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Scientology tries to get a Christian minister in trouble for helping Dee Findlay burn her past

Dee Findlay ended 2017 with an item from her bucket list: She burned more than $10,000 worth of Scientology materials that she had bought on an impulse back in 2010.

Dee is a well known figure here at the Underground Bunker. She’s been celebrated for her memorable address to the Clearwater City Council regarding a controversial land purchase that the Church of Scientology wanted to get its mitts on. She’s been outspoken about her work as an OSA volunteer in the 1980s, helping the church spy on local officials, and she regrets being pulled back into the organization temporarily in 2010.

But she still had a huge pile of books and lectures sitting around from that brief return, and she wanted to get rid of it.

“It was well over $10,000 I paid. And I didn’t know what I was going to do with it all. Most of them were never opened,” she says. She knew she didn’t want to throw it in a dumpster. “I didn’t want the responsibility of anyone else going near any of that stuff. So that’s what I had on my bucket list — a bonfire.”


As the end of the year approached, she mentioned it to her friends Deb and Dick Maxwell, who have become known for their activism at Scientology’s Clearwater buildings.

“I became friends with them. I showed them what I had, and they offered to do it. They brought a trailer,” she says. And they took the pile of books to a place where they knew they could burn it without breaking the law — behind the church the Maxwells belong to.

“It’s in the country, and they knew they were allowed to do it. There was no problem with having the fire there,” Dee says.

Before lighting the pile, they carefully separated out plastic binders and other items to throw in a recycling bin. And then they lit what was left.

The Maxwells took photos and shot a video….


“God bless those people for helping me,” Dee says.

Now, however, the pastor at the church where the fire occurred, and where the Maxwells are members, has received a letter of complaint from the Church of Scientology’s Pat Harney, a Sea Org member who works for Scientology’s secret police and PR squad, the Office of Special Affairs.

It’s a very entertaining letter, and a classic of its kind, right out of the L. Ron Hubbard playbook. Harney writes to Pastor Bill Strayer of the Calvary Chapel Worship Center in New Port Richey, trying to get the Maxwells in trouble for the fire.

We told the Maxwells we loved the detail about the Nazis burning books “by Jewish authors.” Scientology never tires of trying to compare its plight to the Holocaust. “They are entertaining, to say the least,” Dick told us. “And we love Dee!”

“I’m jealous. I didn’t get a letter!” Dee responded.

Here’s the letter. We knew you’d get a kick out of it…



Make your plans now!


Wow, we’re now less than two months out, and Chee Chalker is working hard to make sure things are going to run smoothly at this year’s HowdyCon in Chicago, June 21-23. As in past years, we’re looking forward to meeting readers of the Bunker, culminating in Saturday night’s main event.

The biggest difference this year is that our Saturday night event is separate from that evening’s dinner. Chee is setting up an inexpensive pizza dinner that you don’t need to pay for ahead of time, after which we’ll walk over to the theater where our event, hosted by Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte, will take place. Because it’s a separate event, we’re asking that you pay $10 each to get into the Saturday night event, which will help us recoup what the Bunker paid for the venue. (We have never made a penny on our HowdyCon meetups, we only try to break even.)

Please email your proprietor (tonyo94 AT gmail) in order to reserve your spot for Saturday night’s main event. Seating is limited, and we’re going to have some really interesting people on stage and they may make a few announcements that you don’t want to miss.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on May 1, 2018 at 07:00

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