‘Strange Cult Causing Concern’: Scientology came to Dallas in 1956. Then, the questions.

March 29, 2015 7:00 AM

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Chris Vognar and I reviewed Going Clear for this week’s “Reel Genius” video chitchat, which you’ll find below. (And here, just because, is the Scientologists’ review.) By way of prep, I was curious: How deep are Scientology’s roots in Dallas? Pretty, pretty, pretty deep, turns out. They date all the way back to Scientology’s genesis.

According to The Dallas Morning News‘ archives, the first references to Scientology appeared in this newspaper on April 14, 1956: “New Church to Form Organization in Dallas.” The timing’s certainly right. That was the year L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought was published. It’s...

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