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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige meets with Clearwater leaders to complain about the local newspaper and discuss how best to continue taking over the city   (tampabay.com) divider line 176
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2014-03-22 08:10:37 AM
Meanwhile in Texas, he's fighting tooth and nail not to have to testify in a Scientology harassment case against the wife of Miscavige's former right hand.
 
2014-03-22 08:11:43 AM
Dammit...link.
 
2014-03-22 08:31:26 AM
They are lucky he didn't use his laser vision to burn down City Hall.
 
2014-03-22 08:39:36 AM

SecretAgentWoman: Dammit...link.


Religion.  Such a positive force in society.
 
2014-03-22 08:40:32 AM
"Miscavige" is practically a fictional evil name, leveraging "mis" as in "misanthropy"
 
2014-03-22 09:13:31 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: "Miscavige" is practically a fictional evil name, leveraging "mis" as in "misanthropy"


It always instantly evoked the phrase "miscarriage of justice" for me.
 
2014-03-22 09:23:24 AM
Is that pic of him from TFA a still from American Psycho?  I expect him to start lecturing me about how much better Genesis became after Gabriel left and Phil Collins took over.
 
2014-03-22 09:29:02 AM
A hostile cult is taking over a city in Florida? Meh.
 
2014-03-22 09:31:13 AM
Did they have a sing along after? I'm partial to "Run Through the Jungle" and "Who'll Stop the Rain?"
 
2014-03-22 09:34:52 AM
Not many people look more like some fictional villain than that guy.


How weird is it that he really is a villain?
 
2014-03-22 09:37:01 AM

Relatively Obscure: Not many people look more like some fictional villain than that guy.


How weird is it that he really is a villain?


By all the accounts I've read, Scientology was pretty bad under L. Ron Hubbard, but Miscavige really lifted it to a whole new level of evil.
 
2014-03-22 09:37:04 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: SecretAgentWoman: Dammit...link.

Religion.  Crazy-ass cult. Such a positive force in society.


fify.
I'm no god-squadder by any means, but $cientology is a religion as much as a rancid hot dog is a hot off the grill T-bone steak with all the fixins.
 
MFK
2014-03-22 09:37:28 AM

Relatively Obscure: Not many people look more like some fictional villain than that guy.


How weird is it that he really is a villain?


came in here to post the exact same thing.

If i were a city leader, i would try to keep this scary asshole as far away from my town as possible.
 
2014-03-22 09:38:07 AM

jake_lex: Is that pic of him from TFA a still from American Psycho?  I expect him to start lecturing me about how much better Genesis became after Gabriel left and Phil Collins took over.


Better afterwards? Evil bastard.
 
2014-03-22 09:38:18 AM
They should have asked David how his wife was doing...and to bring her along next time.
 
2014-03-22 09:42:30 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: "Miscavige" is practically a fictional evil name, leveraging "mis" as in "misanthropy"


Whenever I see that name, I always read it as "Miscarriage"!
 
2014-03-22 09:43:53 AM
Wait, they opened the Flag Building?  Now what will they use as a continual "target" for their fundraising?  And how long before we see members who can phase through walls and revive the dead?

(The building was originally estimated to cost something like $25 million, and later $50.  It was later found out they had raised something close to $150 million for its construction, yet the building still wasn't finished for over ten years - raising the likelihood that that was the plan all along, and it was only designed as a cash cow.)
 
2014-03-22 09:44:27 AM
So a revival then?
 
2014-03-22 09:45:21 AM
I am not saying these were Thetons but these were Thetons.

/oobscurities?
 
2014-03-22 09:45:23 AM
Headline lacks snark.
 
2014-03-22 09:45:32 AM

Relatively Obscure: Not many people look more like some fictional villain than that guy.


How weird is it that he really is a villain?


Melakon/Stalin evil, with a helping of Westboro and a side order of NSA.
 
2014-03-22 09:46:55 AM
We need more global warming.
So we can have more hurricanes.
That will take aim at certain buildings in Clearwater, Florida.
So we can say "HAHA! It's an act of Xenu!"
Then we can have less global warming.
 
2014-03-22 09:47:07 AM

SecretAgentWoman: Dammit...link.


Bahahahahaha. That's hilarious!
 
2014-03-22 09:47:27 AM
He's one of the few famous people I actually would be nervous to meet in real life. Cause I'm not sure he really doesn't have laser beam eyes.
 
2014-03-22 09:48:54 AM
No comment. I have nothing negative to say about Scientology.
 
2014-03-22 09:50:59 AM
At first I thought, "Would any politician meet with any other crime lord this way?"  Then I remembered my governor is Pat McCrory.
 
2014-03-22 09:53:47 AM

badhatharry: No comment. I have nothing negative to say about Scientology.


You should try a little  harder
 
2014-03-22 09:54:59 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: "Miscavige" is practically a fictional evil name, leveraging "mis" as in "misanthropy"


I was thinking along the lines of "Miscreant."
 
2014-03-22 09:55:41 AM

elvisaintdead: Benevolent Misanthrope: SecretAgentWoman: Dammit...link.

Religion.  Crazy-ass cult. Such a positive force in society.

fify.
I'm no god-squadder by any means, but $cientology is a religion as much as a rancid hot dog is a hot off the grill T-bone steak with all the fixins.


Explain for me, please, how Scientology's beliefs are any less credible than other religions'.
 
2014-03-22 09:57:45 AM

BluVeinThrobber: badhatharry: No comment. I have nothing negative to say about Scientology.

You should try a little  harder


I see you enjoy raping babies.
 
2014-03-22 09:58:25 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: elvisaintdead: Benevolent Misanthrope: SecretAgentWoman: Dammit...link.

Religion.  Crazy-ass cult. Such a positive force in society.

fify.
I'm no god-squadder by any means, but $cientology is a religion as much as a rancid hot dog is a hot off the grill T-bone steak with all the fixins.

Explain for me, please, how Scientology's beliefs are any less credible than other religions'.


They don't even make sense to people who believe in those other religions.
 
2014-03-22 09:58:38 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: "Miscavige" is practically a fictional evil name, leveraging "mis" as in "misanthropy"


It's kind of a portmanteau of Misanthrope, Carrion, and Savage, to my ear.  It evokes strong feelings of distrust and loathing, and did before I even knew anything about the guy.
 
2014-03-22 09:58:53 AM

Relatively Obscure: Not many people look more like some fictional villain than that guy.


How weird is it that he really is a villain?


The map of the world in the background was a nice touch.
 
2014-03-22 09:59:45 AM

starsrift: Benevolent Misanthrope: elvisaintdead: Benevolent Misanthrope: SecretAgentWoman: Dammit...link.

Religion.  Crazy-ass cult. Such a positive force in society.

fify.
I'm no god-squadder by any means, but $cientology is a religion as much as a rancid hot dog is a hot off the grill T-bone steak with all the fixins.

Explain for me, please, how Scientology's beliefs are any less credible than other religions'.

They don't even make sense to people who believe in those other religions.


I'm sure Catholic beliefs make no sense to Scientologists, either.

Anyone want to tell me how Scientology's beliefs are less credible than other religions'?
 
2014-03-22 10:00:02 AM
I knew a guy in high school who was very intelligent.  Acted normally enough, in terms of HS students.  Ran into him a few years later and he told me that he'd joined that particular "church."  I was speaking with the same physical human, but his brain was making wharb-garble come out of his mouth.  Found out a few years later that he'd committed suicide.

/not-so-cool story, bro'
 
2014-03-22 10:00:37 AM

Diogenes: BluVeinThrobber: badhatharry: No comment. I have nothing negative to say about Scientology.

You should try a little  harder

I see you enjoy raping babies.


Only your mom's
 
2014-03-22 10:01:19 AM

Confabulat: He's one of the few famous people I actually would be nervous to meet in real life. Cause I'm not sure he really doesn't have laser beam eyes.


Be nervous because if you say anything to offend him, he'll have his zombies murder your dog.
 
2014-03-22 10:01:38 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Anyone want to tell me how Scientology's beliefs are less credible than other religions'?


Cause a Bible is free and there are even people who put them in hotel rooms. If you want to know what's in Scientology, pull out your wallet.

That's a rather large difference to me.
 
2014-03-22 10:02:46 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: I'm sure Catholic beliefs make no sense to Scientologists, either.

Anyone want to tell me how Scientology's beliefs are less credible than other religions'?


That's not nearly as relevant as Protestant beliefs making sense to Catholics, or Jews, etc.
 
2014-03-22 10:03:18 AM
They met face to face?

Was Miscavige standing on a box? Guy is like 5 feet tall.
 
2014-03-22 10:04:33 AM

Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Anyone want to tell me how Scientology's beliefs are less credible than other religions'?

Cause a Bible is free and there are even people who put them in hotel rooms. If you want to know what's in Scientology, pull out your wallet.

That's a rather large difference to me.


Lots of things are free.  I don't think being in a hotel room is a great indicator of the credibility of anything.  And are you really going to pretend that other churches don't ask for money?

Anyone else?
 
2014-03-22 10:05:18 AM

BluVeinThrobber: Diogenes: BluVeinThrobber: badhatharry: No comment. I have nothing negative to say about Scientology.

You should try a little  harder

I see you enjoy raping babies.

Only your mom's


It's a Co$ thing.
 
2014-03-22 10:05:30 AM

starsrift: Benevolent Misanthrope: I'm sure Catholic beliefs make no sense to Scientologists, either.

Anyone want to tell me how Scientology's beliefs are less credible than other religions'?

That's not nearly as relevant as Protestant beliefs making sense to Catholics, or Jews, etc.


Come again?  Not sure what that has to do with Scientology being less credible in their beliefs than other religions.
 
2014-03-22 10:05:55 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: starsrift: Benevolent Misanthrope: elvisaintdead: Benevolent Misanthrope: SecretAgentWoman: Dammit...link.

Religion.  Crazy-ass cult. Such a positive force in society.

fify.
I'm no god-squadder by any means, but $cientology is a religion as much as a rancid hot dog is a hot off the grill T-bone steak with all the fixins.

Explain for me, please, how Scientology's beliefs are any less credible than other religions'.

They don't even make sense to people who believe in those other religions.

I'm sure Catholic beliefs make no sense to Scientologists, either.

Anyone want to tell me how Scientology's beliefs are less credible than other religions'?


Credibility? No more or less. The harrasment they perpetuate is on a completely different level. Its not an unbiased source, but check out clambake.org.
 
2014-03-22 10:06:46 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Lots of things are free.  I don't think being in a hotel room is a great indicator of the credibility of anything.  And are you really going to pretend that other churches don't ask for money?


Have you read how Scientology works? It's more or less a systematic hypnosis system. I'm no Christian, but I certainly understand the difference between a religion and a cult.
 
2014-03-22 10:11:11 AM
Was Mr Miscavige's wife at the meeting?
 
2014-03-22 10:14:09 AM

Diogenes: BluVeinThrobber: Diogenes: BluVeinThrobber: badhatharry: No comment. I have nothing negative to say about Scientology.

You should try a little  harder

I see you enjoy raping babies.

Only your mom's

It's a Co$ thing.


I dont own any t-shirts with logos on  them
 
2014-03-22 10:15:20 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Anyone want to tell me how Scientology's beliefs are less credible than other religions'?

Cause a Bible is free and there are even people who put them in hotel rooms. If you want to know what's in Scientology, pull out your wallet.

That's a rather large difference to me.

Lots of things are free.  I don't think being in a hotel room is a great indicator of the credibility of anything.  And are you really going to pretend that other churches don't ask for money?

Anyone else?


What I think is different is that we have pretty clear evidence that Co$ was a pure fabrication of L Ron Hubbard. So, with Co$, there isn't even a pretense that the people in charge actually believe any of what they peddle.
 
2014-03-22 10:15:21 AM

Confabulat: Benevolent Misanthrope: Lots of things are free.  I don't think being in a hotel room is a great indicator of the credibility of anything.  And are you really going to pretend that other churches don't ask for money?

Have you read how Scientology works? It's more or less a systematic hypnosis system. I'm no Christian, but I certainly understand the difference between a religion and a cult.


Many churches use group hypnosis. Chanting, singing, and group prayer are effective tools for this. Pretty harmless. Scientology is more like a systematic brainwashing system. The main difference between a religion and a cult is the way in which you are cut off from other support systems.
 
2014-03-22 10:15:29 AM
Scientology isn't a scam religion. It's an evil Lovecraftian cult that worships a gigantic eldritch abomination that lives under the state of Florida. And that's why Florida is so crazy! Everyone there is being driven insane by being in the presence of a Lovecraftian monstrosity.
 
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