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Scientology spends boatloads promoting mask use, but don’t ask Scientologists to wear one

Meet Martin Sherman.

He’s a gallery owner in West Los Angeles where you can get a picture frame custom made.



He’s also an OT 8 Scientologist whose involvement goes back decades.

Martin and his shop were recently featured at Scientology TV in a slickly-produced episode about the work he does at his gallery, and you can find the show about him at Scientology’s website.


Right now, the most prominent thing at Scientology’s website is its campaign to spread awareness of its “Keep Yourself & Others Well” campaign, as church leader David Miscavige has had millions of booklets printed up with information about washing hands and wearing masks, and he’s had teams of Scientologists around the world dressing up in protective equipment to hand out the church literature.

From the booklet:


And wearing masks and protective suits, on Saturday dozens of Scientology workers gathered to give Miscavige congratulations (“Done Sir”) for his public relations efforts during the pandemic.



However, despite months of effort by Scientology to portray itself as part of the effort to combat the virus, Scientologists themselves still think of it as a “hoax.”

Remember Martin? This is him, too.


Flew to Los Angeles and the stewardess tried to MASK SHAME me. Repeatedly, in public, tried to make me wear a mask! Not this guy! She finally gave up.


Bonus items from our tipsters

Not everyone will be thrilled about the Supreme Court’s historic decision to stand behind LGBT worker rights. Howard is an auditor at the Harlem org.


A win from Africa!



Richard has stayed busy…


For the Vick Tipnes fans…



Source Code

“I recall a patient encountering such a somatic where it seemed like mother had gotten the crabs. He complained about these crabs for about two weeks, and had scratched himself practically raw during that time. But he was held in that engram and had been there most of his life! That is what is known as getting crabs for 40 years.” — L. Ron Hubbard, June 17, 1950



Overheard in the FreeZone

“We are making an offer to our ‘Clear Package Club’ members, of which we have many, we are happy to say! The org is expanding to larger and more upscale headquarters so, starting Monday, make an additional payment of $5K plus and receive your L11 free. A $5K service normally on its own.”


Random Howdy

“People bandy about the term ‘Satanist’ in relation to L. Ron Hubbard somewhat disingenuously. Aleister Crowley didn’t consider himself a ‘Satanist’ and Hubbard was a dilettante poseur playing at what he perceived to be ‘Satanism.’ A goodly portion of the Internet sites I’ve encountered in my readings and ‘research’ in the last five or so years that try to paint LRH as a some kind of serious Satanist have been Born-Again Christian sites, so they definitely have an agenda. Hubbard was about as much of a ‘real’ Satanist as Anton LaVey was. It was all part of the geek show for the rubes.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Jay Spina: Sentencing was set for April 3 in White Plains
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members: Trial set for October 7 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 August 11
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: July 8 (plaintiff attorneys pro hac vice), August 31-Sept 1 (CSI/RTC demurrer against Riales, Masterson demurrer), Oct 7-19 (motions to compel arbitration)
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.
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.


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

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

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] Mike Rinder returns to Scientology’s secretive Int Base! Well, sort of.
[TWO years ago] Scientology scores with political conservatives in Europe using the ‘religious freedom’ gambit
[THREE years ago] Paul Haggis: Marty Rathbun is using private info I gave him against Lawrence Wright
[FOUR years ago] Maryland county explains why (don’t call it Scientology) can take a hike
[FIVE years ago] Another document trove on L. Ron Hubbard’s troubled son, Nibs, the Scientology flip-flopper
[SIX years ago] LISTEN: Rare tape reveals how L. Ron Hubbard really came up with Scientology’s space cooties
[SEVEN years ago] SCIENTOLOGISTS AT WAR, the Channel 4 Documentary
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Sunday Funnies: Neil Gaiman’s Mum Builds a Civilization!
[NINE years ago] Scientology Eruption: Commenters of the Week!


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 1,971 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,475 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,995 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,015 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 906 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,213 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,081 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,855 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,629 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,975 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,541 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,460 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,628 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,209 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,470 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,508 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,221 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,746 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,276 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,836 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,976 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,296 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,151 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,271 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,626 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,929 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,035 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,437 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,309 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,892 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,387 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,641 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,750 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on June 17, 2020 at 07:00

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