“Superfanastic” or Superfraud? Scientology Opens Massive Florida Facility For “Super Power” Training As Former Members Sue For Fraud

300px-SPBuilding080210We previously discussed the fraud prosecutions of fortune tellers in the United States as well as crackdowns in other countries. We discussed the uncertain line drawn in such cases between such soothsaying and magical services and the practices of protected religious organizations. A recent story raise precisely this question out of Clearwater, Florida where the Church of Scientology has opened a $145 million, 377,000-square-foot complex that features a new “superpower program” for followers who wish to attain god-like abilities.

Scientology has been prosecuted in other countries as a criminal enterprise, particularly for its practice of charging greater and greater amounts to achieve higher levels of spirituality.

220px-L._Ron_Hubbard_in_1950This is reportedly the first such space dedicated to “Super Power” training — a power described by founder L Ron Hubbard in the 1970s. He described it as the “superfantastic, but confidential series of rundowns that can be done on anyone whether Dianetic clear or not that puts the person into fantastic shape unleashing the super power of a thetan. . . This is the means that puts Scientologists into a new realm of ability enabling them to create the new world. It puts world clearing within reach in the future . . . It consists of 12 separate high-power rundowns which are brand-new and enter realms of the tech never before approached.”

Former Scientologists claim that the superpowers program is a fundraising scam and that the church delayed construction to milk members. At least that is the claim of former Scientologists Rocio and Luis Garcia of Irvine, California who contributed more than $340,000 to the construction of the Super Power building. They are now suing the church. I am not sure of the basis of a lawsuit for charitable contributions, but it does again raise the uncertain lines drawn between promises involved in the prosecutions discussed earlier and the practices of protected religious organizations. The promise of super powers on Earth is protected while these defendants are prosecuted for promises of bringing back loved ones or improving a person’s love life. While states require fortune tellers to warn that they are merely entertainers (though many insist they are not), a church can raise more for super powers without any disclaimer of any kind.

What is missing is a single coherent rule that applies to everyone engaging in supernatural or spiritual practices. When we are prosecuting people, that line should be easy to discern without . . . .well . . . super powers.

Source: Daily Mail

25 thoughts on ““Superfanastic” or Superfraud? Scientology Opens Massive Florida Facility For “Super Power” Training As Former Members Sue For Fraud”

  1. I used to work for someone who earned between 11 and 13 million dollars as an early investor in Earthllnk. Google it’s history & you’ll learn about it’s Scientology member/founder, and alleged fraudster.

  2. I would equate religion with communism. The Pope is like Mao. The Scientology trick bag is two fold. It has old time religion qualities and notions of sanity and science intermingled. It is power to the people with a fearless leader at the helm. Get on those boats at your peril. Life preserver wont help.

  3. Numerology, astrology, palmology, or a Tarot reading are at least foolishly entertaining and only require one payment for ‘services’ rendered, Bottom line is I would not want to join any religion that would have me as a member.

  4. It can’t be true because John McCain hasn’t insisted that our military take these super power lessons. If they can avoid taxes with a Super Powers building what can stop the rest of us from initiating super power instructions in our homes? Stranger than fiction.

  5. I want the power to posses the missing trillions…… The pentagon would never miss it anyway….

  6. Super powers. Really? I think I’d like the power to control entropy and the ability to shoot delicious deserts from my fingertips. I wonder how much that’ll cost me? How long is it going to take before the DOJ or other relevant law enforcement agencies gets off their butts and starts investigating the “Church” of Scientology for the obvious fraud that it is?

  7. When parents dogmatically tell their children that religion is fact, and respected adults verify the dogma, it’s difficult to break away from that unless you are gifted with the aptitude for critical thinking. Be grateful that you were not a victim of that type of mind-controlling indoctrination.

  8. Oh Ye of so little faith. Tom Cruise is of course one of the first with these super powers…….haven’t you seen the movies?

  9. Barnum was wrong! Scientology is filled with suckers…. Where’d they all come from???

  10. I suppose we’ll be seeing a lot more UFOs in Clearwater. they’ve got to park their space ship somewhere

  11. http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/church-of-scientology-sets-opening-of-long-delayed-flag-building-in/2136935

    From the linked article:

    “The 15-year project

    1998: Construction on the seven-story “Super Power” building in downtown Clearwater begins.

    2003: Construction on the structure abruptly stops.

    2009: Construction resumes.

    2011: The church pays Clearwater $413,500 in code violation fines.

    Friday: The church meets with city officials to discuss a special-event plan.

    Oct. 6: Target date to open the building with a dedication ceremony.”

  12. Curious about property taxes, the impact on Clearwater and the surrounding area, etc. A couple of articles popped up:



    “In January, former Scientologists Rocio and Luis Garcia of Irvine, Calif., filed a fraud lawsuit against the church in federal court in Tampa, alleging the church prolonged the project “as a shill” to continue raising money.

    The Garcias contributed more than $340,000 to Super Power before leaving the church in 2011. The church has called their suit frivolous.

    In May, members of Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov’s staff toured the Flag Building and confirmed all floors will be used for religious, tax-exempt purposes.

    The church had paid taxes on the property during years of stop and go construction. And Scientology pays property taxes on portions of some of its other holdings — spaces such as hotel rooms and restaurants used for commercial, non-religious purposes.

    This newest building, valued by Dubov’s office at $84 million, is fully off the property tax rolls.”

  13. Well I would lump gynecologists in there with proctologists and Scientologists. They are all looking up in places for something that is not there and complaining about things that are.

  14. Clearwater is the perfect town for the Scientologists to hold court. It is a contrast from Washington DC where they could have taken their political rants but we all know that town as Foggy Bottom. We have a Scientologist who has a boat here at the marina in our neck of the woods in Florida. He uses the boat as a place to bring the girlfriend and cheat on the wife who lives in Clearwater. He rants on and on negatively about Obumbo and then switches over to positive talk about his favorite actor Tom Cruise. My take on this is that members of a church who rely on “Faith” have no recourse on the basis of fraud when things said at the pulpit don’t pan out. It is kind of like that happy kid who exclaims that “Its not fried chicken daddy, its Shake N Bake.” The next day the kid has the runs and is itchinBay about the chicken. If you are a “Believer” then you must come to grips with the fact that not all things can be taken on “Faith”, whether you capitalize the F letter or not. Cat o lics, Scientologists, or Proctologists all have the same avenues of endeavor.

  15. A recent story raise precisely this question out of Clearwater, Florida where the Church of Scientology has opened a $145 million, 377,000-square-foot complex the features a new “superpower program” for followers who wish to attain god-like abilities.” – JT

    It works for disciples of The Donald.

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