The richest Scientologists in the world get a new trophy for donating another pile of cash! - 2014-11-28
The new issue of Impact magazine is out, and the publication - from the International Association of Scientologists - includes this great photograph of Bob and Trish Duggan with their newest piece of hardware from Scientology leader David Miscavige, given to them at the October IAS gala in England. They've reached yet another new donation status (which had to be invented for them) - Patron Invictus! And look at that trophy shine!
For our newer readers, we'll try to explain what's going on in this picture. You see, Scientology has always been about money. Sure, in the old days, the amounts were more modest, but from the beginning L. Ron Hubbard held out the tantalizing prospect that if you followed his highly regimented and detailed counseling procedures, step by increasingly pricey step you'd get closer and closer to some kind of space opera godhood. In more recent years, the prices for those steps have become hugely expensive, and it can take half a million dollars just in course fees to reach the top of the "Bridge to Total Freedom." But at least you were working toward that goal.
In the last ten years or so, current church leader David Miscavige has made a big shift when it comes to Scientology and money. He has asked members to give even more cash than ever - but rather than for their spiritual advancement, members are being asked to fork over this money simply for the sake of donating money itself.