Blog: A Brief Summary: How the Church of Scientology is Legally Constructed and Why All Scientologists Must Sign Contracts - 2020-02-25
As we outlined in another article, all Scientologists are made to sign four basic contracts when they become members of the Church of Scientology. These four contracts, among other things, strip Scientologists of their legal rights to sue the Church. In one of these four contracts, Scientologists agree to enter into binding arbitration conducted by the Church for any and all causes of action now and into the future.
Legally speaking, however, "The Church of Scientology" does not exist. So what exactly does it mean when Scientologists agree to not sue the Church? What "Church" is it that Scientologists are agreeing not to sue?
The answer is easy to explain and comes down to one fact: As the Church lawyers told the IRS (see below), "The Church of Scientology" is a term of convenience used to refer to all of the legally separate Scientology religious corporations (churches) which collectively comprise the Scientology religion and its hierarchy of churches.