Scientology sexual abuse scandal


This 20 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Former Scientology member sues church, claims child abuse and human trafficking

The Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige are the targets of a lawsuit by a former member of the church, who alleges child abuse, human trafficking and intimidation. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles. In court documents, the defendant was called Jane Doe to protect her identity.

According to the lawsuit, Doe was born to Scientologist parents in 1979 and lived from ages 6-12 at the spiritual headquarters of the church in Clearwater. She claims she was forced to work from 8 a.m. to midnight and only instructed on Scientologist teachings. Doe claimed at age 10, she was subjected to a ritual called “bullbaiting”, where she says she had to sit in a chair while obscene things were shouted at her. According to the lawsuit, she was expected to show no reaction; if she did, she claims the practice would start over.

The lawsuit says when she was 15, Doe was lured to Los Angeles with promises of fair pay and a simple job. Instead, she claims she was forced to work long hours for little pay. She became a member of the Sea Org, which the suit describes as a military-like “sub-organization for Scientology’s most dedicated members”. The suit claims members sign a “billion-year contract” dedicating their lives to the church and work an average of 100 hours a week for $46.

Doe said she started working as Miscavige’s steward seven days a week and became close to his wife, Shelly. Miscavige, though, had a falling out with his wife in 2005, Doe said. That led to Doe being sent to “the hole,” a pair of double-wide mobile homes where those accused of ethics violations were kept under strict surveillance, the lawsuit alleges. She claims she was kept there for three months, then sentenced to three months of hard labor. Doe claims she witnessed a crying Shelly Miscavige being dragged into a car. Shelly Miscavige has not been seen or heard publicly since, according to the lawsuit.

Doe said she tried to escape the church in 2016 but came back because of her family connections. She finally left for good in 2017 and now works with actress Leah Remini, who has become an outspoken critic of Scientology. Doe’s story became part of an episode of Remini’s TV series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”, which told the story of defected church members. The suit claims the church set up a hate website — leahreminiaftermath.com — that targeted Doe and the others featured on the show. The website contains what the suit calls “false, defamatory and inflammatory information about Jane Doe, all under the (Church of Scientology) copyright.” The suit claimed similar articles and videos about Doe appeared on the official website of Freedom Magazine, a Scientology-run publication.

The lawsuit seeks damages for multiple complaints, including false imprisonment; kidnapping; stalking; libel; slander; invasion of privacy; intentional infliction of emotional distress; human trafficking; failure to pay minimum wage; exceeding maximum work hours and overtime, failure to provide days of rest and meal periods; violation of California labor codes; fraudulent inducement of employment; negligent misrepresentation; and negligence.

“Scientology for decades has sought to quash dissention, cover up its long history of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of its members, including its most vulnerable members, its children, and weaponize its doctrine against those who escape and find the courage to speak up,” said Attorney Brian Kent of Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP, which filed the lawsuit. “This is just the beginning and we are not going to stop until they do.”

LAWSUIT SEEKS TO BRING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY INTO THE ME TOO ERA An ex-Scientologist has filed a lawsuit against the church and its leader, David Miscavige ― alleging that it put her through years of “heinous abuse, human trafficking, and intimidation.” [HuffPost]

Scientology cult endangers Caribbean people’s health


This 2 May 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Why The Government Just SHUT DOWN Scientology‘s Cruise Ship

Scientology‘s ship and spiritual retreat, Freewinds, was shut down and quarantined for measles on the island of St. Lucia. As an ex-Scientologist, I discuss their stance which may have led to the measles outbreak. I give you all of the details on everything you need to know about the Freewinds and what happened. Then, I discuss my mental health and give an update on my cult recovery therapy sessions.

From British daily The Guardian, 3 May 2019:

Scientology cruise ship leaves St Lucia after measles quarantine

According to Reuters Eikon shipping data, a Panamanian-flagged cruise liner identified as SMV Freewinds had been docked in port near Castries on Thursday. It was at sea and expected to arrive at Curaçao on Saturday.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Curaçao government is calling on residents who have been in the vicinity of the Freewinds cruise ship to report to the medical service. A crew member of the ship, owned by the Scientology movement, has gotten measles.

The ship was off the coast of Curaçao last week, where it is located more often. It also serves as an entertainment ship for onshore residents, says correspondent Dick Drayer. “When they are in the harbour, concerts are also done, and a few dozen people come to that.”

This video says about itself:

The Freewinds Measles Ship Seen in Aruba

When we were on an 11 day Caribbean Cruise from Tampa to New York in April 2019 we came across the MS Freewinds in port in Oranjestad, Aruba at the same time as our ship, the Norwegian Pearl.

There are some rather famous anti-vaccine celebrities who are Scientologists, such as Jenna Elfman, Kirstie Alley, and some others: here.

According to Dutch NOS TV, Scientology opposes mandatory vaccination.

Scientology offshoot ‘Avatar’ in Dutch education


This January 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Interview with Margie (Part 1) – Ex-Scientology / Avatar | The Origins of the Avatar Course

Interview with Margie re. the origins of the Avatar Course.

For 12 years, Margie was a model Scientologist. She was a teacher, recruiter and third in command for a period of time at Harry Palmer’s Center for Creative Learning in Elmira, formerly the Elmira Mission of the Church of Scientology.

In this interview Margie discusses her story, including:

– Why she got into Scientology.

– What it was like being a staff member.

– Her relationship with Harry and Avra [Honey-Smith; Avatar co-leader].

– The transition from Scientology to Avatar.

– What really happened in Elmira; and,

– Her process in “waking up” and leaving.

Margie’s intention is not to harm or slam Harry or Avra. It is to expose her truth, her experiences and to bring to light the true origins of the Avatar Course.

This video is the sequel.

This blog post is about Avatar. No, I don’t mean the small images like this one which many WordPress bloggers use. I also don’t mean the film. And I don’t mean the original sense of the word, in Hindu theology about a god’s manifestation on earth, either.

This is about a cult-like offshoot of Scientology, a corporation also calling itself Star’s Edge International.

From Dutchnews.nl today:

Personal development sect Avatar ‘infiltrates’ Dutch schools: media

A sect similar to Scientology is infiltrating the Dutch school system and may run as many as six private schools in the Netherlands, according to research by the NRC [daily] and current affairs show De Monitor.

They claim several so-called ‘democratic schools’, including the Guus Kieft School in Amstelveen, are run o[n] Avatar principles. The schools are privately funded and often take in pupils who, for one reason or another, fail to thrive in the regular school system.

Avatar is similar to Scientology, which has been accused of brainwashing and manipulation. Invented in the USA by former Scientology member Harry Palmer, the members of the sect adhere to a mixture of Scientology, Hinduism and New Age, and believe the earth was colonised by aliens.

However, the NRC writes, Avatar also advocates such controversial techniques as exorcism to cure cancer and ADHD. De Monitor said the management board of the oldest and largest Dutch [so called] democratic school, De Ruimte in Soest, includes six Avatars and parents are encouraged to do Avatar training courses.

‘Our experience is that Avatar brainwashing is very evident there’, one mother who took her children out of the school is quoted as saying. The school has denied the accusation.

Wizards

Earlier this month the NRC revealed that three local councillors, who have the status of Wizard in the organisation have been promoting Avatar by sending civil servants on Avatar courses. According to the paper there are some 1,600 Avatar trainers in the Netherlands. The local council footed the bill which may be as high as €15,000, the paper said.

Sektesignaal, an organisation set up by the justice ministry to monitor sectarian [cult] activity, has asked the education minister to look into the matter. The De Monitor report will be broadcast on Tuesday evening.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that Avatar admits their courses cost €15,000.

Dutch daily De Volkskrant on this: here.

‘Wizards of cult-like group Avatar infiltrate democratic schools’: from daily Algemeen Dagblad.

‘Wizards’ … reminding me of ‘imperial wizards‘ of the Ku Klux Klan.

Avatar in Belgium: here.

Swedish woman on escaping from Scientology cult


Mariette Lindstein and Dan Koon

Translated from MARJOLIJN DE COCQ, in Dutch daily Het Parool, 13 March 2018:

“There was no way back. We were literally prisoners’

After 27 years in the grip of Scientology, Swedish Mariette Lindstein (60) processes her past in the thriller trilogy The Cult on Fog Island.

Translated into Dutch as De sekte. Original Swedish title: Sekten på Dimön.

“I talk about everything, I have nothing left to lose.”

She was fanatical and convinced, and she worked at the highest level at headquarters in Florida, directly under leader David Miscavige. Until the excesses and terror at the Church of Scientology became so untenable that her eyes opened and she began to plot her escape.

The second part of her trilogy, The Cult Rises, has just appeared: about a New Age movement on an island on the Swedish coast under the leadership of a charismatic leader. ‘To join is tempting, escape is impossible’, is the motto of the books and could also be that of her life. Because yes, in a physical sense she escaped Scientology after her flight in 2004. But the cult – because that is the ‘church’ in her view – does not let her go. Her accounts are hacked, false Facebook pages are created and when she visits a book fair somewhere, then there are shadows that photograph and film her.

But Lindstein does not give up her mission: she gives lectures, does school visits and has started writing thrillers to warn young people who are receptive to the lure of these kinds of movements – which seem so innocent, but which slowly brainwash people. “You can shout: do not join a cult! But nobody will listen, so I can make it much easier to see how easy it is to get caught up in something like that.”

Together with her current husband Dan Koon, also a former Scientologist, Lindstein tells her story. “He was the first person in the church with whom I dared to talk about my doubts, and often a raised eyebrow was enough.”

It is probably not easy to publicly admit that you made such a totally wrong choice 27 years ago.

“I fled to Los Angeles in 2004, where I lived with Dan for seven years, and during those early years we were only trying to get our lives in order, we had been cut off from the world, I still dressed like in the nineteen eighties, had no passport, no references, it was hard to find a job – just tell them you were in a cult for 27 years, then we went to Sweden, to Halmstad, where I grew up. To ask the question: what would my life have been like if I had made a different choice when I was nineteen? I got nightmares and started to write to get rid of them, it was such a relief.” …

There was no way back, but you have climbed high within the movement. That does not happen just like that?

“No, I do not want to wallow in victimhood, I have been very fanatic for a long time, I really believed that we were working for a higher purpose, though sometimes I had a vague sense of discomfort. The doubts came and went. Then people began to be physically abusive, I got my mind back a little bit – although it took me five years before I found the courage and the opportunity to escape. David Miscavige is very violent and unpredictable. The abuse is denied blatantly, that feels like a knife stuck into my heart. We’ve seen it with our own eyes.”

Her husband Dan Koon, who sits next to her all this time, takes over the conversation. “When Tom Cruise, the film star, came to the base for his training in 1990, we were still allowed to call friends and family; someone from the marketing department told his mother about Cruise and she had sold the stories to gossip magazine National Enquirer. From that moment on, someone always had to be there when you called – that was the beginning of an even greater isolation from the world, and we were also constantly told how bad things were in the outside world. ”

Lindstein: “At one point we were all called together and we were shown the images of 9/11 on a screen.” This, “said the Leader, is what happens in the world because you are not spreading our message quickly enough.” He used the attacks to frighten us, manipulating them, and playing extreme power games at Scientology.”

Castrum Peregrini, German-Dutch sexually abusive cult, based on German poet Stefan George: here. And here.

United States taxpayers’ money to Scientology schools?


This video from the USA says about itself:

1 November 2015

Leah Remini stated that at Tom Cruise‘s wedding he sang “You lost that loving feeling” to Katie Holmes and how odd that was. Indeed, at the actual wedding he is singing, “You’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’ / Now it’s gone, gone, gone, whoa / Now there’s no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you / And now you’re starting to criticize the things I do / It makes me just feel like crying (baby) / ‘Cause baby, something beautiful’s dying”———–ooohhh, how very romantic.

See my articles on Scientology here.

By Rebecca Klein in the USA:

Inside The Voucher Schools That Teach L. Ron Hubbard, But Say They’re Not Scientologist

Like the Waldorf/Steiner schools don’t mention Steiner’s anthroposophy on which they are based

Betsy DeVos wants to expand school voucher programs throughout the U.S. Get ready for that list to include schools that promote Scientologist doctrine.

12/11/2017 06:02 am ET

CLEARWATER, Fla. ― It was a weekday afternoon here in early December, and a gaggle of kids outside of Clearwater Academy International were playing with a ball, their laughter and shouts filling the air. The school is just a few blocks away from the spiritual headquarters for the Church of Scientology, and church volunteers appeared to be preparing for an event.

Garrett Cantrell, who is not a Scientologist, recalled his time at the school as he sat near Clearwater’s harbor, surrounded by Scientologist retreat centers. The school was small and private, exactly what Cantrell was seeking in a high school after moving to Florida from New York in 2008.

He and his family, as they toured the school, had asked about its religious affiliations before he enrolled, specifically wanting to make sure it wasn’t associated with Scientology. An employee told them, no. But a few months into the school year, Cantrell decided the answer was not so clear cut.

Clearwater Academy International is one of dozens of schools and tutoring centers in the U.S. that use learning materials based on the ideas of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the church of Scientology. Five of these schools and tutoring centers, including Clearwater Academy, receive public funding through voucher or tax credit scholarship programs, HuffPost has found.

While Cantrell said he was never asked to participate in Scientologist events, he realized that most of his classmates were deeply involved in the church ― participating in events like an off-campus party for Hubbard’s birthday.

After a few months at the school, Cantrell decided he wanted out and he spent the rest of the year slacking off. School leaders eventually asked him to leave ― for which Cantrell was grateful.

“I don’t feel like I learned anything there other than that basically Scientology was obviously not something that I wanted to do,” said Cantrell, now 25 years old.

Clearwater Academy is a private institution, which means that in general, the school can teach what it likes with little oversight. But the learning materials it uses raises questions about its links to the Church of Scientology, in light of the school receiving more than $500,000 in taxpayer money for student scholarships between 2012-2016.

HuffPost has been investigating the schools that receive such money for students, which comes via state-level voucher or tax credit programs.

Over the course of our investigation, we created a database of almost 8,000 schools in the country that participate in these programs and researched what each was teaching. Our first story, published earlier this month, broke down how many religious schools were receiving such funds and dove deep into the curriculums often used in evangelical Christian schools.

But we also came across Clearwater Academy and the four other schools and tutoring centers that use curriculum by Applied Scholastics, a non-profit that says it is non-religious but is dedicated to spreading educational methods developed by Hubbard.

An overwhelming proportion of private schools that participate in state-run, so-called school choice programs that help students afford them -– like vouchers and tax credits ― are religious, and say so upfront. But the schools that use Applied Scholastics claim to be totally secular.

As Applied Scholastics schools continue to receive millions of dollars in taxpayer funds and are therefore more accountable to the public than typical private schools, their claims of secularity deserve heightened scrutiny.

Our investigation comes at a time when President Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos, his secretary of education, have made it a priority to expand voucher and tax credit programs like the ones in Florida.

Karin Pouw, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology, told HuffPost in an email that while the church “and its members have proudly supported Applied Scholastics in numerous ways through the years … Applied Scholastics is not part of the Church of Scientology or any other religious organization.”

The executive director for Clearwater Academy told HuffPost that it successfully serves children from a diverse array of backgrounds.

Four of five Applied Scholastics institutions that receive public funds are in Florida and have received more than $3 million in taxpayer-funded scholarships between 2012-2016, according to data provided by the Florida Department of Education. Aside from Clearwater Academy, they are the Washburn Academy, the Community Learning Center Academy, and the Hollywood Education Literacy Project.

It is unclear how much money another school, Applied Scholastics Academy Las Vegas, has received through its participation in Nevada’s tax credit program ― a representative for the program did not respond to requests for comment.

Concerning the institutions that use Applied Scholastics, Pouw wrote that “the Church of Scientology has no relationship with these schools.”

Voucher programs provide scholarships for students to go to private schools based on criteria like income. Tax credit programs give tax credits to individuals and corporations who donate to scholarship granting nonprofits. These nonprofits then provide scholarships to students for private schools.

The Florida Department of Education’s directory of schools that participate in its voucher and tax credit programs list the four institutions that use curriculum associated with Hubbard as “non-religious.” (The department’s website lists one other Applied Scholastics school as participating in a private school choice program, but representatives for the state said it has not been approved to do so.)

Before enrolling at Clearwater, Cantrell had spent time in public and Catholic schools, where the academics were tough, but traditional. At the Clearwater school, he was asked to behave in ways he found bizarre, he said.

Cantrell said if he yawned, it wasn’t just considered an involuntary reflex ― it meant he was having difficulty grasping the material, and teachers would prod him to see if this reaction might be the result of a “misunderstood word”.

If Cantrell didn’t understand a concept, he was expected to create clay models of the idea at hand to help him comprehend it. Much of the learning was self-directed, he said, where classroom teachers played a small role in guiding students.

On its website, Clearwater Academy says that as part of the Applied Scholastics network, it teaches students using Study Technology, which was “developed by author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.” The concepts in Study Technology “were developed by Mr. Hubbard when he discovered the primary barriers to a student’s comprehension.” Scientology.org, the church’s website, promotes the work of Applied Scholastics.

HuffPost reached out to Applied Scholastics for comment and they did not respond by press time.

HuffPost received several Study Technology books to confirm Cantrell’s claims. Yawning is explained as a potential reaction to encountering a “misunderstood word.” According to the book, not understanding what a word means can act as a major impediment for learners. So if Cantrell yawned, teachers would have him look up words in the dictionary. Study Technology refers to the “misunderstood word” as one of the three major “barriers to study,” which make it difficult for students to learn.

Making clay demonstrations out of concepts and ideas is also one of Hubbard’s recommendations in Study Technology. These clay demonstrations are supposed to help students understand what they are learning through visual representation.

The Study Technology books HuffPost received are filled with simple cartoons explaining Hubbard’s unique take on education.

Some of the concepts in Study Technology are similar to those introduced in Scientology doctrine ― including the use of clay demonstrations. Indeed, when asked about the overlap in ideas, Pouw said that “Mr. Hubbard originally researched Study Technology to help him teach Scientology to his students and it continues to be used in that context today.”

Study Technology also offers controversial ideas about learning disabilities. According to the Applied Scholastics website, learning disabilities may be the result of a student encountering “repeated barriers to study.” Notably, famed scientologist Tom Cruise has said that Study Technology helped him overcome dyslexia and learn how to read.

It is well established among educators, though, that learning disabilities are something with which a child is born or has developed.

The four schools in Florida that use Study Technology take advantage of the state’s voucher program specifically for students with disabilities.

Zwers told HuffPost that students receiving scholarships via the state are given academic assessments when they arrive, and an individualized academic program is then arranged.

“Clearwater Academy works hard to provide a lot of the one-on-one attention that these students need,” wrote Zwers, who provided an example of a student who came to the school with a learning disability and is now studying engineering in college.

On the other hand, HuffPost spoke to three ex-scientologists who attended schools that use Study Technology, as well as other ex-scientologists familiar with the curriculum. They all said these schools walk a murky line between secular and Scientologist.

One former student, who requested to go by the pseudonym Danielle M. because her parents are still in the church, is 25 years old and attended Clearwater Academy for several years. When Danielle was young, she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But due to the church’s view on learning difficulties, she said she never received treatment.

“My parents and the school basically said, ‘Nope. You don’t have that. That’s not real,’″ she said.

Because of her experience, Danielle finds it especially disturbing that schools like Clearwater are receiving thousands of dollars in taxpayer money specifically to help students with disabilities.

“They’re not gonna accommodate for them,” she said.

Leah Farrow, 38, an ex-scientologist who now lives in Alabama and works as a tattoo artist, said the link between the church and school was not always obvious. She moved to Clearwater with her family when she was 10 years old and spent time attending a school that later merged with other institutions to become Clearwater Academy International.

“They use methods that are ingrained in Scientology, but they don’t necessarily teach Scientology”, Farrow said. “I can see the loophole that they’re using. I do think it’s pretty disingenuous.”

She said at her school, Scientologists would encourage students to volunteer at the church through a program called Sea Organization. SeaOrg is comprised of the church’s “most dedicated members,” according to Scientology.org.

But much of the terminology used at her school was uniquely scientologist, Farrow added.

“I really don’t know how someone who’s not a Scientologist could go there. It would be like going to a school that only speaks Spanish,” she said.

David Touretzky, a professor in the computer science department of Carnegie Mellon University, is highly critical of Study Technology and scientology in general.

At Carnegie Mellon, Touretzky specializes in computational neuroscience. He takes issue with some of the broad claims Scientology and Study Technology make about the way the mind works, and said much of it is unsupported by evidence.

“It’s basically pseudo science,” he said. …

Garrett Cantrell, meanwhile, is disturbed by the idea that the school he went to receives public funding via private school choice programs.

He said he feels fortunate that he only stayed at Clearwater Academy for a short time. While he said that everyone was kind to him, and the other kids seemed smart, he feels like he wasted a year of his academic life.

“Look, they have every right to be there, and have their setup like that, but [the school shouldn’t] mislead people like that. They looked at [his grandmother] straight in the face and lied to her and my grandfather. Had they said, ’Yes, [we’re scientologist],′ we would have gone a different route. We wouldn’t have gone there.”

‘Scientology covered up sexual abuse’


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 March 2017

Los Angeles police are probing allegations of sexual assault against That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson, authorities told The Hollywood Reporter Friday. There is also a report of a possible cover up by the Church of Scientology.

From The Independent in Britain today:

Church of Scientology allegedly covered up abuse claims filed against That ’70s Show TV star Danny Masterson

The incidents were said to have occurred in the early 2000s

Jacob Stolworthy

Actor Danny Masterson, who appeared in sitcom That ’70s Show, is reportedly being investigated by the LAPD after allegations that accusations of sexual assault were covered up by the Church of Scientology.

Variety has reported that the LAPD is looking into claims of sexual assault that were said to have been committed by Masterson – a practicing Scientologist – in the early 2000s. Masterson has denied the claims.

A statement from the LAPD reads: “Three women have come forward and disclosed that they were sexually assaulted by Masterson during the early 2000s.”

The claims that the Church of Scientology covered up the allegations against the actor come courtesy of journalist Tony Ortega.

Masterson’s representative told Variety that the “false allegations appear to be motivated to boost Leah Remini’s anti-Scientology television series [Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath].“ …

Masterson appeared in That ’70s Show alongside Ashton Kutcher with whom he currently stars in Netflix comedy The Ranch.

81 WOMEN ACCUSE FORMER USA GYMNASTICS DOCTOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny resigned on Thursday afternoon in response. [HuffPost]

Scientology accused of extortion in Belgium


This video from the USA says about itself:

29 March 2015

This week, VICE meets Mark “Marty” Rathbun, a former senior executive of the Church of Scientology who left the church in 2004. He is a key subject of Alex Gibney‘s new documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which is being released March 29 through HBO Documentary Films. We discuss his past in the Church of Scientology, auditing, and the harassment techniques allegedly used by the church.

Translated from Belga news agency in Belgium today:

For the Brussels criminal court on Monday started the trial of eleven members and former members of the Belgian branch of Scientology, the association Scientology Church of Belgium and the association Church of Scientology Europe. They are accused of extortion, forgery and unlawful practice of medicine. The former treasurer of the church said Monday in court that the organization had a weekly income of 5000 euros. …

The former treasurer is prosecuted as a member of a criminal gang and for participation in a criminal organization.

Leah Remini talks Tom Cruise and Scientology.

Inside Leah Remini’s Scientology special.

Scientology creep David Miscavige threatening to sue publisher over dad’s memoir: here.

Ex-Scientologist actress Carmen Llwyelyn blasts Scientology ‘cult’


This video says about itself:

XENU Story Broadcast on National TV (Today Tonight)

6 February 2009

Today Tonight (Australia) exposes Scientology‘s most closely guarded secret; that they believe an Alien Overlord (named Xenu) brought billions of aliens to Earth 77 Million years ago and murdered them by blowing them up with hydrogen bombs after throwing them into volcanoes. They also believe that hundreds of the ghosts from these dead aliens (known as thetans) parasitize all humans and cause all of our psychiatric illnesses and many of our physical ones as well (such as cancer).

This Today Tonight broadcast has confirmed that the South Park episode Trapped in the Closet hit the nail on the head, and exposes Scientologists as the liars they are. The Xenu story is taught in a fairly advanced Scientology course known as OT-III, and new members won’t be made aware of this L. Ron Hubbard bullshit until they’ve paid to be declared clear of thetans and have passed OT-I and OT-II courses (at a cost of approximately $100,000).

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Ex-Scientologist Carmen Llwyelyn blasts ‘cult’ and her treatment after divorce with Jason Lee

Actress has penned a revealing essay criticising the controversial religion

Heather Saul

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Carmen Llywelyn has launched a scathing attack on Scientology, branding the religion a “sinister cult” 13 years after leaving it.

The Never Been Kissed actress was introduced to the church after moving to California and meeting the My Name is Earl star Jason Lee, who was already a member, aged 19. The couple married a year later in 1995 and divorced in 2001.

Scientology counts John Travolta, Will Smith, Juliette Lewis and Tom Cruise among its many famous followers. It is founded on the work of sci-fi writer L Ron Hubbard, who wrote of an alien dictator who brought his people to earth 75 million years ago.

Llywelyn discussed her experiences within the church in a lengthy essay for Gawker, writing: “I’ve realised that the religion is built on a foundation of violence. […] I did what so many other people who join Scientology do: I lost all sense of individual identity in the name of the cult.”

Her article has been dismissed by the Church as “yet another shameless and transparent attempt” to draw media attention.

The 41-year-old claimed to have spent up to $50,000 (£32,000) on books, courses and “auditing” during her time in the church and recalled a “class system” that gave celebrity followers special status.

“I was shown L. Ron Hubbard’s office, set up perfectly for when he comes back in another lifetime. The famous members of the religion were mentioned over and over again. In the Rose Garden, cans of Coke were on sale for $2 each alongside overpriced snacks. It was all very ostentatious. Most of the focus was on ways things appeared. It was confusing to me that a church was called the Celebrity Centre.”

Llywelyn claimed she was ostracised by her friends within the church after being labelled a “Suppressive Person” for reading an anti-Scientology book, eventually receiving a “disconnection letter” from her husband.

“Scientologists believe that such a person, like an ex-Scientologist who speaks out about their former beliefs and/or who doesn’t disconnect from one who has, will make everyone around them sick,” Llewellyn wrote. “I lost Gay [her agent], Jason, and every friend and source of love I knew besides my family in Georgia, 3,000 miles away.

“No one imagines themselves as so fragile to ever let something as sinister as a cult take control of their minds. I didn’t think anyone would ever tell me how to think and when to think it. We all believe we’re above such things and only stupid people could fall for that.

“But there are no choices in Scientology. There never were. It is all a ruse. In truth, after I left Scientology, I had to learn how to think for myself again, to speak for myself again. It’s very different from the language Scientology promotes in its advertisements: ‘think for yourself’.”

Read more: John Travolta refuses to watch Going Clear
Scientology leader’s father was subject of spying
HBO announces Scientology documentary, hires 160 lawyers

Scientology cult still hounding critic after forty years


This 27 July 2015 video is called How the Church of Scientology tried to bring down Paulette Cooper.

From the Daily Beast in the USA:

03.29.15

Scientology Former Public Enemy No. 1 Is Still Spooked, 40 Years Later

When Paulette Cooper was the church’s only public critic, she says she faced a ‘campaign of intimidation and destruction.’ Four decades later, despite the church’s denials, she tells The Daily Beast it’s not over.

Forty years after skewering Scientology as a “mental health cult” in her historic exposé, author Paulette Cooper is convinced the church is still keeping tabs on her. She sees the church planting operatives in the nail salon. She believes Scientologists are scrambling her travel plans. They approach as college students writing research papers, she says.

Cooper was the first and for years the only public critic of Scientology. Then she became the church’s Public Enemy No. 1. Ultimately, she was joined by defectors‚ many of whom will appear in Sunday’s HBO documentary based on Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear.

“I’ve had Scientology spies on me since 1969, and here we are today. How many years is that that I’ve had to deal with these people?” Cooper told The Daily Beast.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, Church of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw said Cooper’s claims are meritless—and maybe even borderline paranoid. …

Paulette Cooper sued the Church of Scientology in federal court for $25 million back in 1981. In the lawsuit, she alleged that in 1969, L. Ron Hubbard and Boston-based Scientologists burgled her therapist’s office, fleeced the state’s attorney general’s offices of Cooper’s correspondence, and planted members in the Better Business Bureau of Boston and at the law firm repping The Boston Globe, which was writing a piece on the church. A church spokesman at the time dismissed the lawsuit, calling it “one more attempt to gain publicity.”

The Church of Scientology and Cooper did come to a settlement in 1985 for an undisclosed sum. …

She says she still attracts refugees from Scientology, all these years later.

Just this week, an alleged defector wrote to Cooper calling the church a “repulsive right wing cult,” in an email reviewed by The Daily Beast. The woman praised Cooper: “You are the reason I left!”

“We told them, ‘I wrote about a scandal of Scientology and come on, nobody is at a hotel for two nights and has a $16,000 valet bill!’”

Approaches from strangers aren’t always welcome. Cooper says she is still traumatized from the hellish experiences she endured beginning in the late 1960s, when as a freelance journalist she started chasing the Church of Scientology for a magazine article. It was then, she says, that the church launched what she describes as a “campaign of intimidation and destruction.”

When Cooper moved into a new building in 1968, she says, 300 neighboring tenants received letters defaming her. “The church said I was a part-time prostitute and that I had sexually molested a 2-year-old baby,” she said. Then came the bomb scares. A team of Scientology operatives, she says, planted evidence that Cooper (allegedly dubbed “Miss Lovely” by the church for her radiant looks) had mailed anonymous bomb threats to the Church of Scientology in New York. They even pulled a partial fingerprint of hers off of a petition, she says. According to news articles from the 1980’s, the FBI uncovered an alleged smear campaign against Cooper, dubbed “Operation Freakout,” during raids of the church in 1977. The campaign allegedly involved impersonating “an effort to have [Cooper] imprisoned or driven insane.”

A low point came in 1973, Cooper says. Cooper says a new friend who was staying at her apartment, a red-headed man who called himself “Jerry Levin,” was secretly a Scientologist. They would swim in her rooftop pool at night, Cooper says, and Levin would try to convince her to stand on a high ledge with him, 33 stories above the street.

“Why on earth would Jerry want me to climb that ledge?” she said. “He was up there. It would have taken the slightest push, and that would have been in it.”

Cooper went on to write a best-selling book about her experiences, The Scandal of Scientology. But the shadow of the church still lingers over her life, Cooper says.

Scientology critic Tony Ortega, who is writing a book on Paulette Cooper titled The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, says the church employed and still employs spies. “Her story is important history because it could happen again tomorrow,” he said. The Church denied the spying allegations in a statement to The Daily Beast.

Today Cooper, an adopted Holocaust survivor whose parents were killed at Auschwitz during World War II, has rebuilt her reputation—but she still believes that Scientologists are spying on her. She remembers her friend and fellow Scientology critic Robert Kaufman, who wrote Inside Scientology, warning her: “They’ll always know what you’re doing because you’re still a threat to them.” (The Church denied this allegation, as well.)

Cooper, 72, says she is certain the surveillance will increase. “I will have to more cautious when [Tony Ortega’s] book comes out,” she said.

When she gets Facebook friend requests, she refuses them. “Unless I personally know them or know of a book they’ve written against it I do not accept,” she said.

She did recently accept one invitation: from Placido Domingo Jr. “He was a Scientologist and now he’s out. I think we can trust him,” she said.

This past week, Cooper had a pedicure at a hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, and met a woman who was reading Cooper’s newspaper column on dogs and cats.

“You’re Paulette Cooper,” she said, apparently as a fan.

Cooper hesitated. “I still had to ask myself: Could she have followed me there?” she told The Daily Beast.

Cooper remembers how her mother went to a beauty shop several years ago and was approached by a woman who ultimately tried to fix up her son, a Scientologist, on a date with Cooper.

Church operatives, she says, have approached her as college students writing a Scientology research paper. “That is one of their standard crapolas,” Cooper said. “I came home one time and there was a student waiting in my lobby and she tells me ‘I’m a student I’m writing a paper on Scientology.’”

They’ve allegedly come as perps in the middle of the night. One time, outside her hotel room, she says she heard someone cackling loudly after failing to jimmy the door. “I’m alone and of course I was scared,” Cooper said. “I had double locked the door, of course. The person was jiggling and trying to get in. Then he laughed loudly.”

Sometimes Scientologists, Cooper claims, have messed with her travel plans.

While traveling to California to give a deposition for a Scientology lawsuit, she says, the second leg of her trip was mysteriously canceled. “I said to myself, ‘I can’t tell the flight manager that I’ve written about the church and they’re going after [me]’—they’d think I’m crazy. So I said to them, ‘I’m having a little harassment problems with a former husband and he likes to play little games on me like canceling my flight.’” It worked, and she was allowed to board the plane.

When Cooper and her husband visited Southern California 11 years ago to spend time with “antis”—former Scientologists—they returned one night to find the safe in their Sheraton Hotel room had been tampered with, she says, and a mysterious glove in the sink. “Sometimes Scientology leaves things so you know it’s them,” she said.

When they checked out, she says, the parking tab was $16,000. “We told [the hotel staff], ‘I wrote about a scandal of Scientology and come on, nobody is at a hotel for two nights and has a $16,000 valet bill!’” she said.

(The Church, which dismissed Cooper’s allegations about the valet bill and the canceled flight, did not address the claim about the glove in the sink.)

That Cooper says she is forced to be extra cautious makes sense to Ortega. “Paulette was under more surveillance than she even realized,” he said. “She was subject of five or six operations.

On Sunday, Cooper’s hosting a viewing party for Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, and she’s even invited her new pal from the Palm Beach hotel salon. “I’ve invited her over to watch,” Cooper said. “She’s such an anti-Scientologist and is so excited to watch the show with me. I feel like I want to give her a chance.”

There are some rather serious allegations in the Scientology expose documentary, “Going Clear.”

HBO’s scientology documentary was the channel’s most-watched documentary in nine years.

Actress Leah Remini quits Scientology


This 2010 video from Australia is called Scientology president’s daughter slams ‘toxic’ church.

By Jessica Goodman in the USA:

Leah Remini Quits Scientology After ‘Years Of Interrogations’

07/11/2013 9:57 am EDT

Leah Remini, the star of “King of Queens,” has reportedly quit Scientology.

According to the New York Post, Remini was subjected to “years of ‘interrogations’ and ‘thought modifications'” after she questioned Scientology leader David Miscavige. A source told the Post that the church questioned Remini’s family and “blacklisted” her before she quit.

The Brooklyn native admitted to being a Scientologist in a 2001 interview and has defended the church multiple times. She even hosted gatherings where she would help fellow church members get to the next level of Scientology practice. An email she wrote about the events, was published on Gawker. But Mike Rinder, a Scientologist blogger, wrote that the “drama surrounding Leah has been ongoing for some time.

Scientologist expert and former Village Voice editor Tony Ortega uncovered Remini’s rift with the church earlier this week. He said that at the wedding of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Remini asked Miscavige, who was also Cruise’s best man, why his wife was absent. Ortega reported that Miscavige’s wife has been “kept out of site at a secretive Scientology facility near Lake Arrowhead.” After the wedding, Remini wrote church-authorized reports in which she criticized Miscavige and his leadership. In the years that followed, the actress and her family were reportedly subjected to repeated questioning and hostility.

Lest it is forgotten, Remini was one of the first people to ever lay eyes on Suri Cruise.

Kirstie Alley ‘Livid’ With Leah Remini For Leaving Church Of Scientology: here.

Leah Remini criticises Scientology, Tom Cruise and discusses Katie Holmes’ alleged involvement in controversial Church. The actress makes a number of allegations about her time within the Church in an explosive interview: here.

Leah Remini revealed even more Scientology secrets in a Reddit AMA.

A+E Exec Says She Was Targeted On Social Media By Scientologists. Apparently, they didn’t love Leah Remini’s docuseries: here.

Leah Remini is questioning Elisabeth Moss’s continued support of scientology.

This Sundance documentary claims the Church of Scientology’s leadership conspired to drive Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise apart.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BFV), Germany’s domestic security agency, is effectively giving up its monitoring of the controversial Scientology organization as part of its ongoing reforms. In doing so, it has upset officials in several of Germany’s states: here.

Michelle Pfeiffer, the actress, has disclosed that she was once part of a “cult” which believed humans can exist without food or water: here.