There are many websites such as www.scientology-cult.com that are devoted to documenting the situation the Church of Scientology is currently in. I suggest anyone interested in evaluating this scene take the time to actually look at what data these sites have to offer and consider for themselves the validity of the information. Some of the out-points that make up the situation include: criminal fraud, physical abuse, illegal imprisonment, human trafficking, coerced abortions, financial irregularities, political corruption, and the alteration of the core technologies and values of Scientology. Some of these claims may be false. However, there is such an abundance of corroborating evidence to at least warrant further investigation.
Some data cannot be refuted. For instance, it is a fact that the membership of the Church has decreased over the past couple of decades, NOT increased as we would be led to believe by the Int PR events. And then to exacerbate and accelerate this shrinkage, scores of top-level executives and prominent members (such as Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Debbie Cook, Amy Scobee, Jeff Hawkins, Steve Hall, Dan Koon, Mark Fisher, Jesse Prince, and Robert Vaughn Young) have left the Church and become outspoken critics of it.
Most important of all is the decline and currently abysmal amount of TRAINING and AUDITING that is occurring in the Church today. Although, it is nearly impossible to acquire truthful and accurate numbers on these key statistics, a simple visit to a local org is sufficient to provide first-hand evidence. [See “Ideal Orgs”] Instead of hundreds of students completing courses, and thousands of hours of auditing being delivered weekly in every org worldwide, there is virtually NO appreciable delivery occurring that amounts to anything approaching the abundance sufficient to actually “clear the planet.”
The intent of this eval is to hopefully provide some bright ideas for handling all of the above.
The PR Why
BLACK PROPOGANDA in general by all parties involved has resulted in a negative public perception of Scientology and L Ron Hubbard. All the negative media coverage that this situation has precipitated, which has been generated by both the Church and its critics, has resulted in the technology of Scientology getting identified with the corruption and insanity of individuals.
Unfortunately, the subject of Scientology itself and LRH the person have become collateral damage in all this. There has been very little differentiation between LRH’s philosophy and the organization of individuals who are supposed to be forwarding it. And the continual use of media exposes by those who protest have thus far only exacerbated the situation rather than be an effective method for constructive change.
The Ethics Why
LOW CONFRONT OF EVIL has led to a lack of individual responsibility which has allowed the situation to deteriorate to the degree that it has. This primarily involves a failure to actually Keep Scientology Working.
Those who today are speaking out against the Church will almost all admit that they were once themselves contributors to the problem, even if it was to just look the other way and say nothing out of fear. And those that are currently perpetrating the situation are unwilling to admit any wrongdoing. Instead we find a lot of superflous PR and finger-pointing, but a complete inability or outright unwillingness to look beyond the propaganda, confront the true evil, and actually do something about it.
The Technical Why
ALTERATION OF WORKABLE TECH has led to an inability for orgs to actually deliver what is being promised. People want Scientology. They want to become Auditors and go Clear. And just as LRH tells us in KSW #1, “The only thing you can be upbraided for by students or pcs is ‘no results.’” I am convinced that the amount of Out-Tech currently in the Church has created a situation where it is no longer possible to get one-for-one results in Scientology courserooms and HGC’s.
The Admin Why
LACK OF AN ALTERNATIVE which gives people the option to receive Standard service away from the sanctioned Church environment. I’m not necessarily advocating the “independent” Scientology movement; however, a big part of the problem is how monopolized the subject of Scientology has become. There certainly needs to be other options available, even if those options are abundant field auditors and affiliated groups.
In my opinion, there is too much control exerted over the enterprise of auditing in the field. This creates a situation where there is very little purpose for people to get trained as Auditors unless they plan to be on staff. In my opinion, that is the reason that there are so few field Auditors today, when they were legion in the past.
This monopoly is also the reason that Scientologists are so terrified of speaking out against what they perceive as a situation that needs improvement within the Church – they are afraid that they could be cut off from their only source of Scientology.
“So anybody that knows the remedy of this subject, anybody that knows these techniques, is himself actually under a certain responsibility – that’s to make sure that he doesn’t remain a sole proprietor. That’s all it takes, just don’t remain a sole proprietor. Don’t ever think that a monopoly of this subject is a safe thing to have. It’s not safe. It’s not safe for man; it’s not safe for this universe.” -LRH [PDC lecture #20, “Formative State of Scientology: Definition of Logic”]
DAVID MISCAVIGE is the self-proclaimed “Leader” of Scientology. He has apparently removed all senior management terminals of the Church, and has laid claim to the sole leadership role. As such, he is where the “buck stops.” So, ultimately, he holds the full responsibility for the current situation.
It is not really my intention to point a finger; however, there is just too much evidence that would suggest that Mr. Miscavige is the “who” for this overall situation. A vast majority of the out-points trace directly back to him. In fact if one looks at when the decline of Scientology as a whole began, it is date-coincident to when he took over the leadership of the Church in the early 80’s.
What is the purpose of pointing out all the out-points and protesting the corruption in the Church? It basically all amounts to “natter” unless one is willing to actually do something about it. But, what can one really do besides withdraw or leave. It’s not like there is anything that little ole’ me can do to truly effect change right?
Not only is that un-Scientology-like, but it is not really true. It has been assumed that Mr. Miscavige has an iron grip on the organization and it would be hopeless for an internal coup or for Scientology parishioners to themselves bring about a change in leadership. The idea that anyone could effect this kind of change has been overlooked and “assumed” impossible. But in this situation, truth is on our side, which is the ultimate solution to Black PR. For, I may not be able to get rid of David Miscavige by myself, but I can certainly help spread the truth.
The trouble however is that the “truth” can be a double-edged sword – especially when dealing with the media. It may have been necessary for opinion leaders such as Marty Rathbun and Debbie Cook to engage the media in order to get their stories broadly disseminated in the hope that it would get enough people’s attention and wake them up to the possibility of a solution. It certainly worked for me. However, that is rarely an effective way to get the job done. Usually, that method results in only further destruction because the press only embraces sensationalism and gossip, which only appeals to those with the agenda to destroy Scientology.
“In all the history of Scientology no interviewing reporter ever helped. They all meant the worst when they acted their best and we are always sorry ever to have spoken. Even if the reporter is all right, his newspaper isn’t and will twist his story. We have done best when we have blocked off reporters and worst when we’ve been nice.” -LRH (HCO PL 26 Dec 66 – PTS SECTIONS, PERSONNEL AND EXECS)
There have been many diverse efforts to expose the truth and thereby encourage ever greater numbers of people to engage in the effort to reform the Church of Scientology. However, these efforts have been composed of many different messages. The problem with this is that it is confusing and doesn’t actually “rally the troops” into one concerted effort. What is needed is a single message that can be promoted within our ranks and can be understood and forwarded by all.
I believe that the message in this case should be:
“Miscavige Must Go”
I believe that a large portion of the Scientology public are fed up with the current regime. They have friends who they have been forced to disconnect from and they are the effect of the ever-increasing draconian environment within the Church. Despite the fact that they shelter themselves for the most part from media and criticism, they know something is wrong and are just waiting for something to happen that will make things better. They would accept this message if it meant an improvement of the conditions.
This message also undercuts any debate about the technology of Scientology or its Founder ,and focuses instead on a correct target. But even more importantly, it has the potential to get through to anyone who knows something is wrong but doesn’t know what to do about it. Plus, this is something that anyone can actually do, and does open the door to a handling.
I realize that what I am proposing could be considered a “whispering campaign” against a senior executive of the Church. This is by all accounts a “Suppressive Act.” However, for it truly to be destructive to Scientology, that said senior executive must actually be a “good hat.”
Plus, what other solution is someone like me left with if indeed the “who” is Mr. Miscavige? I will just have to hope that the further handlings as outlined below will occur and absolve me of whatever crimes I may be unjustly accused of in the process of effecting this change.
With enough people spreading the above message, an environment will be created where more and more people will feel safe enough to look for themselves and make their own evaluations regarding the situation discussed above. The more people are informed, the more there will be who are willing to take responsibility for situation and actually do something about it.
At some point, a critical mass will be reached, where the general pressure from both inside and outside of the Church, will be sufficient impetus for the majority to demand Mr. Miscavige be removed from his post (or at least step down) and be replaced. At this point, the rest of the handlings should become academic. However, I will outline what I consider the major Ethics and Justice actions that would need to be done in order for the Church to once again resemble something that we as Scientologists could be proud of.
1. Publicly announce the removal of David Miscavige from the overall leadership of the Church.
2. Acknowledge that misdeeds have occurred, and that the Church is in the process of re-organizing to correct the situation.
3. Publicly announce the end of off-policy practices such as disconnection (whether official or not) which would include the discontinuance of any “fair game” harassment of critics and former members.
4. Publicly announce a General Amnesty for all those who have been wrongfully declared a Suppressive Person, and welcome them back with open arms.
1. There needs to be a completely open cleanse of all tech and policy back to the truly original LRH, and this needs to be easily verifiable by anyone who wishes to do so. There can no longer be hidden data lines for any reason.
2. Cancel ALL altered checksheets and revert back to only LRH-approved training lineups on an immediate basis. This includes all of the Golden Age of Tech drills being reviewed and corrected, and then only being utilized for appropriate actions such as cramming or internships.
3. Ensure that the KSW #1 report line is manned by highly-trained individuals who have the authority to actually inspect and correct any alterations of Standard tech. This line would have to be completely outside the command channels of the administration of Scientology, including that of any “Chairman”.
1. Becoming an Auditor needs to be promoted as the main purpose for a Scientologist. This does not necessarily mean that everyone is to “put out a shingle” and open a practice as a Field Auditor. However, this should definitely be encouraged and supported to a much greater degree than it currently is. This includes setting up orgs so that people can co-audit their way up the Bridge, and where interns can audit staff up the Bridge as well. Basically, “Scientologist” should be synonymous with “Auditor” and not just “IAS member.”
2. The major statistics such as the number of Auditors and Clears made should be publicized. There can no longer be such “curtains dropped” between the public and the management of the Church.
3. The “checks and balances” of the international Church management needs to be re-established in such a way that ensures the Church does not evolve once again into a monopoly or dictatorship. And the highest posts on the international org board need to be filled only with highly qualified personnel (as far as training and processing levels are concerned.)
“And I believe the freedom of the material which we know and understand is guaranteed only by lightness of organization, a maximum of people, good training and good, reliable, sound relay of information. And if we can’t do these things, sooner or later the information which we hold will become the property of an untrustworthy few. This I am sure because it has always happened this way…”