Faces of the Sea Org: Rare look at Scientology workers indentured for a billion years - 2020-08-14
Wednesday was Sea Org Day in Scientology. Each August 12, those hardy souls who have signed billion-year contracts, promising to work for Scientology lifetime after lifetime, are briefly celebrated before they have to go right back to their around-the-clock jobs, working 365 days a year for pennies an hour, when they're paid at all.
The date celebrates August 12, 1967, when the Sea Org was born as Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard hatched a plan to run his organization from sea after nosy governments in the US and the UK had made things too hot for him on land. For the next eight years, Hubbard ran Scientology from his flagship the yacht Apollo as it plied the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean, with the help of his young Sea Org crewmates. Today, they operate on land, but continue their naval traditions and ranks. It's precious.
Anyway, Sea Org Day hoopla showed up in the Scientology social media feeds that an insider monitors for us, and included a burst of photos of today's young people laboring away in David Miscavige's land-based navy. Our tipster thought it might be a good thing to show as many of those postings as we could, in case it helps disconnected families learn something about their loved ones still in the Sea Organization. We thought that was a tremendous idea, and so here you go. Please let us know if you spot someone you've been hoping to get an update on.