The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology
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Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on and followed and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church's spokesman on camera and his infamous 'exploding tomato' clip was seen by millions around the world. In THE CHURCH OF FEAR Sweeney tells the full story of his experiences for the first time and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation, from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind's problems. This is the real story of the Church by the reporter who was brave enough to take it on.
cannot follow someone in Colorado without risking being nicked for stalking unless you have a separate PI license for that state too. We don’t see him again. As usual, he could just have been a friendly American fascinated by British soccer who just happened to have never heard of the current Premier League Champions Manchester City. Marc continues: ‘The goal, Miscavige says, is getting the whole planet clear. OK. I figured out that if you take zip code 90027 around L Ron Hubbard Way in Los
were mother and son, and psychiatrists, and the grandmother and father of the publisher of this book, Humfrey Hunter, an accident of history I only learned this summer. Their book was turned into a play and then a film by Alan Bennett. On Benjamin Rush, see Brodsky, Alyn. Benjamin Rush: Patriot and Physician. New York: Truman Talley Books/St. Martin’s Press, 2004. The Church is also a dark critic of the pharmaceutical industry. But you can be that, and not be a Scientologist. See Ben Goldacre’s
million years ago Lord Xenu, the head of the Galactic Confederacy, brought life-forms called Thetans to planet Earth and blew them up in volcanoes with hydrogen bombs. Humanity’s wretchedness is due to our being infected with the souls of the dead Thetans. Ex-Scientologists maintain that Xenu is part of Scientology’s Holy Writ. They say the exploding volcano that illustrates L Ron’s great work, Dianetics, is a cunning reference to this great secret. They say that if you ask a Scientologist about
immediately.’ Marc has written a book on his time in the Church, Blown For Good, which is a shocking read. The book describes Miscavige’s mass humiliation of the Sea Org staff: his version of Musical Chairs with people ripping chairs away from rivals and, on another occasion, when around a hundred of the Holy Order of the Church were made to clean out the sewage ponds at Gold by hand. Marc writes: ‘As you picked up the waste, it would crumble in your hands and make dust. Multiply that times a
it seems they too were on my case: ‘They’ve brought in the Sixth Cavalry,’ I said. Some plastic bobbies – Community Service officers – wafted in like dandelions on a breeze, adding to the police presence. Enter a police van, making my running total: four police vehicles and seven law enforcers. A nice lady who lived on the street brought out an ostentatious cup of tea for me. The natives of Notting Hill seemed friendly. After around 40 minutes a copper finally set out the score: ‘Effectively,