Scientologist Sylvia Stanard to speak at Chautauqua Institution in July

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  1. Scientologist Sylvia Stanard to speak at Chautauqua Institution in July

    From ESMB:

    Contrary to Smurf's characterization, Chautauqua Institution, where Stanard is speaking, is not a college.
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  2. anon8109 Member


    The conference organizers ought to know that they should google scientology before they invite one and hand them a podium to give the cult an air of respectability.

    Staynard, or any other cult shill, should never be invited back.
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  3. Budd Member

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  4. Nancy Beazley Member

    The Chautauqua Institution is a place that invites divergent views. It's not a place where people are afraid to speak their minds.

    I think this is going to be VERY interesting. I predict many people will stand up and tell Sylvia Stanard to go fuck herself. This could be very, very interesting.

    I would also bet that the press is going to cover this, with attendant lulz.
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  5. moarxenu Member

    I checked the calendar. Sylvia Stanard is scheduled to speak at 2:00 pm, Friday, July 25 in the Hall of Philosophy.

    For details and her bio:

    "Ms. Stanard has been a tireless advocate for human rights and religious freedom working under the banner of the Church. She has testified in Congress in support of patient rights, in Geneva at the UN Commission on Human RightsRights against human rights violations in apartheid South Africa, and regularly collaborates with Congress on religious freedom and human rights issues. She has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs to represent and discuss the Church of Scientology, as well as ethical and social issues of the day. - See more at:"

    Also, cocks.
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  6. DeathHamster Member

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  7. vaLLarrr Member

    Anons should have video cameras ready to capture and upload the ensuing lulzfest. This stupid clam will get torn a new one live on stage.
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  8. Ann O'Nymous Member

    Could be funny.
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  9. Definition of CHAUTAUQUA

    : any of various traveling shows and local assemblies that flourished in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that provided popular education combined with entertainment in the form of lectures, concerts, and plays, and that were modeled after activities at the Chautauqua Institution of western New York
    Origin of CHAUTAUQUA

    Chautauqua Lake
    First Known Use: 1873

    Here is an example of what you might see at a Chautauqua. This one was held in Maryland but I suppose it is very similar to the Chautauqua Institution in New York.

    It would be a hoot to see someone perform as Elron speaking honestly for once.
  10. cuedude Member

    well that sucks I'm on vacation that week rented a house on the lake the institute is a really nice place with all kinds of things to do from art classes for kids to classes and workshops for adults. guess i'll skip going there this summer and let them know why I'm not spending a dime there. hope the bitch don't poison the lake and ruin the fishing . maybe I can catch a carp to throw at her but hate to be cruel to animals even a carp deserves better than her
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  11. skeptic2girl Member

    I have a feeling - based mostly on the Staynard selection - that people (or their agent-types) probably contact the Chautauqua Institute, advertising themselves as available speakers.
    I believe, if you like to make money as a public speaker, you have to promote yourself, or have someone else do it for you... unless you're way famous and people would seek you out themselves.

    After all, if Chautauqua decided that they wanted someone from Scientology to speak, why on earth would they select Staynard?
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  12. skeptic2girl Member

    I hope you go anyway -- don't let Scientology's most infamous Sam Kinison impersonator ruin a good thing!
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  13. cuedude Member

    probably still will it's a beautiful place even for a walk you can even dock your boat there but dam you pay to enter and it seems wrong to give money to them I think you have to pay more to attend her lecture I mean brainwashing event
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  14. cuedude Member

    if anyone has never been there it's a cool place and all of chautauqua county is beautiful concerts on the lake good restaurants golf courses hiking fishing boat rentals even pontoons or waterskiing and a fantastic ice castle in the winter
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    OSA Operative Sylvia Stanard:
    ''Scientology works and it helps
    relieve people of their worldly assets.''
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  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    VIDEO: Scientology gets a grilling at Chautauqua | The Underground Bunker

    When we heard that one of Scientology’s mouthpieces would be speaking at this year’s Chautauqua, we assumed it would be a non-event. It’s been a long time since Chautauqua had much of an effect on popular culture or made the news. And we figured the religious liberals at the yearly conference were just trying to be inclusive by inviting Sylvia Stanard of Scientology’s DC national office.

    Well, we were right about one thing: Sylvia’s speech was about as interesting as watching paint dry. But if you can get through it, the really good part comes in the question and answer period afterward.

    Here’s the full event. Skip past the boring intro and get to Sylvia’s part.

    [To start the video where she starts taking questions, you can skip the first 46 minutes.]

    We were struck by a number of things in Sylvia’s presentation. First, as much as she wants to present a safe-for-the-public version of Hubbard and Scientology, it’s still interesting to see how much Hubbard’s legend has been pared down. Now he merely had some hearing loss during World War II (even though he said he was machine-gunned), and his childhood exploits have been scaled back quite a lot. See what you’ve done, Russell Miller?

    Scientology itself is presented as vaguely as possible, of course, but you can see Sylvia struggle because she knows she’s in front of an audience with a Judeo-Christian background, and she has to know that Hubbard said that what they all believe is the result of a mental implant foisted on thetans by an evil galactic overlord. “There was no Christ,” Hubbard said in a notorious lecture aboard the ship Apollo in 1968. So it’s entertaining to see Sylvia tiptoe through the eighth dynamic nonsense — that you can believe in a supreme being if you want to — and otherwise try to sell this stuff to a knowledgeable audience.

    And the Chautauqua folks are no dummies. Sylvia gets a pretty hard time from the very polite folks in the crowd after her presentation.

    The woman who read the Ron DeWolf quote was confused. That wasn’t Nibs. However, that quote did put Sylvia on the defensive about Nibs, and at that point it was starting to get ugly.

    And oh man, Sylvia really referred to Mission Into Time as Hubbard’s “research”? Not even Scientologists try to bullshit each other with that one. Mission Into Time, of course, was the 1967 voyage that Hubbard went on to prove that he’d lived previous lives by digging up old treasure he’d buried during the Punic Wars. That snipe hunt didn’t turn up any treasure, of course. And it has nothing to do with the “research” Hubbard said he did that was the basis of Dianetics and Scientology.

    When Sylvia is asked about Xenu and OT 3, she says she’s never encountered it in a book or lecture that she’s seen. She calls the Xenu story “counseling notes” and an unpublished one. It’s just something that someone came up with in an auditing session, she implies.

    Wow, that’s a whopper.

    Continued at
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  17. RightOn Member

    She makes my blood boil.
    At least she cut her wicthy rat's nest hair. But lipstick on a pig is still a pig. And this one is a big fat lying pig.
    I do feel compelled to thank this bitch for lying as much as she did, because the people there WILL do more research and then they will know for sure that she was lying her ass off. She didn't sound at all convincing and people knew she was full of shit.
    She also became unraveled more than once and the audience was caving her in. I hope DM sees her fail of a presentation (fail for the COS that is, win for me) and throws her in the RPF.
    And that obvious Scilon plant was beyond obvious.

    GIANT hugs and kudos to the well informed audience. <3!!!!!
    It made my heart swell to hear so many pressing and wonderful questions. They did their research and now they will do more.

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  18. Ann O'Nymous Member

    She really had an easy day.
  19. BigBeard Member

    The first time I protested in D.C. she got in my face with that oldie but goody, "What are your crimes?". It threw her a bit when I came back with, "I got a ticket for doing 105 in a 65 zone on I-95 at 3am in the boondocks of Maine once, what are your crimes?"

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  20. Django Member

    My sister attends Chautauqua every summer. Despite her being aware of my, umm, "interest" in Scientology, she failed to attend Sylvia's talk. I'm fine with that, I couldn't make it through 3-4 minutes of it, though some of the Q&A was OK.

    Random Troll: Hi David Miscavige! Do you still read every internet post that mentions your full name? I figured I'd waste your time a little more. How's that feel? Some Anonymous guy is making you read this, robbing valuable time that could've been gainfully spent beating staff members, drinking copious amounts of high-end Scotch, and blowing Tom Cruise (or, you know, anyone that'll have your tiny dick).

    Anyways, that was totally not at all sequitor, but I throw these things in, because, well, fuck David Miscavige....
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  21. Quentinanon Member

    "We do a lot of services that are free and open to the public and anyone can come into any church and find out at any time. But some of the more advanced courses we do have donations that we ask for our members to donate. They either donate money or they contribute some kind of work for church in exchange and that is how we fund the churches."
    The only stuff free are the personality test and introductory lecture.
    Sylvia says "some of the more advanced courses we do have donations". That's a lie. Everything other than the personality test and introductory lecture you have to pay for. And because you must pay, that money is not a donation, it is a fee. Period.
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  22. DeathHamster Member

    David Miscavige plays with dolls. It's a fact!
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  23. skeptic2girl Member

    They've found some sort of loophole in some ways. For instance, a young woman got talked into buying a Scientology course from some cult members at a Dianetics table in the BART station on Montgomery Street.

    She had buyers remorse, and came back to the org to get her money. They told her she had made a "religious donation," and refused to refund her money.

    Not sure what they would have done if she had pursued it further, but they wore her down. It was fifty bucks, but to most of us that's not exactly chump change, and part of the reason she wanted her money back besides, ya know, DUH, is that she realized she couldn't afford it after all. :(

    I am just glad she only bought the one course.

    On the other hand, while David Miscavige rolled around in a small, sad pile of fifty one-dollar bills, she has no doubt become an effective evangelist for This "Church" Will Rip You Off.

    Ah, Scientology. The foot bullets. They sting, no?
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  24. RightOn Member

    she should have bought it at a thrift store for 1.00
    and even that is too much for that rubbish
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  25. Mandatory 'Fixed' Donations are 'Free' (Free money (Tax-Free 2) for the criminal enterprise of Scientology).
    Sylvia Stanard and her criminal cult of Scientology should be prosecuted for fraud and racketeering, imho.
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  26. GibbousWaxing Member

    No, don't skip the whole boring intro! At 7:08 he makes a point of reminding the audience to be "respectful" in keeping with Chautauqua tradition. It's like he's saying, "Yeah, I know you'll want to snicker loudly and then tear her a new one during Q&A, but try to hold back a little, okay?"
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  27. Quentinanon Member

    The scientology crime syndicate does have a refund policy. You have to petition the Claims Verification Board, which is David Miscavige and/or one of his lackeys. In most cases, it takes a few months for the cult to cough up the money.
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  28. skeptic2girl Member

    I did talk to one guy that successfully got a refund for some classes he signed up for (not sure if he actually took them, or simply signed up for them). However, a stipulation of the refund was that he could not ever take a Scientology course again... not sure if that was for that particular org, or at any org.
  29. skeptic2girl Member

    Actually, she did -- the people who asks questions were way too polite (bless them!) and unintentionally gave her an out, by qualifying their statements with stuff like, "I don't know if this is true..." etc.

    But, class act that she is, Sylvia abruptly, and somewhat rudely cut people off when she got in over her head.

    I especially liked the questions from the 1 hour mark on... and how the last lady - AWESOME! - interrupted Sylvia when she tried to turn the subject.

    And yes, nice that Sylvia changed her look from Sam Kinnison to Kathy Bates.
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  30. That is standard, and is not limited to just the particular Org, but to all of Scientology. It is also not limited just to courses, but to all training, courses, auditing, etc. The rule is that if you get a refund, you can never receive any Scientology services of any kind from anyone ever again.
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  31. DeathHamster Member

    Sounds like a great deal, but I think I'll just skip them in the first place.
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  32. Quentinanon Member

    Yes, that is a clause of the refund policy in general. I say, great, why would anyone want to waste their time again on that crap?
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  33. The Wrong Guy Member

  34. RightOn Member

    Title should be changed to
    Scientologist Sylvia Stanard LIES at Chautauqua Institution in July

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