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Scientology’s social media effort tries so hard to distract you from what’s really going on

Scientology is pumping out more propaganda than ever, not only with its DirecTV channel, but also with a steady stream of social media that must be costing the church a fortune to operate.

The church may still rely on Sea Org slaves to write letters by the hundreds, but you can be sure it’s contracting out its social media work to professionals. We’re seeing a lot of slick answers being put out by Scientology’s various accounts which are intended to counter the things the press has uncovered about Scientology’s controversies.

One of those controversies is Scientology’s long history of deep-seated homophobia. L. Ron Hubbard categorized homosexuality as a perversion in his 1950 book Dianetics, and any former church executive will tell you that Hubbard’s view — that homosexuals are “covertly hostile” — permeates the organization. Gay people who somehow end up in Scientology will find themselves subjected to Hubbard’s brand of gay conversion therapy, auditing the gay away.

However, the church today knows that having a reputation for homophobia is not a good thing, so it lies. And it has its social media accounts lie as well. Here’s an example…



Notice how that answer is really a dodge. There might be a creed which says that theoretically all people are equal, but the Twitter account avoided answering the question about whether gay people are accepted in the church.

We know from the testimonies of people like Derek Bloch and Keith Relkin that this isn’t the case.

And, to help make this point, we have another short video for you to consider. Once again, it features Nation of Islam minister Tony Muhammad, the key figure in the Nation of Islam/Scientology mashup, and a recipient of Scientology’s highest award, the Freedom Medal.

In this clip, Muhammad is speaking at a NOI mosque in Los Angeles and brings up a Biblical passage that refers to incest and pedophilia.

Muhammad makes sure his listeners understand the depravity of what the Bible has described — grown men sleeping with their daughters — and he asks, “Who do you think controls pornogaphy in Hollywood?” And his audience loudly answers with a refrain of “The Jews!”

But in the Nation of Islam, he says, pedophilia isn’t a problem. First, because if the Nation finds out that someone is sleeping with their daughter, “we’re going to kill you, straight up.”

On the other hand, if someone is a victim of molestation, the Nation is there to help.

“Now, if you fall victim to that, we’ll help you with that.”

Muhammad then conflates being the victim of pedophilia with being gay, which is a common notion among bigots.

In order to explain what he means, Muhammad puts on a swishy walk to the laughter of his audience, and then says that the Nation will march it out of a person. Here, see it for yourself…


So, Scientology’s slick social media operation may be spreading a lot of sanitized public relations, but time and again Scientology itself shows its true colors.

While the church denounces anyone who speaks out about its controversies as a “bigot,” David Miscavige has handed the church’s highest award to an outspoken bigot from a hateful organization, the Nation of Islam, that Scientology has hitched itself to.

Funny how you don’t hear about that kind of thing from Scientology social media kingpin Ed Parkin.


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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,353 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,484 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,986 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,466 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 529 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 417 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,724 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,592 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,366 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,140 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,486 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,052 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 6,972 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,139 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,720 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,980 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,020 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,732 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,258 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,347 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,487 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,807 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,663 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,782 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,138 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,440 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,546 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,949 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,820 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,403 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,898 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,152 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,261 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on February 7, 2019 at 07:00

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