Scientology Civil War - Media Reports


Type4 You ROCK! Great job and please do keep adding the links people post here to the lists in the first few post as ya know how quickly they get buried! It'll keep things in a nice, easy package, hmm, maybe keep organized in a date-line? (ie. date latest and list from newest down?), dunno, you've done an excellent job~

Muchos kudos & gratcia!


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mrinder | January 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply

Proof of the pudding. Tony Ortega just noted this on Facebook:

Top four searches at right now: 1. scientology 2. is scientology imploding? 3. Scientology 4. scientology news


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I'm re-posting Gottabrain's comment from the Mega-thread over to here.
(emphasis added by me) :coolwink:

This Debbie Cook thing is an unprecedented media blitz for us.

We all should be posting comments like mad on the articles about the scamming and other atrocities at the Cult. Those articles and comments will come up on Google searches forever, and the OSAbots aren't even keeping up with our comments.... there just aren't enough Scns to do it.

Love it.

Do it! :thumbsup::biggrin:


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Prayers and paranoia
Barney Zwartz
January 7, 2012

Read more:

By Hugh B. Urban
Princeton University Press, $41.95

JOURNALISTS tend to be hostile towards Scientology, whereas academics tend to be sympathetic, Hugh B.
Urban suggests in this calm and balanced study of Scientology's rise in the US. Journalists attack the church as either a cynical, money-driven business or a dangerous cult of mind control, whereas many academics, trusting in church spokespeople, ''bend over backwards'' to present it positively.

Read more:

New Zealand Herald
'Money first' claim opens schism in Scientology
By Guy Adams
5:30 AM Saturday Jan 7, 2012
A simmering conflict at the Church of Scientology has been made spectacularly public after a former member of the organisation's clergy circulated a letter severely criticising the management style and financial policies of its current leader, David Miscavige......
Scientology Leaders Allegedly Tortured Whistleblower
by Liz Langley Published: January 06, 2012
Being stuck in the desert with other Scientologists wasn't torture enough.
This is one of those things you read and think “What the fuck? This can’t be true.” Village Voice’s editor-in-chief Tony Ortega reported Wednesday on the alleged ritualistic humiliation and assault of alleged homosexuals in the Scientology community, specifically of former Church of Scientology executive Debbie Cook. Cook recently wrote an email denouncing the fund-raising practices of the church’s current leadership, says the International Business Times.

But Ortega’s story is much more disturbing. Homophobia is a well-known aspect of Scientology, Ortega writes, and founder L. Ron Hubbard called it a “perversion” in “Dianetics,” the book on which the church is founded. Ortega quotes the blog of Marty Rathbun, a former Scientology executive, about what happened to Cook when she tried to intervene on behalf of two members who had been beaten by other “prisoners” in a desert location known as “The Hole” in order to get them to confess to a homosexual relationship. The other prisoners decided “Debbie must be a lesbo.”

Rathburn writes, “For the next twelve hours Debbie was made to stand in a large garbage can and face one hundred people screaming at her demanding a confession as to her ‘homosexual tendancies’. While this was going on water was poured over her head. Signs were put around Debbie’s neck, one marked in magic marker ‘LESBO’ while this torture proceeded. Debbie was repeatedly slapped across the face by other women in the room during the interrogation. Debbie never did break.”
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Former Scientology executive sends email critical of Scientology to 12,000 members, claims church is hoarding over $1 billion
...The Church of Scientology has been dismissive of Cook's email, characterizing her as a "disgruntled defector" whose views are inconsistent with the majority of church members. The church has also reportedly called her a heretic....
Scientology in Turmoil: Debbie Cook's E-Mail, Annotated
By Tony Ortega Fri., Jan. 6 2012 at 3:17 PM
​Since news broke Sunday of Debbie Cook's stunning e-mail, sent to thousands of her fellow Scientologists, word of a serious rift inside the church has been appearing in many news outlets, particularly in Europe. In the meantime, we provided additional depth and context about Debbie Cook, her career, and her salvo against church leader David Miscavige.

This morning, the Cook story showed up on ABC's Good Morning America. We couldn't help noticing that the editing on it was a bit strange, and it leads us to think it was only part of a larger segment -- perhaps something that's going to play tonight on Nightline?

If so, that means a whole group of new folks may be coming to this story, and we figure they're going to have a lot of questions about who this Debbie Cook is and what her e-mail is all about. (And plenty more will wonder, "What is Scientology?")

So this afternoon, we've put together an annotated version of Debbie's e-mail, and we hope it helps you navigate this pretty shocking story about Scientology's internal crisis.......
January 6, 2012 By God Discussion Reporter
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Ugly Feud Erupts Among Scientologists
Organization 'obsessed with fundraising,' disgruntled member says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2012 3:59 AM CST

A leading Scientologist is attempting to spark a revolt against chief David Miscavige, who has led the organization since the death of L. Ron Hubbard 26 years ago. Miscavige has ignored the teaching of L. Ron Hubbard and turned Scientology into a fundraising machine that bleeds wealthy members dry to construct lavish buildings and stockpile more than $1 billion in cash, Debra Cook wrote in an email to more than 12,000
current and former Scientologists. ....

The Daily Maverick
South Africa
Internal row shakes Scientology
It is unusual for a member of the Church of Scientology to break ranks and criticise practices and church leaders. This week one of its most senior members sent out a mass email to members, later leaked to the media, accusing Scientology leader David Miscavige of amassing more than $1-billion by forcing members to raise funds in the church’s name. By REBECCA DAVIS.

Debbie Cook is no longer a member of the Scientology executive, but for many years headed up the church in Clearwater, Florida. In an email sent out on 1 January to 12,000 Scientology members, Cook accused controversial Scientology head David Miscavige of twisting L Ron Hubbard’s teachings to force members to raise money not used for any church programmes. She also criticised Scientology’s lavish headquarters and pointed out that the vast sums members are required to pay to progress within the organisation are at odds with Hubbard’s original decree that no Scientologist should have to pay more than a lifetime fee of $75.

The email was originally leaked to the Village Voice, but subsequently removed at Cook’s request, though it is still available on a disillusioned ex-Scientologist’s blog.

The church has dismissed Cook’s concerns as reflecting “a small, ignorant and unenlightened view of the world of Scientology today”. Spokeswoman Karin Pouw also referred to Cook as a “squirrel”, explaining “a squirrel is someone who alters the Scripture”.

The spat looks set to have an impact that may extend beyond Scientology’s internal structures. On Tuesday night the Tamba Bay Times published an editorial calling for the US Internal Revenue Service to investigate the church. It also suggested that congress consider “more openness about the finances of religious organisations”. Debbie Cook might want to start sleeping with one eye open. DM

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Janet Reitman has written an excellent article on Debbie Cook:

Scientology Insider Emails Attack on Church Finances
Jan 7, 2012 12:00 AM EST

These stories may seem peripheral, yet they speak to a far larger theme within Scientology, which demands that its members, and particularly its officials, protect the church at any cost. Cook was an exemplary soldier in this cause. This is why her email is shocking for Scientology-watchers, and threatening for the Church of Scientology itself.

Scientology's response to Cook's allegations has been to write her off as yet one more “disgruntled defector” who was never the insider she claims, according to spokeswoman Karin Pouw. This, Scientology's standard response, is part of an overall policy to discredit critics, known as “dead agenting.” This same policy has been applied to reporters for decades. Coupled with an even harsher policy of harassment, known as Fair Game, it has dissuaded many from investigating the church.

In the past few years, a tremendous amount of previously unknown information about Scientology has been made public, thanks to the bravery of former church officials who have posted their stories online, as well as to the doggedness of journalist colleagues like Tom Tobin and Joe Childs at the Tampa Bay Times, Tony Ortega at The Village Voice, and Lawrence Wright at The New Yorker. My investigations into the church began with a 2006 article that I wrote for Rolling Stone, and culminated with my book last year.

Given how much is out there about Scientology, its most recent denigration of Cook, like its denigration of those who have come before her, rings hollow. And so does any defense of policies that have been exposed as bankrupt and in need of change.