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August 8, 2013

Missing: One Scientology leader’s wife. Or maybe she isn’t. Who knows?!

  • missing? After becoming a bit of a headache for the Church of Scientology in recent weeks due to her high-profile departure, actress Leah Remini filed a missing persons report, asking for the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, the wife of church leader David Miscavige. Shelly has not been seen in public since around the time Remini’s show, “The King of Queens,” went off the air in 2007.
  • not missing However, just a few hours after the filing hit the press, police dismissed the report, calling it “unfounded.” “Any reports that she is missing are false,” Miscavige’s lawyer said. “Mrs. Miscavige has been working non-stop in the Church, as she always has.” Our guess: She’s been sitting in her room, watching reruns of “The King of Queens” religiously. source
23:38 // 1 year ago
January 14, 2013

Trip Report: The Atlantic’s Sponsored Post by the Church of Scientology

My eMeter was working overtime today. Hey mofos, when I clicked on this link over here, I felt like jumping on a couch and screaming about my love for The Atlantic! They really just GOT me as a reader by letting the Church of Scientology pay bajillions of dollars to sponsor this article on their site. On this article, I learned that David Miscavige is a playa who is taking scientology to NEW FREAKING HEIGHTS! LIKE EXPLODING LIKE THAT VOLCANO THEY SHOW IN DIANETICS ADS! Tom Cruise, Jason Lee, John Travolta, they all finally have a place to celebrate on the internet! It’s this ad!

But, you know, the best part? It was going down to the comments, where everyone (except the most recent comments, which seemed confused for some reason) seemed so EXCITED that The Atlantic was giving Scientology the love it deserved, as if they had finally seen the light and had written a glowing critical reassessment of Battlefield Earth in a 20,000-word magazine piece where the lede was “We were wrong.” We get it. L. Ron Hubbard was a visionary. All they had to do was pay The Atlantic a boatload of money to admit it. The Thetans now have a place to play. The haters will go away. All I have to do is reload the page and see the moderators work.

(Seriously, though: What the hell, Atlantic Media?)

EDIT: The Atlantic, clearly catching onto the controversy, took the ad down.

SECOND EDIT: In case you want to see the article in full, here’s a screenshot, taken by Gawker. As it’s a large file, we’re hosting on Dropbox.

THIRD EDIT: The magazine has apologized profusely, starting the apology with the phrase “we screwed up.”

20:39 // 1 year ago
February 8, 2011

Has Scientology issued their blanket denial and reactionary attack yet?

  • 1 FBI investigation into the Church of Scientology’s Sea Org labor rules source

» That new-time religion: The Church of Scientology, in addition to dealing with last year’s high-profile defector, high-profile director Paul Haggis, now must survive the fruit of Haggis’ labor with New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright; a 26-page tale of his ascent and subsequent rejection of the church. Amongst the familiar charges the article makes (secrecy, strident and at times brutally violent discipline by church leader David Miscavige, disconnected families, and an inscrutable origin story that Scientologists are forbidden to admit exists), it also reveals that the FBI has been investigating Scientology for almost a year regarding potential rights abuses in their elite “Sea Organization,” or “Sea Org.” They’re looking into defector allegations of forced manual labor, shockingly low pay, and “re-education” through rehabilitation camps, which it goes without saying are at best creepy ideas, at worst wicked ones.

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13:35 // 3 years ago