Scientologists Host Pam Bondi Fundraiser Tonight

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So there's a big party and fundraiser for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tonight, in some swanky digs in Clearwater. If you're in the neighborhood and have a spare grand, you might wanna drop by. Just be prepared to be audited at the door. Not IRS audited. Scientology audited.

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- Anti-Scientology Conference in Clearwater May 5-11

That's because the million-dollar bash is hosted by none other than Michael and Liz Baybak, big-time supporters of the weirdo mind-control scam controversial religious organization.


This news flash comes courtesy of onetime multicity New Times Editor Tony Ortega (last at our flagship publication Village Voice), who has made a career of his decades-long interest in all things Scientology, busting the cult time and again.

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Ortega broke the news Sunday on his Underground Bunker website, noting that expected guests include Bob and Trish Duggan, "by far the biggest donors to Scientology." (Ortega estimates they've given more than $50 million to the church).

Michael Baybak's bucks come from several decades of flacking for "a diversified North American clientele of financial advisors and resources-sector public companies."

Liz Baybak has been a hyperactive, high-level Scientologist since the early '80s, according to this. We guess, anyway, since "sunshine rundowns" and "operating Thetan" sessions sound like complete gobbledy-gook to us.

In a blockbuster follow-up to Ortega's scoop, the Tampa Bay Times yesterday wrote:

Bondi is aware Scientologists are staging the event, said campaign spokeswoman Christina Johnson. She said Bondi first connected with Scientologists in 2010 when she and other elected officials toured some of the church's Clearwater facilities. Bondi spoke then to a group of Scientologists about human trafficking and the evils of pill mills, a topic that resonated because Scientologists sponsor what they tout as the largest antidrug program in the world.

At Tuesday's fundraiser, she will return to those themes, Johnson said. "It's like-minded folks sharing the same goals: Protecting children against drug overdoses and human trafficking,'' Johnson said.

Bondi's homophobia should be a good fit with that of Scientology. According to one cult text:

Homosexuals don't practice love; 1.1s [gobbledy-gook alert] can't. Their relationships consist of: 1) brief, sordid and impersonal meetings or 2) longer arrangements punctuated by dramatic tirades, discords, jealousies and frequent infidelity. It could hardly be otherwise since the tone is made up of suspicion and hate, producing a darling sweetness interspersed with petty peevishness. Their "love" turns to deep contempt eventually.

Ortega today rebroadcast the Times story and furthered it with comment from former Scientology official Marty Rathbun:

Scientology never endorsed anyone where there wasn't a clear self-interest," Rathbun told us. "They've never supported a candidate or an issue for the good of the country. It's all self-interest, and they'll make sure Bondi knows that this is the church and these are Scientologists. Otherwise they wouldn't do it.

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This Bob and Trish Duggan must be getting something reeeeeally good out of this thriving cult of greed and power accused of assault, extortion, kidnapping, child labor, forced labor, forced abortions, defamation, invasion of privacy, racketeering, wrongful death, practicing medicine without a license, false imprisonment, filing frivolous lawsuits, infliction of emotional distress, and on and on... 

Judge Breckenridge, Los Angeles Superior Court:

"[The court record is] replete with evidence [that Scientology] is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by pseudo scientific theories... and to exercise a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with their sect.... The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder, L.Ron Hubbard."

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge, June 1984, in the Gerry Armstrong case:
"In addition to violating and abusing its own members' civil rights, the organization over the years with its 'fair game' doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies."

California Supreme Court, United States v. Lee [455 U.S. 252,257,258 (1982)*/:

"When a person is subjected to coercive persuasion [as in Scientology] without his knowledge or consent ...[he may] develop serious and sometimes irreversible physical and psychiatric disorders, up to and including schizophrenia, self-mutilation, and suicide."


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KennyPowersII topcommenter

Pam Bondi and Rick Scott. What a pair. Imagine their love child.


F Bondi, F the Scientologists.  They both need to leave Florida...

KennyPowersII topcommenter

@IdiotClowns Don't scientologists have a special place, i.e. planet, dimension the can leave to?

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@IdiotClowns Take her boss, the Tallahassee Alien with them.

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