Scientology's slush fund: Jeffrey Augustine takes apart the fictions of the IAS - 2015-06-18
We're privileged again to have another contribution from Jeffrey Augustine, who continues his deep dive into the underlying legal structures of the Church of Scientology. Today he looks at the fundraising arm of the movement, the IAS, that takes in so much money for the use of David Miscavige. How, exactly, does the IAS work?
Nothing is ever as it seems in the Church of Scientology. In this installment, we go deeper in deconstructing the Church's labyrinthine legal system. As previously discussed, the "Church of Scientology" is simply a term of convenience used to refer to all of the legally separate churches in the Scientology franchise system.
As a term of convenience, the "Church of Scientology" can have no members. As we also covered, David Miscavige and his lawyers secretly told the IRS, "there is no such organization as the Sea Organization." The term "Sea Org" is merely a phrase referring to Church staff members who have signed a pledge to serve Scientology for one billion years.