Scientology Watching Gets Fancy!

New York City's local Project Chanology brigade -- the branch of Anonymous that messes with Scientology -- has kept up its nearly four-year mission by turning protests into fun and comedic events.

In the summer, we wrote about NYC anons turning 46th Street into a beach party -- including 300 pounds of sand -- and it was a smart way to keep the beat going.

This Saturday's "raid" on Scientology's Times Square-adjacent org has a very different theme as the anons don formal wear and bring a touch of Victorian flair to the proceedings.

Calling it their "Fancy Raid on Scientology," the Anons have put out the call for the city's dandies to show up for a gay old time:

Adorn yourself with your finest garbs and prepare once again to guffaw at the boorish philistine cult of Scientology. Their improper etiquette and manners in matters medical, familial, and societal have too long gone without proper critique from distinguished persons such as ourselves. Be certain to safely secure your monocles and opera glasses and ready yourself for the most bombastic barbs as the vulgarity of one's observations shall be befitting of an organization so crass as Scientology itself.

We like the cut of their jib.

The anons will be across the street from Scientology's 46th Street org -- a little west of Times Square -- from 5 to 7 pm this Saturday.

I may attend, if I get my cravat back from the dry cleaners in time.

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology #1: L. Ron Hubbard #2: David Miscavige #3: Marty Rathbun #4: Tom Cruise #5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin #6: Anonymous #7: Mark Bunker #8: Mike Rinder #9: Jason Beghe #10: Lisa McPherson #11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants) #12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives) #13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists) #14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists) #15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics) #16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ #17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano #18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive #19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons) #20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures) #21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church #22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members) #23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church) #24: David Touretzky (and other academics) #25: Xenu, galactic overlord

Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. | @VoiceTonyO | Facebook: Tony Ortega

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