LIVE REPORTS: Scientology leader David Miscavige opens "Ideal Org" in Colombia today - 2015-07-05
It's been less than three months since Miscavige opened an Ideal Org in Basel, Switzerland, which is a much faster pace than he set the last two years. (There was only one Ideal Org opened in all of 2014, in Sydney, though the existing Advanced Org in Copenhagen also got a facelift that year.)
We've written extensively on the Ideal Org push by Miscavige, but if you're new to Scientology watching, what's important to know is that beginning in 2003, the Scientology leader set a goal to replace all of the existing churches — called "orgs" in Scientology parlance — with gleaming new cathedrals, financed by local members. These are not new outposts for the church, but merely replacements for facilities that already existed. But the purpose of it is to give the impression that with new buildings opening, Scientology is expanding — when voluminous evidence actually suggests the opposite. After an initial push of new buildings, things have slowed down as fundraising efforts in places like Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Kansas City, and in California have left the church with decaying buildings the locals can't afford to renovate.