Scientology's 2015 in review: Our July travels, and the day care story we can't forget - 2015-12-27
We want to thank everyone who's been sending us warm holiday wishes. We apologize that we've been slow to respond to messages. Like everyone else, we have a lot going on in our subterranean lair during these final days of the year. But in the meantime, we continue to look back at the stories that made this such an exceptional year. In this post, we're looking at the stories of July.
We started out the month with a question. We know that Marty Rathbun has said that L. Ron Hubbard never wrote any "OT" levels above OT 8, which is the highest that Scientologists can currently achieve. (At an incredible price. Marc Headley estimated that it costs between $500,000 and $2 million to become an OT 8, considering all of the course prices, accommodation costs, and donations that a typical member pays.) Hubbard claimed that the "Bridge" would go up to OT 15, eventually. But even if he never wrote anything above OT 8, what, we wondered, would actually stop Scientology's current leader, David Miscavige, from inventing OT 9 and OT 10?
Those two levels are supposed to be released together, and more and more we'd seen rumors and hints from inside the church that Miscavige was preparing to release them. (And since then, he's made the actual announcement.) In July, we asked Claire Headley for her thoughts. She agreed with us that nothing is stopping Miscavige from releasing his own versions of OT 9 & 10. And charging huge amounts for them, of course.