Thursday, June 25, 2009

Scientology Ringleader L. Ron Hubbard's Many Wives

On June 25th in Scientology history

June 25, 1951, TIME Magazine,9171,806062,00.html

Divorced. Sara Northrup Hubbard, 25; by L. Ron (Dianetics) Hubbard, 40, science fictioneer turned mental healer; after five years of marriage, one daughter; in Wichita, Kans.

Tags: Divorce, L. Ron Hubbard, Sara Northrup


Church Markets Its Gospel With High-Pressure Sales
June 25, 1990, Joel Sappell, Los Angeles Times,0,7966802,full.story

The organization uses sophisticated sales tactics to sell a seemingly endless progression of expensive courses, each serving as a prerequisite for the next. Known collectively as "The Bridge," the courses promise salvation, higher intelligence, superhuman powers and even possible survival from nuclear fallout -- for those who can pay.

Tags: Andrew Lesco, Body routing, Canada, Donna Day, Earle Cooley, Joanne
Wheaton, L. Ron Hubbard, Lawrence Wollersheim, Les Dane, Marie Culloden,
Roger Barnes, Sheri Scott


Shoring Up Its Religious Profile
June 25, 1990, Joel Sappell, Los Angeles Times,0,3090542.story

Joseph Yanny, a Los Angeles attorney who represented the church until he had a bitter falling out with the group in 1987, said Scientology portrays itself as a religion only where it is expedient to do so -- such as in the U.S., where tax laws favor religious organizations.

Tags: Canada, FDA, IRS, Joseph Yanny, Legal, SCOTUS, Toronto


The Courting of Celebrities
June 25, 1990, Joel Sappell, Los Angeles Times,0,3156079.story

As far back as 1955, Hubbard recognized the value of famous people to his fledgling, off-beat church when he inaugurated "Project Celebrity." According to Hubbard, Scientologists should target prominent individuals as their "quarry" and bring them back like trophies for Scientology.

Tags: ASI, Celebrity Centre, John Brodie, Narconon


DIY rubbish collectors help council clean up area
June 25, 2003, icSurreyOnline

The clean-up operation was organised by the East Grinstead Scientology Volunteer Minister Group, assisted by residents and town clerk Chris Rolley, who made several journeys to the tip to dispose of the rubbish.

Tags: East Grinstead, Volunteer Ministers


A Couch Tom Cruise Won't Jump On
June 25, 2005, Richard Leiby, Washington Post

Okay, should we address him as Dr. Tom Cruise from now on? Or will the Rev. Dr. Cruise suffice?

Whatever: Anybody who watched the actor's performance on NBC's "Today" show yesterday witnessed an unsettling transformation. The movie star, who has long embraced Scientology, launched a full-bore assault on the psychiatric profession, sticking to a script that his church (founded, mind you, by a hack science fiction writer) has been promoting for decades.


Tom Cruise: 'It's just a great time in my life'
June 25, 2005, Matt Lauer, Today, MSNBC

The past few weeks have been full of excitement for Tom Cruise. Today host Matt Lauer sat down with the actor and talked about his new love, his new movie, War of the Worlds, and the recent firestorm he caused when he commented on Brooke Shield's use of therapy and drugs to cure her postpartum depression. [Transcript]


Church spokesman says Times report is unfair
June 25, 2006, Robert Farley, St. Petersburg Times

When the Times told officials at the Church of Scientology in Clearwater about plans to write a story about its suppressive person and disconnection policies, Scientology spokesman Ben Shaw aggressively sought to refute the story and persuade the newspaper not to tell it.


SP profiles
June 25, 2006, Robert Farley, St. Petersburg Times

Pressley left Scientology in 1998 and refused to come back for sec checks. She has publicly denounced "substandard" child care at church facilities around the world and criticized the church for the "condition of poverty" that staffers lived in. After she left the church, her husband "faithfully applied the rule (of disconnection)," she said.

She calls the suppressive person declare "a form of psychological terrorism. It obliterates families. ... People who leave are afraid to talk about Scientology."

Tags: Ben Shaw, Disconnection, Ed Armstrong, Golden Era Productions, Grace
Aaron, Karen Pressley, Patter drill, Peter Schless, Sec Check, Suppressive
Person, Tom Smith


The unperson
June 25, 2006, Robert Farley, St. Petersburg Times

But SPs who have felt the sting and other church critics say the suppressive person policy is a sledgehammer to keep marginal members in line - and in the flock.

Whatever Scientology's motivation, its suppressive person policy results in wrenching pain, say a dozen SPs interviewed by the St. Petersburg Times.

Some have gone years without seeing or talking with sons, daughters, mothers, fathers - all of whom abide by Scientology's no-contact requirement.

Tags: Astra Woodcraft, Ben Shaw, Caroline Brown, Clearwater, Committee of
Evidence, Creed Pearson, Disconnection, Fair Game, Frank Flinn, Freeloader's
Bill, Gordon Melton, Kathy Feshbach, Knowledge Report, Newton Maloney, Randy
Payne, Sea Org, Sec Check, Suppressive Person, Wog


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