Lisa Marie Presley Says "So Long" to Scientology

Last month, we noted that Lisa Marie Presley's single "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," which she released ahead of her new album, Storm and Grace, came with lyrics that read like a kiss-off to the Church of Scientology, even using some of Scientology's jargon -- like the very telling word suppressive. (For several years there have been rumors that Presley was disillusioned with the church.)

This week, the rest of the album comes out, and we got our hands on the lyrics to the rest of the tracks. After you read the words to the song "So Long" we have a feeling you'll agree with us that there's no longer any doubt how Presley, 44, feels about Scientology.

We managed to find a partial video of the song, which you can see above, but it doesn't contain the crucial opening verse. Here are the lyrics of the song in their entirety, as they were supplied to the Voice by Presley's label (Presley has previously indicated that she wrote the lyrics to all songs on the album, with some help from others)...

So Long

This here is a city without lights
Those are all the people without eyes
Churches, they don't have a soul
Soup for sale without a bowl
Religion so corrupt and running lives
Farewell, fair weathered friends
I can't say I'll miss you in the end

Chorus:
So long, seems that I was so wrong
Seems I wasn't that strong
Dead wrong, and now I'm long gone
Wrong side, I've been sleeping on the wrong side
Stains all over my soul I can't hide
Nothing's more clear than goodbye

These roads they don't lead to anything
These people they talk, they say nothing
Actors who don't have a part
Heartfelt people with no heart
I'll find a new crowd
Make a new start
Farewell, fair weathered friends
I can't say I'll miss you in the end

(Chorus)

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, say nothing at all if you've nothing nice to say

Wow.

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We've made multiple requests to Presley's publicist for an interview with the singer. This week she begins a push for the new album, including appearances on Good Morning America on Tuesday. She'll show up on American Idol Thursday night, and on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel's shows the next week. What are the chances that one of them will actually ask her about these lyrics?

We turned once again to Jefferson Hawkins for his thoughts on the song. Hawkins was once responsible for selling Scientology to the masses, and knows a thing or two about media messages. He left the church in 2005 and wrote a book about his experiences. He's especially good at describing what Scientologists go through when they leave the church.

"Wow, that kind of says it all, doesn't it?" he said when I first showed him the lyrics. Then he sent this lengthier assessment:

I think it expresses how a lot of people feel when they leave Scientology -- they have realized that it is a corrupt church, and is trying to control its members, micromanage their lives. They realize that it is a church without a soul. That is, it tries to present itself as a religion but has no compassion or tolerance or real care for people -- it's just all about money and control. I like the lyric "heartfelt people with no heart." Scientologists are so seemingly sincere and earnest, but the bottom line is they just don't care about their members or anyone else. They have no heart. It's an empty shell, and I think more and more members are coming to that same conclusion.

I also called up Jason Beghe, the Californication actor who became well known for very vocally defecting from Scientology in 2008. While he was still in the church, he was a favorite at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, and he knew other famous Scientologists -- such as Presley and Kirstie Alley -- very well.

He too said there is little question, looking at Presley's lyrics, that she is making a public disavowal of the church.

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Jason Beghe has become a regular on Californication
"The honesty and the passion are clear, and it seems as though she's woken up," he says.

"It's what I would expect, having spent time with her," he goes on to explain. "Some people, when they leave Scientology, get very sad. Some get scared. But some, like me and apparently like Lisa, get fucking pissed. It has the same tone as my own thing, when I said publicly, show me a motherfucking 'Clear'."

Beghe is referring to one of Scientology's bedrock principles, that if you engage in the arcane and increasingly expensive rituals of church founder L. Ron Hubbard's "technology," you will eventually unburden your mind of distracting clutter and go "clear" -- and become somewhat superhuman. Scientologists spend years, and increasingly expensive rates, chasing the state of clear (and beyond), telling each other that just one more level, one more training routine, will get them to superhuman status. It never comes, and eventually, longtime members tend to drop out from sheer exhaustion. Beghe says Presley has obviously reached that point. (Records show she was attested "clear" by Scientology in 1980, when she was only 12 years old.)

"My heart goes out to her. It's not an easy moment. But it seems that she's seized control of it and used it artistically. I think that's the strongest artistic communication I've heard her make," he says.

"Coming out of Scientology has freed me up, artistically," he adds, and his career does seem to have benefited from his decision to defect in 2008. He's now a regular on Californication and is just wrapping up his involvement in an Ayn Rand movie. When I interviewed Beghe after he first went public with his defection, he really wasn't sure how it would affect his career.

"You put a clamp on your soul and it affects everything," he says, explaining that it isn't easy to break out of that confinement.

"It takes guts, it takes courage. Lisa was in forever, since she was a little kitten. I don't know where her mother's at, but I'm moved, frankly."

When I asked Beghe if he thought Presley would take another step and speak publicly about her decision, he said it might not happen.

"Everybody's got their own process. But it seems to me that at least she's found a way to express herself that's penetrating, to say the least," he says.

Like Hawkins, Beghe says he was struck by the line, "Heartfelt people with no heart."

"These people in the church are decent people. And the fact is, their hearts have been taken out of them. That's how I read that. They're heartfelt, but it's not their fucking heart," he says.

I also pointed out a line that, to me, seems an obvious slap to the church: "Nothing's more clear than goodbye."

Beghe explained that many longtime Scientologists are being driven away from the church because of the way current leader David Miscavige has tinkered with L. Ron Hubbard's "technology" -- at one point telling advanced, longtime members that they would have to redo expensive levels of training and, essentially, go "clear" all over again. It made no sense to Beghe, he tells me, and started him on the road to breaking free. Many other veteran members now coming out of the church make the same complaint.

"A lot of people are waking up because of that thing," Beghe says. And then he added something that really surprised me.

"I also think Kirstie has one foot out the door. And Kirstie and Lisa are two hearts with one beat. They're close. They're good friends," he says.

We'll be paying attention as Lisa gives interviews this week. Will a reporter please ask her about these lyrics?


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Scientology Sunday Funnies!

Just about every day, we receive the latest wacky and tacky fundraising mailers put out by Scientology orgs around the world. Thank you, tipsters, for forwarding them to us! On Sundays, we love to reveal them to you.


When we think of the Phoenix org raising money for a new building, we naturally think of the fabulous Dede. But in this flier, the Arizona folks are trying to class things up a bit.

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Never been a better time? Well, you can't fault this South African flier for trying.

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OMG! Catch the fever as the OC org ropes you in for Central Files work needed for the new building! As we've seen in videos, you can help out even in the middle of the night!

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As usual, we look forward to your illuminating comments about these mailers.


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Commenters of the Week!

Last week, we started things off with some delicious Sunday Funnies, including a flier that promised after listening to Rick Alexander you'd be able to convince anyone -- even those in no "need" of it -- to put down hard earned cash for Scientology training.

We enjoyed MarkStark's syllabus for Rick Alexander's seminar...

The 12 parts of Mr. Rick's dissemination course:

1. How to get relatives to report to an Org on command, using Tone 40.
2. How to deal with relatives who threaten to kill you or themselves, if you mention Scientology or L. Ron Hubbard one more time.
3. How to disseminate onto newspaper, when no relatives are available.
4. Inseminate and disseminate: The 2-pronged approach.
5. Disseminating from 3 feet behind the head.
6. Disseminating up the rear.
7. Full-frontal disseminityness.
8. Finding their ruin, and going in for the kill.
9. It's like Disneyland! Selling kids on the Sea Org, even when their parents are against it.
10. Disseminating as if your life depended on it.
11. Disseminating to the dead.
12. Disseminating after you're dead.

BroekerBroekerBroeker, meanwhile, saw a mention of Kate Bornstein's memoir in last week's Commenters of the Week, and added his own impression of the book...

I finished reading Kate's book the other day, and I can't recommend it enough to any Scn watcher. It's much less about Scn proper than many of the other exes' books -- because Kate has been out (of CoS) for three decades and lived a number of fascinating lives since -- but it still provides riveting first-hand detail of life on the Apollo. And that's something relatively new.

Rolotomasii noted something about the layout of the page in last week's post...

Don't now if this is purposeful, Village Voice you scoundrels, but next to the Rick Alexander promo and the testimonials is a sex toy ad for something called Smitten Kitten and a sex toy that looks suspiciously like a demonic carrot. It juxtaposes nicely with M.B.'s comment in the Rick Alexander nonsense regarding learning a new tool that is great and useful. I would like to believe that this is circumstance or karma, but one thing it is damn funny. Bravo, Village Voice, bravo.

Well, we do try!

Monday evening, we took a close look at the sex-assault lawsuit filed against John Travolta and found many dream-like elements in it.

mirele was quick with an apt judgment on the lawsuit...

This has the whiff of Eau de Ambulance Chaser...you know, the heady mix of hot asphalt and freshly-printed tabloid.

MarkStark, as usual, made us nearly spill our coffee...

Travolta wouldn't touch this guy with an 8-inch pole.

And Jonathan W. Hendry added this jab...

The plaintiff should have held out for a really talented attorney, like Orly Taitz.

And then Miles Biondo had us nodding with this perceptive read of the situation...

John Travolta's self-imposed Scientology Prison has always made him a tragic character to me. An eminently likable man who, in interviews, exhibits a warmth and humanity that would be difficult to fake, I've always been pulling for him to see the light and make the brave escape. Tom Cruise, on the other hand, comes off as an arrogant, delusional, brainwashed tool. Perhaps it's as they say -- that Scientology makes you "more of who you are." I would be happy to hear that Travolta has finally parted company with these slithering criminals, as I would be happy to see Cruise go down with the sinking ship.

I couldn't care less about Travolta's -- or any celebrity's -- sexuality; it is categorically none of my business. But everything about John Doe's complaint smells like bullshit. I've heard dozens of rumors about Travolta's alleged proclivities. It is only the looming presence of Scientology, and L. Ron Hubbard's brutally bigoted anti-gay doctrine, that gives these rumors any significance.

On Friday, we brought more analysis to the Travolta lawsuit, courtesy of our legal expert, Scott Pilutik. We also got a look at the rambling, loony statement from John Doe #1, who wished Travolta well even though he was suing him for $2 million.

We liked this characterization of that message, by Noah Miller...

Translation of John Doe's statement: "Please stop calling me a liar. It is really hard to get paid to go away when everyone is calling me a liar."

We had to smile at this bit of honesty by scnethics....

I read about the case here and I know it's bullshit. Then I read about it somewhere else, and it seems plausible. Damn, I'm impressionable!

And finally, we couldn't help laughing at this jibe from LoyalOfficer...

Why does John put himself in these types of situations? He should just do what the rest of us do when we feel that urge to tickle another's pickle. Just go exterior and zoom off to the Throbbing Thetan Bath House. Tom C. gets greeted there like Norm from Cheers.

Well, this was a wild week. The Travolta lawsuit came out of nowhere, and I know it wasn't everyone's favorite subject. We're working on several very meaty new investigations, and should be able to start unveiling them soon. In the meantime, send in those fundraising mailers and any other tips! Our tipsters are the very best!

And please remember to check our Facebook author page for schedules and updates.


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Tony Ortega has been the editor in chief of the Village Voice since March, 2007. He started writing about Scientology in 1995. You can reach him by e-mail at tortega@villagevoice.com, and if you ask nicely he'll put you on his mailing list for notifications of new stories. You can also catch his alerts at Twitter (@VoiceTonyO), at his Facebook author page, on Pinterest, a Tumblr, and even this new Google Plus doohickey.

New readers might want to check out our primer, "What is Scientology?" Another good overview is our series from last summer, "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology." At the top of every story, you'll see the "Scientology" category which, if you click on it, will bring up all of our most recent stories.

As for hot subjects we've covered here, you may have heard about Debbie Cook, the former church official who rebelled and was sued by Scientology. You might have also heard about the Super Power Building, Scientology's "Mecca," whose secrets were revealed here. We also reported how Scientology spied on its own most precious object, Tom Cruise. (We wrote Tom an open letter that he has yet to respond to.) Have you seen a Scientology ad on TV lately? We debunked some of the claims in that 2-minute commercial you might have seen while watching Glee or American Idol.

Other stories have looked at Scientology's policy of "disconnection" that is tearing families apart. You may also have heard something about the Sea Org experiences of the Paris sisters, Valeska and Melissa, and their friend Ramana Dienes-Browning. We've also featured Paulette Cooper, who wrote about Scientology back in the day, and Janet Reitman, Hugh Urban, and the team at the Tampa Bay Times, who write about it today. And there's plenty more coming.

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187 comments
Hjaksd
Hjaksd

I am hard pressed to find a bigger pack of lies than what appears in this article.

Digs
Digs

Isn't Priscilla Presley still in the cult? That'll be interesting, given the Church's policy of Disconnection. Mother and daughter, both in the public eye - will the CoS go ahead and risk the colossally bad publicity, or will they let it slide in the case of the Presleys, with the attendant risk of other members who've been made to Disconnect asking awkward questions? Either way, I'm getting some popcorn in.

Artoo45
Artoo45

If there is an afterlife, Elvis is smiling . . .

Too Much
Too Much

I would love to find out how many paying customers went to the Orange County shilling. 3? 4 at most?

It would also be awesome to find out how much money the fucking crooks rooked and swindled out of Lisa Presley, bet you it's in the tens of millions of bucks.

Lea_turner
Lea_turner

Tony- Lisa's site is revamped and running and the Scientology links are GONE. Worth noting, yeah? ;)

mad_world
mad_world

Wonderful stuff! Every person trapped in that cult is one too many.

Good for you, Lisa!

A good indication of Scientology's sinking into the abyss, is their Alexa ranking - heading straight down at an impressive speed.

O. Lallieberry
O. Lallieberry

 Lisa Marie Presley breaks free with 'Storm & Grace'http://www.usatoday.com/life/m...

She won't name names but suggests that the damage was both personal and professional. "I got bad advice. I was insulated with no grip on reality," she says. "They were taking my soul, my money, my everything."

Rolotomasii
Rolotomasii

Wow - that Orange County Org flyer really has me re-thinking this whole "Scientology is a dirty stupid cult/scam" line of thinking.  Who knew from May 9th until May 18th one could have so much fun?  What activities!!!  File Labeling and switch out?  Wow!!!! Where do I sign up???.  Forget enjoying the beautiful spring weather with family and friends when you could be "QCing" files.    Thinking of throwing out a fishing line, going for a hike or simply sitting in the sun drinking a few beers?  Well friend not when there is furniture hauling and dekluge (is that a made up word?) - Fuckin-A right!!!! 

scilonsxchools
scilonsxchools

"Theres Never been a better time to call yourself a scientologist"?

Unless you are Uzbekian!! (see The Australian article)

"AN Uzbek asylum-seeker who claims he endured two days' torture by police for being a Scientologist has won protection in Australia by arguing the documents he used to reach Australian shores were actually falsified"

The mind boggles on that one!

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

We in RTC wish to inform VV readers that Lisa Marie Presley has not written up a KR and sent it uplines to us per Church policy. Therefore, and more factually to the point, no matter how she may cryptically bleat in a song about her case being in chronic restim, she has zero confront when it comes to the Church.

It is frankly 1.1 to speak in innuendos through songs. There is such a thing as a service facsimile which works by making self right and others wrong. If Lisa Marie Presley is trying to prove to the world that the Tech did not work on her then she is solely responsible for her "no case gain" downstat condition. We in RTC know that the Tech is flawless and guarantees superhigh spiritual states. Lisa Marie is serfacky. What more can we say?

Lisa Marie has only herself to blame because only continuous withholds and overts cases do not make the grade in Scientology. We in RTC hope that Lisa Marie comes to her senses. Until she does, her only way back into our good graces is to raise her IAS Patron status by $10,000,000 to Patron Meritorious Overweightium.

And I'm Cute, Too
And I'm Cute, Too

Here's how I read the OC flyer:

Day 1: Pointless paperworkDay 2: More pointless paperworkDay 3: Even more AND manual labourDay 4: See aboveDay 5: QC (???) of files, which will require 300 man hours (*%$?!)Day 6: More QC + mindless paperworkDay 7: More of sameDay 8: More of sameDay 9: Oh, just kill me already....

And the photos on the flyer attempt to make this look like fun....

P.S.  I really hope Lisa Marie is out.  And I really, really hope she talks about it. Now THAT would be fun.

Heather G
Heather G

Way to go, Lisa Marie.

I just hope that, along with the upset and anger, Lisa Marie is enjoying her new freedom. That's gotta ease the pain a good deal.

Also, "Full-frontal disseminityness" cracked me up.

Anon!
Anon!

This week's funnies are disparate while unified in the presumption that one capable and in command of critical thinking would ally oneself with such a nonsensical group.

#1.  Phoenix and $cn... cool! Are there tours? Will ALL questions be answered? Is one permitted to "see the sights" without giving these buggers adequate information for them to harass the sightseer to the end of their days?

#2.  The quote, "The Force that Guarantees the Future of Scientology", at the bottom of the South African flier has me feeling: amused, annoyed and sad.

Amused because he looks so happy in an artificial manner, like "Wow, I can't believe I finished all those TR's, etc." with a look on his face like he has arrived at CLEAR and is looking forward to his OT powers with everything that includes.

Annoyed because this guy is one of how many that have been sucked in by $cn's garbage and will eventually be spewed from the presence of the "good and faithful $cn's" when he asks too many questions, reaches the end of his finances and is unable to "take the next course" or "buy those books" which help support DM's lifestyle, the bigger, better, EMPTY buildings that are "helping save the world" which is generally accepted by those in command of their critical thinking skills as large@facebook-100003702978399:disqus amounts of bull#@&*.

Saddened because I know there is a real person behind this picture who has a life with family, responsibilities, etc. and I hope, for his sake, that DISCONNECTION never becomes part of his reality. DISCONNECTION is one of the most hurtful and harmful things to be forced on another person, especially in the $cn application as those who are being abandoned most often are NOT informed why this is happening and IF there could ever be a way to bridge this chasm.

#3. Team OC and the org opening? Hmm, how many ways are there to say No! The flier is supposed to make it all fun and games; although, as I read the text and what's unspoken between the lines, I want to SCREAM about: labor laws, minimum wage, families, the right of women to have children, being able to sleep adequately. I trust that you get my drift.

Perhaps $cn will wake up, smell the coffee and change its methodologies; however, I find that as likely as the USA becoming a colony of England on 4 July 2012. I hope I have given you food for thought.

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

I do hope Lisa Marie leaves the cult but I don't see a high profile split in the same manner as Jason Beghe or Paul Haggis. It's been seven years since her last album and when you consider the time required for the song writing and music recording process, warning signs had to be flashed. This is a breakup years in the making. Lisa Marie is Scientology royalty and minders (spys) have been assigned and reports were made. If the cult goes full bore against Lisa Marie, they could scare off mom Priscilla and daughter Riley. Keep it low and they can prevent a celebrity exodus and still be able to chip away at the Elvis fortune. She's well aware of the disconnection policy, but because of her status in the church, she might be able to push the envelope and get away with this.

anne
anne

Been a tad depressed ever since the Deb Cook case settled,and feeling somewhat defeated. But along comes Lisa Marie singing this song,and once again I feel the warmth of the sun. Here comes the sun..... Bless you Lisa is all I can say, bless you.

N. Graham
N. Graham

 Smart?  Hell Yeah!  Clear by 12!  She must have repeated Secret Celebrity OT 11 three times by now!  But it's true!  I bet a lot of SciOs WILL buy the album!  But they'll probably think she's talking about psychiatrists.

Jgg
Jgg

 Orange County: it's a ground floor opportunity!

MarkEbner59
MarkEbner59

I for one am hoping that the nutty Juliette Lewis, her nuttily named brother Lightfield and their dad Geoffrey blow the cult and get into family therapy.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

It's odd though, it just seems too bright and at too perfect an angle for how slapdash the rest of it is. 

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

I wonder if they will try to get Priscilla (she was beautiful before all the plastic surgery) to disconnect from Lisa Marie.  

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

I love this line, hehe "Churches, they don't have a soulSoup for sale without a bowl "

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

The lyrics to the entire album are at her site.  Here's a friendly little ditty called "Turbulence".  Ignore the grammatical errors; those are hers, not mine.

Could "Little Jack Horner" be DM?

TurbulenceImagine that I can’t be comforted at all In pieces I went from crawling into a ball Evidence, it’s in my breathing every day Less and less and lessHey you you wore me out there was nothing left for anybody else And you your the last little shit that anyone expected Could put me through this yeah it’s true Turbulence auto pilot to control down and down and down And if he’s there then I’ll take my order to go He shouldn’t see he shouldn’t know Hey you you wore me out there was nothing left for anybody else And you your the last little shit that anyone expected Could put me through this yeah fucker it’s true And over there in the corner of the room Sat little Jack Horner in his gloom Do you like it there Na na na na naHey you you slither around while you rip every vein out And you your once so charming self inflicted tortured act It’s a loser and a poser’s toolHey you you wore me out there was nothing left for anybody else And you you’re the last little shit that anyone expected Could put me through this Yeah fucker it’s trueImagine thatImagine that

Epic Sword Guy
Epic Sword Guy

Phoenix Org:  The barren desert with the cactus pretty much sums it up...

Jgg
Jgg

  Does this make her an SP?

Jgg
Jgg

  Tony, should'nt line 5 be "ruining lives"?

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

I just had a comment go into moderation for approval the first time.  I have no idea why: it mentioned the $cientology website but without the www. 

It was a good comment (imho) and I don't want to retype it if it will eventually appear.  Has this happened to others?

Elizabethan
Elizabethan

Brilliant! You're probably right that she is thinking strategically, makes sense, don't see why not, she is a smart girl.

Elizabethan
Elizabethan

You got that.  He's smiling now, huh, wait a month or so, if that - Biggest laugh of a lifetime. Yahoo!  Completely insane!

Are_sics
Are_sics

I hope the released version of this new Lisa Marie Presley song really does have that first stanza -- especially "Churches, they don't have a soul" and "Religion so corrupt and running lives". Of course she can say that's a general critique of religion, but it's a bit hard to say it's anything other than her own experience that would lead to writing such things.  So you don't really need the "S word". 

The Orange County poster -- where it says "Tribute" in bold -- is that an overt (sic) statement translating as "you will be hit up for cash. Really Hard."??

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

"Help is available for room, board and transportation..." Translation: Dede will pick you up at the bus station in her 71 AMC Gremlin, you'll sleep on her sofa and enjoy all the beans and rice you can afford. Enjoy pilgrim and don't forget your cash, credit cards and check book. The limited edition LRH bobble head is available for just $79.99 with purchase of the Ron Encylopedia.

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

It's about time that the cult that 'lived by its 'celebrities' dies by them.  But, it's not David Miscavige who claims the 'State of Clear'; it's L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology itself; Corporate, 'Independent' *and* FreeZone.

Without the magic of 'Clear', Scientology has *nothing*.

Markfisher57
Markfisher57

Thanks Tony for finding and sharing this.   I like the song and the words have very clear meaning as you say.  She is a good writer.

You may be exposing Lisa Marie's strategy to connect with more Scientologists so that they get the message by letting them know about the meaning of the lyrics.   Maybe Lisa Marie is waiting to speak out in public or in the press once the album releases and many Scientologists purchase it and listen to it.

Once she is outed, Im sure Scientology will issue the orders for no one to buy it.

I'm probably wrong and she is not thinking that strategically!   Go Lisa Marie!!

Claude
Claude

So let's say you become a "Lifetime Member" of the IAS, like the grinning dupe in the Funnies today. 

How long do you suppose you could respond to further financial solicitations from Scientology by saying "Sorry - I'm a LIFETIME member!  I don't have to pay anymore!!!"

MarkStark
MarkStark

Asking for volunteers to do file work and furniture moving seems to go against the image they try to project of Scientology being a wealthy, star-studded, growing and powerful organization. Instead it makes it seem like needy, seat-of-the-pants group that operates on a shoestring budget, while sucking enormous fees out gullible people. It can't be compared to a store-front church in a poor community.

It also emphasizes that having a new Org means almost nothing in itself. It's not like they have a bigger church which allows for a larger congregation, with better acoustics, organ, and sound system to hear the preacher.They are offering the same 1950's nutty brainwashing services they did before, but somehow at the heart of the new Org, are these files, in terms of people they can coax to spend more money.

The files are the switch, not the bait people signed up for. I would imagine there's going to be a sort of panic that sets in at some of these failing Orgs. The public is going to start responding to the stress test or personality test lures in a whole different way than they have in the past. People will ask about Xenu. People Scientology contacts on the phone -- like people who took one course years ago -- are not going to be polite when nagged.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

In that you can join the Sea Org, get sent to the RPF and build the ground floor. 

Artoo45
Artoo45

Lightfield is Juliette Lewis' brother? I used to tangle with him on ARS and various comment threads in years past. Who knew?

TheHoleDoesNotExist
TheHoleDoesNotExist

Most people would be floored it they went to IMDB and found out how many roles Geoffrey Lewis played and in what movies.  Until recently, one of the most underrated supporting actors.  Now, most of the roles he played involved Eccentric Dude 101 and that is who he is in real life, with scientology just being one of the spices he adds to his recipe for life.I just can't imagine having him for a dad figure though.

He was a riot to have on courses in scientology and be around in the waiting lounge for the OT levels.  Just think about That!  It was wild and spaced out, man! ha.  Jeez, Miscavige really took the fun out of spaced-out-crazy-alien-not-quite-sci-fi-voodoo.  But don't bash on me.  This was before cable, dammit.  Mark, no way Geoff, but the rest, anybody's guess.

Xenu
Xenu

 At least they gave him the right number of fingers.

Lilly
Lilly

That's from her album Now What (2005) and it's about mj not dm

CanuckXenu
CanuckXenu

I'm so sorry...that song was from her 2005 album.  In fact there is no mention of the new album anywhere on her website.  I assumed, and you know what happens...

LoyalOfficer
LoyalOfficer

Running lives seems to fit fairly well too, As Miniscavige like to run everything and everyone (especially the celebrities)  down to the sub-micromanagement 

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

That's what the label sent me. The only thing I did was add an apostrophe and a couple of commas that were needed to make things grammatical. Otherwise I didn't change a character. When the full song comes out, maybe we'll able to hear if it's really "ruining," which you point out would make more sense.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

you have to put spaces inbetween the h t t p  w w w  stuff as well as a space or  (dot) after com or (dot) php or whatever on the extensions.

Noah Miller
Noah Miller

If you put a full link in your comment it goes to mod.

That way spammers can't post penis pill websites constantly. 

bobx
bobx

Millions for Defense, but Not One Cent for Tribute!

Semper Phi
Semper Phi

No, you got it wrong. "Lifetime" membership means he is now in for a LIFETIME of crush regging to increase his membership status. 

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

"The only thing I did was add an apostrophe and a couple of commas"

At least I don't have to re-buy anything, I'm fine with the fix. 

sharkattacksteve
sharkattacksteve

If you remove the dots and acronyms all people have to do is copy/paste it into google and there you go.

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