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Scientologist on Clearwater downtown board does a classic ‘dead agenting’ of Mark Bunker

[Board Chairman Paris Morfopoulos]

Wednesday evening, Mark Bunker went to the Clearwater Downtown Development Board to explain something about Scientology.

Now, to understand what ensued, it helps to know a few different sets of circumstances that led up to this being a pretty remarkable evening. For example, it’s not the first time that Bunker has spoken at various Clearwater government meetings. Even before he announced his intention to run in the next campaign for city council, Bunker has appeared at council meetings and the downtown development board, expressing his concerns about Scientology’s influence on the lovely beach town and its dead downtown.

And his interactions with at least one of the people on the board Wednesday night — its chairman, Scientologist and “One Stoppe Shoppe” owner Paris Morfopoulous — goes back much further. When Bunker was a part of the Lisa McPherson Trust filming activism around Scientology’s buildings in the year 2000, one of the people he ran into was a very aggressive Morfopoulos, who ragged Bunker about his weight, and asked him if his appetites also included sex with children and sex with barnyard animals.

So Bunker and Morfopoulos know each other from way back.

But there was something else in the mix Wednesday. The night before, Tracey McManus at the Tampa Bay Times had reported that for the first time, a majority of Scientologists had been elected to the development board, and would be joining Morfopoulos in January.


So the chairman, currently sharing duties on the board with only one other Scientologist, Ray Cassano, may have been feeling his oats a bit.

Bunker said what he had come to say, addressing something Cassano had said in the meeting the prior month, that he was a Christian and a Scientologist. Bunker wanted to put on the record that in fact, to the IRS the Church of Scientology had said that members are expected to drop other practices in favor of Scientology, and also that in 1968, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard had said, on tape, “There was no Christ.”

Anyway, Bunker had his say, and also mentioned that he would still accept an apology from Morfopoulos about the cracks about sex with kids and barnyard animals, nearly 20 years later.

The meeting then went on, but near its end, Morfopoulos pulled out a prepared statement and went on a lengthy character assassination of Bunker.

From a Scientologist, this is no surprise. Hubbard instructed Scientologists to use such a “dead agenting” technique to cancel an “enemy” and make their criticisms of the church seem irrelevant.

From a Scientologist, it might seem pretty natural to go on an extended litany about “religious bigotry.” But for a public official in a public meeting? It seemed fairly extraordinary.

We especially liked this line: “I ask the public not to listen to the hateful propaganda of Mr. Bunker, the Times, the other agents of hate that spew this constant litany of garbage about me and my fellow Scientologists.”

The Tampa Bay Times, an agent of hate — from the chairman of the development board? Egads. And in January, just how much freer will Morfopoulos feel as he has three more Scientologists around him to make a 4-3 majority on the board? This could get interesting.

Last night, the city put video from the meeting up at its website. Mark Bunker put together this edit of it for your viewing pleasure…



Duck, Dave, they’re coming at you from Miami!


We told you that a summons had been issued in Lawsuit #1 (Plaintiff: Valerie Haney) from the Brian Kent-Marci Hamilton team in Los Angeles, and process servers would be out looking to shove a fistful of documents into the hand of Scientology leader David Miscavige. And now, a summons has been issued in Lawsuit #3 (Jane Doe/Miami), and Dave has even more reason to be looking over his shoulder…


Tonight, the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is kicking off its three-day annual celebration under the tents in East Grinstead, England. We don’t know if these lawsuits could be served there, but we have to imagine that Dave is going to be a bit frazzled if he shows up to give his yearly three-hour stemwinder tonight.


Bonus items from our tipsters

The whales of October started arriving in England yesterday. Two of the US’s top Scientology donors, Tom Cummins and Jim Bridgeforth of Florida, celebrated seeing Hungarian actor Timea Vojtilla, who was highly visible during some of the protests there over a government investigation. She captioned this, “Amazing to meet freedom fighter friends!”


It’s starting!



Oh no…


Ready to translate C.O.B….


What do you think, good place for a first date?


Connor Cruise posted this two hours ago without saying where he was. Could he be attending IAS for the first time?



Source Code

“Now, ‘When did the PC’s physical body change characteristics?’ Getting this out of women, you will have to take the E-Meter and beat them over the head. A woman at 110 will never admit that her body changed anything from that of a beautiful 16-year-old girl, or something like that, you know? It’s just things they won’t talk about, so you have to pull that the hard way. Go ahead and grab it.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 11, 1961


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Apparently OSA’s most sucessfull black opperation was to indoctrinate american indies that Bill Robertson followers were squirrels.”


Random Howdy

“Man-animals, come out of your caves. The Psychlos have deserted the planet. We have won!”


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

[Kelly Preston, Beck, and Anne Archer]

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] Dave Richards, 1948-2018, ran the Founding Church of Scientology in DC
[TWO years ago] Tara and Nathan — subjects of last night’s ‘Leah Remini’ — respond to Scientology’s smears
[THREE years ago] Louis Theroux’s movie comes to Oregon, and Jefferson Hawkins is there to talk Scientology
[FOUR years ago] L. Ron Hubbard’s regressive homophobia: Can Scientology’s celebrities handle the truth?
[FIVE years ago] Scientology’s ‘International Justice Chief’ surfaces for the Garcia lawsuit
[SEVEN years ago] L. Ron Hubbard Explains Your Life “Before Earth”
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology and Disconnection: “No One’s Going to Take My Eternity Away”


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,594 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,723 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,227 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,747 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 767 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 658 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,965 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,833 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,607 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,381 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,727 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,293 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,212 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,380 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,961 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,222 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,261 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,973 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,499 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,025 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,588 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,728 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,048 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,904 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,023 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,378 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,681 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,787 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,189 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,061 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,644 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,139 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,393 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,502 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 11, 2019 at 07:00

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