Scientology Chief David Miscavige Is a Coronavirus Denier, Says Top Critic - 2020-03-24

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F375.png Scientology Chief David Miscavige Is a Coronavirus Denier, Says Top Critic March 24, 2020, Lloyd Grove, Daily Beast

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the planet—with the global toll on Tuesday surpassing 400,000 cases and 18,000 deaths—the Church of Scientology is officially scoffing at the pandemic and encouraging followers to continue normal religious activities while treating traditional science and governmental authority with skepticism.

In a March 13 eyes-only memo to his estimated 25,000 to 55,000 members in the United States, Scientology leader David Miscavige called the international public-health crisis "the current hysteria, whether you believe in it or not (and the only thing you can be certain of is that it is hysteria)…"

Miscavige—who has led the church since Jan. 24, 1986, when founder L. Ron Hubbard "dropped his body to continue his research on another planet," as Scientologists describe his death—continued: "Have no doubt, there is no slowing down for us…So once this current situation passes—and it will pass—you are going to need a seatbelt for when the rocket boosters fire for liftoff."

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