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    The infamous OT3 material. Costs roughly $8k to take this course. And if you can't do what it claims you should be able to at the end of the course, you must take it again for....surprise, surprise!!...another $8k. Here's a video based on an accounting from an ex-member.


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    This is the dude that Jenna Elfman and her husband, Bodhi, went ballistic on. He's got the t-shirt in question on in the photo.



    The story about this t-shirt and his run in with Jenna and Bodhi Elfman.

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    i just spent about 45 minutes reading up on scientology and now i'm scared to go to bed.
    It basically comes down to that word: love. I guess that's what it's all about.

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    I know this isn't The Scandal Sheet, but it does have to do with Scientology's biggest wing ding, Tom Cruise. A lot of people believe that when Tom divorced Nicole Kidman that she was labeled a suppressed person by the church. I believe that even though they both had joint custody of their kids, they stayed away from Kidman because of this. According to some in the church and outside the church, their daughter, Isabella, is now living with Kidman in Nashville and her brother, Connor, wants to move there as well. The church declared the parents of some of the kids' closest friends SPs and were thus barred from seeing them again. I bet Tom wouldn't disconnect with his kids and probably would never be asked to by David Miscavige, the church's leader and Tom's best friend.

    Gossipy, yes. True? Probably and I wouldn't be surprised at all.
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    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...145114448.html

    For most people, an extended stay aboard a luxury cruise liner sounds like a dream vacation.
    But Valeska Paris says she was held against her will aboard the Scientology cruise ship "Freewinds" for more than a decade. During her stay on the vessel, she alleges, she was forced into hard labor and never allowed to leave the ship without an escort.
    In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC News) Lateline program, Paris claims that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 18 in order to prevent her family from pulling her out of the organization.
    "I was basically hauled in and told that my mum had attacked the church and that I needed to disconnect from her because she was suppressive," she said. "He decided the ship, and I found out two hours before my plane left, I was woken up in the morning and I was sent to the ship for 'two weeks.' "
    Paris was born into a Scientology family, but her mother quit the group after her husband committed suicide, blaming Scientology for coercing him out of a self-made personal fortune of more than a million dollars...
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    OMG.

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    How does she prove something like this? Is it going to be a huge case of "she said/they said"? I feel so badly for her... I can't even begin to imagine what it was like
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    Something like this is NOT an isolated incident inside Scientology. I read case after case of harrowing escapes that members made to escape this cult. They never met a civil right they wouldn't trample upon in the name of money.

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    Yeah, there are many similar stories out there, sadly. One of the women who put up the ScientologyKids website says not only was she basically forced into slave labor as a teenager in the SeaOrg, but she was also forced to have abortions.

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    Forced abortions are highly common in the SeaOrg. And if a woman refuses to get one, she is forced to perform heavy labor with the goal being miscarriage. I'm sure people read this and ask themselves, "How can anyone be forced to do this shit?" When a person is brain washed, their families cut out of their lives along with friends, they will allow this to happen to themselves that other non-Scientologists wouldn't.

    ETA: In Andrew Morton's book on Scientology, he put the case forward that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's two children were two babies that SeaOrg women refused to abort and were promptly adopted at birth. Scientology is extremely sue happy. Tom is also famous for filing $100 million law suits, especially against people or tabloids that claim he is gay and/or impotent. There were no mega millions law suits filed against Andrew Morton or Janet Reitman by the "church" or Cruise. Janet's is much more anchored in research than Morton's, IMHO. I think she wrote the ultimate critical bomb against this cult. Paul Haggis, is also writing a critical book based on his decades in the cult. The problem this cult repeatedly runs into is that for all its psychopathic need to control everyone in the cult, the publicity and public knowledge, they can not control what appears on the Internet. That is one form of free speech that they can not trample. They have tried and found little success. People aren't afraid of them anymore. Picketers are protected from their abusive tactics when they report the Scientologists attempting to prevent them from picketing in public places. There are lots of videos on youtube of this scenario unfolding.

    Scientology even had an Internet filter created for followers to use on their home computers. The cult demands that their followers stay off the Internet but if they must use it, they are required to use this stupid little filter, which supposedly blocks critical sites. The problem is, that's as realistic as me believing a giant pink pig will fly into my office in the next ten seconds and deliver me a million dollar check. The Reitman book interviewed members that removed the filter and read sites like xenu.com and Operation Clambake and sites that dedicated to members lucky enough to have made it out. The ones who read the public information and stories for themselves left. Some thought it was just propaganda. With groups like Anonymous stirring up shit, I expect more and more of them to clear the fog from their minds and come back to live again on planet earth. The cult loves to flaunt itself as the fastest growing religion in the world, which is patently false. The truth is, members are leaving in droves. The church is in an era of losing members faster than they can recruit them. One conclusion that Janet Reitman asserts in her book is that the the church is on a tremendous decline and could possibly become non-existent in the years to come because of Internet/media exposure.
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    ^ One of their biggest orgs (an 'ideal org') in NYC has seen rapid decline. Not only did they stop hosting major events, but some sort of debt consolidator/lawyer person got in touch with a protester who was mistaken for a Scientologist via email with an extensive list of of liens, warrants and debts that have made it to court they had incurred in the last 3 years with the proposition to help them out of it. All of this stuff was public record, but it's quite a long list when it's all piled up.
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    Could Belgium Bring Down Scientology?
    Scientologists may be facing their most daunting court case yet, and all it took was for someone to stop calling them a cult. After a years long legal battle, federal prosecutors in Belgium now believe their investigation is complete enough to charge the Church of Scientology and its leaders as a criminal organization on charges of extortion, fraud, privacy breaches, and the illegal practice of medicine. "The decision follows years of investigation that was triggered by a complaint by the Labour Mediation Service in the Brussels Region. Labour mediators were unhappy with a number of labour contracts," reads the report from Flanders News. "The matter ended up on the desk of examining magistrate Michel Claise, who ordered raids on Church of Scientology premises in 2008. During the raids police managed to seize a wealth of evidence," they add. And (with the help of Google translate) Belgian newspapers De Tijd and L'Echo are both reporting that the Belgian federal attorney is now seeking prosecution.

    Multiple reports and the group's legal history point to one key factor here: The Belgian government won't charge Scientology for being a cult — authorities are focusing on prosecuting it as a criminal organization. Which is a new twist, as most of the group's many court battles over the years have focused on establishing its legitimacy as a religion. Scientology's well-funded legal team engaged in expensive cases like the one against against Time in 1991 and won its battle with the Cult Awareness Network in 1996, but the Belgian authorities have been battling Scientologists since 2007, when the country tried to label the group with cult status in a move that even received blowback from the U.S. State Department.

    The Church of Scientology houses its European headquarters in Brussels, so a ban in Belgium could be crippling to the group — and authorities there seem to know it. One of the more similar recent cases against came in 2009, when the French chapter of Scientology was convicted of fraud by a Paris court and fined nearly $900,000. "But the judges did not ban the church entirely, as the prosecution had demanded, saying that a change in the law prevented such an action for fraud," reported The New York Times's Steven Erlanger. So the French chapter got saved by a legal wrinkle, but the Belgian prosecutors don't appear to be backing down.

    Neither the federal prosecution nor the Church of Scientology have made public comments since word of the impending charges surfaced early Friday.

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    Scientology 'Alien Space Cathedral' Reportedly Revealed In New Mexico



    In the New Mexico desert lies an allegedly secret Scientology installation that includes a huge message for extraterrestrials -- a crop circle-type design that can only easily be seen from high above the ground.

    That's among the allegations set forth by BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney in a new book, "Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology," reports the New York Daily News.

    The controversial Church of Scientology -- which boasts celebrity members Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and Juliette Lewis -- was founded in 1952 by writer L. Ron Hubbard, and promotes the concept that humans are immortal beings with reincarnated souls.

    In his book, excerpted in The Sun, Sweeney writes that the two huge interlocking circles -- each of which has a large diamond shape inside -- were created as markers to guide special Scientologists "returning from space to find Mr. Hubbard's works after a nuclear Armageddon wipes out humanity."

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    Their message is "two boobs converging?"

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    With diamond nipples?

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