On June 26th in Scientology history
Defectors Recount Lives of Hard Work, Punishment
June 26, 1990, Robert W. Welkos, Los Angeles Times
Scientology, she said, "promises you euphoria but ends up taking your body, heart, mind, soul and family. . . . We were so brainwashed to believe that what we were doing was good for mankind that we were willing to put up with the worst conditions."
Over the years, defecting Scientologists have come forward with similar accounts of how their lives and personalities were upended after they joined the church's huge staff. They say the organization promised spiritual liberation but delivered subjugation.
In interviews and public records, former staffers have said they were alienated from society, stripped of familiar beliefs, punished for aberrant behavior, rewarded for conformity and worked beyond exhaustion to meet ever-escalating productivity quotas.
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Scientology Profits from Some Big Business
June 26, 2007, Fox News, CBN News
Boingo Wireless is designed to make Wi-Fi easy internationally and put billions of dollars into Scientology coffers.
Dayton co-founded EarthLink with Reed Slatkin, who eventually went to jail as the creator of the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.
Why Germany Hates Tom Cruise
June 26, 2007, Andrew Purvis, TIME Magazine
The German authorities have had a long history of run-ins with the Church of Scientology, which they accuse of masquerading as a church in order to make money a charge the group vehemently rejects. Germany, along with several other European countries, has aggressive laws targeting groups that they deem to be cults.