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‘Scientology’s Hogwarts’ and other schools got PPP loans

[Delphian School in Oregon]

On Tuesday we pointed out that in the release of information from the Trump administration listing which companies received small-business bailout loans under the Paycheck Protection Program to help them get through the coronavirus crisis, there were three Scientology churches, two Narconon drug rehabs, and Scientology’s most unhinged front group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

And it turns out that also in that list of recipients were four Scientology-affiliated school corporations, including the expensive Oregon flagship of Scientology academies, Delphian School, that has been described in media reports as “Scientology’s Hogwarts.”

Delphian, under the name Delphi Schools, Inc. in Sheridan, Oregon, received a loan of $350,000 to $1 million according to the government data.

True School, a K-12 Scientology school in Clearwater, Florida, received a loan of $150,000 to $350,000, which is a substantial subsidy for a school that reported in its 2018 tax return that its entire payroll cost it $1.2 million.

Another school that received a $150,000 to $350,000 infusion was Clearwater Academy International, a K-12 private school that was recently the target of a lawsuit by a woman going by the name Jane Doe, who claimed she had been sexually molested as a kindergartner by an employee of the school. In May, she dismissed her lawsuit after the Clearwater Police Department told her that they would be dropping their criminal investigation of her allegations.


Delphi Academy of Boston, Inc., a private elementary school that uses Scientology’s “Study Technology,” also received a loan of $150,000 to $350,000.

Previously, we pointed out that the DC and New York “Ideal Orgs” and the Belleair Mission in Florida had received loans of between $150,000 and $350,000, as did Narconon Suncoast, a Scientology drug rehab in Clearwater. Narconon Fresh Start, which operates drug rehabs in Southern California, received a loan of $350,000 to $1 million. And CCHR, which operates the “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum” in Los Angeles, received a loan of $150,000 to $350,000.

So Scientology and its various front groups and schools has received at least $1.9 million to $4.8 million in the PPP program. This, for a multinational corporation worth several billion dollars.

We had sent a message to Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw, asking why Scientology organizations would be seeking payroll support from the government when many Scientology workers are paid less than minimum wage under the justification that they are “religious workers.” We’re still waiting for a response.


FEMA loves Scientology!

Oh, look. Speaking of the Trump administration helping out Scientology, here’s FEMA stroking the Volunteer Ministers…



Source Code

“Very few engrams start out with words, usually they start out with something like ‘splat’ or ‘clink’ or ‘tinkle’ or ‘thump.’ There’s something ahead of what you are running. People who have non-sonic don’t pick up this material too well, but it will still come through.” — L. Ron Hubbard, July 11, 1950



Overheard in the FreeZone

“Back in the mid seventies I lived in an old Scientologist-owned rooming house on Hoover Street in Los Angeles. It was chock full of disembodied thetans from top to bottom. There were some really scary beings running around that place — and some not so scary. Two not-so-scary thetans inhabited the upper corner of my room just above my door. I perceived them to be two old ladies who were perpetually terrified and clinging to each other. I was young, and just let them be for many months. One day after having gone exterior with full perception, I decided that it was high time the old ladies moved on and got back into the game. I guess I just wanted them to have a chance to get some of what I’d recently experienced in Scientology. Anyway, I fixed my attention on them and told them it was time to go. What was really interesting is that they balked about being told to leave, and actually got angry. What ensued was something of a tussle between thetans as they pushed all sorts of ridges and blackness at me. I suppose you could say that we got into a heated argument, but in the end they did finally take off. That wasn’t the first or last time I had to do that with a ‘ghost’, and I do hope they wound up in a better place.”


Random Howdy

“In Hubbard’s own words the Church of Scientology is an anti-democratic organization whose stated goal is world domination. The German government has deemed Scientology a totalitarian orientated group and has decided that Scientologists are ineligible to hold certain government jobs. I believe this is a very wise decision on their part.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Arraignment scheduled for September 18.
Jay Spina, Medicare fraud: Sentencing is set for August 27 in White Plains, NY
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Trial set for October 7 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments set for August 30 at 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: Sept 4 (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, trial set for Nov 9, 2021


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

[Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, and Juliette Lewis]

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 and the FDA: The conspiracy that never was
[TWO years ago] Scientology hip-hop continues to amaze us, and we hope it transports you as well
[THREE years ago] How Humira, the world’s best selling drug, is helping to finance Scientology into the future
[FOUR years ago] Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s caretaker and friend, Steve ‘Sarge’ Pfauth, 1945-2016
[FIVE years ago] The story of Brian Sheen and his ‘disconnected’ Scientology daughter you haven’t heard
[SIX years ago] Ken Dandar could use a cool million in his fight against Scientology
[SEVEN years ago] Mike Rinder: Is the Leah Remini Anonymous Smear Website Coming Soon?
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Relents: Will Hold a Memorial for Son of Church President, Mother Not Invited
[NINE years ago] Listen: A Scientologist’s Anthem to the “Galactic Patrol”


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 1,995 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,499 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,019 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,039 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 930 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,237 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,105 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,879 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,683 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,999 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,565 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,484 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,652 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,233 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,494 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,532 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,245 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,770 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,300 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,860 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,000 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,320 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,175 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,295 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,650 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,953 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,059 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,461 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,333 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,916 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,411 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,665 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,774 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on July 11, 2020 at 07:00

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