'To My Loved One In Scientology' Billboard Just Blocks From Los Angeles Headquarters Urges Church Members To Contact Estranged Family

Shaunee Flowers

Former Scientology members Phil and Willie Jones reportedly miss their adult children and want to let them know. In order to send a message to their estranged children, the Jones family is erecting a huge billboard on Hollywood Boulevard that is visible from the Los Angeles Church of Scientology headquarters. The sign reads, "To my loved one in Scientology... Call me."

The billboard, marked with the web address for a group wanting to stop Scientology disconnection, is expected to upset Church of Scientology members and especially their leader, Dave Miscavige, according to Page Six. That doesn't matter much to Phil and Willie, who really just want to talk to their loved ones. The couple raised $12,500 to pay for the billboard and hope that the message resonates with their own children, who reportedly attend the Scientology center closest to where the billboard was placed.

— New York Post (@nypost) March 10, 2016

It turns out that their daughter, Emily, just might be rubbing shoulders with some of Scientology's elite. According to the Telegraph, Emily is a member of the very influential Sea Org religious order that boasts some of Scientology's most devout members. She reportedly works for Author Services, the literary company owned by the church and has reportedly worked for both Tom Cruise and David Miscavige.

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As for the Jones' son, Mike, they say he works at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, one of the most popular and influential centers for Scientology in the Los Angeles area. Phil and Willie Jones initially got their idea for the billboard while placing missing person posters around the Hollywood Celebrity Centre in hopes that their son would contact them.

Phil and Willie Jones initially started a GoFundMe campaign to raise enough money to place the "Call Me" billboard just blocks from the Church of Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles for three months. They wrote that the total cost would be $8,200. It looks like the Jones family has, even more, support than they even imagined because, in just 13 days, they have raised more than $12,500 in support of the anti-disconnection billboard.

The Joneses belonged to the Church of Scientology for more than 40 years. According to Phil, they decided to leave the church "because there were a lot of demands for money and we could not get ahead. And some of the things we've seen over the years — the way people were handled and screamed at."

The anti-Scientology billboard is set to be unveiled on March 22. Those in support of Phil and Willie's efforts fear that efforts to put the billboard up might meet heavy opposition from Scientologists. They reported that representatives of the Church of Scientology have already contacted the billboard company in an effort to stop it from going up.

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