Today April 18th in Scientology history
April 18, 1996, Steve Jackson, Denver Westword News, Village Voice Media
It was known as Landmark Education Corporation and was one of those
"self-empowerment" organizations that promised a rich and full life in
exchange for adopting a certain way of looking at the world. Plywaski's
daughter had taken one of Landmark's seminars, then another, then
another. She had dropped out of the University of Colorado, spent money
she didn't have and begun to talk like some member of a secret club,
using phrases only "insiders" could understand. Everything was
Landmark, Landmark, Landmark. She spent all her free time there:
recruiting, helping at seminars, coaching neophytes.
Tags: Cult Awareness Network, Cynthia Kisser, EST, IRS, Landmark, The Forum,
Cruise Says He Was Joking About Eating Placenta
April 18, 2006, KOAT Albuquerque
For those of you who took Tom Cruise seriously when he said he was
going to eat Katie Holmes' placenta, there's been a clarification.
He was joking.
Tags: Placenta, Tom Cruise
Did Tom Cruise's Cronies Skew A Parade Mag Poll In His Favor?
April 18, 2006, New York Post, Huffington Post
TOM Cruise's cronies seem to have put a lot of effort into skewing a
Parade magazine poll in his favor. Parade.com recently asked online
readers whether they thought Cruise was responsible for his disastrous
public relations year or if it was the media's fault. A shocking 84
percent of respondents blamed the press. But Parade publicist Alexis
Collado tells us: "We at Parade found this a little bit fishy, so we
did some investigating. We found out more than 14,000 (of the
18,000-plus votes) that came in were cast from only 10 computers!
Tags: Paul Bloch, Tom Cruise
The secrets of Scientology
April 18, 2006, Sara Lawrence, The Independent
I am at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex - the UK's
Church of Scientology headquarters. In the few hours I spend at Saint
Hill I realise this exercise is anything but innocuous, and might go
some way to explaining why Katie Holmes, the one-time girl next door of
American television, has been enveloped into the cult championed by the
father of her unborn baby, Tom Cruise.
Tags: Celebrity Centre, Cult Awareness Network, Cynthia Kisser, East
Grinstead, Justice Latey, OCA, Purif, UK, UK Charity Commission
City proclamation sparks L. Ron Hubbub
April 18, 2007, David Seifman, New York Post
In a move that has outraged some officials, Scientology founder L. Ron
Hubbard has been honored by the City Council ahead of tomorrow night's
Manhattan fund-raiser for a controversial 9/11 detox program, The Post
Tags: Detox, Hiram Monserrate, NYC, Peter Vallone
Critics: Scientologists' Va. trip a time to prey
April 18, 2007, George Rush, NY Daily News
The Church of Scientology has dispatched "ministers" to provide "grief
counseling" for shell-shocked youth at Virginia Tech - but critics
suspect the sect hopes to convert the vulnerable students.
Tags: CCHR, Mark Ebner, Rick Ross, Sylvia Stannard, Volunteer Ministers
The Scientology vultures have landed at Virginia Tech!
April 18, 2007, Mark Ebner, Update, Hollywood, Interrupted
Hollywood, Interrupted calls BULLSHIT, and can now release an internal
Scientology memo proving that proselytizing at the shooting tragedy
site is exactly what they are doing.
Tags: Volunteer Ministers
Jason Beghe Scientology video removed from YouTube
April 18, 2008, Veronica Schmidt, The Times
The 48-year-old was the first celebrity to speak out against the
religion, telling how his 12 years with the church damaged him and
accusing Scientology of being destructive and a rip-off .
After Beghe's criticism of the church made headlines yesterday, YouTube
suspended the account of the prolific Scientology critic who posted the
video, making the clip unavailable to viewers.
Tags: Jason Beghe, Mark Bunker, YouTube
Ulyanovsk police search local branch office of Church of Scientology
April 18, 2008, Interfax
Law enforcement officers have searched the office of the Narconon
Center of Promoting Healthy Lifestyle in the town of Dimitrovgrad in
Tags: Narconon, Russia
Scientologists want to friend schoolkids on Facebook
April 18, 2011, Jan Libbenga, The Register
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution in North
Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) believes Scientology is recruiting children
through Facebook and other social networks.
The domestic intelligence agency is ramping up its surveillance on the
Scientology has posted several videos titled "Jugend f|r
Menschenrechte" (Youth for human rights) and "Sag nein zu Drogen sag
ja zum Leben" (Say no to drugs, say yes to life) on YouTube, Twitter,
Facebook and other networks including the immensely popular Sch|lerVZ,
which exclusively targets schoolkids. Viewers are encouraged to sign up
for Scientology online groups.
Tags: Facebook, Germany, Joachim Herrmann, Office for the Protection of the