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Scientology’s Joy Villa is such a notorious wingnut, Democrats are fundraising off of her

[Joy Villa and Steve Bannon]

Time and again, we have tried to warn people that Joy Villa’s act that has made her a spectacle in conservative politics should be seen in the context of her longer association with Scientology. She’s a climber who accidentally stumbled on celebrity by wearing a pro-Trump dress designed by a friend at the 2017 Grammys, and she’s traded on that notoriety ever since.

At one point, she was considering a run for Congress of her own, but enough figures on the political right soured on her Scientology loyalty that she had to put those ambitions aside. Some Trump supporters still show interest in her, however, and Villa does her best to capitalize on it.

Villa is scheduled to make an appearance today in Richmond at an election rally for Amanda Chase, a Republican state senator seeking reelection.



But here’s the twist we found entertaining. Joy Villa’s political views are now so notorious, Democrats in Virginia are actually fundraising on her plans to help out Chase!


Notice there’s nothing in there about the fact that Villa is a “Patron Meritorious” of the Church of Scientology, having donated at least $250,000 to its membership organization, the International Association of Scientologists. Apparently, her utterances about public policy are enough to make her notorious as an “extremist.”

She really has become a celebrity of sorts — what she always wanted!


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“I remember one space academy, I think the curriculum was two thousand years. I was a student there.” — L. Ron Hubbard, September 19, 1961


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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] Scientology’s minion lawyer stretches his ‘theta arm’ to touch the future!
[TWO years ago] Tonight, Paul Haggis calls out Scientology’s celebs: ‘Damn them for being purposely blind’
[THREE years ago] Talking highlights of ‘Fair Game’ with its author, Aussie journalist Steve Cannane
[FOUR years ago] THE GETTING CLEAR CONFERENCE: How to see the videos that lay Scientology bare
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s tent party in England: The 9-minute trailer!
[SIX years ago] Scenes from Scientology’s Armageddon
[EIGHT years ago] The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 6: Anonymous


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,572 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,701 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,205 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,725 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 745 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 636 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,943 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,811 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,585 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,359 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,705 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,271 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,190 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,358 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,939 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,200 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,239 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,951 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,477 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,003 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,566 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,706 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,026 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,882 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,001 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,356 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,659 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,765 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,167 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,039 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,622 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,117 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,371 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,480 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 19, 2019 at 07:00

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