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Scientology’s founder: ‘WE are going UP while the world is coming down!’

[Hubbard in 1973, hiding out in Queens, NY. (Photo by Jim Dincalci)]

In a time of crisis, Scientologists are naturally turning to the words of the founder, L. Ron Hubbard, looking for some way to make sense of things.

We told you previously that Scientologists are being told to keep in mind a 1957 Hubbard lecture about atomic bomb radiation — in which Hubbard claimed that radiation sickness was largely just a mental issue and not a real physical threat — as an analogy to the current pandemic, which current leader David Miscavige has dismissed as “hysteria” and a “planetary bullbait.”

But we’re also seeing Scientologists encourage each other by citing another Hubbard proclamation, and one that fits really well with their determination to turn the challenge of the pandemic into an opportunity for Scientology to shine.

It’s a 1973 “Ron’s Journal” prompted by that year’s fuel crisis. We can still remember those days and the long lines at pumps as cars in Los Angeles could only gas up on odd or even days. Can you remember it? It did have a little bit of an apocalyptic feel to it, but not as spooky as our current calamity.

Take a look at Ron’s rah-rah cheerleading that while the world was crumbling, it was an opportunity for Scientology to expand and take control.


14 December 1973


You are hearing doubtless that calamity and catastrophe are setting in over the world at a rapid rate.

You know of course that fuel has been made very scarce while there is more fuel actually available in the wells and mines than ever before. And you probably also know that Englishmen face a 3 day a week with a (pound)400 fine and/or three months in jail for turning on one electric light.

Inflation is grinning gleefully out of the bank windows and stealing the savings of the old.

Russia is pushing rockets at the US base in Cuba, massing armies on the border of Vietnam and pointing (from Egypt) nuclear rockets at Tel Aviv. And that it is plain she engineered the fuel shortage and, by forcing constant preparedness for decades, inflation.

Russia for all that will lose because the US and Canada were feeding the Russians on wheat, because these actions will bring on a hard faced fascist attitude in the West and open her back to an eager hostile China.

An apparently panicked leaderless West is taking it out thus far only on their own people and handling nothing sensibly.

Well, it’s a pretty gloomy scene. London and US stock markets plunging, production chopped, trade deficits soaring. People without transport or heat or lights and soaring unemployment.

In most areas people would play hell getting a job now.

It’s the sort of thing that happens when people insist on wrong whys and mishandlings. The sort of thing that comes from financing killer psychiatrists and teaching German psychology to the school kids.


BUT it’s not all gloom!

While the world goes down OUR statistics are going UP! All International stats are hitting so high that even when they momentarily slump they come down to yesteryear’s highest evers! They are POWER stats! And in a month (December) when we usually have crashes!

WE are going UP while the world is coming down!

It is the subject of sociology statistics that we are the fastest growing religion in the world. And that when all orthodox faiths are in steep decline.

Of course there’s a certain amount of plain hell managing things in the hail of alling currencies, commodities and institutions. But all that takes a hard line professionalism that keeps on going brilliantly despite the failures around us.

We are in actual fact booming during a worldwide crash!

Well, sociologists have been predicting for years that when things went to pieces culturally a new religion would pick up the pieces. That’s us.

What we’re doing about it all and what you can do about it is:

1. Take full advantage of the enforced idleness of others in the society to pack them in and get them processed and trained.

2. Be more professional and skilled in management and tech than we ever dreamed of being before.

3. Keep right on plowing through the rubble of modern culture to new attainments for Scientology.

Now listn: This is OUR planet. Nobody else owns it nor wants much to do with it.

The Coca Cola civilization has busted its bottle. So what? So what’s that to us?

We rolled forward with the existing culture dead set on stopping anyone who tried. Well, we can certainly roll forward while the Powers-that-were run around in futile panics.


This is OUR planet. Maybe this cultural collapse is just saving it from total pollution.

Keep this in mind: We CAN and ARE rolling forward and UP while the world comes down.

We not only can do it, we are doing it.

No great new movement ever progressed in times of plenty. They are bred and strengthened in disaster.

We are not pleased at all the Powers-that-were made such a mess. But we can take full advantage of it.

And we are doing so.

This is OUR planet.

We have the tech, we have the know-how of admin. We can use it fully and effectively.

We might as well move in!


Back in the present day, Scientologists are also encouraging each other that they alone have the capacity to take on the pandemic…



And as a result the Tampa Org keeps trying its best to get Scientologists to come on down in person for more courses or the Purif.


Other orgs, we hear, are closing. What’s the situation in your town? We’d like some local reports.

The situation in Ohio continues to be interesting. If you remember, we showed you a couple of photos snapped by one of our readers that showed a pretty full parking lot at the new Ideal Org in Columbus on both Saturday and Monday, by which time Governor Mike DeWine had issued a stay-at-home order. That story was picked up by the Daily Beast, which also made reference to the full parking lot in Columbus.

Well, that got someone’s attention. Yesterday, only one car could be seen in the parking lot from the street, but our reader discovered that the lot farther back, not visible from the street, was packed full — Scientology was still apparently in violation of DeWine’s order, but was trying to conceal that by having people park their cars farther back from the road.

Gosh, there’s a couple of local television stations with studios across the street. Wouldn’t it be something if their news divisions bothered to look across the avenue for a story on Scientology violating the governor’s order? Maybe they even have a drone-mounted camera that could show how the cars have been parked.

Just a suggestion.


Sunny Pereira

Ask a Scientologist!


Here’s a question that came in to, and we thought Sunny Pereira might be the best person to answer it. If you have a question for one of our many experts, please send it in!

David Miscavige, in his rant about COVID-19, mentioned an LRH policy “that ill persons are isolated.” I took notice he never mentioned any care for them. How are ill or sick Sea Org members treated, and what care is given to them? Is there sick time in the Sea Org? If not, how is that legal?

There is no sick time in the Sea Org. Its members are expected to work to the maximum amount of ability (and then some). If a person does become ill, they are sent to the medical liaison officer, who decides if the person is too ill to work. Determining if a person is too ill to work is based on Hubbard bulletins and advises. For the most part, most Sea Org members are expected to work if a “breath on a mirror” test shows they are still breathing. In the case of fever, yes, they are normally sent to isolation. But isolation is a room where sick people are piled in. They stay until given permission from the medical liaison officer to leave. Often, isolation can have a mix of different illnesses, only separated by gender. People in isolation are expected to help each other, no matter how ill they are. So your strep person and flu person, high fevers and all, trade off touch assists on each other all day. There are no safety measures for the MLO (medical liaison officer). They are expected not to get sick because they are not PTS. It’ll be a grand shitshow if someone gets infected with coronavirus. Imagine if a health official demands to come on property That’s going to drive them insane dealing with government officials.

— Sunny Pereira


Source Code

“The art of Sec Checking is very, very well established. It’s one of the finest arts that we have. But it is to a large degree an art. It is restimulating the material to be picked up. And then picking it up….All right, now we’re going straight into the questions here, and the first question I’m going to ask you is: Do you know any communists personally?” — L. Ron Hubbard, March 27, 1963


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Apparently some OTs have been following the method: Become the planet, pervade it with one’s beingness and decide all is well. Health authorities in Italy indicate that only two people have died of the real coronavirus.”



Random Howdy

“In a country that supposedly has 3 million-plus Scientologists they could only muster a few hundred in Portland. How much more farcical can this crap get before the remaining few wake up and screw?”


Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for April 14 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Waiting for an appellate decision from the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Hearing on motion for reconsideration set for June 17
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology: April 22 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), June (demurrers by Masterson and Scientology), June (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe’s attorneys have asked for discovery, depositions (Warren McShane, Lynn Farny), April 20 hearing set (motion to compel arbitration)
Matt and Kathy Feschbach bankruptcy appeal: Oral arguments were heard on March 11 in Jacksonville
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Amended complaint filed.


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

[Kelly Preston, Jason Dohring, 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] Bentley-driving, sword-wielding man killed by police officers in Scientology org
[TWO years ago] Scientology’s secret vaults get their star turn on the new TV network, and it’s nutty!
[THREE years ago] Reza Aslan’s ‘Believer’ episode about indie Scientology lived down to all expectations
[FOUR years ago] Scientology’s European mouthpiece speaks at DC event honoring Marco Rubio
[FIVE years ago] ‘Going Clear’: Spanky Taylor on John Travolta, Priscilla Presley, and escaping Scientology
[SIX years ago] Belgium will try two Scientology organizations and 10 Scientologists for fraud
[SEVEN years ago] LEAKED AUDIO: David Miscavige Declares Scientology’s Golden Age at LRH Birthday Event
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology’s Concentration Camp: Where Can Miscavige Put “The Hole” Now?


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,889 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,393 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,913 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 933 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 824 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,131 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,999 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,773 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,547 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,893 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,459 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,378 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,546 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,127 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,388 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,426 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,139 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,664 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,191 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,754 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,894 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,214 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,069 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,189 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,544 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,847 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,953 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,355 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,227 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,810 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,305 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,559 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,668 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on March 27, 2020 at 07:00

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