Scientologists Defile Eustace Tilley for ‘New Yorker’ Parody Mag

08.31.11 Myles Tanzer

Three representatives from the Church of Scientology were standing outside Conde Nast headquarters this morning and distributing copies of their Thetan-inspired magazine Freedom. This month’s issue is a parody of The New Yorker that’s filled with articles attacking writer Lawrence Wright and his employer for a 24,000 word piece about “Crash” director Paul Haggis.

The Church says that they met with New Yorker editor David Remnick and other top employees to present them with 48 binders full of errors that the the story contained during the fact checking process.

They claim Wright has “no scruples” for shopping around a book deal based on the piece before it was even published. The magazine also features a fun-filled DVD with short video segments that criticize Wright and his “nameless, faceless, masked” sources.

Scientologists were undoubtedly inspired by the Yes Men, the pranky activist group that had a lot of success spoofing the New York Times and the New York Post in the past few years.

Here are some of the best scanned pages from this issue of Freedom.