Scientologists’ Alleged ‘Alien Space Cathedral’ Found


Scientologists’ Alleged ‘Alien Space Cathedral’ Found
Marc Lallanilla, Life’s Little Mysteries Assistant Editor
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A report claims this is the secret New Mexico bunker of the Church of Scientology. CREDIT: Google Maps

A secret bunker hidden deep within the deserts of New Mexico is reported to be the “alien space cathedral” of the Church of Scientology, according to the author of a new book on Scientology.

The site is marked by a large symbol etched onto the desert floor: two diamonds surrounded by a pair of overlapping circles, according to the British newspaper The Sun. A private airstrip, built to serve the controversial church’s leaders, is within walking distance of the symbol.

The entire complex is located near Mesa Huerfanita, N.M., roughly two-hour’s drive from Santa Fe, N.M., and three hours north of Roswell, N.M., site of numerous purported UFO sightings, according to The Sun.

The Sun report, penned by BBC journalist (and author) and Scientology debunker John Sweeney, claims the church designed the underground site to withstand a nuclear holocaust. Hidden within the complex’s vaults are titanium caskets that hold gold disks inscribed with the original texts of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, according to theDaily Mail.

Best known for its celebrity members like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, scientology “is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being,” according to the organization’s website.

The symbols seen on the desert floor are reportedly there to help guide such Scientologists returning to Earth after fleeing the planet to escape a future “Armageddon,” writes the Daily Mail.

The Church of Scientology did not respond to requests for comment, according to the Daily Mail. Sweeney’s new book “The Church of Fear: Inside the Weird World of Scientology” (Silvertail Books), is scheduled to be published in January 2013.

 

The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as ‘Sponsored Content’ (UPDATE)


The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as ‘Sponsored Content’ (UPDATE)
Taylor Berman

The Atlantic Is Now Publishing Bizarre, Blatant Scientology Propaganda as 'Sponsored Content' (UPDATE)

The Atlantic – the one time publisher of Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edith Wharton – is now publishing blatant Scientology propaganda. The “sponsored content,” which went up Monday around noon, features all sorts of breathless praise for Scientology and its alleged growth last year.

The post is basically one long tribute to David Miscavige, the “ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion”:

Mr. Miscavige is unrelenting in his work for millions of parishioners and the cities served by Scientology Churches. He has led a renaissance for the religion itself, while driving worldwide programs to serve communities through Church-sponsored social and humanitarian initiatives.

And focuses on Miscavige’s plans to expand the religion’s already existing churches:

David Miscavige spearheaded a program to build every Church of Scientology into what Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard termed “Ideal Organizations” (Ideal Orgs). This new breed of Church is ideal in location, design, quality of religious services and social betterment programs. Each is uniquely configured to accommodate the full array of Scientology services for both parishioners and the surrounding community. Ideal Orgs further house extensive public information multimedia displays that introduce every facet of Dianetics and Scientology, along with libraries, course and seminar rooms for an introduction to and study of Scientology Scripture. Chapels serve to host Sunday Services and other congregational gatherings.

It is from these Ideal Churches that Scientologists extend their humanitarian programs to mitigate intolerance, illiteracy, immorality and drug abuse.

The post then lists the “unprecedented 12 Ideal Scientology Churches” built around the world last year, including locations in Germany, California, Italy and Israel, with accompanying pictures of each opening’s celebration.

And let’s not forget the comments. Of the 17 comments posted as of this writing, 11 are so pro-Scientology they read as though they’re an extension of the original post. A bold, proud day for The Atlantic and its fine history of journalistic excellence.

For their part, Atlantic staffers seem to be distancing themselves from the post by tweeting about Lawrence Wright’s forthcoming Scientology exposé, Going Clear:

         Jeffrey Goldberg@JeffreyGoldberg

There’s no time like the present to tout my friend Larry Wright’s great new investigation of the Church of Scientology: theatlantic.com/national/archi…

         James Fallows@JamesFallows

MT @JeffreyGoldberg: No time like the present to tout my friend Larry Wright’s great new investigation of Scientology: bit.ly/Um0Gwx

A wonderful new book about Scientology, highlighted by our @JeffreyGoldberg. bit.ly/UM9j1O

UPDATE: The Atlantic took down the post, writing: “We have temporarily suspended this advertising campaign pending a review of our policies that govern sponsor content and subsequent comment threads.”

Here’s a screen grab of the original post, in case you missed it.

[The Atlantic]