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Send Your Children On A Scientology Caribbean Cruise

Via the The Underground Bunker, Tony Ortega reveals an email sent out by the Church of Scientology soliciting members to send their children on a recruiting trip on the church’s private cruise ship. Presumably there may be pressure aboard to sign one of those notorious billion-year contracts:

Dear Young Scientologist or Scientology Parent,

I wanted to make sure you were informed about an incredible convention we are holding for young Scientologists. Enjoy 7 days of action-packed, fun-filled excitement in the Caribbean while you attend specially created seminars designed to help you achieve your goals more easily.


• How to talk Scientology with your non-Scientologist friends.
• How to achieve your goals more easily using a precise LRH tool design for this purpose.
• How to create a successful second dynamic that forwards your expansion across your dynamics.
• How to motivate yourself in life and actually achieve what you want without too much effort.

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Scientology-Linked Oklahoma Drug Rehab Center Facing Lawsuits Over Rash Of Patient Deaths

Operating a chain of addiction clinics based with detox regimens based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard appears to be working out very badly, Tulsa’s KJRH reports:

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against a Scientology-linked Oklahoma rehabilitation center in the wake of recent deaths at the facility.

Shirley Gilliam, whose son died in Narconon of Oklahoma care last October, filed the third suit against the organization in three months. Stacy Murphy’s family sued earlier this month; Hillary Holten’s parents sued in August. Gilliam’s son, 32-year-old Gabriel Graves, of Claremore, was found dead in his room at the Pittsburg County facility.

The suit alleges Graves “requested over-the-counter pain relief and permission to see a physician” earlier that day for a headache and was denied and told a physician was not on staff. The lawsuit targets the facility’s connection with Scientology, calling the center a “corporate sham and illusion” which misrepresented to potential patients the care they would receive.

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Inside The Application For Scientology’s Sea Org

Ex-Village Voice editor Tony Ortega obtained a copy of the forms to apply for Sea Org, a hardcore Scientology program in which one leaves one’s former life behind and permanently relocates to a compound to perform manual labor.

The application begins with the droll threat, “You can’t be shot for what you have done, you can only be shot for what you haven’t told us.” Via The Underground Bunker, more highlights from the extensive questionnaire, with the truthfulness of answers sometimes deemed by polygraph test:

Have you ever threatened or attempted suicide? If so, please give the details.

Have you taken LSD or “Acid” (Some slang names are “blotter acid”, “window pane”, “orange sunshine”, “purple haze”, and “microdot”)?

Have you ever taken PCP or Angel Dust (Some slang names are “Sherms”, “Superweed”, “Dust”, “Super Kool”, “Killer Weed”, “Whack” and “Animal Tranquilizer”)?

Do you have debts? If so, please list who you owe it to and the amount.

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The Music Of L. Ron Hubbard

It's little known that L. Ron Hubbard left behind a body of musical compositions, lyrics, and sound experiments intended as a soundtrack for the Battlefield Earth series and to promote the ethos of Scientology. John Travolta, teenybopper heartthrob Leif Garrett, and Frank Stallone, all heard singing below, were part of a Scientology super-group who recorded an album of Hubbard-penned songs in 1986. An odder, alternate version of "Road to Freedom" features L. Ron himself crooning in a low, booming voice, with the track retitled "L'Envoi, Thank You for Listening." Two stanzas include: You are not mind or chemicals / You don't even have a form / You're in a trap of senseless lies / It's time to be reborn. / To you there is no limit / Knowledge is your key / Take the route of auditing / And once again be free.
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WIRED on Pseudo-Scientology Movie ‘The Master’

I’ve maintained a wary interest in the Church of Scientology since reading L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman? (co-written by Hubbard’s estranged son Ronald DeWolf, and ,sadly, now out of print)  as a teenager. I’m not a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson’s work, but I’m still thinking about seeing his new film The Master, a movie about a man who falls under the sway of a Hubbard-like cult leader.

WIRED’s Hugh Hart has reviewed the film, praising it as an elegant dissection of “cult psychosis”:

The Master casts its own weird, R-rated spell not because it yields shocking revelations or clever plot twists. We never learn why Freddie’s such a high-strung mess, though his World War II combat experience would seem a likely source of trauma. Nor do we find out where Dodd — a character inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard — comes from or how he acquired his gift for wrapping people around his stubby fingers.

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Vietnam Turns To Scientology To Treat Its Agent Orange Victims

Agent Orange CropdustingTruth may be stranger than fiction, but when it comes to scientology it’s hard to know which is which…. From ABC News:

The Vietnamese government is turning to a “detoxification” method developed by the founder of the Church of Scientology to treat victims of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant the U.S. military used during the Vietnam War.

According to local media reports, 24 patients from the central city of Da Nang were admitted to the Hanoi 103 Military Hospital last week to begin a free, month-long treatment to rid the body of dioxins that have been linked to birth defects, cancers and other diseases.

The “Hubbard Method,” named after L. Ron Hubbard, requires taking vitamins and minerals, exercising and sweating in saunas. Scientologists have used it to treat alcoholism and drug addiction in the past, and offered similar services to New York City’s first responders who were exposed to toxins in the 9/11 terror attacks.

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Scientology’s ‘Save The World Mission’ for Actress: Girlfriend To Tom Cruise

Scientology is the best soap opera tragi-comedy reality show going, bar none! From ABC News:
The actress who was allegedly selected by the Church of Scientology as a candidate to be Tom Cruise's real-life girlfriend "was told she was being chosen for a mission" and was "really going to save the world," according to the author of Vanity Fair's magazine article detailing the couple's relationship. As particulars of Maureen Orth's story continue to surface -- and Cruise and the Church of Scientology continue to vehemently deny the allegations -- Orth, the magazine's special correspondent, told "Good Morning America" today that as Iranian-born, London-raised actress Nazanin Boniadi was being carefully vetted, she did not know what was in store for her.
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Mitt Romney’s Favorite Novel Is L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth

Just when America thought it couldn’t be any more confused by Mormonism, Romney went and said this. To be fair, he added that his favorite book overall (nonfiction included) is the bible, an answer which all Republican presidential candidates must give from now to eternity. A nugget from the New York Times five years ago:

“What’s your favorite novel?” is a perennial campaign question, the answer to which presumably gives insight into leadership. A “Moby-Dick” lover may understand the perils of obsessively chasing of a goal. A fan of “To Kill a Mockingbird” may well focus on racial justice.

When asked his favorite novel in an interview shown yesterday on the Fox News Channel, Mitt Romney pointed to “Battlefield Earth,” a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. That book was turned into a film by John Travolta, a Scientologist. A spokesman said later it was one of Mr.

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Tough Time for Scientology Continues with Death in Narconon Treatment Center

The Church of Scientology has been having a rough go of it lately: first there was the very public  separation of high-ranking COS mucky-muck  Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes, then the premiere of the trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s thinly disguised film about Scientology, The Master. Now, it seems, the Church has another potential media disaster on their hands: a(nother) death at one of their flagship Narconon treatment center in Canadian, Ok.

According to a story in the Village Voice, a twenty-year old patient, Stacy Dawn Murphy, is reported to have died of an overdose in the center’s withdrawal unit. That makes the third death at the center since October.

A former patient of the center, Colin Henderson, (see Colin’s story here) has been a fierce opponent of Narconon since his own stay in 2007. Henderson stated that he has written to state representative T.W. Shannon numerous times with his concerns about what he described as Narconon’s “quack science” and “low-paid, non-medical staff.” Prior to the incident, Shannon’s response was that he generally supported “faith-based treatment programs” and found nothing wrong with “facilities being up front about their priorities.”

Henderson blames the state’s Department of Mental Health for the young woman’s death and also said that it was obvious to him that Shannon had never read his email.… Read the rest

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P.T. Anderson’s Kinda-Probably-Maybe Scientology Film: ‘The Master’

Yesterday Yahoo! released an exclusive trailer for The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's film about a troubled young drifter who develops an intense relationship with the leader of a new religion which according to most is a barely concealed Scientology. As one of America's most provocative contemporary filmmakers, Anderson certainly has the chops to examine the perplexing allure of Scientology, but given the cult's religion's ubiquity among Hollywood's elite...
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