In the summer of 1982, Dennis Erlich was smoking weed with his brother and a friend when he had an epiphany: marijuana and Scientology provided the same feelings of omniscience and understanding. Erlich was a highly trained minister in the Church of Scientology, having reached Operating Thetan Level III. But...
Scientology Drug Rehab: Danette Elliott Sues Narconon Vista Bay for $1M, Says She Was Duped Into Church-Sponsored Program
Like many people searching for alcohol addiction treatment, Danette Elliott turned to the Internet, where she found a site offering to help locate the "best drug rehab." The service recommended a program at the Narconon Vista Bay facility near Santa Cruz, trumpeting its effectiveness. According to Elliott, she was never...
Daniel Montalvo's Scientology Lawsuit Claims False Imprisonment, Child Labor Violations, Lack of Education While Growing Up in L.A.-Based Org
The Church of Scientology responds, denies the allegations, after the jump. Not exactly the glory days for the L.A.-based Church of Scientology. A New Yorker piece on director Paul Haggis' split with the organization reported last month that the FBI was investigating allegations of abuse and human trafficking within Scientology...
Scientologist Johnny Goodboy Warns That L.A.-Based Church's Enemies Will 'Have The Blackest Future Imaginable'
We received nearly 100 comments based on the story of 19-year-old Daniel Montalvo, a teen raised inside the Church of Scientology who appeared to have run away from the organization only to be talked back for questioning and an arrest. Some pro-Scientology commenters called the Weekly biased, while others questioned...