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.
January 24, 2013 |
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.
February 12, 1992 |
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.
May 14, 2007 |
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)
January 31, 2002 |
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.
January 3, 2012 |
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.
April 22, 2015 |
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.
March 27, 2015 |
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....
January 29, 1986 |
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.
December 13, 1997 |
Rod Keller was shocked when he arrived home Sunday night. But he wasn't surprised. He had spent the weekend at a demonstration in Clearwater, Fla., marking the 1995 death of Lisa McPherson, who died there after 17 days in the custody of the Church of Scientology. This was Keller's seventh demonstration in five years against Scientology, a Los Angeles-based organization that presents itself as a therapeutic alternative to psychiatry and psychology for the relief of human suffering.