Prove your devotion, Miscavige told them, by winning at musical chairs. Everyone else — losers, all of you — will be banished to Scientology outposts around the world. If families are split up, too bad.To the music of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody they played through the night, parading around a conference room in their Navy-style uniforms, grown men and women wrestling over chairs.
The St. Petersburg Times is starting today a 3-part series on Scientology and its leader, David Miscavige, who took over after the death of L. Ron Hubbard.
A few high-palced persons have defected and are telling their story. Good. This is no more a religion than my belief in Santa Claus. Worse, hwoever, it is a dangerous cult that have cost people's lives.
The Church, of course, calls them liars. But I find this interesting - the Times wanted to interview Miscavige, who told them that he would not be available until July. So they went forward with is piece rather than wait for him to meet. Miscavige sent the Times an angry email:
I have been advised that you have decided to move forward with your story without my interview. This, despite the fact confirmed more than three weeks ago that I would make myself available on a date certain (6 July), after you spoke to other relevant Church personnel and toured Church facilities, and that I would provide information annihilating the credibility of your sources including the fundamental crimes against the Scientology religion that were the reasons for their removal from post. You were advised that information would include addressing the extraordinary "admissions" of one of your sources regarding a long-settled legal matter.
My bullshit-o-meter is registering high on this. "Annihilating?" They certainly came forward with "credible" witnesses against the defectors:
The parade started with ex-wives of the three male defectors. All three are Scientologists still. Each praised Miscavige's visionary leadership and said their ex-husbands can't be trusted.
If this can help take down Scientology, I am all for it.
Interesting . . . I did not know that Great Van Susteren is a Scientologist. That just destroyed her credibility in my book.
Oh, and if any Scientologists read this and take offense . . . tough shit.