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Fake medals and kiddie diddlers: Scientology’s cruise ship scandal gets even worse

Our thanks to the tipster who sent us pages from the newest copy of Impact magazine, the publication of the International Association of Scientologists.

There are a few things of note in this issue, but one that really jumped out at us was a report from this year’s Maiden Voyage celebration aboard the cruise ship Freewinds that took place in the Caribbean.

A bit of controversy was kicked up about that celebration recently when it turned out that Scientology leader David Miscavige accepted a medal from a retired Colombian police general who wasn’t authorized to give it to him. But something else pretty distasteful took place during the celebration. Here, take a look…



Broadway superstar James Barbour belted out show tunes and captivated guests with his charismatic style.

As Mike Rinder explained to us in the past, James Barbour was once a regular performer during Maiden Voyage weeks on the Freewinds. But then he got himself into a little trouble. Here’s how we explained it three years ago…

In 2008, Barbour pleaded guilty to something that happened in 2001 backstage of the show Jane Eyre, when he seduced a 15-year-old girl. The girl, a high school student and aspiring actress, had been sent to the show to learn something about the business, and she ended up not only being fondled backstage but, the New York Times reported, “he had oral sex with the girl in his apartment the next month.” Barbour managed to work out a deal that had him plead to a misdemeanor so he wouldn’t have to register as a sex offender, and gradually, he got his career back on track.

The Maiden Voyage celebration is one of the most important on the Scientology calendar — it’s when wealthy Scientologists flock to the Freewinds to get close to Miscavige and learn about upcoming church initiatives. Is that the best place for a convicted child molester?

Well, keep in mind, this is a church that celebrates the ideas of founder L. Ron Hubbard, who made it pretty clear that anyone who complains about child molestation is motivated by the fact that in their own trillion-years-old history, they would have victimized children in sex-killings.

Seriously. We’re not making that up.

Last year Sunny Pereira helped us out by going through a disturbing 1952 lecture given by Hubbard, making us understand that Hubbard was essentially giving child molesters an out: “He’s saying that anyone who reacts negatively to people molesting children today is going to have all of this stuff in their track [their long distant past lives] that you can find. That’s what makes them feel that way.” The result, she tells us, is that molesters in the church find that they are protected — no Scientologist is going to report them to police, for example, even if they discover evidence of wrongdoing. And why not? In part because of Hubbard’s philosophy, which is layered into the Scientologist mind through repetition, that reacting negatively to a child molester is just a reflection of your own culpability from billions or trillions of years ago.

So smile, smile, and applaud your way through James Barbour’s performance, happy wealthy Scientologists, because the alternative is to convict yourselves.

Our tipster also wanted us to see that B.B. King’s grandson, Christopher King, is pretty deep into his involvement with a Scientology front group, United for Human Rights…


And also that Miscavige continues to press his strategy of recruiting African-Americans with the idea that they have been targeted for abuse by the psychiatric profession. In particular, an article boasts that Scientology’s most unhinged front group, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, has had some influence on the NAACP through Los Angeles clergyman Rev. Fred Shaw…


We don’t doubt that there are issues about over-representation of African-American children in California’s foster care population, and there are legitimate questions about children and medication.

But it never makes sense to get into bed with Scientology or its crazy front groups like CCHR. If you want to solve a problem in your community, why align yourself with an organization that actively protects and even celebrates child molesters?




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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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