Scientology Opens Phoenix Ideal Org; Mayor Greg Stanton Touts City's Status as Alien-Based Religion's "Birthplace"

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Would Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard be proud of the new Phoenix Ideal Org in the town he formerly called home? Critics say the push for grand facilities like this one bleeds the finances of members for misguided reasons.

Scientology formally opened its new Phoenix Ideal Org facility on Saturday with a celebration attended by hundreds of the religion's followers.

The grand opening near the former home of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard follows a bitter eviction process for the former tenants of the building complex at the northeast corner of Indianola and 44th Street, which New Times detailed in our October 13, 2011 feature story, "Alien Invasion."

It also follows severe criticism of the religion's mission of recent years to build Ideal Orgs in major U.S. cities. Critics including former top Scientology officials like Debbie Cook have accused the organization and its leader, David Miscavige, of greedily sucking its members dry with incessant fund-raising tactics for real-estate projects that don't advance members' needs.

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Image: Press release from the Church of Scientology
This image from the Church of Scientology shows hundreds of people attending Saturday's grand opening of the religion's new Phoenix Ideal Org facility.

According to a Scientology press release, the facility will feature an "expansive" public information center, a chapel to be used for weddings and "Sunday services," and plenty of office space for its counseling programs. (The release incorrectly states the location of the facility -- it's actually just south of Indian School Road.)

Mayor Greg Stanton spoke at the celebration, and was quoted as saying:


I consider myself to be the luckiest mayor today. Because there is only one city on Earth that can claim the title 'Birthplace of Scientology', and I am proud that it's right here in Phoenix. So congratulations to the Church of Scientology for your amazing Ideal Org.


(Stanton, through a spokesman, tells New Times he remembers saying he felt like a "lucky" mayor, not the "luckiest," but other than that he says the quote is accurate.)

Tony Malaj, the executive director of support services for the Higley Unified School District, implied in his own address to Scientologists that their programs were being used in Higley schools. Malaj reportedly said:



There are teachers in Arizona public schools and charter schools today who are breaking through barriers and achieving a new level of success with their students as a result. I want you to know that you are helping those of us in education to achieve our mission.


(We put in a call to Malaj for clarification about his statement. He tells New Times that, actually, he doesn't personally know any Arizona teacher or public schools, including Higley's, that use Scientology programs. However, he's chatted with teachers in the past who claimed they used elements of Scientology programs to help students learn, he says. Malaj adds that he doesn't know whether those teachers told their students how they were using methods that originated with the Church of Scientology.)

Naturally, Scientology leader David Miscavige was on hand at the grand opening to whip up some excitement among the troops:

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Mayor Greg Stanton told Scientologists on Saturday that he's proud Phoenix is the "birthplace of Scientology."

You are about to embark on a new chapter in your history. And it all begins with an undying pledge to uphold that rare spirit of competence, compassion and benevolence with which L. Ron Hubbard originally founded Scientology. For only in that way will we ever achieve the Aims of Scientology, and thus that world without war; a world of which we can be proud, where the able can prosper, where honest beings have rights and all are free to rise to greater heights.


Of course, Scientologists who wish to rise to greater heights within their religion soon find out the process is nothing like "free."

Scientology's Phoenix Ideal Org will be open to the public, but don't expect staff members there to talk about Xenu the Galactic Overlord, or even acknowledge the religion's sci-fi underpinnings. Instead, recruiters will want you to focus on the supposed benefits of studying Scientology, such as how it will supposedly make you smarter, more successful and an all-around great person.

Once you're interested, prepare to break out the wallet. It'll take a lot of book sales and donations to keep this new Ideal Org staffed.





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errolmcinnes
errolmcinnes

LionThrax, Where are you on the bridge? Are the body thetans bugging your case? What's your crimes? did you know that in OT8, you find out that you mocked up your own past lives? It's a cult, dude, and you are enslaved by that cult. We can help set you free. There are no thetans, the volcanoes Hubbard described didn't exist 7 billion years ago. Nobody wants to sign a billion year contract, and nobody here wants to go to RPF. So did they move an RPF to Phoenix Ideal Org? I think I saw RPF residents outside mowing the lawn that CO$ can't afford to have anyone else mow. Are you here to confront and shatter the SPs? Are you going to declare "Fair Game" on Phoenix New Times? Are you going to dig up my past because I used my name? Does it bother you that I don't have to hide from the church? How about you mock up another of your own past lives. Are you cause over Facebook?

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

You sound a bit enturbulated. You should have some herbal tea or something. Are your body thetans acting up again?

Clam On A Halfshell
Clam On A Halfshell

Ladies and gentlemen: This ^^^ is the essence of $cientology. Death threats at the criticism of Dear Leader Elwrong Hubtard.

OLD OT7
OLD OT7

 False comments?  You should really look up Hubbard's so-called war record instead of swallowing hook, line & sinker what your organization feeds you.  Gerry Armstrong, the former official biographer, when he was organizing Hubbard's docmuents, realized it was all lies.  Tommy Davis is out now because he said, in an interview with Janet Reitman (author of 'Inside Scientology), "If Hubbard's war record was a lie, then dianetics and scientology were based on lies."  That didn't go over well and he was paid, tossed and gagged. Look, Lionthrax, again, I wish you well throughout the rest of your life.  And, if it's true for you, then good on you!  I bare you no malice.  We just have different points of view of your organization and Hubbard.  I've had friends in the SO for decades, who after leaving. told me about their experiences.  they were not pleasant to say the least.  BTW, there's a bar in England, I think, called XSO.  It was started and run by ex-SO.  So, my friend, experience life to the fullest!  And don't be afraid to look.  Doubt, is not a crime.

OLD OT7
OLD OT7

 MS, being extremely generous, they have 40,000 worldwide.  But, probably less. Interesting that the psychotic dwarf's father and step mom blew as well as LRH's granddaughter.  The dike is starting to crack.  And, no, I'm not referring to a woman in comfortable shoes. As someone with friends  still on the inside but waiting for the right time to blow, it's going to get very interesting in the future. Love your posts!  Very in depth and succinct.  But, mainly, you ALWAYS on the mark. 

OLD OT7
OLD OT7

 Yep, the tech worked perfectly for Lisa McPherson!  And for all the strange deaths and suicides your cult has experienced.  Oh, that's right, you're not told about those things.  A bit entheta I guess.

Old OT7
Old OT7

 Oh, c'mon Lionthrax (is that like anthrax from the "Lion King?"), Norman is a great example of the mind set inside of corporate scientology.  Being he posts in all caps, tells us he's a bit unhinged and might have some anger management issues, like many scientologist do.  Especially the evil dwarf.  I'm just afraid he'll give himself a heart attack.

Old OT7
Old OT7

 My bad, Normanlemire!  But, hey, I thought you'd be thrilled to have such a famous member as Charles Mason!  And Rex Fowler!  C'mon now, the cult isn't above murder!  The cult has got to be proud of these two!

Old OT7
Old OT7

  No.  It just resonates with me.  I cannot imagine not being.  And the other posters here are not YOLOs.  Your organization has become a vicious, evil, militant & criminal cult.  Miscavage's father and his step mom just blew.  LRHs granddaughter just blew.  Your numbers are falling off a cliff with a downdraft.  But, as OSA, you need to put up a good front.  And...you've got more problems on the horizon:  At Flag, 3 long term SO members are just biding their time until they leave and spill their guts.  Two at Int and either 2 or 3 in L.A.  There's an "underground" railroad, if you will, that's assists those who DESPERATELY want to leave the Cult of Miscavage.  And, it's just going to get worse.  But, hey, keep letting the psychotic, asthmatic dwarf beat, imprison, humiliate, torture and otherwise make life miserable for SO members.  Oh!  And keep letting him squirrel the tech. Oh, my bad.  Tiny Davy is who you report to.

Lionthrax
Lionthrax

Sorry, I missed this section with your objections earlier, but thanks for noting them. Shall we address a few of them? You assert that Scn is a 'well-documented fraud' and the religion claim is a 'disguise'. (I'm guessing the disguise is to hide the ' money -sucking '?) Would you please show or reference these documents? I use Scn on a daily basis and it works pretty good for me. I mention this only because an unsupported assertion can be rejected out of hand by experience. 'Scientology trains people to lie...they call it acceptable truth.' Throughout the basic books, axioms, and the various codes of conduct - permeating all of the technology is the pursuit of the truth. The primary problems we all deal with are the result of lies. So, unless you can reference a Scn book, lecture or policy that specifically directs this training, I'm going to have to deny that too. Well, I have to hit it for tonight. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!

Lionthrax
Lionthrax

Norman, glad you are selling books, but now you need to apply it.Your comm here is not helping. Our business is raising the tone level of society, not succumbing. Thanks mate.

Lionthrax
Lionthrax

I tend to agree that only a small percentage of those purchasing Dianetics actually read it, and fewer still fully understand it. Would I be correct in stating you have neither read or understand Dianetics? I also agree that the size of the actual and active Scientology field is a fraction of the claimed number. That is a statement you should carefully examine, and the inevitable conclusions that follow it does not support your position. More on this above. As for the web postings, I have no problem checking them out and have done so for some and will continue. The difference between us is that i can evaluate the data in terms of reality and importance. You reference Debbie Cook, but you, in your rush to say: 'see see there's a high official defecting and denouncing!' You misunderstand the core of what she was communicating. So, what is your intention that you purposely try to present a reality that is either not true or is harmful?

Lionthrax
Lionthrax

So you know something the YOLOs don't. You describe yourself as a spirit, which is defined by and its rehabilitation is the prime purpose of Scn, and denied by Psychology. So how do you 'know'? Have you experienced the state of being exterior?

NORMANLEMIRE
NORMANLEMIRE

 YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT... YOU CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT..NARROW MINDED IDIOT!

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