Archive for February 2008

New Website is Born

February 29, 2008

It’s not often one sees the creation of a website that is going to be a watershed moment on the net.  I believe this new site from three young women who grew up in Scientology will become one of the most important sites about Scientology, giving kids who grew up in Scientology or are still inside Scientology a chance to share their stories, heals some wounds and reach out to others.

Ex-Scientology kids is designed, owned, and operated by three young women who grew up in Scientology, and later left the Church. We feel that growing up in the Scientology environment is a unique experience that’s almost impossible to comprehend unless you’ve lived it yourself. For what it’s worth, we offer non-judgemental support for those who are still in Scientology, discussion and debate for those who’ve already left, and a plethora of easy-to-understand references for the curious.

My deep thanks go out to the three brave women who put this site together and who will help so very many kids in need.

The Phil Hendrie Show

February 26, 2008

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Monday February 25, 2008

Phil Hendrie

The great Phil Hendrie tackled Scientology last night and to my great surprise gave me a shout out. Fortunately he had the number one critic of Scientology on the show, Lloyd Bonafide, who was more than up to the task of taking on San Diego’s representative of the Church of Scientology, Dr. Jim Sadler.

I believe it was a low blow of Mr. Sadler to use the Scientology tone on Bonafide. I think I might get just as frazzled as Bonafide if Scientology hit me with some of that Theta 4 music.

I was sorry to see the show fall apart in the end but it’s always good when we can have a serious debate on Scientology heard on a nationally syndicated radio show.

Thanks, Phil.

Download this mp3

UPDATE:

Guys, I think it’s time I let you in on the joke.  As mentioned in the feedback, Phil does all the voices on his show.  He is the host, the guests and often times the callers, creating nonsensical segments in which his characters can argue with themselves.   There is no Lloyd Bonafide or Jim Sadler.  It’s all Phil Hendrie.  I’m not even sure there’s a Mark Bunker. 

Theta 4 tone music is just as silly as BT’s but in this case, Hubbard didn’t make it up.  Hendrie did.

Suri’s Life

February 25, 2008

ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Thursday February 21, 2008

Stephanie MillerThe exotic and enticing Stephanie Miller took another cheap pot-shot at Tom Cruise again on her radio show, God love her.

This time it was an inside look at the life of little Suri Cruise.  They mixed in a lot of info about barley water for babies, kids being treated as adults because they’ve lived billions of lifetimes and other Hubbard nonsense and made it even more nonsensical in the process.

Sure, they don’t have everything straight but at least they know how to have fun.

Download the mp3

Government Contact Info

February 25, 2008

The following information was compiled by someone who has worked quietly behind the scenes for some years to try to get the US government to do something about the Scientology problem and was posted to alt.religion.scientology by Professor David Touretzky.  As a gift to “Anonymous” this individual has compiled a list of government contacts and encourages everyone to write to these addresses to express their concerns.

EDUCATION IS NOT A HATE CRIME

In preparation for the March 15, 2008, peaceful protest at Scientology facilities around the world:

This is a resource page to aid you in reporting your experience with the Church of Scientology to U.S. government agencies.  Any attempt to silence, intimidate, harass, or prevent you from contacting these agencies should be reported to the FBI or local law enforcement (police or sheriff).

The Hon. Henry Waxman, Chairman
U. S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Congressman??s phone:  202-225-3976
Oversight Committee Phone:  202-225-5051
Email:  go to http://oversight.house.gov  then click on “contact”
Fax:  202-225-8185

This committee should receive copies of all communications made to other governmental agencies

The committee has the power to subpoena witnesses should an investigation ever take place regarding the issuing of a tax-exempt status given to the Church of Scientology in 1993, countermanding a 1989 decision of the U. S. Supreme Court in Hernandez vs. IRS.

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The Hon. Howard Berman, Chairman
U. S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
2170 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Congressman’s phone: 202-255-4695
Committee phone:  202-225-5021
Fax:  202-225-2035
E-mail:  howard.berman@mail.house.gov
Web:  http://foreignaffairs.house.gov

Persons living outside of the United States can report on the impact that the U.S. acceptance of the Church of Scientology as a tax exempt organization has had in those countries.

Michael Cromartie, Chairman
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
800 N. Capital Street, N.W., Suite 790
Washington, D.C.  20002
Phone:  202-523-3240
Fax:  202-523-5020
E-mail:  communications@uscirf.gov
Web:  www.uscirf.gov

This is one of the most powerful Commissions which form public policy. It makes non- binding policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress in matters involving international religious freedom.  This Commission can be informed of the many allegations of Scientology’s violations of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right which states “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes
freedom to change his religion or belief??.”.

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The Hon. John Hanford, III
Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
The Office of International Religious Freedom
U.S. Department of State
Room 4829a Harry Truman Bldg.
2201 C St. NW
Washington, DC  20520
Phone:  202-647-0463 (Director of the office, Stephen Liston)

This office produces the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom which has criticized Germany for its continued surveillance of the Church of Scientology.  It works in cooperation with the U. S. Commission of Religious Freedom, established by Congress.  It must be encouraged to examine the behavior of Scientology as reported in the German study and which is at the basis of the German action.

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Mr. John Hein, Director
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiative
The White House
Washington, DC 20502
Phone:  202-456-6708
Fax:  202-456-7019
www.fbci.gov

This office deals with issues involving support of faith-based organizations and their connection to aid programs financed by the Federal Government

Mr. Eric Treene Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C.  20530
Phone:  202-353-8622
E-mail:  eric.treene@usdoj.gov
FAX: 202-305-2572

This new office, established in 2007, deals with the protection of religious liberty but also deals with complaints regarding religious freedom issues.  Report attempts by the Church of Scientology to retain members by threats, harassment, forced separation from family members, demands for payments for courses taken in the past in violation of Article 18 of the U. N. Declaration of Human Rights.

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Commissioner Alcee Hastings, Chairman
Commission of Security and Cooperation in Europe
U.S. Helsinki Commission
234 Ford House Office Bldg
3rd and D St. SW
Washington, DC  20515
Phone:  202-225-1901
Fax:  202-226-4199
E-mail:  info@csce.gov
Web page:  www.csce.gov

This Commission monitors acts by member nations which reflects= compliance or violations of the First Act of the Conference.

Violations of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be brought to their attention.  In the case of the Church of Scientology, it would apply to the many alleged ways in which they attempt to retain members.  (See  Department of Justice above.)

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The Hon. Joseph Biden, Chairman
United States Senate  Committee on Foreign Relations
201 Senate Russell Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone:   202-244-5042
Fax:  202-244-0139

The criticisms which some have regarding the German government’s refusal to recognize the Church of Scientology as other than a profit making organization could be investigated by this committee.  A study of the German government’s documents would shed light on the decision Germany made.

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Commissioner Andrew C. Von Eschenback, MD
Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD  20857
www.fda.gov

Issues regarding claims made by the Church of Scientology regarding health issues and programs and instruments used to deal with health issues could be brought to the attention of the FDA.  Persons who have experienced adverse effects from acting upon the medical recommendations of Scientology should document their personal experiences.

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The Hon. Henry Paulson, Jr.
Secretary of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC  20220
Phone:  202-622-1100
Fax:  202-622-0000
Web:  www.ustreas.gov

The Secretary of the Treasury has responsibility for the Internal Revenue Service.  Persons with knowledge of issues involved in the granting of a tax-exempt status to the Church of Scientology in 1993 or other information regarding the financial activity of the organization or any of its front groups could direct their concerns directly to his office with a copy to

Acting Director Linda Stiff
Internal Revenue Service
1111Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC  20224
Phone:  202-622-9511
Email:  irs.commissioner@irs.gov

and

IRS EO Classification
Mail Code 4910DAL
1100 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX  75242
Fax:  214-413-5415
Email: eoclass@irs.gov

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The Hon. John Conyers, Chairman
House Judiciary Committee
Room 2138 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20515
Phone: 202-225-3951
Fax:  202-225-7680
Web: www.judiciary.house.gov
Email:  john.conyers@mail.house.gov/conyers

This committee should be made aware of the abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which is used by the Church of Scientology to silence critics.

The only way that our government can know that you have been hurt is for you to say “ouch”.  Contact these agencies today. Scientology will no doubt react with a campaign of their own.

To find contact information for your local Senator or Congressman go to:

http://www.senate.gov
http://www.house.gov

My Most Amazing E-Mail Ever

February 23, 2008

Wise Beard ManForget about the fact that I constantly win International lotteries and have just been too lazy so far to collect my millions.

Or the fact that relatives of beloved Nigerian politicians feel they can entrust me with their families fortunes.

This e-mail really blew me away:

Just thought I’d let you know:

My daughter came home from school last Friday 23/Feb and said that her history teacher said:

“I will not be teaching history in fifty years, but I wish I could, because I swear to you all, your living in a time when history is not just being written for nostalgic reasons as we pass through the early years of the 21st century, but children will be studying about Anonymous, Mark Bunker, Tory Magoo and the fight against Scientology for as long as we have been studying World War 2 or the hippy movement in the 60’s. Thank God for YouTube. We can actually record everything ourselves.”

My daughter actually wrote it down because she was so impressed.

Anyway, thank you Wise Beard Man & Tory for helping Anonymous and the rest of us to walk a different better path rather than bomb their web sites and stuff like that.
Yours xxxxxxx.

P.S. Just saw you singing – talented man you are.

Thanks to this family for sharing their story and to the wise college professor who I hope has tenure.

Michael Shermer Article

February 19, 2008

In a strong and provocative L. A. Times op-ed on Anonymous, Michael Shermer of the Skeptic’s Society pulls no punches.

Imagine reading this press release:

Hello, Jews. We are anonymous. Over the years, we have been watching you. Your campaigns of misinformation; suppression of dissent; your litigious nature, all of these things have caught our eye. … Anonymous has therefore decided that your organization should be destroyed. For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind — for the laughs — we shall expel you … and systematically dismantle Judaism in its present form. …

The rantings of crazed neo-Nazis, right? No. Substitute “Jews” and “Judaism” with “Scientologists” and “Church of Scientology” and you are reading from a statement issued by a group of anti-Scientologists calling themselves “Anonymous.” This statement was released Jan. 21 (read in a YouTube video by a Stephen Hawking-like computerized voice). It was followed by another on Feb. 10 that coincided with demonstrations at Scientology centers around the world at which protesters donned masks (the Guy Fawkes variety from the movie “V for Vendetta”) and waved posters that read, among other things, “Honk If You Hate Scientology.”

Again, imagine if that sign read “Honk If You Hate Jews.” How innocuous would such a protest be in that case?

And yet this latest turn against the organization founded in 1954 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard has an air of farcical comedy to it. Why? Why aren’t civil rights organizations and anti-hate-speech activists pouncing on these protesters? The reason, I suspect, is that most of us do not consider Scientology a religion, at least not a religion that resembles in the slightest the world’s major faiths.

Be sure to read Michael’s full op-ed piece and visit his important website from the Skeptic’s Society.

Death of Shawn Lonsdale

February 19, 2008

The St. Petersburg Times reports today on the apparent suicide of Scientology critic Shawn Lonsdale.

It was a lonely end for a man who emerged out of nowhere in 2006 as a thorn in the side of the Church of Scientology.

For a few months in mid to late 2006, Lonsdale stood alone in downtown Clearwater beside a sandwich board that read “Cult Watch” in the heart of Scientology’s religious headquarters.

Videocamera in hand, he taped hours and hours of footage: Scientology buildings, church staffers walking the streets, security guards watching his movements and verbal confrontations with Scientologists. He then edited them into a “pseudo-documentary” about Scientology that eventually aired on local cable television.

Lonsdale, who was never a Scientologist, was an odd nemesis. He had no connection to the church before arguing with a Scientologist over redevelopment issues at a Clearwater City Council meeting.