NEW BOOK: Battlefield Scientology, by Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper

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  1. NEW BOOK: Battlefield Scientology, by Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper.

    Tony Ortega is the author of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper.

    Paulette Cooper is the author of The scandal of Scientology.

    As reported by Panopea Abrupta from HowdyCon:

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    Paulette is writing again!
    She pitched an idea.
    Obs did graphics.
    Tony and Paulette have put together a book
    - a best of the Bunker.
    Coming September!!!

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    [For context: The caption of the photo from HowdyCon is, "Christian is doing his song again."]

    Story confirmed by Observer on Tony Ortega's blog.

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  3. Tony Ortega now has a post up on the upcoming book:

    Coming soon, our collaboration with ‘Miss Lovely’ herself, Paulette Cooper!

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    During the main event at HowdyCon in Chicago, we revealed there’s a new book coming soon which we’re pretty excited about.

    The last time we were in Chicago, in 2015, we were there to promote our 2015 book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, our history of Paulette Cooper and how the Church of Scientology, which called her “Miss Lovely” in spy documents, tried to destroy her.

    A few months ago, Paulette approached us with an idea — shouldn’t there be a book of the best of the Underground Bunker? And could she edit and publish such a thing?

    We loved the idea, and so we went to work. We told her we had an idea for a title which we’d heard from Kay Rowe, who graciously gave us her blessing to use it — “Battlefield Scientology.”

    Paulette has worked hard to gather a large number of pieces, we’ve edited them to update them where possible, and she’s written introductions for several thematic groupings of the stories. The result is a large collection of material that documents Scientology, past and present, and in one handy volume.

    Here's what Paulette says about it:

    This book was written for people who think they know just about everything there is to know about Scientology, and to those who know nothing. The stories range from the early days of L. Ron Hubbard’s life to what is happening in his movement today. The chapters were chosen to appeal not only to former Scientologists, but also never-Scientologists, as well as to people who are just beginning to dip their toes in this subject. The 300 pages and 30 photos reflect not only what’s interesting, but also what’s important in understanding what has happened in this organization right down to what’s happening today. The paperback and e-book are scheduled for release in September.

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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    In the Daily Mail article quoted below, the word Battleship was used instead of Battlefield in three places. I corrected it.

    Scientology is allegedly remedying '20-year decline by targeting Bollywood and Eastern European stars' after young Hollywood 'ditched association with religion due to bad publicity'
    • In new book Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L.Ron Hubbard's Dangerous Religion, Tony Ortega says second-generation Scientologists 'have less to prove'
    • Fifty-year member Geoff Levin, who left in 2017, claims they have set sights on Asia and Eastern Europe because it has been 'declining for the last 20 years'
    • Young stars including Bollywood actress Sheena Chohan and Mexican singer Michael Ronda have recently been associated, New York Post reports
    • The Church of Scientology denied they're declining and mentioned they have opened 16 new properties
    • But ex-Church exec Mike Rinder alleges it's a guise to make them look successful
    By Leah Simpson For, January 27, 2019


    The Church of Scientology has switched strategy to focus on drawing in famous names from Eastern Europe and Asia, according to a new book.

    In Battlefield Scientology: Exposing L.Ron Hubbard's Dangerous Religion by Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper, Ortega claims that 'second generation celebrities' are shunning the religion known for having hefty membership costs and other negative associations including mysterious deaths, because they 'have less to prove'.

    With actress Leah Remini recently being the most outspoken against the organization she was a member of for 35 years, less people in the US entertainment industry are willing to attach their name to Scientology according to long-time former members.

    So the sect founded by American science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard has set its sights on Bollywood, including Indian actress Sheena Chohan, 31, and Mexican singer Michael Ronda, 22, who this month was scheduled to perform at a Celebrity Centre graduation ceremony, The New York Post reports.

    'The method for recruiting overseas is that somebody from the US or England will go to countries where they already have business ties and introduce Scientology to their connections,' Fifty-year member Geoff Levin, who left in 2017, told the Post.

    Scientology was popularized by stars like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley but it more of a taboo subject these days according to Levin.

    Adding about the iconic Celebrity Centre situated just one block north of Hollywood Boulevard: 'Prior to the last 10 years, when PR for Scientology turned really sour, [showbiz] people would have meetings at the restaurant with their agents. Now I can't imagine anyone doing that — unless you were the agent of Tom Cruise and you had to do it.'

    Speaking of how the focus used to be on recruiting US-based stars for the religion, Levin recalled how Scientology tents would be on film sets such as Cruise's 2005 Steven Spielberg-directed motion picture War of the Worlds.

    But the man who worked with the late founder for some time, has now claimed Scientology has been 'declining for the last 20 years'.

    There has been a positive response outside of Hollywood, Scientology's former Church of Scientology executive Mike Rinder told the Post.

    'There are places where they are having success. One is Taiwan. The others are Eastern Europe and Russia,' Rinder said.

    With King of Queens start Remini actively speaking in public about defecting and promoting her TV show Scientology and the Aftermath, targeting stars such as ex-member director Paul Haggis for membership, may have backfired.

    'They have created their own nightmare with their reliance on celebrities. You have Leah and Paul turning around [in their beliefs] for all the world to see,' Rinder added.

    A church spokesperson denied the idea they have ditched Hollywood because of a bad reputation and insisted they're expanding.

    Explaining that it has been practiced in 'Russia, other Eastern European countries as well as in Asia for decades' the spokesperson said it is 'growing around the world'.

    'Since 2016, we have opened 16 new churches' and 'launched . . . our own TV network,' the spokesperson told the Post.

    Rinder however claimed it was all a guise.

    'They're converting cash into real estate. One reason is to be able to tell people they are expanding. But they don't tell you that the buildings are empty.'

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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here are two articles that were based on the article in the Daily Mail. Both repeated the incorrect title of the book.

    Open Season: Scientology Turns to Bollywood, Europe for Young Celebrities – Book | Sputnik International

    Scientology ‘now targeting Bollywood and international stars' after Hollywood 'ditched association with religion due to bad publicity’ | The Sun
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