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TONY ORTEGA

COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The story reads like a sordid crime novel, with Ortega as willing accomplice, motivated by greed and devoid of human decency. It might be entertaining, were it not for the real-life victims of his complacency and collusion—children sold on Backpage as sex slaves, victims of sexual violence, physical and psychological abuse, and murder—the details of which are well-documented.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
What do you call someone who follows the white supremacist playbook, condemning good people whose only sin is their very existence?
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
When I first got involved with Scientology, I had to wade through misinformation to really understand what it was and what it wasn’t. Because I had no frame of reference in those early days, all the information sort of mixed together, and it was very hard to separate fact from fiction.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The very bottom of the money-making barrel, in my mind, would be selling drugs or people. I don’t know whether Ortega has done the former, but he has definitely had a big hand in the latter.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Turns out they were attending a meeting of Baptist pastors at the hotel. Once we straightened out our respective denominational preferences, we quickly realized we had something in common. Both of us had observed that religion in general—whether Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Scientology or other—was under attack by secular forces.
MEDIA & ETHICS
It may be hard to spot the common denominator of all of Ortega’s flops, but I’ll tell you what I see.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Just like in any Disney movie, the villain always loses in the end, winding up with egg on his or her face. Visibly, this Leah character hasn’t yet understood that: to this day she has insisted on rehashing the same old “bad guy” role.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
Ortega was the chief editor of the Village Voice when it harbored Backpage.com, which, according to numerous media reports, was the nation’s leading facilitator for the sale of children for sex. Its three owners have been under U.S. Senate Subcommittee investigation.
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Times of San Diego writer Ken Stone’s “Inside Scientology’s New Church at Old San Diego Home” should have told a straight-ahead story about the November 19 opening of the new Church of Scientology in San Diego.