Scientology Goes Upstat for the Final News Roundup of the Year (And Why We're Grateful)

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Feeling upstat, feeling sexy!
On Thursdays, we like to put together a rundown of stories related to Scientology watching from around the world. We do this on Thursdays, because it's that day when Scientologists rush to turn in their weekly stats.

Most of the time, those stories are embarrassing for the church and cast Scientology in a harsh light. We say that those items are "downstat" in the church's own parlance.

But this week, our last news roundup of the year, Scientology scored some significant "upstat" stories to finish out 2011 on a high note.

We're relieved. So much bad news was reported here at Runnin' Scared this year, and we didn't mean to give the impression that Scientology is on the ropes. Far from it. The church is still a sizable organization with plenty of resources (read = money), and particularly in legal affairs it is tenacious as a bulldog.

And that's good news for us. Because this Scientology watching racket is just too much fun to end any time soon. After the jump, we'll look at the church's recent victories...


Story #1: A wrongful death suit dismissed

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Kyle Brennan
We've known about the Kyle Brennan wrongful death lawsuit for quite a while, but we didn't write about before this. Why? Well, there were things about it that gave us pause -- including the bizarre legal pretzel family attorney Ken Dandar was twisted into.

Dandar, of course, is known for representing Lisa McPherson's family in what turned out to be one of the most challenging legal onslaughts in Scientology's history.

But this time, Dandar found himself in a complex legal Catch-22 that ultimately forced him from the case. Then, just weeks later, the lawsuit itself was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday. The Tampa federal judge's decision became public last week, and at 24 pages was a pretty unequivocal smackdown of the suit brought by Brennan's mother, Victoria Britton.

Brennan killed himself in 2007 with a handgun he found at his father's apartment in Clearwater, Florida. Britton's lawsuit alleged that Brennan's suicide occurred because the young man had been denied Lexapro, a medicine that controlled his depression. Scientology virulently opposes psychiatry and psychiatric drugs. When Brennan arrived to stay with his father Thomas Brennan, a Scientologist, his father hid the drugs from his son on advice from his superiors at the church, the lawsuit alleged. One of those superiors was Denise Gentile, twin sister of church leader David Miscavige.

Britton's case put a lot of emphasis on a direction from Gentile: "Get your son moved out and get him set up somewhere so that he can be handled."

The lawsuit wanted a lot to be read into that last word -- that it implied a nefarious intent by Scientology's executives about the young man.

But Judge Merryday didn't buy that interpretation. Kyle himself had wanted off the medication, his father alleged, and then he killed himself only a day after going off the Lexapro, an interval that seemed too short to blame on the drug withdrawal.

In other words, from Merryday's view, the case was a bit of a mess, and trying to blame Kyle's death on church officials was too much of a stretch. "No evidence suggests that Scientology or the Gentiles knew of the handgun in even the remotest manner or had reason to suspect the presence of the handgun in the father's apartment. Both Scientology and the Gentiles are in this record utterly unconnected to the handgun and the ammunition."

I asked Scott Pilutik, a local attorney who helps us understand complex legal matters involving Scientology, for his thoughts on Merryday's ruling. He said that it troubled him that Merryday didn't at all mention a declaration by former Sea Org member Lance Marcor, who suggested that by simply following church policy, Scientology's officials should be considered complicit in the suicide.

Thursday's Stats: Upstat or Downstat? Even with Marcor's declaration providing an interesting look inside Scientology, it's hard not to see Merryday's point in this ruling. Yes, a troubled young man took his own life after putting himself in the hands of Scientologists, who adamantly oppose psychiatry and the drug he was taking. But does it follow that they are liable for that suicide? We see the judge's point, and the church definitely gets an upstat from this decision.


Story #2: Another win for Scientology, this time in Israel

We wrote last month about Naif Salati, the Arab Muslim contractor who is suing Scientology over its big "Ideal Org" project in Jaffa, Israel. Salati was hired by Gur Finkelstein, an attorney who represented himself as the sole owner of the run down Alhambra cinema in Jaffa, but who turned out to be a front for Scientology as it had the building restored to its 1930s glory. Finkelstein asked Salati to engage in a kickback scheme, and then ended up facing arson and murder charges in a wild series of events.

Salati, meanwhile, finally learned that it was Scientology who had hired him to renovate the building, but asked for a temporary foreclosure order on the property while he is still owed money, and sued Scientology.

We learned this week, however, that a pre-trial judge has vacated Salati's foreclosure order and awarded Scientology a foreclosure order on the assets of Salati Engineering in the amount of 6.5 million shekels. (This is not an order to pay; it's a claim on monies that may become at issue later in a trial.)

This reversal, the judge said, was warranted because Salati had engaged with Finkelstein in the kickback scheme, defrauding Scientology. The judge also ordered Scientology's entity in this case, Scientology International Reserve Trust, to post additional guarantees in the amount of 300,000 shekels.

Salati's attorney, Eitan Erez, is appealing the ruling, saying that the pre-trial judge made many mistakes. For example, Scientology claims that Salati didn't finish the job, leaving the building a mess. But Eitan has submitted a video we showed here at Runnin' Scared that came from Scientology's October meeting of the International Association of Scientologists. In that video, church leader David Miscavige can be seen boasting about what an amazing renovation job was done on the building, and that it is ready for business.

Thursday's Stats: Upstat or Downstat? Once again, Scientology's stalwart legal corps scores another victory and another upstat for the church. As we said in our previous story about him, Erez is a man who won't back down easily, and we expect him to pursue his appeal vigorously. We'll keep you updated.

Well, two wins for the church this week. One is already under the appeal, and we hear that the Brennan case will also be appealed. For now, however, the church can celebrate the work of its attorneys.

Tomorrow, we'll get back to our year-end celebrations with a look at the stories here at Runnin' Scared that got the most readership (yes, it's a very different list than the readers poll we just completed). Our regular Friday feature, "This Week Aboard the Apollo" will return next week.


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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SCIENTOLOGY IN THE VILLAGE VOICE

[All recent stories] | [Top 25 People Crippling Scientology] | [Commenters of the Week] [Thursday 2pm Stats!] | [Scientology vs. South Park] | [This Week Aboard the Apollo]
[Sunday Funnies]

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?]
[Scientology hates clean ice: The "Fair Game" operation that should turn your stomach]
[Scientology hates clean ice, part 2: Another target, and the web as weapon]
[Paulette Cooper, Scientology's original and worst nightmare: a Thanksgiving tribute]

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 | 12. Tommy Davis | 13. Janet Reitman | 14. Tory Christman | 15. Andreas Heldal-Lund | 16. Marc and Claire Headley | 17. Jefferson Hawkins | 18. Amy Scobee | 19. The Squirrel Busters | 20. Trey Parker and Matt Stone | 21. Kendrick Moxon | 22. Jamie DeWolf | 23. Ken Dandar | 24. Dave Touretzky | 25. Xenu

HELD ABOARD THE FREEWINDS: TALES OF THE SEA ORG

[Valeska Paris, held against her will from 1996 to 2007 on Scientology's cruise ship]
[Ramana Dienes-Browning, marriage at 16, sexual interrogation, life in the engine room]
[Melissa Paris, Valeska's sister: forced to marry at 16]

SCIENTOLOGY VS. SOUTH PARK: INVESTIGATION AS RETALIATION

[Scientology targeted South Park's Parker and Stone in an investigation]
[More documents in the South Park probe: instructions to send in a young mole]
[Scientology responds in typical fashion] | [Lloyd Kaufman confirms the probe]
[Mark Ebner also investigated after South Park involvement]
[Mark Chauppetta, private eye, explains what Scientology operatives look for]

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]
[Lori Hodgson and Disconnection: "No one's going to take my eternity away"]

SCIENTOLOGY AND CELEBRITIES

[Hey, Scientology Celebrity, Here's Your Media Training Checksheet!]
[Tom Cruise and X Factor's Stacy Francis singing together on the Freewinds]
[X Factor's Stacy Francis: Her first husband, Michael Sandlofer, answers abuse claims]
[Tom Cruise and Baby Suri embarrassed by news item, so someone must pay]
["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]
[Philip Boyd, Saving Grace actor, rips "the business that is Scientology"]

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

["The Money Machine": another blockbuster St. Pete Times investigation]
[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 in Israel: Arson, attempted murder, paranoia -- and a visit by the Voice!]
[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]
[Aussie former rugby pro Chris Guider calls David Miscavige "toxic" and "violent"]
[Stephen Cox, UK church newbie, pledges 20K pounds] | [Biggi Reichert: A German Lisa McPherson?] | [The Birmingham trove: 7,000 internal e-mails]
[Australian farmer blamed for giving Tom Cruise a bad shrimp, loses her friends, family]

ODD VIDEOS AND ODDER NEWS

[Scientology chillin' with hip hop!] | [The curious career of Scientology rapper Chill EB]
[Chill EB and me: the Voice interviews Scientology's in-house rapper]
[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]
[Desperate Scientology fundraising caught on video]


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78 comments
Asho
Asho

Scientology watching can be fun, but not quite so much as when Tommy D was their public face. That was the hilariousest.

Banchukita
Banchukita

I don't think Marcotai is a troll. I think he's an op. We saw this on a.r.s. more than a decade ago. His words all distract from the article, like a magicians right hand and eyes distract from what the left hand's doing. Don't let him frame your thoughts.

mia
mia

I just want to thank you Tony Ortega for being a progressive and brave journalist  by exposing this evil cult. Happy New Year to you and all of your readers.Hopefully,this will be the year that Scientology implodes.

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

Are "Li'll bit of stuff" and "the oracle" OSA-bots trying to infiltrate Marty's blog? Fun = A = Fun

Jgg
Jgg

  Now remember, when you walk past a courtroom--it's not like anything else--you know you are the only person who can do anything about it.

hgc
hgc

Scientology watching can be fun, but not quite so much as when Tommy D was their public face. That was the hilariousest. 

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

One downstat I don't believe you've mentioned before was reported elsewhere last week. True to form, "the religion that dare not speak its name" had created another front group in Israel, this time in the form of an elementary school. The school opened in September under some innocuous name, but when the Mayor of the city discovered it was associated with the Co$, shut it down immediately. Now THAT is how you deal with a cult!

Apologies if I missed your reporting of this in the excitement of Christmas, Tony.

feettothefire
feettothefire

As a person whose wife lead a parallel life in scientology and indoctrinated our son without my knowledge, I can tell you that scn is anything but humorous but there is no better way to get the word out of this pernicious cult than to spike it with humor. Humor goes viral on the internet and taking the attitude that thank god that there are some scn wins allowed me to understand that Tony O is willing to allow for their wins and then this pseudohappiness at their wins so that he can keep writing is brilliant. Tony O knows as well as anybody that the destruction is horrific of this cult but he keeps us reading and guessing how he is going to spin the squirrel busters, abuse in the hold of a ship, and the family destructions into a humorous tale. Even the New York Post seems to be catching on. 

Frolix8
Frolix8

I don't but wonder if Scientology will win or come out ahead in the Jaffa case. Given that Salati participated in a fraud, Salati's claim may well fail. I have no idea how the laws operate in Israel. In some jurisdictions in the U.S. if one comes to the courts with "unclean hands" one may very well lose based upon unclean hands.

Scientology is acting in a fraudulent manner in that they lied about the state of repair of the Ideal Org building. That may go to the favor of Salati. I'd expect Scientology to assert that they did the final work on the building which Salati left in disrepair. Scientology is not shy about manufacturing evidence, so . . .

This may not be the upstat Scientology believes. Their name is in the media in an unpleasant light. They have been under assault for quite some time. Recent news stories have shown how cruel and money grubbing they are. Their actions in Jaffa underscore the point. Their victory may be pyrrhic. One can only hope.

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

Tony, thank for the pic of 'good Ol' Ron' delivering one of his slap happy lectures on what a Thetan really is...." you see... and how he got like that.... you get that.... and well... slap, bang, bong .... and he was gone man! really gone!...."  if you know what I mean.

Ron must have been having a helluva good time... raking in the dough... having girls, boys, men, women..... "Snap Too" on his every whim... follow him anywhere...

And just let the Stories Roll out like water over the falls.... at some point... he realized he could get anyone to do just about anything for him...  but of course if they did not.... they were obviously a "suppressive person".

Mimi The Great
Mimi The Great

I didn't get past ,"Feeling upstate,Feeling sexy!" without giggling like a school girl.

MarkStark
MarkStark

That's a lot of shekels. The cult is going to have the Middle East "clear" in no time just by using "the tech" and lawyers. Both work 100% of the time, when applied properly, in accordance with the tech or the law, I forget which. Doesn't matter because Sciloontology will be the law one day! Xenu rules!

And the lion shall lie down with the lamb, and the squirrel, and the squirrel's chiropractor. There will be peace in this sector of the galaxy.

A squirrel in every pot, a Mercedes in every garage and a DC8 in every spaceplane hangar!

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

I'm glad to see you're giving credit where credit is due, Tony. The old man never did. Of course, since the upstats were all legal battles it was the OSA who had the good week, not the mother church as a whole—they base their success on income and delivery. But in context of this column, sure—they had a great week. The telling point is that LRH refused to allow for the slightest downstat, ever. Even if the range of your stats was off the top of the graph, there was never an excuse for your stat wavering down even a teeny bit—and LRH liked to fancy himself a realist. It's sad, sad, sad for every Scientologist on the planet—they all live every day of their lives in the very real dread of slipping up. I'm guessing the OSA operatives assigned to reading this column are cheering and breaking out the champagne. That was sweet of you, Tony, and sane.

Barbara Snow
Barbara Snow

"then he killed himself only a day after going off the Lexapro, an interval that seemed too short to blame on the drug withdrawal." --  I happen to agree with this, but what is ironic is that when I was reading alt.religion.scientology the Scientologists would often post stories of people killing themselves and going on rampages within a day or two of going off the drugs -- as proof that the drugs were dangerous.  Given this, wouldn't it make sense that Scientology would caution its members to be very, very cautious when weaning someone from these drugs? 

anti slime ballz
anti slime ballz

"Scientology watching is fun?" Not when your family has been conned in to it and you wake up every morning with a sick feeling in your gut, knowing that several children have just had their futures destroyed.

Athena
Athena

Yes, we, too, want to thank you Mr. Ortega for daring to expose the evils of the cult of scientology to the general public.  We commend you for your courage, tenacity, objectivity, and writing skills (voice, coherence, style, correctness, etc.) and look forward to your future pieces that we hope will continue as long as there is evilness in scientology.  We are a group of parents who have (temporarily) lost our sons and daughters to the Cult.  We and the rest of our family members and friends are mad as hell and will NEVER give up until our loved ones are released to live normal, free lives.  Thank you for supporting us in your own, unique and effective way. 

Thetan-X
Thetan-X

yes sir, its pretty easy to see if you are not part of the institute of LRH/Miscavige/Rathbun, the goggles supplied by said institutes will block all the actuallife giving freedom from reaching the eyes of those wearing the goggles.....

Basically if you are a follower of LRH's "tech" you have given up any and all sense of reality. It is lost from you! you are NO LONGER in touch with REALITY!

AND IT SUCKS TO BE YOU ! and I am pointing my finger directly at you, Michael Fairman!  

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I've stayed away from that story so far, Brainslugged, because it's a bit of a mess. It was shut down, that's true, but it looks like it got spiked through the influence of a toxic group of fundamentalists who may not be much better. So, if in the US, the Westboro Church (God Hates Fags) folks got a Scientology elementary school shut down, you could see that it would not be so easy to say -- ha, ha, Scientology got owned, you see what I mean? I may get around to that story later, but I feel at this point that I need to know more about it.

MarkStark
MarkStark

One thing that is still puzzling for me, is that I can't imagine what it would be like to be L. Ron. To feel that I alone was charged with saving the planet, by convincing a group of people they were the elite who were going to accomplish this. To believe I had all the answers, through using specific processes and steps, and how to keep selling that energetically with no guilt.

Most people not in politics have trouble convincing others they have one groundbreaking "answer" based on their research or ideas that would significantly help society, let alone ALL the answers. To accomplish that, they have to work years, like Einstein, and be in a position to convince others of it.  Ron did it all with a best seller. He went from a fanciful goofball to a sought-after "authority," overnight.

MarkStark
MarkStark

That picture was probably taken out of context. He was really directing passengers:

"DC8 spaceplane, boarding at Gate 11. First stop, implant station on Mars and all points straight up and vertical."

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

"And the lion shall lie down with the lamb, and the squirrel, and the squirrel's chiropractor. There will be peace in this sector of the galaxy."

Mark.... that is a terrific 'Send Up' of Jesus, The Manger story and Sciloontology..... 

I busted a gut laughing .... in a "Star-Bucks" no less...

Thanks for the best Xmas Cheer.

By the way....

I wonder if Davey has started "Data Basing" all PC folders.... that's a nightmare in the making...

and if so....

It would be funny as hell to find out how many people got a 'floating needle' on being famous people like Napoleon, or Leonardo, or King David .... maybe even Buddha.... 

The head count might go like this...

Napoleon: 40,502Leonardo:   123,679King David:   2,638Buddha:  759,632

Of course when Davey sees the "FN's" on Buddha .... he will FREAK!

Because LRH........ WAS ...... Buddha.....

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE !

Skwerl King
Skwerl King

Maybe someone can correct me, but would a Scientologist know anything about drug withdrawal?

Guest
Guest

 It's not schaudenfreude. Scientology watching is compelling like the Mafia is compelling.Sunshine is usually the best disinfectant and things have changed a little bit since people on the net have come forward to expose what Scientology actually is, the press in general seems to be less afraid of Scientology.

Arthur
Arthur

While the abuses, crimes, lies and fraud of the Church of Scientology are quite horrible, the best weapon to use against them is humor.  They have no defense against that as Anonymous has proven.

NOTseriously
NOTseriously

I agree with you, but as someone who has a sister stuck inside another cult, I NEED the laughs, smiles, giggles, chortles, and outright belly shakers that Tony and the commenters provide. Her daughter is out but is totally lost and can barely function in any capacity. I am the only one in our family she trusts, and it is overwhelming to provide the support she needs.

So I'm with ya, looking for ways to dismantle cults and help those who escape, but if we can do it with some humor, why not?

My heart goes out to you.

Sid
Sid

You're right, looking at the cold hard facts of Scientology there is nothing to laugh about at all.

However, I don't think you should get too upset about the tone of Tony's article.

A lot of people work very hard to bring the abuses of the CoS to broader public knowledge. Doing it (in small part) for the lulz is just an approach which makes this effort bearable. If Tony wrote every piece in a deadly serious manner then very quickly he would most likely get burnt out, and the readership would not be so high.

Today's entry is Tony's regular Thursday "stat-check" which is a light-hearted look at the week's Scientology wins and fails. Other articles and stories that Tony writes are much more serious - take a look at the recent story about Valeska Paris.

Due to Tony's approach, a LOT of people around the world check for Scientology news every single day of their lives. Just imagine that. I live on a completely different continent than Tony, and have never even been to New York. But I read the Village Voice more than any other newspaper (Kindle edition please!)

Please don't be offended by the style of the writing, or by the style of some of the Commenters. I can assure you we all want the abuse to end.

Skwerl King
Skwerl King

You'll need to forgive me but I am an optimist and believe in redemption as I see it in the people I work with every day. I do not deny that it is painful to watch people get suckered in and lose time, loved ones, and money to a totalitarian cult such as Scientology, but it is also inspirational to see them gain the strength and courage to break away and fight for to regain their lives.

Athena
Athena

I agree with you, anti.  All we want is our son back.  If we don't have to see or hear about scientology for the rest of our lives that would be just fine.  I am sick to death of those creeps and hope they all go to jail for a very long time, after they release all of the kids and vulnerable people they have brainwashed, used, and bankrupted.   

barbara graham
barbara graham

Yes, it is fun to watch Scientology. Sorry your family was conned, but you should be happy that someone is watching and working to expose the fraud, abuse and criminality this predatory cult deals in.

That would be us, Scientology critics and anonymous teamed with writers like Tony O and getting the word out. It's fun for us, because many critics do not like bullies and we enjoy watching them squirm and cry as they're dragged to justice squalling about religious bigotry.

Yep, ya know, it's fun to help people whose loved ones have fallen into the trap as well. It's better than chocolate to know you've helped extract someone's family member or dear friend exit the cult.

Somewhere out there is a handful of people I personally helped GTFO of Scientology; living their lives without interference from this greedy, opportunistic cancer on today's society.

This pleases xenubarb!

Brainslugged
Brainslugged

I thought it was pretty unlikely I'd be aware of something that you weren't all over already.

Thanks for a great 2011. Already looking forward to what 2012 brings.

Jgg
Jgg

  Mark, he doesn't believe he is the savior, he just knows 1000s of people can be fooled into believing he is.

Marcotai
Marcotai

That's what pan-determinism is all about.

MarkStark
MarkStark

LRH Buddha! That is absurd. I'm leaning more toward Marty Rathbun's wife Mosie as Buddha.

A good quarter of the Scilebrity women (and probably Travolta) think they were Cleopatra. They were all more like Anne Boleyn, in each life losing their heads over something. In this life, it just happened to be Hubbard. To paraphrase Anne Archer:

"Do I look like an insane, Xenu-believing nitwit to you?"

Birds
Birds

CCHR (Citizens Commission on Human Rights) claims to know something about psych drugs.  Some of their literature a few years ago had information about weaning people off the drugs, if memory serves.

Andrew Robertson
Andrew Robertson

 Same here Sid. Wellington, NZ is a long way from Greenwich Village NY so why should I be interested in reading a local newspaper from a remote corner of the Northern Hemisphere?

Well, because the 'Village Voice' is a global newspaper now due to the Internet. Its writers, and not just Tony, have things to say that matter to me and a writing style that makes reading their reports a compulsive pleasure. Exposing criminality, influence peddling and abusing people under the guise of 'religion' seems a very worthwhile occupation.

In its heyday the Church of Scientology could hide its crimes under a bushel and escape scrutiny and opprobrium. But those days are past and the Church is now on a collision course  with a new reality and a consequent retribution for its past crimes.

The myriad of corporate entities that the Church hides behind will be unraveled and its  ill-gotten gains disbursed to those it has cheated. Though it may take a while! 

Old OT7
Old OT7

Great post and right on the money!  Although scientology is a seriously dangerous cult, it would be a mistake to write about in a serious fashion.  Laughing at them is truly the best medicine we can have.  We all know they're headed for the trash heap of earth, so let's have fun exposing them to the world!  Laughing at them and getting others to laugh at them, and having Tony laugh at them just brings joy to my heart!  

I remember when Andres (www.xenu.net) was protesting in L.A., and the guy that runs "Religious Freedom Watch (The cults hate website), said to him, "But, we are many and you are few!"  Then as now, it's actually we are many and scinos are few and getting fewer!  Let's keep having fun at their expense before they all vanish.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

Unfortunately as you can see from the type of hate and total lack of empathy that Marcotai has for you and your pain, it takes much more than just wanting. It takes struggle and unfortunately painful sacrifice. Please understand that people do take joy in seeing a corrupt organization fall on its face because it brings some humor in to an otherwise deadly situation. I have to ask if your son would have gotten sucked in to the cult if more people in the Press, FBI and even the Public did their job to shut this cult down? I am sorry to hear that you and yours had to pay for the failure of the rest of society but the fact is you now have a cross to bare and how you bare it can and will effect if others down the road as to if they have to share it by paying the same price. 

Marcotai
Marcotai

"All we want is our son back."

Really? it doesn't look like it to me.stop to invalidate his decisions, stop to attack his religion, stop to consider him a brainwashed moron, stop to insult his integrity, stop trying to break his dreams...and you may have a chance to get him back.Respect him and he will respect you too.But i believe that you are not even interested to do that, isn't it?

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

Baked Marcotai:    Preheat oven to 75 million degrees. Placelightly salted Marcotai in oven for 5 days. Throw oven and contents away.

Reasonable_Insanity
Reasonable_Insanity

Hey Marco how much experience do you have cleaning toilets? Is that something you do regularly when you screw up.

I bet it is! So you really have no room to talk do you?

MarthaWiggins
MarthaWiggins

We think Tommy is not in the hole, but is in Clearwater -- at the bedside of his very sick wife.  We think.

Marcotai
Marcotai

You need to take in account that Marty and Mosie DID clean the personal Ursula Camberta's toilet when they were in Germany.

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

Mosie is pretty cool...

Marty's blog is worth following... he brings to light pieces that fill-out the picture.

If Tommy is in the hole... wonder how his Mom is taking it.... of course all Sci-lebs are handled with kid-gloves no matter what the circumstances.... 

He probably has to wash and wax Tom's Black SUV everyday .... or something like that.

bobx
bobx

How many trillions of years ago did the black gorilla create the Halotrobus Implant?

Marcotai
Marcotai

"Marco has never taken a scientology course.  He's a troll"

Really? Test me if you think you are able to do so.

Clarkle
Clarkle

Marco has never taken a scientology course.  He's a troll.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

No emotion, I could not have said it better myself and you could not have done a better job of showing what is wrong with you. As far as colors go BLOOD RED stains your cults hands and from what I hear that is the hardest color to wash off.

Athena and others like her/him are proof what you say does not work but is a fraud. Your trying to bash them in to your narrow concept of reality is a failure and they are all living testaments to it. If truth was on your side you would not even need to be here defending your cults criminal behavior. Truth is evident and the truth I see is a OSA spokesperson making it evident that when people say Scientology is without compassion that it is true.

Marcotai
Marcotai

""Truth" IS everything, ALL emotions and ALL colors."

Right! but if you combine all colors you will get just a "white' and if you combine all of the emotions you will get a "static".have you ever heard about " (-1)+(+1)=0 ?

Thetan-X
Thetan-X

Wrong douche-bag, "Truth" IS everything, ALL emotions and ALL colors.but you are STILL an idiot.

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

Marcotai...

You must have a dumpster load of MU's...

Hasn't anyone sent you to 'Word Clearing' yet??

Off to cramming with you buddy and come back when we can understand your communication.

See you in 6 Months.... have fun.... be careful of that 'FreeLoader' debt.

Marcotai
Marcotai

Well...Truth has not colors, it has not emotions attached to it.Truth is simply "truth".And my advice to Athena is what actually works.

sketto
sketto

It's not a religion. It pretends to be one so that it can hide behind those protections. But everyone knows Scientology is a business.

Gallusgill
Gallusgill

and with all of this wisdom in his family, how come marcoatai is still just a bawbag?

Athena
Athena

Marco, once again, troll that you are, you cut and paste false assumptions, lies, and propaganda, just as you've been programmed to do. You know nothing of the respect and love in our family, our wonderful children, and the harm that scientology has done to them.  Instead you continue to paste the same, tired lies based on false, fabricated  assumptions.   Get some psychiatric counseling and get well soon. 

It's sad that you have to moonlight in bad Elvis-impersonating nightclub acts, singing to napkins in order to supplement the $50 a week that you make trying to be a good little scientologist:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v....  Poor Elvis!  Oh and by the way, spend the money that you waste on scientology coursework on some basic courses in English grammar and composition at any community college or university.  We realize that Applied Scholastics has wreaked havoc on your sentence structure but if you're going to post prolifically, you should at least do so in standard English or just give up, do us all a favor and write in Thai.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Nice, Radio Paul!  Nice!

Arthur
Arthur

Marcotai is NOT a Scientologist.  Just a troll using that trick to get a rise from everyone.  Ignore, you are not arguing with a True Believer, you are feeding a troll.

Arthur
Arthur

He's just a troll.  He admitted to that some time ago and has shown his ignorance of basic things that all Scientologists know.  Just a troll. Ignore.

Myriam Breitman
Myriam Breitman

Marcotai - you're not a Scientologist, you're a troll. Go away and bring some real scilons for us to argue with.

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

So every story of disconnected children from their parents (or vice versa) is a lie?  At what point does the "they are all liars" defense coming from the cult's mouthpieces create doubt in their defense for you?

If I question the behavior of American politicians openly in my country, my relatives are not forced to stop having a relationship with me.  I still subscribe to the tenets of American jurisprudence, laws, and basic tenets but I'm allowed to question and doubt without recourse.  Why can't you? 

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

UMM...

So ... you personally know "Thousands of Scientologists AND their Families" ???

That's just not a "credible" statement little buddy.

And... maybe we can arrange for OSA to have you "Feel The Need".... a little.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

Marcotai you are full of shit. There are thousands of families disconnected by your cult. Also LRH wrote that all the other religions are false implants. You would be doing a disservice and would not be KSW if you did not push Scientology TRUTH as you say on them. By definition you do not respect them. You think they need to be lied to till they are ready for the secret truth and if they reject it you and say they were lied to (FACT) you attack them. Tell me what Christian church forces disconnection? What Buddhist Temple issues a SP declare where it says no Buddhist can talk to them? The SP declares are now proudly posted on line proving your cult does try to force people to disconnect. No other respected church does that.Funny how Scientology has a history of pressing people to got to their families to pay for the TECH then can disconnect people when the families have had enough. There are plenty of cases where people give their kids money (Scientology sees that as respecting their beliefs) but the moment the family says this is crap religion should be free and non controlling, ohhhhhhh you got to disconnect because they don't respect you any more.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

Homo NovisDefinition:A Scientology troll who spends its day attacking people who speak out against Scientology crimes. The Homo can often be found at its relatives homes begging for more auditing money when not being forced to disconnect from them. One might more correctly refer to them as Homo Novice and they are a novice in real human communication skills and conflict resolution. They have a peculiar belief that they are better than the human race and often spend their days convening themselves and each other of this as life passes them by. As the Home Novis reaches maturity, reality often sets in and they find themselves alone, disconnect and financially ruined. Now outcast from society and no longer of value to their cult many of them choose to End Cycle and others end their days in the RPF. Natural Selection has shown a recent trend of self extinction for the Homo Novis and they are not expected to make it past the next decade.

Marcotai
Marcotai

I'm a Scientologist, my wife is Buddhist and my parents are Christians.Like me there are other thousands of Scientologists with family's members with a different religion, and none of them feel the need to disconnect from their families. So, maybe there is something that some of you guys seem unable to understand. I wonder what is it? LOLThink deeper, please.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

It is hard to type when you are shaking so full of anger and hate. I am sure Marcotai is just seething behind his keyboard. Also lets show some respect for OSA. It is hard work to respond to a hundred different post on a dozen boards with ten different names and keep it all in check every day. I mean really people, they are shrinking faster than DM's winner in a prison shower and this guy spams boards like clockwork. Do you people have no appreciation for hard working trolls?

MarthaWiggins
MarthaWiggins

He's not a scnist.  He has no family in the cult to be disconnected from.Don't feed the troll.  He mistakes it for friendship.

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

You are a sad excuse for a human being.  Oh, right....I forgot....you are better than a human, you are a homo novis, whatever that means.  I usually never reply to trolls but you suck, plain and simple.

I hope you are never disconnected from your parents or family.  Because then you will know the pain created by policies of the cult you love to protect.  That type of pain is one I never wish on anyone, even a fucked-up troll like you.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Stop destroying families and you MIGHT look respectable.  Stopping turning the other way when your members kill themselves or you do it for them.  Stop acting like a vicious, evil & militant cult if you want to go mainstream.  Stop pushing members to give your cult every cent they have and  then some.  Basically, stop acting like you're just a shade above Jonestown.

Also, your grammar is shows your ignorance.

Tye Solaris
Tye Solaris

Thanks Marcotai,

Now we know ENGLISH is Not your First language.

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

Stop SP DeclaresStop pressuring people to disconnect.Stop labeling people for being at odds with Scientology. Respect others rights to think you are full of shit.

I know of no parent and child who see eye to eye on everything but your sick fascination with disconection is killing your cult. The only people on this planet that remotely think you have a point are a ever shrinking elite corp of nuts. Or are you saying that you have first hand knowledge of the situation? If so that speaks volumes as to how your cult disseminates personal information on people and their families to control what they say and do. Do you have no idea how sick that makes you look? Who are you to have that information? Who are you to use it on others? What type of church provides that type of information so that it can be used against others. A sick cult that is who.

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