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Another sign Nation of Islam members are moving from Dianetics to full Scientology

[Black Scientologists conference held in April on the ‘Freewinds’]

Our tipster Communicator I/C keeps trying to convince us that the Nation of Islam/Scientology mashup is more substantial than we’ve given it credit for. And we have to hand it to him this time for digging up a new piece of evidence that bolsters his point of view.

For years, we’ve been writing about Louis Farrakhan’s bizarre revelation that L. Ron Hubbard, the whitest person who ever lived, had some ideas that Farrakhan wanted his Black Nationalist followers to check out. According to NOI’s official publication the Final Call, on May 8, 2010 Farrakhan called for all NOI members to get Dianetics training to become auditors. Previously, we reported that Leah Remini actually played a significant role in helping the two groups come together with the use of her donations.

But that was “Book One” auditing, without the use of E-Meters, and we wondered if NOI members would actually move on to the more expensive courses that make up Scientology itself.

Over the years, we have seen a few NOI figures ascend Scientology’s “Bridge to Total Freedom,” but we still wouldn’t call what’s going on a “merger” between the two groups. We usually think of it as more of a side show than a key part of Scientology evolution.

There’s a new sign, however, that more and more Nation of Islam adherents are fully embracing the idea of being “Scientologists,” and not just flirting with Dianetics. Communicator I/C provided the proof of that by pointing us to a closed Facebook group which calls itself “Black Scientologists.”



The group has more than 200 members who include executive directors of Scientology Ideal Orgs, Nation of Islam workers, NOI ministers, Scientology staffers, as well as non-Nation of Islam figures like singer Stacy Francis, huckster Alfreddie Johnson, and a fire inspector at the Los Angeles Fire Department. There’s even a Farrakhan.

We asked Communicator I/C what he made of it.

“It appears evident that it was part of a plan to gradually suck in NOI members in the usual manner. First with Dianetics, then Life Improvement courses, and now I’m seeing NOI members using the hashtag #OT8. This was all carefully orchestrated,” he says. “I may be naive, but I wonder if Louis Farrakhan really knew what he was getting into. It appears he may have lost a bit of control. Then again, maybe he is making commissions on everything and doesn’t give a crap.”

In March, former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder had some thoughts on Nation of Islam/Scientology members holding a conference of Black Scientologists — renamed “Ebony Awakening” — on the Freewinds: “Scientology is notoriously white. But in recent times it has used Alfreddie Johnson to cozy up to the Nation of Islam, even going so far as to award the head of the NOI Western US, Tony Muhammad, its highest recognition, an IAS Freedom Medal…I guess the Freewinds is hoping to cash in on the NOI audience like Applied Scholastics did when they rented out their facility to an NOI weekend get together,” he wrote at his blog. “Scientology and the Nation of Islam are NOT compatible. Sooner or later this whole thing is going to explode.”

Well, that might be interesting actually. We’re glad Communicator I/C is keeping such a close watch.



Hey, we’re just three days from this year’s HowdyCon in Chicago, June 21-23. Here’s what we have in store for you…

Thursday evening: At 6 pm, we’ll kick things off at our main hotel (see the website), where Chee Chalker, our coordinator, will be checking you in and handing out packets of information about the location of HowdyCon events and other things to do in town. That evening, Author Alec Nevala-Lee joins us for a casual round of discussion. We’ve read his forthcoming book, Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, and it has some wonderful insights about how Hubbard moved from the pulps to Dianetics. Take this opportunity to get to know him and hear about his book before it makes waves in October!

Friday afternoon: Friday is Fly Day at HowdyCon Chicago! Our buzzing insect can only join us for this event, so plan to hang out with us. Bring your own LEGOs.

Saturday evening: Our big event this year features Chicago Fire actor Christian Stolte, who tells us he’s cooking up a good show for us. It takes place in a theater, and you need to reserve a seat by dropping a note to the proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail as soon as possible.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 18, 2018 at 07:00

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