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Mar 8 13 3:57 AM
Former teachers and administrators are concerned that at-risk students at the Phoenix-based Career Success charter school district have been exposed to teaching methods tied to the Church of Scientology
But upon reviewing the material DeAnna Rowe, executive director of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, says she sees no problem.
“Overall it appears to promote the need to respect another’s religious beliefs,” Rowe wrote in an email.( Sharon Says..Alien overlords is not really a religion.. they can call it that but in reality they do not worship any God but they do worship RLH...)
The Scientology cult uses various front groups in its attempts to both market its views and gain respectability.
One such groups, Applied Scholastics, promotes the use of study techniques created by L. Ron Hubbard, the fantasist who created Scientology, and whose ludicrous medical claims form the basis of treatments at Narconon — another of the cults’ fronts.
As we note at Apologetics Index, there are three major criticisms of Applied Scholastics.
Arizona radio KJZZ reports that teachers at the school were also encouraged to distribute booklets called, “The Way to Happiness.”
The booklet consists of a compilation of widely agreed upon moral values that Hubbard put into writing (and many which he didn’t follow too closely).
According to the Los Angeles Times, in an article titled, Scientology and the Schools,
Scientology publications have called the [Way to Happiness] campaign “the largest dissemination project in Scientology history” and “the bridge between broad society and Scientology.”
Meanwhile, its should be noted that Scientology’s own ‘moral values’ leave a lot to be desired — given that it has frequently put Hubbard’s encouragement of unethical behavior into practice. (Sharon Says...Yes Ron had no morals.. that's why he invented his church.. money and no morals go very well together.)
On Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, Montreal TV network TVA broadcast a hidden-camera investigation into Scientology — the result of 4 months of research. The exposé was broadcast in a program called JE (“Investigative Journalism”), which is dicated to exposings scams and injustices.
Scientology’s front groups were addressed as well, including Applied Scholastics:http://www.religionnewsblog.com/27081/religion-news-briefs-for-thursday-feb-27-2013
Oh my that was very interesting... but they should keep their hands off of other peoples children... even Tom Cruises wives did not want their children raised in that fake religion..why would any one else want that for their kids?
Mar 12 13 1:28 AM
The Underground Bunker has learned that Gary Smith, CEO of Scientology’s flagship drug rehab facility, Narconon Arrowhead, has been stripped of his drug counselor certification by the National Association of Forensic Counselors.
The NAFC’s CEO and president, Karla Taylor, confirmed today that her organization has sent out letters that suspend or revoke Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) certifications to numerous employees of Narconon programs in Oklahoma and Georgia — two facilities that have been the center of controversy after patient deaths, criminal investigations, and multiple lawsuits. Taylor says she has confirmation that Smith has received his revocation notice.
Mary Rieser has also lost her CCDC, but the former Narconon Georgia executive director may have bigger problems with the state continuing a criminal insurance fraud probe of the facility.
In Narconon Arrowhead websites, Smith is usually identified as “Gary Smith, CCDC” and no other license or certification identifies him as a professional in the counseling business. We left a message with him this afternoon, hoping to find out how he’s going to respond to the revocation, and to see if he has any other professional certifications.
If not, it’s a bad time for the CEO of Scientology’s flagship operation to lose his professional standing. After three deaths over a nine-month period (the last in July, 2012), Narconon Arrowhead has been the subject of local and state criminal investigations, it’s being sued by the families of deceased patients, and the state of Oklahoma is this very month considering legislation that might put the facility’s own licensing in question.
The NAFC took this action after receiving formal complaints from former employees that Taylor has not identified. But Eric Tenorio and Luke Catton tell us that they’re the former staffers who came forward to complain that Narconon staffers fraudulently obtained their CCDC certifications. Catton and Tenorio say they were among staffers who were given answer keys in order to pass a test to get their CCDC certifications even though they weren’t really qualified, and they claim that all Narconon employees used similar methods.
Taylor told us earlier that she was stunned to learn that the Oklahoma and Georgia facilities had been the subject of controversy because of patient deaths and lawsuits. None of the CCDC-certified employees at either facility had notified the NAFC of those controversies, which they were required to do by the ethics code of their certifications.
We asked Taylor if that’s why Rieser and Smith had their certifications revoked rather than only suspended. She said she could not comment on specific cases, but she said the multiple letters the NAFC sent out with revocations were based on “severe” and “incontrovertible” evidence.
Although Smith has not returned our calls, there’s evidence that the staff at Narconon Arrowhead and other facilities are reacting to the NAFC’s crackdown. The NAFC was also unhappy that Narconon facilities were falsely implying that the NAFC had approved the Narconon program by use of its logo. In recent days, those web pages have been disappearing.
Another interesting change is that suddenly, Gary Smith is no longer touting the CCDC certifications in an open letter he posted to the web last year. You can see the original version here which boasts of 20 CCDC certs (in a post complaining about the “terrorist group” Anonymous), and now a new version which omits it.
Also, Narconon Arrowhead seems to have pulled down its staff page, which used to feature photos of the staff and which ones have CCDC certification.
We managed to save images of that page, and when we can figure out a glitch here in the blog engine, we’ll put up a few images to show how much the “CCDC” title figured in them.
Jul 11 13 4:27 PM
“King of Queens” star Leah Remini has left the cult of Scientology, a source said, after being subjected to years of “interrogations” and “thought modification” for questioning leader David Miscavige’s rule.
Remini left the organization allegedly over questioning Miscavige’s management or the reported abuse of members and the alienation of family members branded as “suppressive persons” if they choose to leave the church.
“It all began when Leah questioned the validity of excommunication of people,” a NYPost source said. “She is stepping back from a regime she thinks is corrupt. She thinks no religion should tear apart a family or abuse someone under the umbrella of ‘religion.’ ”
Former Sea Org member Mike Rinder blogged this week that at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ 2006 wedding, Remini innocently asked where Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, was. Former Scientology Celebrity Centre head Tommy Davis scolded her, “You don’t have the [bleeping] rank to ask about Shelly.” Mrs. Miscavige reportedly hasn’t been seen in public since 2007.
As a result, Remini “was put through interrogations and blacklisted within the church that she donated millions to and that her family has spent their lives in. She was put through ‘thought modification’ for five years,” our source said.
The source added that church friends Remini had for “25 to 30 years wrote internal reports” about her that “caused an investigation on her family.”
Someone close to Remini said she’s weighing going public “when she sees what the church tries to do. She has heard they use people to scare you into silence.”http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1716981.php/Xenu-weeps-Leah-Remini-quits-Scientology
Jul 13 13 12:44 PM
Actress Leah Remini arrives at the CBS CW Showtime press tour party in Beverly Hills, Calif.
LOS ANGELES — Actress Leah Remini is expressing appreciation to fans and others following word of her decision to leave the Church of Scientology.
In a statement issued Thursday by her talent agency, the former "King of Queens" star said she was grateful to the media, her colleagues and fans around the world for their "overwhelmingly positive support."
The statement made no mention of Scientology, and the APA talent and literary agency said Remini had no further comment.
But a person familiar with Remini's decision said the statement referred to her break with the church and public reaction to it. The person, who wasn't authorized to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.
A message seeking comment from the Church of Scientology International in Los Angeles was not immediately returned Thursday night.
Remini has been a longtime member of the church. When she joined CBS' daytime program "The Talk" in 2010 as an original co-host, she told a news conference that she didn't intend to make her religion part of the show.
"I love to make people laugh, entertain them. That other thing is something that is not even part of my discussion," said Remini, who was with "The Talk" for a season.
She co-starred in the freshman sitcom "Family Tools," which ended a brief run this week, and in the 2007-08 comedy "In the Motherhood," and starred opposite Kevin James in the long-running "King of Queens" that aired from 1998-2007.http://tv.yahoo.com/news/report-actress-remini-breaks-scientology-082952079.html
Oct 9 13 10:31 AM
Nov 3 13 3:20 AM
Leah Remini is finally speaking out about her break from the Church of Scientology.
The former "King of Queens" star appeared on Monday's episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to promote her participation in the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars."
However, her name has been in the news all summer because of her July defection from Scientology -- the controversial faith founded by sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard that includes John Travolta and Tom Cruise among its members. Other celebrity members who have broken with the organization include Nicole Kidman, "Arrested Development's" Jeffrey Tambor, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actress Demi Moore and director-screenwriter Paul Haggis.
So DeGeneres asked her why she chose to leave too.
"My mother got involved when we were very young, so it's all we ever really knew," Remini said. "But over time, my eyes opened and I could just no longer be affiliated with the organization and my family felt the same, so we left."
"How are you?" DeGeneres asked. "I hear it's different than leaving another religion, so are you OK?"
"I'm OK," she said. "It's hard. We lost friends that can no longer talk to us who are still in the organization."
"Now, that is a thing? When you leave the church they can't talk to you and you can't talk to them?" DeGeneres asked.
"Correct. And these are friends that we've had for dozens of years," Remini continued. "But I have great friends, other friends that are not in the church, that have stood by us. Our family is stronger, we're together and that's all I can ask for."
"You have me. I'm you're friend! We're your friends!" DeGeneres said.
The 43-year-old actress spoke slowly about the topic and didn't give many in-depth answers, but when she left the faith she told People: "No one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."
The break came when it was reported that Remini had to undergo "interrogations" and "thought modification" because the church allegedly bars members from questioning leaders' management. She had allegedly asked about the whereabouts of Shelly Miscavige, church leader David Miscavige's wife, at the 2006 wedding of Tom Cruise to Katie Holmes. Among other reasons she supposedly left the church was her disagreement with policies that allegedly force members to "disconnect" from family members deemed "suppressive persons" if they choose to leave the church.
In August, Remini reported filed a missing persons report for Shelly Miscavige, who allegedly hasn't been seen in public for six years. However, police closed out the investigation soon after when they had "a face-to-face with Shelly" and declared the missing persons report "unfounded."
The church did not immediately respond to L.A. Times requests for comment about the interview.
Aug 15 14 8:44 AM
Jamie DeWolf, the great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, has come out with new explosive claims against the church, claiming it is nothing more than a 'well-funded psychotic beast' that 'destroyed' his family, and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' marriage was just the controversial religion's latest casualty.
The Bay Area resident is the grandson of Ron DeWolf, L. Ron Hubbard's eldest son who changed his name after he rejected both his father and his teachings.
The Church of Scientology lashed back at DeWolf, calling him a 'self-promoter' and insisting that despite his blood line, he knows nothing about the controversial religion.
Family: Jamie DeWolf, left, the great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, right, has come out with new explosive claims against the church
He says that the church's influence undoubtedly lead to the break up of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' family as well
'Scientology is basically a pyramid scheme that sells secrets and they sell them under the guise of self-help,' Mr DeWolf said to CBS.
'Tom Cruise is another victim of the mirage that my great-grandfather created around himself.'
He says that the church is so demanding, so unforgiving, that he is putting himself in danger just by agreeing to speak on camera.
'Scientology is toxic; it's a poison and it's destroyed everyone that it's come into contact with it.'
Although he's never met her or her ex-husband, he believes that Katie Holmes didn't understand the full force of Scientology's grip on its members.
'I think that Katie Holmes, like anybody else introduced to Scientology, was shown the first couple of levels and it looked tantalizing,' he said.
'The more she saw behind the curtain the more horrified that she probably was.'
Saying Katie Holmes was lucky to escape, he said that Tom Cruise, the church's 'golden mascot,' would never be so lucky.
'He's as deep as you can possibly get into Scientology,' Mr DeWolf said. 'He's probably going to die a Scientologist. I don't believe he could leave even if he wanted to.'
He claims that the church is dangerous cult
Mr DeWolf said that he never met his great-grandfather and had never been a member of the church
Drawing on his own painful family history, he believes the religion lead to the stars' shocking divorce announcement.
'It's impossible for me to believe that Scientology was not a factor in their break up,' he said. 'This is a religion, an occult, that views itself - and Tom Cruise views it - as something that must take over the world.'
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes did not return the MailOnline's request for comment by deadline.
Mr DeWolf, a performer and filmmaker, said that he never met his great-grandfather, but refers to him a 'portly red-headed charismatic lying con-man pseudoscience self-help author.'
Mr DeWolf blames Mr Hubbard for breaking up his family, claiming that the church and the man 'destroyed and devoured' his loved ones' lives.
His mother, Deborah Kennedy, never spoke about the religion she was born into.
Critic: The Church of Scientology lashed back at DeWolf, calling him a 'self-promoter' and insisting that despite his blood line, he knows nothing about the controversial religion
Mr DeWolf is grandson of Ron DeWolf, L. Ron Hubbard's eldest son, pictured left holding Jamie's mother
In 2000, he did one a one-man show about the church and his family's secrets that caused quite the stir.
'Every family has a black sheep. On my mother’s side, our black sheep was a shepherd that enslaved his own flock,' Mr DeWolf said to a crowded audience at a performance.
He called his great-grandfather 'The king of the cons. A man who made himself a messiah, even though he never called himself a god.'
'Scientology is toxic; it's a poison and it's destroyed everyone that it's come into contact with it.'Jamie DeWolf
After the video was uploaded on YouTube and accrued a few thousand views, Mr DeWolf says members of the church began to watch him.
'Within two to three days Scientologists were at my door with fake cover stories claiming that they were performers doing a show with me. They had people following me, they were on me immediately,' Mr DeWolf claims.
The vocal critic refused to be silenced, however, and has repeatedly spoken out against the church.
The Church of Scientology refuted Mr DeWolf's claims in a statement to CBS.
'Despite his public representations and self-promotion, Mr. DeWolf is not knowledgeable about the Church of Scientology or its founder,' said spokesperson Karin Pouw.
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