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Scientology planning new series of books to rope in children?


Some of our correspondents, especially the tireless Rod Keller, have brought us plenty of examples over the years of Scientology targeting children for its quack ideas about the human mind.

But is the church, increasingly desperate with its declining membership, about to turn up the volume on its targeting of kids?

One of our readers received this actual message from a staffer at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre recently. It suggests that a series of books “that teaches [kids] specific Scientology technology” may be on the way, and the church is just trying to nail down pricing.

Read it and shiver…

Dear ,

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I am currently doing a survey on parents and grandparents to collect pricing data on Children’s books! So if you fit one (or both) of the two categories below, please take a moment and answer the simple questions. Thank you so very much!

Best, Hannes

SURVEY No. 1: QUESTIONS FOR PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS OF CHILDREN AGES 6 AND UP

If you were to buy a hardcover, illustrated book in full color, about 100-200 pages long, for children ages 6 and up, that teaches them specific Scientology technology and its application to life, in terms that can be understood at the ages of 6 and older:

1. At what price do you begin to perceive the book as so expensive that you would not consider buying it? (Please specify currency)

2. At what price would it be so inexpensive that you would not buy it? (Please specify currency)

3. At what price would you perceive that the book is beginning to get expensive, so that it is not out of the question, but you would have to give some thought to buy it? (Please specify currency)

4. At what price would you consider this book to be a bargain – a great value for the price? (Please specify currency)

 
If there was a complete set of 10 of the above books for children ages 6 and up, each teaching them specific Scientology technology and its application to life:

5. At what price do you begin to perceive the 10-volume set as so expensive that you would not consider buying it? (Please specify currency)

6. At what price would it be so inexpensive that you would not buy it? (Please specify currency)

7. At what price would you perceive that the 10-volume set is beginning to get expensive, so that it is not out of the question, but you would have to give some thought to buy it? (Please specify currency)

8. At what price would you consider this 10-volume set to be a bargain – a great value for the price? (Please specify currency)

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SURVEY No.2: QUESTIONS FOR PARENT/GRANDPARENTS OF CHILDREN AGES 10 AND UP

If you were to buy a hardcover, illustrated book in full color, about 100-200 pages long, for children ages 10 and up that teaches them specific Scientology technology and its application to life, in terms that can be understood at the ages of 10 and older:

1. At what price do you begin to perceive the book as so expensive that you would not consider buying it? (Please specify currency)

2. At what price would it be so inexpensive that you would not buy it? (Please specify currency)

3. At what price would you perceive that the book is beginning to get expensive, so that it is not out of the question, but you would have to give some thought to buy it? (Please specify currency)

4. At what price would you consider this book to be a bargain – a great value for the price? (Please specify currency)

 
If there was a complete set of 10 of the above books for children ages 10 and up, each teaching them specific Scientology technology and its application to life:

5. At what price do you begin to perceive the 10-volume set as so expensive that you would not consider buying it? (Please specify currency)

6. At what price would it be so inexpensive that you would not buy it? (Please specify currency)

7. At what price would you perceive that the 10-volume set is beginning to get expensive, so that it is not out of the question, but you would have to give some thought to buy it? (Please specify currency)

8. At what price would you consider this 10-volume set to be a bargain – a great value for the price? (Please specify currency)

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Sent from Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International, 5930 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood CA 90028

 
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Alfreddie keeps rollin’

In case you did not get enough of huckster Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr. yesterday, here’s his most recent pitch for Scientology: An “Ebony Awakening” at the Fort Harrison Hotel, Aug 30 – Sep 3.

 

 
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HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

THURSDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITY: 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. But we also want to point out that Cathy Schenkelberg’s “Squeeze My Cans” will be running at the Hollywood Fringe, and we encourage HowdyCon attendees to see her show on Thursday night, June 20. Tickets and more dates available here.

Friday night June 21 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. Note: You need to ask for the “family reunion” special rate.

 

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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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] Laura D’s attorneys answer Scientology’s latest delaying tactic with a legal blast of their own
[TWO years ago] She’s back! Leah Remini builds a case for Scientology aggression in tonight’s A&E special
[THREE years ago] It’s a miracle! Scientology put ‘more than 10,000’ people in these 1,000 chairs!
[FOUR years ago] 20 questions about Scientology — with answers that get to the center of a dying movement
[FIVE years ago] Hey, IRS: Stunning photos inside the lavish personal offices of Scientology’s leader
[SIX years ago] Former Scientology Enforcer Marty Rathbun Examines His Past as the Church’s “Warrior”
[SEVEN years ago] Amanda Palmer Dramatically Answers Questions About Her Connection to Scientology

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,461 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,590 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,094 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,614 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 634 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 525 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,832 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,700 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,474 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,248 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,594 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,160 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,080 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,247 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,828 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,089 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,128 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,840 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,366 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,455 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,595 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,915 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,771 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,890 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,246 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,548 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,654 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,056 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,928 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,511 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,006 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,260 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,369 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on May 29, 2019 at 07:00

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