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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Smurf » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:41 pm

Sponge wrote:The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
by Tony Ortega, Village voice 17th August 2010
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
This is a great choice. Trey & Matt haven't been afraid to tackle cults and religion in their comedic satire.

Their "Book of Mormon" play on Broadway has become one of the highest-grossing productions of all time & tickets for the play have been sold out a month in advance. Here's an excerpt of the play...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N89Vp_WR5kM

They turn the LDS on it's ear at 1:41 when the missionaries are told they have to return home because they failed in their North Uganda missions... the squeaky-clean, devout Elder Price.. "We are still Latter Day Saints - all of us guys - whether we change some things, break the rules, or we have complete doubt that God exists - it doesn't change who we are." LOL.
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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:54 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 19: The Squirrel Busters
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 19th August 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)

​The "Squirrel Busters" came on the scene only recently, but the persistent goon squad has quickly made a big impact on Scientology watching.

We first wrote about the Busters when they showed up at the doorstep of Marty Rathbun's house with cameras strapped to their heads. They were also wearing sky blue T-shirts with an emblem of a squirrel with the head of Rathbun, crossed out. Since then, they've provided us with one bizarre episode after another as they've turned a cul-de-sac in south Texas into a battle zone, besieging Rathbun, his wife, and their neighbors.

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OCMB Squirrel Busters media mega thread,..
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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:35 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 18: Amy Scobee
by Tony Otega, Village Voice 22nd Agust 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#18: Amy Scobee

Amy Scobee was among several longtime Scientologists who not only left the organization, but then helped change the conversation about it.

Scobee, like several other recent defectors, had worked closely with Scientology leader David Miscavige. And as a group, these former executives came forward to tell the world how bizarre and awful it was to work for a leader so irrational, impulsive, and violent. Since Scobee and others came forward in the landmark 2009 St. Pete Times series, "The Truth Rundown," a new picture of Miscavige and Scientology has emerged, one that is focused on the abuses of an organization rotting from its apex.


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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:13 pm

XenuTV has a blog entry about the Top 25 people crippling scientology list.....
Posted 21st August 2011
http://www.xenutv.com/blog/?p=5356

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:29 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 17: Jefferson Hawkins
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice 24th August 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#17: Jefferson Hawkins

​Last year, Jeff Hawkins sent me a copy of his book, Counterfeit Dreams, and I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much. I really didn't know about Hawkins' more than 30 years in Scientology, and had no idea what he had done for the organization.

Now, after reading the book, it's difficult to think about Scientology's amazing expansion in the 1980s without thinking of Jeff Hawkins.

In Counterfeit Dreams, Hawkins skillfully narrates his journey as he went from an eager young joiner learning how to produce church publications during Scientology's hippie days in the late '60s, to becoming Scientology's marketing architect during the greatest period of its expansion.

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:48 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 16: Marc Headley
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 26th August 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#16: Marc and Claire Headley


​Marc Headley and his wife Claire come up several times in the pages of Janet Reitman's book, Inside Scientology. The young couple met while working in the Sea Org at Scientology's secretive desert headquarters near Hemet, California. They were not Even though they achieved high-ranking positions in the organization, they endured stark and primitive conditons as two of the many nameless Sea Org drones who work so very hard. Reitman captures the drama of their meeting and marriage, the dread Claire felt when she realized she was pregnant even though Sea Org members were not allowed to have children, and the devastation Claire felt as she aborted two pregnancies knowing that not to do so would mean she'd be separated from her husband.

​Eventually, they escaped from that life, and Marc went on to start a lucrative business in Los Angeles (which he recently sold -- the couple now lives with their two children in Colorado). But what really puts Marc on this list is what he did once he got out of Scientology -- he didn't let well enough alone. Headley knew that he possessed crucial, damning information about Scientology:

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:28 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 15: Andreas Heldal-Lund
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice 29th august 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php?
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)

​Andreas Heldal-Lund was not the first person to provide information critical of Scientology on the Internet, and he was not the only one who fought attempts by the church to have his website taken down. But for many years, Heldal-Lund's "Operation Clambake" has been among Scientology's biggest Internet headaches around the world. A Norwegian computer engineer who became interested in a local Scientology court case in 1996, Heldal-Lund quickly came to symbolize the free-speech fight that was galvanizing Internet activism against Scientology and its heavy-handed methods. As his website grew to be an enormously comprehensive depository of information about the church, Scientology targeted it and Heldal-Lund with retaliation. In liberal Norway, however, they found it tough slogging.

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incudes mentions of:

Jeff Jacobsen
Bob Minton
Ida Camburn
Kristi Wachter
Rick Ross
Zenon Panoussis
Karin Spaink
Chris Owen
Tilman Hausherr
David Gerard
Ron Newman
Rod Keller
Scott Goehring
Grady Ward
Keith Henson
Xenubarb

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Don Carlo » Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:30 pm

Tony O., check out this 2008 video tribute to some of your "top 25" critics, with stunning Anonymous flags and picketers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcoenAsj0Ao

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by MitsuToo » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:05 am

This list keeps getting better and better. Still 14 entries to go. Who will be number 1???
Congrats ANdreas for making the list. :)

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Just Bill » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:10 am

MitsuToo wrote:This list keeps getting better and better. Still 14 entries to go. Who will be number 1???
Congrats ANdreas for making the list. :)
Who is the top person crippling Scientology? Why L. Ron Hubbard, of course!

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:19 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 14: Tory Christman
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 31st Augut 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...


The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)

​Tory Christman was once such a dedicated Scientologist, she called herself "Queen of the OSA volunteers." She was so determined to help out the Office of Special Affairs -- Scientology's intelligence and covert operations wing -- she went online to do battle with the church's critics. But in the year 2000, the skirmishes being waged at the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology were fierce and frenetic -- how would she be able to make a dent? Her strategy was to post relentlessly, day and night, and under the moniker "Magoo." She wrote so often, defending Scientology by making vicious attacks on its critics, other users of a.r.s came to believe that Magoo was really a team of OSA employees working around the clock.

The truth finally came out in spectacular fashion, when on July 20, 2000, Tory announced to the world her real identity, and that she was abandoning Scientology. It turned out that while she was doing battle with church critics, their arguments had begun to give her doubts, and a caring overture by Andreas Heldal-Lund made her question her deepest beliefs. Tory's defection seemed to symbolize the dire threat a connected world posed to an organization built on secrecy and control.

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Also includes....

Larry Anderson
Gerry Armstrong
Jon Atack
Chuck Beatty
Maureen Bolstad
Larry Brennan
Laura DeCrescenzo
Will and Scarlett De Boer
Karen De La Carriere
Tom De Vocht
Dennis Erlich
Michael Fairman
Dan Garvin
Paul Haggis
Joe Harrington
Arnie Lerma
Brian Mandigo
Nancy Many
Jenna Miscavige Hill
Patty Moher
Frank Oliver
Jesse Prince
Aaron Saxton and "The Australian 7" we're including with thanks from Aussie journalist Bryan Seymour. Saxton, Kevin Mackey, Paul Schofield, Carmel and Tim Underwood, and Anna and Dean Detheridge.
Margery Wakefield
Larry Wollersheim
Astra Woodcraft
Kendra Wiseman
Zoe Woodcraft
Lawrence Woodcraft
Robert Vaughn Young

Update: Bent Corydon, David Love, and "Emma" of the ESMB have also been added to the list of mentions.

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:21 pm

The latest top 25 entry for Tory gets a mention on Daytime Confidential due to the inclusion of ex-church scientologist actor Michael Fairman ...

http://daytimeconfidential.zap2it.com/2 ... e-cripplin

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:45 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 13: Janet Reitman
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 2nd Sept 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)

​Janet Reitman didn't set out to cripple Scientology. She wanted to give it a fair shake. As she's made clear in interviews with the Voice and many other publications, she took on the assignment of learning about Scientology with more than an open mind: she was determined to see things from the church's perspective. So she walked into the New York org one day after her editors at Rolling Stone asked her to learn about it, and that first day, she wondered what all the fuss was about. These seemed like normal folks who wanted to help.

As her investigations guided her first to a Rolling Stone piece in 2006 and then, earlier this year, her book Inside Scientology, Reitman examined the controversies surrounding L. Ron Hubbard and his church, but she repeatedly looked for opportunities to show how things looked from inside the organization. She wanted her book to be the first comprehensive and really objective narration of Scientology history written by a journalist.

She succeeded beautifully. A bestseller, Inside Scientology is a compelling introduction to the unusual church, something the field of Scientology watching has desperately needed for a long time. It could be argued that no journalist has given Scientology a better portrayal, has so generously praised Hubbard for his charisma and skills as a master planner, and has worked so hard to understand young church members who are optimistic about Scientology's future.

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Other journalist/author mentions include...
Paulette Cooper
John Sweeney
Bryan Seymour
Richard Leiby
Lawrence Wright
Jonny Jacobsen
John Cook
Mark Ebner
Roger Friedman
Nathan Baca
Russell Miller
Richard Behar
Joel Sappell and Robert Welkos
Mark Collette
Mitch Perry
Daniel Miller
Hunter Walker

Update: Nanette Asimov of the San Francisco Chronicle has alos been added to the list of mentions.

Janet Reitman's web site: http://www.janetreitman.com
OCMB book media/review thread for Inside Scientology: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=32938

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:28 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 12: Tommy Davis
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice. 5th Sept 2011
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)

​Scientology leader David Miscavige's iron grip on the organization has led to an exodus among Scientology's upper ranks over the last decade, greatly diminishing the pool of executives to choose from.

The leading remaining Miscavige loyalist is undoubtedly on-again-off-again spokesman Tommy Davis, who is the son of Scientologist actress Anne Archer. Scientology mouthpieces never have it easy, as they're constantly being called upon to defend or deny indefensible policies like disconnection, or handling questions about galactic overlord Xenu, whether or not they've been exposed to the Xenu material by reaching the level of OT III. Scientology spokespersons have almost always conveyed an elitist, disdainful air -- precisely the opposite most organizations want their public faces to communicate. But Davis has taken the role of disastrous public spokesman to catastrophic new levels.

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With additional mentions of:

Jan Eastgate
Bennetta Slaughter
Pat Harney
Jessica Feshbach
Denise Miscavige-Covington-Licciardi-Gentile
John Carmichael
Freedom Magazine

Update: Karin Pouw has also been added to the list of mentions.

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Re: The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

Post by Sponge » Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:59 pm

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 11: Nick Xenophon
by Tony Ortega, Village Voice
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... tology.php
On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)

​Nearly five years ago, Nick Xenophon, the independent federal senator from the state of South Australia, was discussing a story with Seven Network journalist Bryan Seymour when the topic turned to Scientology. Seymour says that Xenophon expressed some concern about the tax breaks given to Scientology, and said he was going to look into it further.

Boy, did he. In November, 2009, Xenophon stood up in Australia's federal Parliament at the capital, Canberra, and detailed the shocking stories of several Australian ex-Scientologists. He made a declaration that day in Parliament that is still ringing in the ears of Scientology watchers Down Under: "Scientology is not a religion. It is a criminal organization that hides behind its so-called religious beliefs." Two years later, Scientology in Australia is battered and bruised, and a government decision coming in the next couple of weeks could bankrupt the church there.

I asked Seymour, who has closely followed Xenophon's moves since that first conversation five years ago, to describe the senator's progress there...

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Also, with mentions of....

Ursula Caberta
Gabe Cazares
And ....
Jeff Stone (lol)
Sharron Angle (lololol)
Lee Baca (lololololol)

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