Dave's shrinkage: Help us determine turnout for Scientology's IAS 2018 gala - 2018-10-12
Pete Griffiths brought our attention to something interesting yesterday. He noted that Scientology, as usual, posted numerous pretty photos from its most recent big event at its various websites. In this case, we're talking about the annual gala for the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) held in a giant tent at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England over the weekend.
Pete has been watching these events very closely for many years, and he remarked that the crowd seemed distinctly smaller than in past years. We noted that even Scientology's own (always bogus) estimate had gone down. This year, they're claiming an attendance of 5,500 members under the big tent, but just a couple of years ago they claimed 7,500.
And looking at images of the event, we have to agree with Pete that those figures do seem pretty high for the actual number of people in the snapshots.