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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just outside of Sheridan, "Scientology High"

Fast times, it ain't.

Comments (9)

And people thought JFK's Catholicism was weird. Or even today they think of Romney's Mormonism as weird.

But I just have to say, that Scientology stuff is weird, in my opinion. Billion year contracts for $17 per week. Hmm. Weird. Maybe they should move from Sheridan to Portland.

That's all kinds of chilling and weird. Never heard of it - and given that I worked in higher ed, as you know, that seems really weird.

Interesting comment Kari. Sounds like you need to get out more often. There is a whole world out here of real people doing real things. Some of 'em are pretty different. Expand your horizons!

Weird religionism has been a part of Americana from the get-go. The way it is. Freedom can be a real bitch.

Couple of useful URLs for those new to Scientology on the Internet:

Tony Ortega at Village Voice:


Blog by former Scientology bigwig, Marty Rathbun:

(He still believes in the "tech".)

Anti-Rathbun blog:


I check these sites all the time because the online drama quotient is really high.

There are worse cults with "educational fronts" than Scientology, though they are bad enough. The offshoots of est - Landmark Education/Forum (and they are not at all educational, they are a pyramid scheme to recruit more folks to the fold) and their corporate face Insigniam Performance Consulting (which employees are compelled to be a part of while corporate shareholders foot the bill). And trust me you never want to be in the same room as Nathan Rosenberg (little brother to the founder of est). Because when he stood next to me it was one of the worst feelings in life.

Scientology is not for me, but I don't begrudge them their right to educate their kids in the manner they see fit - as long as they comply with state educational standards, what's the diff?

Presumably, everybody gets a "free personality test".

I remember when they bought the property from the Jesuits - as I recall, it was a shell organization, and too late when the Jesuits learned who the real purchasers were.

On the other hand - I have refereed their volleyball team at tournaments - the coach and kids seemed nice enough to everyone.

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