SP

Scientology’s Latest Attack on Mike Rinder is Drowning in Lies & Hypocrisy

Mike Rinder and Leah Remini at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Day 2 at Microsoft Theater on September 09, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

We begin with an excerpt from the letter Scientology’s bogus STAND League sent to The Walt Disney Company. Mike Rinder reported on this in his recent blog post:

The letter expresses Scientology’s concern that Disney may not hire a job candidate if it is discovered that said candidate is a Scientologist. Aside from this being blatantly absurd, STAND League conveniently ignores the fact that an essential component of Scientology’s Fair Game policy is to get people fired from their jobs and to destroy them utterly.

Look at the Scientology hypocrisy:

1. Scientology’s STAND League worries aloud about Scientologists being discriminated against for employment at Disney even as its main hashtag is #FireMikeRinder.

— Hypocrisy and contradiction: Scientology wants job candidates who are Scientologists protected from discrimination at Disney even as Scientology demands that Disney fire Mike Rinder. Firing Mike would be discrimination against his right to Free Speech and his right to earn a living. Scientology claims to be opposed to discrimination — except of course when it comes to Mike Rinder, Leah Remini and everyone else who exposes Scientology.

2. Scientology engages in phony concerns about Scientologists being discriminated against at Disney even as Scientology uses Taryn Teutsch and Cathy Bernardini to push a thoroughly debunked story that is actually a slanderous attack against Disney and A&E executives. This attack maliciously, and falsely, accuses Disney and A&E executives of supporting domestic abuse because they will not fire Mike Rinder.

— Scientology wants it both ways: It is engaging in a slanderous Fair Game attack against Disney executives even as it demands that Disney executives give Scientology special protections and considerations. This schizophrenic thuggery is typical of Scientology.

— The implicit Scientology extortion racket going on here is obvious: Scientology will continue to attack Disney executives as champions of domestic battery until and unless they fire Mike Rinder. This malicious Scientology tactic fails because it is based in fraud. 

3. The Church of Scientology’s ridiculous claim that anti-religionists “out” Scientologists online is just plain stupid. Scientology has for decades published several monthly promotional magazines in which it provides the entire world with the names and photos of its own members. Two examples:

denver-completion-list-427

Aug-2016-St-Louis-Clear-View-Completions

SCIENTOLOGY IS CREATING ITS OWN PROBLEMS

If the Church of Scientology has such concerns about protecting the privacy and identities of its members, then it stands to reason that Scientology should immediately stop outing its own members by publishing their names and photographs in the many magazines and promo pieces it mails out weekly and monthly to everyone on its mailing lists.

Scientology will never do this because L. Ron Hubbard’s policies order that Scientology magazines and other promotional materials are to include the names, photos, and success stories of Scientologists. Hubbard ordered promotional materials to be mailed out in large volumes. “Outflow equals inflow” he wrote. The Church of Scientology continually boasts about Bridge Publications, its enormous printing factory in Los Angeles that produces a huge amount of PR materials.

Ignoring its massive PR efforts which include numerous pamphlets, DVD’s, magazines, websites, and now Scientology TV, the Church of Scientology is now trying to blame “anti-religionists” for the fact that the names of Scientologists are discoverable in online searches. Sorry but this problem was created by L. Ron Hubbard’s policies — and Hubbard’s policies are Scientology’s scriptures. Hence, Scientology has a scriptural PR mandate which has resulted in Scientologists being discoverable in online searches. This is not the fault of “anti-religionists” or whomever else Scientology tries to blame for its own intrinsic problem.

SCIENTOLOGY’S HORRIBLE REPUTATION IS SELF-CREATED

The underlying issue at hand is that the Church of Scientology’s reputation is horrible due to its own actions, and, individual Scientologists are associated with this horrible reputation. Rather than changing its conduct and thereby improving its reputation, Scientology wants to keep harming people, financially destroying its own members, engaging in Fair Game, and then wants to complain when its members are made to bear the stigma of Scientology’s own actions and awful reputation. And yet individual Scientologists are enabling and funding Scientology’s brutal conduct and horrible reputation by their donations to, and ongoing participation in, the Church of Scientology.

SCIENTOLOGY TV

David Miscavige has added to the problem by launching Scientology TV and its “Meet a Scientologist” episodes. Is the viewing public supposed to watch Scientology TV and never publicly mention or discuss the Scientologists who are featured on the program? The inconsistency of Scientology’s position is that it wants to feature Scientologists in its PR materials even as it demands that these materials not be studied, compiled, analyzed, or uploaded to the internet by the public to whom these materials are widely and regularly disseminated.

GREG & JANET DEERING AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE PROBLEM

Scientology TV featured Greg and Janet Deering, makers of the finest American made banjos on the market. Greg and Janet create a quality product, create jobs, and are proud Scientologists. Greg and Janet Deering’s donations to Scientology help to create and fund Scientology’s programs of Fair Game. Greg and Janet share in the collective moral culpability of the Church of Scientology’s Fair Game attacks as do all other Scientologists. If one were to Google “Greg and Janet Deering” the results on the front page all lead to Scientology websites. The Church of Scientology created these search results; the critics did not.

SCIENTOLOGY PR EVEN INCLUDES CHILDREN

Scientology publishes and mails out magazines and other PR pieces that shows photos of the children of Scientologists. The Church of Scientology promotes its members and their children and does so very publicly without any regard for their privacy. Scientology then turns around and blames critics for what? Posting the stuff Scientology mails us? Scientology even mails out photos of its Sea Org members:

Reality-011

It gets worse: People find it very hard to be removed from Scientology’s mailing lists. Countless people who left the Church long ago, bought a book, or did a course have written and asked Scientology to remove their names from all mailing lists and yet Scientology refuses to do so. This refusal occurs due to Scientology’s need to show weekly “stats” of promotional materials being mailed out. The policy was written by L. Ron Hubbard and must be obeyed. “Outflow equals inflow,” wrote Hubbard.

SCIENTOLOGY FAIR GAME

The Church of Scientology wants to portray itself as a persecuted victim even as its makes vicious Fair Game attack websites and videos on people who expose its evil and deceitful machinations.  These hate-motivated attacks, including the attacks on Disney and A&E executives, are based upon the sadistic and insane policies of L. Ron Hubbard:

* 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.

* This is the correct procedure: Spot who is attacking us. Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way. — “Attacks on Scientology” (25 February 1966).

* If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. — Dept. of Govt. Affairs (15 August 1960).

* The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly. — A Manual on the Dissemination of Material (1955).

THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. The only way you can control anybody is to lie to them. — Lecture: “Off the Time Track” (June 1952) as quoted in Journal of Scientology issue 18-G, reprinted in Technical Volumes of Dianetics & Scientology Vol. 1, p. 418.

The Bottom Line: The Church of Scientology is becoming increasingly incoherent, absurd, inconsistent, paranoid, and contradictory on social media.

Evidence of a Targeted Scientology Threat Against an Individual

Aaron Smith-Levin tweeted a letter from the Church of Scientology to a private individual. That person gave Aaron permission to publicly repost this letter and we do so here at the Scientology Money Project.

This letter from Scientology is a threat, a form of psychological intimidation against Anthony Nelson and his wife. Scientology clearly accuses Nelson’s wife as being the reason he is no longer doing Scientology.

This letter is an explicit attempt by Scientology to interfere in a marriage by characterizing Nelson’s wife as someone who is preventing her husband from going forward in Scientology. In other words, Scientology is calling her an SP. As such, the letter tacitly asserts Scientology doctrine of Fair Game in which SP’s may be tricked, lied to, and destroyed.

Given Nelson’s knowledge of Scientology Office of Special Affairs and its ability to conduct Fair Game operations against persons deemed SP’s, this letter is a thinly-veiled threat that Nelson’s wife should stop interfering with him doing Scientology. The Church arrogantly presumes that Mr. Nelson would go forward with Scientology were it not for his SP wife.

This is a truly creepy, threatening, and disturbing letter:

The Church of Scientology and the Highly Obscene “R” Word

The highly obscene “R” word in the Church of Scientology is REFUND as in, “We hate to give anyone a refund!”

There are three types of refunds in the Church of Scientology:

1. Repayment of Advanced Payments (AP) which is often called “monies on account.” The Church has always solicited and encouraged its members to make advanced payments for future services. The push for advanced payments surged dramatically in the late 1970’s when financial inflation was rampant(1). The Church is said to have a large financial exposure on AP. Chaos could ensue on Church finance lines if there were a sudden mass demand for refunds by thousands of disaffected Scientologists.

2. Refunds for Services Delivered. If someone takes a Scientology service and is not happy with it, they are allowed to ask for a refund within a certain amount of time.

3. Refunds of Unrestricted Donations to the IAS and other “non-delivery” Church trusts. In other words, donations where no services or goods are delivered in exchange.”Unrestricted” simply means that the Church can spend the money however it sees fit. As a general rule, when a 501(c)3 solicits donations for a particular purpose such as a building, the money may only be legally spent on that purpose and no other purpose. Therefore, Scientology uses the IAS and its other trusts to solicit unrestricted donations for nonspecific and non-defined purposes such as “Defense of the Scientology Religion.” These funds can then be used for anything the Church deems to be in defense of the Scientology religion: Lawyers, PI’s, stalking, harassment, Super Bowl ads, building purchases, or for stockpiling in bank accounts. Tokens such as trophies, commendations, key chains, or trinkets are typically given for unrestricted donations given. The Church uses contracts in an attempt to make such donations completely nonrefundable. These contracts call for any disputes to be subject to binding arbitration within the Church conducted by Church members.

History: Beginning in 1991, the Church of Scientology International renewed its request to the IRS for 501(c)3 status as a tax-exempt church. The story is far more complex than David Miscavige and Mark Rathbun simply walking into the IRS headquarters in Washington D.C. and asking for a meeting with the IRS Commissioner. While that actually happened, Miscavige and Rathbun’s request to the IRS began a three year investigation by the IRS into the Church and its organizational structure and finances. The Church submitted a 1023 to the IRS. The 1023 is an application for 501(c)3 status as a tax-exempt organization. Church of Scientology 1023 here.

What the Church told the IRS: The Church told the IRS that it had an internal refund process in place. Among other things, the Church told the IRS about its CVB (Claims Verification Board) account. The implications here are scandalous:

CVBWhat actually happens:  The Church never told the IRS it gave refunds promptly or easily. Rather, the Church stated quite clearly that it handles refund “demands” on an “abandoned or met” basis. To say that the CVB must pass on the “validity” of a claim for a refund is a statement that the Church of Scientology wants to keep every dollar it takes in.

Scientology is quick and eager to grab money from people. However,when it comes to refunds the Church becomes an obnoxious, bureaucratic, sandbagging, fine print deadbeat. Some people who want refunds have to get an attorney after the Church denies their refund request. The Church of Scientology was simply not designed to give refunds with any shred of dignity or grace.

What becomes explicit from the Church’s fine print is the fact that the Church reserves the right to persuade, convince, or threaten a member into abandoning their refund “demand.”

The Claims Verification Board Routing form below (source) makes it clear that the Church of Scientology does not want to give refunds. The Church makes anyone requesting a refund run a gauntlet of Church officials whose goal is to convince that person to abandon their refund request.

The aftermath of getting a refund: If a person succeeds in getting a refund, they are banned from receiving future Scientology services forever. As a practical matter, most people who receive refunds are declared SP’s.

Footnotes:

(1)On 16 September 1976, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard issued an Executive Directive. Entitled Solution to Inflation, the ED laid out Hubbard’s plan for dealing with inflation in the Church:

“… we have no choice but to adjust set donation figures. But to do so suddenly would work great hardship on and deny those services to our public and parishioners.

“Until a recent study was complete there was no solution other than a sudden and huge price rise. Fortunately I have found a solution which avoids this.

“Accordingly, henceforth, beginning at midnight 31 October 1976 the requested donations of all services, books, meters, courses and processing, will increase 5%.

“On 30 November 1976 at midnight, all these prices will be increased 5% over October.

“In the United Kingdom, however, where the level of donations was already only half that of other parts of the world for each item and service, the increase will be 10% per month.

“Thereafter, at midnight on the last day of each month, the expected donations will increase 5% over the past month.
The formula for calculating the price or donation for any month for any item or service for any continent and any currency is simply to multiply the prices of the past month by 1.05 (1.10 for UK) and this will give the amounts for the following month…”

Hubbard’s Solution to Inflation generated a huge amount of advanced payments made by Scientologists wanting to lock in lower prices for future services. In context, and to be historically fair to Hubbard, the demand for Scientology services was such in the mid-1970’s that Hubbard could raise prices 5% per month while the Church membership continued to grow. Several of my sources have told me that the financial and membership zenith of Scientology occurred with the release of NED for OT’s on 15 September 1978. This makes sense to me inasmuch as the “Mission Holders Massacre” of 1982 saw 35,000 people leave the Church.

Recommended reading on the Mission Holders Massacre:

A Piece of Blue Sky by John Atack. Section 7, Chapter 1.

ESMB: The Mission Holders Massacre