SCIENTOLOGY! XENU! CRUISE! Episode 12 with TONY ORTEGA is now available!

Join me and guest co-host Mike Manzi as we welcome journalist and author Tony Ortega to discuss the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, Tom Cruise, and more!

Listen here. Also available at the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.

#2.24 – Byrne the Church – Part 1 – Stigmata (1999) Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

In 1999, actor Gabriel Byrne weirdly made two very different movies involving the Catholic Church, conspiracies, and dramatically violent things happening as a result. And so we're going to talk about both of them! Starting with Stigmata, a strange and often incoherent combination of Exorcist ripoff and long-form X-Files episode. The film did not do a lot for the careers of those involved – which is why Billy Corgan has yet to nab his Oscar for film score composition. However, luckily, it didn't do much to harm to the career of its insanely over-qualified cast, either. But it is, as John (a giant Byrne-Stan) discusses with Brian Rodriguez (of High School Slumber Party) and Joe Two (of 2 Fast 2 Forever) a worthwhile time capsule. Because 1999 was a year in which movies experienced a kind of collective convulsion – not unlike those experienced by Patricia Arquette's Frankie Paige – and emerged on the other side with exciting new possibilities of what a movie could do, stylistically and narratively, in the 21st century. What is stigmata, actually? And why is Gabriel Byrne in this movie? And why is the Church hiding the true Gospel of Christ from us?? Find out, maybe! TWITTER! Joe: 2 Fast 2 Forever: High School Slumber Party:
  1. #2.24 – Byrne the Church – Part 1 – Stigmata (1999)
  2. #2.23 – Alex Morris – Young Evangelicals and the Climate Crisis
  3. #2.22 – Dr. Kelly J. Baker – The Klan, Jesus, and Trump
  4. BEST OF SEASON 2 – #1- The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
  5. BEST OF SEASON 2 – #2- Sebastian Major talks fake history

New Episode Tomorrow (7/29): TONY ORTEGA talks Scientology

Journalist Tony Ortega has been covering Scientology since 1995. He joins us to talk about the past and future of the Church of Scientology and why 2020 may be a pivotal year in determining its fate.

In 2017, Ortega was the first to report that the LAPD was investigating rape allegations against actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson. He also appeared in Alex Gibney’s breakthrough 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

He is the creator of the website The Underground Bunker, where he continues to cover the Church.

Check back tomorrow to listen to my conversation with him here, the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.