Clear talk from Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief in Talking Scientology: A Q&A with Going Clear Author Lawrence Wright:
David Miscavige is different from L. Ron Hubbard mainly in the fact that he grew up in Scientology. He’s a product of it in a way that Hubbard was not. He joined the Sea Org when he was sixteen, so, virtually, his entire life has been lived inside the strictures of this organization. The product of that is a glaring indictment of the church itself, because if that is what it produces – this totalistic universe, which is what the Sea Org has become, led by a person who dominates it entirely – then I think Scientology has a reckoning ahead of it.
St. Piran’s Day
Today is St. Piran’s day — the national day of Cornwall, England. St. Piran is the patron saint of tin miners, and of Cornwall.
Pastor sentenced in lesbian custody case
Kenneth L. Miller, a Mennonite pastor who helped Lisa A. Miller and her daughter Isabella Miller-Jenkins flee the US amid a custody fight with the woman’s former lesbian partner, was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison.
But, says the New York Times, “Judge William K. Sessions III of Federal District Court in Vermont said he did not have to start serving his sentence until higher courts decided on a planned appeal, which could take at least two years.”
The woman and her daughter are still missing.
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According to the New York Times
Ms. Miller, who is not related to the pastor, had won support in conservative Christian circles for refusing to permit court-mandated visits with Isabella by her other legal mother, Janet Jenkins, Ms. Miller’s former partner in a civil union in Vermont. After the couple split up, Ms. Miller moved to Virginia, said she was a born-again Christian and denounced her former lesbianism as a sin.
In 2009, as an exasperated family court judge threatened to transfer primary custody to Ms. Jenkins, Ms. Miller and her daughter, then 7, disappeared and a warrant was issued for Ms. Miller’s arrest.
Kenneth Miller was found guilty of abetting international parental kidnapping last August.