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Scientology’s mad real estate splurge has real consequences for its indentured workers

[Westfield House, Scotland’s future Ideal Org]

The quest to completely replace old Scientology org buildings with new quarters continues, and the consequences can be severe for some members caught up in the project.

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Bull baiting and so much worse: Margery Wakefield on surviving Scientology

 
It’s great to hear from Margery Wakefield again. After some time away from the fray, Margery is back with another book about Scientology, and this one is very personal. For our ‘Scientology Lit’ series, she pulled a gritty chapter out of her new book, I Survived!: Overcoming Abuse, Scientology and Life in General, which went on sale this week.

 
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COMING MAY 9: Silvertail Books publishes Chris Owen’s ‘Ron the War Hero’

 
We’re extremely excited to tell you that Chris Owen’s masterful investigation of L. Ron Hubbard’s World War II experience, Ron the War Hero: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard’s Calamitous Military Career, will be published on May 9 by Silvertail Books. (Full disclosure: Silvertail is also the publisher of our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.)

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When Scientology is caught spying, it always pretends it was the victim

[Scientology kids protesting the Snow White prosecution in 1978, Denver Post photo]

Yesterday, Chris Owen gave us a wonderful dive into Scientology’s history as an intelligence agency. We thought we’d follow up with a fun document today that helps illustrate what he’s talking about.

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Spyentology: For Scientology, operating as an intelligence agency is a religious mandate

 
Chris Owen is back with another insightful dive into Scientology history…

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Leah Remini: Where’s the outrage about Scientology’s disappeared?

 
We hope we can convey to you how much it hit us square in the solar plexus when Leah Remini sent us the photo above, which she came across as she was going through some of her things.

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L. Ron Hubbard: Scientology will thrive when medical doctors are reined in

 
Thanks again to Rasha for bringing to us the newest edition of International Scientology News. The magazine is generally one of the most tiresome, as it serves mainly to repeat all of the propaganda that had been presented at one of David Miscavige’s big events, in this case the most recent L. Ron Hubbard Birthday Event in Clearwater, Florida.

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L. Ron Hubbard defines religion for you skeptical non-Xenu believers

 
Rod Keller has the week off, and we’re grateful to Rasha for coming through in the meantime by sending us the new issues of Impact and International Scientology News. Today, we’ll look at a couple of choice items from the former.

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Scientology and evolution: The otherwordly experience of reading ‘A History of Man’

 
This week in ‘Scientology Lit’ we’re looking at perhaps our favorite book by L. Ron Hubbard himself, the infamous ‘A History of Man’ of 1952. By that year, Hubbard had committed to the idea that Scientology, grown from the ashes of Dianetics, would pursue the idea of past-life therapy. This book was intended to give auditors some guide to the crazy stuff they would be finding in the far pasts of the people they would be auditing. Because, as Hubbard explains, when you go millions and billions of years into a thetan’s past, you literally go back through the history of evolution itself to times when, for example, the thetan inhabited not a human being but various kinds of mollusks. We’ve selected parts of the lengthy fourth chapter from the book in the name of Fair Use, so that you can get a sense of the book and give us your thoughts on it.

 
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Scientology deception and financial fraud spelled out in incredible legal letter

[Attorney Graham Berry]

We first got to know, and wrote about, attorney Graham Berry some 20 years ago in Los Angeles. He was already well known by then for his battles with the Church of Scientology. More recently, he has handled a string of new cases involving allegations that Scientology is taking advantage of elderly and other disadvantaged people with outrageous financial schemes.

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