Scientology Grand Opening: Walls! Weirdos! Whacking a Weekly Reporter!

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His sign is better then my cropped photo!
As the Church of Scientology was stalling the opening of their new Ideal Org in downtown Santa Ana, they told me the media would be alerted about the big debut. I never got the memo.

But if I did, it likely would've said, "You're not welcomed."

That was the message I got Saturday when I walked three feet into the ceremonies in front of the former Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center at 505 N. Sycamore St. 


Well, after a nice young lady asked for my name and I responded with, "why do you need to know?"

I told her my name. She stepped away for a moment, returned, and told me it was a private event. Indeed, a private event for the busloads of thetans that had to be shipped into the bowels of a boiling Santa Ana so as to cover for the fact that no one else gave a damn about the opening of what L. Ron Hubbard would refer to as an "island of sanity," otherwise known as an Ideal Org.

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All I ever learned about Scientology...
I was then told that a representative would speak with me, which turned out to be their thinly disguised effort to finally put a photo of me on their files. While I spoke with a lady who didn't want her name in the story, a portly fuck-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.

The lady -- let's call her "Miss Anonymous" for ironic shits and giggles -- told me the event was for "parishioners" only, and the new Orange County location was necessary, as the so-called church continues (cough) to grow (cough).

No longer in the mood for sweet seques, I asked about the alleged physical and financial abuses in the organization, including those from former executive Debbie Cook, who told the world that the Church of Scientology is pretty much a fundraising machine. Cook blew the whistle on Scientology after she was confined in "The Hole" at its international base in Hemet.

The church sued Cook, saying she violated a signed non-disclosure agreement when she left the group. The church settled with Cook and her husband in April. Neither party got money in the settlement, and Cook and her husband agreed to no longer talk crap about the church.

Miss Anonymous called the allegations "bologna" and said Scientology apostates are looking for money and "should move on with their lives." She's been a Scientologist since 1977.

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Sign-tology
So, not being allowed to mingle with the Scientologists and give a fair-and-balanced report of the day, I moseyed around until I found a group of protesters who were more than willing to talk about their former lives inside Scientology. Along the way, several Santa Ana Police Department officers reminded me that I wasn't allowed inside the event, nor in the surrounding buildings. 

The protesters taught me a lot about the church. What I learned from their picket signs:

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James Crowley
James Crowley

I think that by judging from the its most prominent members it's safe to say that Scientology is a cult of homos and deviated preverts. Amazing that people fall for non-sense like this. 

Jack123
Jack123

i once saw l. ron at oki dogs!!!!

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

There is a documentary out about how these people track down and film thier members and control thier lives which is a dictatorship on thier level and that is an invasion of privacy. It's as if they think or seemingly know about your own thoughts which is disallowable. 

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

This is exactly why I don't follow religions. These people are nuts.

JesseBGill
JesseBGill

I think everyone's missing the point of this here story.

The point is Josh Dulaney is one magnificent sunuvabitch.

That is all.

Sueathome
Sueathome

Josh is just as pathetic as this little group of desperate protestors totaling 6 people!  Ha!  This photo had to be cropped down to make it seem like there were tons of protestors when in fact, yes...there there were only 6!  I notice there are no pictures of the 4,700 people that attended the opening that packed in on the other side on 5th street. Why would the Church want Josh to attend their opening?  I don't think any church would want Josh to attend any of their activities as Churchs tend to have higher morals and values and so that just woudn't mix well with Josh.

Daniel Heredia
Daniel Heredia

They're just a bunch of cross dressers, just ask John Travolta.

Torychristman
Torychristman

Thanks for coming to our picket and interviewing each of us. Great report!!!  :) 

cadmium red
cadmium red

Frighting were the endorsements by the (current or past) mayor of garden grove, a city council women, the OC historic society president? All praising the 'religion' and how great things it will provide for the community. The women in the crowd looked like stepford wives, plastic smiles on everyone. And they sure can 'sniff' out those that dont belong, as i was asked many times to fill out a form about the event, and to attend sunday brunch, and wanted my name, i asked why to you need my name, they said so that they had enough food for sunday service. Lots of it will be great to see you again! Very disneyland like, and it was weird that they too mentioned disneyland. Inside the building is immaculate, with slogans everywhere, high production kiosks 'information room, with all the free sample DVDs one could ever wish for (in spanish and english) the audit rooms, training center, every door had a label. Of note too was the predominate lack of pigment to the attendees, furthering the gentrification label that some from santa ana like to throw around. I wonder when the local 'gangs' start tagging and scrathing their windows like every other building in downtown Santa Ana.. also Newsong of irvine is in escrow for another historic building in the downtown artist village. newsongsantora.com for details

John Glanton
John Glanton

How about next time you bring someone with you with a decent camera? Your article would be more powerful with good pictures of Miss Anon, Fat Guy, and their supportive cops. The public should see who they are. And that includes their families, friends (if they have any left), and coworkers.

guest
guest

Please keep reporting on $camatology, Josh!

Elizabethan
Elizabethan

Great story and loved the photo's. Thanks Josh, hope to read more from you.From Clearwater, we appreciate this info.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Lots of chuckles reading this very good article! "Sign-tology, lol!

Now you really know why we protest! Keep digging and exposing. The church hates that :)

Dean Fox
Dean Fox

Thanks for a great report.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

 "According to Scarff, the officer then asked for his identification."

Wow, the clams have thetans inside the SAPD?  Dude, this is your story.  Tell us more.

Santa Ana Resident
Santa Ana Resident

Did Santa Ana actually allow these goons to close off a public street for this shindig?  Who pays for that and all the police presence fore this nonsense?  As a Santa Ana taxpayer, I'm not thrilled about these guys coming into town and sucking up a big chunk of our already overextended police force.Since they just finished "renovating" this huge historic building, shouldn't they have done all this inside?

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

I would be interested if the author of this article would ask the Santa Ana PD what justification they had to ask for ID? Are they now acting as the cults agents? They just point out who they want the police to target and the police ask for ID that they are not entitled to, with no suspicion of a crime being committed. It appears that Ed Dearborn the head of the Scientology ORG was correct when he said they were working with the Santa Ana Police Department. I would also like to know if these officers were paid by the county or were hired as privet security by Scientology?

Gina Smith
Gina Smith

 Well once OSA post up your pic we'll find out if you're cuter than Tony O ;)

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

They are looking for weak minds to extract money from imo.

Guest
Guest

Why not give Josh a tour of the Scientology office-building/ boiler room you're posting from? That'd be pretty interesting.

Chee Chalker
Chee Chalker

Oh yea, $cientology just screams "high moral values" BTW, that was sarcasm, lest any of you Scientolgists think that someone out here agrees with you.Pinks and greys baby, pinks and greys.

candace6
candace6

Did you see Lisa Marie Presley there?   Of course not; she told you silly clams to go fuck yourselves and blew.

J4justice
J4justice

Sueathome,

So was Luka Magnotta scheduled to appear at the opening? You know, that demented criminal that murdered a Chinese man in Canada and mailed the dismembered body parts to top Canadian political parties. He was a vocal scientologist on the internet........you must be so proud. So what attracts murderers like Luke Magnotta, Rex Fowler, and Charles Mansion to join scientology?

S.A. Zoo Keeper
S.A. Zoo Keeper

 Newsong is going to going to kick their buttooskis left and right.   They OWN Santa Ana culture!  Praise Jesus. 

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

Thats one reason I want to know if the police were hired a privet security or paid by tax dollars. 

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

 Good questions. Might be good to file a complaint / request to find out.

You wrote "Since they just finished "renovating" this huge historic building, shouldn't they have done all this inside?"  The point for the church was the crowd and the officials, not the renovations.

DeckardCain
DeckardCain

Paul, it is my understanding that you are required to carry some form of government-issued identification on you at all times (in public spaces) in California.  It can be from any government, but you are required to have it on you.  A police officer has the right to ask you to identify yourself if you are in a public space.

grumpus
grumpus

 for cost of a couple of stale donuts,and time and a half,most Police officers would sell their mother to the cult.

They are suckers for the phony Cult Lovebombing.

in reality the Cult  has the same disdain for Cops as the do for Journalists.both are considered "Merchants of Chaos"

they are conditioned to report Crime to the Cult instead of the police.

jensting
jensting

 .. not even that, disallowing journalists (I mean, a write-up from a journalist would perhaps attract weak minds). Self destructive, of course, but that doesn't worry the criminal organisation known as the "church" of $cientology.

Lovely report.

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

Yeah, privet security - they were paid out of a, uh, hedge fund ...

Victoriapandora
Victoriapandora

Well you know it's all gravy down in Clearwater, with the police moonlighting for the Org as private security. Probably the same thing has gone on in Santa Ana, the church might even be willing to try to help get some of those terrible brown people out of the area. Along with any stray gays. You could see how the cops and low officials and the Borg fit hand in glove.

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

Some more info

What the United States Supreme Court held in Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial Dist. Court (2004) 542 U.S. 177, was that a state could make it a crime for a person to refuse to identify himself (i.e., tell the officer his name and address) when lawfully detained for criminal activity. Note that the Supreme Court did not say that any kind of identification papers could be required, nor did they say that police officers could ordinarily arrest someone for refusing to identify himself absent a state law permitting that arrest. There is no law in the United States requiring everybody to carry ID, at least not yet.

There is no law in California requiring anybody to carry identification that I know of or to show it or ID nes self on demand with out valid reason . There is no law making it illegal for anyone (even someone lawfully detained) to fail to have identification papers or to refuse to identify himself (there was such a law, which was declared unconstitutional). Thus, Hiibel is of no effect in California, since there is no comparable law there. (It is, however, a crime to give a FALSE identification.)

RadioPaul1
RadioPaul1

You would be incorrect. The Supreme Court ruled police cannot just ask someone for their ID for no reason and need to be ready to answer for asking. They must have a reason to do so consistent with their duties. If an officer asks for ID he needs to have a reasonable reason to do so. If someone is walking down the street acting normal, they can refuse. If however the officer has a reason...such as someone wearing certain clothing just committed a crime in the area, or the person looks like someone that was talked about in roll call, or, or, or....etc....then the officer has the need get an idea. A person that refuses can be taken to jail to be identified....just remember that the officer needs to articulate in the paperwork exactly why they did what they did. In this case a cult member simply did not like a protestor and use the police to harass them. This officer had no reason to suspect any crime would take place. In fact the Supreme Court further stated that protesting is not a reason for the police to ask for ID. If the police want to build and keep (RED SQUAD) files on protesters, all they would have to do is go to everyone protesting and demand ID or arrest. This is the definition of a police state. SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS!

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, there are exceptions, one would be in the case of operating a motor vehicle. But, in general, you're correct. The instance in the story appears to me to be a clear case of the officer exceeding his authority.

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