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  •  Thanks for doing such a thorough debunking, Susan. (11+ / 0-)

    Between this diary and your earlier Going Clear and Church of Fear diary, you lay out a convincing case, showing all the greed and inhumanity behind Scientology's smiling public face.

    Do you believe that all of these books and news coverage point to a changing tide, and that the Church of Scientology will be dismantled anytime soon?

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 09:21:38 AM PDT

    •  The church has some serious problems right now, (14+ / 0-)

      that seem to have grown worse since Katie Holmes left Tom Cruise and took their daughter with her. That bad publicity has been amplified by media coverage that no longer appears intimidated by the church's lawyers.

      The fact that they abuse children and prevent them from getting an education is one they share with other religions, but Americans still don't like it.

      But the real problem may be in Narconon which was a cash cow for the church, generating as much as $300,000 a week in income according to Lucas Catton's book. They are in trouble on multiple fronts in Oklahoma, from licensing to lawsuits.

      Their membership stats are dropping and they continue to face an exodus of top management who can no longer work with David Miscavige and under his direction the organization has clearly shifted to a thinly veiled pursuit of wealth.

      OTOH, they have survived for quite a while now, so who knows, they may survive these scandals.  

      We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty - Edward R. Murrow

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 09:43:04 AM PDT

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      •  It's amazing this "church" has survived so long - (8+ / 0-)

        they have millions of pages of dirty laundry.

        The pain they have caused to thousands, the families they've ripped apart, the lies, hypocrisy, corruption, bribery, blackmail and skullduggery - the thing is, it's not just a tragedy, it's a lurid, incredible reality show.

        They've been fighting for decades to keep their dirt from public view. So there will be a tipping point, when their powerful friends in the US and the UK can no longer protect them, as the walls come down and more and more people come forward to tell their stories. This is a massive soap opera waiting to happen.

        The people who watch Katie Holmes: We have this huge gossip industry, who are paying attention now. The celebrity magazines and websites are the tip of the iceberg. Most of the people who watch cable news have been trained to crave soap opera. If they can squeeze a few months coverage out of Anna Nicole Smith's death, when nothing was even happening, they'll be knocking each other over to tear down Scientology, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and others.

        Since you say "That bad publicity has been amplified by media coverage that no longer appears intimidated by the church's lawyers", I believe it's already started, and the emperor has no clothes.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 10:22:31 AM PDT

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      •  Their Oklahoma troubles just got bigger (10+ / 0-)
        Legislation regulating Narconon Arrowhead and other drug rehabs is has passed the House and will head to the Senate for one more vote before it hits the Govenors desk, according to state offiials.

         Senate bill 295 passed the House 80 to 13 today and will now go before the Senate one last time before it's presented to Gov. Mary Fallin for signing.

        http://mcalesternews.com/...

        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 11:59:09 AM PDT

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