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Why is the YMCA helping spread Scientology to kids?

[The Speer Academy]

On Sunday, Mike Rinder posed a great question about the ongoing relationship between Scientology (which pretends it’s a force for human rights) and the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist movement whose leader, Louis Farrakhan, isn’t shy about demonizing whites and Jewish people.

Mike was specifically pointing to the work of Nation of Islam figure Sister Nayyirah Muhammad, who is putting on Dianetics (Scientology) seminars under the banner “Repair of the Black Family.”

In the past, we’ve noted that Sister Muhammad has also put on Dianetics seminars promising attendees that they’ll learn how to make their child a “god.” While most Scientologists rarely use language this plain, it is true that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard promised repeatedly that the end result of his counseling was to give Scientologists back the godlike powers they had lost after trillions of years of existence.

And while it’s fine for adults to believe that they are fallen trillion-year-old gods seeking to recover their ability to, as Hubbard put it, crush a planet between thumb and forefinger, Sister Muhammad’s seminars always seem to target not just fellow adults but also children.

We were reminded of that when a tipster pointed out that Sister Muhammad has a “Repair of the Black Family” seminar planned for July 27 at a location she lists only as 2100 26th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida.



Surprisingly, that address translates to a YMCA preschool and daycare, the Speer YMCA Preschool Academy.

One thing you should know about Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg: It’s lousy with Scientology facilities. They dot the county, and there’s simply no reason why they wouldn’t have room to host a Dianetics seminar — it’s their bread and butter.

So why else hold a Dianetics seminar at a YMCA preschool if you weren’t aiming at young parents and their toddlers?

We asked that question of Speer Academy director Geneka Green, and we’ll let you know if she gets back to us.


‘Dr.’ Meghan Fialkoff has her annual party with the NYPD

It was time again for Queens dentist Ben Fialkoff and his daughter Meghan, both Scientology Freedom Medal award winners, to hand out awards to members of the NYPD and other local luminaries to thank them for help infiltrating New York City schools with L. Ron Hubbard’s quack ideas about drug abuse. Here are some images from their 12th annual Drug Free Hero Awards shindig….




Bonus items from our tipsters

Actual caption from the Church of Scientology Silicon Valley: “Our Dianetics boys are just so cool!”



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.



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

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

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] Why don’t Scientologists go to authorities about the abuses they have seen or experienced?
[TWO years ago] Around the globe, Scientology relies on guys like this to promote L. Ron Hubbard to your kids
[THREE years ago] That time Muhammad Ali got blindsided by the Church of Scientology
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s plan to take over the planet: All Ideal Orgs ‘Saint Hill size’ by 2016!
[FIVE years ago] OY VEY: Scientology invokes Jewish Law to answer lawsuit by attorney Vance Woodward
[SIX years ago] Claire Headley Helps Us Get Back in the Good Graces of Scientology


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,467 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,596 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,100 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,620 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 640 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 531 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,838 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,706 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,480 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,254 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,600 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,166 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,086 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,253 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,834 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,095 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,134 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,846 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,372 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,461 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,601 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,921 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,777 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,896 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,251 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,554 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,660 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,062 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,934 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,517 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,012 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,266 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,375 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 4, 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)

Other links: BLOGGING DIANETICS: Reading Scientology’s founding text cover to cover | UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists | GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice | SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts | Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Watch our short videos that explain Scientology’s controversies in three minutes or less…

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