I was recently in New York, literally across the street from St Patrick’s Cathedral. With 15 minutes to spare, I stopped in for a quick visit in the middle of a weekday afternoon.
Literally hundreds of people were sitting on the front steps enjoying the sunshine and doing who knows what. Inside there were probably 500 – 1000 people either sitting in the pews or walking around looking at the architecture, taking photos and shooting videos. They did a cursory purse inspection for women with bags (or men with backpacks) at the door, otherwise access was unfettered and uninhibited. Nobody approached me for money or to take a course or a personality test. The people checking the bags were very friendly.
The building is imposing and the architecture and stained glass windows are impressive. But so was the feeling of peace and openness.
It is a marked contrast to this, just sent in by a Special Correspondent from Seattle.
This is the downtown”Life Improvement Center” of the Seattle “ideal org.” There was nobody to be seen either inside or out. It was also a weekday afternoon.
You can see there are two rather prominent signs — one on the wall alongside the entrance and the other on the glass next to the front door. You can see a close up of the signs immediately below.
This is scientology paranoia at work.
They are so fearful of SPs and the Merchants of Chaos that they try to take pre-emptive measures to keep them out.
Yet if you listen to what scientology has to say, they claim to be the experts of human relations, the masters of communication and the only ones who truly understand the technology of public relations. Let alone the only people on earth who can confront and shatter suppression.
So, why are they terrified?
Do they really believe that signs like this are not going to scare off the handful of people in Seattle who do not know how to Google and thus might possibly pass through the door out of curiosity?
Open and inviting it certainly is not.