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Scientology's Super Bowl Ad: VIDEO

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Unlike past years, there were no real gay controversies, among the Super Bowl ads. There was, however, an ad for an anti-gay cult which reminded more than a few people of a famous ad for Apple.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Prince Philip, 'Ex-Gay' Suit, Ivory, Chicago

1NewsIcon A shop owner in India realized that no one wants to shop at a store called "Hitler".

Sistersobama1NewsIcon There are mad buttons to be had at the DNC.

1NewsIcon Dear Abby thinks a gay man may have to file a lawsuit to stop his colleagues, none of whom know he's gay, from trying to set him up with women.

1NewsIcon The Chicago Police Department today implemented policies to guarantee the respectful treatment of transgender citizens. "The order mandates that police not search transgender people in an attempt to determine their gender, that officers respect preferred names and pronouns for transgender detainees and that they not use someone's gender identity as assumed cause for a crime. It further bans derogatory language against trans people."

1NewsIcon A court decided not to expedite proceedings in Pedersen v. the Office of Personnel Management, a case challenging the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

1NewsIcon Yes, Jude Law is handsome.

1NewsIcon Director and former Scientologist Paul Haggis believes the Vanity Fair story about how the church picked partners for allegedly closeted Tom Cruise.

ElephantsUganda1NewsIcon In addition to wanting to kill gay people, forces within the Ugandan government, a U.S. ally in Africa, may be killing elephants: "[Garamba National Park] officials, scientists and the Congolese authorities now believe that the Ugandan military — one of the Pentagon’s closest partners in Africa — killed the 22 elephants from a helicopter and spirited away more than a million dollars’ worth of ivory."

1NewsIcon The group Gay Alumni and Allies of Catholic Universities is going after Ohio-based Franciscan University for including homosexuality in a course about "deviant behavior". The school is spreading a "culture of hate and ignorance," they say.

1NewsIcon The anti-gay Liberty Counsel is threatening to sue California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs into law a ban on "ex-gay" therapy for minors. "If the bill is signed into law, Liberty Counsel will sue on behalf of counselors, parents, and minors who provide, refer, or who receive and have found change therapy to be beneficial," said group leader Matt Staver.

1NewsIcon Attention royal watchers: Pippa Middleton, the not-quite-royal sister of Catherine, is in New York City for the U.S. Open.

1NewsIcon In other news from the House of Windsor, Prince Harry stepped out, fully dressed, for the first time since his naked Vegas scandal.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, accidentally flashed his royal jewels while wearing a kilt this weekend. [This link is safe for work, thankfully.]

Jonhammmorning1NewsIcon Good morning, Mr. Hamm!

1NewsIcon Todd "legitimate rape" Akin makes a prediction: "I don't believe that the comments I've made doom the entire Republican Party." Maybe not the whole GOP, but probably the Missouri branch.

1NewsIcon Author Janet Levy is trying to twist the Democratic Party's commitment to diversity, including not discriminating against Muslims, into something it's not: "It is the height of hypocrisy and irony that, although Democrats freely criticize the policies of Republicans as anti-woman and anti-gay and worry about a conservative agenda that will result in a setback of the gains enjoyed by women and homosexuals over the past several decades, they fail to address the greater threat Islamic doctrine represents. Democrats are silent about Islamic relegation of women to second-class citizenship and the life-and-death dangers it poses for homosexuals."

1NewsIcon DC Comics will soon unveil a Muslim Green Lantern. The right, of course, will have a field day.

1NewsIcon Does Nicki Minaj really support Mitt Romney?

1NewsIcon No convention bounce for Mitt Romney, according to Gallup.

1NewsIcon Anti-gay activist Scott Lively on "gay fascists": "They think they are smarter than you all anyhow and have already made up their minds. They need to see angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand coming to run them out of office! Indeed, the Mayor of Springfield complained to the media that he was extremely bothered by threats of recall by the citizens."


How Tom Cruise's Mates Are Found, Vetted, Controlled, And Punished

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Vanity Fair is about to publish a feature that'll make Scientology seem even creepier than it does already. It's the story of how Tom Cruise went about acquiring his last two romantic interests, Katie Holmes and actress Nazanin Boniadi. The short version of that story is this: He didn't acquire them. Scientology acquired them.

If Vanity Fair's to be believed, finding a post-Nicole, post-Penelope love interest for Cruise involved a church-run search headed up by Shelly Miscavige, wife of David Miscavige, Scientology's baby-faced leader. From Vanity Fair:

According to several sources, the organization devised an elaborate auditioning process in which actresses who were already Scientology members were called in, told they were auditioning for a new training film, and then asked a series of curious questions including: “What do you think of Tom Cruise?”

Nazanin Boniadi, Scientology's first choice to mate with Tom Cruise, apparently thought he was pretty swell. So the church set about breaking her up with her boyfriend:

Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born, London-raised actress and Scientologist, was selected and dated Cruise from November 2004 until January 2005. Initially she was told only that she had been selected for a very important mission. In a month-long preparation in October 2004, she was audited every day, a process in which she told a high-ranking Scientology official her innermost secrets and every detail of her sex life. Boniadi allegedly was told to lose her braces, her red highlights, and her boyfriend. According to a knowledgeable source, she was shown confidential auditing files of her boyfriend to expedite a breakup ... The source says Boniadi signed a confidentiality agreement and was told that if she “messed up” in any way she would be declared a Suppressive Person (a pariah and enemy of Scientology).

MiscavigeThings allegedly went well between Boniadi and Cruise, but only for a little while. When Boniadi displeased the actor, which she apparently did with increasing frequency during their few months together, he would report her to their church. The crime that ended her relationship with Cruise was allegedly this:

Boniadi also offended Scientology chief David Miscavige, who speaks rapidly, because she kept saying, “Excuse me?” when she was entertaining him and his wife during a visit to Telluride. In Scientology, the ability to have your communication “land” is crucial. Boniadi was excoriated by Cruise for disrespecting Miscavige.

Cruise eventually dumped Boniadi, though indirectly -- she found out he was leaving her, or that she was leaving him, when she was instructed by the church to move out of Cruise's home and into the Scientology Celebrity Center, in Los Angeles. Her punishment for failing Cruise:

... scrub toilets with a toothbrush, clean bathroom tiles with acid, and dig ditches in the middle of the night. After that she was sent out to sell Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics on street corners.

The church denies everything. Boniadi and Cruise refused to comment. David Miscavige says the whole story's a ridiculous fabrication.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1197

FORMER ARIZONA REP. JIM KOLBE: Speaks to Log Cabin Republicans in Tampa,

KATE BORNSTEIN: Trans activist discusses escaping Scientology.

SPY BLIMP: Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) takes off.

JOHN PEREZ: California Assembly Speaker denounces gay "conversion therapy" in floor speech. The bill banning it was subsequently passed.

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News: Romney's Papers, Denise Rich, Scientology Ban, Alligator

Batter 1NewsIcon Jon Hamm looks fine as always representing the St. Louis Cardinals at the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

1NewsIcon Democratic donor Denise Rich, ex-wife of Marc Rich, the investor pardoned by Bill Clinton, gave up her U.S. citizenship to catch a tax break.

1NewsIcon Tom Brady better watch out, because fellow New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski may be take over his football heart throb status.

1NewsIcon Rafael Nadal is healing himself in Spain.

1NewsIcon A teenager lost his arm after being attacked by an alligator in Florida. It could have been worse: "He's been around alligators all his life, He's smart enough, he knows if he offers him his arm, he won't take his torso. He was smart, he took the risk."

1NewsIcon Here's a not work friendly picture of actor Harry Eden's penis from the gay short Nightswimming.

1NewsIcon Absolute Deadlock: "According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remain in a deadlocked contest, tied at 47 percent among registered voters and basically where they stood in late May. The new numbers reflect a stubborn constancy: Only twice in 13 surveys over more than a year has either candidate held a lead exceeding the poll’s margin of sampling error. Now, the campaign appears destined to remain extremely close in the final four months before Election Day."

RomneyMoney1NewsIcon Vice President Joe Biden to Mitt Romney, who continues to keep tax records to himself: "Show your papers."

1NewsIcon Mark Ruffalo looks hot everywhere and in everything.

1NewsIcon As part of his divorce settlement with Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise is reportedly forbidden from discussing Scientology with daughter Suri.

1NewsIcon Listen to "Runaways," the latest track from The Killers.

1NewsIcon Even Dear Abby knows that a man whose husband dies is still called a widower. Same-sex marriage doesn't suddenly invert gendered monikers.

1NewsIcon The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is waiting on President Obama to confirm or deny his attendance at the upcoming International AIDS Conference. "We are here to express our concern and dismay that, less than two weeks from the start of the conference, President Obama has yet to commit to attending it," said the group's general counsel, Tom Myers.

1NewsIcon LGBT activists and their allies in Dallas are planning a rally to support Beau Chandler and Mark "Major" Jimenez during their August 2 hearing about their marriage equality protest arrests.

1NewsIcon Writer and director Brian Sloan needs some financial help making a big screen adaptation of his popular teen novel Tale of Two Summers, about the relationship between gay and straight teens.

BjorkWorm21NewsIcon Bjork wore a worm dress while singing in Denmark.

1NewsIcon Sorry, Columbia, Missouri, but it is going to be 923 degrees next Monday.

1NewsIcon And yet another computer that can watch and learn from humans.

1NewsIcon Gay priest and equality activist Father Bernard Lynch confesses that he's been married to a man for 14-years and, no, it is not a celibate marriage. Even more reason for the Vatican to hate him.


NEWS: George Walks, TED Talks, Scott Lively Freaks Out, And Goodbye Ernest Borgnine

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Towleroad-roadicon Ernest Borgnine has died.

Towleroad-roadicon A lesbian mum responds to Jane Pitt, Brad Pitt's anti-gay mother.

Towleroad-roadicon Scott Lively pleads with a Missouri city to get serious about the rainbow menace:

Framed as an “anti-discrimination” measure it is in reality a “Gay Fascism” Bill that will make disapproval of homosexuality illegal in the City of Springfield and grant gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders (GLBTs) legal standing to sue their opponents, primarily Christians.

Starting in the 1980s in cities like San Francisco, homosexuals have forced many U.S. cities and numerous states to adopt similar “Gay Fascism” laws with disastrous effects on Christian landlords and businesses. Empowered by recent successes, they are now pushing into conservative cities.

... in a strategic political sense ... an “anti-discrimination policy” based on “sexual orientation” is the seed that contains the entire homosexual agenda with all of its poisonous fruit, including “gay” marriage, “gay” adoption, and heavy taxpayer funding of “gay” programs and projects. Wherever the seed takes root, “gay” power and control just keeps growing until it supplants traditional family values with San Francisco-style sexual anarchy in every social and political sphere.

Towleroad-roadicon Conversations about homosexuality and the Bible in Africa.

Towleroad-roadicon Gayfolk and Rick Perry have something in common.

Towleroad-roadicon George Zimmerman is out of jail.

Towleroad-roadicon On the cheap thrill of looking at other people's mug shots:

A mug shot doesn’t simply provide information, it lures us into a drama in which we are given an intimate, Leviathan’s-eye view of the state asserting dominance over an individual. In the old days, this spectacle took place live, on the scaffold of the pillory. Today, it happens in the creation and online circulation of the mug shot. In the faces of these photographic subjects we behold an alarming look of knowledge without consent, and the formal elements associated with this type of portrait—the rigid, head-on stare, the non-professional lighting and institutional accouterment—are charged with the candid photo’s shock of spontaneous revelation.

ScientologyArchitecture Towleroad-roadicon On the art and science of TED talks.

Towleroad-roadicon Fleeing from Scientology's "Land Flag Base," in Clearwater. The architecture's cool, but the sales pitch is creepy.

Towleroad-roadicon Three-hundred homeless folks take the stage at the Royal Opera House.

Towleroad-roadicon Fifty years of Bond on display in London:

... a bullet-shaped entry way leads through to the Gold Room, which features a life-sized recreation of character Jill Masterson's death by gold paint from the 1964 film "Goldfinger."

"Shirley Eaton's golden body is one of the most iconic Bond images, and we went to great lengths to cast a form -- not just a mannequin -- to painstakingly make a body that resembled her nubile proportions from Goldfinger ... "


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