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USC Allows Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray to Defend the Church of Scientology by Calling for the Censorship of Leah Remini. #Curious

USC’s Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray speaking at the dedication of
the Church of Scientology Inglewood. Murray has been associated
with the Church of Scientology for 25 years.

The University of Southern California has allowed faculty member and USC Fellow Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray to call for censorship in favor of the Church of Scientology. Murray’s letter went out on USC letterhead to Disney CEO Bob Iger:

Dr. Cecil Murray opens his letter to Disney CEO Bob Iger by stating that Scientology and the Aftermath is one-sided. Murray is badly misinformed: The Aftermath has repeatedly invited the Church of Scientology to have its representatives appear on the show and the Church has repeatedly declined.

Murray’s letter fails to establish a foundation based in facts. Murray does not give any facts as to why the show is hateful as he alleges. Rather, Murray merely acts as an apologist for the Church of Scientology by reiterating its previous allegations that The Aftermath is harmful because Scientology says it is. This is a non-sequitur and very shoddy work for an academic and a USC Fellow.

USC apparently endorses Murray’s baseless rhetoric, use of non-sequitur, and calls for censorship of a television program. We say this as the letter was sent out on USC letterhead. We contacted USC’s Ron Mackovich and asked him about Murray’s letter. He never responded. Thus, we conclude that USC assents to Murray’s call for censorship as opposed to an open public debate in which Murray would be called upon to defend Scientology.

Dr. Murray’s letter fails to address the substantive issues raised by Scientology and the Aftermath:

  • The Use of Child labor in Scientology’s Sea Org
  • Forced abortions in the Sea Org
  • Breaking up families by Disconnection
  • Fair Game
  • Scientology’s use of private investigators to stalk and harass critics
  • Character assassination of critics
  • Scientology’s greed and the resultant financial harm to Scientologists
  • Scientology exploitation of Sea Org members by keeping them in a state of poverty and forcing them to work 100+ hour work weeks

Dr. Murray affirms these inhumane and brutal Scientology practices by default inasmuch he fails to address these practices. Murray does this even as he lectures Mr. Iger about moral accountability. Worse, Dr. Murray refuses to take notice of Scientology’s relationship to the Nation of Islam and Minister Louis Farrakhan’s virulent Anti-Semitism. The lack of cognizance on Murray’s part is appalling given the fact that CEO Bob Iger is Jewish.

That USC’s name is on a letter in which Dr. Murray defends the Church of Scientology, ignores Anti-Semitism, and calls for censorship of a television program is scandalous.

By ignoring the brutality and human rights abuses of the Church of Scientology, Dr. Murray implicates himself in these abuses by his silence on them. Murray then goes a step further in empowering Scientology’s abuses by calling for the censorship of Scientology and the Aftermath.

What Dr. Murray is saying is that Leah Remini must be silenced so that the Church of Scientology will not be held to public accountability for its brutal actions and decades of human rights abuses. The call for censorship, for victims to be silenced, is a betrayal of justice.

Why would Dr. Murray want the victims of depravity and injustice to be silenced? Why would he support Scientology programs of Fair Game? What is Dr. Murray getting from the Church of Scientology in return? These questions arise because the University of Southern California has assented to Dr. Murray’s calls for censorship.

To read the text of Murray’s letter click here. Warning: This link is to a Church of Scientology website that places tracking cookies into your computer. Proceed at your own risk.

To contact USC about Dr. Cecil Murray’s call for censorship on behalf of the Church of Scientology please contact:

Eddie North-Hager, USC Executive Director of Communications
Office: (213) 821-9412
Cell: (213) 220-1806
edwardnh@usc.edu



February 2017: Notes and Observations on Scientology

February 2017: Here are some notes and observations on how I watch and look at Scientology:

1. So many things constellate around The Underground Bunker that this place is mandatory daily reading. Tony Ortega understands context, story, and significance in a way that utterly eludes Scientology, David Miscavige, Freedom Rag, and the no-show-no-stats SMP.

2. Mike Rinder’s blog is the Tiffany’s of documenting Scientology’s ongoing failures, deceits, and decline. Mike provides an outstanding daily journal of real-time Scientology decline. Mike’s valuable insights into Scientology as an organization are possible due to his decades of managing the Office of Special Affairs on a daily basis. Mike understands Scientology and David Miscavige at a profound level. That Mike’s jovial and robust sense of humor is mated to his ferocious intellect makes reading his analysis of the situation that much more enjoyable.

3. Disconnection and Fair Game are non-negotiable and must go. To the degree that Scientology practices and enforces Disconnection and Fair Game, Scientology’s self-destruction will persist. No one out here in the real world will stand for Scientology’s breaking up of families and its programs of character assassination.

4. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath was a devastating expose of the Church of Scientology and its brutality. If it is not already in the works, season two will spontaneously appear as an act of Creation Ex Nihilo; the metaphysics of television dictate that this must happen.

4. Twitter and Facebook are extremely important to watch. The sum of message traffic on these platforms provides invaluable existential information about Scientology and Culture. Social media shows Scientology’s inherent inability to interact with Culture. This ineptitude is traceable to L. Ron Hubbard who called for Scientology to use blatantly phony and dishonest PR in the place of apologetics or other forms of meaningful interaction with Culture.

5. Scientology’s hate websites are very important to watch. These incriminating sites constitute damning and irrefutable forensic evidence which shows that Scientology’s programs of Fair Game have an unlimited budget of tax-free dollars. These websites also offer a penetrating insight into the psyche of Miscavige and OSA in a way that betrays both of them. Like a Cold War era Sovietologist would note, a good analyst must study the propaganda operations and party line rhetoric of the other side. IMO, our side needs more analysts who are willing to monitor, document, analyze, and write about Scientology’s websites.

6. Scientology’s cash position, cash surplus, and real estate acquisitions are almost completely meaningless as significant metrics. Any organization with a cash surplus can buy and amass a real estate portfolio. In most cases, Scientology’s real estate acquisitions of decrepit old buildings in need of millions of dollars in renovations are designed to stall and buy time for David Miscavige. From my perspective, Miscavige is obviously using these empty buildings to buy time and create some semblance of hope for the future of Scientology. However, no one is fooled. Example: The San Fernando Valley Ideal Org is a complete waste of time and money. There is no excuse for Miscavige to leave that eyesore unfinished given the IAS cash pile. The PR damage done to Scientology by leaving buildings empty for years or decades, particularly when there is plenty of money available to open these buildings within 12-18 months, is inexcusable. Conversely, Scientology will cherry pick top properties. This was the case with SMP here in Hollywood or Larry Hagman’s place in Ojai. But then the Cult will not actually do anything with these premier properties except use them for PR.

7. David Miscavige needs to reverse the massive and long-term statcrash in Scientology and does not know how to do it because he refuses to understand the nature and essence of the problems facing Scientology. Understanding the real problems would require critical self-reflection on his part wherein he would conclude that he must resign and step aside. He has zero capabilities in this regard and believes himself to be indispensable to Scientology. Compounding this is the long term structural damage to Scientology wrought by Miscavige’s execution of Hubbard’s bad policies and Miscavige’s own failed programs in the period 2001 to the present day is irreversible. Miscavige massively overreached with his frenzied money grab in the Basics, selling IAS statuses, and the failed Ideal Org strategy. GAT I and GAT II were, and are, failures in ways Miscavige does not understand.

8. Scientology’s contradictory policies of greed-driven inhumanity place it at war with itself and all the parts of its own existence. To use an analogy, Scientology is like a raging alcoholic with serious self-created problems who denies they are an alcoholic and blames others for their problems. Everyone else can see the problems except Scientology. The Church of Scientology is an embarrassment to itself and does not see it.

9. The real numbers a good leaker could give are these:
A. Attendance at events: publics and SO.
B. The number of SO members over the past ten years.
C. The total number of IAS members in good standing with the Church.
D. Total membership losses of publics and SO over the past ten years.
E. Number of SO senior execs paid off to sign nondisclosure agreements in the past ten years.

10. One of the real things to watch is the covert consolidation of Scientology Orgs. Miscavige can call it whatever he wants, but consolidation is contraction and Scientology is contracting inwards upon itself with great force. The acquisition of real estate is a red herring. Purchasing buildings is meaningless in the face of Scientology’s uncontrollable and accelerating membership losses. The way out is through the nearest door.

11. The petard upon which Scientology is hanging itself is Disconnection and Fair Game.