That the Church of Scientology was rushed to the intensive care unit at the Hollywood Religious Hospital early Sunday morning is now national news.

What the public doesn’t know is that the Cult was placed under a 5150 hold late last week. The Cult was put under the same kind of involuntary hold that Britney Spears endured a couple of years ago.

What does that mean?

Is the Cult a danger to itself?

What with the recent disclosures of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and his drug use, lies, and criminality, as well as the Cult’s greed and dirty tricks, many people have thought that the Cult has been a danger to itself for a while. But last Thursday, California sheriff’s deputy, Harry R. M. Pitts, decided that the Cult actually was a danger to itself when he placed it under an involuntary psychiatric hold (a “5150”), after the Cult allegedly started banging its head on a driveway of a home on L. Ron Hubbard Way, in Los Angeles. When asked by police to explain itself, the Cult reportedly gave answers so outrageous that officials ruled it needed a 5150 hold.

The Church of Scientology has endured a long, sad odyssey, from Xenu to Going Clear.

“Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code,” said Mr. Pitts, “which authorizes a qualified officer to involuntarily confine a cult suspected to have a mental disorder that makes it a danger to itself, a danger to others, and/or gravely disabled.”

The executive director of the Mental Health Association of California, Ginger Snapp, said that if authorities find a Cult banging its head in a driveway, then they require a 5150 hold. Typically, Ms. Snapp said, the hold lasts 72 hours.

The 5150 hold ended early Sunday morning and then, as the nation now knows, tragedy struck the Cult when it collapsed, dizzy and hyperventilating with screams of agony in which it stood convinced of its imminent death.


Inspired by OTVIIIisGrrr8! The World’s Best Satire of the Church of Scientology and its Leader David Miscavige, “Church of Scientology Rushed to the Hospital in an Ambulance!” March 29, 2015.

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