected if they did anything that year. They hold ‘seminars’ and charge $10 and count everyone who attends as a ‘start.’ That sort of thing in every permutation you can imagine. Miscavige ignores the obvious falsehood. He wants more people on stage this year than last and doesn’t care how they get there. It’s ridiculous that D’Agostini (or anyone else) brought 2,000 ‘onto the Bridge’ — the entire Scientology network in the US probably had less than 2,000 people start on real auditing or training in the last year (not counting ‘Free Personality Analysis’ or ‘Intro Lectures’).”

Spoilsport.

 
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Chris Shelton and Karen Pressley

Says Chris: “In my Sensibly Speaking Podcast this week, I had Karen Pressley on board to discuss the 80+ books that have been written since the 1950s about Scientology by former members, journalists, academics and more. We discuss how these books have come out and when and what affect they have had on Scientology overall. I think many people will be surprised to learn about some of this history and about some of the books they’ve probably never even heard of. Enjoy!”

 

 
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Make your plans now!

 

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,986 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 132 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,195 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 1,969 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,743 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,089 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,583 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,623 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,335 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 861 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,950 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,090 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,410 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,385 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 741 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,043 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,149 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,552 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,424 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,006 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,511 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,755 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,864 days.

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on January 6, 2018 at 07:00

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