Whale watching update: Your 2017 mid-year guide to who's keeping Scientology alive - 2017-07-15
Our thanks to the tipster who sent us the new issue of Scientology's Impact magazine! We adore Impact, the official publication of the International Association of Scientologists, because it lets us see who are the big donors propping up Scientology as it faces so many challenges around the world.
This is the mid-year issue, so it's not as important as the copy of Impact which comes out early in the year to show us who was celebrated at the annual IAS Patrons Ball held in October, usually at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England. The Saint Hill party is the one for Scientology's biggest whales (our word for the really big donors) and even Tom Cruise is known to show up wearing his Freedom Medal of Valor as a special sop to the richies who turn over truly huge sums.
This mid-year issue is for another party called Maiden Voyage, the one held for a week on board Scientology's private cruise ship, the Freewinds, to commemorate its launching under Scientology ownership in the summer of 1988. This issue of the magazine shows us which wealthy whales were celebrated aboard the Freewinds last month somewhere in the Caribbean.