Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"Inside Scientology" is a multi-part investigative series by the Tampa Bay Times. Dating back to 2009, the reports shed unprecedented light on the inner workings of the secretive church, which has its spiritual headquarters in Clearwater.

The multimedia presentations feature first-hand accounts from Scientologists, former Scientologists and many others, as well as documents, recordings and video interviews.

Click here for the Times' previous reports

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Clearwater approves land swap with Scientology after a year of back-and-forth

Clearwater approves land swap with Scientology after a year of back-and-forth

CLEARWATER — The third time was the charm for the city to close a long-debated real estate deal with the Church of Scientology.After two previous deals were scuttled over more than a year of negotiations, the City Council voted 3-1 on Thursday night ...
Updated: 4 months ago
Clearwater Council kills land swap with Scientology for a second time in one year

Clearwater Council kills land swap with Scientology for a second time in one year

CLEARWATER — In June, after months of negotiations with city staff, the Church of Scientology bought a vacant lot on the edge of downtown for the purpose of trading it for three small city-owned parcels.Now it’s likely Scientology will keep control o...
Updated: 5 months ago
Scientology draws dueling petitions involving Leah Remini, the IRS and change.org

Scientology draws dueling petitions involving Leah Remini, the IRS and change.org

The Season 2 premiere of an A&E series finds the church pushing back against its attackers.
Updated a year ago
Is John Travolta moving to Clearwater? Property records offer hints

Is John Travolta moving to Clearwater? Property records offer hints

Records hint that John Travolta may be buying a home.
Updated a year ago
Is John Travolta moving to Clearwater? Property records offer hints

Is John Travolta moving to Clearwater? Property records offer hints

A waterfront home in the Old Clearwater Bay neighborhood sold for $3 million to an investment trust held by the actor's sister.
Updated a year ago
Scientology draws dueling petitions involving Leah Remini, the IRS and change.org

Scientology draws dueling petitions involving Leah Remini, the IRS and change.org

Reaction to this month's Season 2 premiere of the Emmy-nominated Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath series has been swift, from the religion's international spiritual headquarters in Clearwater and nationwide.Two dueling online petitions have...
Updated a year ago
Calling Scientology a dangerous 'cult,' Calvary Baptist Church pastor intended to help A&E film episode for Leah Remini series

Calling Scientology a dangerous 'cult,' Calvary Baptist Church pastor intended to help A&E film episode for Leah Remini series

A leader at Calvary Baptist warns of the group's "abusive practices" after being contacted by A&E.
Updated a year ago
Scientology sends city a message: Don't let religious bias affect land deal

Scientology sends city a message: Don't let religious bias affect land deal

CLEARWATER — A Church of Scientology lawyer says the city's recent decision to back away from a land swap with the church was "unfounded," and she signaled in a letter that her clients will be watching to see if religious discrimination might b...
Updated a year ago
Update: Scientology cancels planned mock FBI raid on downtown building

Update: Scientology cancels planned mock FBI raid on downtown building

CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology planned to film a mock FBI raid on a downtown building Monday afternoon, but the actors and cameras never showed up to the location disclosed to the city. Church officials first notified the Clearwater Pol...
Updated a year ago
Clearwater City Council again thwarts Scientology land deal

Clearwater City Council again thwarts Scientology land deal

The move adds to Clearwater's difficult relationship involving Scientology and land.
Updated a year ago