The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology: The Readers Poll!


You’ve watched us reveal all but the top five entries in our big countdown, The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology — now it’s your turn to vote for your own list!

Here’s the link you’ve been waiting for — now go and tell us who you think is doing the most to contribute to the Church of Scientology’s current nosedive.

Here’s how to enter and qualify for fabulous prizes…

Go to the poll page, and in the first two slots enter your name and e-mail address so we can contact you if you win something: we’re going to randomly choose five people to receive signed copies of both Janet Reitman’s book Inside Scientology and Hugh Urban’s The Church of Scientology!

After you’ve entered your information, put a different name in each of the 25 open slots. We will only count ballots that are completely filled out and contain 25 different names.

After you vote, come back here and tell us who you voted for in the comments — and why — so you can sway your fellow voters! Yes, we like our electioneering rollicking and raucous here at Runnin’ Scared!

Need some help? Here are names that have come up in our articles and countdown items, placed in alphabetical order:

Larry Anderson, Sharron Angle, Anonymous, Gerry Armstrong, Nanette Asimov, Jon Atack, Lee Baca, Nathan Baca, Chuck Beatty, Jason Beghe, Richard Behar, Graham Berry, Bob Bingham, Maureen Bolstad, Sonny Bono, Larry Brennan, Mark Bunker, Ursula Caberta, Ida Camburn, Gabe Cazares, John Carmichael, Tory Christman, Bill Clinton, Stephen Colbert, John Cook, Paulette Cooper, Bent Corydon, Tom Cruise, Ken Dandar, Tommy Davis, Laura DeCrescenzo, Karen De La Carriere, Tom De Vocht, Jamie De Wolf, Ron De Wolf, Anna and Dean Detheridge, Jan Eastgate, Mark Ebner, Jenna Elfman, “Emma,” Dennis Erlich, Michael Fairman, Jessica Feshbach, Steve Fishman, Michael Flynn, Roger Friedman, Will Fry, Dan Garvin, David Gerard, Scott Goehring, Ford Greene, Paul Haggis, Scarlett Hanna, Pat Harney, Joe Harrington, Tilman Hausherr, Jefferson Hawkins, Marc and Claire Headley, Andreas Heldal-Lund, Keith Henson, L. Ron Hubbard, Eugene Ingram, Jeff Jacobsen, Jonny Jacobsen, Rod Keller, Stephen Kent, Helena Kobrin, Richard Leiby, Dan Leipold, Arnie Lerma, David Love, David Lubow, Kevin Mackey, Bill Maher, Brian Mandigo, Nancy Many, Lisa McPherson, Russel Miller, Bob Minton, David Miscavige, Denise Miscavige-Covington-Licciardi-Gentile, Jenna Miscavige Hill, Modemac, Patty Moher, Kendrick Moxon, Ron Newman, Conan O’Brien, Frank Oliver, Chris Owen, Zenon Panoussis, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Scott Pilutik, Karin Pouw, Kelly Preston, Jesse Prince, Marty Rathbun, Janet Reitman, Mike Rinder, Rick Ross, Joel Sappell and Robert Welkos, Aaron Saxton, Kevin Schofield, Amy Scobee, Bryan Seymour, Bennetta Slaughter, Randy Sly, Karin Spaink, The Squirrel Busters, Jeff Stone, Howard Stern, John Sweeney, David Touretzky, John Travolta, Carmel and Tim Underwood, Hugh Urban, Barry Van Sickle, Greta Van Susteren, Robert Vaughn Young, Kristi Wachter, Margery Wakefield, Grady Ward, Larry Wollersheim, Astra Woodcraft, Lawrence Wright, Nick Xenophon, Xenu, Xenubarb, Monique Yingling

Feel free to shout about other people in the comments to drum up support for them. I mean, why not?

We’ll be taking ballots for exactly one week. On Monday, September 26, we’ll cut off voting at noon. On Wednesday, September 28, we’ll reveal our #2 pick at 9 am and our #1 pick at 11 am. And if all goes according to plan, we’ll then announce the results of the readers poll at 1 pm. Now, get to voting!

The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#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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