Orlando Sentinel (blog)
May 1, 2014
Jamie DeWolf, great-grandson of
Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, will speak at next
week's anti-Scientology conference "Flag Down 2014."
The five-day conference begins Monday, May 5, in Clearwater. Organizers say it will reveal "the abusive conditions, financial exploitation, coerced
abortions and broken families that lie behind the Scientology organization's
veneer of religiosity."
DeWolf is the grandson of
who helped build his father's Scientology empire in
the 1950s but later denounced him as a fraud. DeWolf has described Scientology as "the most brilliantly engineered pyramid scam I've ever seen" and Clearwater as "a city they bullied their way into and devoured."
“The God and the Man”
received more than 500,000 views in two days.
DeWolf will be joined at the Flag Down conference by ex-Scientology members and critics including authors Russell
Miller (1987's "Bare-faced Messiah"), John Duignan (2008's "The
Complex"), Geir Isene (2013's "Nineteen Eighty-Four") and the
BBC's John Sweeney (2013's "The Church of Fear").
Four of the
speakers are defectors from the Scientology organization's elite pseudo-paramilitary wing, the "Sea Org."
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