Scientology becoming a ghost town; ALSO: Illinois man arrested for threatening Miscavige - 2016-01-06
The "L. Ron Hubbard Golden Age" theater troupe visited a middle school in St. Petersburg, Florida recently in order to bring back to life the words of the pulp fiction writer. Having actors read the corn-pone tales that Hubbard cranked out in the 1930s is just one of a dizzying number of stealthy ways that Scientology tries to spread the influence of Hubbard and, ultimately, gain new members.
Over the years, we've brought you many images of Scientology front groups peddling Hubbard around the world, and in these images, the best possible face is put on the activities and the crowds they draw.
But through multiple lines of influence, we judge that Scientology is shrinking really quite quickly now, and the movement is having a much tougher time motivating even its longtime members to get involved, let alone the raw public it needs for new blood.