The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology: Readers Poll Results!

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LRH came out on top of our countdown, but did he top out our readers poll? Take a look inside!
Actually, make that the top fifty people crippling the Church of Scientology -- we received more than 3,000 individual choices by 141 voters, with more than 300 different people receiving votes.

Our own countdown finished this morning with L. Ron Hubbard on top, and David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, Tom Cruise, and the St. Petersburg Times duo of Tom Tobin and Joe Childs rounding out the top five. Our decision to put Anonymous in the #6 position was controversial. The big question in our readers poll, then, was whether Anonymous could rally to come out on top.

Did it? Well, you'll just have to click through the next screens as we reveal how our readers voted.

But first, congratulations to the five people who voted in our poll and were selected randomly to win signed copies of Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology and Hugh Urban's The Church of Scientology. Loyal Runnin' Scared readers Patricia Greenway, Robin Landseadel, Gillian Niven, Brian Robertson, and Jan Welda -- your books will soon be in the mail!

Now, on to the results...


Poll Results: 41 - 50


41. Lawrence Wright Score: 197
Lawrence appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

42. Ron De Wolf Score: 192
Ron appeared in our group entry about Hubbard family members, at #22

43. The Office of Special Affairs Score: 181
OSA is Scientology's intelligence and covert operations wing, and also oversees the church's public relations.

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44. Russell Miller Score: 169
Russell appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

45. Mark Ebner (First-place votes: 4) Score: 168
Mark appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

46. Graham Berry Score: 167
Graham appeared in our group entry about attorneys, at #23

47. Anderson Cooper Score: 154
The CNN journalist followed up the St. Petersburg Times series, "The Truth Rundown" with his own series on accusations of violence by Scientology leader David Miscavige.

48. Jamie De Wolf Score: 150
Jamie appeared in our countdown at #22

49. Stephen Kent Score: 148
Professor Kent appeared in our group entry about academics, at #24

50. Nancy Many Score: 140
Nancy appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

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32 comments
Jake
Jake

how'd anonymous slip by the guard of supposedly intelligent readers? that's like praising one cult over another, simply because they have a conflict. they're both pathetic representations of group mentality, intellectual deficiency and cowardice.

makesense
makesense

Tony, You have done some good Journalism in the past and in the recent present but this thing of "cutting and pacing" Russell Miller’s Barefaced Messiah and converting it into your work -- you just don't want to go there as it just takes you credibility away.  If in any way, revise your story - do the research  - reading someone else poor research is not research, you are just forwarding opinions at best. Do a real story - get the point across with real facts.

robert
robert

Makesense,

I suggest you read more.  It is not poor research, but the truth.  Do what you proposed Tony do-actually do the research and see for yourself.  Is that not what the old man said? "Look for yourself".

Thetagal
Thetagal

Cracks me up.  In Scientology there is something called the "opterm" or opposing terminal that makes a case persist.  Here is #1 LRH and #25 Xenu, that is  big inside joke here, becaue the two have been opposed for a long time.What makes it super funny is they are both dead.  Yet people are able to percieve this conflict.  Absolutely amazing.

Torychristman
Torychristman like.author.displayName 1 Like

Great job, Tony!! And the greatest job of all is to ALL the people, both on this list, and those not on the list who have worked their asses off, some died, fighting this insidious CULT of $cientology. The Late, great Ida Camburn and Bob Minton--without these two, and Robert Vaughn Young,, you would not be reading this from me- as well as Andreas, Stacy and Jesse, thankfully all 3 still alive. Also, I have to thank Bill Yaude and OSA for bringing me into your "top secret OSA Int Internet Mafia, and lying to me. Had they not shown me the VERY dark side of Scientology, I would have never, ever woken up. Lastly my greatest thanks to Mark Bunker, who put my very first video (Magoo Dancing in Boston) up on the Net, they declared me SP the next day, and that changed my life...forever, also. I love you ALL :) Remember: YOU know all that you do, and no list shall ever change *that*. In my view, every single person is vitally important. Anonymous....forever I thank you all!!! PEACE! :)

nexusthe
nexusthe like.author.displayName 1 Like

First, I have to repeat what "V for Vacation" wrote: "Thank god this series is over!" including the reasons V gave ....  This was highly interesting, very time consuming, big fun - sometimes, not always, too many sad stories.... I'm glad it's over and eager for whatever is coming next - it will be difficult to top this series!

The reader's poll does not correspond with my personal list. Not that I expected that it would :) I was unable to select individuals, instead my list consisted mainly of groups, such as my number 9: "early picketers against Scientology, before Anonymous joined, no cake, no lulz, they stayed at it anyway". Anonymous was No. 13 on my list, usenet alt.religion.scientology (a.r.s.) was No. 4  - and a.r.s. is actually the main reason for this comment: my today's daily google news check for "scientology" listed this entry: "Hacks/Hackers London: September Meetup", Topic: "In search of Xenu, Wendy Grossman, net.wars." In this preview text about the meeting, Wendy Grossman mentions (and links to) her 1995 Wired article "alt.religion.wars" which is a great summary of what happened between Scientology and a.r.s. until then.

...old news, old news....

nexibello

P.S.: IMVHO, the biggest value of this series is that it has become an almost complete collection of topics re "Scientology vs critics", of resources (links, books...) and, mainly in the comment section, of people that have been involved in "Scientology vs critics" for decades or since only very recently or somewhere in between!

(I tried to include the link but DISCUS is still blocking links...)

nexusthe
nexusthe like.author.displayName 1 Like

First, Ihave to repeat what "V for Vacation" wrote: "Thank god thisseries is over!" including the reasons V gave ....  This was highlyinteresting, very time consuming, big fun - sometimes, not always, too many sadstories.... I'm glad it's over and eager for whatever is coming next - it willbe difficult to top this series!

The reader's poll does not correspond with my personal list. Not that Iexpected that it would :) I was unable to select individuals, instead my listconsisted mainly of groups, such as my number 9: "early picketers againstScientology, before Anonymous joined, no cake, no lulz, they stayed at itanyway". Anonymous was No. 13 on my list, usenet alt.religion.scientology(a.r.s.) was No. 4  - and a.r.s. is actually the main reason for thiscomment: my today's daily google news check for "scientology" listedthis entry: "Hacks/Hackers London: September Meetup", Topic: "Insearch of Xenu, Wendy Grossman, net.wars." h t t p :  slash slash meetuplondon.hackshackers.com/...

 

In thispreview text about the meeting, Wendy Grossman mentions (and links to) her 1995Wired article "alt.religion.wars" which is a great summary of whathappened between Scientology and a.r.s. until then. ….old news, old news.....

 

nexibello

 

P.S.: thisseries is also a great collection of topics, resources and, in the commentsection, of people !

nexusthe
nexusthe

First, I have to repeat what "V for Vacation" wrote: "Thank god thisseries is over!" including the reasons V gave ....  This was highlyinteresting, very time consuming, big fun - sometimes, not always (too many sadstories). I'm glad it's over and eager to see what is coming next - it willbe difficult to top this series! The reader's poll does not correspond with my personal list. Not that Iexpected that it would :) I was unable to select individuals, instead my listconsisted mainly of groups, such as my number 9: "early picketers againstScientology, before Anonymous joined, no cake, no lulz, they stayed at itanyway". Anonymous was No. 9 on my list, usenet alt.religion.scientology(a.r.s.) was No. 4  - and a.r.s. is actually the main reason for thiscomment: my today's daily google news check for "scientology" listedthis entry: "Hacks/Hackers London: September Meetup", Topic "Insearch of Xenu, Weny Grossman, net.wars." http://meetuplondon.hackshacke...In this preview text about the meeting, Wendy Grossman mentions (and links to)her 1995 Wired article "alt.religion.wars" which is a great summaryof what happened between Scientology and a.r.s. until then. ….a.r.s maybe oldnews …

 

nexibello

P.S.: This serious is also a great collection of topics, resources and, in the comment section, of people !

V for Vacation
V for Vacation

UGH.  Thank god this series is over!  I haven't been getting all of my regular work done, laundry is piling up, endangered myself and others by trying to read the latest posts on my iphone while stuck in traffic, haven't even seen Contagion yet or the premiere of Fringe, staying up until 3am to catch up on the forum comments… I'm exhausted.  ;)  xo

ShellyMiscavige
ShellyMiscavige

Time to STOP the fraudulently obtained tax status this abusive cult enjoys all over the world.

This will begin hopefully in Australia, then Europe, but the USA must cancel all tax breaks given to this joke scam with immediate effect.

The economic downturn demands it. Enough is enough. Even the Squirrel Busters are spending gas money the taxpayer is supplying.

Only when people don't have to pay for it will people stop caring about what this stupid LRH cult gets up to.There can be no compromise, no cessation of activity from Anonymous whatsoever, until this simple tax break decision has been made and implemented.

This is law, and the Scientologists are not and never will be above it.

Thetagal
Thetagal

Hi, Shelly.  Did you see and sign the petition?  It is exactly for what you need to get action.  Please sign if you haven't and send it to your friends. https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/pe...

Toulouse Lautrec
Toulouse Lautrec

Thanks for the series.

Years ago, as they converted their money into real estate and gained the support of political leaders, I believed they had won.

Now I think they are going down. With articles like yours they will go down that much quicker.

Bodil
Bodil

Tony Ortega, Thank you for an entertaining series of Scientology history.

My suggestion is for a top 25 enablers series next. I would like to have Greta Van Susteren called out for not speaking out about abuses in her own community when she exposes similar abuses elsewhere.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not to mention Sarah Palin, for sucking up to the devil in her self-interested way.

drewslugmoar
drewslugmoar

Christianity is more harmful to America than Scientology will ever be. I hope people focus more on it. 

Dan Courtney
Dan Courtney

In total I would agree. But Scientology is so overtly abusive that we can't help but pile on the criticism. I'm an outspoken atheist, but lets face it, that's a much more long term struggle.

Avid Reader
Avid Reader

 

Hi Tony, Thanks for this series. It has been great fun andit has reignited my interest in Scientology. But Scientology always leaves mewith more questions than answers.

It has been reported that in 1997, the Clearwater PDresponded to over one hundred 911 calls from inside the Fort Harrison Hotel butwere turned away at the door each time. Is this still going on?  I’d like to know how law enforcement responseto the Church of Scientologyhas changed over the last fourteen years, in Clearwater and in other cities.

I also wonder how many celebrities are quietly leavingScientology. Several years ago Jason Dohring was an up and coming actor whospoke freely and widely about being a second generation Scientologist. Now his Wikipediapage has no mention of his religion. Has it stopped being cool to be aScientologist?

One nice thing I can say about the church is that they havesome awesome real estate. I’d love to see the photos you have used in yourarticles captioned. I recognize some of the buildings but not all.

guest
guest

Awesome, funny and hysterically historical series, Tony.  We readers now award you a well-earned vacation, off the damned planet of Teejeak, no Hubbardites  allowed. 

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega like.author.displayName 1 Like

I will save the best part for the comments section: Marcotai came in at #93. If only he would give us an acceptance speech.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel like.author.displayName 1 Like

He's waiting for his copy to paste. I think Miss Cavige is dick-tating it right now.

NCSP
NCSP like.author.displayName 1 Like

If I remember correctly, I think I voted for "Louanne."

GarryS
GarryS like.author.displayName 1 Like

Marcotai gets #93 and Smurf got no mention at all.  Who paid you off, Tony?  C'mon, out with it.

Dan Courtney
Dan Courtney like.author.displayName 1 Like

Marcotai's youtube channel has a profile picture that appears to be female, but you have used the masculine "he". Lest I drop to 1.1 on the tone scale, I won't tell anyone that "he" looks pretty hot.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel like.author.displayName 1 Like

On the behalf of myself and my friends at the Academy, I'd like to thank Tony and his fellow SPs for this substantial bribe, with a special shout out to Marcotai for providing a barrel, water, ducks and a functioning blunderbuss.

adielec
adielec like.author.displayName 1 Like

The vote tabulating for this poll is corrupt. I demand a recount.

NCSP
NCSP like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm Brian, one of the drawing winners (woohoo!), and I just wanted to thank Tony for being classy and asking us if we wanted our names out there. I think it's a promising sign that none of us objected -- it's not so scary to be a Scientology critic any more!

Personally, I'll let OSA go through my trash if they want, as long as they take it to the Dumpster for me when they're done.

greebly
greebly like.author.displayName 1 Like

All good but Elmo is not happy I'm sure.

Andie
Andie like.author.displayName 1 Like

Slightly different emphasis, but the votes list is a very good ranking in my view.

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