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Feb 25, 2011
Enquête JE // Clearwater, la "Mecque" de la scientologie — TVA
More: Unofficial English translation
Type: TV
Author(s): Dominique Trottier
Source: TVA
L'église de Scientologie n'aime guère les journalistes, pas plus que la critique, et donne rarement des entrevues. Les responsables ont d'ailleurs refusé les deux demandes que nous avons faites, aux États-Unis et au Québec. Le pouvoir absolu du grand leader David Miscavidge, (qui a succédé à Ron Hubbard après son décès) suscite de la grogne. De nombreux hauts dirigeants ont quitté le mouvement. Ils dénoncent le climat de violence qui y règne depuis l'arrivée de Miscavidge. Une équipe de JE s'est ...
Feb 14, 2011
The Apostate // Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology — New Yorker
More: Primary Sources: L. Ron Hubbard Leaves the Navy,
Type: Press
Author(s): Lawrence Wright
Source: New Yorker
On August 19, 2009, Tommy Davis, the chief spokesperson for the Church of Scientology International, received a letter from the film director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. “For ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego,” Haggis wrote. Before the 2008 elections, a staff member at Scientology’s San Diego church had signed its name to an online petition supporting Proposition 8, which asserted that ...
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Nov 9, 2010
In Pasadena, a model for Scientology’s growth plan — New York Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Fred A. Bernstein
Source: New York Times
PASADENA, Calif. — The opening of a Scientology center in this city’s Old Town neighborhood was a significant local event. Church members spent $10 million to buy a historic four-story building and $6 million more to restore it to its 1906 luster before a gala dedication ceremony on July 18. But the Pasadena project is just one part of a much larger undertaking for the church: the creation of about 50 new centers in 16 countries. The global real estate firm ...
Oct 13, 2010
Israeli police suspect arson in Scientology blaze — Associated Press
Type: Press
Source: Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli police suspect arson in a fire that damaged a building tapped to house the local headquarters of the Church of Scientology. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the fire a day earlier is still being investigated. But he said that recent protests against the church by Arab and Jewish residents point to possible wrongdoing. Church spokesman Sefi Fischler said the fact that fires started in several places also points to arson, though nothing will be known for sure ...
Sep 3, 2010
Another ex-Scientologist publishes damning tell-all — Village Voice
Type: Blog
Author(s): Tony Ortega
Source: Village Voice
Adding to Scientology's woes, some of the people who have been making defections in recent years are turning around and writing damning tell-alls. Regular publishers won't touch these books — even though some of them are actually very well written — so the authors have had to go the self-published route. Last year's killer I-escaped-from-Scientology narrative was put out by Marc Headley. His Blown for Good made for a gripping read, about a low-level grunt who spent years at Scientology's secret ...
Jul 31, 2010
Scientology church finds new home in Queen Anne neighborhood — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Janet I. Tu
Source: Seattle Times
[Ongoing censorship of critical views in the comments section, as confirmed by a Seattle Times official: "Dear readers, As many of you have noticed, many comments have been suppressed in this comment thread. This has not been due to an editorial decision by The Seattle Times, but rather has been due to other readers reporting and flagging abuse. I have gone into the problem queue and unflagged all appropriate comments. Nikolaj Lasbo Online News Producer"] —– For the Rev. Ann ...
Jun 9, 2010
Church of Scientology to open new HQ in Moseley — Birmingham Mail
Type: Press
Author(s): Andy Richards
Source: Birmingham Mail
THE Church of Scientology is set to open its new multi-million pound Midland headquarters in Moseley within weeks. The well-known Grade II-listed Pitmaston building, in Moor Green Lane, was snapped up by the church for £4.25 million two years ago. It has made the former insurance offices into the headquarters for its Midland operation because a rocketing membership has seen it outgrow premises in Ethel Street, Birmingham. The church, which has previously denied accusations that it is a cult, lists Hollywood ...
Jun 8, 2010
Church of Scientology buys Sherlock Building — Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
Type: Press
Author(s): Aaron Spencer
Source: Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
The Church of Scientology last week completed the purchase of the historic Sherlock Building in downtown Portland. The church purchased the building for $6.4 million. Portland-based Butler Brokers managed the sale. The Sherlock Building, at 309 S.W. 3rd Ave., is six stories and 61,430 square feet. It was built in 1894 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church purchased the building from Seattle-based Urban Renaissance Group, which bought the building in 2007 for $9.75 million. The ...
Jun 8, 2010
Scientology takes hold in India — Global Post
Type: Press
Author(s): Mridu Khullar Relph
Source: Global Post
A controversial religion has gripped India with its business principles and self-help routine. NEW DELHI, India — In India, where the most popular psychology books include such titles as “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Who Moved My Cheese,” there's a new self-help guru in town: Scientology. Founded in 1954 by United States science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology is the religion of Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Isaac Hayes, claiming a worldwide ...
Jun 8, 2010
The Church of Scientology of Portland says old digs don't work, buys bigger digs downtown — The Oregonian (Portland)
Type: Press
Author(s): Janie Har
Source: The Oregonian (Portland)
The Church of Scientology of Portland is moving into a larger building at Third and Oak. Community affairs director Gwen Barnard said the 12-story Stevens Building at 812 S.W. Washington Street, which the church bought in 2008, lacks the open space needed for a chapel and architects couldn’t make it work. The church purchased the 6-story Sherlock Building at 320 S.W. Oak Street for $6.4 million from the Urban Renaissance Group, an investment partnership based in Seattle. Office space on floors ...
Jun 2, 2010
Iconic Royal Fleet Hotel to be turned into Scientology church — The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
DEVONPORT'S iconic Royal Fleet Hotel has been sold to the Church of Scientology. The Herald has learned agents representing the hotel's owner — Midlands-based businessman Kailash Suri — completed the sale of the historic building on Friday. Last month, Mr Suri announced the hotel was set to close, 18 months after he bought it promising a multi-million-pound makeover. He claimed the Morice Square building was losing money "drastically". But yesterday, Mr Suri, the Church of Scientology and property consultants King Sturge ...
May 18, 2010
In Rene Piedra and Associates, Debtor; Barry E. Mukamal, Chapter 7 Trustee v. Church of Scientology of Florida, Inc.; World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, Inc.; Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida, Inc.; Deborah Fraser, as Trustee of the US IAS Members; Indira Blyskal; William Alexander Carr; Second Chance Program, Inc.; Wendy L. Keene; MGE Management Experts, Inc. dba Marcus Group Enterprises, Inc.; IAS Administrations, Inc.; Church of Scientology Religious Trust
Type: Legal
[... Trustee seeks leave to amend the Adversary Complaints to include more detailed information regarding Keene and Blyskal’s involvement in a massive scheme to defraud dental patients and transfer significant sums of money to Church of Scientology ("CAS") or CAS related entities. The Trustee through proper investigation and analysis of various documents was able to unearth further information relating to this scheme. ...] —– UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA MIAMI DIVISION www.flsb.usc0urts.g0v In re: Chapter 7 RENE PIEDRA ...
Apr 8, 2010
Aaron Saxton, Scientology enforcer, stops by for a chat — Village Voice
Type: Press
Author(s): Tony Ortega
Source: Village Voice
Yesterday, we were visited by Aaron Saxton, who is in town visiting friends. Saxton is a former Scientologist, and his Orwellian tales of being one of the Sea Org's ruthless enforcers during the 1990s are part of a national scandal that has become big news in Australia. In November, an Australian senator with the unlikely name of Nick Xenophon stunned his colleagues and the nation with a surprising speech filled with allegations of abuse by Scientology and calling for a federal ...
Apr 7, 2010
From Science to Scientology: Church of Scientology transforming old museum into new headquarters — Politics in Minnesota
Type: Press
Author(s): Bill Clements
Source: Politics in Minnesota
[Picture / Caption: In four to six months, the former Science Museum of Minnesota will be transformed into the regional headquarters for the Church of Scientology, which has ambitious plans for growth in the Twin Cities—part of a global effort to expand, which an official says has resulted in the Church doubling its worldwide size in the last five years. (Staff photo: Bill Klotz)] The Church of Scientology has ambitious plans for growing in the Twin Cities area, hoping to double ...
Apr 2, 2010
Scientologists launch building boom to help grow the faith — The Oklahoman
Type: Press
Author(s): Megan Mollman
Source: The Oklahoman
CHICAGO (RNS) The windows are boarded-up and there's a "Keep Out" sign in the windowsill. Many in the Printer's Row neighborhood are unaware that the vacant brick building is slated to become Illinois' new welcome center for the Church of Scientology at the end of the year. The $4-million purchase of the seven-story structure is part of a nationwide push by Scientologists to open a host of new church buildings and draw new members into the faith. In all, more than ...
Apr 1, 2010
Members of Scientology ‘persecuted’ — City News (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Nicole Carrington
Source: City News (Australia)
BRISBANE Scientologists claim they’re being vilified following recent TV reports calling their religion a dangerous cult. In March, ABC’s Four Corners program aired claims of forced abortions, imprisonment in boot camps and separation of families, and Channel 7’s Sunday Night program explored Scientology’s controversial beliefs. The allegations preceded independent senator Nick Xenophon’s failed bid to get the Senate to launch a Parliamentary inquiry into the church, which he labelled a cult. The Church of Scientology of Brisbane, at Annerley, has about ...
Apr 1, 2010
Renovations begin on Scientology site in St. Paul — Star Tribune (Minnesota)
Type: Press
Author(s): Chris Havens
Source: Star Tribune (Minnesota)
The former Science Museum of Minnesota is being transformed into the largest Church of Scientology in the Midwest. Renovations started this week on the vacant downtown St. Paul building that the church bought three years ago. It appears to be the church's first foray into St. Paul and its largest footprint in Minnesota. The building will serve followers from across the state, according to a video on the Scientology website. Church officials did not return a message seeking comment on Thursday. ...
Mar 31, 2010
Church of Scientology selling Stevens Building in Portland — Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
Type: Press
Author(s): Aaron Spencer
Source: Daily Journal of Commerce (Oregon)
When the Church of Scientology bought the Stevens Building in 2008, it told tenants to vacate when their leases ended. Most of them did. Now the Portland building is 42 percent vacant, another 20 percent is used for storage, and the church no longer plans to move in. “It would be nice to have it back to where it was in 2006 - about three-quarters full,” said Steven Ballinger, who has maintained a Princeton University Press sales office in the building ...
Mar 29, 2010
Scientology: A history of violence / Scientology under scrutiny — CNN
Mar 6, 2010
Defectors say Church of Scientology hides abuse — New York Times
More: New York Times' Youtube channel: Christie Collbran interview
Type: Press
Author(s): Laurie Goodstein
Source: New York Times
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Raised as Scientologists, Christie King Collbran and her husband, Chris, were recruited as teenagers to work for the elite corps of staff members who keep the Church of Scientology running, known as the Sea Organization, or Sea Org. They signed a contract for a billion years — in keeping with the church’s belief that Scientologists are immortal. They worked seven days a week, often on little sleep, for sporadic paychecks of $50 a week, at most. But after ...
Jan 23, 2010
Trouble in the house of Hubbard — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
More: Partial scan of article
Jan 15, 2010
Scientology plans new center // Ex-cable building will transform into an 'ideal church' — Columbus Dispatch
Type: Press
Author(s): Meredith Heagney
Source: Columbus Dispatch
This year, Columbus is set to join a worldwide push in the Church of Scientology to improve its buildings and increase its reach. The Church of Scientology of Central Ohio has existed in Columbus for 30 years in various Downtown locations. Leaders plan to move the church from its current spot at 30 N. High St. to the former Time Warner building at 1266 Dublin Rd. on the Northwest Side. The new church will classify as an "Ideal Church of Scientology." ...
Jan 8, 2010
Restoration of lost Scientology materials complete — New York Times
Jan 3, 2010
Les scientologues cherchent toujours 1,5 million de dollars [French] — Le Journal de Québec
More: Unofficial English translation
Type: Press
Author(s): Kathryne Lamontagne
Source: Le Journal de Québec
L’Église de scientologie de Québec est toujours à la recherche de 1,5 million de dollars pour terminer la construction de son nouveau lieu de culte, dont le coût total est aujourd’hui estimé à 6 millions, soit 2 millions de plus que ce qui était prévu au départ. Sans le financement nécessaire, l’inauguration des nouveaux locaux de l’Église de scientologie de Québec, situés sur la rue Saint-Joseph au c?ur du Nouvo Saint-Roch, doit être reportée. Initialement prévue à la fin de l’année ...
Dec 12, 2009
Senior Scientologist says 'no cover up' — Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
Type: Press
Author(s): Bronwyn Herbert
Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News
ELIZABETH JACKSON: The international vice president of the Church of Scientology has responded to allegations that his church is a criminal organisation. Senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege last month to declare that Scientology is not a religion but a criminal organisation which covers up offences and abuse by its members. The Church of Scientology's vice president says the allegations have already been investigated. Bronwyn Herbert reports. BRONWYN HERBERT: Its status as a religion is fiercely contested, but the Church of ...
Nov 14, 2009
Scientology chiefs make €270,000 from Irish wing —
Type: Press
Author(s): Laura Noonan
THE Irish wing of the controversial Church of Scientology is making annual profits of over €270,000 but its director last night insisted all the money was going to pay off the company's "substantial debts". A favourite with celebrities such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, the local Scientology spin-off has been the subject of numerous protests at its Middle Abbey Street base in Dublin, with a Fine Gael TD branding the movement a "crackpot cult". New financial filings show the Irish ...
Nov 12, 2009
Scientologists to build large church in £1million Plymouth building — The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
Type: Press
Source: The Herald (Plymouth, UK)
SCIENTOLOGISTS in Plymouth are planning to buy a £1million property in the city centre and convert it into a church. They say the "bold" and "prominent" building is being planned as the popularity of the religion grows in Plymouth and the South West. Two undisclosed buildings are currently being looked at in the centre of Plymouth. Marianne Rowell, spokeswomen for the Church of Scientology, said the plan was to buy the building by the end of the year, and open it ...
Nov 4, 2009
'Tom Cruise told me to talk to a bottle': Life at Scientology's secret headquarters — Village Voice
Nov 2, 2009
Will France ban Scientology? — The Daily Beast
Type: Press
Author(s): Eric Pape
Source: The Daily Beast
Five years after Tom Cruise called Nicolas Sarkozy a “wonderful guy,” a French court convicted his church of fraud. Eric Pape on Scientology’s latest crisis. Scientology isn’t a religion, it’s a dangerous sect overseen by convicted criminals—at least as far as France is concerned. There is no doubt that the last week has brought a flurry of bad news for Scientology. There was the vocal defection of respected film director Paul Haggis, as well as fresh indications that John Travolta, one ...
Nov 1, 2009
Defections, court fights test Scientology — Seattle Times
Type: Press
Author(s): Eric Gorski
Source: Seattle Times
The Church of Scientology is going through a difficult season. Over the course of two days last week, a French court convicted the church of fraud and Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis' resignation from the church over a litany of concerns was aired publicly. On one hand, it was just another bad press week for the embattled institution founded in 1953 by the late science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. But for former Scientologists and scholars of the movement, the setbacks pose ...
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