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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 15:49

20 reasons the Church of Scientology is a cult and a fraud

Reprinted from the Underground Bunker

By Jeffrey Augustine

1. Cult: The hallmark of a cult is that one person — the cult leader — has all the power and complete control of the money. David Miscavige is a cult leader who has all the power and complete control of the money. This was true of founder L. Ron Hubbard when he was alive.

2. Cult: There are no internal checks and balances on David Miscavige’s power.

3. Fraud: David Miscavige was never elected by Scientologists to lead the Church of Scientology. Rather, Miscavige is a dictator who clawed his way to power in a series of purges.

4. Fraud: The form of Church governance represented to the IRS in Scientology’s 1023 application was a fraud. The Scientology boards and directors represented to the IRS are rubber stamps without any actual power.

5. Cult and Fraud: Scientology is a cult and a fraud because it lies to its own members and to the public about L. Ron Hubbard. See: 25 of the biggest lies told by L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology.

6. Cult and Fraud: The Church of Scientology runs an intelligence-gathering and Fair Game operation called the Office of Special Affairs (OSA). The purpose of OSA is to attack perceived Church enemies and engage in character assassination, smears, and to get people fired from their jobs. Because OSA is funded with tax exempt dollars it is a fraud upon the governments and taxpayers of all nations where OSA operates.

7. Fraud: The Sea Org is a fraud on its face because it does not actually exist. Per David Miscavige’s attorney Wallace Jefferson in his 2014 Writ of Mandamus, the Sea Org cannot have any members or volunteers and has no physical or legal existence:

“Plaintiff asserts that Mr. Miscavige exercised control because he leads the Sea Organization, a religious order within Scientology. But the ‘Sea Org’ is not a corporate entity; it has no physical or legal existence. It is not incorporated or established pursuant to legal formalities. It has no constitution, charter or bylaws, and no formal or informal ecclesiastical, corporate, or other management structure. It has no directors, officers, managing agents, or other executives; no employees, staff members, or volunteers; no income; no disbursements, no bank accounts or other assets; no liabilities; no stationery; no office, home, address, or telephone number. It does not create or maintain any financial, personnel, or other records. It can neither give nor receive orders because it has no one to either give or receive them or to carry them out. It cannot sue or be sued.”

8. Fraud: While David Miscavige’s attorney Wallace Jefferson states in the quote above that the Sea Org can have no volunteers, , the official Scientology.org website section “What is the Sea Org?” states that Sea Org members are volunteers:

As volunteers and members of a religious order, Sea Organization members work long hours and live communally with housing, meals, uniforms, medical and dental care, transport and all expenses associated with their duties provided by the Church. They also receive an allowance to purchase personal items, as all of their other expenses are fully covered by the Church.

The Sea Org is one of the most heinous frauds in the Church of Scientology, for even Sea Org members are lied to by the Church about the SO’s legal non-existence.

9. Fraud: Given that the Sea Org does not exist in any way whatsoever, the term “Sea Org” is just a phrase used to mislead, deceive, and con people into working for the Church of Scientology without being called employees, thus depriving these people to their rights to minimum wage, overtime, healthcare insurance, the right to sue their employer, or any other worker protections.

10. Fraud: Scientologists and Scientology attorneys lie to the public about Church membership and growth. Scientology does not have millions of members. No independent third party has ever been allowed to audit Scientology membership records. The declining membership is demonstrable in numerous empirical terms: To choose just one, shrinking attendance at Church events, calling for the renting of smaller venues. In Los Angeles, the downgrade from the LA Shrine Auditoroum (capacity 6,300) to the Kodak Center (capacity 3,332) is instructive.

11. Cult and Fraud: The Church of Scientology video records all auditing sessions. This is allegedly done for training purposes. However, the confidential contents of auditing sessions are routinely used by OSA to attack, slander, defame, and embarrass Scientologists who leave the Church and speak out against the abuses of Scientology.

12. Cult: The Church of Scientology teaches its members to lie when needed in order to protect the Church.

13. Cult: The Church of Scientology puts its own members through brutal interrogations called security checks, or “sec checks.”

14. Cult: The Church of Scientology breaks up families and friendships through its brutal policy of Disconnection. (A couple of recent examples — Sara Goldberg and Sylvia DeWall.)

15. Cult: The Church of Scientology indoctrinates and controls its own members through a program of isolation, thought-stopping, mind control, milieu control, and propaganda.

16. Fraud: In exchange for money, the Church of Scientology has long promised its members miraculous spiritual powers it cannot actually deliver.

17. Cult: The Church of Scientology makes its members sign an unconscionable contract which allows the Church to kidnap them and hold them against their will if they are deemed “Type III” (psychotic) by the Church. This “kidnap contract” was put in place after the negligent death of Scientologist Lisa McPherson.

18. Fraud: The Church of Scientology raises money for a David Miscavige slush fund called the International Association of Scientologists. Under IRS rules, IAS donations are “undesignated” and can be spent for anything Miscavige sees fit. IAS donations can fund Fair Game campaigns, lawyers, and private investigators. The fraud here is that IAS monies are not spent in the public benefit. To cement the IAS fraud, Scientology makes its members sign a contract stating that all donations to the IAS are nonrefundable.

19. Fraud: The Church of Scientology raises money from its members for the purchase of unneeded buildings it calls “Ideal Orgs.” These largely empty buildings are tax free real estate purchases.

20. Fraud: The Church of Scientology offers no financial transparency whatsoever to its members or the public. Indeed, it was the Underground Bunker that broke the story of the IRS records showing a Church book value of $1.5 billion.

 

 
Marc Headley: Scientology, Technology, and the Internet PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 09:25

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Marc Headley discusses Scientology, the internet, and technology with your host Jeffrey Augustine.

Marc Headley is the author of Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology.

 
Marty Rathbun and Claire Headley on Investigation Discovery PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 16 April 2015 19:37

Marty Rathbun and Claire Headley on Investigation Discovery

ID Crime Feed Interview with Marty

 

 
Alex Gibney Op Ed Piece in Los Angeles TImes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Sunday, 12 April 2015 01:20

Kim Christensen's L.A. Times exclusive on the two PI's who followed David Miscavige's father for 18 months -- and this while making $10,000 per week for doing so -- was a blockbuster story that went viral.

On the heels of this exclusive, the L.A. Times has now published an Op Ed piece wriitten by Alex Gibney: 'Going Clear' filmmaker: Scientology abuses its tax-exempt status.

In his Op-Ed piece Gibney describes the blatant Scientlogy harassment he encountered while launching Going Clear. This harrassment was paid for by Scientology using 501(c)(3) tax exempt dollars. 

Gibeny cites the core issue concerning the Church of Scientology's decades-long abuse of its tax exempt status:

It appears that many church activities may have been either illegal or in violation of public policy. Numerous lawsuits, my film, other media accounts and an abandoned FBI investigation have turned up allegations of false imprisonment, human trafficking, wiretaps, assault, harassment and invasion of privacy. And the church doctrine of "disconnection," in which members are forced to "disconnect" from anyone critical of the church, seems cruelly at odds with any reasonable definition of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Gibney then calls for decisive action:

A proper criminal investigation that followed the money — a virtual river of cash from tax-exempt donations and fees — could sort out some of these issues. Or a congressional subcommittee investigation could force Miscavige — who was unwilling to answer questions for Wright's book or the film — to testify under oath about allegations of abuse.

Even as the call for the IRS to reexamine Scientology's 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is growing, the Church of Scientology continues to engage in the same brutal, inhuman, and unconsciosable activities.

Scientology is a lawless group operating on, and beyond, the margins of the law.

It is time for the IRS, Congress, and the DoJ to reign in this lawless organization and stop its abuses. One place to begin is by revoking the Church of Scientology's tax exemption based upon illegality and violations of public policy.

More on illegality and public policy at the Scientology Money Project.

 
HBO CEO Richard Pepler: No Lawsuits from Scientology PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 10 April 2015 16:42

MSN interview with HBO CEO Richard Pepler who says there have been no lawsuits from Scientolgy as a result of Going Clear.

CEO Pepler is out in front of the cameras leading, speaking, and standing behind what HBO is and does. Pepler defends Lawrence Wright's book and Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear.

Pepler is doing what a CEO is supposed to do: Lead, inspire, and build the brand name.

Where is David Miscavige? Why isn't he leading, speaking, or defending his organization? Miscavige and Scientology don't even have a spokesperson. Sceintology is an organization in crisis with a leader whose reputation is radioactive. Indeed, Miscavige was just exposed for spending Church money to spy on his own father. "Let him die!" Miscavige said to a PI when informed that his father appeared to be having a heart attack.

Click on the image to be taken to the video at MSN:

 
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