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Pageant official: Miss New Yorks are clueless about Scientology and we’re OK with that

[Miss New York Rahmeka Cox, helping to peddle Hubbardism]

You might remember that we got some help last month from a health journalist who elicited an interesting reaction from the organization that runs Miss New York pageants, which in turn feed the Miss America contest.

Our friend had brought up to the Miss New York Scholarship Organization that their current Miss New York, Rahmeka Cox, was seen helping out a Scientology front group, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

In fact, for years we’ve been pointing out that Scientologists and Freedom Medal winners, Queens dentist Ben Fialkoff and his daughter, Meghan, have been infiltrating New York City schools to deliver L. Ron Hubbard’s quack ideas about drug abuse, and often with the help of Miss New Yorks.

To our surprise, our reporter friend got an interesting response from the Miss New York organization, which said it was investigating the situation. And they insisted that Cox’s appearance at a DFW event “was not intended to promote any political or religious views, nor to solicit membership on behalf of any religious organization.”

They also said our correspondent could follow up with them once they had completed their investigation.


Well, our friend did just that, reaching out to the Miss New York organization for an updated statement. And here it is, from Miss Kansas 2012, Sloane Lewis…

“Foundation for a Drug Free World has been an appearance on Miss New York’s calendar for almost ten years now, and there is no reason to believe that any Miss New York has been aware of the connection to Scientology. The Miss New York Organization is not affiliated with the Church of Scientology in any way.”

Nothing about pulling their involvement from the Fialkoffs’ sneaky efforts to get Hubbard into local schools. Nothing about keeping the hell away from a group like Scientology, that is mired in controversy.

“It looks like they have no plans to stop sending their winners to work with the Foundation for a Drug Free World and have no comment on anything else,” our reporter friend says.

Well, at one time, at least, the Miss New York organization could claim ignorance. But now they’ll be helping Scientology infiltrate New York’s schools while aware that they’re doing so.

Chalk up a win for David Miscavige.


Phil and Willie Jones on the Rachel Bernstein podcast

Says Rachel: “These parents are doing all that they can to spread awareness of this damaging Scientology practice and reconnect their family.”



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.



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

[Jenna Elfman, Giovanni Ribisi, and Greta Van Susteren]

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?



[ONE year ago] A new academic book takes apart Scientology and pop culture, and the apologists hate it
[TWO years ago] Federal judge to Scientology: I’m taking over the arbitration, and it’s jail if you interfere
[THREE years ago] Spying, intimidation, and ruin: Two lives caught up in Scientology’s notorious ‘Fair Game’
[FOUR years ago] Garcias ask for reconsideration on judge’s error: ‘We never agreed that Scientology is a religion’
[FIVE years ago] VERDICT: Scientology’s Quebec rehab facility violated human rights of David Love and 2 others
[SIX years ago] Dianetics: Your Life Was Ruined Before Birth by Your Parents and Their Dumb Culture


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,413 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,542 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,046 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,526 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 589 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 477 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,784 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,652 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,426 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,200 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,546 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,112 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,032 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,199 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,780 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,041 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,080 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,792 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,318 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,407 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,547 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,867 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,723 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,842 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,198 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,500 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,606 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,008 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,880 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,463 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,958 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,212 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,321 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 11, 2019 at 07:00

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Our new book with Paulette Cooper, Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous ‘religion’ is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Our book about Paulette, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook versions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2018 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Underground Bunker (2012-2018), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

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