Scientology fundraiser: 'It was commonplace to lie to church members to get donations' - 2018-07-14
Continuing with our Saturday series of book excerpts, we're happy to give you a substantial look at Kay Rowe's book Over the Edge: A Pawn in the Scientology Money Machine, which came out last year. She is giving us a look at the world of asking other Scientologists for money, which is a neverending quest under David Miscavige.
I was trained in fundraising from November 1991 to February of 1992, aboard Freewinds, a cruise ship the church maintained as a religious retreat and a delivery center for its most advanced counselling procedures. The program included extensive study of Hubbard's writings and lectures on the state of society, and how urgently the world needed the salvaging only Scientology could provide.
If I recall correctly, Hubbard expressed his low opinion of existing educational systems, the middle class, the news media, the medical profession in general and psychiatry in particular, politics and government organizations — with particular attention to the judicial system, the FDA, and IRS. Most of these writings were from the late 60s and early 70s — the hippie era, when it was fashionable to be "anti-establishment." Again, in all his materials, Hubbard presents Scientology as the only workable solution to these, and all of mankind's other ills. Another focus of the training program was "registration" — the term the church uses to refer to sales of its training and counselling services.