A friend to Runnin’ Scared sent us some very interesting photos from the site of a protest yesterday outside the Pfizer building on East 42nd Street.
She noticed right away a reference to everyone’s favorite Scientologist, Tom Cruise, in one of the signs, which read, “Tom Cruise Not a Kook! Psychiatric Abuse Epidemic Is Real!”
Other signs made reference to various psychiatric drugs, which Cruise famously ran down when he went fairly loony in 2005. (Couch jumping. Surely you remember.)
Our friend looked at the literature and found a direct tie to Scientology. But when she brought that up to the protesters? Well, they didn’t react too kindly.
From our correspondent:
They told me they were Catholics and even had a little table with saints and crosses. But when I pointed out that the CCHR link on their flier was Scientology-related, some lady began screaming at me that I was ignorant and was a bigot.
Our heroine is talking about the reference to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, an anti-psychiatry Scientology front group, whose website (CCHRINT.org) is mentioned on the fliers being handed out yesterday:
Could it be the “Catholics” at the protest were really unaware they were doing the work of Scientology? The mind reels.
Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he’s been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard’s organization:
The Larry Wollersheim Saga — Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story — How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection — A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum — The ‘Crash’ Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape — ‘Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle’
The Aaron Saxton Accusation — Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation — Scientology’s former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross — Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked — Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back — Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack — The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated — The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation — Investigating a reporter’s divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation — An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology’s past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh — A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology — A masterful telling of Scientology’s history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? — Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology’s Enemies List — Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology — An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam — Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists — How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller’s Wild Ride — Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration — A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 8, 2011