Undead Scientology

undead scientology

People wonder all the time, “how is Scientology still alive?”  When Anonymous said in 2008 that one of their goals was to dismantle Scientology in its present form, I thought it was an impossibility.  Back then, Scientology looked to me like an all-powerful monolith.  I had no frame of reference in the real world. But …

Scientology: Where’s David?

scientology where is david

One of the event call-in phone messages I got for the IAS Event — which happens every year around this time — announced that this year, they’re going to be showing the 1993 “Turning Point” Event.  What — like a re-run? So never mind “Where’s Shelly?”  Scientology, where’s David?  He’s no longer around to lord …

Scientologists Are Fragile

Scientologists are fragile

I suddenly realized how fragile Scientologists are during an Anonymous protest when Craig Jensen — the Scientology “whale” who owns Executive Software — wouldn’t speak to me, even though we’d met before, and I greeted him by name.  He just turned away. I called after him as he crossed Sunset Blvd. on his way to …

Scientology Disaster Relief

scientology disaster relief

I got an interesting call from the Volunteer Ministers’ Center a few days ago.  Scientology disaster relief tactics seem to be undergoing a change.  They’re still capitalizing on disasters, the way they usually do.  In this case it’s Hurricane Dorian, which devastated Grand Bahama Island. But in this instance, instead of soliciting for people to …

Scientology Health Code Violations

scientology health code violations

LA Magazine has a feature called, “Ask Chris.” In a recent edition, someone asked, “Do Scientologists actually live in that huge blue building in Hollywood?”  Well, that huge blue building happens to be less than a block away from my shop.  So the short answer is:  Yes, they do. I have a considerably longer answer …