This Emmy win vindicates Leah and Mike, their guests, and A&E for courageously telling the stories of those who have survived Scientology.
In a Tampa Bay Times story published today, staff writer Tracey McManus covered the details of two dueling Change.org petitions. The first petition is mine and calls for the IRS to open an investigation in Scientology’s tax exemption. I am asking people to please read, sign, and share my petition. The petition and details are here.
In the TBT article, Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw attacked both myself and my petition. This attack occurred because I am going directly to the source of Scientology’s ability to ply its evil trade: Scientology’s ill-gotten 1993 IRS tax exemption.
If the Scientology Cult loses its tax exemption, then it is game over for this brutal, dishonest, and greedy business that masquerades as a religion. Scientology simply does not merit or deserve First Amendment religious protections.
The other petition was created by a young Scientologist; it calls for fascist censorship equivalent to book burning:
No one is stopping Scientology’s right of Free Speech and yet this Scientologist is calling for Leah Remini’s constitutional right of Free Speech to be revoked. This is typical Scientology hypocrisy. Scientology demands its rights and yet it insists that no one should ever have the right to criticize Scientology.
Scientology has published extensive and vicious “Fair Game” smear websites on Leah Remini, her guests, A&E, and companies that sponsor A&E’s programming. Scientology is using its Free Speech to engage in an unchecked frenzy of hysteria, hatred, lies, and paranoia. And yet Scientology wants the Free Speech of Leah Remini, her guests, and A&E taken away. This glaring double standard never occurs to Scientologists.
Scientology is even using fake bots paid for with tax exempt dollars to spam Twitter with hate tweets:
The time is now for the IRS to open an investigation into Scientology’s undeserved, unmerited, and ill-gotten tax exemption.
Crisis ensues inside the Church of Scientology following the debut of season two of Leah Remini’s show Scientology and the Aftermath. As reported by Mike Rinder today, the Church’s poisonous Office of Special Affairs and its lackeys are sending a stream of e-mails urging Scientologists to write letters to Leah’s sponsors.
Long-time Los Angeles Scientologist Joel Philips — who ran Scientology hate websites for many years — is one of the OSA volunteers leading the charge. Here is text from Joel’s leaked e-mail with my comments:
I’m pretty sure you are aware of Leah Remini’s show on A & E attacking Scientology and further that is has been nominated for an Emmy in the “Best Informational or Series Special” category. Unbelievable.
Currently, we are helping on a campaign to counter and stop this insanity.
What is needed and wanted right now are letters (emails) to the *sponsors* of this show. We want them to back off on their support, and without their support, the show will likely be pulled.
If you would be willing to write an email, guidelines follow. The content needs to be original from you. Here are some points you can use to help you, but please put them in your own words.
Not to support religious hate and bigotry since this leads to violence against people and property.
Comment: The Church of Scientology is founded on bigotry, hatred, homophobia, racism, greed, and violence. Scientologists actually consider themselves to be a superior Master Race called Homo Novis. L. Ron Hubbard called for a genocide against all people in the world Scientology adjudged were 2.0 or below on Hubbard’s so-called Tone Scale:
b. This country has seen enough bigotry and hate speech. It does not need support and validation of it.
Comment: Scientology calls non-Scientologists homo saps, wogs, degraded beings, robots, Suppressive Persons, 1.1’s, raw meat, and other bigoted and hateful names. L. Ron Hubbard infamously used the “N” word in a letter to his first wife and the Church of Scientology has never apologized for this. L. Ron Hubbard:
You shouldn’t be scrubbing the floor on your hands and knees. Get yourself a nigger; that’s what they’re born for.
The Church of Scientology needs to renounce its own genocidal Master Race doctrine, bigotry, racism, homophobia, and internally exploitative culture of greed, violence, and lies before it preaches anything to anyone.
Scientology appallingly uses child labor in its Sea Org and actually wants to lecture anyone about anything? Seriously. How about Scientology renounce the practice of, and stop using, child labor as a first step? These kids belong in school where they can get a proper education. They should not be scrubbing toilets and doing other manual labor for .50 cents an hour or less. These children are condemned to a bleak future as Scientology slave labor under the false label of “religious workers.”
c. Remini’s religious hate campaign has caused hundreds of threats of violence against Scientologists and our Churches.
Leah Remini is exposing the evils of Scientology and Scientologists call this a “hate campaign.” The public is experiencing moral outrage against Scientology’s brutality and inhumanity and Scientologists can’t have it. Thus, they engage in propaganda by redefinition: “We are being persecuted, we are victims,” they whine. Scientologists can dish it out but they can’t take it. Scientology practices Fair Game and yet the second they are exposed they claim to be victims. Scientology has produced no evidence of the claimed “hundreds of threats of violence against Scientologists and our Churches.”
Scientology leader David Miscavige is also missing in action. He is not leading nor is he speaking out. Rather, he is in hiding as he directs Scientology’s attacks on Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and others connected with Leah’s show.
Emmy support of this hate and bigotry will be a dark day for the Emmys and for American entertainment.
Comment: A translation is in order. If A&E, Leah Remini, and Mike Rinder win an Emmy for Leah’s show then Scientology will have a stroke. This is pure jealousy. Tom Cruise doesn’t even have one Oscar and yet Leah may well win an Emmy. On a related note, Scientology’s $100 million dollar Scientology Media Productions here in Hollywood has produced exactly nothing. Scientology has movie and television stars, a world-class studio, and an unlimited budget to produce its own television show to rebut Leah. Given this embarrassment of riches, why has the Church of Scientology failed to produce its own television show and instead chosen to play the role of a victim? What are Scientology’s celebrities hiding from?
If what Remini says were true there would be a conviction, a judgment, a police report or something. There is not.
Comment: Not true Joel Philips. Why don’t you tell the real truth of how Scientology has a team of criminal defense lawyers ready to go the minute there is trouble? Why don’t you tell the truth of how Scientology uses threats of Disconnection and forces its victims to sign legal agreements to not sue the Church, sue Scientologists, or go to the police — and it makes them do so while being recorded. Spit it out Joel! You know how dirty it gets. L. Ron Hubbard himself made it a high crime for one Scientologist to report another to the civil authorities:
Reporting or threatening to report Scientology or Scientologists to civil authorities in an effort to suppress Scientology or Scientologists from practicing or receiving standard Scientology…
Delivering up the person of a Scientologist without justifiable defense
or lawful protest to the demands of civil or criminal law. — HCO POLICY LETTER OF 23 DECEMBER 1965RB, Revised 8 January 1991. SUPPRESSIVE ACTS,SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTOLOGY AND SCIENTOLOGISTS
In the YouTube video below, we see Church attorney Eliot Abelson videotaping a legal settlement with former Flag CO Debbie Cook. Debbie had to engage in this humiliating performance just to get a pittance in severance pay from the Church after 28 years of service. Debbie Cook later sued the Church. The matter was quickly settled after Debbie exposed the most vile things about David Miscavige and the Church. Indeed, the Church folded up like a cheap lawn chair after only one day of Debbie testifying.
Comment: When Alex Jentzsch was found dead, a criminal defense lawyer retained by Scientology was immediately put into action to protect the Church’s interests at LAPD and with the Los Angeles Coroners Office.
When New OTVIII Rex Fowler shot and killed his business partner in cold blood and then tried to kill himself, Scientology attorneys were on scene immediately charged with the task of keeping Scientology out of the story. Fowler’s wife rushed to the scene in an attempt to get Fowler’s briefcase as it contained OT materials. The Church needed to keep these materials secret; no matter that one of its OT VIII’s had committed first degree murder.
And of course, Scientology hired twenty-two lawyers in the Rathbun v. Miscavige case. I was there in the courtroom in Comal County, Texas and saw them all.
Joel Philips concludes by telling Scientologists to indiscriminately send out his bogus propaganda letter to Leah’s sponsors. Joel’s e-mail is shown below should readers care to share their thoughts with him:
Just start your email with Dear Sirs. Don’t worry about the particular sponsor. You will send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> and they will get it to the right recipient. You also need to send a bcc to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
As reported in a Tony Ortega exclusive, the Church of Scientology has launched yet another of its sleazy attacks against actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini. With the first episode of Leah Remini’s televised A&E series on Scientology and Disconnection set to air next week on November 29, 2016 the Church of Scientology had its spokesperson Karin Pouw channel a typically smarmy Scientology letter from craven Cult Leader David Miscavige to Mr. Alex Weresow, the Executive Producer of Leah’s show:
Church of Scientology International
September 9, 2016
Slauson Productions, LLC
Culver City, CA 90230
Re: Leah Remini
Dear Mr. Weresow:
This letter addresses the anti-Scientologist host of your program. Ms. Remini is not capable of being objective about the Scientology religion as she has previously demonstrated.
A program about our religion hosted by Ms. Remini is doomed to be a cheap reality TV show by a has-been actress now a decade removed from the peak of her career. Unable to move on with her life, Ms. Remini has made a cottage industry out of whining both about her former religion that expelled her as well as her former friends she alienated with her unending bitterness and seething anger. Rather than letting go, Ms. Remini has doubled down on her obsessive hatred, turning into the obnoxious, spiteful ex-Scientologist she once vowed she would never become.
Moreover, Ms. Remini is a hypocrite. She disingenuously preaches “letting go,” “those who are free of resentful thought surely find peace,” “less hate more love” and “If you are depressed, you are living in the past.” Yet it’s Ms. Remini who lives in the past, spreading hate and resentment while refusing to “let go.”
She also has redefined herself by the company she keeps. For someone who claims to be a feminist supporting the rights of women, she inexplicably embraces and features on your show the likes of Ron Miscavige, who admitted beating his late wife once a month for a decade, as well as two other vicious wife beaters in Mike Rinder and Tom DeVocht. She preaches, “less hate, more love,” yet showcases an angry, mean individual in Marc Headley. His own mother will tell you he once tried to drown her. That’s because Ms. Remini tosses out her principles if she smells a buck. Since 2013, she has shamelessly exploited her former affiliation with the Church of Scientology as a primary income source.
AETN viewers should know the duplicity at work when Ms. Remini stage managed her departure from the Church of Scientology. For six months before she was expelled, Ms. Remini voluntarily participated in the Church’s ecclesiastical ethics and justice procedures due to her ethical lapses. She did so because she wanted to stay in the Church. But her transgressions were so egregious she was expelled, which remains the source of her bitterness today. Knowing she was on the verge of being kicked out, Ms. Remini choreographed her departure to get attention and publicity.
Following her initial flurry of press coverage, Ms. Remini desperately sought more fame and attention by filing a fraudulent missing person report with the Los Angeles Police Department about the wife of the leader of the religion. It was part of a harassment campaign cooked up with Mike Rinder in tandem with Marc and Claire Headley and shamelessly promoted by Tony Ortega. Ms. Remini used an acquaintance of hers in the LAPD to personally file the report, which she quickly leaked to the media. But it all blew up in her face when the LAPD took the extraordinary step of thoroughly debunking to the media Ms. Remini’s absurd claim within hours, calling it “unfounded.” Ms. Remini wasted valuable public resources in an attempt to viciously harass the Church leader’s wife, whom Ms. Remini has obsessively stalked.
In her autobiography, Ms. Remini made the mind-boggling admission that she filed her false report so that she would be expelled from the Church “and that would be the end.” The irony is that by the time Ms. Remini filed the report, she was already expelled. Ms. Remini was dishonest in her book, failing to disclose that the friend in the police department she filed it with had moonlighted as her personal security on one of her television shows and was trying to break into the personal security business. That the Los Angeles Police Department was able to dispose of Ms. Remini’s publicity stunt so quickly is not surprising.’
Ms. Remini’s anti-Scientology antics also have inflamed acts of religious hate.
Take Erin McMurtry, who on December 14, 2015, drove her car through the front of the Church of Scientology of Austin, Texas. McMurtry plowed across the lobby before coming to a stop in front of the nursery, which only hours before had been filled with children. Before McMurtry committed her crime, she had posted on her Facebook page praises for Ms. Remini and Ms. Remini’s anti-Scientology rhetoric, with such statements as:
“EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!!!!!! This is the most crucial thing I have ever posted!!!…. It is called Scientology!! … ‘Thank you many times over to Leah Remini.”
“I’m pissed that Scientology…even exists”
“Shut them down… (NON-negotiable)”
McMurtry had no prior experience with the Church. She had never been a member. Thus, it is hard to miss the connection as the lies being fed to the press by Ms. Remini pushed McMurtry further and further over the edge, to the point where she smashed her car through the front doors in Austin. It was a miracle that no one was injured and only a stroke of luck the nursery, where McMurtry stopped before backing out again, was empty. McMurtry was arrested and has since been charged by the authorities.
In another incident, Ms. Remini’s support of wife beater Ron Miscavige and another apostate Lois Reisdorf, an expelled Scientologist who had been spouting hate speech on various anti-Scientology websites, coincided with a hate crime and death threat by Reisdorf’s son.
Brandon Reisdorf drove to the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles, got out of his car and threw a hammer through the window. He then retrieved the hammer, threw it again a second time even more forcefully and drove off. The car he escaped in was registered to his mother, Lois. Brandon also sent threatening emails to Scientologists. And according to a Tarasoff Reporting Form, issued by Brandon’s psychiatric care providers, “Brandon Reisdorf has been threatening to harm Mr. [David] Miscavige.” Reisdorf was subsequently arrested by the Los Angeles police and is awaiting trial.
Then there was Andre Barkanov, a 48-year-old Chicago resident with a long criminal history. On July 21 and July 23 in 2015, Barkanov made nine telephone calls in which he made death threats naming individual Scientologists and the leader of the religion as his targets. The LAPD tracked him down and extradited him to Los Angeles, where he pleaded guilty to hate crimes. He served jail time and is now on probation with a 10-year court order to stay away from the Church. When asked what direct knowledge he had of his “targets,” Barkanov admitted he had no personal knowledge of the Church. When asked what incited him to threaten these people he cited recent media reports, including those about “the King and Queens lady: she just left the Church” (i.e., Ms. Remini).
The entire premise of Ms. Remini’s project with Slauson is inherently dishonest. Slauson describes this project as being substantially about “the issue of the disconnection policy of the Church.” The practice of Scientologists voluntarily severing communication from people who are inimical to their wellbeing is fundamentally no different than the practices of virtually all major faith traditions, as well as common sense. Consider the sentiments expressed by Danielle Koepke, author and founder of the Internal Acceptance Movement, who wrote:
You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance — you don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries and “continues” to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go. — Danielle Koepke
Ms. Remini quotes these same sentiments on her Twitter account: “Love this. Wishing you a toxic free weekend #letitgo.” So while supposedly denouncing the practice out of one side of her mouth, she openly advocates it out of the other. All the family members and associates we have spoken to of each one of Ms. Remini’s co-apostates partaking in her show, including those who are associated with Ms. Remini herself, describes these people to a one as a toxic personality.
In short, Ms. Remini has become what she once declared she never wanted to be known as: “this bitter Ex-Scientologist.” As USA Today wrote, Ms. Remini is “as famous for being an ex-Scientologist as she is an actress.” She needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money and attention to appear relevant again.
Sadly, bitterness and anger are common threads through Ms. Remini’s life. Ms. Remini is showing herself to be a spoiled entitled diva who still obsessively complains about such petty matters as her seating placement, limo rides, five-star hotel accommodations and the paparazzi’s failure to recognize her nearly a decade ago. She also inserts herself uninvited into the family matters of others. Rather than take responsibility for self-inflicted problems, she is quick to blame others. When her firing from The Talk erupted into a public embarrassment in 2012, we tried to help pick her up off the floor. But she treated everyone around her in a degrading, bullying manner. Her behavior was intolerable.
Ms. Remini knows the truth she conveniently rewrites in her revisionist history. The real story again is that she desperately tried to remain a Scientologist in 2013, knowing full well she was on the verge of being expelled for refusing to abide by the high level of ethics and decency Scientologists are expected to maintain. Her repeated ethical lapses and callous treatment of others led to an ecclesiastical review which resulted in her being expelled.
Prior to that, the Church worked hard to help Ms. Remini try to be a good person. In 1998, Ms. Remini said, “without it [the Church] I’d be in the dumps and I would probably be an animal. I would be a horrible, horrible person.”
In 2001 she said, “I don’t get along with others and there is so many things that Scientology has helped me with. I don’t think I would be ME really without Scientology. I don’t think I’d have the success that I have without Scientology. I wouldn’t be the girlfriend that I am, the daughter that I am, the sister that I am, because this is all because of Scientology and what Scientology has taught me.”
In 2012 Ms. Remini said, “What Scientology has helped me with is confidence. I’ve had somewhere to go to tell someone my fears and I wasn’t crazy, you know, that I could actually do something about those fears, that I could actually be in control of my own feelings, that I could actually be in control of my own career, and that’s what Scientology has helped me with. And I think it’s important for an artist to have some outlet other than your mom who is like ‘Ah, just shut up and go on another audition,’ You know, you need some other help and it’s offered me that help.”
In 2003 she said, “I didn’t want to follow the crowd of people, like the bad people but I also wanted to be a cool person so I was like kind of struggling with the two personalities but being a Scientologist you’re getting in touch with the person that you really are and we really are good people…so I’ve avoided all that by being a Scientologist and by having integrity and by living by certain moral codes that this group abides by, I can look at myself in the mirror.”
In 2007 she said, “You start every day talking about something that I believe in and you start being disrespectful to my religion, to me you’ve crossed the line. But that’s any religion. I wouldn’t be disrespectful to any of my friends’ religion. Or think that they should put up with that. It’s just disrespectful.”
And she said, “I’ve met a lot of people who were ex-Scientologists. They usually don’t, they usually don’t say anything to me. Just as I wouldn’t say anything about their religion, or whatever they are doing. You know, I wish them the best. You know, I want them to live a good life. I’m not going to sit and name call and — you know if it’s not for you it’s not for you! You know what I mean? I’m not going to go off — if I go get a bad facial am I going to spend the rest of the day going, you know, ‘This salon over here isn’t…’ you know? I mean it’s just like, it’s just a waste of time. Just go on with your life. I get scared of people who run around making this their, their mission in life. It’s like, please. It’s, it’s crazy, but it’s insane. There’s so many things to be doing in life rather than running after people who are doing good!”
After Ms. Remini was no longer able to keep herself in check, she became the hypocrite she is. She now regurgitates the tired myths the Church has repeatedly debunked, circulated by the same tiny clique of expelled former staffers bitter at having lost the positions they enjoyed before their malfeasance and unethical conduct was uncovered. Ms. Remini is now joined at the hip wit this collection of deadbeats, admitted liars, self-admitted perjurers, wife beaters and worse.
If your “Untitled Documentary Project” is honest, it should be renamed “Leah Remini: Desperate for Attention and Money.”
“Desperate for Attention and Money” describes the greedy and depraved Church of Scientology perfectly — and this particularly applies to Scientology’s violent, narcissistic, and deceitful dictator David Miscavige.
Why did Scientology write its letter about Leah Remini? It did so because L. Ron Hubbard’s incredibly depraved policy of Fair Game calls for Scientology to ruthlessly attack and destroy anyone who criticizes Scientology. Former Scientology executive Mike Rinder gave the public a very valuable and detailed explanation of Fair Game on his blog this week; we strongly urge you to read it.
Hubbard’s Fair Game policy has been applied by Scientology for six decades now and proves that Scientology is an organized hate group. Indeed, Scientology has a department dedicated to conducting psycho-terrorist Fair Game campaigns of hatred, lies, and character assassination.
Called the Office of Special Affairs, or OSA, this department is staffed by a particularly sick group of sadistic and mentally disturbed individuals whose job is to execute L. Ron Hubbard’s policy of Fair Game. Then there are the rank and file worker bots in OSA like Karin Pouw, who signed her name to the letter Scientology sent Leah Remini. Former NFL player Bob Adams also works for OSA PR where he serves as a Vice President in Scientology. OSA. Adams became a Scientology Sea Org member because he partakes in Scientology’s delusional Messianic Complex that it alone can save the world.
Because it is charged with the psycho-terrorism of Fair Game, OSA wrote its tawdry letter attacking Leah Remini. Leah’s reply was razor sharp and to the point – and we couldn’t agree more: None of the work to expose Scientology ends until Scientology stops fucking with people’s lives and families.
No one is afraid of Scientology or OSA. The people out here are engaged in the deadly serious business of taking down the criminal syndicate called Scientology. That is our star high purpose.
The Karmic Vortex is systematically dismantling the Church of Scientology in its present form. This will continue until Scientology repents and changes it ways or ceases to exist in its present form. It really doesn’t matter to me how it ends. However, cults have a tendency to end badly and Scientology will be no different.
We note that Karin Pouw’s letter was bizarre and totally squirrel insofar as it quoted undergraduate psychology student Daniell Koepke as an authority to justify Scientology’s toxic doctrine of Disconnection. I say this because L. Ron Hubbard hated psychology and psychiatry and embedded this hatred into Scientology. Since when did OSA begin citing a non-Scientology social media darling and psychology student to justify Disconnection? Is RTC aware of OSA’s actions in defending Scientology by citing a psychology student? Where is OSA’s LRH reference? Why is OSA so weak these days that it is afraid to cite LRH and his policies on destroying SP’s? Apparently OSA has become so fearful of criticism and pushback from Culture that it is now incapable of citing Source. Due to OSA’s dilettante ways, it falls to me to cite LRH and his views on handling attacks:
The difference between what Daniell Koepke is saying and Scientology Disconnection is extreme. Scientology Disconnection is ordered by OSA as a form of revenge, emotional blackmail, and it destroys families, friendships, and often financially ruins former Scientology business owners when OSA orders all of their Scientology clients to disconnect from them. This is quite different than no longer associating with a toxic person. Daniell Koepke nowhere says that you should use Fair Game and seek to utterly destroy a person whom you no longer wish to have in your life. Scientology is lying about Disconnection now and has lied about the brutality of Disconnection for six decades.
David Miscavige’s puppet Karin Pouw provides yet more evidence proving that the Church of Scientology is a malicious Cult that spends tax exempt dollars to engage in its psycho-terrorist practice of Fair Game.
As part of the Scientology Cult’s attempt at character assignation against Ms. Remini, Ms. Pouw employs confidential parishioner from Ms. Remini’s preclear and ethics files from when she was a member; this in complete violation of priest-penitent privilege. This proves that Scientology lied to the IRS and committed perjury when it claimed that the information of its parishioners was sacrosanct.
In addition to being a violation of public policy and yet more evidence of Scientology having lied to the IRS in its application for 501(c)3 tax exemption, this hateful screed from Karin Pouw fails because David Miscavige’s manufactured narrative about Leah Remini is not at all credible. Those of us who have followed Leah Remini and her courageous story since she and her family left Scientology know that Scientology is lying.
If anything, David Miscavige, OSA, and the Scientology Cult have zero credibility due to their documented lies, perjury, and the ruined lives they have left in their path of unchecked greed and destruction.