So much Scientology stuff going on these days that I should dump some of it here to make that backlinking engine do its stuff and get me some site visitors.
- Longtime Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) head Jan Eastgate has been charged in Australia with perverting the course of justice for he role in covering up the sexual molestation of a minor by a Scientologist, fearing it would lead to bad press. It took awhile, but the bad press is deservedly here. Village Voice summation here. It can’t be understated what a public relations nightmare this is for Scientology, as CCHR has gradually become the crown jewel of Scientology’s deceptive front group arsenal, having managed to affect legislation in various districts. Not much US media so far but hopefully that’ll change if Eastgate is convicted.
- Another exciting development is the imminent publication of two weighty books on Scientology, one by Ohio State religious studies professor Hugh B. Urban, due out in September under the title The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion. Tony Ortega of the Village Voice got an early peek and previews it here. The other book is by Rolling Stone writer Janet Reitman, and will be titled Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion. It can be preordered on Amazon here, and is due out July 5.