Reporter Infiltrates Scientology Event - Lives to Write About It
OC Weekly blogger recounts his experience at the grand opening in Santa Ana
There comes a time in our daily adventures where we discover that we're really not welcome in some places. Enter Josh Dulaney, a reporter from Orange County who happened to stumble upon a Scientology event in his California 'hood.
Though the controversial church originally told local reporters that they'd let it be known when their Orange County Ideal Org would open, they neglected to inform the OC Weekly. This didn't stop Dulaney from crashing the party, as he uncovered the facility in downtown Santa Ana.
The rogue journalist was (shock) denied entry into what founder L. Ron Hubbard originally boasted as an "island of sanity". After a woman representing the church asked for Dulaney's name, she told him that a representative would eventually talk to him, but turns out it was just a ruse to get a picture of the reporter for their "files".
"While I spoke with a lady who didn't want her name in the story, a portly ****-of-a-man decided to stand several feet away and snap photos of the most handsome reporter in Santa Ana. I smoked my cigarette and stared directly into the lens," detailed Dulaney.
The representative then told Dulaney that the event was for "parishioners" only, mentioned how the new location was necessary as Scientology allegedly continues to expand, then called a former member of the church's claims of physical and financial abuse occurring in the organization "bologna".
Guarded by several members of Santa Ana's police department, Dulaney had little choice but to mingle with the many protesters at the event, who brought plenty of signs that were meant to get under the skin of the Scientologists.
One of the protesters was a 65-year-old former Scientologist from Burbank by the name of Tory Christman, who claimed that even after 30 years, she was continually harassed by the organization after breaking ties with them.
"They are 100 percent not a religion," mentioned Christman. "They are a cult. Look at both sides. They can't say look at both sides."
You know that you're finally taken seriously as a religion when you need to hire police officers and forbid the public from seeing what occurs inside of your churches. Kudos, Scientology. Kudos.