The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology: The Readers Poll!

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You've watched us reveal all but the top five entries in our big countdown, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology -- now it's your turn to vote for your own list!

Here's the link you've been waiting for -- now go and tell us who you think is doing the most to contribute to the Church of Scientology's current nosedive.

Here's how to enter and qualify for fabulous prizes...

Go to the poll page, and in the first two slots enter your name and e-mail address so we can contact you if you win something: we're going to randomly choose five people to receive signed copies of both Janet Reitman's book Inside Scientology and Hugh Urban's The Church of Scientology!

After you've entered your information, put a different name in each of the 25 open slots. We will only count ballots that are completely filled out and contain 25 different names.

After you vote, come back here and tell us who you voted for in the comments -- and why -- so you can sway your fellow voters! Yes, we like our electioneering rollicking and raucous here at Runnin' Scared!

Need some help? Here are names that have come up in our articles and countdown items, placed in alphabetical order:

Larry Anderson, Sharron Angle, Anonymous, Gerry Armstrong, Nanette Asimov, Jon Atack, Lee Baca, Nathan Baca, Chuck Beatty, Jason Beghe, Richard Behar, Graham Berry, Bob Bingham, Maureen Bolstad, Sonny Bono, Larry Brennan, Mark Bunker, Ursula Caberta, Ida Camburn, Gabe Cazares, John Carmichael, Tory Christman, Bill Clinton, Stephen Colbert, John Cook, Paulette Cooper, Bent Corydon, Tom Cruise, Ken Dandar, Tommy Davis, Laura DeCrescenzo, Karen De La Carriere, Tom De Vocht, Jamie De Wolf, Ron De Wolf, Anna and Dean Detheridge, Jan Eastgate, Mark Ebner, Jenna Elfman, "Emma," Dennis Erlich, Michael Fairman, Jessica Feshbach, Steve Fishman, Michael Flynn, Roger Friedman, Will Fry, Dan Garvin, David Gerard, Scott Goehring, Ford Greene, Paul Haggis, Scarlett Hanna, Pat Harney, Joe Harrington, Tilman Hausherr, Jefferson Hawkins, Marc and Claire Headley, Andreas Heldal-Lund, Keith Henson, L. Ron Hubbard, Eugene Ingram, Jeff Jacobsen, Jonny Jacobsen, Rod Keller, Stephen Kent, Helena Kobrin, Richard Leiby, Dan Leipold, Arnie Lerma, David Love, David Lubow, Kevin Mackey, Bill Maher, Brian Mandigo, Nancy Many, Lisa McPherson, Russel Miller, Bob Minton, David Miscavige, Denise Miscavige-Covington-Licciardi-Gentile, Jenna Miscavige Hill, Modemac, Patty Moher, Kendrick Moxon, Ron Newman, Conan O'Brien, Frank Oliver, Chris Owen, Zenon Panoussis, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Scott Pilutik, Karin Pouw, Kelly Preston, Jesse Prince, Marty Rathbun, Janet Reitman, Mike Rinder, Rick Ross, Joel Sappell and Robert Welkos, Aaron Saxton, Kevin Schofield, Amy Scobee, Bryan Seymour, Bennetta Slaughter, Randy Sly, Karin Spaink, The Squirrel Busters, Jeff Stone, Howard Stern, John Sweeney, David Touretzky, John Travolta, Carmel and Tim Underwood, Hugh Urban, Barry Van Sickle, Greta Van Susteren, Robert Vaughn Young, Kristi Wachter, Margery Wakefield, Grady Ward, Larry Wollersheim, Astra Woodcraft, Lawrence Wright, Nick Xenophon, Xenu, Xenubarb, Monique Yingling

Feel free to shout about other people in the comments to drum up support for them. I mean, why not?

We'll be taking ballots for exactly one week. On Monday, September 26, we'll cut off voting at noon. On Wednesday, September 28, we'll reveal our #2 pick at 9 am and our #1 pick at 11 am. And if all goes according to plan, we'll then announce the results of the readers poll at 1 pm. Now, get to voting!



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#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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FEATURED INVESTIGATIONS

[Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis secretly recorded discussing "disconnection"]
[Benjamin Ring, LA deputy sheriff, wants you to spend your 401K on Scientology]
[Scientologists: How many of them are there, anyway?]

MARTY RATHBUN AND THE SIEGE OF SOUTH TEXAS

[Scientology has Rathbun arrested] | [Rathbun and Mark Bunker reveal surprising ties]
In Germany with Ursula Caberta: [Announcing plans] | [Press conference] | [Making news about Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, and Tony Blair] | [Post-trip interview]
The Squirrel Busters: [Goons with cameras on their heads] | [Rathbun's open letter to neighbors] | [Ingleside on the Bay, Texas rallies to Rathbun's cause] | [Squirrel Buster's claim to be making a "documentary"] | [VIDEO: "On a Boat"] | ["Anna" sent to creep out Monique Rathbun] | [Squirrel Busters go hillbilly] | [A videographer blows the whistle on the goon squad] | [Ed Bryan, OT VIII, shows the power of Scientology's highest levels]

SCIENTOLOGY SPYING AND "FAIR GAME"

[Secret Scientology documents spell out spying operation against Marc Headley]
[Scientology's West U.S. spies list revealed] | [Scientology's enemies list: Are you on it?]
Spy operation against Washington Post writer Richard Leiby: [Part 1] | [Part 2]
[A Scientology spy comes clean: Paulien Lombard's remarkable public confession]
[Scientology advertises for writers in Freedom magazine]
[Accidental leak shows Scientology spy wing plans to "handle" the Voice]

SCIENTOLOGY AND CELEBRITIES

["Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle"] | [Tom Cruise likes coconut cake] | [Tom Cruise has a sense of humor] | ["Tom Cruise not a kook!"] | [Paulette Cooper on Tom Cruise]
[Paul Haggis, director of Crash, issues an ultimatum, leaves the church]
[Character actor Jason Beghe defects noisily] | [Actor Michael Fairman reveals his "suppressive person" declaration] | [Michael Fairman talks to the Voice]
[Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh: Scientology-Branch Davidian link makes sense]
[Russell Brand weds ex-Scientologists in wild ceremony] | [Skip Press on Haggis]
[Placido Domingo Jr.: Scientology's retaliation is "scary and pathetic"]
Grant Cardone, NatGeo's "Turnaround King": [Doing Scientology's dirty work?] | [Milton Katselas complained about Cardone's smear job] | [Cardone runs to Huffpo]

JANET REITMAN'S INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY

[Our review of Inside Scientology] | [An interview with Janet Reitman] | [A report from Reitman's first book tour appearance] | [At the Half-King: Reitman not afraid]
[Scientology doesn't like Inside Scientology] | [Q&A at Washington Post]
[A roundup of Reitman's print reviews, and why isn't she on television more?]

HUGH URBAN'S THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY

[A review of Urban's scholarly history of the church] | [An interview with Hugh Urban]

EX-SCIENTOLOGISTS SPEAK OUT

[Marc Headley: "Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle"] | [The Nancy Many interview]
[Sympathy for the Devil: Tory Christman's Story] | [Jeff Hawkins' Counterfeit Dreams]
[86 Million Thin Dimes: The Lawrence Wollersheim Saga] | [Mike Rinder on spying]

OVERSEAS NEWS

[Scientology dodges a bullet in Australia] | [Scientology exec Jan Eastgate arrested]
[All hell breaks loose in Israel] | [Scientology sees fundraising gold in the UK riots]

ODD VIDEOS AND ODDER NEWS

[Scientology singalong, "We Stand Tall"] | [Captain Bill Robertson and "Galactic Patrol"]
[Scientology wins a major award!] | [Scientology wants your money: Meet Dede!]
[Birmingham in the House! The "Ideal" dance mix] | [Scientology and the Nation of Islam]
[When Scientology was hip] | [Sad: David Miscavige makes fun of his own fundraisers]
[Freedom magazine parodies The New Yorker. Hilarity ensues.]
[Scientology surf report: Anonymous parties outside the New York "org"]

THE VIEW INSIDE THE BUBBLE

[A scientologist's letter to the Voice and its readers] | [Scientology silent birth]
[Tad Reeves: Scientology might listen to this guy] | [More Tad Reeves and family]
[Scientology never forgets: A heartwarming telemarketing holiday miracle]



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Thetagal
Thetagal

Where do we vote.  I'll vote for Karen De LaCarriere.  You can't take anonymous because that is a group, not an individual.  I pick Karen because she is actively doing something about cleaning out the COS of abuse.White House petition re Scientology is at: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/pe...

Votes needed by Oct 24th, or we lose the opportunity to get the govt. to investigate the abuse charges.

Appledore2
Appledore2

I believe we are down to the Final Three.  My particular choice does include the internet. as well as David M and Marty R.I couldn't decide #1 on either of the above.  Then I realized they actually belong in position #one - together.  Marty and David had a long term relationship.  In their breakup,  Marty is opening up the door for Independent Scientology to grow and flourish.  This is attracting many current or recent supporters of DM's Scientology.  Marty is moving forward in that he has left the relationship in the past, and has opened the door to the future of his life.  DM on the other hand, just can't let go.  He wants Marty back.  And in his many attempts to woo Marty back, he has exposed Scientology's dirty laundry for the world to see.   Marty is simple and clear, he is alive now, here, today and working towards a great future.  DM instead is fighting long gone battles.  He and Marty have not broken their relationship (in DM's mind),  and he continues to treat Marty as one of his "minions".  In the Sea Org, people who 'want to leave' are often put on "Baby Watch", their activities monitored 24/7.  That is what DM has set up for Marty.  DM has never gotten the Bulletin "Marty has left the building" or if he did, he simply did not accept it as true.  He is still trying to keep Marty alive and in his life.

Meanwhile Marty is several lightyears ahead.  Already  DONE with that relationship, and moving forward.  DM keeps attempting to keep the relationship alive.

Nancy M

O. Lallieberry
O. Lallieberry

#1 David Miscavige#2 Evil Nazi Psychiatrists from the Marcab Confederacy#3 Anonymous#4 the "Old Guard" (cumulative effort over the years)#5 Suri Cruise's lifestyle and the tabloids#6 Tony Ortega#7 Marty Rathbun (dirty hands or no)#8 Body Thetans#9 Scientology's blue asbestos-laden 400 ft luxury ocean liner "Freewinds"#10 Ron Savelo (Clearwater cultist who makes hilarious videos e.g."Psychs Did 9/11")http://mirror-of-dr-lilly.blog...

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

This is my second attempt to get this posted.

I give the Internet the top spot. Anonymous was also granted corporate personhood but there's more to the importance to the Internet in the downfall of Scientology than the anti-CO$ skew 'n' spew one tends to find on the 'net. It's also yet another case of New Tech stomping Old Tech. One of the more easily foreseen consequences of a "religion" based on Science Fiction concepts is that anachronism sets in soon after the Dogma is writ. Scientology came from the mind of a writer of pulp fiction who peaked during the Cold War. The technology inside those e-meters [essentially an ohm-meter, duh] is tube era technology, technologically a fossil in the world of "Clouds" and Smartphones, of instant access online to just about any information you seek. There's absolutely no place for CO$ to hide anymore either, the information that used to cost so much to have revealed to you at a Celebrity Center is now online for free. And Blogs like Tony Ortega's add their own special blend of entheta to the mix. Just remember that New Tech always Clobbers Old Tech, always.

Number two has to go to LRH simply by virtue of designing this hot mess in the fist place. Lafayette was a liar, a con artist and a Montebank of the first order. He was not a Doctor or a Physicist, he was not merely a college dropout—college rejected him outright due to lack of academic achievement. Anyone still using the Tech is just asking for trouble. Number three is Miscavige—do I really need to explain? But number four has to be Lisa McPherson. Her story showed the world how CO$ can kill. I give the number five spot to Aleister Crowley, a man with his ups and downs as a Magician, but a baleful influence on young LRH and his Tech. I'll give slot number six to Ron DeWolf, LRH's son, for being the first to break free of the church and warn the rest of us. The number seven slot belongs to Parker and Stone of South Park, without whom the word "Xenu" would not be used primarily as a punchline these days. Number eight goes to the couch jumping antics of Tom Cruise. Number nine goes to Lawrence Wright and Paul Haggis—I'm sure their upcoming book will be a monster. And number ten goes to Anonymous, my kind of people. The rest of my list is more or less like Tony's save that I note [at number 12] the entire "Squirrel" business. It's a subplot straight out of Termite Terrace, with weird Uncle Lafayette designing products for nephew Wile E..

Theoracle
Theoracle

These would be my picks:1. The Sea Organization  (David Miscavige is wholly enabled by them.) fanatics.2. David Misvavige3. The Members of the Church that keep paying to keep him there despite every reason not to.  (fanatics)4. Hate groups. (fanatics too) (Usually flipped from 1. above)5. Time:A) They cannot reinvent themselves.B) DM wiped out the mission network and charged anyone wanting to open a mission a 40,000.00 penalty fee.  That was 30 years ago. The feeder from the streets to the Orgs has been shut down 30 years now.  They don't have enough time to establish those lines again and stay in business.  And the P.R. is so bad now opening a mission isn't something people do now.C) DM made it a crime to bear children / disseminate there is no second generations being made.  Not enough time to fix that either.D)  The crimes are catching up to them faster than they can sort them out.E) Although Sea Org Members sign billion year contracts the average "stick it out " time is two years only. ( I only lasted six years myself) No new people coming in = no new staff.  They don't have time to fix that either. More are leaving than coming in, I think that is intentional to drive them out (obviously)  to curb liability should the Corporation actually be forced to put in fair exchange with them.F)  The property tax burdens on the new real estate is adding up faster than the revenue.G) It's only a matter of time until DM is charged with some of the many crimes he has managed to get away with.

Draconis Zeneca
Draconis Zeneca

There are heroes that stand out for me in all three of the generations of critics. Paulette Cooper, Lawrence Wollersheim, Richard Behar and Arnie Lerma from Gen I. Andreas Heldal-Lund, Bob Minton, Ken Dandar, Tory Magoo (still rockin' it in Gen III) and Lisa McPherson. from Gen II. And in Gen III it's Mark Bunker (even though he started in Gen II), Matt & Trey, Jason Beghe, Paul Haggis and of course all of us as Anonymous. I consider all the ex Scilon Freezoners (Rathbun, Rinder and their ilk) coming out of the closet to be the beginnings of Gen IV of Scientology critics (at least critical of Miscavige's Scientology, if not Hubbard's). But none of us could do anywhere near as much damage as one man: Tom Cruise, PTS of the Century. Let the Cavalcade of Entheta continue . . .

Arnaldo Lerma
Arnaldo Lerma

I forgot a very important person who has helped scientology's downfall:

CHARLES MANSON "There was an E-meter at the Spahn Ranch"

The quote above is by pop-60's-icon Paul Krassner, publisher of The Realist, from his introduction to Peter Lavenda's book III of The Sinister Forces series, A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft" "The Manson Secret".

Arnaldo Lerma
Arnaldo Lerma

#1 The Internet - The Internet is the Liberty tree.

#2 Anonymous - who have gathered under the Liberty Tree now called The Internet.

#3 L Ron Hubbard - The Worlds Greatest LIAR, who should have been hit by that Freight Train on Venus

#4 David Miscavige - AKA "The Asthmatic Dwarf" when he was first in the CMO. AND Tom Cruise, whom added together would be seen in a crowd. Re Tom Cruise "His whole behavior is so shocking. It's inappropriate and vulgar and absolutely unacceptable to use your private life to sell anything commercially, but I think it's kind of a sickness." Lauren Bacall

#5 Ida Camburn , whose nickname was "wasmon" because she lost her son to Scientology's disconnection...who was my mentor who had a little sign that said "Never Give Up" lermanet.com/idacamburn/

#6 Mr Gerry Armstrong whose documents from Hubbard's private writings made everything else possible.

#7 Henry and Henrietta Crampton (Founded the CFF, Citizens Freedom Foundation which Ida joined, which evolved into CAN, which Scientology eventually took over).. both Henry and Henrietta Crampton died of a fast acting stomach cancer. The odds of one person dying of this type of stomach cancer is 1 in 5000, the odds of two people, unrelated, and at the same time, within 1 year) together is 1 in 5000 x 5000... CFF was the first anti cult group. Asbestos is tasteless, and causes this cancer if eaten. Scientologist Attorney Earl C Cooley represented Johns Mandville Asbestos Corp against personal injury lawsuits for years.

#8 Robert Minton, crusader, savior, angel and distinctly compassionate human being, whom I believe holds the record for total number of hours under oath being deposed or cross examined by scientology, and the record for cash thrown at the scientology problem.

#9 FACTNet - Lawrence Wollershiem, Bob Penny and myself as Treasurer. FACTNet gathered and scanned the earliest court records.

#10 EFF - Electronic Freedom Foundation - Mr Mike Godwin and Ms Shari Steele

#11 USDJ Leonie Brinkema - for two things: Her memorandum Opinion in RTC vs lerma: " Founded by L. Ron Hubbard, the Scientology religion attempts to explain the origin of negative spiritual forces in the world and advances techniques for improving one's own spiritual well-being. Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by "clusters" to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts " and for awarding RTC ZERO attorneys costs against this activist.

#12 Richard Leiby - when the criminal trial of US vs MSH occurred no one at the Clearwater SUN wanted to cover the story...due to the inevitable harassment. So the editor gave the job to the new kid who has just started..see Lermanet.com/leiby.htm

#13 Bent Corydon - exmember and author of Messiah or Madman

#14 Paulette Cooper - Author scandal of Scientology - I asked Paulette during a visit to her island retreat, "Why did you decide to write The Scandal of Scientology? She said "Arnie, I grew up in an orphanage, where I was so cold I would pee on myself to feel the warmth" ....she continued.. "because my parents died in Auschwitz, and I recognized in scientology the same countenance that killed my parents"

#15 Russian President Vladimir Putin's FSB, the Federal Security Service.

#16 Dave Touretsky after xenu appeared on the net, the document was on 200+ websites (August 1995) his site was the last site to take the full version down.

#17 Jeff Filburt - ex member, filed a copyright for the 1978 OT levels 1 month before RTC filed theirs, published it together with most Scientology technical materials as a compilation called Excalibur Revisited. Told me he believed Scn had "dusted his mothers house with cyanide" after failing to get the physical letter from Hubbard giving scientology "technology" to him.

#18 The Frededrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation.. who arranged for me to discuss the scientology problem face to face with Rennate Rennenbach, Angela Merkel and other then German political party chairmen.

#19 Roger Gonnett, ex member and French Activist, Maria Pia Gardini, ex member and Italian activist, Tony Bosnakoudis in Greece, Jeff Jacobsen in USA, Andreas in Norway, Brigitta Dagnall in Sweden, Malcolm Nothling in South Africa...

#20 The man who ran the French Government's Interministerial department, who listened.

#21 Gabe Cazares, ex mayor of Clearwater and his wife who helped Tom Padgett in Kentucky. Tom was incarcerated by a Judge Boteler for non payment of child support during custody battle with scientologist ex-wife, while being over Eleven thousand dollars OVER paid!

#22 Ron Hubbard's Son: L Ron Hubbard Jr, AKA Ron DeWolfe, AKA Nibs Hubbard and Suzette Hubbard who is responsible for the incident that got me out of The Sea Org. #23 Detective Sargent Tom Miller CWPD retired, Detective Sargent Ray Emmons CWPD, retired FDLE Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Lee Strope

#24 "The Fat Man"

#25 Andre Tabayoyan, Rod Keller, Emma AND so many others who have been mentioned already.

All the new, powerful, gifted, articulate voices exposing scientology exist, including Anonymous because of those few who dared stand up before.

And my mother, an ex member whose last words to me about scientology were "get some money out of those bastards while they still have some". She was found dead sitting on her bed, two weeks after I did an interview on Oreilly.

and a special mention to the funniest poster I recall, "Stickwork" Thanks for making us able to laugh during those dark days.

And a memo to all, you do not want to be #1 on this list. Trust me, or ask Gerry, or Paulette Cooper because you can not ask Mr Robert Minton, because "he's dead Jim"

Warmest RegardsArnie Lermapast sig lines:I'd prefer to die speaking my mind than live fearing to speakeThe internet is the Liberty treeIf the ferengi were assimilated by the borg you'd get scientology.The only things that work in Scientology are its lawyerssecrets are the mortar binding bricks as lies together into prisons for the mind

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"Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly." Lauren Bacall

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

DEAR COMMENTERS: You comments are vital to this operation, and I was distressed to hear that some of you are losing posts. Our IT department looked into it, and this commenting system, Disqus, may be flagging some of your posts as spam because of the way you are formatting them. Please, try to keep the paragraphing to a minimum. For some reason, if Disqus sees a lot of single-line paragraphs, it thinks you're advertising something. Try to keep your comments in a single block, like this one, and if you're going to put in links, disguise them by putting in spaces or using "dot com," that kind of thing. Your comments are important, and I want to make sure everyone can see them -- Tony Ortega, editor, Village Voice

Axiom-addict
Axiom-addict

My # 1 is GravityI'm calling the unsustainable and inevitable - Gravity. Gravity has been eroding corporate Scientology for years and is bringing about its demise with slow, but sure precision just as it has to every other abusive and anti-social institution in history.All the book-writers, journalists and critics in their over-blown, self-congratulatory glee, cannot out-do the natural way of things.  IMO

My # 2 is the FBII know, it's not confirmed they will ever act but I think they will. And when they do...

Note: Please Tony, don't put Rathbun on your list. I grant he has gathered a lot of attention but to me, that is outweighed by his pompous, arrogant, dismissive style that is echoed by his band of ex-Int sycophants who are gulping HIS Kool-Aid just as enthusiastically as they chugged Miscavige'. There were people walking away from the cult 25 years before Rathbun saw the light, some of whom he viciously attacked and suppressed while in, and it would do my heart good to send a clear message that vindicates them and at the same time lets Marty know the sun doesn't revolve around his latest pronouncementations.

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

All who have come forward at great personal risk deserve respect.

Ironically, it is Hubbard... who started with something worthwhile... then created a monster..a Frankenstein .....  these people "ACT" on his writing... The Good The Bad & The Ugly.

Hubbard Crippled himself and took everyone else with him.

#1  LRH.

Claude
Claude

It's too bad more people don't know about the "bible" of scientology, Hubbard's book "Axioms and Logics." If it were widely circulated, it would possibly get a spot on the list, because it is so atrocious.  How funny would that be, to have the Founder AND his "bible" on the list of things destroying scientology. 

Naturally, scientology only wants the public exposed to the watered-down, feel-good simplistic trash Hubbard wrote, like "The Way to Happiness" (on which the church surreptitiously puts government "seals" of approval).

Jens Tingleff
Jens Tingleff

People not in the cheat list (thanks, thou' ;) ) I included are Tobin and Childs of the SP Times and George Fenech. Oh, and it was good to see so many of the ARS old-timers on the cheat list - they earned it!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I headed my list with the Internet itself. The top ten is as follows:

1. The Internet2. L. Ron Hubbard3. David Miscavige4. Lisa McPherson5. Aleister Crowley6. Ron DeWolf7. Trey Parker, Matt Stone [and by extension—Xenu]8. Tom Cruise9. Lawrence Wright/Paul Haggis10. Anonymous

If "Anonymous" can be a "person" on the list—I'd never dream that Tony Ortega would promote the concept of corporate personhood!—so can the internet. And, as in so many other fields of enterprise within the last decade or so, new tech doesn't simply beat old tech, it demolishes it. After years of working in radio, working as a record clerk and as a recording engineer, I'd seriously never imagine that folks would toss away their CDs for pennies, but today they do and that's because you can carry a huge music library in your pocket.

New Tech crushes Old Tech.

And the reality of the "Tech" of Scientology is that it's permanently stuck with the technology of the era of the tube tester and can advance no further. There's nothing like Old Science Fiction Stories to remind us of where we really are, without all those personal rocket cars and vacation parcels on Mars. Rather than having to enter the doorway of a Scientology Center and pay money to [sort of] find out what Scientology really has to offer, one can investigate claims at home, online. While it is true that one can find pro-Scientology websites on the Internet, a cursory glance at what pops up on Google reveals an overwhelming preponderance of Anti-Scientology skew. One quickly finds out that there is a large contingent of Ex-Scientologists with websites of their own. The Internet makes it impossible for Scientology to conduct business as usual. 

That's why it's # 1.

And it's the only way I can legitimately fold Tony Ortega's state-of-the-art Journalism into the list.

LRH is #2 as he was the design engineer for the A.C.M.E. supply company, Miscavige is #3 because he is soooo Marvin the Martian but Lisa McPherson is right up there with the two Big Cheeses—her story showed the world that Scientology can kill. It's the sort of harrowing story that can turn an outsider into an activist. You may think including Crowley on the list is OTT, but his influence on Hubbard is quite clear to me and not at all benign. Ron DeWolf, LRH's son, was the first to really break free [or at least make an attempt to] from the top levels of the church and he paid dearly. The fact the the word "Xenu" is now predominantly usually used as a punchline can be traced back directly to South Park—Thank you Parker and Stone. As for Couch Jumping and Fun Talk About Psychiatry, It's time for yet another exciting edition of "Hollywood's Footbullet Parade", without which "Trapped in the Closet" and "The Return of Chef" would not be necessary. The Haggis/Wright story ain't over yet, but it already supplied the remarkable FreeDumb issue—hey, good work graphics department. Too bad about the copy. Having someone as capable as Paul Haggis working with Pulitzer Prize winner Lawence Wright—their joint enterprise will probably provide the knockout blow to CO$ Inc. Whatever else happens, their book will scare the BeJeezus out of those Hollywood hangers-on still hangin' out at the Celebrity Center. Which brings us back to Anonymous—my kind of people.

Most of the rest of the list covers ground we've all covered, but at #12 there's "The Whole Squirrel Business." It's not just "Squirrel Busters." All this "Squirrel" talk makes the "tech" sound like something straight out of Termite Terrace, with E-Meters made of parts supplied by the A.C.M.E. company and designed by Wile E's weird uncle, Lafayette.

V for Vacation
V for Vacation

I'd like to add the countries around the world whose governments have flat out refused to legally recognize Scn as a religion, or give it tax free status, and some who have come right out and declared it to be a cult or commercial enterprise.  A lot of the news stories discussed here didn't get wide coverage, unless a celebrity was involved.  But when France and Germany stand up and smack Scn down, it has a great ripple effect not only in damaging the org, but also spreading news about what's going on.  Hats off to Switzerland, Denmark, Chile, Belgium, Brazil, Greece, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Russia...

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

Others to add to the list:  in no particular order -  Mary Sue Hubbard, Guardians Office and OSA, David Mayo, Andrew Morton - his book on Tom Cruise was more important that people give it credit, Mick Wenlock - who got former Sea Org members speaking to each other again, Robert Vaughn Young and Stacy Young - who had the guts to take on DM and his control of Scientology from the outside when not many others were doing it, the rest of the Hubbard family (Diana, Suzette and Arthur) who could and should stand up and say something about what is going on but are too afraid and under control.

Jefferson Hawkins
Jefferson Hawkins

Tony, it will be interesting to see the results.

My write-in vote? Int Base Execs (Marc Yager, Guillaume Lesevre, Normal Starkey, Greg Wilhere, Sue Wilhere, Jenny Linson). This may be more of a Base insider viewpoint, but I think Scientology could have gone the route of, say, Mormonism, dropped its more abusive, fraudulent and criminal practices, significantly reformed, and gone more mainstream. It was obvious for many years that Miscavige was a sociopathic bully who was determined to rule by threat and violence, and take Scientology on an even more severe, fanatical, cult-like route. These execs, most of them Miscavige appointees, failed to take any action to stem this trend or stand up to Miscavige - or even leave and speak out - either through personal cowardice or, in the case of Linson, her own personal sociopathic tendencies. They have probably done much more harm to Scientology than any outsider or critic could possibly do.

My second write-in? Tony Ortega!

blowhard
blowhard

If David Miscavige is not number 1... I will eat my shorts...

And, number 2 is Marty...

You can take this to the bank

Zander
Zander

Don't forget Judge Charles R. Richey who, in 1979, released for public view and copying the documents seized during the 1977 FBI raids. The ripple effect of that was major. That was a major influence in the mission holders' rebellion of 82, Hubbard's subsequently crushing the mission holders, and the schism of 1982&1983, that, in numbers of people leaving, dwarfs the numbers of people leaving in the last several years.

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

This is tough, but a good exercise.   There are people not even on your list, like Eldon, who impacted a lot of the years of discussion, and Hartley Patterson, and Janis Grady, and a host of ex Apollo vets (Kima Douglas, Paulette Ausley, Arden Hansen, Cathy Cariotaki, Jim Dincalci, Alan Walter, David Mayo, Julie Mayo, and others now gagged legally), the people LIVED with Hubbard, saw him up close, their online stories, not in any books in many cases, still provide earth shattering cognitive dissonance impact to ex members who read those people's writings.  

I'd say "media" are the biggest sector of society, in my opinion, who have in the last 40 years, had, and most definitely ARE the most active, as the "5th estate", doing something that impacts Scientology for the better, whether it is "crippling" or simply wising the world UP to what goes on in Scientology.

Then it's the legal profession, actively, number 2.   Guys like Dandar, and Ford Greene, Ford's my all time favorite.   (When Elliot Abelson called me on the phone, trying to gag me, Abelson blurted out nervously that he DID NOT recommend Ford Greene.   So that told me WHO I should recommend, when Stefan Castle asked me for what lawyer might help him, I said Ford Greene!!!)  

I think ALL ex members should be one group, since they all help each other, support each other tell the raw material that makes the media stories and makes the legal cases.

It's kinda like a group of 3rd dynamics, that form into this societal ARC triangle, media being communication, legal lawyers being REALITY (what can be PROVEN real), and ex members are the emotional live critters that the outside world feels emotionally sympathetic for, the ex members are the human element.

And this above tirangle, media, lawyers, ex-members, get stirred and critiqued by the hobbyists who think this Scientology stuff is good sport!

Next year, Tony, do a lead up to the IAS Celebration, and for the "winners" of the categories, we can give medals like Scientology's awards show, like Patty's parties.

Best print media reporting on Scientology.

Best TV media reporting on Scientology.

Best anonymous protest of the year.

Best, anonymous protest sign/chant for the year.

Best solo anonymous (or open) protestor of the year.

Best scholarly paper/book for the year.

Best journalist book of the year

Best ex member book or ex member story of the year.

Best Scientology PR gaffe and best PR gaffe-person of the year.

Best ......

.... survey for categories, for next year's Academy Awards of official Scientology's whatever you  decide to call it.

NCSP
NCSP

Aw man! I forgot to put Louann! Louann, we hardly knew ye (until we figured out your info and you went on to -- one hopes -- greener pastures).

Dede
Dede

Tommy Davis FTW!

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Mine based on impact, long term effect then, now and into the future and numbers reached now and over the years. 1.  Anonymous2.  Lisa McPherson3.  L. Ron Hubbard 4.  Tom Cruise5.  Arnie Lerma  for lermanet (dot) com  6.  Jon Atack7.  Barry Van Sickle8.  Marc and Claire Headley9.  Laura DeCrescenzo10. Tommy Davis 11. Tory Christman12. Marty Rathbun13. Lawrence Wright14. Paul Haggis  15. Andreas Heldal-Lund xenu (dot) net16. Mark Bunker xenu(dot)tv17. Gerry Armstrong18. Paulette Cooper19. All the Australian Exs who spoke to Xenophon20. Nick Xenophon 21. Randy Sly Associate Editor Catholic (dot)org  22. Nancy Many23. Brian Mandigo aka AnonSparrow - Kendrick Moxon's court nemesis 24. David Love   25. Francois Choquette aka AnonOrange

ArthurA
ArthurA

Don't forget "Just Bill" of Ask the Scientologist.  He's not in the top 10 and he hasn't posted much recently, but in the past he really posted some fantastic articles on his blog that influenced a lot of people.

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

Check out Betty Butterfield on YouTube.Search for "Betty Butterfield Scientology"

TheGuest
TheGuest

Hey, does someone need a memory pill?

Tobin and Childs, St Petersburg Times

Roggy McGee
Roggy McGee

Keeping #6-25 in current order,

#5.  Paul Haggis#4.  Scientology's cavalcade of celebrities and ancillary D-listers.  Unstable, odd, and often lacking self-awareness, they have really made an impact on the public perception of scientologists.  They include: Jenna Elfman ("Have you raped a baby?"), Kirstie Alley (and her Co$ weight loss products), Will Smith and Jada Pinkett ($$$ on study tech academy, but won't come out of the closet... as Scientologists), Stepford "Kate" Holmes, Suri Cruise and her toddler high heels, and John Travolta (for two badly concealed secrets: his Saturday Night Fever and his admission under oath that his son suffered from autism and not Kawasaki disease).#3.  Tom Cruise (Freedom Medal of Valor winner, KSW!)#2.  David Miscavige#1.  LRH --dropped his body and fled Teegeeack, too busy disseminating in other galaxies to update the tech, add new OT levels, or phone home.  The ultimate disconnect.

SFF
SFF

One way to rank the entries "scientifically" would be to put Miscavige on an e-Meter and measure what kind of reads all the names get.

guest
guest

Tony Ortega!!!

Guest
Guest

in Toronto, Toronto's Root, protests alone when no other anons turn up, Durham Anon, organizes Toronto protests, other Canadians: Dr. Steven Wiseman and Professor Steve Kent, Caroline Letkeman's informative website, Gerry Armstrong

Guest
Guest

Wiseman of The Watchtower, Toronto, Ontario - several newspaper articles, radio show, personal testimony on video, single-handedly protested and brought the new Canadian Advanced Organization to the attention of Ontario and Why We Protest, including the new, suspicious location likely to become Canada's RPF hole.

SFF
SFF

John Travolta and his buddy Terl belong on the list. Batlefield Earth rivals South Park in terms of creating an association between Scientology and space aliens in the public consciousness.

Xenu
Xenu

"Naturally, scientology only wants the public exposed to the watered-down, feel-good simplistic trash Hubbard wrote, like 'The Way to Happiness'"

Assuming he wrote that, anyway.  That was penned after he had gone into permanent seclusion, and it's always been near the top of my list of suspected pieces of ghost writing.  It's not only simplistic trash, but also contradicts a lot of his earlier writings.  I'm very sorry that RVY is no longer around to ask about it.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

How I left Tobin and Childs off the cheat list I will never know. Egads.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

I love Betty Butterfield! Her videos are also preserved over at the internet archive for generations to come, lol

TheGuest
TheGuest

oops, also:  Larry Page.  For those of us who remember the hellacious chaos that was the Internet before Google. 

mjm
mjm

don't think Katie's a true Scilon, just in name only like Nicole Kidman. she's still a good Catholic girl at heart. she's gonna walk away with shitloads of $$$$ when she divorces Tiny Tom along with the $$$ she's getting paid already to be his beard. (isn't Mimi Rogers gone from the CoS? her father, one of the earliest members of the cult itself, is a Freezoner now.)

also forgot Leah 'Unemployment Line' Remini who stepped out of the frying pan of The Talk and into the firing line of Julie Chen and her hubby, CBS head honcho Les Moonves. see what you get for trying to push your crap? (coincidentially, Jenna Elfman was a guest co-host on that View ripoff. Leah wasn't too pleased having her on. I'm thinking she's close to leaving Scientology if she hasn't done so already. She wasn't at the IAS event, which she has attended in the past.)

LeeAnneClark
LeeAnneClark

Agree 100% with every word. And we put the same top three, in the same order, for much the same reasons. I have to agree that LRH dealt the ultimate death-blow to Scientology by kicking the bucket...but it must also be pointed out that the flawed system that he designed was inherently destined to die, by its very nature.

While there's no place on the list for this, I consider a major factor in the inevitable death of Scientology to be the changing culture. Scientology showed up at the perfect point in time for a secretive, paranoid, mystical self-help concept: the cold war, and the age of spiritual exploration. It's a different culture now...if Scientology was released brand new to the world today, it would get laughed off the map (except by a few needy, mentally-deranged suckers a la Heaven's Gate).

Sid
Sid

Genius.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I have a working Terl action figure in my office. It never fails to make me chuckle when he says, "Man is an endangered species."

Arnaldo Lerma
Arnaldo Lerma

Thank you Mr Ortega, I am still editing it...one moment please, added.. ok Ill call this done,I believe this is a wrap...

"Context is everything"

OK, NOW it is done. I hope I have not gone too far...

Claude
Claude

Why is it so hard to get a used copy of "Axioms and Logics."  Is it because of how absurd it is, or due to concerns about lost revenue going "up the bridge" if it were more public, or both?

Zander
Zander

Seclusion? Hubbard was in hiding.

'The Way To Happiness' was written immediately after the court ordered release of the 1977 Snow White FBI raid documents. It was PR. Hubbard was doing PR damage control by shifting his image from a criminal psychopath (confirmed by the document release) to an expert on "morality."

It's not a contradiction, it's PR.

Roggy McGee
Roggy McGee

Although the philosophy never changed that much, LRH did have his finger on the pulse of popular culture while he was alive.  Because he surrounded himself with the very young, he was able to shift Scientology's marketing strategy from DIY psychotherapy to counter-culture spiritual rebellion to 1980's self-promotion and ego worship quite effortlessly.  Without him, Co$ is a middle-aged cult looking backwards instead of forwards.  In a time of decreasing face-to-face social interaction, Co$ would be wise to change its marketing strategy to providing an opportunity for social connectedness, as the deeply lonely and insecure will always put aside reason, logic, and $ to feel connected with others.

I agree that the changing culture has dwindled Scientology's numbers significantly.  However, I don't think it is its fatal flaw.  Loads of legitimate religions have odd tenets and rigid belief systems, the most recent of which being LDS.  What killed Scientology was the day they instituted the no children in Sea Org rule.  What's the point of having children marry off at 16 and not have reproduce?  If Sea Org members reproduced like the Duggars, the Co$ would never die.  To support their families, time in Sea Org would be temporary, like an LDS mission, therefore avoiding the monetary and logistic burden that having children initially placed on the Sea Org and Co$.

Anon
Anon

and "Rat Brain". I used to have one.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Looks like you got hit with the Disqus gremlin. I will try to have my IT folks retrieve it and repost it.

Zander
Zander

The court ordered document release, for the documents seized during the 1977 FBI raids,occurred in late 1979. Shortly thereafter 'TWTH' appeared. It does appear to have been written by Hubbard, but its authorship is secondary. It was used as protective PR cover. It told the "wogs" that Hubbard was a good and moral person.

 

 

Xenu
Xenu

It wasn't printed until 1980, when Mary Sue was already in federal prison.  Yes, it is damage control, but that gives no clues as to the author.  RVY didn't begin ghost writing until 1982, but that's not to say that others, like Ray Mithoff, hadn't already been doing it for a while.  I remember a lot of bulletins and policy letters being cancelled in the 1970s, which bore Hubbard's name, but which were supposedly not by him.  It could have been a dodge, allowing Hubbard to dump unwanted textx without losing face, but I have no first hand knowledge as to which authorship story was the lie.

Not that I have any real point to go along with the suspicion.  I just remember all those letters people sent to Hubbard in the '70s, and the fake replies they got.  Yes, the letters arrived on the Apollo, and yes, Hubbard was free to look at them any time he wanted to, so you could sort of say that they had been received by him, as the "Standing Order #1" policy mandated.  But only sort of, since he never set eyes on 98% of it.  Having known that for so long, I guess I'm prone to think that atypical writing wasn't actually his. 

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

At New Times Los Angeles, I once did an entire column about the connection between Battlefield Earth and Scientology that consisted of my questions and the Terl figure's answers. It was a hoot.

SFF
SFF

I can see  if you are stuck when writing this blog the occasional shout of "rat brain" may give you the inspiration you need.

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