Stand League’s “author” iteration number 27 opens with “In a feat of journalistic sleight of hand, NBC 12 News in Phoenix, Arizona managed to turn a page 3 story about criminal-on-criminal crime in a correctional facility into page 1 clickbait with a screaming headline as sensational as it was false.”
12 News’ original headline appears to have said “Convicted Scientology Murderer Found Dead in Arizona Prison”, as can be seen in this link for Twitter:
Sometime between 4:32 and 6:34 on December 30, 2021 the headline was changed, removing Scientology’s mention.
Given that this headline appears in various forms across the internet it is curious why 12 News Phoenix was targeted. Certainly there are far more sensationally descriptive captions such as “Murderer who claimed Scientology led him to butcher sister-in-law and boyfriend to death is killed in prison”
Scientology accuses 12 News of “blatant and bigoted calumny”, “Opening the door to religious hatred, marginalizing minorities and fomenting, propagating and perpetuating stereotypes and falsehoods” and of course the tired, overused cry of “bigotry”.
All while insisting that the article is false.
Except that it isn’t.
There is no calumny here.
No bigotry or hatred.
The facts are clear and come from the events revealed during Thompson’s trial: he and his lawyers used his belief in Scientology as a defense for murder.
While this may be an uncomfortable reality for COS it was not “…sensational as it was false”.
Scientology wants to be treated as a religion; thus they must learn to accept that religions are held to a much higher standard by society.
When one insists that they are THE most ethical, that they have all the answers and that they are Mankind’s only hope, others tend to view them accordingly.
Hubbard created the lenses through which he wanted the world to view his followers. Scientology, with staged photo ops, fictional press releases and outright lies, follows policy in order to convince non members of its goodness.
It is therefore unreasonable to attack people when they are scandalized and outraged when that goodness is proven false.
COS works zealously to force outsiders to accept the illusion they proffer, yet they furiously abuse and bully when held to the ideals they project.
Kenneth Thompson committed horrible murder and then attempted to use his Scientology beliefs to excuse it. This isn’t a lie, it’s a fact.
Just as Catholic priests who sexually abuse cause greater scandal that reflects upon The Church, so too the actions of a member of a group claiming superiority and salvation.
The fictional Landon writes; “It’s time to put an end to antireligious bigotry in reportage. It’s time to put an end to the merchandising of fear and hate at the expense of truth.”
But is this “anti religious bigotry”?
Is it hate?
Rather, one suggests that it is bemused disappointment in those who insist upon their preeminence, who insist we all believe in their humanitarian façade.
Frustration in a group who presumes to instruct on what is moral, ethical and right even as they fall as short as the rest of the mortal world.
Scientology holds itself above and beyond. It utterly refuses to admit it is as capable of sin as anyone else. It wants people to buy in to this illusion.
Why then does it react in such vicious fury when the world responds in shock and disgust when their members fall so short?
Stand League/Hate Monitor acts like the world is filled with hateful bigots out to prey upon this put-upon, minority religion.
In truth, Scientology’s smug conceit is their own undoing.
They demand belief, acceptance and respect, then when they are held to these very ideals they lash out crying discrimination.
Tom Cruise stated that Scientologists could create their own realities. A claim as outrageous as it is bizarre. Whoever is behind the Martin Landon nom de guerre seems to believe as seen by their outraged insistence, that the headlines and articles concerning Kenneth Thompson are false and fabricated solely to bully Scientology.
While this may be the reality COS wishes, it is impossible. The facts are incontrovertible and no amount of wishful postulating will alter them.
Nor will attacking 12 News Phoenix for simply reporting the details of a terrible murder equal bigotry, calumny or hate.