The Top 25 People Enabling Scientology, No. 25: DirecTV and filmmakers buffing Dave's channel - 2020-08-08
Nine years ago we spent the month of August counting down a list of the "Top 25 People Crippling Scientology" and it was a very popular feature. So we thought, with August upon us again, we might have some fun with another countdown, but with a slightly different focus.
Nine years after that previous feature, Scientology is still hurting. It continues to lose members and, according to our best estimates, has fewer than 20,000 active members around the planet now.
But church leader David Miscavige learned long ago that paid membership was only one resource that allowed him to rule Scientology ruthlessly and with total control. Scientology is still harming families and intimidating courts and scaring off law enforcement thanks not only to Dave's remaining ranks of dedicated followers and wealthy donors, but also thanks to a small army of enablers, some paid, some not, who help him stay in business even though they aren't Scientologists themselves.