Scenes from the increasingly desperate straits Scientology finds itself in - 2015-08-12
We had a lot of fun on Monday revisiting perhaps the high point in the careers of Scientology leader David Miscavige and his actor-lieutenant, Tom Cruise, when they opened a new church in Madrid in 2004. Since then, the two have been battered and bruised with years of brutal press accounts of how Miscavige physically abused his top executives, imprisoned them for years at a time, was the subject of an FBI investigation, and made his own wife disappear — all as Cruise has idly stood by, continuing to be the organization's number one recruiting tool.
The last ten years have also seen an exodus of longtime, loyal Scientology members, as they fled Miscavige's extreme fundraising demands, which he makes on members in order to open more unnecessary buildings around the world in order to pretend that Scientology is expanding. Thanks to our tipsters, and those at Mike Rinder's blog, however, we get regular intelligence about just how desperate things are getting for Miscavige as his boat continues to take on water.
Today we have two small items as an example of the kind of actual data that comes in which counters the propaganda put out regularly by Miscavige and the church.