Former rugby star Joe Reaiche was recruited into Scientology when he was just 19 years of age. He was hungry for any opportunity to realize his full potential, and found himself seduced by the religion's promise to deliver on that desire. Reaiche dedicated himself fully to the religion, and eventually married and raised a family within the church. Intensely driven, he quickly climbed the ranks of the organization, but his ascension came at a profound cost, both literally and figuratively.
Reaiche began to question the church to which he had paid nearly a half a million dollars since first becoming a member. As a result, he was deemed a suppressive presence and quickly expelled. The most profound injury would occur shortly thereafter when the church prevented Reaiche from indulging in any form of communication with his own children. This is just one of the harrowing accounts depicted in Scientology: The Ex-Files, a revealing look behind the curtain of the religious organization that has courted unprecedented controversy in recent times.
Underneath its appealing facade of self-empowerment and celebrity endorsements, the film argues that Scientology actually represents a troubling culture of painstaking indoctrination, brainwash tactics and physical and psychological abuse. These sentiments are echoed by several of the film's compelling subjects, including Hana Eltringham Whitfield, one of the organization's earliest high ranking members, and Claire Headley, a former follower who has filed a lawsuit accusing the church of indulging in human trafficking, violating labor laws, and coercing forced abortions within its membership.
At the center of this controversy lies L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology who passed away in 1986. The enigmatic Hubbard is viewed by many as a mythological figure of salvation, yet others regard him as the ultimate cult-like conman. "The one man in the world who never believes he's mad is a madman," Hubbard sneers in an archived clip which opens the film. As portrayed in Scientology: The Ex-Files, the ever-resourceful Hubbard was likely the benefactor of a world gone mad and in search of meaning and stability. Whether he managed to father his religious empire through a genuine sense of enlightenment or sheerly by crooked imagination and moxie, Scientology unquestionably remains one of the most provocative and scandal-ridden religions in the world today.
Janet Reitman - Inside Scientology. NPR KQED 13th Sept 2011
WARNING: PROFANITIES FROM THIS "HIGH-RANKING SCIENTOLOGY CHURCH" MEMBER IN THIS VIDEO:
QUESTION: How come, if these people are so profound and high up in the Scientology church, they swear like this?
2nd question: Do they swear like this if there's children around?
Scientology Inc ambushes and stalks Marty Rathbun at Los Angeles Airport (LAX)
Hiding in plain sight: how Scientology nearly got away with its 1970s espionage campaign
I AM CLEAR!
THE WORLD HAS BECOME MORE
I’m still exploring and adjusting to being ‘Clear’ so I can’t really sum that up at the moment but I can tell you about suddenly arriving upon ‘Clear’.Actually, life around that time was not a little chaotic before I attested – life was out of synchronisation for a while.For example: my car was about to occupy space that another car also wanted to occupy; two car worlds collided so we ended up occupying the same space. In other words both vehicles had bent into shapes to accommodate one another.Another time, a door frame stood solid when it should have given way to my toe which I am convinced had the right of way. After a small diversion I found myself lying on my back, being told by a masked medico to breath deeply whilst it yanked my toe back into place. Now that is not a pleasant point from which to view the world, especially when you’ve just had all your engrams run out.Another funny experience I had was whilst waiting for a cheque for a certain sum of money to arrive. However, it never did arrive and I subsequently found out that it had been cashed but not by me. So the bank must have cleared the cheque, which is in direct contrast to me, where the auditor had cleared the bank. Ah, I see the solution now: get my auditor to go see the bank manager.Serendipity! That’s what I’ve been leading up to. Clear! Now the world’s become more serendipitous. That makes it a lot easier to put in sync; easier to create. That’s a nice thing to have.— Farouk
List of Scientologists
|Anne Archer||1947–||Actress (mother of former Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis)|
|James Barbour||1966–||Broadway actor and singer|
|Nancy Cartwright||1957–||Voice-over actress, voice of Bart Simpson|
|Kate Ceberano||1966–||Actress and musician; a third-generation-Scientologist; her grandmother worked as a governess for the children of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard|
|Erika Christensen||1982–||Actress, raised Scientologist|
|Tom Constanten||1944–||Former keyboardist for the Grateful Dead|
|Sky Dayton||1971–||Founder of EarthLink|
|Doug Dohring||Unknown||Ex-owner of Neopets|
|Jason Dohring||1982–||Actor, raised Scientologist|
|Robert Duggan||1944–||Billionaire investor and CEO|
|Richard Elfman||1949–||Writer and director|
|Doug E. Fresh||1966–||Musician and actor|
|Mark Isham||1951–||Musician and film music composer|
|Riley Keough||1989–||Actress, model, granddaughter of Elvis Presley, and raised a Scientologist.|
|Vivian Kubrick||1960–||Filmmaker, composer and daughter of Stanley Kubrick|
|Jim Meskimen||1959–||Actor and improviser|
|Julia Migenes||1949–||Opera singer|
|Elisabeth Moss||1982–||Actress; placed among "famous Scientologists" in a 2009 article in the St. Petersburg Times|
|Floyd Mutrux||1941–||Film director and writer|
|Judy Norton Taylor||1958–||Actress|
|Bijou Phillips||1980–||Actress and model|
|David Pomeranz||1951–||Singer, songwriter, composer|
|Giovanni Ribisi||1974–||Actor, raised Scientologist|
|Marissa Ribisi||1974–||Actress, raised Scientologist|
|Michael D. Roberts||1947–||Actor|
|Billy Sheehan||1953–||Rock bassist|
|Greta Van Susteren||1954–||Television show host. Listed among "A list" members of Scientology in a 2006 article in The Boston Globe. Identified among "notable Scientologists" in the 2007 edition of the book Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles by authors William W. Zellner and Richard T. Schaefer. Placed among "famous Scientologists" in a 2009 article in the St. Petersburg Times. Her husband, a lawyer, is a fellow practitioner of Scientology. She told People magazine, "I am a strong advocate of their ethics."|
|Larry Anderson||1952–||2009||Actor, star of Orientation: A Scientology Information Film, left the organization in 2009 and requested his money back|
|Jon Atack||1947–||1983||Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization|
|Jason Beghe||1960–||2008||Actor, rose to Operating Thetan level OT V within the organization, left Scientology and subsequently spoke out publicly against the organization in 2008 He joined the organization through Milton Katsela's acting class, connecting with Bodhi Elfman and Mary Thompson.|
|Nazanin Boniadi||1980–||Actress; her mother was a Scientologist|
|Kate Bornstein||1948–||1981||Transgender author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist, was a spokesperson for Scientology|
|John Brodie||1935–||American football player; credited Dianetics with his recovery from a sports injury; left after some of his friends "were expelled and harassed during a power struggle with church management"|
|William S. Burroughs||1914–1997||1960s||Burroughs was an author and poet. In the 1960s he joined and left the Church of Scientology. In talking about the experience, he claimed that the techniques and philosophy of Scientology helped him and that he felt that further study into Scientology would produce great results. He was skeptical of the organization itself, and felt that it fostered an environment that did not accept critical discussion. His subsequent critical writings about the church and his review of Inside Scientology by Robert Kaufman led to a battle of letters between Burroughs and Scientology supporters in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. He wrote the book Ali's Smile: Naked Scientology.|
|Diana Canova||1953–||1993||Actress; critical of Scientology's "straightforward" desire for money|
|Tory Christman||1947–||2000||Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization|
|Robert DeGrimston||1935–||With wife, Marry Anne DeGrimston, founder of The Process Church of The Final Judgment|
|John Duignan||1963–||Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization|
|Neil Gaiman||1960–||Novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter. Son of David Gaiman, raised Scientologist in East Grinstead. Has left the Church, although prefers not to speak publicly about it.|
|Philip Gale||1978–1998||Massachusetts Institute of Technology student and primary developer of EarthLink's innovative ISP software; committed suicide|
|Paul Haggis||1953–||2009||Film director, Academy Award winner, in response to the San Diego branch's public support of California Proposition 8 and other factors, including Scientology's "indefensible actions, and inactions" and lies He progressed up to OT VII in the 1980s where he remained until he left the church.|
|Marc Headley||1974–||2005||Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization|
|Jim Humble||1933–[circular reference]||1981||Self-published author, Pseudoscience advocate and founder of the Genesis II Church|
|Robert Hunter||1941–||Lyricist for the Grateful Dead|
|Charles Manson||1934–2017||Identified as a Scientologist during time in prison; studied Scientology while incarcerated. He incorporated Scientology doctrines in his teachings. He ordered Manson Family member Bruce Davis to journey to the United Kingdom and work for the Scientology organization in London. Manson completed 150 hours of auditing before declaring the religion "too crazy".|
|Jenna Miscavige Hill||1984–||2005||Niece of David Miscavige, author and whistleblower|
|Ron Miscavige||1936–||2012||Father of David Miscavige, author and whistleblower|
|Vince Offer||1964–||2002||Film director of The Underground Comedy Movie and pitchman for Shamwow!|
|Lisa Marie Presley||1968–||2012||Singer and songwriter She made her departure known in music lyrics on an album, Storm and Grace, in a song called You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.|
|Mark Rathbun||1957–||2004||Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization|
|Leah Remini||1970–||2013||Actress and critic of the Scientology organization. She wrote an autobiography in 2015 entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, and produces and presents the A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.|
|Mike Rinder||1955–||2007||Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization|
|Amy Scobee||19xx–||2005||Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization|
|Reed Slatkin||1949–2015||Criminal Ponzi scheme perpetrator|
|Paul Twitchell||1908–1971||1959||Spiritual writer and founder of Eckankar; joined Scientology and achieved the status of "Clear"|
|Sonny Bono||1935–1998||Entertainer and congressman (R-CA 44th). Identified among "notable Scientologists" in the 2007 edition of the book Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles by authors William W. Zellner and Richard T. Schaefer. Identified as a Scientologist by his ex-wife; however, she stated that "Sonny did try to break away at one point, and they made it very difficult for him". The Church denied any estrangement with Bono.|
|Stephen Boyd||1931–1977||Actor, rose to Grade IV within the organization, utilized Scientology techniques while filming a movie in Louisiana|
|Isaac Hayes||1942–2008||Musician and actor|
|Milton Katselas||1933–2008||Acting teacher|
|Noah Lottick||1966–1990||Scientologist whose suicide was the focus of the Time magazine article "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power"|
|Lisa McPherson||1959–1995||Woman whose death has been a source of controversy for Scientology|
|Elli Perkins||1949–2003||Scientologist businesswoman who was murdered by her son who suffered from mental illness|
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