Scientology has a gift for twisting facts into fiction in order to create new realities. This is probably the only true super power endowed by Hubbard’s sacred scripture.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in their unending psychological terrorism campaign against Leah Remini and Mike Rinder.
While most people begin a new year filled with hope for a fresh start, a chance to do better and put the old behind them, Scientology started by revamping, updating and refreshing their hate sites. Leah Remini has a new 2022 website that once again accuses her of directly inciting hate crimes.
New look, same hate.
Amongst the tired claims is that a disturbed young woman named Erin McMurtry, incited by Leah Remini, drove her vehicle through the front doors of the Austin, Texas Scientology building.
This accusation was addressed here in 2020, however as Scientology continues to double down on their insistence that Remini was behind this incident, it is appropriate that the story be untangled and placed, once and for all, back into it’s true form.
Beyond the issue of propaganda created by COS in order to dehumanize and demonize Remini is another, equally important lesson stemming from this attack on her. It allows the reader to see exactly how the cult takes truth and reshapes it into something altogether different.
Often when telling a tale the names are changed in order to protect the innocent.
Scientology changes the facts in order to protect their lies.
Several years ago Edward Parkin wrote a Stand League article carrying this claim about McMurtry and Remini.
He wrote; “The car crashed through the lobby, narrowly missing two staff members, and sent two couches flying through the plate glass windows of the Church’s child-care center earlier filled with toddlers.”
While the vehicle did hit the couches, they were not “sent flying” anywhere.
As can clearly be seen from the police photo, the couches are still on the outside of the extremely sad excuse of a “child care center”.
If this area had indeed earlier been “filled with toddlers” the only real danger they faced was from unutterable boredom.
In this small bit of artistic editing one can see how Scientology takes a bit of simple truth and reshapes it into a dramatic event in order to incite an emotional response.
Notice how, in the earlier version the space was called a “child care center” yet in the newest version it has morphed into the “children’s nursery”.
Using “nursery” is to inflame the reader’s imagination of the helpless babies who narrowly missed death. The intent is to cause people to become emotionally invested and furious.
“McMurtry then threw the vehicle in reverse, backed into the street and sped off.”
Well no. She didn’t.
Sean Seivert, one of the two aforementioned staff members on site at the time, stated in the witness narrative text obtained through a public records request; “…the vehicle turned right onto 22nd Street and stopped at the stop sign at San Antonio Street before leaving the area.”
A second witness, Anh Tran “provided a written witness statement and stated she heard the vehicle crash. Anh stated she saw the vehicle reverse, drive on the sidewalk, and make a ‘left’ on 22nd Street until the vehicle went up the hill and out of sight. Anh stated the vehicle was ‘driving normal’ once the vehicle left the sidewalk.”
So in fact there was no dramatic fleeing the scene. McMurtry stopped at a stop sign and was driving “normally” according to witnesses as she left.
“Upon her arrest two hours later, McMurtry—who had no prior affiliation with Scientology—admitted her crime and disclosed her motivation, corroborated by postings on her Facebook page: ‘Leah Remini,’ she gushed, ‘is a true inspiration!’”
Out of all the misinformation stemming from McMurtry’s crime, this statement is the most twisted.
Intentionally creating the idea that McMurtry actually named Leah Remini as the motivation for her actions in her statement, something “corroborated on her Facebook page”, Scientology’s attack on Remini is complete.
Here is Erin McMurtry’s full statement to the police:
There is no mention of Leah Remini at all.
Further, Scientology’s insistence that McMurtry was somehow fixated on Remini on Facebook is also exaggerated. Erin’s Facebook contains an amalgamation of posts touching on many different subjects. There is absolutely no indication that she was driven by anything other than her own unfortunate mental illness when she paid Scientology a visit.
Mentioned in our earlier article concerning Erin McMurtry is the fact that this was not her first run in with the law.
Prior to her literal run in with COS Ms. McMurtry was arrested for the burglary of several churches, shoplifting and theft.
She did not just wake up one day, get together with Leah Remini and then gas up and go slam her car into the Scientology building in Austin, Texas.
Texas’ court acknowledged that McMurtry had mental illness and subsequently ordered her into counseling.
Scientology wants the world to believe Leah Remini is the Great Hate Puppet Mistress, inciting strangers into lives of crime and bigotry.
In reality actions speak far, far louder than the intentional lies they spew.
Erin McMurtry was no more driven to a hate crime than Miscavige is driven to philanthropy. Nor did Leah Remini have anything to do with the events of that day in December 2015.
Scientology is a cult of lies, hate, vengeance and destruction. Their sacred scripture allows them to use people as weapons.
Every time Scientology posts another attack against Remini, Rinder or anyone else, please remember that lies are their stock in trade.
Always, always consider the source.