Six Questions Every Scientologist Has the Right to Ask
Thanks to chukicita for the comment on Tony Ortega’s blog just now, from which I copied this:
SIX QUESTIONS EVERY SCIENTOLOGIST HAS THE RIGHT TO ASK
There is nothing wrong with asking questions. We have the right to ask simple, obvious questions about our Church and to expect answers.
1. WHO RUNS OUR CHURCH?
LRH designed a system of Church management that involved managing committees and oversight groups who would act as a system of checks and balances. So who are these people? Who, by name, are the executives of RTC, the members of the Watchdog Committee, and the International Executives under ED Int? Why is this information kept secret? Shouldn’t we know who the people are on these posts, and their qualifications (such as training and auditing level)? And shouldn’t we know when they are removed or demoted, and why?
2. WHAT ARE THE STATS?
Stats shown at events are typically short-term. But what do the stats look like long-term? How do today’s stats of such things as Clears and OTs made, Auditors made, membership numbers, books sold and so on, compare to, say, the mid-1980s? Wouldn’t you like to know?
3. WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHTS TO LRH MATERIALS?
It is supposed to be CST – the Church of Spiritual Technology. But who is that? Who are the people on their Board of Directors, by name? Where is CST located? Shouldn’t we know this?
4. WHAT HAPPENED TO BROAD DISSEMINATION?
There used to be big campaigns in the 1980s, with TV ads and so on. What happened? Why don’t we have big campaigns? [this could be updated to ask about SMP]
5. HOW DID THIS PRACTICE OF REGGING FOR PURE DONATIONS GET STARTED?
Why was this not done when LRH was on the lines but is done now?
6. WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Between donations and services, we give a lot to our Church. Shouldn’t there be some sort of accounting for how it is spent, such as one might expect from any church or charity? Certainly there are orgs to support, but the Church doens’t found or support hospitals, orphanages or charities like other Churches do. Entities like Applied Sholastics, Narconon and WISE all tithe to the Church. Local orgs send a portion of their income weekly to management. Flag sends the bulk of their income to Management. Money flows up the lines. How is it then spent? Don’t we, as the ones donating, have the right to know?
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