“Scientology Cult of Confusion” documentary videographer, Bert Leahy, stole the show in many scenes over the two week, 4,000 mile journey across America’s heartland. Examiner writer, David Love, tagged along and logged countless hours of video and still photos – indeed, a journey like none other.
At Scientology headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, Leahy, dressed in ‘gay drag’, taunted church members with constant ‘off the cuff’ comments.
In the above embedded video, Leahy says: “Crazy is, is crazy does … in order to fight a crazy cult, you’ve got to be a little crazy yourself.”
Then, playing his drag role, and Texan accent, Leahy flaunts “whoo-hoo, you can’t have me, you can’t afford me, you can’t manipulate me -- I’m a HOT little …”
The exhausting journey had driver, Colin Henderson, and the crew, pushing their limits with only a few hours’ sleep at roadside hotels, then off again to the next Scientology location and interviews. One victim drove about 10 hours to meet the crew for an interview -- another booked a flight on jet at their own expense to tell their incredible story of abuse.
Colin Henderson posted videos online moments after some events, and one particular photo posted on Facebook forums caught the eye and laughter of many. Too tired to care where they slept, many hotels only had two double beds for the 3 man crew. Needless to say, ‘yours truly’ and Bert Leahy shared a bed as seen in the posted image.
One ex-Scientologist warned us that Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs (OSA) would be following us and that the film crew would be pegged as being gay. Scientology is well known for their “long-time stance against homosexuality, its discriminatory practices against gays within its ranks, and how founder L. Ron Hubbard's own early sexual "experiences" may have unduly affected his view on homosexuality.”
According to Hubbard and homosexuality, he states: “…is actually quite ill physically... he is very far from culpable for his condition, but he is also far from normal and extremely dangerous to society..."
In fact, Scientology’s OSA did follow and film the documentary crew at many locations. Colin Henderson woke up one morning and grabbed his camera to film a man on a roof across from the hotel room pointing a camera at the room.
Although the police were called a few times and left quickly when they saw all was peaceful, one does feel like you’re being watched at every turn.
It will be several months before editors view the 80 hours of film and audio recordings, but already, companies are knocking at the door, interested in this most incredible venture of three passionate truth seekers.
Unfortunately, Colin Henderson will be away on business, but Bert Leahy and David Love, will join Robert Robinson on his radio Show this Sunday evening to talk about the 2 weeks on the road.
David Edgar Love