Blog: Scientology for the Rich - 2010-05-04
Even the most dedicated Scientologist can see the disparity between the stated goal of "Clearing the Planet" and the fact of the Church's high "donation rates." At Flag, the cost of a single intensive of auditing, 12 ½ hours, is $6,800. You can get a used car for that. Scientologists can and do spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reach Clear and OT. Add to that the donations to the IAS, Ideal Orgs and Superpower – those donations you'd better make if you want to keep your OT Eligibility, and it puts Scientology completely out of reach for at least 95% of the planet. Consider that only 6% of Americans make over $100,000 a year, and only 3% make over $125,000, or $250,000 household income.
And what about the rest of the planet? What about countries where the average per capita income is $20,000, $10,000, $5,000 or even less?
What happened to Clearing the Planet? How's that supposed to work?