Scientology Document Suggests Huffington Post Religion Blogger has been on the Church's Payroll

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Joe Grieboski -- on Scientology's payroll?
Former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun made another leak of formerly secret, internal Scientology documents today, and this time he claims to have uncovered that a Huffington Post blogger who defends minority religions, and Scientology, has been on the church's payroll.

That accusation has been made previously about Joseph K. Grieboski, who blogs at Huffington Post's Religion section and runs something he calls the Institute on Religion and Foreign Policy. In 2009, former Scientologist Gerry Armstrong accused Grieboski of taking money from Scientology, claiming that he'd talked to a former Institute employee who told him of the connection.

And now Rathbun comes forward with a document from Scientology's Office of Special Affairs -- the church's intelligence and covert operations wing -- which suggests that Grieboski was employed to actively temper anti-Scientology sentiment in European countries. Previously, we've authenticated Rathbun's leaks of OSA documents, including spying operations against Marc Headley, Mark Ebner, and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

And besides, another former top Scientology official tells the Voice that he has personal information about Grieboski's employment with the church.

I've e-mailed Grieboski at his consulting business and I left a phone message at the Institute, and I'm hoping to get him on the phone soon to discuss Rathbun's OSA document.

I've also been in touch with the Huffington Post, and I'm helping their media relations team understand the background on this somewhat complex story. They have been very helpful, and I'm hoping to get a statement from them at any time.

What I do know is that Grieboski is not a "featured" writer at HuffPo's Religion section, and his posts don't seem to generate a large amount of comments.

However, it was a post he did in May that first brought him to my attention. A fellow Scientology watcher pointed out that Grieboski's reaction to a task force report by Israel's Special Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs calling for closer watch on destructive groups was surprisingly voluminous and agitated...

"No democracy would admit to being intolerant of minority faiths or opposed to religious liberty. The tactic used to discriminate against targeted minority faiths in some countries is to redefine the notion of 'religion' to exclude disfavored minority groups by labeling them as so-called 'cults' or 'sects.' This is the tactic embraced by the Task Force in the Report," Grieboski wrote.

Grieboski didn't mention Scientology by name, but he did lambaste claims that groups use "mental manipulation."

Grieboski's use of the Huffington Post to go after something so apparently obscure -- a government task force report in Israel -- did make me curious. So I looked around and found Gerry Armstrong's 2009 open letter to Grieboski. Armstrong, who suffered almost unbelievable harassment at the hands of Scientology's legal corps (overseen, ironically enough, by Rathbun), claimed that he had talked to a man who had worked as Grieboski's former public relations man, and who confirmed to Armstrong that Grieboski (or his Institute) was receiving substantial Scientology payments. I tried to contact the PR man, but he didn't return my call.

Rathbun tells me his own interest in Grieboski was piqued by something the Huffington Post blogger wrote just yesterday. In a post titled "This Christmas, Charities Are In Crisis," Grieboski included this line...

As Americans, it is easy to take such fundamental rights for granted. The majority of us are sheltered from the daily horrors that affect Christians in China, Ahmadiyyas in Pakistan, Scientologists in Belgium and Muslims in France.

That reference to Scientology, Rathbun says, convinced him to search through OSA documents in his possession, leading to his discovery of the "Grieboski Program" memo.

Its initial paragraph suggests that Grieboski, in 2007, is being switched from a flat regular payment to a piece rate, based on what he can do for Scientology:

Joe Grieboski (JG) operates the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, an identity he uses to ally individuals in the RCC [Roman Catholic Church] and other major religions as well as political personalities. He contributed in this manner to the handling of several situations in Europe. However, he is not being run for product to ensure viability and bean return for what he is being paid. He is on a flat rate that is being changed to payment on a "by product" basis. This program lays out needed production that he can generate in exchange for funding from the Church. It must become clear to him that if he does not get products, he will not get any more funds from us.

What follows is a sort of long "wish list" of things Scientology would like for Grieboski to accomplish in countries where the church is under attack:

PURPOSE To protect and advance religious freedom interests of Scientology where threatened or blocked.

MAJOR TARGET
1. Get Joe Grieboski to utilize existing or develop new power
comm lines to resolve our major European situations.
2. Power commlines and OL allies in place to help open getting
Scientology into Muslim countries.

Specific goals are laid out for Scientology's trouble spots: Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, and "Muslim Nations."

It's important when looking at OSA documents to keep in mind, however, that these detailed reports are written by OSA operatives trying to please bosses with their industry. So although this report lays out a myriad of things Grieboski will be asked to do, little of the agenda might have actually been accomplished. What the document is unequivocal about, however is that Grieboski had been, at least at that point in 2007, a paid agent for the church.

I just talked to Mike Rinder, formerly Scientology's top spokesman and the executive director of OSA until he left the church in 2007. I asked him whether Grieboski really was on the church's payroll.

"Yeah. I hired him," Rinder told me.

"He was absolutely employed by the church, and it was because of his Catholic connections," Rinder continued. "He had connection into the Vatican, and all of the Catholic countries where the church was having problems. Italy, France, Belgium. That's why he was on the payroll. He's a lobbyist. That's what the guy is."

Rinder had to go into a business meeting, but he promises to call back soon with more detail about Grieboski's history with Scientology.

We've been unable to reach Grieboski himself., but we at least know something about his day. According to his Twitter feed, this morning he took part in a meeting "on issues in Japan, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia."

And he had lunch at Gadsby's Tavern.

We'll keep trying to reach him.


Update: We just noticed that Grieboski makes an interesting claim about his Institute at its website. He says quite clearly that it does NOT accept money from religions:

The Institute on Religion and Public Policy does not accept funding of any type from religions, religious institutions, or government agencies of any kind, unless government funds are specifically earmarked solely for the Interparliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom.

Looks like Joe might have to edit that statement a little.


2nd Update: The sharp researchers over at WhyWeProtest.net are on the case. They've pulled up a 2006 tax filing for Grieboski's Insititute that lists several Scientologists on its board of directors, including Monique Yingling, one of Scientology's most prominent attorneys.

Here's the document.


UPDATE: JOE GRIEBOSKI RESPONDS.

Just got this e-mail from him...

I'm sorry I wasn't able to get back to you earlier; as you can imagine, things get busy around the holidays.

I had been hoping that you would consider waiting for my response before running your piece.

In response to your question, THE INSTITUTE on Religion and Public Policy does not take nor has it ever taken funds from any religious institution or denomination

Further, THE INSTITUTE's programs have never been focused on any particular religious community. In fact, THE INSTITUTE has labored on behalf of the rights of countless religious organizations around the globe - from Baha'is in Iran and Ahmadiyyas in Pakistan, Catholics in Saudi Arabia and the Salvation Army in Russia, Falun Gong in China to Evangelicals in Algeria, Serbs in Kosovo to Muslims in Latin America. THE INSTITUTE's track record on advancing freedom of religion and belief for all believers and non-believers is well-documented and well-respected.

In a personal capacity aside from my work with THE INSTITUTE, I have advised a number of institutions - religious and non-religious - on policy issues. I have advised the Scientologists as I have numerous other groups.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season,
joe

I appreciate Grieboski getting back to me. But he didn't really address the central question of this story. Which is this: as a blogger writing for Huffington Post about religion, shouldn't he disclose that he's taking money from those religions?

I've asked him that in a followup e-mail, and I'll provide his response here if he sends one.



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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Squire Eaton
Squire Eaton

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Network_one
Network_one

This blog is starting to look more and more weird. It can only be seen as a piece of fiction, like a WW II story which use actual setting and facts as a background to its otherwise fictional plot. The disregard for honest peoples actual success in actually helping other people is however not funny but just outright cruel.

Guest
Guest

Merry Christmas, new OSA sock!

Guest
Guest

So your saying basically, that we shouldn't read it because it has squirrel stuff on it and it's weird?  

SFF
SFF

So, the blog says that Grieboski has taken money from the Church of Scientology. Grieboski replies and essentially confirms that he has taken money from the Church of Scientology -- he runs a consulting business and has advised the CoS.

Where's the fiction, exactly?

Marcotai
Marcotai

Where is the story?

bobx
bobx

You have to scroll up all the way to the top of the page, past those blue links in brackets to all those other stories you don't really want to grasp.

Aa
Aa

The Institute's 2010 tax form shows that a $8750 donation had to be given up because the donor filed for bankruptcy.

Coincidence perhaps, but a situation not uncommon among the Scientology cult's many "crush reg'd" donors. Although Grieboski denies that his non-profit institute (unlike his consulting business) receives any money from religious organizations directly, how do we know that individual Scientologists are not pressured to donate massively?

And how do we know that these Scientology-tainted "parishioner"  donations don't form the lion's share of the institute's incoming funding?

Aa
Aa

It's funny how, in typical Scientology fashion, Grieboski pulls a Jason Lee and slams shut his Twitter account just as interest starts to pick up. Is this the new Curtain Tech® or what?

I was looking forward to TonyO's interview with Grieboski, but now I strongly suspect it'll be as likely as Jason Lee's -- i.e., a cold day in Hell.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Wow. No wonder Grieboski closed his Twitter account. I just read this on Tony's Facebook, can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

Grieboski admitted that he takes money from Scientology and others, as you'll see in the update to my story. But he says that his Institute doesn't take the money. Who cares? It wasn't the Institute blogging for Huffington Post. So now I have put it to HuffPo: what do they do about a religion blogger who didn't disclose that he's a paid shill?

MrElronious
MrElronious

was there a stat round up today? i cant find it

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I know. I don't think Tony has ever missed a stat round-up, has he?

Xenu
Xenu

Not lately, but I'd hardly begrudge the guy a little slack during the holidays.

Merry Xenumas, Tony!

bobx
bobx

He'll probably get all of us a really nifty present, if you know what I mean; I can't wait!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

That's true. Tony deserves some time off. Maybe he's out xmas shopping in the big apple?

Jgg
Jgg

  BTW, whatever happened to Jim Lynch's investigation of Tony and the V.V.?

Thetan-X
Thetan-X

Yea!! No shit Jgg, I forgot about that !! I bet DM has Jim scrubbing toilets somewhere at gold.. he (dm) must have realized what a buffoon Jim is in front of the camera...and i must admit, I really enjoyed those pieces, when jim would fumble around trying oh so hard to sound like a legitimate reporter...... yes indeed such comedy cannot be written, and no one does it better then miscavige's squirrel nutz and jim lynch's investigative "reports" !!! i gotta say I miss the squirrel busters and jim lynch.

parvent
parvent

I'll bet Joe didn't pay income tax on the already tax-exempt income received.  The IRS should audit him.

Freespirit
Freespirit

Wow!!!! Great Investigative work!!!!

Marcotai
Marcotai

To celebrate Christmas this year, Marty Rathbun unleashes his bitter venom against an honorable man encouraging others to increase their charitable giving this Christmas.Rathbun directs his all-encompassing bitterness at a decent man genuinely trying to help others practice their religion freely without persecution, whether it be Christianity, Islam, Ahmadiyya, or Scientology. All of whom face the kind of official persecution in various countries that Rathbun supports so vocally in Germany, for example.Yes, one of the foremost desecrators of religion – Marty Rathbun – is vexed to the core by a man who works against religious persecution, who simply tells readers that it exists in other countries.The man in question, Joseph Grieboski, wrote an article about how charities are particularly hard hit in these economic times and suffer for that to the point of being endangered themselves, not to mention the people they help. He urges readers to re-examine their charitable giving and to not abandon charities when they need support most.He made no pitch for a particular religion, or even a particular charity. He simply asked people to increase their giving, to the charity of their choice.Marty Rathbun seethes over a man who gives speeches about religious intolerance; speeches that stun American audiences – who take their religious rights for granted – even though the speeches are merely informing them of “the human rights violations that take place around the world simply because of the way someone chooses to pray.”Why does Rathbun seethe? Because the author dared mention the official oppression of Scientology in Belgium (along with persecution of Baha’is in Iran and Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, incessant anti-semitic acts in Europe, and the use of rape as a weapon in Congo.)Only a cynical, sour little man would assail religious tolerance and charitable giving, especially in this holiday season.Scrooge Rathbun hides his mean-spirited miserliness behind his outrage over imagined “human rights abuses” committed by others. That’s right. Serial batterer Marty Rathbun is all broken up about “human rights.”But anyone who has spotted Rathbun’s true tone level could expect this.Marty Rathbun is just as tightfisted with his charity toward others as he is with praise for the good and often great things done by Scientology that he works so hard to ignore or invalidate.Rathbun is only generous with his cynicism and mean-spirited grousings about others actually helping people, which he himself is incapable of.As readers of this blog know, Marty Rathbun is no stranger to attempting to degrade the sublime. He does it in this case by reducing the man’s motivations to money. After all, that is Marty Rathbun’s own level on the scale of motivation, and “the criminal only sees others as he himself is.” (LRH)The mere mention of Scientology as one of the persecuted religions sends Scrooge Rathbun into a paroxysm of fear so narrowly focused that Rathbun can’t even see the altruism he’s railing against.Though any work the author does for Scientology is just a part of what he does, it’s enough to send Rathbun into a diatribe about MONEY. As I said, this is just once again Rathbun’s criminal mind at work because Marty Rathbun himself is obsessed with MONEY, namely making a living out of dramatizing the venom flowing from his true intentions toward the people of Earth. Think the opposite of “Goodwill Toward Men” and you’ve got Rathbun’s money-making plans in a nutshell. And his holiday spirit.What does money represent? Energy. Doingness. The ability to move and get things done.And Scrooge Rathbun lives to stop all motion, especially pro-survival motion. And most especially, any motion that doesn’t suppress Scientology and people’s ability to improve by it.In Marty Rathbun’s case, money not only represents the ability to not have to actually work or produce anything in life, it represents the fact of his failure and the fact of the success of Scientology. Seeing Scientology affluent hurts Rathbun worse than the smell of a Christmas goose cooking or the laughter of decent people.Picture a sniveling, cold, dry little man greedily clutching his pile of coins and lovingly scratching figures into his precious ledger and you see Rathbun’s ideal scene for himself.Imagine him getting himself alerted to any mention of Scientology and snarling into his keyboard. His new motto seems to be “hammer out of existence any sympathetic or favorable mention of Scientology or LRH.” This must be from his policy “Keeping Rathbun Working.” (Or if not actually “working,” at least making his precious money.)But in the spirit of the holidays, I’ll be charitable to Marty Rathbun and merely say that he is a shriveled shell of a human being, who would steal Christmas from us all, every one.

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

We in RTC are quite pleased with Marcotai's spot on assessment of the situation: People are not donating enough money to charities, particularly to the only charity that is able to do anything at all and that is the Church of Scientology.

We in RTC can put an even finer point on Marcotai's work: Sure, religious persecution goes on but that misses the point. The only religious persecution that really matters is when the Church of Scientology is persecuted because we are the ONLY GROUP IN THE WORLD THAT HAS THE WORKABLE TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO CLEAR THE PLANET!!!

Yeah, yeah,we in RTC feel bad about Jehovah's Witnesses getting shoved around and those watchamacallits? Ahmadiyya (?) We were supposed to have a briefing here on this group from Joe Grieboski but it looks like he screwed us again! No product! That is why we pay this idiot based on piecework.

Anyway, yes donations to the IAS are down and we really need money. We need lots of ot because we burn through money faster than Gerry Armstrong freewheels through his nutter messiah implants.

Thetan-X
Thetan-X

Hey Marco, please go get your dictionary (if you have one) and look up the word "plagiarism" okay? can you do that?

SFF
SFF

I'd say Hubbard was trying to steal Christmas away from everyone when he claimed there was no Christ and Christianity is based on implants put into our Body Thetans by Xenu.

Surely by promoting Christmas you are helping Xenu and the psychiatrists forward their agenda.

Guest
Guest

Leave it to a scientologist to define money as "energy" and "doingness" and "pro-survival motion."  That Applied Scholastics done educated you good. 

Read enough of that crazy LRH and your brain stops working normally.  

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin

Go away you non-scientologist troll...and stop pasting DEAD AGENT rubbish from the cult created anti-marty blog.

All you do is run over to a cult blog or website and cut and paste their rubbish to try foist yourself off as a scientologist. Dude, we know you are just a lonely troll wanting attention.

Marcotai
Marcotai

"evidence'' ?I'm pretty sure that you don't even know the meaning of that wordSo, please do not use words you don't know the definition of.

Shawn's friend.
Shawn's friend.

Are you still pretending to be a scientologist, Marcotai?  All the evidence of you not being one has been exposed and documented many times.  Why don't you go join the cult so that next time you may know what the hell you're talking about?

Marcotai
Marcotai

Thanks for your attention.;)

Xenu
Xenu

So let me make sure I got this straight...

You're here to stick up for freedom of religion by posting a wall of text vendetta against a heretic?

Marcotai
Marcotai

I'm sure that tabloid 'reporter Ortega is sooo obsessed with Scientology that he is looking  every night under his bed  in order to find out if a "SCN agent" is hiding under it. LOL

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

Awww, aren't you cute! Finally growing a sense of humor and all.

Myriam Breitman
Myriam Breitman

Go away Marcotai. You ain't funny anymore, now that we know that you're not a real clam. Bring back Louanne.

SFF
SFF

I'm sure Scientology troll Marcotai is sooo obsessed with Xenu that he is looking every night under his bed in order to find out if a "body thetan" is hiding under it.LOL

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

Knowing how the "Church" operates, it would come as no surprise if he DID find a Scientologist under his bed.  He may find Tom Cruise in the closet, too!

Marcotai
Marcotai

"he may find Tom Cruise in the closet too"I don't think that Tom would be able to fit in a closet full of porno magazines and skeletons.

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

Well, that rules out YOUR closet.  

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Ugh..what a creepy perve. How's Jan Eastgate?

mjm
mjm

National Enquirer's new cover: Travoltas split

has J. Travolta finally woken up?

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

mjm, I hope it's true. I haven't read the story yet.

But, I just read that a movie called "The Golden Suicides" might be in the making. It's about a couple (Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan) who commit suicide because $cientology harassed them to death. VanityFair magazine wrote an article about the glamorous couple, in 2008.

MarkStark
MarkStark

I think it's "John Travolta Walks Out!" of the house, and leaves Kelly in tears, because he "blames himself for Jett's death."  It's the 3rd anniversary of Jett's death, and I guess they are celebrating with an Enquirer cover.

O. Lallieberry
O. Lallieberry

Also please ask Grieboski how top Scilons like Yingling and Romaine came to be on his Board of Directors.

By the way, here is a fawning interview he did with Scilon PR guy Bob Adams: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/g...

sumguy
sumguy

Marty just posted another "leaked OSA document" and I realized:- Where these might be coming from.- Why there will never be any scans of them.- Why they are in such nicely formatted computer-readable form.These are very likely coming from the hard drive(s) that Daniel Montalvo took from the Sea Org and gave to Marty, at least until Marty returned them.And if not from those then from another data-dump liberated from the Church - digital only, no hard copies.I tried to add a linky to the LA Weekly piece on this but a SPAM filter held it up - just Google it if interested.

sumguy
sumguy

Hmm, so much for formatting :)

sumguy
sumguy

Marty just posted another "leaked OSA document" and I realized:- Where these are probably coming from.- Why there are no scans available.- Why they are already in a nicely-formatted computer-readable form.My guess, these are coming from the hard drive(s) that Daniel Montalvo took over to Rathbun.See http://blogs.laweekly.com/info...

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

The Rathbun Rinder Team has quite a list of agents and schills around the world... I am sure.

Once Arianna gets wind of this ... I highly doubt that Grieboski's Institute will be welcome at the Huffington Post any longer.

Would really like to know what the economics of this relationship were... 10K..50K ... more?

Are we to think that the Vatican is doing business with Scientology?

When Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone described Goldman Sachs as "A Giant Vampire Squid wrapped around the face of humanity".... sucking every dollar of blood it could find...

I find the description amazingly appropriate for the Church of Scientology.

mjm
mjm

"Are we to think that the Vatican is doing business with Scientology?"

a real religion doing business with a cult? doubt it, but a semi-legit news source (HuffPo) using the cult for $$$. probably more likely (it's the "if Fox News can hire a Scientologist why cant they?" philosophy, which is backfiring)...

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