Cruise post-Cruz was apparently tired of having ... ecclesiastical pillow fights interfere with his sex life: he needed a devout Scientologist to sleep with. Thus began an elaborate auditioning process ... to find him a drop-dead-beautiful true believer to share his life
charts the rise—and fall—of a celebrity marriage. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim
on Sep 28, 2012 -
The anchor of the printing plant is a custom-built 121-ton web press. ... It prints at a rate of 55,000 pages per hour. ... The mailing system is fully automated and is capable of addressing 150,000 pieces every eight hours. The entire shipping line is capable of shipping better than 500,000 boxes and individual items each week. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 2, 2011 -
For the first time ever, a look inside the most secure room in the world. Not Disney's Club 33
. Not the White House Situation Room
or the Gold Vault
at Fort Knox. Welcome to the OT VIII Course Room
aboard the Church of Scientology's flagship MV Freewinds
. This room is the only place (on this planet at least) where you can read an authorized copy of Scientology's highest level.
posted by scalefree
on May 7, 2010 -
Magician, actor & Scientologist Larry Anderson wants his money back
. Although he had modest success in Hollywood, he was known to millions as the narrator of Scientology's introductory film Orientation; certainly his most famous line was said for that movie:
"If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice."Listen in
as Larry negotiates with Church officials to recover $120,000 he deposited with the church in anticipation of receiving services from it.
In related news, Adams County, CO DA is charging Scientology OT7 Rev. Rex Fowler
, owner of Scientology-run Fowler Software with murder and attempted murder for shooting ex-partner Tommy Ciancio three times in the head as he attempted to collect his severance pay, then turning the gun on himself, firing one shot up through his chin. Authorities initially believed Fowler was the victim
based on witness testimony, but forensics showed that Ciancio could not have fired the three shots that killed him.
posted by scalefree
on Jan 26, 2010 -
More than 1,000 unreleased recordings of lectures by L. Ron Hubbard and reams of corresponding writings have been unveiled in the culmination of a 25-year project to locate, restore and transcribe lost pieces of the Scientology founder's work. ... "It would be like discovering that Buddha, unbeknownst to anybody, had sat down and wrote down the entirety of his discoveries and it could be verified that he wrote it," said Tommy Davis, the church's top spokesman. ... They're also available for sale to members for about $7,500...
posted by Joe Beese
on Jan 8, 2010 -
The Truth Rundown:
High-ranking defectors provide an unprecedented inside look at the Church of Scientology, its leader David Miscavige, and the Lisa McPherson case. Expose from the newpaper in Clearwater, Florida, the "worldwide spiritual headquarters" of Scientology, in three parts
posted by mosessis
on Jun 24, 2009 -
A 15-year-old in London is being prosecuted
for holding a sign
calling Scientology a "cult", during a peaceful demonstration (0:55-1:40)
. The teenager refused to back down, quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a "cult" ... The City of London police came under fire two years ago when it emerged that more than 20 officers, ranging from constable to chief superintendent, had accepted gifts worth thousands of pounds from the Church of Scientology. The City of London Chief Superintendent, Kevin Hurley, praised Scientology for "raising the spiritual wealth of society" during the opening of its headquarters in 2006. Last year a video praising Scientology emerged featuring Ken Stewart, another of the City of London's chief superintendents via
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
on May 21, 2008 -
"I ask, what is his real agenda?
What is he trying to do? Is this how you treat artists? If I were another actor or filmmaker, would I work at a studio that takes one of their greatest assets and publicly does this?"
posted by wfc123
on Aug 23, 2006 -
Did Isaac Hayes really quit South Park? Last night's show
roasted Hayes for his irate departure
following the now-infamous Scientology episode (banned from the air in Tom Cruise's litigious wake
, full episode here
). In the latest episode, masters of subtlety Trey Parker and Matt Stone depict Chef as having fallen prey to an insidious cult, the "Super Adventure Club", subsequently killing him off in a manner that would make Kenny jealous. But today FoxNews reports
that Isaac Hayes has been in the hospital since Jan. 17th, following a stroke, and never issued a statement. Apparently, the Scientology Center issued it "for" him.
] [previously discussed here here
posted by mowglisambo
on Mar 23, 2006 -
There's been alot of discussion, both in the mainstream media and in a plethora of links here on MeFi, about the Christian Right's view on the issues of gay marriage and abortion. But what of
The Church of Scientology
? Well, as it turns out, they're
. But much like Christianity, there is apparently a 'moderate' Scientology as well, and at least one ex-member argues that Scientology
has no strong edicts
in regards to gay marriage. An interesting insight into how a big ticket issue is considered and debated within one of the world's major cults.
posted by Effigy2000
on Nov 21, 2005 -