Christianity

Scientologists Stacy Francis and Joy Villa Pretend to Be Evangelical Christians

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 Scientology’s Damage Control Team: L-R: Stacy Francis, Taryn Teutsch, Joy Villa

As season 3 of Leah Remini’s Emmy winning show Scientology and the Aftermath approaches, David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology have gone into an apoplectic foaming-at-the-mouth hysteria of rage. This rage betrays the intense fear of exposure at the core of Scientology.


A Message from Leah Remini to Scientology Operatives


In response to the upcoming third season of Leah Remini’s show, Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs has conducted an erratic and schizophrenic damage control campaign that is quite transparent.

Even as OSA wages a malicious campaign of Fair Game against Leah Remini, Mike Rinder, and the brave guests who appear on Leah’s show, OSA has also fielded Scientology operatives Joy Villa and Stacy Francis in an attempt to convince Christian Evangelicals that people can be both Christians and Scientologists.

Scientologists Joy Villa and Stacy Francis have promoted themselves as ardent Christians and Donald Trump supporters in what appears to be a desperate attempt to pander to the Trump Administration. Given that Scientology’s long-time Washington D.C. lobbyist Greg Mitchell is involved behind the scenes, we consider that OSA is orchestrating this in a frantic hope of staving off an inevitable IRS investigation into Scientology’s tax exemption.

From our perspective, Stacy Francis and Joy Villa are trying to “safepoint” Scientology in Washington D.C. However, when one contrasts this with the 1990’s and 2000’s when Scientology was able to deploy John Travolta and Tom Cruise to D.C. to influence President Clinton and the Bush 43 Administration, it becomes apparent that OSA is scraping the bottom of the barrel with Villa and Francis.

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

One of the central contradictions with Scientologists pretending to be Christians is that Jesus commanded his followers to love their enemies. We read the words of Jesus in Luke 6:27-36:

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Christ’s commandment that Christians are to love their enemies is directly antithetical to L. Ron Hubbard’s incredibly violent policy of Fair Game in which he calls for the literal bodily injury and destruction, or death, of Scientology’s enemies:

“ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”- L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 18 October 1967

Joy Villa and Stacy Francis have never publicly disavowed L. Ron Hubbard’s Fair Game doctrine. This fact alone puts the lie to their claims to be Christian.

Scientology wants to portray itself as religious even as it continues to savagely attack those it deems enemies. Scientology’s three main actors in its recent psychotic soap opera are Scientologists Stacy Francis, Taryn Teutsch, and Joy Villa.

JOY VILLA & STACY FRANCIS

Scientologist Stacy Francis singing at Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom “Road to Majority” event in June 2018. Along with her fellow Scientologist Joy Villa, Stacy Francis also passed herself off as a Trump supporter and a Christian at this event.

Joy Villa and Stacy Francis showed up last month at Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” event. We covered this in a previous article, Ralph Reed, the Faith & Freedom Coalition, and Scientology. Despite her claims to be a Christian, when Stacy Francis appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017 she showed her true colors:

That Ralph Reed and his people were taken in by these two Scientology charlatans who claimed to be Christians is not surprising: Villa has been taking advantage of the trust of Evangelicals for the past eighteen months. Villa has falsely claimed to Evangelicals that Scientology is merely a set of self-help tools. She has also said that a person can be both a Christian and a Scientologist. However, this is demonstrably false from a biblical perspective. See our essay: Why You Can’t be a Christian and a Scientologist.

SCIENTOLOGY & THE NATION OF ISLAM

Scientology’s efforts to position itself as a Christian-friendly organization is completely exposed as a lie given Scientology’s partnership with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. Louis Farrakhan’s account was decertified by Twitter for his recent incendiary tweet and video in which he railed against the Jews:

We note that the Church of Scientology never publicly censured nor rebuked Mr. Farrakhan for his incendiary anti-Semitic tweet. We are therefore forced to conclude that the Church of Scientology condones Mr. Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism and that of the Nation of Islam. To this point, Stacy Francis certainly appears to have no problem with Mr. Farrakhan’s views and seems quite fond of him as can be seen in this photo taken at a Scientology event:

Scientologists Stacy Francis, Alfreddie Johnson, and Louis Farrakhan

Long-time Farrakhan supporter Congressman Danny Davis (D) of Illinois recently took the extraordinary step of publicly disavowing Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism. Congressman Davis issued a statement on his official Congressional webpage in which he unequivocally stated, “I reject, condemn and oppose Minister Farrakhan’s views and remarks regarding the Jewish people and the Jewish religion.”

That Scientology leader David Miscavige refuses to make a comparable statement shows the Scientology leader’s apparent tolerance of, or even agreement with, Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism. David Miscavige has long claimed to be a “global ecclesiastical leader” and yet shows no moral leadership whatsoever on this issue.

Joy Villa and Stacy Francis claim to be enthusiastic supporters of President Trump. However, Mr. Trump has unequivocally stated his support for Israel and the Jewish people. Given the President’s position here, it would seem incumbent upon Joy Villa and Stacy Francis to fall in line with the President’s position, and particularly as they claim to be Republicans and Evangelical Christians, and publicly condemn the anti-Semitism of Mr. Farrakhan.


TARYN TEUTSCH


Over against Scientology’s incursions into pro-Trump Evangelical Christian circles, Scientology has been engaged in an absolutely hellbent non-Christian Fair Game campaign against Mike Rinder.

The Scientology Money Project has been reporting on OSA operative and Sea Org member Taryn Teutsch and her malicious Fair Game attacks against her father Mike Rinder. We exposed Taryn’s outright lies in a series of articles, the most damning of which was The Paramedics Report on Cathy Bernardini: Why Taryn Teutsch’s Fair Game Attack on Mike Rinder Falls Apart.

As we documented, Taryn Teutsch outrageously tried to link her sleazy Fair Game campaign to the #MeToo movement. This is an utter disgrace and a deep insult to the women who are the actual victims of sexual harassment and rape.

We must point out that this attempt to link Taryn’s Fair to Game attacks to the #MeToo movement was ordered by none other than Scientology Cult boss David Miscavige — the man who has kept his own wife Shelly Miscavige locked away in a high security Scientology facility for over ten years.

Below are links to our continuing coverage of Taryn Teutsch and Scientology’s Fair Game attacks on Mike Rinder. We plan to continue our coverage of this Scientology Fair Game campaign in order to document the exact conduct of Scientology.

Taryn Teutsch Uses a Photo of Gretchen Carlson in Her Fair Game Campaign Against Leah Remini’s Show

Fake Stock Photo Scientologists Support Taryn Teutsch’s Fake News Attack on Mike Rinder

Scientology TV, Taryn Teutsch, and L. Ron Hubbard’s Disgusting View of Women

Scientology Sea Org Member Taryn Teutsch Engaging in Fake News to Attack Leah Remini’s Show & Her Father Mike Rinder

Scientology Boss David Miscavige Panics; Brings in Kirstie Alley to Engage in Sleazy Fair Game Campaign Against Mike Rinder

Scientology’s Fair Game Campaign Against Mike Rinder Collapsing Under the Weight of Scrutiny

The Paramedics Report on Cathy Bernardini: Why Taryn Teutsch’s Fair Game Attack on Mike Rinder Falls Apart

Why You Can’t be a Christian and a Scientologist


We depart today from our usual excursions into Scientology financial and legal chicanery in order to explore a theological matter; specifically we examine the Church of Scientology’s claim that people can be both Scientologists and Christians.

We explore this topic because of the recent efforts by Scientologist Joy Villa to gain access to American Evangelical GOP political circles. Villa did this in part by reassuring trusting Christians that Scientology is merely a set of self-help tools. This is hardly surprising as Scientologists have long attempted to minimize Scientology as nothing more than a set of self help tools when it served their purposes to do so.

However, this claim is demonstrably false. Each and every time a Scientology Org has been raided by the police — which is becoming more frequent these days –or Scientology has faced legal challenges, the Church of Scientology is very quick to protest that it is a religion and is entitled to full religious protections. The website scientologyreligion.org header clearly shows Scientology presenting itself as a religion:


Scientologist Joy Villa has stated that she is a Christian and that Scientology is a set of self help tools. In this essay we put Villa’s claims to the test. While there are many ways to analyze Scientology, we do so from an Evangelical Christian perspective in this essay as the claims at hand pertain to Joy Villa’s status-seeking incursions into Evangelical Christian political circles.

EXCLUSIVITY

We begin by noting that Scientology is mutually exclusive from all other religions. Likewise, all other religions are mutually exclusive from Scientology and from one another:

  • One can’t be a Christian and a Muslim
  • One can’t be a Jehovah’s Witness and a Mormon
  • One can’t be a Protestant and a Catholic
  • One can’t be a Shia Muslim and a Sunni Muslim
  • One can’t be a Scientologist and a Christian

What makes any religion unique is its distinctive doctrinal structure, beliefs, and practices that set it apart from all other religions. On this basis we can examine the key areas in which Scientology and Christianity radically differ from each other. In doing so, we will able to see the series of sequential barriers L. Ron Hubbard, his executives, and Scientology’s lawyers erected that effectively stop Scientologists from being Christians or members of any other religion.

The first barrier pertains to exclusivity. As we have previously published, in its 1992 1023 application for 501(c)3 tax exemption, Scientology told the IRS that people are expected to give up their existing religious beliefs and practices to become Scientologists:

Although there is no policy or Scriptural mandate expressly requiring Scientologists to renounce other religious beliefs or membership in other churches, as a practical matter Scientologists are expected to and do become fully devoted to Scientology to the exclusion of other faiths. As Scientologists, they are required to look only to Scientology Scriptures for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and to seek enlightenment only from Scientology. Thus, a Scientologist who grew up in the Jewish faith who continues formal membership in his synagogue and attends services with his family violates no Scientology policy or tenet. On the other hand, such a person is not permitted to mix the practice of his former faith into his practice and understanding of Scientology so as to alter orthodox Scientology in any way.

Scientology is speaking out of both sides of its mouth in the above statement to the IRS. Translated into simple terms, the statement means that a Scientologist must and will become a Scientologist to the exclusion of all other faiths. As L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

Scientology expects the Scientologist, “to look only to Scientology Scriptures for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and to seek enlightenment only from Scientology.” This of necessity precludes a Scientologist from looking to the Christian God and the Bible for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and enlightenment.

THE SCRIPTURES

The Church of Scientology does not recognize the Bible as the Word of God, the final and completed revelation of God to humanity. Rather, Scientology’s scriptures are the written and spoken words of L. Ron Hubbard:

The scriptural horizon of Scientology is limited to the body of work created by L. Ron Hubbard. This includes Scientology’s secret teachings about Jesus Christ. We have exposed this secret teaching in a previous essay. 

L. Ron Hubbard positioned himself above the Bible as the final scriptural authority in the life of all Scientologists. The Scientologist is left to ask, “What does L. Ron Hubbard say about this?” rather than ask, “What does the Bible say about this?” This prohibition is especially effective against young people who were born into Scientology or joined at a young age. These young people read and study the works of Hubbard and are not exposed to the Bible, the Gitas,  the Quran, or the scriptures of any other faiths. Unless they leave Scientology, these young people will only ever know the world through the eyes of L. Ron Hubbard.

THE DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST

Christianity is so theologically distinct from Islam that it is impossible to confuse the two religions. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association discusses and contrasts the many differences between Christianity and Islam. Here is one major example:

Islam teaches that the doctrine of the Trinity is blasphemous. But the Christian faith is essentially and irreducibly Trinitarian. The Bible reveals that the Father is God, that the Son is God, and that the Holy Spirit is God. Jesus is not merely a prophet, as acknowledged by Muslims, He is God in human flesh. This is precisely what Islam rejects.

Scientology nowhere declares or acknowledges the triune nature of the Christian God. Scientology nowhere teaches that Jesus Christ is God and incarnated in human form to die for the sins of humanity. Scientology by design refuses to affirm or teach the core doctrines of Christianity pertaining to the nature of God and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. This fact alone makes Scientology incompatible with Christianity.

Christianity teaches that humans were created in God’s image. However, sin entered the human race through Adam. Thus, humans are cursed with the Adamic sin nature. According to Christian scripture, only the sacrificial atonement of Jesus Christ’s shed blood is efficacious to forgive sin. Scientology nowhere teaches that one must accept Christ as their Savior in order to be saved.

Jesus declared that he is the only way to God:

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. — John 14:6-7

Scientology nowhere affirms that Jesus Christ is the only path to God. Instead, Scientology affirms that L. Ron Hubbard’s Bridge is the only “exactly taped path” to truth.

Whereas Christianity teaches the centrality of the Cross, Scientology teaches the centrality of its Bridge. Again, these two things are mutually exclusive.

By barring the doors to practicing a personal relationship to Jesus Christ and the Christian scriptures, Scientology effectively prohibits a person from practicing Christianity at all. Scientology ensures this prohibition by forbidding the Scientologist to “mix the practice of his former faith into his practice and understanding of Scientology so as to alter orthodox Scientology in any way.” Orthodox Christianity would inherently alter orthodox Scientology by warning against any involvement in Scientology:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. –Colossians 2:7-9 ESV

MIXING PRACTICES

The Church of Scientology forbids “mixing practices” when one is practicing Scientology. Thus to say that one is both a Christian and a Scientologist would be mixing practices and is therefore forbidden in Scientology.

Scientology arrogantly positions itself as the “religion of religions” and goes so far as to offer procedures to undo past harm caused caused by having participated in other practices. This is based upon Hubbard’s view that other religions are actually what he called “R6 implants” that cause damage and need to be undone by Scientology. Said another way, Scientology seeks to deprogram people from their prior religious experiences — and Scientology does this while screaming loudly about past attempts at deprogramming Scientologists. As a point of clarification, I personally oppose deprogramming of any kind as a gross violation of a person’s freedom.

Below we offer an example in which Catholicism is mentioned by name in a specific procedure designed to undo the harm caused by other practices. Like all Scientology procedures this one is run on an e-meter with the auditor asking prepared questions:

In 1962 when L. Ron Hubbard had licensed Scientology franchises — franchises were later called “missions” to conceal their commercial nature as businesses — he forbid his franchisees from mixing Scientology with other practices. The penalty for mixing practices was to have one’s franchise license and Scientology certificates cancelled:

Hubbard forbid mixing practices in many other places:

Based upon Hubbard’s injunction against mixing practices, one cannot be both a Scientologist and a Christian.

SCIENTOLOGY’S ORIGINS

Scientology explicitly declares that it is not Judeo-Christian in origin:


Because Scientology is not Judeo-Christian in origin, it becomes axiomatic that one cannot be both a Christian and a Scientologist: Christianity cannot be derived from non-Christian sources. It is impossible to take Scientology, which was founded in 1954 following the bankruptcy of the Dianetics Foundation, and derive from it the practice Christianity. There is nothing Christian in  Dianetics or Scientology. One must embrace a Judeo-Christian frame of reference in order to be a Christian. Scientology and Christianity are therefore wholly incompatible on this basis.

Question: Why is a person who represents herself as a disciple of Christ so very busy giving away copies of L. Ron Hubbard’s The Way to Happiness with her photo on them? A Christian preaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ and distributes Bibles; she does not “disseminate” the works of L. Ron Hubbard.

PAST LIVES

Christianity teaches that humans live only once and then comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Conversely, Scientology teaches the doctrine of past lives and avers that people have lived countless lifetimes in different universes, on different planets, and in various physical, mechanical, electronic, and even doll bodies. Scientologists learn about past lives in the very early phases of their indoctrination into Scientology. Scientology’s doctrine of past lives prevents a person from being both a Christian and a Scientologist as it clearly violates Biblical doctrine.

Here is what Scientology says publicly about past lives:

Scientology again speaks out of both sides of its mouth in the above statement. While “past lives is not a dogma in Scientology” as the statement avers, Scientology also declares, “It is a fact that unless one begins to handle aberration built upon in past lives, he doesn’t progress.” What Scientology admits here is that while past lives are not a dogma, it is also pointless to practice Scientology unless one handles the aberration from their past lives.

Scientology teaches that the human condition is one of great unconsciousness and pain caused by the reactive mind, various alien implants, body thetans, and a myriad of traumatic episodes that have accumulated across eons of time from a person’s countless past lives. This series of past lives is called a person’s wholetrack in Scientology. This Scientology teaching opposes Christianity’s teaching that the human condition is caused by the Adamic sin nature that has caused humans to be separated from God. In Christianity, the problem is the sin in the human heart:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? — Jeremiah 17:9

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. — Isaiah 64:6

Scientology teaches that as a consequence of one’s accumulated wholetrack aberration, only a $360,000+ program of Scientology auditing will bring about the alleviation of suffering caused by engrams, body thetans, implants, and accumulated trauma from countless past lives.

As an aside, despite Scientology’s high prices, it does not guarantee any results from auditing:

Additionally, while Scientologists spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on Scientology, they may not rely on any statements or promises made to them by Scientology staff members:

A RELIGIOUS SCHOLAR CHARACTERIZES SCIENTOLOGY

Writing on Scientology’s behalf, Dr. Harri Heino, Professor of Theology at the University of Tampere in Helsinki, Finland characterizes Scientology on its own website as follows:

According to Scientology, the traumatic experiences of both this life and previous rebirths are an impediment to rational behaviour and spiritual development. The purpose of Scientology auditing is to free the thetan from the “reactive mind”, the chains of bad memories, and to recall the possibility of salvation.

The goal is a god-like state of full OT (Operating Thetan), wherein the thetan is free from all limitations in this life.

As in Indian religions, Scientology considers that man must be released from past deeds (compare the karma of Hinduism and Buddhism), which have accumulated in the chain of numerous rebirths. Scientology’s idea of salvation comprises both this life and the life hereafter. It promises in both cases the Bridge to Total Freedom.

Apart from individual salvation, Scientology sees as its task to clean up our whole planet and create a civilization where there is no irrationality, criminality or wars. In Scientology nomenclature, a synonym to salvation is “survival.” This includes both the present life and the life hereafter. Auditing and the E-Meter which is used in it, help the individual to find his actual and original identity.

Dr. Heino’s description makes it clear that Scientology and Christianity are doctrinally and theologically incompatible. In Christianity the believer seeks to become one with God. The Scientologist, however, works to strip away the eons of accumulated entities, engrams, traumas, and implants in order to return to their actual and original state as a god. Scientology Operating Thetan (OT) state is all about the eventual attainment of godhood.

GNOSTICISM

Scientology is clearly Gnostic in concept. Hubbard saw humans as spiritual beings (thetans he calls them) who were pulled down into the material planes of existence. Hubbard declared this when he stated:

I’ve slept with bandits in Mongolia and I’ve hunted with pygmies in the Philippines, as a matter of fact, I’ve studied 21 different primitive races including the white race, and my conclusions were that man, regardless of his state of culture and so forth, was essentially the same, that he was a spiritual being that was pulled down to the material — the fleshly interests — to an interplay in life that was in fact too great for him to confront. And I concluded finally that he needed a hand.

For L. Ron Hubbard to conclude that humanity “needed a hand”, i.e. needed Hubbard’s help is his implicit affirmation that he alone had transcended the material universe and was the only one able to help humanity attain salvation. Thus, Hubbard set himself up as a savior figure while negating Christian salvation altogether in favor of his copyrighted and monetized cosmology. In Hubbard’s cosmology one pays and pays without surcease to find the way out of the trap that is the the physical universe. Hubbard called the physical universe the “MEST” universe where MEST means matter-energy-space-time. This use of neologisms to keep outsiders from understanding what is being said is typical of cultic systems. Scientology is awash in Hubbard’s replacement language system that leads to mind control.

Christianity does not teach that humans were once god-like and were pulled down into flesh. Indeed, Christianity has considered Gnosticism a heresy since the 1st century AD. As we read at Catholic.com:

“Matter is evil!” was the cry of the Gnostics. This idea was borrowed from certain Greek philosophers. It stood against Catholic teaching, not only because it contradicts Genesis 1:31 (“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good”) and other scriptures, but because it denies the Incarnation. If matter is evil, then Jesus Christ could not be true God and true man, for Christ is in no way evil. Thus many Gnostics denied the Incarnation, claiming that Christ only appeared to be a man, but that his humanity was an illusion. Some Gnostics, recognizing that the Old Testament taught that God created matter, claimed that the God of the Jews was an evil deity who was distinct from the New Testament God of Jesus Christ. They also proposed belief in many divine beings, known as “aeons,” who mediated between man and the ultimate, unreachable God. The lowest of these aeons, the one who had contact with men, was supposed to be Jesus Christ.

Scientology’s website affirms its core Hubbardian form of Gnosticism in defense of itself as a religion. In this sense, Scientology auditing can be understood as a Gnostic process:

Scientology is salvation by systematically auditing away one’s reactive mind and implants and telepathically exorcising one’s body thetans. Once this quasi-Gnostic clearing-cum-exorcism is completed over a course of time by use of an e-meter, the Scientologist achieves their native state as a god from which they fell so long ago when they descended into the physical universe and its traps. Scientology’s cosmology is wholly incompatible with Christian cosmology

Question: Why is a person who represents herself as a disciple of Christ selling $5,000 e-meters for Scientology? A Christian disciple is one who preaches the gospel to every nation per the Great Commission.

SCIENTOLOGY AND LYING

It is instructive to note in concluding this essay that telling lies is fully condoned in Scientology when it furthers or protects Scientology’s interests. Lies are called “acceptable truths” or “shore stories.” L. Ron Hubbard taught his PR people to lie:

“Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively. … The student should be coached on a gradient until he/she can lie facilely.”–L. Ron Hubbard, Intelligence Specialist Training Routing — Lying (TR-L)

A convincing lie in Scientology is reconceptualized as “outflowing false data effectively.” Scientology’s public relations people are drilled repeatedly, per Hubbard, until they “can lie facilely.” For a Scientologist to say that one can be a Scientologist and a Christian is a Scientology PR tactic. In other words, it is a lie.

Scientologists are quite capable shapeshifters who will become whatever they need to become to accomplish their goals. Given the overwhelming public disdain for Scientology, there are political reasons for Scientologists to downplay Scientology and falsely characterize it as self help tools. It is also to the advantage of certain Scientologists to say that they are both Scientologists and Christians.

In Hubbard’s “moral code” called The Way to Happiness, he does not condemn lying but rather qualifies it when he writes:

“Do not tell harmful lies.”

This bit of moral relativism leaves the door wide open to mischief. In Scientology any lie is not harmful if, as noted, it furthers or protects Scientology’s interests. Thus, when in Rome…. Likewise, when in Christian Evangelical circles that can get one invited to the White House then by all means be a Christian. Just be sure to leave your e-meter back at the hotel.

ALEISTER CROWLEY, THELEMA, AND MAGICK

L. Ron Hubbard’s involvement with Jack Parsons in Aleister Crowley’s Thelemic lodge Ordo Templi Orientis has long been established. Scientology has both Gnostic and Thelemic roots. Thelema involves the practice of Magick. Crowley’s mantra “Do as thou will shall be the whole of the law” was Hubbard’s operating basis and is that of the Church of Scientology.

The Message is a bible translation written by Eugene Peterson, a man who studied Greek and Hebrew in seminary. After seminary, he did not become a theologian but rather served as pastor of Christian church for 30 years. He wrote his translation after he retired from three decades of dealing with everyday life. The Message is my favorite translation of the Bible because it is tempered by real life. With this in mind, this particular passage struck me as descriptive of L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology:

It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. — Galatians 5:19-21

Scientology is indeed an, “ugly parody of community.” The Church of Scientology is drifting aimlessly back into roots as a paranoid Magick Show religion full of expensive trinkets and phony IAS statuses. The IRS needs to take responsibility for the monster it helped to create by revoking Scientology’s tax exemption. Please sign my petition asking the IRS to act.

Additional Resources:

Tony Ortega: Joy Villa Makes it back to the White House, but on a sour note

Kaya Jones on Scientologist Joy Villa

My Podcast with Joy Villa’s former campaign manager Robbie Olson

Scientology Meddling into Shastina Sandman’s US Congressional Campaign

Scientology’s Secret Teachings About Jesus Christ

How Scientology Ensnares Its Members in a Series of Binding Contracts

L. Ron Hubbard on Jesus Christ: