Leaked Emails Fuel Scientology Scandal

David Miscavage. Photo: Scientology Media (CC)

David Miscavige. Photo: Scientology Media (CC)

Guy Adams provides details on a senior Scientology member’s letter to 12,000 followers attacking their leader’s “obsession” with money, in the LA Times:

A simmering conflict at the Church of Scientology has been made spectacularly public after a former member of the organisation’s clergy circulated a letter raising severe criticisms of both the management style and financial policies of its current leader, David Miscavige.

Debbie Cook’s email, which was sent to 12,000 fellow Scientologists shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day, alleges that Mr Miscavige has adopted a dictatorial leadership style which is at odds with the doctrines laid down by the church’s founder, the science fiction author, L Ron Hubbard.

She further claims that, since succeeding Hubbard after his death in 1986, Mr Miscavige has become obsessed with fundraising. His regime is now “hoarding” a cash reserve of more than a billion dollars, she claims, and has spent tens of millions more on a portfolio of large, “posh” buildings which largely sit empty.

Ms Cook’s criticisms strike a chord with many disaffected recent defectors from the church. But her highly respected status within the usually secretive world of Scientology may also give them weight among more active members.

The email, headlined “Keep Scientology Working” and littered with jargon, argues that many of the policies pursued Mr Miscavige are in direct conflict to the principles laid down by Hubbard when he created the movement in the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, she claims that “extreme” fundraising activities are now being “driven from within the very highest echelons of the Scientology structure”, in a way that is at odds with the organisation’s founding scriptures.

Although many current members have donated vast portions of their net worth to the church, Ms Cook claims that Hubbard never endorsed individual donations of over $75 for lifetime membership. The church’s founder also “never authorised the purchase of opulent buildings” by the leadership, she argues. Instead, he believed that all money raised by the organisation should immediately be used to spread its message…

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  • Anonymous

    You mean it’s all one big cash scam…. I for one am shocked.

  • I_abide

    You mean it’s all one big cash scam…. I for one am shocked.

  • UnScience

    Amazing how well brainwashing works. It took this long for you to realize the scam… Sad.

  • UnScience

    Amazing how well brainwashing works. It took this long for you to realize the scam… Sad.

    • Andrew

      Who are you talking to?

      • Suki

        Is that a serious question?

  • Scienceproject

    Should this surprise anyone.  One thief steals from another.  Supposedly Miscavige was accused by Hubbard’s own son of embezzling and other unethical behavior.  And when Hubbard himself died he supposedly promoted in writing someone other than Miscavige to take over the church.  Miscavige claimed that the document was forged and promoted himself to head of the church.  Hubbard’s net worth was supposedly close to 1 billion dollars when he died.  I’ll bet Miscavige knew where every single penny was.  And Hubbard was no saint himself.  He was accused of everything Miscavige was being accused of and then some. 

  • Scienceproject

    Should this surprise anyone.  One thief steals from another.  Supposedly Miscavige was accused by Hubbard’s own son of embezzling and other unethical behavior.  And when Hubbard himself died he supposedly promoted in writing someone other than Miscavige to take over the church.  Miscavige claimed that the document was forged and promoted himself to head of the church.  Hubbard’s net worth was supposedly close to 1 billion dollars when he died.  I’ll bet Miscavige knew where every single penny was.  And Hubbard was no saint himself.  He was accused of everything Miscavige was being accused of and then some. 

    • http://924collective.wordpress.com/ 924COLLECTIVE

      This whole topic is fascinating,  I recently became aware of the Dane Tops letter from 1982,
      where he reveals the nature of the corruption of the “Church” in depth, which lead to that initial
      exodus of members.  It ended up doing a whole research project on the subject! So It’s bizarre
      to see the exact same thing rearing its ugly head 20 years later.  Americas Hidden History…..

      http://924collective.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/the-hidden-wars/

  • Anonymous

    A financially and morally corrupt organization masquerading as religion? 

    Well I never…

  • 1captainhooker1

    A financially and morally corrupt organization masquerading as religion? 

    Well I never…

    • Ceausescu

      …would have thought…

      TROLOLOLO

  • Andrew

    Who are you talking to?

  • Andrew

    Who are you talking to?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Still not as bad as Unitologists.(not Unitarians, don’t freak out) Trying to turn everybody into alien mutant zombies.  

  • Anarchy Pony

    Still not as bad as Unitologists.(not Unitarians, don’t freak out) Trying to turn everybody into alien mutant zombies.  

    • EyeoftheAxis

      I mix up one hell of an Alien Mutant Zombie. – but I’m not a Unitologist,
       …I could never wor$hip anything.

      1 oz. light rum1 oz. gold rum1 oz. 151 rum1 oz. passion fruit syrup1 oz. lemon juice1 oz. lime juice 1 oz. pineapple juice1 oz. toad liquor where available & dash of lulz

      Blend together, shake, serve over ice. & be warned it’s strong stuff

    • DeepCough

      Altman be praised! as I rip out your spinal cord!

      • Anarchy Pony

        I wonder when Dead Space 3 comes out.

  • Suki

    Is that a serious question?

  • EyeoftheAxis

    I mix up one hell of an Alien Mutant Zombie. – but I’m not a Unitologist,
     …I could never wor$hip anything.

    1 oz. light rum1 oz. gold rum1 oz. 151 rum1 oz. passion fruit syrup1 oz. lemon juice1 oz. lime juice 1 oz. pineapple juice1 oz. toad liquor where available & dash of lulz

    Blend together, shake, serve over ice. & be warned it’s strong stuff

  • DeepCough

    Altman be praised! as I rip out your spinal cord!

  • Anarchy Pony

    I wonder when Dead Space 3 comes out.

  • Simiantongue

    The secrets of the universe are always to be found in dollars, always.

  • Simiantongue

    The secrets of the universe are always to be found in dollars, always.

  • Simiantongue

    The secrets of the universe are always to be found in dollars, always.

  • Simiantongue

    The secrets of the universe are always to be found in dollars, always.

  • Simiantongue

    The secrets of the universe are always to be found in dollars, always.

  • Ceausescu

    …would have thought…

    TROLOLOLO

  • http://924collective.wordpress.com/ 924COLLECTIVE

    This whole topic is fascinating,  I recently became aware of the Dane Tops letter from 1982,
    where he reveals the nature of the corruption of the “Church” in depth, which lead to that initial
    exodus of members.  It ended up doing a whole research project on the subject! So It’s bizarre
    to see the exact same thing rearing its ugly head 20 years later.  Americas Hidden History…..

    http://924collective.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/the-hidden-wars/

  • http://924collective.wordpress.com/ 924COLLECTIVE

    This whole topic is fascinating,  I recently became aware of the Dane Tops letter from 1982,
    where he reveals the nature of the corruption of the “Church” in depth, which lead to that initial
    exodus of members.  It ended up doing a whole research project on the subject! So It’s bizarre
    to see the exact same thing rearing its ugly head 20 years later.  Americas Hidden History…..

    http://924collective.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/the-hidden-wars/

  • http://twitter.com/LRonSpeaks L. Ron Hubbard

    There’s a new petition to revoke Scientology’s tax exempt status. Sign it, share it.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/commissioner-us-internal-revenue-service-revoke-tax-exempt-status-for-the-church-of-scientology 

  • http://twitter.com/LRonSpeaks L. Ron Hubbard

    There’s a new petition to revoke Scientology’s tax exempt status. Sign it, share it.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/commissioner-us-internal-revenue-service-revoke-tax-exempt-status-for-the-church-of-scientology 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Beatty/1631176570 Chuck Beatty

    David Miscavige’s mother (on good authority) used to call David “Little Napolean” when he was being particularly obstinate as a boy.   

    He’s thought to be a “whole track suppressive person” of magnitude by many ex official Scientologists.

    This puts David Miscavige on par with other Hubbard very evil past lives baddies, like “Lord Xenu” and the “Duke of Chug”, two Hubbard baddies mentioned in Scientology scriptures.  

    David Miscavige is being more a Loyal Officer to Lord Xenu and to the Duke of Chug, than he’s being  a Loyal Officer to L. Ron Hubbard (and thus David Miscavige is doing a mighty job to undermine (or promote, whichever you wish) the Scientology high volume exorcism of dead space aliens spiritual therapy practice of Scientology).

    The “Xenu caused he Wall of Fire” lecture, excerpted on YouTube, quoted verbatim by the South Park episode,  and liberally played on Australian television, pretty much permanently let the cat out of the bag, for Hubbard’s Scientology Xenu story and high volume dead space alien exorcism religion.

    Thank you anonymous people who leaked the Hubbard “Wall of Fire/Xenu” lecture to the internet!   That was an all time public service.    

    - Chuck Beatty, ex “lifer” Scientology, ’75-’03

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Beatty/1631176570 Chuck Beatty

    I wish I had the power to release all of Hubbard’s private writings, to the internet.  

    There one could read even more intricate ironies of Hubbard’s science fiction religion.

    In the “computer traffic” from Hubbard, of the early 1980s, Hubbard tells the tale of the “Duke of Chug”, a particularly evil “whole track” (past lives) bad guy.

    Hubbard grandly explains that the brilliant computer system of that long ago space civilization is the system that detected, and nabbed, and ordered the executivion, of this evil “Duke of Chug.”   (The point of the story is that Hubbard wished Scientology’s computer bureau to re-create this brilliant computer system to be used to expand the church of Scientology.)

    Well, had it been achieved, needless to say, the Scientology computer system would have been dutifully ordering L. Ron Hubbard’s executiion, had Hubbard’s orders been followed, ironically, to the letter!!!!!

    - Chuck Beatty
    ex “lifer” Scientology, 1975-2003
    There are so many built in ironies of Hubbard’s life’s  writings, I hope the day comes when some of them make it into films and entertainment!

  • Andrew

    Yes, it is.  I suspect most of the people who visit this site have known Scientology is a scam for years, if not decades.