Blog: Scientology "expansion" debunked - 2016-12-27
A scientology fan on Twitter today reminded me just how thick the bubble of scientology is. Whether this was a real scientologists or simply an OSA front account, the point is still the same.
This Twitter genius was repeating the line that "scientology has expanded more in the last 10 years than in the 50 years previously." (I asked him whether he measured this in "vacant real estate purchased" or "# lies told". The discussion didn't go far from there.) This "last 10 years" is a variation of some of the other doozies Miscavige has tossed out about "47X expansion" and "each ideal org sees 10X expansion." These of course go along with "we reduced the crime rate by 50% in Colombia" and "we restored hope to the nation of Bangladesh with the Way to Happiness" and "we are the largest private relief force on earth."
It is imperative for Miscavige and the scientology hierarchy to convince their followers that they are in fact expanding and accomplishing their goals. They spend an enormous amount of effort to do so. After all, how long would people keep devoting their time and handing over cash to something that was utterly futile? Unless you can persuade people their efforts and their money are making a difference, they will stop trying and stop paying.