What the hell has happened to religion? When did "all that is holy" translate into bigotry, fear, intolerance, and bullying rather than, say, "the love relationship between the creator God and created man" or "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life?"
I hit the ground running, arriving not-quite midway into the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in time to crank out a five-movie day on Sunday. That's less a testament to my stamina than to luck and logistics.
It is hard not to despair. A woman entering a clinic for personal health care now must wade through potential hordes of obnoxious strangers getting i...
In her spirited one-woman show, "DiffiCult to leave," Roslyn Cohn uses song and narrative to recount her Scientology experiences. Alternatively hilarious and moving, the show is a first-hand account of the before and after of life in a cult... perhaps the largest, and most powerful, cult in contemporary times.
Burroughs' involvement in Scientology has received only scant mention in the biographies that have appeared about him, so it has been left to David Wills to right the record in his Scientologist! Williams S. Burroughs and the Weird Cult.
Scientology's "good works" non-profit umbrella group, the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), has used SBPI in the past to purchase property for its programs, including the facility that makes up its flagship drug rehab facility in Oklahoma, Narconon Arrowhead.
By the way, psychopaths in the U.S. rarely use the NGRI (Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity) defense because they know it will deliver more time inside than going to prison. Are our psychopaths smarter?
In The Losing Game, Lugli has asked ex-Scientologists to talk about what they lost after spending years in the church.
This is certainly not the first exposé of Scientology -- although it might qualify as the most abundant. Time magazine, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV are among the many who've taken on this most controversial of religions since its beginnings in the mid-1950s.
We've just finished Jenna Miscavige Hill's memoir, Beyond Belief, and we can say that it packs a powerful punch in its final pages as the niece of Scientology's leader considers his behavior and its effect on her life, both in and out of the church.
Our thanks to those clever folks at Anonymous, who very early this morning posted a real gem: a new International Association of Scientologists (IAS) video by our old friends in Melbourne.
Quietly going about one's business -- putting in time as an IRS agent, serving in the army, working toward winning the Heisman or performing small acts of kindness for their own sake -- is a noble and satisfying pursuit. Far easier said than done, but surely not impossible.
In what appears to be the most serious legal challenge to Scientology in several years, former high-level Scientologists Luis Garcia and his wife Rocio of Irvine, Calif., today filed a federal lawsuit against the Church of Scientology, alleging fraud over the way their contributions to the church were used.
And You Thought Creationism Was Bad? According to a new book, No Child Left Behind could have been a heck of a lot, well, weirder. Reports Vulture: Tom Cruise "tried to convince President George W. Bush's Secretary of Education Rod Paige to include Hubbard's 'study tech' educational methods into No Child Left Behind." Ya hear that? NCLB could have included things like scientology. It makes Rick Santorum's creationism amendment look tame by comparison! (h/t GothamSchools)
Investigation Discovery is airing a one-hour dramatization of Nancy Many's life as a Scientology spy next week. For part of her career in the church, Nancy was a Boston-area volunteer who helped the church carry out covert operations.
Is Scientology's "pope" a foul-mouthed, violent bully? In The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology, BBC newsman John Sweeney meticulously lays out the evidence that Scientology is run by a dictator who screams at his underlings and worse.