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The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology: Readers Poll Results!

Actually, make that the top fifty people crippling the Church of Scientology -- we received more than 3,000 individual choices by 141 voters, with more than 300 different people receiving votes.

Our own countdown finished this morning with L. Ron Hubbard on top, and David Miscavige, Marty Rathbun, Tom Cruise, and the St. Petersburg Times duo of Tom Tobin and Joe Childs rounding out the top five. Our decision to put Anonymous in the #6 position was controversial. The big question in our readers poll, then, was whether Anonymous could rally to come out on top.

Did it? Well, you'll just have to click through the next screens as we reveal how our readers voted.

But first, congratulations to the five people who voted in our poll and were selected randomly to win signed copies of Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology and Hugh Urban's The Church of Scientology. Loyal Runnin' Scared readers Patricia Greenway, Robin Landseadel, Gillian Niven, Brian Robertson, and Jan Welda -- your books will soon be in the mail!

Now, on to the results...

Poll Results: 41 - 50


41. Lawrence Wright Score: 197 Lawrence appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

42. Ron De Wolf Score: 192 Ron appeared in our group entry about Hubbard family members, at #22

43. The Office of Special Affairs Score: 181 OSA is Scientology's intelligence and covert operations wing, and also oversees the church's public relations.

44. Russell Miller Score: 169 Russell appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

45. Mark Ebner (First-place votes: 4) Score: 168 Mark appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

46. Graham Berry Score: 167 Graham appeared in our group entry about attorneys, at #23

47. Anderson Cooper Score: 154 The CNN journalist followed up the St. Petersburg Times series, "The Truth Rundown" with his own series on accusations of violence by Scientology leader David Miscavige.

48. Jamie De Wolf Score: 150 Jamie appeared in our countdown at #22

49. Stephen Kent Score: 148 Professor Kent appeared in our group entry about academics, at #24

50. Nancy Many Score: 140 Nancy appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

 

Poll Results: 31 - 40


31. Jefferson Hawkins Score: 324 Jeff appeared in our countdown at #17

32. The Internet (First-place votes: 6) Score: 278 A connected world is a tough one for a secretive organization that relies on the uninformed and gullible for raw recruits.

33. Lawrence Wollersheim Score: 276 Lawrence appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

34. Ken Dandar (First-place votes: 1) Score: 275 Ken appeared in our countdown at #23

35. Larry Brennan Score: 250 Larry appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

36. Jon Atack Score: 236 Jon appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

37. Robert Vaughn Young Score: 227 "RVY" appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

38. Arnie Lerma Score: 222 Arnie appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

39. David Touretzky Score: 214 Professor Touretzky appeared in our countdown at #24

40. Jenna Miscavige Hill Score: 212 Jenna appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

 

Poll Results: 21 - 30


21. Paul Haggis (First-place votes: 1) Score: 446 Paul appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

22. Ursula Caberta Score: 445 Ursula appeared in our group entry about government officials, at #11

23. Xenu (First-place votes: 1) Score: 435 The galactic overlord appeared in our countdown at #25

24. Amy Scobee Score: 403 Amy appeared in our countdown at #18

25. Kendrick Moxon Score: 389 Rick appeared in our countdown at #21

26. Bob Minton Score: 386 Bob appeared in our group entry about "old time critics," at #15

27. "Emma" Score: 374 Emma appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

28. John Sweeney Score: 340 John appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

29. The Squirrel Busters Score: 331 The Scientology goon squad appeared in our countdown at #19

30. Jesse Prince Score: 330 Jesse appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

 

Poll Results: 11 - 20

11. Tory Christman Score: 769 Tory appeared in our countdown at #14

12. Marc and Claire Headley Score: 765 Marc and Claire appeared in our countdown at #16

13. Andreas Heldal-Lund Score: 695 Andreas appeared in our countdown at #15

14. Janet Reitman Score: 606 Janet appeared in our countdown at #13

15. The Village Voice (First-place votes: 2) Score: 536 We are humbled by your generous votes, and will continue to work hard to earn them.

16. Gerry Armstrong (First-place votes: 5) Score: 528 Gerry appeared in our group entry about "noisy ex-Scientologists," at #14

17. Trey Parker and Matt Stone Score: 488 The duo behind South Park appeared in our countdown at #20

18. Paulette Cooper Score: 486 Paulette appeared in our group entry about journalists, at #13

19. Joe Childs and Tom Tobin/SP Times (First-place votes: 1) Score: 471 Tobin and Childs appeared in our countdown at #5

20. Jason Beghe Score: 454 Jason appeared in our countdown at #9

 

Poll Results: 6 - 10


6. Marty Rathbun (First-place votes: 2) Score: 1,177 Marty appeared in our countdown at #3

7. Tommy Davis Score: 1,151 Tommy appeared in our countdown at #12


8. Nick Xenophon (First-place votes: 3) Score: 1,117 Senator Xenophon appeared in our countdown at #11


9. Lisa McPherson (First-place votes: 2) Score: 938 Lisa appeared in our countdown at #10


10. Mike Rinder Score: 859 Mike appeared in our countdown at #8

 

Poll Results: 1 - 5

1. David Miscavige (First-place votes: 39) Score: 2,575 DM appeared in our countdown at #2


2. Anonymous (First-place votes: 14) Score: 1,795 Project Chanology appeared in our countdown at #6


3. Tom Cruise (First-place votes: 3) Score: 1,788 Tom appeared in our countdown at #4


4. L. Ron Hubbard (First-place votes: 30) Score: 1,579 LRH appeared in our countdown at #1


5. Mark Bunker (First-place votes: 1) Score: 1,315 Wise Beard Man appeared in our countdown at #7


[A big thank you to Judy Schrick of our web team for her help with the poll.]


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.

tortega@villagevoice.com | @VoiceTonyO | Facebook: Tony Ortega

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