Scientology

Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley & Other Scientologists Lose Fake Followers in Twitter Fraud Purge


Scientology and social media fraud are synonymous. As we covered in a recent article, Scientology’s Fair Game on Mike Rinder in social media was based on a series of lies that the actual evidence conclusively disproves. Likewise, in Scientology’s attacks on Leah Remini, the evidence incontrovertibly showed that Scientology was using fake stock photo Scientologists.

Scientology has been lying for decades. Examples include vastly inflated membership numbers; denials that Church leader David Miscavige physically assaulted members of his staff; and absurd claims that Scientology reduced crime in Colombia by 50% .

All of Scientology’s lies and fraud are being methodically exposed even as the Church of Scientology continues to be systematically dismantled in its present form.

The next expose of Scientology’s fraud is that of the fake Twitter followers used by Scientologists including Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, the wannabe celeb with no real career Joy Villa, and others.

The great Twitter purge of Summer 2018 has begun and Scientologists are taking it on the chin for having so many fake Twitter followers. We begin with Tom Cruise who lost 287,882 fake followers in the opening round of the Twitter purge:

Marc Headley, author of Blown For Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology reported on Tom Cruise’s losses on Twitter where all the action is happening. The Dice Man and Justin Templar Sr. are also following the loss of Scientology’s fake followers — and these losses will certainly turn into an avalanche as the Twitter purge continues.

Kirstie Alley has lost -104,002 fake Twitter followers in the past 30 days:

Scientology singing pen mogul Joy Villa lost 33,363 fake followers. Her fake followers dropped from 180,870 down to 145,707. The number will continue to plummet:

Other Scientology losers:

Stacy Francis down -58,073 fake followers
Kelly Preston down 5,836 fake followers
Stand League down 2,823 fake followers
Jenna Elfman down 3,308 fake followers

All numbers can be verified by logging onto socialblade.com and entering a person’s Twitter name, e.g. @TomCruise. The page will display results.

This will be an ongoing story as Scientology watchers continue to track Scientology social media fraud. Please post comments or e-mail us at scienowriter@gmail.com.

Scientology and the Curse of July 8

July 8 is Scientology’s worst day. September is its worth month. These are dates I’ve tracked for over ten years now. Please feel free to add additional July 8 dates in the comments.

This is your opportunity to be an Agent of Karma by working to expose the Church of Scientology on 7/8/18.


1. July 8, 1943: L.Ron Hubbard formally relieved of command of USS PC-815 for firing on a Mexican Island and anchoring in Mexican waters without orders. His last day of command was July 7, 1943.

2. July 8, 1959: In HCO Bulletin Technically Speaking, Hubbard wrote “The whole Christian movement is based on the victim…Christianity succeeded by making people into victims. We can succeed by making victims into people.”

3. July 8, 1977: Scientology LA and DC offices raided by the FBI in the largest FBI raids in US history.

July 8, 1977: FBI Agents Raid the Church of Scientology for Domestic Espionage. This remains the largest-ever FBI raid in US history.

4. July 8, 1988: The IRS’s Final Adverse Ruling in which The Church of Spiritual Technology is denied IRS tax exemption

5. July 8 2002: Lawsuit Against Narconon: Kevin Carter alleges that Narconon Southern and Does 1 to 20 was the legal (proximate) cause of damages to Plaintiff. By the following acts or omissions to act, Defendant negligently caused the damage to Plaintiff on July 8, 2002 or after at Narconon facility at 17350 South Highway 79, Warner Springs CA

6. July 8, 2006: Dr. Donna Shannon and her husband Michael Shannon leave the Church of Scientology

7. July 8, 2006: 52 year old Scientologist Michael Fitzgerald arrested for assaulting Scientology critic Shawn Lonsdale in Clearwater.

8. July 8, 2006: Protestors picketed the Scientology offices in St. Louis, Missouri.

9. July 8, 2007: A Sydney woman charged with murdering her father and sister and seriously injuring her mother was apparently denied psychiatric treatment because of her parents’ alleged Scientology beliefs, a court has been told.

10. Jason Beghe’s story airs on TodayTonight in Australia on July 8, 2008

11. Anonymous protest of NYC Org on July 8, 2008

12. July 8, 2009: Hacker World Topic: Why is Google’s AdSense doing the bidding of Scientology?  Hacker World Complains: “We’ve had a hell of a time getting Scientology ads out of our backfill adsense. They show on feeds, in content, on forums, etc. The competitive ad filters don’t seem to be working either (or we’re total morons who can’t figure out ad domains).”

13. July 8 2010: Today/Tonight Australia. An expose on how the Cult harasses journalists:

14. July 8, 2010: OC Weekly newspaper article: OC Church of Scientology Needs to Work on their Proselytizing

15. July 8, 2012: Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise Trying to Avoid Court, Settlement Talks ‘Ongoing’

16. July 8, 2012: Shock Alliance: Farrakhan Praises Integration of Scientology Into Nation of Islam Theology, Says Whites Should Use it to Become ‘Civilized’ & to Avoid Being ‘Devil Christians’ & ‘Satan Jews’

17. July 8, 2013: Scientology Leader’s Twin, Denise Gentile, Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge, Pays Fines

18. July 8, 2013: Scientology OTV and Ponzi King Reed Slatkin Paroled from Prison

19. July 8, 2013: Leah Remini publicly departs the Church of Scientology

20. July 8, 2014: Tony Ortega reports that Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton has filed 16 lawsuits against Scientology’s Narconon drug treatment

21. July 8, 2015 UPI Reports: Leah Remini gets support from Jennifer Lopez after leaving Scientology

22. July 8, 2017: Ron Miscavige delivers a lecture in Milwaukee on his best-selling book Ruthless: Scientology My Son David Miscavige and Me

23. July 8, 2017: Scientology and the Spoonbenders:Jon Atack on a previously unpublished Ingo Swann essay

24. July 8, 2018 Events — will be updated as needed:

24A. July 8, 2018: Amy Zimmerman of the Daily Beast exclusively reports: How the Church of Scientology Went After Danny Masterson’s Rape Accusers.

24B. From Mike Rinder’s blog. July 8, 2018 is the deadline for Scientologists in Denver to answer a Summons to report to Ethics for an investigation into disaffection being spread in the field (local Denver area). David Miscavige is afraid:

Breaking News: Scientology Seeks to Make Money Off the Dead High School Students in Texas

Less than twelve hours ago ten high school students were murdered by 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the gunman in the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. An additional ten students were wounded.

As the tweet above shows, Scientology’s front group Concerned Citizens for Human Rights (CCHR) is already on social media seeking to raise money on the backs of the ten dead students. This shocking act of depravity shows just how predatory and greedy and callous the Church of Scientology actually is. This is one of the most obscene acts ever engaged in by Scientology. Teenagers have been murdered in cold blood and Scientology is asking for money.

Scientology breaks up families; bankrupts and enslaves it own members; covers up rape and child sexual abuses; and now seeks to raise money off dead high school students. Scientology did the exact same thing following the Virginia Tech mass shooting.

The Church of Scientology has an estimated $1.5 billion in cash in its IAS slush fund. Why does Scientology need to raise money any at all? If Scientology believes so strongly in its message it could spend $100 million on the problem it believes is the cause of mass shootings. But Scientology never puts its money where its mouth is. Instead, it sticks its hand out and uses every mass shooting and natural disaster to raise money. This is because Scientology is a lying, greedy, psychopathic, and malicious Cult whose God is money.

The IRS needs to step in and revoke Scientology’s tax exemption.

Scientology TV’s Futile Attempt to Normalize Scientology Deviance & Lies

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There is no possible way to normalize Scientology. Illustration from a 1984 Scientology book on the Cult’s brainwashing and mind control procedures.

The Cult of Scientology has been asynchronous with, and hostile to, Western Culture since Dianetics was released on May 9, 1950. Scientology has always been at odds with the world and has never been mainstream. And yet what Scientology so desperately craves is legitimacy and acceptance. According to the latest Scientology propaganda in social media, Scientology TV is a spectacular success. This tweet was featured today on Tony Ortega’s blog:


The emphasis of Scientologist’s Joachim von Neuhaus tweet is contained in this section:

Who are these “key world Opinion Leaders” referenced by Scientologist von Neuhaus? He very conspicuously fails to provide names. This demands we characterize his claim as wholly unproven until he offers evidence. Moreover, von Neuhaus betrays his Scientology cult mindset when he makes the rather absurd and foolish claim that watching Scientology TV will save the life of every “being” on this planet. The fact is that it costs $500,000+ to go up Scientology’s Bridge — an amount of money that the overwhelming majority of Earth’s population will never earn or have in their entire lives.

Scientology’s Television Channel & Tax Exemption Prove Nothing

Another Scientology fallacy at work in von Neuhaus’ tweet is that having a TV channel makes any group part of society. This is not valid reasoning. Having a TV channel only proves that one has a TV channel and nothing more.

In and of itself, merely having a TV channel does not confer legitimacy upon Scientology. Likewise, Scientology has fruitlessly argued since 1993 that having IRS tax exemption proves it is a legitimate religion. But this too is a logical fallacy because other deviant cultic groups such as Westboro Baptist Church also have IRS 501(c)3 tax exemption. The People’s Temple — the church behind the Jonestown mass suicide and murder of 912 people — also had tax exemption.

Scientologist von Neuhaus’ tweet goes to what Scientologist Joy Villa told her former campaign manager Robbie Olson: The goal of Scientology TV is to “normalize” Scientologists. The problem here is that Scientologists are not normal due to their strange Xenu-based cosmology; this as evidenced by a rather bizarre tweet made on May 2, 2018 by Scientologist John Mappin concerning marijuana:

Due to his Scientology-based ignorance, Scientologist Mappin does not understand that marijuana naturally evolved as a plant. Marijuana was not, as Mappin seems to think, engineered by malign ancient alien “botanical psychiatrists” who came from the planet Farsec as L. Ron Hubbard taught.

Scientology’s space opera aside, Scientology is incapable of ever being normalized for the simple reason that the Scientology Cult is deviant, malicious, and evil.  Scientology TV will not address the real questions:

  • Why has Shelly Miscavige not been seen since 2007? Why has David Miscavige locked her up?
  • Why does Scientology think it acceptable to use child labor in its Sea Org?
  • Why does Scientology pay Sea Org members slave wages and force them to work 100+ hour work weeks?
  • Why does Scientology practice Fair Game and Disconnection?
  • Why are Scientologists made to sign contracts that strip them of their legal rights?
  • Why is Scientology run by an unelected Dictator for Life named David Miscavige?
  • Why does Scientology refuse to give refunds and repayments to all who ask as it told the IRS it did? Why did Scientology lie to the IRS about this significant matter?
  • Why does Scientology protect its members that are sexual predators and child molesters?

There are many more questions that Scientology TV will not answer as it is not allowed to tell the truth about what Scientology really is and does. There is no normalizing Scientology because Scientology is abnormal.

Compounding matters is the fact that Scientology TV is operated by Scientology staff members. Per Scientology’s own policy, however, no one may ever rely upon any statements made by Scientology staff members. On this basis alone, we must accordingly reject all statements made by Scientology TV.

Scientology TV is checkmated per Scientology’s own policy:

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The “Meet a Scientologist” videos on Scientology TV are also crippled by the Church of Scientology’s refusal to stand behind anything any Scientology says about the effects of Scientology auditing. Note carefully the last paragraph of this statement from Scientology’s official website:


The next webpage on Scientology’s official site it makes it clear that Scientology guarantees nothing when it comes to auditing:


Here then is the undisclosed basis of the Church of Scientology: The Church itself takes all of the money, promises nothing, and refuses to make any claims regarding the efficacy of Scientology. This is done to avoid lawsuits. Instead, Scientology shifts the burden for the miraculous claims made by L. Ron Hubbard onto its staff members and parishioners. However, the Church will not stand behind any of these claims.

The Church of Scientology will no more stand behind John Mappin’s ridiculous claim that ancient alien “botanical psychiatrists” genetically engineered marijuana than it will any claim that Scientology can dramatically increase one’s IQ; allow one to have happier relationships; or allow people to gain OT powers, telepathic abilities, or any other special abilities. Thus, Scientology can only ever be self-validated based upon the subjective experiences of individual Scientologists. For this reason, Scientology is not a science. Scientology is a wholly subjective experience that arises in a copyrighted space opera in which lurk botanical psychiatrists, Marcab implanters, body thetans, and of course space lord Xenu.

Scientology TV will never tell anyone any of this.

Scientology TV is therefore inherently discreditable because the Church of Scientology does not stand behind anything said on Scientology TV. Moreover, Scientology TV must withhold the actual facts about Scientology from both Scientologists and the public. Scientology TV is therefore best understood as a mediocre propaganda organ and a profligate waste of $100 million in parishioner donations.

Scientology’s many and covert deceptions, hidden as they are in the fine print of the Cult, is yet another reason why Scientology can never be normalized.

Mike Rinder, Church of Scientology’s Former Spokesman On Fair Game & Season 3 of Aftermath

Scientology’s Fair Game puts the lie to Scientology TV. It does so by drawing the attention of the public to the fact that it is business as usual inside of Scientology. Mike describes how David Miscavige orders his OSA minions to do something about Leah’s show and how this results in actions that are irrational and actually harm Scientology by exposing its sleazy Fair Game tactics.

Mike then recounts the series of events that led him to escape from the Church of Scientology. This leads into a conversation in which Mike describes the internal justice system of Scientology and why the Church covers up sexual molestation and the other crimes and misdeeds committed by Scientologists.

Mike ends by talking about the Aftermath Foundation and how it exists to help Scientologists get started again in life after fleeing Scientology with literally nothing.

Scientologists Hysterically Throw Money in the Air to Prove Money is Meaningless

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Scientology Sea Org and public members do an exercise in which they hysterically throw money in the air and laugh. This is done to prove that money is meaningless and can be easily taken from public Scientologists or anyone else. This process is called Money Processing.

This exercise in unreality is supposed to make money a game and increase the ability of Scientologists to have money. In Scientology thinking, money can be postulated into existence.

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When a Scientologist does not have money, the Church of Scientology recommends that Scientologists open up a “money flow” by donating money to Scientology. This is supposed to “unstick the stuck money flow.” This is really no different than the “seed faith tithe” scam used by Christian televangelists.

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Despite its claim that money is meaningless, the Church of Scientology is solely focused upon money and is designed around the daily extraction of as much money as possible from every person and source connected to Scientology in some way. This is why L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

Make money, make more money, make others produce so as to make more money. — HCOPL 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384

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The Unbreakable Miss Lovely by Tony Ortega

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Description: “In 1971 Paulette Cooper wrote a scathing book about the Church of Scientology.

“Desperate to shut the book down, Scientology unleashed on her one of the most sinister personal campaigns the free world has ever known.

The onslaught, which lasted years, ruined her life, and drove her to the brink of suicide.

“The story of Paulette’s terrifying ordeal is told in full for the first time in The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

“It reveals the shocking details of the darkest chapter in Scientology’s checkered history, which ended with senior members in prison, and the organization’s reputation permanently damaged.”

“A brilliant exposition of how a child who escaped the Nazis grew up to be hunted by the Church of Scientology” – John Sweeney ‘

“A page-turner packed with barely believable facts. The details are worthy of John le Carre'” – Jon Atack


Tony Ortega appearances:

May 16: Santa Barbara Humanist Society (with Paulette Cooper), 3:00 pm

May 17: Center for Inquiry-West, Los Angeles, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 11 am (with Paulette Cooper)

May 17: CFI Orange County (Costa Mesa), 4:30 pm (with Paulette Cooper)

May 20, San Diego (with Paulette Cooper)

May 22: San Francisco (with Jamie DeWolf and Paulette Cooper)

June 11: New York City (with Paulette Cooper)

June 20: Chicago The Annoyance Theater, 5pm (with Christian Stolte) This event is free, but reserve your tickets now!

June 22/23: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper)

June 27/28: Florida (with Paulette Cooper)

July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry

The Church of Scientology and Tax Exemption — Part I

Mark “Marty” Rathbun is the only former Scientology executive involved in the Church of Scientology’s 1993 tax exemption process who has publicly written about behind the scene details. These details are contained in Rathbun’s excellent third book Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior.  In this work, Rathbun recounts the extensive and lengthy examination process conducted by the IRS. This book provides an excellent overview of Scientology’s legal battles in the 1980’s and 1990’s and is on my recommended reading list for any serious Scientology watcher.

The IRS examination process ended with the IRS granting the Church of Scientology International (CSI) and its related entities 501(c)3 tax exemption in a secret closing agreement that shocked many people. Until and unless both the Church of Scientology and the IRS agree to make public the details, Rathbun’s account — and it accords with what is available in the public record to date — remains the authoritative account. I will quote from portions of Rathbun’s account in this series.

The Benefits of Tax Exemption for the Church of Scientology

My opinion is that the Church of Scientology fought for tax exemption in the 1980’s for several reasons, but primarily as a way to erect a structural barrier to protect its business model of obtaining sustainable and endless excessive profits from the sale of its proprietary goods and services to a captive customer base. Writing about the bankruptcy of the Monitor Group in a 2012 article for Forbes, Steve Denning asked a dynamite question that equally applies to the Church of Scientology:

“Why go through the hassle of actually designing and making better products and services, and offering steadily more value to customers and society, when the firm could simply position its business so that structural barriers ensured endless above-average profits?” — Steve Denning in Forbes

In addition to its numerous self-serving internal policies that generate lavish profits — items such as mandated sec checks, six month OT sec checks, IAS donations, and the continuous reissues of old products that customers are ordered to purchase multiples of — 501(c)3 status gave the Church of Scientology a government-approved monopoly with significant competitive advantages. In other words, tax-exemption guaranteed the Church a sustainable competitive advantage that it would not possess if it were rightly classed as a business. For instance, tax exemption allowed the Church to Fair Game its competitors and critics and while calling such atrocious conduct “religious.” The Church has used terror and vigilanteeism in lieu of trademark enforcement and lawsuits in certain instances. Copyright lawsuits have been a mixed bag for the Church of Scientology, and perhaps most notably when it lost a ten year legal battle with Karin Spaink. In this case, Spaink successfully prevailed over the Church and now the OT levels are legally webbed online here.

The Church of Scientology is, in the final analysis, all about the money. Accordingly, tax exemption is crucial as it generates tax free profits for the Church while allowing it to engage in outrageous conduct behind First Amendment protections. Absent such protections, certain Scientology forms of conduct, such as Fair Game, invasion of privacy,  forced abortions, etc. would be civilly and criminally actionable.

My Position on the Church of Scientology

My position at the outset is therefore crystal clear: I do not consider the corporate “Church of Scientology” in its present form to be a religion in any meaningful sense of the word.

I consider the corporate Church of Scientology in its present form to be a fascist transnational capitalist organization masquerading as a religion. In this sense, I view the Church of Scientology as a deceptive organization that gained tax exemption, in part, by making certain dishonest and fraudulent representations to the IRS. The Church continues to maintain tax exemption by dishonesty and fraud, e.g. the Church’s deceptive claim that David Miscavige does not run the entire Scientology Enterprise. This is a deceptus visus.

I consider that there are two parts to the Church of Scientology:

1. The part you see.

2. The part you do not see.

In this series — and on this blog — I am generally focusing upon the part of the Church of Scientology you do not see and the Church does not want you to see.

A History of the Church of Scientology and Tax Exemption

In 2009, a poster called Probity wrote an excellent summary of Scientology and tax exemption on xenu.net. I post here in its entirety and will add details in later installments. Note: That I am reposting Probity’s comments here does not mean that this writer agrees with any of my opinions concerning Scientology and tax exemption.

Church of Scientology of California, 1954 – 2004

• The Church of Scientology of California (CSC) forms on 02/18/1954 to accept and adopt the aims, purposes, principles and creed of The Mother Church, “THE CHURCH OF AMERICAN SCIENCE”, of Camden, New Jersey. On 01/02/1957 the Internal Revenue Service exempts CSC from tax.

• The IRS revokes CSC tax-exempt status in 1967 for financial irregularities. CSC refuses to file for-profit income tax returns, instead CPA Greenberg prepares Form 990 returns (as if exempt) for years 1970 – 1972. On 03/28/1978 CSC files suit against the IRS in US Tax Court to challenge the IRS determination of tax deficiency based on filed CSC exempt returns for 1970 – 1972.

• New California corporations are formed to assimilate CSC authority in a reorganization attempt to sidestep mounting legal and tax threats: Church of Scientology International (CSI) 11/18/1981, Religious Technology Center (RTC) 01/01/1982, and Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) 05/28/1982.

• The Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc. (FSO) incorporates in Florida 05/19/1981. FSO takes over from CSC the Flag Land Base (Mecca of Scientology Gross Income) and severs CSC’s income source. In the UK, CSC assets are transferred to the Church of Scientology Religious Education College Incorporated (Australia). Bridge Publications 02/02/1981 (later Galaxy Press) perpetuate CSC financial fiction that LRH fiction income funds LRH research.

• After six years litigation the tax case between CSC and the IRS comes to a decision before the US Tax Court (“CSC vs. Commissioner of the IRS,” No. 3352-78 ). On 09/24/1984 the court issues judgment against CSC, which CSC appeals. On 07/28/1987 the US Court of Appeals ruling in this case (“CSC vs. Commissioner of the IRS,” No. 85-7324) upholds the 1984 decision:

“We affirm the Tax Court decision upholding the Commissioner’s revocation of the Church of Scientology of California’s tax exempt status on the ground that a portion of its income inured to the benefit of L. Ron Hubbard and others…”

• On 07/08/1988 the IRS (citing CSC bad acts) denies tax-exempt status to CST, RTC and CSI and demands for-profit income tax returns for all years since inception. The IRS assigns examiners full-time to audit CSC income tax for years 1967 – 1984. CSC consolidates income of both Scientology UK operations and the clandestine income siphoning to LRH via the Religious Research Foundation (RRF) during the Flagship Apollo era. CSI funds and directs the CSC tax audit legal defense. Weekly OSA INT statistics graph CSC tax liability as income and expense issues undergo examination.

• The US Supreme Court denies Scientologist charitable tax deductions in Hernandez v. Commissioner, 490 U.S. 680 (1989). CSI asserts inconsistent IRS administration in US Tax Court trial April 4-22, 1992 (Garrison v Commissioner).

• The IRS completes the CSC audit by 1993, a half billion dollars with penalty and interest. With both the final CSC tax assessment and the decision in Garrison on the horizon, the IRS abruptly pulls the plug on the CSC assessment, instead enters into the 10/01/1993 closing agreement with David Miscavige. The closing agreement is explicitly silent on the CSC income tax examination. The hot topic of CSC tax liability, which is for years the IRS primary attack target, mysteriously evaporates in a rumor cloud that David Miscavige sanctions covert operations against government officials. Here are the clear, simple facts:

• The closing agreement does not recognize CSC as tax exempt. CSI pays $12.5 million to the IRS, a suppressive (2½%) percentage of the half billion dollar CSC liability, or hardly enough to cover unreported Social Security taxes on CSC employee wages, wages which are never to appear on a Social Security earning statement despite CSI & IRS joint promises to rectify this omission.

• The State of California, long since agreed to abide by IRS findings, ultimately settles with its namesake for cents on the California tax dollar.

• Since 1993, CSC files for-profit tax returns ‘under protest’, vows to never give in only to dissolve quietly without sorrow in a 2002 to 2004 filing approved by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer (now California State Treasurer).

• CSI presently touts US tax exemption as proof of church status without mention that Hubbard’s mother church CSC is not US tax exempt but factually was considered by the IRS only a for-profit entity up to final dissolution in 2004.

• Inurement to the benefit of LRH is the undisclosed basis of Scientology.