The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

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We're starting something new here at Runnin' Scared. From our underground bunker, where we keep an eye on all things Scientology, we've been stunned to see how hard things have been for the venerable church lately.

From surveys which suggest membership is dwindling, to a mass exodus that is taking loyal longtime parishioners into the open arms of an independence movement, to the unceasing efforts of Scientologists themselves to paint their own efforts in the worst possible light, this is an organization seemingly in a tailspin.

Of course, our own loyal readers know that Scientology leader David Miscavige's current headaches are nothing new and were a long time coming. From the dawn of Scientology's e-meter fever-dreams, there has always been internal strife, external criticism, and all kinds of nasty litigation when it comes to L. Ron Hubbard's creation. So who should get the credit -- and who the blame -- for the sinking morass that is Scientology today? In the coming weeks, we're doing a countdown to reveal our picks for those most responsible. Naturally, we're looking forward to your thoughts about our choices in our comments section.

First up, at #25, is a fellow we hope someday to meet. For now, however, he's something of an enigma...


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#25: Xenu, Galactic Overlord


[Not sure who "Xenu" is? Please see the "Special Update" below.]

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Wasn't this dude on the TV about the time L. Ron was scribbling OT III?
It's hard to blame Xenu, the mighty celestial dictator, for infesting our planet with innumerable hungry alien souls. I mean, what would you do if you were overseeing a galactic federation of planets so overpopulated, each world had something like 150 billion sentient creatures? Obviously, 75 million years ago, contraception was not well known. Or something.

Anyway, Xenu often gets a bad rap for vaporizing billions of alien beings on Teegeeack, which we call Earth today, and then inventing concepts like "Jesus Christ" to implant in their bodiless minds.

But we think it's time Xenu got more credit for all that he's done. Think about it, for about 19 years, after L. Ron Hubbard dreamed the sucker up in a pill-popping and boozy haze while sailing the Atlantic and Mediterranean in the mid-1960s, until the Los Angeles Times finally made Xenu's story public during the Larry Wollersheim trial in 1986, only high-level Scientologists even knew that the alien leader existed.

UPDATE: Ah, the beauty of a blog -- instant updating! Maybe for many of us the L.A. Times was our first glimpse of our mighty galactic hero, but I've just been reminded that one of the giants of Scientology reporting, Richard Leiby, beat the Times by five years!

From his 1981 article in the Clearwater Sun:

That was when Xemu, the evil ruler of the Galactic Confederation, concluded that the 90 - planet confederation was overpopulated. "Finally Xemu decided to take radical measures to overcome the population problem," says the material. "The planet Earth was designated as a place for executions. Beings were captured on other planets as well as on this planet and flown to locations near 10 volcanos or more on Earth. H-bombs (far more powerful than any in existence today) were dropped on the volcanoes destroying the bodies of the beings, who as thetans attached themselves to one another in clusters.

And so on. Leiby had that down cold. And he paid for it later, as we wrote about here recently. OK, end of update...

Thanks to numerous court cases, many key defections, and most importantly, the Internet, Xenu has gone from one of Scientology's most well-kept secrets to one if its most well-known icons. Today, even folks who don't know a lot about Scientology and couldn't pick Scientology leader David Miscavige out of a lineup still have a vague idea that John Travolta and Tom Cruise worship some sort of an alien tentacled lord. (Thank you, South Park!)

But it takes more than causing some snickers and giggles to make this formidable list, and so we'll lay out now what it is about Xenu that has given Scientology a hard time.

For this Scientology watcher, there's almost nothing more cringe-inducing than watching a Scientology official, in a public setting or on camera, attempt to handle a question about Xenu and other secret teachings of Scientology's upper levels. I mean, just watch Tommy Davis as he dealt with such a query from CNN's John Roberts three years ago (fast forward to the 5:30 mark for the real fun):

Just think for a moment about Tommy's reply: "John, does that sound silly to you?"

Well, yes, Tommy. That's why we love the Xenu story so much. It's Davis who looks silly, though, when he calls "unrecognizable" the concept of body thetans -- Hubbard's idea that the disembodied souls left behind by Xenu attach themselves to human beings and can only be removed through Scientology's auditing. Time and again, Scientology officials are made to look silly when they not only deny the Xenu story but try to act like they've never even heard of it before.

I've never understood why Scientology spokespeople don't handle the Xenu question this way:

"John, you know, there have been a lot of press reports about this space opera material, and it got made fun of on South Park, and on the Internet people discuss it like they know what they're talking about. But honestly, there's a reason we ask people to spend a lot of time doing sophisticated training so that our highly technical material makes sense for them. Anyone outside that process will never really understand what it is we're talking about."

Wouldn't that be a smarter approach? Wouldn't it make sense for a spokesman to at least acknowledge the existence of the Xenu story rather than to keep bluffing through interviews with total denial?

Oh, well wait. Tommy Davis did seem to acknowledge the Xenu story once, to Nathan Baca, a young reporter who was at the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs, KESQ, in 2009 and got Davis to say, "yes, I'm familiar with that material" when he started reading Hubbard's handwritten OT III materials out loud. I found this compilation video which illustrates Tommy's flip flop quite well:

Some of my sources have suggested to me that Tommy's little slip, acknowledging the OT III materials and the Xenu story, even in this rather off-hand way, is what has Tommy seemingly out of favor today. The man was a ubiquitous presence for Scientology a few years ago, but today is hardly seen or heard.

Well, maybe there is no good way for Scientology to handle the Xenu story. They can't really talk about it publicly, because they want parishioners to pay something like $350,000 to $400,000 before they are exposed to it and the rest of the OT levels, according to calculations published recently by scholar Hugh Urban. But as long as they deny it outright, they look like fools.

Xenu sort of has them by the short hairs, doesn't he? What a devilish figure he is.

Next week, get ready for more of our countdown. Who's at #24? Our only hint: it's time for school.


SPECIAL UPDATE: For those who are not sure who "Xenu" is and what the heck this is all about.

In the comments, we were called out for being a bit too flip in this entry, and for assuming that our readers are all well aware of Scientology's basic concepts and controversies. Fair enough. We don't want to leave anyone behind, and the more folks who join us in this conversation, the better. So here's our attempt at a primer to bring everyone up to speed...

Only those Scientologists who have been training in the organization for several years, and have spent something like $250,000 on various services and training programs, will reach an "upper level" set of materials that are known as "Operating Thetan III," or OT III.

As numerous court cases and countless defections by high-level members has established beyond any doubt, the contents of OT III contain Scientology's origin story of human kind -- its Genesis, as it were.

In those materials, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard explains that 75 million years ago, a galactic overlord ruling a 76-planet federation had decided to deal with an overpopulation problem by having billions of alien creatures brought to the planet Teegeeack, which we call Earth today. That overlord, who Hubbard names Xenu or Xemu, then blew up the countless aliens with hydrogen bombs, and then trapped their remaining souls, indoctrinating these souls with the use of 3D movies of a sort, and then set them free to wander the planet.

75 million years later, these bodiless, invisible alien souls have attached themselves to us. You might have hundreds in and around your body, and they give you aches and pains, cause you disease, and generally hold you back from your full potential.

Scientologists who have learned this secret then set out on even more expensive therapy (called "auditing") to clear themselves of these alien entities, which are known as "body thetans." Larry Wollersheim, a former Scientologist who successfully sued the church for fraud, described that process to me:

"At OT III, you find out that you're really thousands of individual beings struggling for control of your body. Aliens left over from space wars that are giving you cancer or making you crazy or making you impotent. The reason for every bad thing in your life is these alien beings," Wollersheim says. "I went psychotic on OT III. I lost a sense of who I was." Years can be spent removing these aliens--called "body thetans" or "BT's" --- by talking to and about these supposed hitchhiking entities while holding onto a device called an "e-meter." "You're talking to thousands of beings. They have histories. And anger. They're complex personalities." Eventually, however, Wollersheim graduated to a level where he believed he had finally eradicated all of the thetans from his body. "You think you've made it. You're free of all these beings. But then Hubbard releases the second big secret [on a level called "New Era Dianetics for Operation Thetans," also called "NED for OTs" or "NOTs."] He tells you there are far more of these beings than anyone ever dreamed of. Inside those original thetans are clusters of other beings. Beings that are eight feet from you, floating near you all the time. Beings miles away from you that are still connected with you. Beings in the television, and you're told that watching television will wake them up, so you're told not to watch TV. If OT III made some people nuts, NOTs really drove them over the edge," he says.

So to be clear, Scientologists do not "worship" Xenu. He is the big bad guy in their origin story -- and it's an origin story that only a minority of parishioners are even aware of, only those who have paid enough money to reach the upper level of OT III (the highest level is OT VIII). Beginning Scientologists are strictly kept in the dark about this material, and are told to avoid any mention of it on the Internet.

There is much more about OT III and the other upper levels that we can't touch on in this brief overview, but this should help anyone new to Scientology's teachings keep up with our countdown and most other posts here at Runnin' Scared.


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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4CPO

Tony Ortega, now you've gone and done it... you've pissed off Xenu and unleashed armies of angry little Thetans and their cohorts. There WILL be hell to pay. You wait and see.

For $75,000, I have a bootleg copy of OT III, just wire the funds to an account in Singapore and I'll get back to you. ;-)

Tyrone Smith
Tyrone Smith

Anyone who actually believes that Scientology is anything other than a money grab scam should be institutionalized.

Mark Patrick
Mark Patrick

Hello all, here's my "two cents" on the whole $cientology thing. I find it to be little more than a filthy mixture of half-truths, badly misinterpreted esoteric study, downright lies, coercion and money grabbing concocted by a half-baked Sci-Fi hack who, even if he could multiply his talents 100 fold, will never come close to the true greats of that field such as PKD, Asimov, Herbert, or Clarke.  

Mr B
Mr B

Hubbard claimed to have twice awakened from the dead by using his bogus therapy.  If these was any truth to that crap, let's see him raise himself yet a third time just to prove a point.

Theoracle
Theoracle

Tony, I am having a difficult time digesting your ignorance. You obviously harbor suspicious illusions about what people from another planet or galaxy would look like that are akin to a seven year old's ability to think.  Stick to forwarding facts, or have you switched to comic book entertainment?

Draconis Zeneca
Draconis Zeneca

Don't forget that Xenu is said to live onl in an "electronic trap" in a mountain in the Pyrenees . . . or is it the Mountains of the Moon in Africa? Mars? I can never keep track of the Fifth Invader Force's antics. Being an eeeeevil galactic despot is a generally thankless task, and I know of what I speak.

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

Thank you Obnosis for copy/pasting information from the 'Church' of Scientology's 'Religious Freedumb Watch' website.   Unfortunately, and despite being deliberately defamitory, it's completely irrelevant to Dave Touretzky's successful efforts to expose Scientology for what it is.

Your posting does expose you for what *you* are.

Obnosis
Obnosis

IT CONTINUE FROM MY LAST POST...

Touretzky is deeply involved in extremist activities. As an example, it has been calculated that, in less than a year, he spent over 300 of his supposed “working” hours participating in hate newsgroups and chat rooms. It must be presumed that Touretzky was paid full salary while he spent those 300 hours spreading hate on the internet, a fact that should be of concern to his employers at CMU as well as those government and private institutions that have thus far funded Touretzky’s research grants to the tune of more than $5,000,000.00.

This research, which involves experimentation on live rats, should itself perhaps be questioned in that Touretzky frankly admits that he is overpaid:

“My money comes mostly from the US govt, not corporations. So if we raise taxes and hike the NSF and NIH and DARPA budgets, that would be to my benefit.… I’m already overpaid.”– David Touretzky

David Touretzky Quotes

“… the Salvation Army … buncha f—-heads.”

“Man, Hispanics are f—-ed up, which is why they’re still working class. Dipshits.”

“F–k the Muslims.… check out the bloody Muslims .. jeez what loons.”

“Victoria’s Mormon Secret … Long sleeved bustiers!”

“this is NOT good publicity for the Mor(m)ons … he’s a psycho-Mormon.”

“I’m for post-partum abortion! Retro-active abortion! Up until, say, the age of six months.”

In one of his federal grant applications Touretzky wrote:

“This money will be used to help bring faculty and/or students from Historical Black Colleges and other institutions with large minority enrolments to Pittsburgh, for events aimed at increasing minority interest in the graduate programs affiliated with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.”

In reality here is what Touretzky said and thinks about “Blacks and Minorities

“She [US Congresswoman] is the former ambassador to Micronesia! and she’s black. I should have known. What [sic] are all the really st00000pid congresswomen black?”

“The black underclass is a very, very sick culture, with terrible internal problems such as high rates of black-on-black murder, teenage pregnancy, educational failure, drug abuse, and so on. AA programs can’t help the black underclass, because those people are so screwed up they’re virtually unemployable….”

“There’s also a long rant about the sickness of black underclass culture, which again, I completely stand behind.”

Touretzky maintains web sites via the CMU server that promote his bigoted, extremist agenda. As examples of the kind of sick content he encourages anyone to view, one of these sites uses pornography to mock and desecrate religious practices while another provides detailed instructions on how to build a fertilizer bomb (the kind Timothy McVeigh copied off the internet and used to massacre men, women and children in Oklahoma City and do not forget the guy involved in the Norwegian attack)

When called to account for his hate activities, Touretzky is quick to hide behind the banner of “free speech”– a specious argument at best when one considers that Touretzky’s entire anti-religious hate campaign is specifically designed to denigrate the beliefs of others and thereby inhibit their ability to practice their religion and speak freely about their beliefs.

Recently one of Touretzky’s fellow newsgroup members proved this hypocrisy by posting to the internet information about Touretzky’s visits to a local sex shop and the purchases he makes there. Did Touretzky respect her right to “free speech?” Of course not. On the contrary, he kicked up such a row that the Internet Service Providers in question took the sites down, regardless of the fact that they were violating that individual’s Constitutional rights.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Obnosis
Obnosis

Let see in deeper details what Tony Ortega doesn't want you to know:

#24 DAVID TOURETZKY.

“[Pavlovian] Classical conditioning has a well-developed computational theory… At present there are no theories of instrumental conditioning comparable in scope and explicitness… The goal of our work is to provide such a theory…. “Due to the pioneering work of B.F. Skinner on operant conditioning, we have coined the term “skinnerbot” to describe autonomous learning robots…”- David Touretzky

David S. Touretzky is a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University whose questionable “research projects” have thus far cost the American taxpayer million of dollars.

The above quotes are excerpted from one of several research projects conducted by an entity co-founded by Touretzky called “The Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.” The flawed theories upon which he bases his work have been known for decades to be of such damage to mankind, that a full public investigation of the value of Touretzky’s research projects, particularly in light of their cost, is overdue.

The experiments of Pavlov and Skinner that Touretzky reverently references in the above paper as the basis of his work are viewed by today’s society as the barbaric acts of madmen.

B.F. Skinner imprisoned his infant daughter for nearly a year in a “box” similar to those he built for rats. Skinner stated in an interview that he would rather burn his own children than destroy his research.

As author and educator Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld stated,“The child was “stimulated” and had to respond in a certain way, like a chicken or a rat in a cage, because they firmly believed that children are animals. If you believe, though, that children are human beings, you can’t train them like a rat.”

Skinner would be imprisoned for the rest of his life were he to carry out the same experiment today.

Although best known for his conditioning of dogs by deprivation, the first subjects Ivan Petrovich Pavlov experimented on were children. He punched holes in their cheeks to collect and measure their saliva.

Pavlov’s and Skinner’s experiments fed Behaviorist beliefs that, as Dr. Blumenfled states,“all children are animals and can be trained as animals.” John Watson, the most famous of Behaviorists, believed that researchers had to look at human beings “the same way you would look at the ox you slaughter.”Touretzky puts a vague potential value on research projects which drain the taxpayers of millions. In actuality he is repackaging and selling other men’s theories under the sexy new label of “computer science.” By recycling Skinner’s box and his experiments on rodents, Touretzky has managed to make a very comfortable living dangling under the noses of the administrators of government funds the carrot that perhaps someday robots can be conditioned to react and “learn” like rats, as he considers humans do. In truth, these experiments appear to be a mere re-ringing of Pavlov’s bell inside Skinner’s torture chamber with a dash of Noam Chomsky to appear timely. For Touretzky has yet to provide a shred of evidence that the value of his contributions to science amount to more than the cost of his dead rats.

Little attention would be paid to Touretzky were he just another researcher dreaming up dubious projects in order to feed from the public trough. But Touretzky’s thirst is for power and fame as well as money.

Touretzky subscribes in full to the Behaviorist doctrine that man is an animal and his virulently racist remarks are in complete alignment with psychiatry’s practice of Eugenics which holds that dark-skinned races, among others “defectives,” are intellectually inferior. Racial and religious minorities are his favorite targets.

TO BE CONTINUED...

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Love that update :) Thanks for educating the readership about Xenu, lol

John Wetzel
John Wetzel

I certainly hope that the "gold standard" of Scientology critics is listed.  Paulette Cooper's "The Scandal of Scientology" publiched in 1971, plowed new ground.  And few people, if any, paid a higher price for her investigative reporting.  Thanks Paulette!!!

And Tory Christman is right behind along with Jeff Jacobson. .

Joe Lynn
Joe Lynn

When you get right down to it, Scientology's 'processes' or 'Tech' are really only a bone of contention because of Scientology's desperation to keep them 'secret'.  That led to direct conflicts with people who feel it's our democratically derived right to discuss any damn thing we want.

And, it's those malicious attempts to control what *anyone* says about Scientology (or L. Ron Hubbard) that leads and has led to some of the most overtly criminal actions by the 'Church'.

Sure, there are elements of the 'Tech' that qualify as hypnotic mindfuck and deliberate mental manipulation and generally potentially dangerous and damaging to those exposed to them.

But, for the most part, the people who are opposing Scientology are *primarily* doing so to oppose the criminal actions the 'Church' has taken over decades to *prevent* discussion of Scientology by anyone.

Had Scientology (the organization, not the floor wax) been satisfied to control the minds of its victims, much of the current furor could have been avoided.  Few people will object to adults believing silliness, even when that leads directly to personal mental breakdown.   Naturally, that is complicated by what Scientology does to the innocents so unlucky as to be born into the insanity.

But, the primary objection is to the activities of the 'Church' that attempt to control discussion of Scientology by *non-Scientologists*.  They are often criminal and always repugnant.

Donut
Donut

Jan Eastgate, head of Citizens Commission on Human Rights will earn her place in the list if the Australian justice system is allowed to run it's course. The CCHR is a ruthless lying front group which keeps Hubbard's paranoia about psychiatry and psychology alive and well through attempts to discredit all mental health work outside of the "church". The case in Australia, charges that Eastgate covered up the sexual abuse of an eleven year old child by her father, a scientologist. This case could contribute a powerful blow in ending the con.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

I love that John Roberts interview, lol!! Glad you were able to find a video that contains that famous Nathan Baca Tommy Davis interview section when Baca was at KESQ, now working KLAS-TV, CBS for Las Vegas. After Baca left, KESQ actually took down all Baca news videos about Scientology from their site and filed copyright complaints with YouTube to get copies taken down. Thank God for Fair Use copyright law :)

If your next Top Person Crippling Scientology is Will Smith, I'd love to know if you can provide us with the real name of Piano Foster, Executive Director of his New Village Leadership Academy. I believe she is or was married to a Darrell Foster. Piano is listed on the net as having taken one course in Scientology in the past but knowing her real name would help us know if she is an active scientologist.

There is no person named Piano Foster according to all people search sites. Hmm.....

John D'Oh
John D'Oh

I know I shouldn't post so soon but, fair or no, I wager #1 to be John/Jane Doe gullible public.  If it weren't for the unquestioning rubes, there would be none of this foolishness and the personal tragedies thereof.

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The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Anonymous, David Miscavige, Louis Farrakhan, Tom Cruise, Me,Tony Ortega, Mark Bunker, anonsparrow, Janet Reitman, and 16 other journalistsbefore her, including Pauline Cooper.

danlocke
danlocke

I studied Scientology for over 30 years and am very familiar with the Xenu story and all the expensive levels that are associated with that. 

I do want to give my praise to some of Scientology however. 

Dianetics works, for many people, even people uneducated in the theory. I don't ask you to believe it and I don't particularly want to argue about it with anyone who has not at least attempted it. 

There are many who have counseled with this technology without even entering a Church and to their benefit. Suggest looking into Amazon or ebay for "Dianetics: A Visual Guidebook to the Mind - L. Ron Hubbard".  

I don't suggest at all that you go into a church, but I think anyone who wants to engage in criticism of the technology of Dianetics and Scientology would benefit from at least a cursory glance of the introductory material. 

People got in, and in certain times and places, in droves, in the past, not because of the influence of celebrities or because they were stupid, but because, for a lot of people, it works! 

And it still does, but it will only work if you at least attempt to give it a fair shake. 

The same thing could be said for all of the Scientology books and introductory auditing procedures and the Scientology Grades of Auditing. 

My own belief is that Ron was in many, many ways brilliant, and I don't mean a brilliant "con". I mean that a lot of what he wrote works. 

Where the subject got in trouble is due to his implementing his own recollections of past life incidents into the technology as doctrine and scripture. In the counselor's code of Dianetics and Scientology, this is strictly forbidden (evaluation of case), and Ron himself said that it should never be done. There was enough trust on the part of people who had benefited from what he gave them that the attitude we had when HE did this was "Well, what he gave us before this was good, perhaps I should trust him on this...",

There are other places where it got in trouble, but just mentioned is one of the more important ones. 

And his view of past lives was far from sweet. Invader forces, alien races, bad guys taking over whole solar systems; you haven't heard a tenth of it. And on the coat tails of this is a maddening group philosophy that we had a "planet to save" and that we were the only ones who could do it.

But I will always defend the delivery of the beginning levels of Scientology and Dianetics, the things you get prior to the fantasies of the OT levels. Brilliant stuff and easily available and you can do a lot of it for free, if you are willing to give it a fair shot. 

LocalSP1
LocalSP1

A few years ago, on another forum, I said wouldn't it be funny if it turned out that Tom Cruise was the catalyst for the downfall of scientology. I'm sticking to that. Tom Cruise for number 1.

TheGuest
TheGuest

OK, changed my mind.  I have to go with Jack Parsons, who taught Hubbard, already exhibiting signs of crazy, the True Path to Crazy.  He schooled him on the ways of Aleister Crowley, and in fact,  much of the scientology crazy, like OT levels, can be drawn from that madman's twisted woodoo. 

Hubbard's mental illness often caused him to do this Spock mindmeld thing. With so many distinct personalities emerging within,  he needed more and more story line and character development to keep them all "alive.  I don't think he "stole" other people's works and stories for any other reason. (note to all those who argue about who Hubbard Really was:  You are all correct)

Parsons actually Was a rocket scientist (ok, rocket fuel)  as well as a fan of crazy, sexed up black magick, with a little delightful satanism thrown in for the lulz.    That's why scientology is presented as both a science and science fiction and magical.

Before Parsons, the story line was Alaskan bears, Blackfood Indian BFF's, bestest ever Boy Scout adventurer, all fairly harmless stuff.  Because of Parsons, scientology emerged as anything but harmless, which in the end will be its undoing.

Hunterdogs
Hunterdogs

You put it well. Xenu, still alive and trapped in a force field powered with an eternal battery, has the last laugh.

kyote
kyote

Although everyone loves to make fun of the Xenu Space Opera origin myth that LRH wrote, and use it as key evidence of why this org must be crazy, useless, and not to be taken seriously -- the Space Opera really isn't one of the serious problems, imo.  I think people have a hard time with it specifically because it's a story that's only 50 years old, written by a guy who was known by people who are still alive today.  Consider:  Joseph Smith digging golden tablets out of the ground with "Egyptian-like" hieroglyphics on them somewhere in upstate New York, given to him by an angel named Moroni, who later said that Jesus visited this continent while the Native Americans were still running free.  The widely-revered Hindu god Ganesha, who has the head of an elephant, the body of a man, and four arms.  Last but not least, a vast majority of people who would laugh at Xenu and scorn Scientology are Christians who literally believe that a man named Noah gave us all the animals we have today by saving two of each (we won't mention fish and water foul) on his handmade wooden boat, Jesus being born of virgin birth, later turning water into wine, later rising from the dead, etc, and so on.  What is criminal about all of the Scientology writings is that they are kept secret and parceled out bit by bit for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Many other critics have compared this to, what if the Christian churches only told a high-paying select few that Jesus eventually rose from the dead after being crucified?  If the Independent Scientologists can "apply their technology" and make their lives better and whatnot, without hurting or fleecing people, I say let their Xenu myth alone.  

Regardless, I'm really looking forward to the rest of this list, as well as ALL of Tony Ortega's future posts.  The Village Voice deserves mad respect for continuing to pursue this.  Because although the Xenu myth is silly, especially for these modern times, the REAL horrors of the church do lie in the human trafficking issues the FBI is currently investigating (holding people hostage, forcing people to work without pay, brain-washing, physical and mental torture, separating families, forced abortions…) as well as the absolutely criminal fact that they have tax exempt status, with their income and property holdings, and don't have to provide any financial records to anyone.

Actually, my big gripe about the Xenu story?  I mean, please, it's actually just BAD science fiction writing!!  H bombs?  DC 8 airplanes?  Really?  LRH couldn't invent any new names or kinds of weapons or spacecraft??  He can invent something as absurd as "Teegeeack", but can't come up with a giant cosmic ray gun called "Snarfenglorph" or what have you?  psht.  H Bombs.  That's just LAZY.

red_zone
red_zone

Ah, Tony. You've turned this exposure into a new, fun game of 'Name That Crook!' With a full list of accusations levied against them and no question will have a few good 'lawmen and women' thrown in to keep the peace...

I can't tell you how much fun this is right now!

Bella
Bella

My guess is Will Smith!!  The "non-scientologist" who opens scientology schools that are based on the ideas of college flunk-out and pathologic liar! 

Bob Peterson
Bob Peterson

I would think Moxon would make the list, I was deposed twice by that low-caliber short round.  However, I didn't know it at the time but that act, and also working full time for Minton, got me inducted into the Evocati.  Whoever picked Bennetta Slaughter made a shrewd guess, she drove the corpse of Lisa McPherson right up to the hospital door, the hospital 20 miles away that is. As for Heber I have heard plans to fetch him out of the hole for so long I wonder if it is not a troll, but you never know.  It rankles my ass to see them treat a long term fanatic like him the way they do.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Oh, that TV dude (in the picture) was not a Marcabian.  He/It was a Talosian, from the planet Talos (Talos was an actual character in Greek mythology).  And yes, all about the same time.  There's a book's worth just on the subject of all of Hubbard's science fiction embedded within Scientology (not just in OT levels) and trace back what was happening in the world at the same time.  You might surmise he took a piece here, a crumb there, and dropped it into his brain machine, consulted all of his many personalities,  and whichever came up with the most fantastical tale, got published.  Details, facts and accuracies were not a part of the filtering process.

Maxine Renwald
Maxine Renwald

What wonderful fun!

My guess is Professor Stephen Kent ........

Wholigan
Wholigan

   Something tells me, you won't be seeing much OSA ops here.....Xenu is like garlic to a vampire. :)

Dan Courtney
Dan Courtney

I don't think all 25 need to be Scientologists.... or Scientology myths. How about the Angry Gay Pope? He got in some trouble enturbulating at the Delphi School, but you've got to admire his passion. He stokes the fires in LA and keeps Moxon busy deposing him.

XenuBodyThetan
XenuBodyThetan

p. 163 of Robert Kaufman's "Inside Scientology" book, Kaufman gives an unfortunately close by no cigar version of the xenu story.   So the 1972 Kaufman book might be the earliest most significant leak of the xenu story, at least the gist of the story.   "Inside Scientology" by Robert Kaufman, Olympia Press, Inc. for the US edition.   Some still on Amazon.  

choocho
choocho

  Xenu turned out to be cool in the end, he gave Cpt. Christopher Pike a chance at a richer life than a wheel-chair bound quadrapalegic and he gave us Terryeo and Louanne.

 Off-topic but I noticed the Scientologists are still trying to "handle" Scientology wikipedia articles, the Narconon wiki is starting to sound like a Scientology front-group website.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Nice to see the John Roberts clip from CNN trotted out, although its Tommy Davis' false proclamation that Disconnection does not exist in that interview that gave the Anonymous uprising such momentum that first year

My guess for #24 - The Anderson Report from the 1965 Australian Report of the Board of Enquiry into Scientology, by Kevin Victor Anderson, Q.C. who essentially wrote the first ever book on all things wrong with Scientology. A text still relevant as a learning tool today.

jgg
jgg

 "doing sophisticated training so that our highly technical material makes sense"

Well Tony, that's the problem.  Co$ is really the unauthorized practice of medicine.

Saying its technical reinforces that fact.  Of course, the simple view makes it look silly.  So, they deny it altogether.  But it still costs $350,000 to find out what OTIII is if its NOT xenu.  Oh well...

Rt534rd
Rt534rd

Xenu is supposed to be trapped by a forcefield powered by an "eternal battery".  Coincidentally, this is what the underlings of David Miscavige are reportedly subjected to.

Six Gun
Six Gun

I may not know who numbers 24 through 2 are but I have to think David Miscavidge is number 1. The collapse of his business/cult empire rests solely on his shoulders.

LocalSP1
LocalSP1

For the hundredth time, SCIENTOLOGY DOES NOT WORSHIP XENU. To those that are OT III and above Xenu is evil and because of his actions thetans were left on earth to plague mankind. This is why they want to audit the thetans out of their bodies.

Lisa Lirones
Lisa Lirones

I certainly hope Louanne Lee and her sock puppets make the list!

I'drathernot
I'drathernot

If I don't make the top 25, I swear I'll have a new mission in life LOL I want my picture on that list. I'll put on my best "I just won Publishers Clearing House" smile.

mirele
mirele

As a member of the Knights of Xenu, Phoenician chapter (and formerly of the Deseret chapter), I have to protest at the low ranking of our evil galactic overlord and leader in your list. We did not bust him out of his electrified mountain trap just to have him come in at number 25 on your list of people most crippling Scientology.

Of course, it is amusing that the first person in the list is, in point of fact, a figment of L. Ron Hubbard's imagination. But Xenu should be up higher, like at, oh, say, number 11. All will be forgiven if Tommy Davis rates on this list, however.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Dear Xenu,

Pay no attention to the man behind the Village Voice. You will always be No. 1 in my book, and way better than Dave Touretzky.

Yours,

MarkStark, Foot soldier  Marcabian 5th Invader Force

Bob Peterson
Bob Peterson

The fish rots from the head down.  L. Ron Hubbard is the main cause of Scientology's demise.  But I don't think that he cares much now that he sleeps in the arms of Xenu.  But what will the end game be?  DM had enough money long ago to slip off to some island and live beyond the law in luxury.  So what does he have planned?  How much longer before people members look around and see mostly empty seats at big Scientology events?  And if efforts to break Heber out are successful??  What if he fails in the Siege of Ingleside on the Bay?  There are many more questions right now than answers. 

Brian
Brian

Oooh! Oooh! Nancy Cartwright? The recent fiasco in Chicago certainly did Scientology no favors. Other than that, I'm guessing Will & Jada?

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