Scientology exposed

By L. Harness | A selection of old and new articles, interviews, and blog posts, as well as a little humor, about the practices and abuses of scientology.

Scientology fundraiser: ‘It was commonplace to lie to church members to get donations’ « The Underground Bunker

[Kay Rowe]<p><i>Continuing with our Saturday series of book excerpts, we’re happy to give you a substantial look at Kay Rowe’s book</i> Over the Edge: A Pawn …

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How the Church of Scientology Went After Danny Masterson’s Rape Accusers

The Daily Beast has obtained two letters from the mother of one of the actor’s rape accusers sent to Scientology officials that detail what her …

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It’s ‘Declare your Independence of Scientology Day’ here again at the Underground Bunker « The Underground Bunker

<i>Here in the United States it’s a red-letter day, and we have an annual tradition that we’re keeping alive here at the Underground Bunker. It’s</i> …

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Scientology Founder's Risqué Letters to Encinitas Pal Up for Auction at Christie's

Share This Article:<p>By Ken Stone<p><b>L. Ron Hubbard</b>, the science-fiction writer who launched <b>Scientology</b>, wrote an old Encinitas friend in April 1950 about …

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A Message from Leah Remini to Scientology Operatives

Dear OSA, OSA operatives, paid off sleazy PI’s and lawyers who are bought off by Scientology, I know you are reading this because you scour our …

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L. Ron Hubbard — A Galactic Case of Stolen Valor

Advertisement<p>Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, more popularly known as either L. Ron Hubbard or LRH, is most famous for founding the sci-fi cult that …

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Scientologists call cops on Leah Remini

The war between actress-turned anti-Scientologist activist Leah Remini and the cult church is heating up.<p>Scientologists called the cops on Leah, …

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DeWolf makes Friends with Scientology

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The Paramedics Report on Cathy Bernardini: Why Taryn Teutsch’s Fair Game Attack on Mike Rinder Falls Apart

<b>Scientology Sea Org member</b> <b>Cathy Bernardini</b><p>Scientology leader David Miscavige has panicked with the approach of Season 3 of Leah Remini’s Emmy-winning …

Church of Scientology staffer in Quebec City earned $70 for nearly 39 hours of work, document shows

A staff member of the Church of Scientology working in Quebec City in December 2017 was paid just under $70 for what appears to be nearly 39 hours of …

How William S. Burroughs Embraced, Then Rejected Scientology, Forcing L. Ron Hubbard to Come to Its Defense (1959-1970)

William S. Burroughs was a cultural prism. Through him, the mid-century demi-monde of illicit drug use and marginalized sexualities—of occult …

Why You Can’t be a Christian and a Scientologist

We depart today from our usual excursions into Scientology financial and legal chicanery in order to explore a theological matter; specifically we …

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Bad boys of the Sea Org: guns, drugs, murder and Scientology

[L. Ron Hubbard, Commodore of his own navy]<i>Chris Owen once again dives into Scientology history to bring us sparkling detail on a sordid episode in</i> …

When Scientology leader David Miscavige targets you for a beatdown: A Jefferson Hawkins classic

Last week, we enjoyed an excerpt from Marc Headley’s 2009 book <i>Blown for Good</i>, a stunning narrative by a longtime Scientologist describing his life in …

Scientology’s elaborate use of child labor for pennies an hour, spelled out in black and white

[Sunny Pereira, 15]Sunny Pereira has become a very effective technical expert here at the Bunker, helping us understand Scientology’s arcane ideas. …

Scientology Sea Org Member Taryn Teutsch Engaging in Fake News to Attack Leah Remini’s Show & Her Father Mike Rinder

Why is Scientology Sea org member Taryn Teutsch standing next to Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey at the recent YWCA GLA awards event? …

Federal judge smacks down Scientology’s shameless attempt to delay forced-abortion case

[Laura DeCrescenzo, center, with Marc and Claire Headley (and minion) after a previous victory in court]It was quite obvious to us that Scientology’s …

Church of Scientology fined for leaking sewage into Sussex river

A division of the controversial Church of Scientology has been fined £14,000 for leaking raw sewage into a West Sussex river, poisoning aquatic …

Kim Poff, finally free to speak: ‘I want this story out. I want people to know what Narconon did.’

We talked to Kimberly Poff yesterday, the former inspector general who recently won a $200,000 settlement which ended several years of litigation …

Clearwater Council kills land swap with Scientology for a second time in one year

CLEARWATER — In June, after months of negotiations with city staff, the Church of Scientology bought a vacant lot on the edge of downtown for the …

A Sobering Look at Fake Online Reviews

In 2016, KrebsOnSecurity exposed a network of phony Web sites and fake online reviews that funneled those seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction …

Beloved early-internet game Neopets was actually run by Scientologists

As if there weren’t enough reasons to hate the scourge on society that is Scientology—a “religion” known as much for its history of torturing …

Scientology’s greatest lecture of all: It’s finally time we look closer at Xenu in all his glory

[L. Ron Hubbard, surrounded by the crew of the Apollo]Over the last few months, we’ve made an occasional series out of bringing you Scientology …

Is Scientology really any different than other ‘churches’? Oh, you bet. Here’s one example.

[The “target” Scientology’s Freedom magazine put on Sara Goldberg for appearing in <i>Going Clear</i>]An 81-year-old former Catholic priest, Australia-born …

The Troubling Connections between Scientology and the Nation of Islam

Farrakahn receives a commission for each of his followers who undergoes a Scientology ‘auditing.’<p>Scientology is commonly known as the religion of the …

I Watched Scientology TV for 24 Confusing Hours Straight

I learned that "the eighth dynamic is the urge towards existence as infinity" and also a lot of stuff about banjos.<p>“We get it, people are curious,” says Scientology leader David Miscavige in the intro video to his new TV channel. “Whatever you’ve heard, if you haven't heard it from us, I can assure …

Scientology TV gives viewers a glimpse of the church’s most secret locations — but why?

Scientology TV is still unwatchable, but since its debut more than a week ago, we’ve enjoyed keeping an eye on the reactions it’s generating on …

Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard considered James Bond’s nemesis SMERSH his biggest enemy

[L. Ron Hubbard, circa 1971, and some actual SMERSH officers.]We’re getting into round two of SMERSH Madness today, and by now we’ve heard from some …

The terrifying world of Scientology TV: is this what the inside of Tom Cruise's head looks like?

With so many Hollywood a-listers in its ranks, it’s surprising the Church of Scientology has taken until now to launch a television network. But anyone tuning in to Scientology TV – streamable via app or from the website – in anticipation of seeing Tom Cruise share the spotlight with John Travolta …