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Scientology Legal Cases — July 2018: Scientology Wins Garcia Sham Arbitration; Settles Forced Abortion Case in DeCrescenzo

Laura DeCrescenzo

Events in a mediation last weekend signaled that the Church of Scientology was preparing to settle with Laura DeCrescenzo in her nine year old lawsuit that detailed numerous abuses she suffered at Scientology’s hands as a Sea Org member: Forced abortion, sleep deprivation, brainwashing, and false imprisonment.

Scientology’s Religious Technology Center (RTC) was named as a defendant in the lawsuit. Scientology dictator David Miscavige exercises supreme control over Scientology from his position as Chairman of the Board RTC.  DeCrescenzo’s lawsuit threatened to pierce Scientology’s corporate veils and show that Scientology is the alter ego of David Miscavige.

News of the settlement with Laura DeCrescenzo has just been published by Tony Ortega. In her long and grinding legal battle, DeCrescenzo was able to defeat Scientology’s contract called Agreement Regarding Confidential Religious Files. In this particular contract, Scientologists forever sign away all their rights to ever read, inspect, review, or own their preclear folders.

Among her other legal victories in pretrial, Laura DeCrescenzo was able to establish that over 100 people in Scientology had access to her confessional folders and there was no priest-penitent privilege. This struck another major blow against Scientology’s demonstrably false claim that pc folders are confidential. Scientology’s former members who speak out have consistently testified that their “private” pc folder data was used against them in retaliatory Scientology Fair Game attacks. Fair Game puts the lie to all claims made by Scientology that anything a former Scientologist said in session is private. L. Ron Hubbard himself sanctioned the use of pc folder data against former members who speak out.

The upcoming trial in DeCrescenzo posed enormous risks for the Church of Scientology. These risks included the setting of legal precedents that would be adverse to Scientology in all future litigation filed against it.

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On July 17, 2018 Federal Judge James Whittemore ruled in the Church of Scientology’s favor in the sham arbitration it conducted with former Scientologists Luis and Rocio Garcia. In his ruling, Judge Whittemore’s concluded that the First Amendment prevented him from interfering in the outcome of Scientology’s arbitration procedure with the Garcia’s. To outsiders, it was abundantly clear to see that the arbitration was a complete sham.

The Garcia case was predicated on the fact that the Garcia’s had signed Scientology’s scammy “Religious Services Enrollment Application, Agreement, and General Release” contract. In this contract, the Garcia’s agreed to be bound by Scientology’s ecclesiastical rules including arbitration. According to the contract, Scientology was entitled to set all the rules in what became a one-sided farce that served to highlight the bad faith that is integral to the Church of Scientology.

We covered specifics of Scientology’s bad faith in two previous articles:

How Scientology Inc. Legally Cripples Its Own Members: The Four Unconscionable Contracts

Why the Church of Scientology Gets Away with Flagrantly Abusing and Harming its Own Members and How to Stop It.

An excerpt from our second article:

Churches, temples, mosques, and ashrams are free to determine their own internal form of government, rules, and discipline. The government is prohibited from intruding into these ecclesiastical matters. The First and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution guarantees these rights. In the legal case Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese, Etc. v. Milivojevich, the Court stated:

“…the First and Fourteenth Amendments permit hierarchical religious organizations to establish their own rules and regulations for internal discipline and government, and to create tribunals for adjudicating disputes over these matters. When this choice is exercised and ecclesiastical tribunals are created to decide disputes over the government and direction of subordinate bodies, the Constitution requires that civil courts accept their decisions as binding upon them.”

So long as the “rules and regulations for internal discipline and government” do not violate US law, the members of a religious group can be subjected to harsh ecclesiastical tribunals, severe punishments, and even the humiliating public disclosure of their sins and the US courts cannot do anything about it. This is the dark side of “freedom of religion.”

Judge Whittemore cited Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese, Etc. v. Milivojevich in his ruling in Garcia.

In our opinion, Judge Whittemore issued an intellectually lazy and judicially incompetent ruling. Rather than focusing on the bad faith of Scientology during the entire arbitration process — which is a serious issue — he simply took the easy way out.

An exhausted old cow can’t deliberate properly: A perfect metaphor for Judge James Whittemore’s ruling in Garcia. 

Had Scientology’s attorneys known in advance that Judge Whittemore was so slovenly, they would have had Scientology’s arbitrators throw chicken bones on the floor; read the patterns; deny the Garcia’s any award; and have this chicken bone ecclesiastical procedure confirmed by Scientology’s IJC Mike Ellis. Judge Whittemore would have accepted their decision and issued the exact same ruling: The court may not interfere. Whittemore is 66 years old. He needs to be put out to pasture like an old cow before he does further judicial damage to other parties in his lackadaisical dotage. The poor old boy is tired.

SCIENTOLOGY: BAD FAITH, DIRTY CONTRACTS, BROKEN DREAMS

Although the Garcia’s lost in what was a sham arbitration, the Church of Scientology lost in a much bigger way. What the world saw in Garcia was Scientology’s bad faith and lies at work. For example, the Garcia’s were fraudulently induced to donate $65,000 to cover the costs of placing the Scientology cross atop the Super Power Building. This same fraudulent inducement was propounded to other Scientology by Scientology’s dishonest and predatory registrars (sales people)

Scientology’s registrars and certain other public-facing staff members can be so craven and dishonest that the Church of Scientology had to write a specific policy in which it does not stand behind any statements made by any of its staff members:

Laura DeCrescenzo prevailed in her case because Scientology’s conduct was so abhorrent that it appears to have exceeded First Amendment religious protections and, in this writer’s opinion, to have crossed the line into criminality. In any event, Scientology did not want to risk appearing in a public court of law where a jury would hear a shocking litany of horrific acts Scientology perpetrated against a young woman.

And under all circumstances, Scientology could not risk having David Miscavige placed on the stand. This is because the entire operating basis of the Church of Scientology is to protect David Miscavige from the consequences of his own actions. The same operating basis was at work when L. Ron Hubbard was alive and in control of the Church. The coddled and brutal tyrants at the top of the Scientology crime syndicate must always be protected at all costs. Mary Sue Hubbard learned this the hard way as has Shelly Miscavige.

In my view, the Church of Scientology lied to and swindled the Garcia’s out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and got away with it due to its First Amendment protections. The same holds true of the many people Scientology has swindled out of money these people have placed as “Monies on Account.” The fact is that there is no such thing as “Monies on Account” in Scientology. The actual contract Scientologists sign characterizes the monies as irrevocable donations and states that Scientology is under no obligation to return it. Again, this emphasizes why the IRS must move to revoke Scientology’s tax exemption.

The bad faith, lies, greed, hostility, and malice the Church of Scientology continually exhibits towards its own members is contained in the series of dirty contracts Scientologists must sign at every step of their journey up the falsely named “Bridge to Total Freedom.”

Bottom Line: No one should ever sign any contract with the Church of Scientology — and no one should ever donate money to this already wealthy and dishonest organization.

There is no Bridge to Total Freedom in Scientology.

There is only a Bridge to Total Slavery and Ruination.


Judge Whittemore’s Ruling in Garcia:

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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.

Truth Revealed: The Church of Scientology Finally Explains How It Has Millions of Members

The Church of Scientology International (CSI) is the “Mother Church” of Scientology. As the official Mother Church, CSI makes this bold statement on one of its official websites:

The truth is that there are millions of individuals who participate in Scientology services and apply it to their lives.

In the very next sentence, CSI identifies the source for its claim that millions of individuals participate in Scientology:

This is according to the individual Churches that maintain the names of their parishioners and a record of their progress up the Scientology Bridge.

While all parishioners’ records are securely maintained at their local Church, the names and addresses of members of all Churches and Missions are provided to Church of Scientology International (CSI), which maintains the mailing list for Church magazines disseminated to all Scientologists. Our numbers come from this international list.

Parishioners’ records are not securely maintained and can be, in fact, culled by OSA to find dirt on Scientologists. Parishioners’ records can also be culled to help regges find “buttons” to raise more money. Laura Dieckman’s legal case has shown us that over 100 people have access to pc folders. And yet CSI claims that Parishioners’ records are securely maintained. Given that this statement is false, we must also treat with scrutiny CSI’s claim “that there are millions of individuals who participate in Scientology services and apply it to their lives.”

There are five glaringly obvious problems with CSI’s claim that millions of people are participating in Scientology:

1. Who are the people at the local Scientology churches sending the names of their members to CSI? The answer is that local staff members are sending the lists of names to CSI. This is a problem because CSI has a policy in which it declares that it does not stand behind any statements or claims made by staff members:

CSI’s claim that “there are millions of individuals who participate in Scientology services and apply it to their lives” is made by Scientology staff members and therefore CSI, per its own policy, takes no responsibility for this claim or any claims made by staff members. Absent verification by an independent third party audit, the staff members reporting millions of members must be assumed to be engaged in false reporting. I say this because there is no empirical evidence whatsoever that Scientology has millions of members — and we certainly can’t believe Scientology’s staff members given the fact that CSI itself refuses to stand behind statements made by its own staff members.

2. CSI designated the IAS as the official membership organization of Scientology. Therefore, only the IAS can make a true and accurate statement of membership numbers. However, the IAS is not a part of the Church of Scientology:

Applications to join the IAS are sent to the IAS. The Church of Scientology International told the IRS that it doesn’t even get a copy of IAS applications:

4. The Church of Scientology International told the IRS that the Church does not have access to IAS records:

The information requested regarding IAS receipts and expenditure is voluminous and not readily available to CSI or any other Scientology-related organization.

5. How can CSI possibly know how many Scientologists there are if it doesn’t know how  many people have applied to the IAS for membership? The answer is that CSI has to rely on statements made by staff members. However, as we said, CSI doesn’t stand behind statements made by staff members.This is all more Scientology nonsense. And yet there it is on Scientology’s website:

What Scientology’s Promises Actually Mean

Per policy, Scientology always delivers what it promises. Per policy, Scientology promises nothing. Therefore, Scientology delivers nothing.

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