President George H.W. Bush dies at 94, and we remember a fateful October 1991 day - 2018-12-01
Unlike L. Ron Hubbard, George Herbert Walker Bush was an actual World War II veteran with combat experience, a decorated Navy pilot who would go on to a distinguished political career as congressman, CIA director, UN ambassador, vice president and then president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. He died yesterday at the age of 94, just 227 days after the death of his beloved wife, Barbara.
This is not a political blog and we're not interested in debating President Bush's merits as commander in chief, or that of his son George W. Bush. But we felt that as Scientology watchers the first Bush presidency should be memorialized for at least one important reason: The role it played in granting what David Miscavige and Scientology wanted more than anything else, and that was tax exempt status.
L. Ron Hubbard initially established his movement, then called Dianetics, as the "modern science of mental health" in 1950. It wasn't until 1953 that he wrote to a follower suggesting they try out the "religion angle," as he put it. He and his son L. Ron Hubbard Jr. (also known as "Nibs") signed the first incorporation papers for a "Church of Scientology" in Camden, New Jersey in December 1953. Churches were then established in Los Angeles in 1954 and Washington DC in 1955.