Stor forskningskonferanse om scientologi, Toronto 22-26 juni 2015

Jon Atack, ex-scientolog og forfatteren av A piece of Blue Sky, holder en konferanse på Tyndale University i sommer. En del kjente ansikter dukker opp, men det er også en del nye fjes. Det nye i forhold til tidligere konferanser er at denne vil være rettet mot forskning heller enn Scientologikirkens håndtering av tidligere medlemmer og av kritikere.

Tony Ortega har offentliggjort en foreløpig liste over deltagere som vil bidra, flere er ventet:

Paulette Cooper, målet for Operation Freakout
Steven Hassan, kult-forsker
Tony Ortega, the Underground Bunker
Russell Miller, forfatter av Bare-Faced Messiah
Jesse Prince, ex-SO veteran
Hana Whitfield, ex-SO veteran
Ursula Caberta, forhenværende leder for anti-kultarbeidet i Tyskland
Nancy Many, ex- scientolog
Andreas Heldal-Lund, norsk aktivist, Operation Clambake.
Arnaud Pallison, kriminolog, forfatter bak en del av de franske rettsakene mot organisasjonen
Tory Christman, ex-scientolog
Alexander Dvorkin, forsker og leder for anti-kultarbeidet i Øst-Europa
Karin Spaink, journalist og veteran i kampen mot Scientologikirkens nettsensur
David Pike,leder for FACTNet
Lawrence Wollersheim, første sak mot organisasjonen og vant 9 millioner dollar
Chuck Beatty, ex-SO veteran
David Barrett, sosiolog og ekspert på nye religiøse bevegelser
John Duignan, forfatteren av The Complex
Jonny Jacobsen, journalist
Chris Shelton, ex-scientolog
Nora Crest, ex-scientolog
Pete Griffiths,arangøren av fjordårets Flag Down i Clearwater
Marta Gorna, aktivist, Polen
Martin Poulter, professor i religion
Steve Cannane, australsk TV-journalist

Dette burde kunne bli interessant!

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Spennende! :slight_smile:

Minner om at konferansen er neste uke. Det er lovet videolink, en del av det kan være verdt å få med seg.

Tony Ortega gleder seg: http://tonyortega.org/2015/06/16/o-canada-all-eyes-in-the-scientology-watching-world-will-be-looking-north-next-week/

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Virker interessant! Spent på hva Heldal-Lund kommer til å prate om.

Heldan-Lund er en gammel helt! Han holdt på med dette den gang det faktisk var farlig. Hatten av.

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Traff ham da vi begge holdt foredrag på et åpent temamøte hos Humanetisk forbund i 2008. Trivelig kar!

Konferansen er i gang!

Tony Ortega live-blogget hele nattens evenement:

http://tonyortega.org/2015/06/22/live-blogging-the-toronto-conference-on-scientology-kicks-off-and-were-on-the-scene/

I dag skal Paulette Cooper og Tony Ortega til pers.

I mellomtiden kan vi kose oss med en liten fair-game historie: James Beverly, akademikeren som har hjulpet John Atack å sette opp konferansen, har hat et ublidt møte med OSA. Vel så morsomt er det å se mer eller mondre paranoide anti.scientologer og kanskje virkelig OSA fiske i rørt vann over på WWP:

https://whyweprotest.net/threads/toronto-conference-on-scientology-june-22-26-2015.126137/#post-2540860

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Andreas Heldal-Lund ser sunn, frisk og glad ut:

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Gullkorn fra Gerry Armstrongs foredrag:

Gerry says his last communication with Hubbard was in February 1980, when LRH went into permanent hiding.

Fun moment: He said he had money to purchase a car because he had an unlimited budget in a project to get Hubbard a Nobel Prize for the sauna program (Purification Rundown).

Talking about working with Omar Garrison, the writer who was hired by Scientology to write an official biography.

Interesting: Gerry said that having access to the actual Hubbard documentation helped him deprogram himself.

Fun moment: He said he had money to purchase a car because he had an unlimited budget in a project to get Hubbard a Nobel Prize for the sauna program (Purification Rundown).

a Nobel Prize for the sauna program (Purification Rundown)

A rundown on the truth being delivered at the Toronto Scientology conference

A rundown on the truth being delivered at the Toronto Scientology conference

It was a real highlight for us to meet for the first time a frequent contributor to the Underground Bunker, former Sea Org worker Chris Shelton. We asked him to give us a report about his first day speaking at the Toronto conference yesterday. Here’s what he sent us.

Attending the Getting Clear conference here in Toronto has been a bit of a dream come true for me. I’ve finally met some of the real stars in the ex-Scientology community who have been kind of like legends to me for the past two years: Hana Eltringham Whitfield, Paulette Cooper, Nancy Many, Gerry Armstrong, Spanky Taylor, Jesse Prince, Jon Atack and our proprietor.

In the years I was in Scientology, I always made it a point to ask those who had worked with L. Ron Hubbard what he was really like in person. This probably happened with about 15 or so people throughout that time and one-for-one, without fail, I would be regaled with tales of wonder and delight at what presence and intention and charisma LRH exuded. They would describe to me how he was the most powerful being they’d ever met, but at the same time how he always took such pains to “grant beingness” to us lesser mortals and go out of his way to make people he spoke with feel safe and appreciated. It never ceased to amaze me what an impression he made and what an obviously intense and amazing individual he must have been. They never failed to comment on his compassion and how nice he was and how he went so far out of his way to see to the welfare of his staff.