Just a programming note today as we wait to reveal tomorrow morning’s entry in our countdown…
This Saturday, New York-area enturbulators, hackers, and don’t-call-them-members of Anonymous will be making their annual “beach party” at the 46th Street Scientology “org,” just off Times Square.
From 5 to 7:15 pm, expect to see a large gathering of mostly young, loud, obnoxious, and variously becostumed and disguised protestors standing behind barriers across the street from the Scientology building.
They tell me they’re going to turn the sidewalk there into a beach scene, complete with “sand, lawnchairs, beach balls, and water:”
So get ready to put on your thickest skin and best beach wear as we party in the streets, laughing at and lampooning the cult across the street while we cause a scene that is wonderfully out of place, but distinctly New York.
Well, it’s been a fairly long time since we paid much attention to an Anonymous protest (ah, those great memories of 2008, how time flies…), but this one sounds just perverted enough that we’re going to show up with a notepad and a video camera.
Maybe John Carmichael, the New York org’s president, will even come out and tell us he smells tanning lotion or something.
The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
#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
See all of our recent Scientology coverage at the Voice
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 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
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology’s Retaliation is “Scary and Pathetic”
An Interview with Nancy Many, Former Scientology Spy
The Paulien Lombard Confession — A Scientology Spy Comes Clean
The Deputy Benjamin Ring Hard Sell — Scientology wants your 401K
The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology — the whole series!
The Squirrel Busters Busted — Unmasking the Scientology PI in Charge
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 18, 2011