Despite Scientology's best efforts, a Bunker reader attended Saturday's grand opening - 2017-10-23
On Saturday, Scientology leader David Miscavige opened his newest "Ideal Org," his ongoing and very expensive effort to create a Potemkin Village of new and empty cathedrals to pretend that the rapidly shrinking church is actually undergoing "unprecedented expansion." If this weren't just all about fakery and PR, then Scientology wouldn't expend so much energy keeping out onlookers and the press. But we're fortunate that one of our regular readers, "Graham," managed not only to visit the event but get inside. He sent us this account, and we figured you'd enjoy it.
By a peculiar twist of fate, I found myself on Saturday needing to do business with one of the non-Scientologist residents housed adjacent to the new Birmingham Org. Anticipating Scientology barriers at the entrance, I rehearsed all kinds of speeches in order to insist on my right to proceed.
Very surprised on the day to see that the barriers were not merely at the entrance gates but across the whole road, with a surly Scientologist holding things closed. Fortunately I was approached by a paid professional security guard, obviously trained in correct procedures. I only had to state that I needed to access the on-site apartments for him to turn to the Scientologist with a curt "let him in."