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Scientology is putting Ideal Orgs in every country where it operates — except one

 
Rod Keller keeps an eye on the Ideal Org racket David Miscavige is running, and he notices something very interesting…

There are no Ideal Orgs in France. At over 67 million in population, it is the largest country in the world with a Scientology org, but no Ideal Orgs. If Scientology is planning to open Ideal Orgs around the world, France is a significant hole they should plug. Ireland at less than 5 million has an Ideal Org, why not France?

 

[Paris Org]

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France has five non-ideal orgs in Paris, Angers, Clermont-Ferrand, Lyon, and Nice. Sources tell us the Paris Celebrity Center has closed. One would think Paris would be the obvious choice to go ideal like the other capital cities London, Madrid, Berlin, Rome, and Moscow. The current building is on a narrow street in the 12th arrondissement and it might be hard to find a suitable building to renovate as an ideal org. With enough money it should be possible.

 

[Angers Org]

Former Scientologist Mike Rinder doesn’t think they are even working on it. “I suspect there will never be an Ideal Org in France,” he says. “I do not think Miscavige believes it is worth investing anything in France as he fears the buildings could be confiscated. It is interesting to note that the IAS has funded most of the Ideal Orgs in Europe as ‘strategic cities’ — Brussels, Moscow, Rome, London, etc. The ability to push this program and get people to come up with tens of millions is virtually impossible outside the US.”

 

[Lyon Org]

The history of Scientology in France is rocky, but no more so than in Spain, Germany, or Russia, which all have Ideal Orgs. In 1996 Jean-Jacques Mazier of the Lyon Org was convicted of fraud and involuntary homicide and sentenced to eighteen months following the death of a Patrice Vik who committed suicide after going deeply into debt to pay for Scientology auditing sessions. Fourteen others were convicted of fraud as well.

 

[Nice Org]

In 2008 Scientology weathered an investigation when Norwegian student Kaja Bordevich Ballo committed suicide in Nice after taking a Scientology personality test. Scientologists lied to officials by telling them that the test wasn’t even created by them. The test, called the Oxford Capacity Analysis, was created by L. Ron Hubbard and has no connection to Oxford University.

 

[Clermont-Ferrand Org]

In 2008 a judge ruled that Scientologists at the Paris Celebrity Center should be tried for fraud and “illegally practicing as pharmacists.” The trial was never held. In 2009 seven Scientologists were found guilty of fraud and fined €600,000. The law that would allow the government to dissolve Scientology completely was temporarily suspended at the time, but it has since been restored. Scientology dodged a bullet then, but we think the flaw that prevents the opening of an Ideal Org in France goes back further than 2009.

 

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[L. Ron Hubbard]

France committed an offense against Scientology that no other country on the planet has. In 1978 L. Ron Hubbard and three other Scientologists were convicted of fraud for claiming to be able to cure illness. That claim is at the heart of Scientology’s “Book One” — 1950’s Dianetics — in which Hubbard claims to have healed himself of war injuries and with the procedures in the book you can too. “Handling one’s physical condition” continues to be promoted by Scientology today.

In 1978 Hubbard was already in hiding after the Snow White raids the previous year. He spent time in Gilman Hot Springs and La Quinta, but he didn’t travel to France to stand trial. He was convicted in absentia and sentenced to four years in jail and a 30,000 franc fine.

Over the years prosecutors in a number of countries conducted criminal investigations of Hubbard but only France ever convicted him. It’s an incident Scientology would like to erase from history. One of the their main complaints against Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book Going Clear was mentioning the French conviction.

And so we agree with Mike Rinder that France will never have an Ideal Org. Miscavige fears the property being seized, and the law that would allow officials to do that has been restored since the 2009 fraud case. But perhaps there is also the insult to L. Ron Hubbard by the French that lingers in his mind. It’s one thing to charge members of Scientology and quite another to bring the law to bear on its founder. It’s quite possibly unforgivable.

 
— Rod Keller

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Yes, this is an actual tweet, put out last night by LAPD Rampart Division Captain Alfonso Lopez, essentially endorsing Scientology’s fake grassroots group, the STAND League, that the church uses to smear Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and yes, your proprietor, on a daily basis.

 

What an example of Scientology “safepointing” at its best.

 
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HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22.

 

 
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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, and Nancy Cartwright]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] A Scientologist is running for lieutenant governor in Nevada — and it’s who you probably suspect
[TWO years ago] Jonny Jacobsen: The tweets about Scientology that got a comedian in hot water
[THREE years ago] Reason Rally 2016 in Washington DC: The Underground Bunker wants to see you there!
[FOUR years ago] Can you help French prosecutors find these witnesses to the death of a Scientologist?
[FIVE years ago] Paris elects its first female mayor — and you have to see her record on Scientology!
[SIX years ago] Easter Sunday Funnies — Also: Our SMERSH Madness Championship!

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,403 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,532 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,036 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,516 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 579 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 467 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,774 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,642 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,416 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,190 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,536 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,102 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,022 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,189 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,770 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,030 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,070 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,782 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,308 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,397 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,537 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,857 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,713 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,832 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,188 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,490 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,596 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,998 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,870 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,453 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,948 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,202 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,311 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on March 31, 2019 at 07:00

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