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Scientology leader's niece reveals Church secrets
Agence-France Presse ^ | March 16, 2013

Posted on 03/16/2013 7:58:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The Church of Scientology has lashed out at a new book by its leader's niece, which recounts a stolen childhood and how she was brainwashed and cut off from her family before eventually escaping.

In "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology And My Harrowing Escape," Jenna Miscavige-Hill -- whose uncle David Miscavige runs the secretive group -- also claims she was forced to work as a child.

But a spokesman for the Church said her claims were "false" and denounced "efforts to exploit Mr Miscavige's name."

"The Church has long respected the family unit while accommodating and helping those raising children," Karin Pouw, spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology International, told AFP.

"The Church does not engage in any activities that mistreat, neglect or force children to engage in manual labor. The Church follows all laws with respect to children," she said, accusing Miscavige-Hill of "apostate behavior."

In the book, published in February, the 29-year-old tells of hard labour she and other children were forced to do in the 1990s in the Ranch, in a remote part of the California desert.

The Ranch, near San Jacinto, 90 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, was "like a military boot camp, with grueling drills, endless musters, exhaustive inspections, and arduous physical labor that no child should have to do."

The children saw their parents for only a few hours per week. They did not receive any education in the traditional sense....

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; History; Other Christian
KEYWORDS: scientology
Hope she has plenty of lawyers.
1 posted on 03/16/2013 7:58:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She is soooo sued.


2 posted on 03/16/2013 7:58:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
and a bodyguard...
3 posted on 03/16/2013 8:00:37 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the real God and Jesus will help her


4 posted on 03/16/2013 8:04:54 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Help me here. I know a cult when I see it....but....

1. Does Scientology allow for a beliefe in a supreme being or diety, God?

2. Does Scientology forbid faith in God?

3. What does Scientology teach about religion or “other religions”

4. By what definition do they claim themselves as religious?


5 posted on 03/16/2013 8:14:02 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; #1CTYankee; .cnI redruM; -=SoylentSquirrel=-; 007girl; 14erClimb; 31R1O; ...
Trapped in the Closet
6 posted on 03/16/2013 8:18:12 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have always understood that scientology was founded by L Ron Hubbard on a bet with a friend that he couldn’t start a religion....


7 posted on 03/16/2013 8:24:43 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For a church that was invented to be a tax shelter for L. Ron Hubbard’s rising science fiction success, why did they involve the children? This is madness taken to the level of savagery. So much for this religion’s reputed idea they find perfection for the human mind.


8 posted on 03/16/2013 8:24:50 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: EveningStar

Return of the Super Adventure Club.


9 posted on 03/16/2013 8:29:53 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Tenacious 1
So you have questions about Scientology...
10 posted on 03/16/2013 8:31:14 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: jonrick46
For a church that was invented to be a tax shelter for L. Ron Hubbard’s rising science fiction success, why did they involve the children?

Suppose you found a way to improve the human condition (or at lease believe you had) how could you exclude your own children?

11 posted on 03/16/2013 8:33:20 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: EveningStar

12 posted on 03/16/2013 8:33:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, at the risk of being controversial, I’ll just say that I think “Mission Earth” is NOT the worst book ever written.


13 posted on 03/16/2013 8:37:22 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: JoeDetweiler

Second to the koran?


14 posted on 03/16/2013 8:42:55 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: Tenacious 1
By what definition do they claim themselves as religious?

Tax exemption. The only "pure" motive of that brainwashing cult.

15 posted on 03/16/2013 8:50:08 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberalism: knowing you're better than everyone else because of your humility. -- Daniel Greenfield)
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To: JoeDetweiler

What about the movie Battlefield Earth?


16 posted on 03/16/2013 8:53:39 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder how many on here remember the snake in the mail box charges? (Or was that a different cult?)


17 posted on 03/16/2013 8:54:03 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jenna has been ‘out’ for some years. I pray that she finds peace.

She was a regular contributor to this website:

http://exscientologykids.com/


18 posted on 03/16/2013 9:09:11 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Www.xenu.net (operation clambake) - well worth a visit.


19 posted on 03/16/2013 9:14:55 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: Slump Tester

That was a different religion. It was called Synanon. I believe the founder once said “If you want to get rich don’t start a business. Start a religion.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synanon


20 posted on 03/16/2013 9:15:16 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I)
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To: Terry Mross
I thought it was the Divine Profit Church.
21 posted on 03/16/2013 9:16:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

(’preciate you postin’ this)


22 posted on 03/16/2013 9:27:05 PM PDT by Colofornian
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To: EEGator

“What about the movie Battlefield Earth?”

Never saw it, or read the book. Was it really as bad as folks say it was?


23 posted on 03/16/2013 9:33:35 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: JoeDetweiler

It made Ishtar seem decent.


24 posted on 03/16/2013 9:41:47 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh my God they made children work? And take baths and probably brush their teeth , those animals.

I just now realized my parents were Scientologists.


25 posted on 03/16/2013 9:48:14 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: null and void

I think they knew their treatment of their children was wrong. The treatment was hidden from notice to avoid the consequences. Hubbard believed that the first function of all of existence was to survive. He was using the children as guinea pigs to prove his theory.


26 posted on 03/16/2013 11:29:01 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

and body guards


27 posted on 03/17/2013 5:26:28 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

also claims she was forced to work as a child.


Oh my God, unbelievable.

But the book could just make her a rich woman.

Follow the money.


28 posted on 03/17/2013 5:26:58 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: JoeDetweiler
Well, at the risk of being controversial, I’ll just say that I think “Mission Earth” is NOT the worst book ever written.

At least the Edgar Winter music for it was pretty good.

I certainly hope this young lady has a body guard and a host of excellent lawyers.

29 posted on 03/17/2013 5:42:41 AM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
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To: Cyman

Oh my God they made children work? And take baths and probably brush their teeth , those animals.

I just now realized my parents were Scientologists.


Yeah, ain,t it strange the way these wanta be famous people will come up with that kind of stuff, their cruel over seers give them work to do as if that was an un Godly act.

People need to wake up to the fact that there is nothing wrong with kids working, if there is then kids have been mistreated for thousands of years.


30 posted on 03/17/2013 5:45:11 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: JoeDetweiler

“Never saw it, or read the book. Was it really as bad as folks say it was?”

Yes. It’s 90 lost minutes of my life I mourn to this day. And the sad part of it was that I was watching it at home and could have turned the VCR off at any time...


31 posted on 03/17/2013 6:01:16 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: Tenacious 1
4. By what definition do they claim themselves as religious?

One story that I heard about them finally getting the IRS label, is that John Travolta told Bill Clinton that he'd go easy on the BC character in some movie if he'd convince the IRS to give them the religion tax id...

Around the same time, give or take, Germany bestowed the "Cult" classification on the organization.

32 posted on 03/17/2013 6:15:57 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: JoeDetweiler
Never saw it, or read the book. Was it really as bad as folks say it was?

Thought the book was decent but the movie really sucked.

33 posted on 03/17/2013 6:48:26 AM PDT by Starstruck (I need a 30 round magazine because liberal whine gives me a buzz.)
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To: jonrick46
I think they knew their treatment of their children was wrong.

No. Never. Scientology is incapable of doing anything wrong!

34 posted on 03/17/2013 10:20:49 AM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: PLMerite
Yes. It’s 90 lost minutes of my life I mourn to this day. And the sad part of it was that I was watching it at home and could have turned the VCR off at any time...

Like a train wreck, one just can't turn away.

35 posted on 03/17/2013 10:22:53 AM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: ravenwolf
People need to wake up to the fact that there is nothing wrong with kids working, if there is then kids have been mistreated for thousands of years.

Indeed, what has a few generations of preventing kids from doing any meaningful work brought us?

36 posted on 03/17/2013 10:25:26 AM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: Tenacious 1
By what definition do they claim themselves as religious?

Scientology attempts to deal with man's fundamental spiritual nature. As such it is no less a religion than Buddhism.

The more interesting question is why does the US government decide what is and what isn't a religion?

37 posted on 03/17/2013 10:29:32 AM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: null and void

Indeed, what has a few generations of preventing kids from doing any meaningful work brought us?


Right, i think most Christians used to teach the work ethic, now it seems to be anti God to even mention work.


38 posted on 03/17/2013 11:24:24 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: null and void

Scientology attempts to deal with man’s fundamental spiritual nature. As such it is no less a religion than Buddhism.

The more interesting question is why does the US government decide what is and what isn’t a religion?


I think i see your point and have no argument with that in the context you put it.

But i believe the word religion comes from the word ritual, which was here long before Christianity, so i believe religion is the correct definition for any false Christian Church.


39 posted on 03/17/2013 11:34:40 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf
But i believe the word religion comes from the word ritual, which was here long before Christianity, so i believe religion is the correct definition for any false Christian Church.

Makes sense, since what distinguishes Christianity is the total absence of ritual from its practice...

40 posted on 03/17/2013 12:40:08 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: null and void

Makes sense, since what distinguishes Christianity is the total absence of ritual from its practice...


Glad you said that, i was going all around it but could not come up with the right words, thanks.


41 posted on 03/17/2013 12:52:12 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: ravenwolf

;^)


42 posted on 03/17/2013 1:32:24 PM PDT by null and void (If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve been reading up on the SeaOrg, but I still haven’t figured out what exactly they do. It seems like long days of grunt work under military like conditions, but to what purpose?


43 posted on 03/17/2013 2:35:01 PM PDT by Hacksaw
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To: Hacksaw

anyone interested in this cult should read the book called: “Going Clear”.. just out from the “Looming Tower” author: Lawrence Wright. I couldn’t put the darn thing down and read it quite quickly a couple of weeks ago.


44 posted on 03/18/2013 7:58:30 AM PDT by Chuzzlewit
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To: Calvin Locke

The movie was “Primary Colors”, based on the book of the same name by “Anonymous” (but really Joe Klein).

I do think that the book was harder on Clinton (or the character who was based on Clinton) than the movie was. Been a while since I saw/read either.


45 posted on 03/18/2013 8:30:52 AM PDT by tanknetter
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