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Saturday, July 16, 2005

those wacky scientologists

Over at Slate.com, Michael Crowley writes about "L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology's esteemed founder". Not only will you learn that the voice of Bart Simpson is a scientologist, but apparently there was a conspiracy to infiltrate the government:
[T]he church's ongoing paranoia and vindictiveness culminated in a shockingly elaborate operation, which Hubbard dubbed "Snow White," to spy on and burglarize multiple federal offices, including the IRS and the Justice Department, with the aim of stealing and destroying government documents about Scientology. The Scientologists even planted moles in some federal offices. In 1983, 11 church leaders, including Hubbard's wife, were convicted and sentenced to prison for the conspiracy. Though Hubbard was named as a co-conspirator, he was never indicted.
Read the whole thing.

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