The Story They Refused to Tell
The Story They Refused to Tell
DAVID MISCAVIGE AND THE SCIENTOLOGY RENAISSANCE
Chairman of the Board
Religious Technology Center
Conspicuously missing from the 16 pages of the S.P. Times “Special Report” on Scientology is the true face of the Church’s ecclesiastical leader, Mr. David Miscavige, the driving force behind Scientology’s explosive expansion.
Moreover, utterly missing is the true face of the Scientology religion, expanding far greater than ever in its history with Mr. Miscavige at the helm.
[See The True Face of Scientology: Unparalleled Growth Since 2004.]
Upon request, the Times was immediately informed that Mr. Miscavige would be available to be interviewed and the date was set for the 6th of July. This would be directly following the fulfillment of Mr. Miscavige's obligations in preparing, producing, presiding over and presenting the Church’s annual OT Summit—a religious convocation involving nine hours of live broadcast events by Mr. Miscavige personally, as well as the presentation and release of over six hours of new Church dissemination and training films on DVD.
In total, the Times was from the outset offered the following:
1) Unlimited access to Church facilities in Los Angeles, Clearwater, Dallas and Nashville, to see first-hand the most recently opened Churches of Scientology and talk directly to staff and parishioners;
2) Interviews with international management executives at the earliest available date; and
3) An interview with Mr. Miscavige.
Yet the reporters refused this offer, one which any other media organization in the world would have considered a jewel of a coup.
This refusal was especially egregious considering the S.P. Times’ sources had claimed to the reporters that the Church “was collapsing” and that “statistics were crashing.” If anything should have alerted the reporters that their sources were feeding them a string of lies and that nothing they said was true, it was this easily disprovable claim. And had they bothered to look, this is what they would have seen.
Date-coincident with the summary removal of the Times’ sources by Mr. Miscavige, Scientology has experienced a spectacular renaissance and is growing more rapidly than ever.
In just the last five years, the Church has literally doubled in size, from 4,000 Churches, Missions and groups in 2004 to over 8,000 in 2009. And in terms of physical scope and global presence, the Church’s property holdings have doubled during the same time period from 5.6 million square feet to over 11 million square feet. More than 70 new Church buildings have been acquired and are now in various stages of design and construction. And Scientology-supported social betterment and humanitarian programs are now touching the lives of billions. But most telling in terms of global demand for Scientology are the more than 80 million L. Ron Hubbard books and lectures distributed in the last five years—more than the cumulative of the prior 50 years of the Church’s existence.
The Times’ refusal to investigate this phenomenon and tell the true story of Scientology represents a grave omission that would have exposed all of the sources’ claims as blatant and bitter lies. For underlying this phenomenon they would not only have encountered the true face of Scientology but also the true face of its religious leader, Mr. David Miscavige.
Mr. Miscavige has been the driving force behind the worldwide program to expand all of the Churches of Scientology to better serve their communities—to not only become islands of sanity and succor where all are welcome, but to also serve as central points of emanation for the Church’s many social betterment programs aimed at eradicating the crippling plagues of illiteracy, immorality, drug abuse and intolerance.
Mr. Miscavige redefines the term “religious leader” to fit the tasks necessary to direct a truly unique contemporary religion—the only major religion to emerge in the 20th century. And now the religion’s growth has continued at a phenomenal rate in this century, with the number of individuals completing Scientology counseling and course services doubling in just the last two years, as but one example. This is being accomplished through his extraordinary vision in every major aspect, including:
- Personally driving the international dissemination of Scientology;
- Ensuring that the Scriptures of the Scientology religion are pure and true to the Founder’s original writings;
- Establishing units to see to the translation of millions of pages of the Scientology Scriptures into 71 languages;
- Restoring Mr. Hubbard’s written works, recorded lectures and films of his lectures;
- Providing the guidance for the acquisition, construction and creation of ideal Scientology organizations;
- Supplying the direction for the creation of two state-of-the-art digital publishing houses capable of producing 500,000 books and 925,000 CDs per week;
- Providing the vision for crafting, refining and broadening core Scientology social betterment programs in drug education and rehabilitation, education, criminal rehabilitation and human rights;
- Providing support and guidance to the Volunteer Minister Program, the largest independent relief force in the free world, with more than 195,000 Volunteer Ministers who traveled more than 174,000 miles this past year to help an estimated 1.5 million people;
- Personally seeing to the successful outcome of critical external affairs issues, including official recognitions of the religion; and
- Planning, creating, producing and presiding over nine annual globally broadcast events that serve as briefings for Scientologists on strategic programs, campaigns, expansion, dissemination and major breakthroughs.
David Miscavige works for—and answers to—Scientology’s millions of parishioners. He is unrelenting in serving their interests and the interests of the religion by implementing Mr. Hubbard’s plans and strategies precisely, while devoting every spare moment to the restoration of Mr. Hubbard’s technology and its dissemination to the public.
Case in point: Mr. Miscavige’s extensive work leading to the publication and release of “The Basics.” The term refers to the Scriptural materials that form the very foundation of the religion of Scientology, later writings and lectures building upon the principles contained in The Basics. The release of these materials was the culmination of a research project to locate Mr. Hubbard’s original manuscripts and dictation tapes of these books, followed by verification and correction of existing manuscripts to return them to their original unadulterated form.
Then there were Mr. Hubbard’s lectures from the same time period that corresponded to and expanded upon the content of the books. These lectures were originally delivered to Scientologists in training at the time and, although recorded, had never been made broadly available due to a lack of adequate reproduction facilities in the Church’s formative years (1950-1956).
While these lectures had been previously gathered up from around the world and stored in archives, their mass reproduction was hindered due to the poor quality of the original recordings or, worse, the deterioration of the master tapes over the intervening years.
The project to restore these lectures was extensive and only finally became possible with advances in computer and digital technology. Nevertheless, lecture restoration required the Church to establish the most elaborate sound restoration studios on Earth.
Mr. Miscavige was intimately involved with every aspect of this massive five-year restoration project. He personally verified all books and lectures, their content and their sequence so Scientologists can now study their religion in pure form and chronologically. This project alone represented thousands of hours of Mr. Miscavige’s time in ensuring that every word conformed precisely with Mr. Hubbard’s original works by reading and re-reading each manuscript and final book as well as listening to all 2,500 of Mr. Hubbard’s lectures.
In total, the replication and publication of The Basics encompassed 18 books and corresponding lecture series for each book, totaling 280 lectures (reproduced on compact disc). All materials—books and lectures—were also made available in translated editions for the 15 major languages of Earth. Additionally, in 2009, the Beginning Books of Dianetics and Scientology (nine books in total) were translated into 50 languages and released to the public.
The significance of this accomplishment to Scientologists cannot be overstated. Indeed, it represents not only the purity of Mr. Hubbard’s teachings being available for the first time, but also signals the fact that the religion of Scientology will remain true to its Founder’s actual words for all the years to come. The distribution of these books and lectures totals 60 million since July 2007. This alone has caused a renaissance in the religion.
In addition to making these basic Scriptural works available to Scientologists through Churches and Missions, Mr. Miscavige also launched a campaign to make them freely available to anyone who might want them—specifically, by making copies available in all public, university and governmental lending libraries of Earth.
The overriding point: As Scientology’s religious leader, Mr. Miscavige has devoted himself to fulfilling the vision of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard—ensuring its Scripture remains pure and accessible to all. It is a unique task inasmuch as Scientology is the only religion with all original writings of its Founder intact. It is also a uniquely universal religion inasmuch as all faiths are free to share the works of L. Ron Hubbard. Then too, and above all else, it was Mr. Hubbard’s vision that spiritual freedom goes hand-in-hand with a belief in the brotherhood of Man. Hence, Mr. Miscavige’s undying work to ensure Scientology is extended to all Mankind.
It is David Miscavige’s far-reaching vision and unrelenting dedication that have brought the Church so far and so fast.
What you are about to read is the story of Scientology the St. Petersburg Times refused to tell. They could have accepted the Church’s offer and investigated first-hand the phenomenon that is Scientology and seen the stark contrast between the story their “sources” told and reality. But they turned their backs on the facts and refused to tell the true story of Scientology.
That story is told in the pages that follow.