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Austin, Chicago & Mexico City: Here’s why you’re getting new Scientology churches now

[It’s been more than four years since the last time Dave released balloons]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: It’s looking like Scientology leader David Miscavige will open new ‘Ideal Orgs’ in Austin (Feb 24), Mexico City (March 1), and Chicago (March 3), with another opening in Paris soon. But why? And why now? We’ve seen the quizzical responses on social media, and we’re here to help. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Building a Scientology prison camp meant ducking for cover when planes flew by

[An aerial shot from ‘Missing in Happy Valley’]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Bruce Hines is back for another of his terrific narratives of life in Scientology’s bizarre hardcore elite, and what it was like to build a prison camp that he would end up serving time in. ALSO: The ‘Ideal Org’ picture takes shape in Austin, but less so in Chicago [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Giving birth (shhhh, silently!) in Scientology: What is that really like?

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: In Scientology, total subservience to ideas of founder L. Ron Hubbard may be no better illustrated than women in the organization attempting to give birth without making a sound. Val Ross went through it, and once again she provides us a great read about life in Hubbard’s cabal. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Scientology’s Sea Org: Almost no pay and no sleep, but plenty of swearing and smoking!

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Sunny Pereira is back with another look at life in Scientology’s hardcore Sea Org. And this time she wonders, in a life of almost no pay and no sleep, why was there so much swearing and smoking in this totalitarian indentured servitude? ALSO: The Bad Cadet is now an audiobook! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Love, Scientology style: How hard can it be to find a Clear date?

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: You can imagine that it might be difficult for young people in Scientology to find each other for romantic reasons when the organization has been battered and bruised in recent years. ALSO: Danny Masterson gets moved again, and wealthy Scientologists come to Trump’s rescue [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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PODCAST: She spied on the FBI for Scientology and lived to tell about it

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Readers have been raving about the pieces Val Ross has been writing for us lately, so we thought it would be fun to have a conversation with her for our latest podcast episode. We were not disappointed as Val goes into some really striking moments from her life in #Scientology. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Ribbon watch: Will Austin outsprint Paris for Scientology ‘Ideal’ glory?

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: As we try to figure out where Scientology leader David Miscavige is going to have his next ‘Ideal Org’ grand opening and make another of his very rare public appearances, our helper in Austin finds some tantalizing new clues about what’s going on there. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Mark Bunker makes the case for why Clearwater needs him to keep fighting Scientology

 
TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Mark Bunker is running for re-election to the city council of a town that is besieged by Scientology, and he wanted the Underground Bunker community to know what his reasons are for seeking another four years of battling with David Miscavige in Clearwater, Florida. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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Judge’s tentative ruling in Leah Remini lawsuit: David Miscavige, YOU ARE SERVED!

[David Miscavige and Judge Randolph Hammock]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Ahead of a hearing in Leah Remini’s Scientology lawsuit, Judge Hammock posted a tentative ruling that Leah has successfully served church leader David Miscavige, who will have to respond to the lawsuit in 30 days. And you simply must read the judge go off on Scientology! [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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As Scientology tries to cut down lawsuit by Danny Masterson victims, more allegations

[Judge Upinder Kalra and Danny Masterson]

TODAY AT SUBSTACK: If you’ve signed up for free emails at Substack, you will receive today’s feature story at your inbox: Today Scientology will be trying to derail the lawsuit filed by Danny Masterson’s victims. They’ve returned fire by posting more detail about the harassment they’ve gone through since coming forward. Today, we have the fourth declaration from a woman in the case, Bobette Riales. [What is this Substack thing, anyway?]

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