Thursday, December 29, 2005

More "Fair Game"

From Cult News, here's another account of the "church" harassing one of their critics.

Human rights activist Barb Warr had spent the morning protesting against the human rights abuses committed by the Scientology corporation, during which she was harassed and stalked by employees of the corrupt business; when she finished her protest, she was followed by those employees to the restaurant where she and other human rights activists had lunch. While she was eating, the city received a telephone call from someone claiming to be the manager of the restaurant requesting that her motorcycle be towed as an abandoned vehicle. The human rights activists' motorcycle was promptly towed.


The tow cost Warr $250.00.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Boycott

It looks like Tom Cruise's summer antics promoting the "church" and bad medical advice have encouraged a movement to boycott his upcoming film Mission Impossible III.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

The "inland base"














A damning article in the LA Times about Scientology - with an extensive photo gallery attached.

The creepy picture above is Tom Cruise with the creepy David Miscavige - leader of the "religion". The two of them are thick as thieves.

From the article:



Scientology has long recruited Hollywood luminaries. But the close friendship of these two men for nearly 20 years and their mutual devotion to Hubbard help explain Cruise's transformation from just another celebrity adherent into the public face of the church.

The bond between the star and his spiritual leader was evident last year when the two traded effusive words and crisp salutes at a Scientology gala in England. Calling Cruise "the most dedicated Scientologist I know," Miscavige presented him with the church's first Freedom Medal of Valor."

Thank you for your trust, thank you for your confidence in me," Cruise replied, according to Scientology's Impact magazine. "I have never met a more competent, a more intelligent, a more tolerant, a more compassionate being outside of what I have experienced from LRH. And I've met the leaders of leaders. I've met them all."


The difference in lifestyle between the "staffers" and Miscavige is made blatantly obvious in the article in The Times.

Are we seeing an unraveling here? Scientology - for so long in charge of its own publicity - ruthless, litigious - now seems to be losing control. If an article like that can run - and in the LA Times no less - perhaps things are falling apart? The upper echelon no longer protected?

We will have to wait and see.

Cruising with the Scientologists

I've been interested in the CoS cruise ship, the M/V Freewinds. Here she is:



The ship is approximately 400 feet long, 9700 tons, and her mechanical operation is managed by International Shipping Partners, a shipping management company - luckily for the Scientologist-passengers, and probably necessary for Scientology to get the ship insured. The Scientology part of the ship - the part where they turn you into an OT-VIII, which may or may not include revealing that L. Ron believed himself to be the AntiChrist, is run by the Sea Org, who are the ruling cadre of Scientology who go around in Navy uniforms and act a whole lot like the Gestapo.

The Sea Org, as we have discussed before, goes back to when L. Ron floated around the world for several years in the 1960s, avoiding the legal wrath of several national governments. The stories of what went on during L. Ron's extended cruise are legendary, and some are very humorous. Most of them involve the members of the "Sea Org" demonstrating that sailoring skills were not a prerequisite for membership in that august body.

According to the CoS agreement with the IRS from 1987 (which looks like it was written by Scientology), the mortgage of the ship is held by the Flag Ship Trust, although very little else can be learned about this trust.

For more interesting discussion of what goes on aboard the M/V Freewinds, read the complaint Pattinson V. Scientology, from May 1998. Apparently, the formula is that Scienologists pay all the money they have in the world for the privelige of being subjected to endless abuse and humiliation at sea, and extortion ashore. And once you leave the ship, according to Mr. Pattinson, they can order you to return at any time, for any reason, to enjoy further abuse and humiliation at your own expense, threatening you with "ruin" if you do not pay all the money the Sea Org demands.

Unless, of course, you are John Travolta or Tom Cruise, whom I believe get rather better treatment.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Once the genie is out of the bottle ...

... there really is no putting it back in.

What do I mean?

Looks like Tom Cruise's hotshot new publicist isn't able to put a stop to pieces like this. He's just doing damage control right now - but I think the damage to Cruise's once pristine reputation is too far gone to fix.