If there’s one thing religion reporters, cult experts and former cult victims know about Scientology is that this cult is better at producing utter nonsense than any other so-called ‘New Religious Movement’ out there.
Unable to get much, if any, serious coverage in legitimate media outlets, Scientologists produce a constant barrage of ‘press releases’ praising the Church of Scientology for its marketing efforts — which more often than not are thinly disguised as ‘humanitarian campaigns,’ ‘disaster relief,’ ‘anti-drugs education,’ and what not.
Meanwhile the ‘Church’ tries hard to convince its members that it is doing exceedingly well, and that they are part of something truly special.
Hence the organization lies to its own members much the same way it lies to the public at large (e.g. by claiming that it is the ‘fastest growing religion of the 20th century’).
The result is spooky to say the least — a fact adequately demonstrated by Tom Cruise in his infamous Scientology video.
Recently another video — apparently meant for internal consumption only — became public. It’s a Scientology sing-along:
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What makes this video, produced in 1990, noteworthy is what happened to many of the Scientologists ‘standing tall.’
Tony Ortege at the Village Voice quotes an anonymous tipster who points them out — starting from the 2:40 mark:
Blonde with brown top and black jacket is Shelley Miscavige — who is now missing. To her right — Ray Mithoff, Former Inspector General for Tech RTC, reported to be in The Hole.
To his right — Mark Yager, Former Inspector General for Admin RTC, reported to be in The Hole.
To his right — Mark Ingber — Former Commanding Officer of CMO = Commodore Messengers Org, reported to be in the Hole.
To Ingber’s right and behind him, Mike Rinder Former Commanding Officer of OSA, currently blown and speaking out against the cult. Front and Center — David Miscavige [the little dude] wearing weird Hermes/goatse shirt.
To DM’s right and behind him — Heber Jentzsch, Former President of the C of S, now reportedly in the The Hole.
To DM’s right — Greg Wilhere — Inspector General, reportedly still working for DM. To Greg Wilhere’s right– Marty Rathbun, Former Inspector General for Ethics RTC, now out and speaking out against the cult as well as running the “Independent” Scientologists.
To Marty’s right — Guillaume Lesevre Executive Director Int. reportedly in the The Hole.
Want a visual overview instead? See this picture.
Apparently many of the famous Scientologists in the video are no longer ‘standing tall’ for the cult.
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