Ex-Scientologists Say San Francisco Apostate's Graphs Are Legit - 2011-09-26
In a blog posted by our sister paper, the Village Voice, two former high-ranking Scientologists say the statistics that a self-professed San Francisco Church of Scientology member claimed to have smuggled out of the church's trash bin appear to be real.
The church's president, Jeff Quiros, told us they were fake. But Voice Editor-In-Chief Tony Ortega -- who's been chronicling the "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology" on the paper's blog -- interviewed Jefferson Hawkins, who formerly ran Scientology's marketing campaigns and oversaw such stats from Scientology churches across the country.
Hawkins said "the graphs are credible -- all of the names of statistics and the acronyms used are correct ... it would take a very knowledgeable insider many hours to even attempt such a fabrication ... What they show is a relatively small organization that is struggling to get by, with few staff, few public and little income."