Fair Game —
Cruel, Unethical, and Standard Policy

On November 5, 2016, Mike Rinder published an essay on his blog site “Something Can Be Done About It” titled Dealing with Critics of Scientology –The L. Ron Hubbard Playbook. I found the essay a comprehensive and incisive explanation of the fair game practice that the COS practices so militantly. I think it would be a valuable resource for media outlets and even the general public at large who might be interested in learning about this cruel and unethical practice. It’s a well-organized and informative article with impressive source citations. I think it deserves as wide a distribution as possible.

So impressed was I by the essay, that I took it upon myself to re-assemble it into a more publisher friendly format. Mike has been kind enough to allow me to make it available as a “broad public issue” document that anyone can read, download, and distribute as they so choose.

Follow the link, open the document, read, save, and spread the word.

“Dealing with Critics of Scientology –The L. Ron Hubbard Playbook”

Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology

oh-no-logoRoss and Carrie are self-styled investigative journalists who specialize in spirituality, fringe science and the paranormal. When they visited the Los Angeles Church of Scientology to take the “free personality test,” they may have gotten more than they’d expected: two additional tests and a sales pitch. Listen to this audio of their misadventure. It’s as amusing as it is instructive.

What I found most striking about their account was their personal perspectives and attitudes about their Scientology experience. Theirs was a typical reflection of contemporary society, one that’s changed significantly due in large part to the advances in technology and mass media. It was a stark contrast to LA Org in particular and the COS in general that in so many ways are still stuck in the Fifties on so many levels. It’s ironic that Scientologists consider themselves far in advance to “wog” society, when in reality it’s completely the other way around.

Follow this link to hear their podcast.

Org Web Traffic Goes Nowhere

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Every time some PR flap blows up in the Church’s face, their reaction and response is both typical and predictable. Regardless of the details or circumstances, their damage control tactics have varied little over the years. However, because of the prolific expansion of internet activity, they’ve added a component to their clunky PR spin machine.

If nothing else, Scientology PR is good at making much out of nothing. Perhaps no better example of this is how they explain surges in their internet traffic. They’d have us believe that this is conclusive evidence of overwhelming public support. While this might indicate gross naiveté and online marketing incompetence, I suspect that it’s just disingenuous deception.

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Church PR Doesn’t Work

(and there’s nothing they can do about it)

 

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Since its founding in 1953, the Church of Scientology has faced criticism from every quarter imaginable on just about every aspect of its philosophy, its organizations, and its founder. As the decades passed, the criticism evolved in a way that reflected the development of mass media communication. There was more of it, it was reaching more people, and was easily accessible. Then with the advent of the internet, Scientology criticism experienced a quantum leap that caught the Church flat-footed. It was a phenomenon from which they have never fully recovered.

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Former Church Exec Discusses Award Winning Film Expose Pt. 2

Mike Rinder is a former executive for the Church of Scientology. From 1982 to 2007, Rinder served on the Board of Directors of the Church of Scientology International and also held the post of Executive Director of its Office of Special Affairs. From the early 90’s to 2005, Rinder was the primary international spokesperson for the Church.

In Part 2 of this FOX News interview, Rinder discusses some of the disturbing revelations from the award winning documentary “Going Clear.”

View Part 1 of the interview

Former Church Exec Discusses Award Winning Film Expose Pt. 1

Mike Rinder is a former executive for the Church of Scientology. From 1982 to 2007, Rinder served on the Board of Directors of the Church of Scientology International and also held the post of Executive Director of its Office of Special Affairs. From the early 90’s to 2005, Rinder was the primary international spokesperson for the Church.

In this FOX News interview, Rinder gives an informed and articulate analysis of how the Church operates, and relates some of his experiences in the Church’s Sea Organization.

View Part 2 of the interview