Scientology propaganda even more tone deaf than usual with trial going on
We want to thank the reader who sent us the latest mailer she received from Scientology along with this note for us: “In light of recent revelations in court, what genius thought now would be a good time to market Chaplain services? In all my years of receiving mailings, I don’t remember ever seeing this before. (Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention).”
Oh wow, Scientology, this is pretty badly timed.
First, let’s take a look at the mailer, which also featured the dreamy image of someone holding cans of an E-meter that you see above.
Well, isn’t that special.
Now, here’s what we also learned that a Scientology chaplain does, as described in the testimony of Jane Doe 3, one of three women Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson is on trial for forcibly raping.
Jane Doe 3 testified last week that when she was sodomized by Masterson in December 2001, the second sexual assault in two months, she decided to go to the Scientology Hollywood Celebrity Centre to report him. She first spoke to an ethics officer, Miranda Scoggins.
“When I told her what happened, she stopped me and she told me not use the word ‘rape.’ She explained you cannot rape someone you’re in a relationship with,” Jane Doe 3 testified. And because she was young and a dedicated Scientologist, Jane Doe 3 said that she believed Scoggins. Why would an ethics officer say something that wasn’t right?
Later, she also spoke with Miranda’s husband, Chris Scoggins, who was a chaplain. Here’s her testimony, with a few lines redacted for clarity…
Deputy DA Mueller: And how did he respond?
Jane Doe 3: I remember he made me read something and then he explained to me that was my job as his girlfriend. Basically if I didn’t say no it wouldn’t happen.
Mueller: What did he make you read?
Jane Doe 3: I can’t remember the name of the book, it wasn’t a book I had ever read before. I believe it was Dianetics on the Second Dynamic. I believe that’s what it was, Dianetics for the Second Dynamic…
Mueller: So he directed you to read that?
Jane Doe 3: That’s what they do.
Mueller: And this was after you told him what happened to you?
Jane Doe 3: Yes, sir.
Mueller: Did you tell Mr. Scoggins that you had been raped? Did you use that word?
Jane Doe 3: No. Miranda had told me not to use that word.
Mueller: After you were directed by Mr. Scoggins to this particular portion, what was your understanding of what you read?
Jane Doe 3: That you can go PTS — not suppressive — to your partner in a relationship. I didn’t say the “r” word but I told him what he would do to me, and I could not say no to me. He explained to me what my “hat” was as his 2D.
[After the morning break]
Mueller: With regard to Chris Scoggins, he had directed you to read something.
Jane Doe 3: Yes sir.
Mueller: What was your understanding what that was?
Jane Doe 3: What my “hat” or job was as his girlfriend. I was not fulfilling my duties.
Mueller: When you say hat, you mean h-a-t?
Jane Doe 3: Yes sir. It’s a term that Scientologists use.
Mueller: What did that mean to you?
Jane Doe 3: Your job.
Mueller: And what did he tell you was your job.
Jane Doe 3: To give him sex whenever he wanted.
Mueller: What was your understanding of why?
Jane Doe 3: To keep my exchange in.
Mueller: What did that mean?
Jane Doe 3: He provides for me, and so I had to match that exchange. Kind of like a currency.
Mueller: And that was something you were taught as part of a Scientology program?
Jane Doe 3: Yes, sir.
Mueller: How did you feel about that?
Jane Doe 3: At that point, I had almost completed my ethics program that Miranda put me on.
Mueller: So before you saw Mr. Scoggins, Miranda had put you on a program for reporting?
Jane Doe 3: Yes sir. When I reported it to her, she explained to me that there was no crime committed. And she told me that I had done something or was doing something to “pull it in.” She had me read some things and then put me on an ethics program in order to get my ethics in, is how they say it.
Mueller: What did she have you read?
Jane Doe 3: “High crimes and suppressive acts.” I remember reading what suppressive acts were.
Mueller: Had you heard that before?
Jane Doe 3: Oh yes.
Mueller: Did that have an effect on you?
Jane Doe 3: Yes, sir. I understood that it almost put me in a state of terror and I just needed to do what I was told to do and not to tell anybody.
Mueller: What was your concern?
Jane Doe 3: The handling for suppressive persons was what I had been living with him for six years (getting emotional).
Mueller: What were you worried would happen if you didn’t follow the program?
Jane Doe 3: They would destroy me.
Mueller: For you what did that mean?
Jane Doe 3: At the time he scared me. So I just did as I was told and I did the ethics program. (Shaking, trembling.)
Mueller: If you were to have been declared a suppressive person, what impact would that have on you?
Jane Doe 3: I’m afraid I would not have survived that at the time.
Mueller: Why is that?
Jane Doe 3: After what my husband and babies have been through the last six years, I would not have survived that then.
Mueller: You OK?
Jane Doe 3: (Trembling.) I’m trying to control my panic.
Judge Charlaine Olmedo: You want a break?
Jane Doe 3: I don’t want to go out there. I don’t want to go out there.
[Judge Olmedo asked the jury to go into the jury room.]
At that point, Jane Doe 3 had gone into a full panic attack. She was crying, shaking, and said she was having trouble breathing. Her advocate came to help her out, and it was some time before she was ready to testify again.
It’s a moment we figure none of us in the courtroom will forget.
But sure, Scientology, now is a great time to send out mailers advertising your chaplain services. Genius move.
The Danny Masterson trial resumes this morning, and we’ll have reports heading your way at every break. We suspect that Jane Doe 2 will be taking the witness stand today. Expect it to be a bumpy ride.
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Sending ironclad positive thoughts to JD2 as she faces her rapist in court today. She's been through unimaginable trauma to get her day in court and this is just one more hurdle she will clear with courage and grace.
In the US military, the phrase 'take it to the Chaplain' is code for 'stuff it in your shorts and get back to work'. A $cieno Chaplain is about as useful as Pet Rock with a usb port. I guess this gives the loyal minion something to talk about besides the Masterson trial.