Scientology's happy promotions can't hide the cancer eating away at its core - 2019-05-28
You may have noticed this photo pop up a few days ago. It depicts the Rev. Alfreddie Johnson, Jr., late of Compton, California, on a visit to the London Scientology Ideal Org, flanked by that facility's "it" duo, Charlie Wakley and Sandrine Mootoo.
We couldn't think of a more appropriate image to capture the state of Scientology in 2019.
Wakley and Mootoo remind us that young people still fall under founder L. Ron Hubbard's sway, whether they grow up in the organization or not, and bring to it a naive enthusiasm that at one time was one of Scientology's best recruiting tools. Burning with energy, Wakley and Mootoo have tried to promote Scientology in London as a hip, exciting thing, and they search for unique ways to convince others that it's "the world's coolest religion." (Which is actually, believe it or not, a slogan Scientology leader David Miscavige trotted out briefly.)