Scientology Sunday Funnies: The "Thrill" of Fundraising!

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Scientologists don't really have a Sunday service. They like to say that they do, because they crave mainstream acceptance. But unless Xenu rested after six days and L. Ron Hubbard just forgot to mention it, there's no reason for Scientologists to treat Sunday any differently than every other day of coursework, detoxes, fundraising, and generally clearing the planet.

So here at the Voice, we've come up with a Scientology Sunday tradition of our own, and we call it Sunday Funnies! Our sources regularly send us Scientology's wacky and tacky fundraising mailers, and each week we choose three of them to gaze upon, hoping that it inspires you to wax eloquent in our comments section. So here we go...

Another creative come-on from the folks in South Africa! Last week we marveled at their Arabian Nights stylings, this week they thrill us with the "thrill" of...fundraising? Ahem. Well, there's still time to sign up for next week's fun -- we're sure it will be a gas!

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In this item from the Pasadena org, we were especially intrigued by a reference to the "Pasadena Org Hip-Hoppers." Could Chill EB have some competition? I call for a rap battle!

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Oh, that San Diego org. They seem to need so much help with their files! And will someone there please learn something about graphic design?

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Well, that's it for this week. Please feel free to pipe up about anything in the comments section. This is Sunday, after all, a day for relaxing and having fun. And you're going to need to recuperate and gather your strength for what's coming in the days ahead. Oh, if I could only talk freely....


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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Car wraps San Diego
Car wraps San Diego

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Shannon Doherty
Shannon Doherty

I'm in San Diego and my best friend got a Dianetics flyer on her doorstep this week, I guess they're on a  blitz??

Lord Xenu
Lord Xenu

the THRILL of calling people and verbally beating the crap out of them until they give you everything they have earned and more. Out of cash ? just get a loan or sell your child into slavery in the Sea Org. One way or the other you can take everything of value from someone. WHAT A THRILL !!!!!!!!!!

Lord Xenu
Lord Xenu

The funny thing in the last flyer is it looks like you only need to be there for 3 hours. If someone shows up at 9am, good luck leaving at noon, or even 6 for that matter. they will get the "what is more important in your life then helping the church ?" ack!!!

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

People talk of San Diego, and the truth is, Scientology is nearly dead here. They have no Applied Scholastics (imploded last summer), the last mission (Chula Vista) closed a few years ago, they don't know what to do with the Ideal Org site they bought. From what I can tell they only have a staff of 14 or less, which is why they need to ask the 200 or so Scis in SD county to come down and do the filing. SD Scientology is so wispy-thin, they would be better off working out of a rented house like they did in the late 1970s....but that doesn't fit the Plan, so they struggle onward to nowhere.

Torychristman
Torychristman

If I hadn't sat through Y E A R S of "Fundraising"...this would be funny. As it is, knowing many people I love are still "in", it pains me to know they're getting suckered even more to donate both time and money. What will it take for people to WTFU and realize this ISa total, unconditional SCAM???? My saying so "proves she's just an SP"? Well, then prove this: CALL ME. *I* can talk to both the critics, Scientologists, ex-Scientologists, "Indies', and OSA ops. Can members of your "church" talk to me? HELL NO. Scientology Sucks. Stop feeding it. Take your lives back, if you're "in" ANY abusive organization (Which Scientology is) or relationship. Hugs to all who speak out, exposing their abuses. Tory/Magoo PS: Hi Tony! You're in my video today at ToryMagoo44 on YT.

Henke
Henke

Anybody else think it's significant that a flier about fundraising has a burnt-out car on it? Just weeks after the exposé on how fundraising is burning out Scientologists, it's hard to see that as a coincidence.

It looks to me like somebody at that Sci-org is giving a wink to what everybody knows (fundraising burnout), but nobody can say out loud.

Mest
Mest

A File Party??? I wonder how much shredding is involved.

Fredric L. Rice
Fredric L. Rice

Wow, I am surprised that the Pasadena crooks put their name on that, the Scientology crime syndicate usually tried to hide who they are when trying to sucker rubes, marks, and suckers in to falling for their frauds.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

This is Sunday, after all, a day for relaxing and having fun. And you're going to need to recuperate and gather your strength for what's coming in the days ahead. Oh, if I could only talk freely....

Aaaah, the cliffhangers! Coupled with the last few blogs makes this particularly nail biting.Man, oh man, oh man...I can't wait, I can't wait. I'm on the edge of my seat. You go, Tony O!!!

wannabeclear
wannabeclear

The ironic thing is that these pathetic attempts at getting people excited about getting involved and giving money are the closest I've seen the Co$ come to seeming like a "real" religion -- probably because they are from individual orgs.  Having worked for religious organizations of the Judeo-Christian variety, I've seen my fair share of poorly designed fliers for events and activities at these institutions -- including fundraisers.  The primary difference as far as I'm concerned is that underlying the Co$ org examples is a depressing air of the slightly sinister combined with the highly desperate.  It's the forced merriment and coercion that you can't seem to escape. 

I mean, despite the fact that the South Africa image is swiped, what does a picture of a burnt out car say to you?  To me it says "run the other way."  Not "what a thrill...this looks like fun."  And rather than trying to convince people that "filing is fun," just ask for volunteers to help get files in order and offer free pizza -- then if you want to add the LRH mumbo jumbo at the bottom, do it then.  But a filing party?  Again, run in the other direction...  And, the Pasadena example is the one that seems most like something you'd find at a local church or synagogue. It may seem lame to outsiders, but if this is your community, it could be fun.  Of course, since we know that M.O. of these events is reg, reg, guilt, and reg some more, this event will likely be more painful than pulling teeth.  And the addition of the line "find out how to increase your self confidence" is a big red flag that they are gonna try to sell you something and then make you feel like crap (screw with your self-confidence) and tell you that the only way to increase it is to drop another pile of cash.

Bob Peterson
Bob Peterson

The "Thrill" of fundraising?? I would rate that right up their with how I feel about snowmobiling. And that means sitting in a snow-filled ditch while being beaten with a stick.

skippress
skippress

Sisu Raiken (mentioned in a Pasadena poster) is, like Jim Meskimen (Marion Ross's son), yet another example of an extraordinarily talented comedian who failed to live up to A-level potential due to foolish involvement in $cientology. Both were members of the best improv group in New York, led by the late Tamara Wilcox, all of whom moved to Los Angeles and sabotaged their potential by slavish devotion to Elwrong Hubbard and his stupid ideas.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

"Filing Party" = Find all missing, misplaced documents, files etc... make sure your org is "Clear" of any incriminating evidence of fraud, paper trail leading to a crime...you never know "when" the FBI, IRS, Child Welfare-Social Services will pay us a surprise visit.

So, come on in to your local org "Filing Party." And remember, "A misfiled particle can be lost forever...A missing item can get us all busted!"

Like Tom Cruise said, "So what do you say, we gonna clean this place up...because we're counting on you."

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

It really speaks volumes about the San Diego Org, and The Church of Scientology itself, when you see the traditional sole staff member stuck holding Central Files and begging for help to clean up the mess of so many harried, overwhelmed and long gone staff members who were constantly pulled off into one direction or another, always under the plea of there being something more important, an emergency or an upline order.  San Diego Org must be quite a mess.

Staff are rarely ever able to really complete all the tasks they are given and filing paperwork traditionally is the one that gets put to the wayside. Its a wonder that Judy Scheuer was able to get anyone to help her with the graphics. Central Files are a mess in many of the orgs but orders have come down to clean them up to get the addresses up-to-date. San Diego must be late on the chain and short some staff and willing volunteers for that email to have gone out. I don't think it's the first one sent, IIRC, and I don't think it will be the last.

That graphic of the files and filing cabinets dwarfing the person in charge is probably more realistic of Judy's situation than the church would want people to believe. I think we should all email her and let her know that there is a way out from under that burden, and that no matter how much she gets done, she's fighting a losing battle.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

I'm going to go WAY off on a tangent here. The San Diego org flier triggered some bad and scary memories as an old ex-Sea Org officer. 

Back in my day—early 1970's, by cracky—if an outer org's Central Files was that badly messed up for that long a time, the Flag Action Bureau would fire out a Flag Mission. The mere whisper of the phrase, Flag Mission, would send chills up the spine of the most ethical, on-source staff member because Flag Missions always knew when you were naughty or nice. And you never knew when a Flag Mission would show up at your door—like the Spanish Inquisition, no one expects a Flag Mission.

If a Flag Missionaire reported back this lame call for public to fix their CF... not to mention the awful layout and content of the flier... there'd be an order back in less than 12 hours to transfer the Executive Director to the post of Central Files I/C. The missionaires wouldn't ask for public to volunteer—they'd call an all-hands, ordering all staff to stay in the org 24/7, working on CF—and depending on the size of the org, the mess would be straightened out in one to two weeks. Sea Org missionaires were shock troops—staff members could be declared SP if they said no to a Flag missionaire. 

So... by means of slave labor and an Executive Director's head on a pike, all the other orgs would get the message and whip their own CF files into shape. Or not. In which case, Flag would send another set of shock troops to set things straight. 

Back in my day I don't recall orgs asking public to volunteer. Maybe franchises/missions did that, but not the orgs. Someone please correct me on this one, because as Tony has graciously pointed out—I have less than a photographic memory. But I do remember the shock and awe that a Flag Mission could cause—I still have bad dreams about those to this day.

That leaves me with questions, please: 1) Does the Sea Org still send out missionaires? 2) If so, are they as scary now as they were scary then? 3) Around what year did orgs/churches start asking public to volunteer?

As always, thank you, Mister Tony, for stirring up my unforgiving memories of horrors past. I left the Sea Org thirty years ago, and I'm still trying to reconcile the trauma of those days. These blogs do help me get a much healthier perspective. kiss kiss, Kate

Sandy4077
Sandy4077

An invite with "Be There!" written in a bloody font evocative of a B movie of the slasher genre would not strike me as a way to entice the devotees to come to your fundraising event.  But I have no marketing expertise, so maybe this works... 

Speaking of expertise, I thought I had a new-found appreciation for L Ron Hubbard's abilities after reading his brilliant treatise on filing.  To think that the great man could find time with all his planet-clearing responsibilities to create what has become modern day document management practice.  Amazing.  In fact, I was starting to think that perhaps L Ron was at least the equivalent of the recently departed and universally mourned North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il in the "Is there anything he couldn't do?" category.  Sadly, given TheGuest's comment on what really happens in Central Files, I guess that we have to accept that Kim Jong-il was indeed the better man.

O. Lallieberry
O. Lallieberry

I guess they didn't have their own Dianetics car to enter in the Paris-Dakar rally.

As someone mentioned, they blatantly stole the Paris-Dakar rally's imagery. I wonder, though, what is signified by the hopped-up rally car speeding past another that has crashed and burned? Someone might have been killed in that wreck. I thought that "as a Scientologist, when you drive past an accident ... you know you have to do something about it, because you know you’re the only one that can really help."

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

I can tell that you are hitting on an important nerve, Tony.  The high frequency, fever pitch and worried undertone of some puppet commenters over the last few days tell me that you have set sail on the right course.  The wake you leave behind is upsetting a lot of people, it seems.

I wish you could talk freely.  I wouldn't pay a single penny for Rathbun's book but I sure would pay for one of yours if you talked freely in that medium.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

"Oh, if I could only talk freely...."

Tortega the Tease. Oh Tony, what we do without you always keeping us on the edge of our seats. ;)

Schockenawd
Schockenawd

I don't live too far from the San Diego org.  Even though I'm not a Scientologist, I do understand the importance of good filing, and I might be swayed to go help them file.  But, I'm just not feeling it.  Maybe if their flier had called it the Thrill of Filing.

Kim O'Brien
Kim O'Brien

I love that they need a definition of the word "file".  

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

The burnt-out car is supposed to be the "agony of defeat" to steal the "ABC Wide World of Sports" tagline. The image itself seems to be from the Paris to Dakar Rally, which is a gutslamming grinder of a race.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Oh. My. Goddess. Do I know you, skippress? I remember Tamara Wilcox. When I was Flag Service Consultant, I used to hang out with her in her fabulous apartment-for-artists on 42nd Street, off Times Square. Later, at Flag, I was tasked with making a recruitment promo film for the Flag Service Org. I was given a huge budget—close to $9000. I brought in Tamara and her troop from New York as the cast—they were wonderful! My big goof was making the film a gentle poke at Flag while at the same time recruiting for it. I was called a joker and degrader, they held a ceremony out by the pool where they burned the film, and I was assigned to the EPF (no RPF yet). But I was too good a reg, and they let me out a few weeks later to go do that. Were you one of the actors, skippress?

Synthia Elizabeth Fagen
Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

Yes, my best friends (who no longer talk to me) came from that group as well and also did the same thing in terms of foregoing what could have been brilliant careers.

TheGuest
TheGuest

You can be sure anything incriminating would never make it to Central Files.  Even if there was,  nobody can find anything in Central Files.  I'm telling you I've seen a lot of CF dungeons.   They All look like a scene from "the Hoarders".  I wasn't exaggerating.

 Thetan-X
Thetan-X

No Kate, the SO stopped sending out missionares for "shock and awe" when Miscavige thought the "Squirrel Busters" could do a better job......no really.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Was there Ever a mission that didn't have Central Files as a To Do Target?  But also, if sales were trending down, sleep time could become filing time because that would solve everything.

Several years ago there were those projects to get Files up to date for the purpose of annoying us old staff and public from thirty, even forty years ago, and tracking us all down, even getting our cell phone numbers and sending those damn obnoxious volunteers to pound on our doors, yelling with enthusiasm "it's all better now!"

Otherwise, by org staff reports, Sea Org members are full time staffed at the orgs, I guess because there are so few staff these days, so no need for missions.  The files that seem to be used these days are pc folders (scientology counseling and pseudo confessional notes).  See Tobin & Childs' Money Machine for how info is being used to get financial and personal details to get more money, and/or bribe/coerce. 

The theory of scientology management cannibalizing the field now has evidence to make it a fact.   An example is there are now scientology run "Fundraising" companies, like Integrity Fundraising, run by Clay Bock (CCHR activist, or was), who also has Integrity Jewelry (not just to sell, but you can cash in your gold here).  Integrity is promoted by Effective Financial Solutions,  which helps scientologists pay only a small portion of their debts or bankrupt.  Effective owned by Doug Daniloff, who is Executive Director of Santa Barbara scientology org.   

I had wondered where all the scientology real estate brokers and mortgage appraisers were that helped members get 2nd and 3rd mortgages and huge debts during that whole scam.  I'm seeing them now as Fundraisers,  Sell Your Gold reps, short sale your house, bankrupt yourself,  debt "relief" brokers. 

Reminds me of the old wild west "circling the wagons" scene,  except instead of cowboys vs. Indians,  this is scientologists vs. scientologists.  Now I know why scientologists today no longer smile.   They're hiding their gold teeth.

Robert Robinson
Robert Robinson

"staff members could be declared SP if they said no to a Flag missionaire"You speak truth Kate.As the ED of a class V org, I said NO to an IAS Missionaire once.  Two days later, I wasn't the ED anymore

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Another Best Comment! I don't know about now, or the last 20 years or so, but I think CF began becoming unimportant in the grand scheme of things sometime in the early 80's and I do believe that the Flag Action Bureau became a thing of the past around the same time, as did others. This was when the org board changed and th4e mission network was under seige. Others with more direct jknowledge could provide you with more information but I thought you might want to know what it appeared like at the time. I recall LA Org CF being a long time mess. Even 'til this day they are still trying to clean it up. Using volunteers was done selectively back in the 80's-90's. Now a days, there is no discretion in pleading for help.

NOTseriously
NOTseriously

Yeah, I can't believe that quote wasn't in any of my secretarial training textbooks.

And I forbid you to bring one of my favorite movie lines into ANY conversation involving L. Ron Hubbard, that evil manipulative Vistaril user. OR David Miscavige, the diminutive dictator. :D

Murray
Murray

Tease to us.  Imagine what the last paragraph does to Miscavige and his OSA cohorts.  Personally I think that is the best thing Tony has on this particular blog.  I can see them trying to figure out what is coming out on the next blogs-maybe send out a mission. Look through Tony's garbage.  Good one Tony way to make them paranoid.

barbara graham
barbara graham

It'd be fun to stand outside the org with signs pointing out all the nifty cult "current events" they're not likely to see. Just sayin...

MarkStark
MarkStark

I'm sure Cruise's file is one of the straightest in the cult, but Travolta's deposit of data has several misfiled particles.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Ditto to what I just said to skippress, Synthia—did we know each other way back then?

skippress
skippress

I commiserate with you, Synthia, didn't know you knew those folks. Chris Smith, John the piano player (died of a heart attack, didn't he?) and of course Tamara Wilcox-Smith, an "OT" who died far too young of some strange disease. $cientology - DOESN'T WORK!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

That's the last thing I want to do. LOL

NOTseriously
NOTseriously

This makes me sad, so very sad. To prey on your fellow church members like this is disgusting.

grundoon
grundoon

How's that org been doing lately?

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Thank you, Mary. No more Flag missions? OK, that's really dizzy-making. When I joined in 1970, the primary function of the Sea Org was to "get ethics in on the planet so the 4th dynamic engram could be audited out." The old man said that missions were the primary tool to getting that done—missions were the most important job a Sea Org member could be expected to do. OK—word loss now.

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

True... however, my reactive mind thinks in a whole different direction when it comes to Tony's affinity with being such a savvy tease. (smirks)

Kim O'Brien
Kim O'Brien

Mark - help a sista out here - who CARES if Crusie and/ or Travolta are gay ? it's Hollywood ...everyone is gay for a minute . 

skippress
skippress

I got the idea from Tamara she thought OT levels could fix it. I don't think John cared. He tried to get out of the cult once I remember, and they talked him back.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

* sorry for error. See above. Both died from heart failure, where the heart cannot pump blood effectively and fluid builds up and death, at that time, was an eventuality. Johnny could hardly catch his breath after a while. Very sad to see. Thyroid or no thyroid, Tamara enjoyed her food too well, as did Johnny. Big loss for the world, for sure.   

Xenu
Xenu

Dick Glass, "The Eloquent Elephant," was another in that category.  I gather that he was offloaded from the SO once his diabetes had been neglected so long that it forced the amputation of one of his feet, and that he died a few years later.  RIP, Dick.

skippress
skippress

Yeah, Tamara had a big thyroid problem. She was an up and coming ingenue, in Altman's M.A.S.H. movie and some people were comparing her to Jane Fonda (she told me) and then she got the condition and bloated up and couldn't do anything about it. John Jacobson was one sweet, very talented cat. Shame about both of them, but $cientology has a way of killing off all true believers too young.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

John Jaconson. Died too young because he was grosely obese  ( like Tamara Wilcox Smith was.) Both died because no one wanted to tell them that they needed to go to a real physician, get on a healthy diet and stay on one and take any meds necessary to avert a heart failure*, which both died from. Very sad. John was extremely talented. Tamara was talented but was quite a b*t*ch. I once saw her scream and curse at a little girl who innocently asked her why she was so fat.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

What a squirrel management system—it looks more like a castle & moat to protect COB.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Kate, Flag Management as a middle manager function still exists but if you take a look at this 2007 International Structure of Scientology chart, you'll see that there are a bunch of units like AVC, Flag Finance, Snr HCO under the CMO IXU ( Int external unit? ) in that section. I believe that the missions are run by CMO or have been since Hubbard died and the org board changed.

w w w DOT xenu-directory DOT net/documents/corporate/2007-lbvchart DOT html

Funny to see Snr HCO as middle management. I guess Miscavige can better run his sec checking scam better without HCO being in charge.

Xenu
Xenu

Maybe they stopped sending out missions when there were no longer any orgs or missions that could afford to pay the ridiculous amounts that were charged for them.

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