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Scientology is desperate to get its clutches on your children. Here’s proof.

From time to time, we post mailers from the Church of Scientology that indicate how desperate the organization has become because of declining membership. But this is twice now that we’ve seen this particular mailer go out, targeting children, and the desperation here is off the charts.

Here’s the actual email that went out with the flier…

Do you have kids? Grandkids? Friend’s kids?

Bring them to Sunday School at 10:45am where they will be taught Scientology basics while you attend Sunday Service in the Garden Pavilion (address and map link below).


And here’s the flier…

This kind of targeting of kids is especially repugnant when we think of the ways people who grew up in Scientology as children can spend so many years trying to recover from it. Sunny Pereira has written numerous terrific pieces for us about dealing with her mother abandoning her and seeing the way other children were treated, and many others.

And now Rolling Stone has a really great piece about some former Scientology kids as they get together to help each other cope. The story features people we’ve seen on Leah Remini’s show, like Christi Gordon and Nathan Rich and Chris Shelton. We thought this description was particularly vivid…

Gordon was never taught how to be a kid. Instead, she was expected to be what Scientologists like to call an “adult in a small body,” taking care of herself, by herself, and repressing the fear, grief and loneliness that came with that. She says the experience is like bending over your whole life, trying to avoid hitting a ceiling someone assures you is there. And once you realize there is no ceiling, you’ve already grown up crooked.


HowdyCon in the Hollywood Reporter

Hey, our annual meetup got a little publicity.



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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?



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[FIVE years ago] Mike Rinder takes on Scientology’s uneven ‘Disconnection’ rules
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Implosion: Commenters of the Week!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,488 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,617 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,121 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,641 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 661 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 552 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,859 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,727 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,501 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,275 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,621 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,187 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,106 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,274 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,855 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,116 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,155 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,867 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,393 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,482 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,622 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,942 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,798 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,917 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,272 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,575 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,681 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,083 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,955 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,538 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,033 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,287 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,396 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 25, 2019 at 07:00

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