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Scientology: So much effort and heartache, for such little effect

[Emily Jones and John Goodwin]

Does it ever strike you, the way it does us from time to time, the sheer amount of effort that Scientology puts into its various initiatives that are forever chipping away at the margins?

This example we have for you today, sent in by Phil Jones, is so apt. There’s the Writers of the Future contest itself, which we’ve been writing about for years, and which must cost Scientology a boatload of money in an effort to keep L. Ron Hubbard’s name associated with the pulp fiction he cranked out mostly before WW2.

Each spring, the contest names its big winners in a lavish ceremony that includes lots of genuflecting to Hubbard. We’ve marveled at the expensive sets, the tuxedos, and the wild interpretive dances of recent galas.

Increasingly, however, contest participants have begun to question their involvement in something that, looked at objectively, is a bizarre thing for Scientology to sponsor and promote. And that’s even without considering the direct tie we uncovered between the contest and Scientology’s Sea Org abuses.

And so these two Sea Org members, John Goodwin and Emily Jones (Phil’s daughter), go from convention to convention, peddling Hubbard’s wares and trying to come up with something exciting — there are Utah writers who have taken part in the contest! — hoping for a credulous local news reporter to come by and gush about the product they’re pushing.


Look, we don’t actually expect entertainment reporter Tracy Smith of ABC4 to bring up the point that the contest started in 1983 while Hubbard was in hiding. Or to know why Hubbard was in seclusion. Or to bother to look up the many stories about Emily and her brother Mike Jones, who have cut off all ties with their parents Phil and Willie Jones simply because Phil expressed some doubts about Scientology. Or to wonder why these two Galaxy Press gladhanders needed to sign billion-year contracts to prove their commitment to Hubbard’s church.

Or to ask Emily what she thought of her parents raising money to put up a billboard in Los Angeles just asking her (and other Sea Org members) to give their loved ones a call.

Yes, we could be irritated by such an uninformed TV reporter doing Scientology’s public relations for it, but then again, consider the result. After spending untold amounts of money for the lavish ways of the contest, and to stroke big names in the Sci-Fi community, and to keep its many volumes of annual anthologies in print year after year, and to fly John and Emily around to convention after convention… And after all of that, what do they get? A Facebook video for a Salt Lake City ABC affiliate with 820 views.

This planet will be cleared in no time.


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Overheard in the FreeZone

“I say LRH had to return like he said he would and he had to create a totally different beingness in order to understand and communicate with the newest most severe levels of degraded beings here on Earth. I myself know: I was a former criminal and even a psych on my track, having done so I could penetrate their veils and then break their spells on others. One never knows all unless one experiences all.”


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] A dispatch from the front: Protesting Scientology’s anti-psych quackery
[TWO years ago] Ideal and Ideal-er: England org coming soon will be Scientology to the max
[THREE years ago] Laying to rest the obfuscations of L. Fletcher Prouty, Scientology’s conspiracist-for-hire
[FOUR years ago] Another trial ordered against Narconon as Scientology derail attempt mostly fails
[FIVE years ago] Finally! Scientology begins selling its mysterious ‘OT’ levels more openly with slick new videos!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Schweinehund: Commenters of the Week!


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,564 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,693 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,197 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,717 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 737 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 628 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,935 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,803 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,577 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,351 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,697 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,263 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,182 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,350 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,931 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,192 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,231 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,943 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,469 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 995 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,558 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,698 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,018 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,874 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,993 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,348 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,651 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,757 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,159 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,031 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,614 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,109 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,363 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,472 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 10, 2019 at 07:00

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