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January 3, 2012
THE CHURCH of Scientology was founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, based on his books Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and Scientology: A New Slant on Life. Here are the basic tenets of Scientology, culled from the website www.scientology.org : * Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to an understanding of one's true spiritual nature and one's relationship to self, family, groups, mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.
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January 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - Two former members of the Church of Scientology claimed in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the church and its affiliates deceived members into donating millions of dollars to misrepresented causes. Luis and Maria Garcia, of Irvine, Calif., filed the complaint in federal court in Tampa, near the church's national headquarters in Clearwater. The couple claims that they were duped into giving more than $420,000 for a building campaign, disaster-relief efforts and other Scientology causes, only to find that the bulk of the money went to inflate the church coffers and line the pockets of its leader, David Miscavige.
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February 12, 1992 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post
The word of Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard will be stored in a huge underground vault built to last 1,000 years, a California newspaper reported yesterday. Citing documents filed by Hubbard's followers, the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa said the cylindrical container is almost complete - 14 feet below a cow pasture in Petrolia. It's as wide as the cabin of a Boeing 747 but 140 feet longer. Besides Hubbard's voluminous written works - Dianetics among his most famous - it will house his words recorded on audio discs made of gold, texts etched into stainless steel, steel phonograph records, and gas-filled titanium time capsules.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2007 | By LAURIE T. CONRAD conradl@phillynews.com 215-854-2270 Daily News wire services contributed to this report
THE PUBLIC EYE'S focused on Scientology today. Hadn't planned it like that, but we bravely follow the news wherever it leads us. First up, a BBC News documentary, "Scientology and Me," scheduled to be broadcast tonight on the BBC One show "Panorama" (www.bbc.co.uk/panorama), has journalists and Scientologists in what the Brits might call a bit of a row. Scientology cameras caught BBC reporter John Sweeney screaming at Scientologist Tom Davis (friend of famously Scientological actor Tom Cruise and son of less famously Scientological actress Anne Archer)
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January 31, 2002 | REGINA MEDINA Daily News wire services contributed to this report
LOOKS AS IF photogenic wonder Tom Cruise has his "Eyes Wide Shut" concerning Germany's position toward his beloved religion, the Church of Scientology. Still, he tried lobbying the U.S. ambassador to fight for the group's rights in Deutschland, diplomats said yesterday. Mr. Smile, as we well know, is an outspoken advocate of the California-based church, which was founded on the teachings of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Cruise met with Ambassador Dan Coats, a former U.S. senator, in Berlin for more than an hour last week, making an appeal for Coats' support in improving the church's status, embassy officials said.
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May 13, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
One day in 1969, a father took his son to a South Jersey restaurant to see a man about Scientology. Decades later, the revelations that unfolded there steered the father and son into hinterlands of dysfunction. Ron Miscavige Sr., 80, doesn't regret taking his second son, David, to Ogle's Cafeteria in Woodbury that day. David, then 9, arrived with asthma and left breathing easily, an instant and lifelong devotee to the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Today, Ron Miscavige has no relationship with David, now 56, the controversial worldwide leader of the Church of Scientology, or with David's sisters, Lori and Denise.
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March 27, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anyone with a Twitter feed will be aware of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , even if not by name. For some time, promoted tweets have filled feeds in an attempt to discredit individuals who appear in Going Clear , the documentary that debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO. The tweets don't mention Alex Gibney's documentary by name, but these paid-for missives accuse ex-Scientologists of being liars, seemingly without context....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Travolta: Scientology good Hollywood legend  John Travolta  isn't happy with the critique of Scientology made in the HBO docu  Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief . The religion has been nothing but positive in his life, says the Saturday Night Fever  star. "Forty years for me, I've been part - and I've loved every minute of it, and my family has done so well with it," Travolta, 61, said Monday on  Good Morning America . "It's a beautiful thing for me and I've saved lives with it," he said.
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January 29, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
L. Ron Hubbard, 74, the founder of the Church of Scientology who died Friday of a brain hemorrhage, will live on, the church president said yesterday, and will influence mankind for thousands of years. "L. Ron Hubbard lives on. He hasn't died," said the Rev. Ken Hoden, the church president. "In Scientology, we believe that man is a spirit, and when a body dies the spirit lives on. When a body dies, it is like discarding an old pair of shoes. That is one of the central tenets of Scientology, the most fundamental part of the religion.
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January 3, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 215-854-5916
THE SOUTH Jersey suburb where David Miscavige grew up was utopian by design, a prefab paradise where footballs and fireflies floated over lush, green lawns and parents played pinochle long after the ice cubes melted in their cocktails. Miscavige's middle-class Catholic upbringing in Willingboro, N.J., abruptly changed four decades ago when his childhood asthma led the family to another utopian vision - that of L. Ron Hubbard. Miscavige, 51, a high-school dropout, today is the worldwide leader of the Church of Scientology, which Hubbard founded.
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May 13, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
One day in 1969, a father took his son to a South Jersey restaurant to see a man about Scientology. Decades later, the revelations that unfolded there steered the father and son into hinterlands of dysfunction. Ron Miscavige Sr., 80, doesn't regret taking his second son, David, to Ogle's Cafeteria in Woodbury that day. David, then 9, arrived with asthma and left breathing easily, an instant and lifelong devotee to the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Today, Ron Miscavige has no relationship with David, now 56, the controversial worldwide leader of the Church of Scientology, or with David's sisters, Lori and Denise.
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January 18, 2016 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
A DARK TOWER ON Chestnut Street was the beacon that David Braverman said he needed to navigate his way out of the Church of Scientology. Braverman, founder and owner of LeBus Bakery, says he spent close to $1 million on Scientology during nearly four decades - on the church's so-called auditing sessions to restore "beingness and ability," on travel to its massive Flag Building in Clearwater, Fla., and in fulfilling constant requests for donations....
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2015
Welly Wanging, anyone? Monday was a fun day for England's charitably minded, fun-loving royal trio. Prince Harry , the Duke of Cambridge (may we call him William ?) and Duchess Catherine ( Kate , to those who know and love her) showed up for a meeting of their Charities Forum, greeting dozens of kids from organizations they sponsor. The gathering took place at BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television, where the trio watched a 30-minute clip from the new "Shaun the Sheep" production "The Farmer's Llamas," sat down with kids to make mini Shauns and snowmen out of modeling clay, made a short film and took turns flinging a colorful children's rain boot at a gourd-shaped scarecrow head.
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October 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leah Remini on Scientology Leah Remini , who publicly broke with the Church of Scientology in 2013, says leaving the religion was tough because it was an all-consuming belief system. "The decision to leave is your giving up everything you've worked for your whole life," Remini, 45, says in a 20/20 interview set to air Friday on ABC. "I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. " The King of Queens star has written a tell-all book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology . Church rep Karin Pouw told People, "It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt.
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April 22, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Travolta: Scientology good Hollywood legend  John Travolta  isn't happy with the critique of Scientology made in the HBO docu  Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief . The religion has been nothing but positive in his life, says the Saturday Night Fever  star. "Forty years for me, I've been part - and I've loved every minute of it, and my family has done so well with it," Travolta, 61, said Monday on  Good Morning America . "It's a beautiful thing for me and I've saved lives with it," he said.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anyone with a Twitter feed will be aware of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , even if not by name. For some time, promoted tweets have filled feeds in an attempt to discredit individuals who appear in Going Clear , the documentary that debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO. The tweets don't mention Alex Gibney's documentary by name, but these paid-for missives accuse ex-Scientologists of being liars, seemingly without context....
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE CHURCH OF Scientology spent tens of millions of dollars, maybe more, on its massive, new spiritual headquarters in Florida, and all Philly got in the last six years was a piece of plywood with splotches of brown paint on it. Earlier this month, church leader David Miscavige - who grew up in Burlington and Delaware counties - was joined by Scientology stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta in downtown Clearwater to cut the ribbon on the 377,000-square-foot "Flag...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jenny McCarthy , who has served her country as guest host on ABC's The View eight times, will become a full-timer this fall. "Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor," boss Barbara Walters said Monday. "She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience. " An actor, TV host, and former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Jenny, 40, was raised by devout Christians (" Jesus was my [ Justin ] Bieber ," she once said). "I'm beyond thrilled" about the job, she said.
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - Two former members of the Church of Scientology claimed in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the church and its affiliates deceived members into donating millions of dollars to misrepresented causes. Luis and Maria Garcia, of Irvine, Calif., filed the complaint in federal court in Tampa, near the church's national headquarters in Clearwater. The couple claims that they were duped into giving more than $420,000 for a building campaign, disaster-relief efforts and other Scientology causes, only to find that the bulk of the money went to inflate the church coffers and line the pockets of its leader, David Miscavige.
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September 21, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
BY RIGHTS, any movie about a quasi-religion invented by a sci-fi writer and practiced by movie stars at a celebrity center ought to be a comedy. And one was, in the form of Steve Martin's funny and underrated "Bowfinger," wherein Scientology went by the name Mindhead and Eddie Murphy played its Hollywood practitioner and cash cow. Now comes "The Master," and the job of probing Scientology's roots and meaning has fallen to the formidable Paul Thomas...
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