Scientology is making this world ideal, one renovated building at a time - 2016-11-20
Yesterday, Scientology leader David Miscavige made the scene in San Diego to open Scientology's newest "Ideal Org." We asked Rod Keller, who keeps an eye on the program, to update us on where it stands today.
The number of people joining Scientology may have declined, but the real estate owned by Scientology is still being upgraded. David Miscavige plans to grow that property portfolio until every normal org has been renovated as or replaced by an Ideal Org version. He also wants an Ideal Advanced Org on every continent, and each of those is supposed to have its own associated Ideal Org, which is sometimes called a Continental Ideal Org.
Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder explained the origin of the Ideal Org program. In 2002, Miscavige found for various reasons that he needed to replace orgs in three cities — Buffalo, Tampa, and Johannesburg. He decided that the new facilities should be larger, more elaborate, and updated with the latest A/V equipment. Thus was born his obsession with replacing all of the rest of the world's regular orgs with Ideal ones, and putting intense pressure on local members to raise the money for it.