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L. Ron Hubbard prepares his Scientology fans as he changes his ‘science’ into a ‘religion’

 
Looking back through Scientology’s history, as we do, we ran across an interesting announcement by L. Ron Hubbard in January 1954 that we were unfamiliar with.

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Before and after Jonestown Bob Dole looked into cults — so Scientology targeted him

 
Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole died yesterday at the age of 98. He was a WW2 veteran, a respected lawmaker, and sought the presidency multiple times, becoming the GOP candidate in 1996, losing out to Bill Clinton’s re-election bid.

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Twenty-six years ago today: The final hours of Lisa McPherson’s Scientology life

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We want to warn you the story we’re reprinting today is very disturbing and contains graphic descriptions that some may find difficult to deal with. Six years ago we marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Lisa McPherson by recording, in real time, the final weeks of her life. Today marks the 26th anniversary of her final day on earth, and we are reproducing the culminating piece of our series which we published six years ago.

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Scientology wants your feedback, thetan: ‘Who would you like to hear from?’

[We can’t get enough of these Scientology whales: Are they available?]

It’s your chance to help out Scientology again, dear readers. They have sent out another survey to members, asking for their feedback. And this time, it’s about who they want to see on stage!

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Scientology wouldn’t pull its ‘Chase Wave’ scam on military veterans, would it?

[Adam Pires, Navy Federal member and Navy veteran]

In April we told you about a recent defector from Scientology named Adam Pires who said he could corroborate our claim that SNL’s Chloe Fineman was a longtime and dedicated Scientologist: While he was in, he had done the “purif” (Scientology’s quack “Purification Rundown” involving massive intake of vitamins and days and days in a sauna) with Fineman.

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Scientology honcho lectures Clearwater leaders on how he’s been mistreated

 
Like the rest of you, we’ve been fascinated by the skillful reporting by Tampa Bay Times writer Tracey McManus as she’s covered the ongoing strife between the Church of Scientology and the city of Clearwater, Florida.

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The Danny Masterson court cases and Scientology: A video update

[Danny Masterson doesn’t like the rulings from Judge Charlaine Olmedo]

YouTuber Derek Lambert asked us for an update on what’s going on with Scientology and the courts, and we were happy to fill him in.

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Scientology ‘honors’ veterans by lying about founder L. Ron Hubbard’s war record

[Pat Harney]

Here’s the thing: We wouldn’t even have known about Scientology’s latest “stolen valor” claim if they hadn’t put out a freaking press release about it.

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Scientology’s academic champion: An eager copyright attorney who shills with alacrity

[Scientology’s loving portrait of Introvigne, from Freedom magazine]

Today I am wrapping up my series of articles responding to Implicit Religion: The Journal for the Critical Study of Religion and the series of articles advocating for a new, more “enlightened” approach to studying Scientology in academia. In this week’s analysis, I am taking on the king of NRM scholarship, Massimo Introvigne. The paper he wrote for Implicit Religion is called “Scientology Studies 2.0, Utopia or Opportunity.”

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Scientology returns to ‘Christmas’ implant in earnest: L. Ron is the reason for the season!

 
Scientology has a long and complex relationship with the R6 Christianity implant that each of us thetans struggles with thanks to the galactic warlord Xenu.

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