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“Going Clear” Scientology Doc Reveals Tom Cruise Had Nicole Kidman’s Phone Tapped

“Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison of Belief,” which premiered this past Sunday at Sundance, promises a variety of disturbing revelations about the secretive and notoriously vindictive church founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Along with the stuff we’re used to hearing — like how the church abuses its members and destroys families, drains its members’ bank accounts and goes after anyone it considers a “suppressive person” (Scientology talk for people who oppose Scientology) — the doc also focuses on the church’s relationship with its celebrity members, including how it set out to destroy the marriage of Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Keep reading »

Scientologists Compare Documentary About Scientology To Rolling Stone‘s UVA Scandal

The Church of Scientology took out a full-page ad in today’s New York Times and other papers, claiming Alex Gibney’s documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” is a journalistic failure on par with Rolling Stone‘s story about the UVA rape scandal. Because they’re the Church of Scientology, and that is what they do. Keep reading »

Kirstie Alley: “I’m Not Some Fucking Fake OT-7!”

In an interview with Howard Stern Monday morning, actress Kirstie Alley dished about Scientology and her feud with ex-Scientologist Leah Remini.

Well, sort of. In the limited way that Scientologists can dish about Scientology because all the Scientology things are secrets you must pay ungodly amounts of money for.

Anyway, Alley informed Stern that she is proud to now be an OT-7, OT meaning “Operating Thetan.” This is the same level as Tom Cruise, which she described by saying, “It means that you have gotten rid of all the things that would create aberrated behavior in you that you didn’t want.” Keep reading »

Watch A Bunch Of Scientologists Get Really Psyched About A Whole Lot Of Nothin’

Watch A Bunch Of Scientologists Get Really Psyched About A Whole Lot Of Nothin'
"I Can Go To NASA Now!"

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last eight years or so just immersing myself in Scientology silliness, so it’s kind of impressive to me that the Church still manages to amuse, surprise and horrify me as much as it does. Keep up the good work, Operating Thetans! This weekend, a friend sent me a link to this mashup of testimonials from a recently released International Scientology News DVD. Keep in mind, this is a video that the Church put together, and that they are proud of, and that they think does a good job of conveying the wondrous powers of their “study technology.” You have never seen a group of people more jazzed about, well, I don’t fucking know. See if you can make sense of what they’re so enthused about, if you can actually hear them through your laughter. Testify!

HBO Is Turning Lawrence Wright’s Epic Scientology Exposé Into A Documentary And I Am Here For It

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HBO Is Turning Lawrence Wright's Epic Scientology Exposé Into A Documentary And I Am Here For It

Welp, I think it’s safe to say that executives at HBO have been added to the Church of Scientology’s lengthy suppressive persons list, as the cable network is poised to turn Going Clear into a documentary. Due out in 2015, the documentary will be directed by Alex Gibney and be based on Lawrence Wright’s impeccably researched book about the cult (yeah, I’m just calling it a cult from now on, because I’m done playing nice) and its ties to Hollywood. But given CoS’s well-known litigiousness, HBO isn’t taking any chances and has apparently hired a whopping 160 lawyers in anticipation of a lawsuit. Hey, as far as I’m concerned, if CoS is mad at you, you must be doing something right. Bring on the epic entheta! I wonder if “Elaine” will be seeing it? [Defamer]

Why Aren’t Victims Of Cults Treated With More Seriousness And Respect?

The Problem With Refinery 29's Profile Of A Church Of Scientology Member

Yesterday, I wrote a response to a Refinery 29 profile of an anonymous Scientologist named “Elaine” which I believe glossed over very serious allegations of abuse within the Church and ultimately served as a piece of PR masquerading as “journalism.” I took issue with a number of aspects of writer Kelsey Miller’s reporting on this story, which she said occurred over the entire summer, namely that she went to the Church directly and requested that they select an “average, regular member” for her to interview and then granted that person anonymity. (For what it’s worth, Tony Ortega at the blog the Underground Bunker has a pretty solid theory on who the real “Elaine” is and she’s hardly your “average regular member.”)

There aren’t just “rumors” about the Church of Scientology being horrible; there is more than enough evidence to support that claim, the most damning being the detailed, corroborated testimonials of actual members. These are the alleged victims of the Church of Scientology. There are many. I believe them just as I am inclined to believe all victims who come forward about abuse. I take what they say seriously. And what bothers me the most about this whole kerfuffle is that it’s clear in their approach to this profile and their response since that Refinery 29 really doesn’t take them as seriously as they should. But I don’t think they’re necessarily alone in their dismissiveness towards victims of cults. Keep reading »

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