A Special Cortrespondent sent this in with the following comment:
I read it because I was intrigued that there was someone out there working hard on dissemination. “Jim Seagrave achieves Elite Disseminator” got my attention. Having once brought in more than 50 totally new people one by one in a period of no more than six months I was impressed at this new title I hadn’t heard of before.
It soon went way downhill from there.
I think this should be spread. It is truly sickening.
Like everything else in the world of fundamentalist scientology, “disseminating” has morphed into a purchasable “status”.
You can become a “humanitarian” by giving money for idle orgs. An “elite disseminator” by giving money to buy Way To Happiness books (at full price). A “patriot” by giving money to CCHR. And let’s not forget you can become a “Silver Meritorious” by turning over a few million to the IAS (I guess a silver, gold platinum and diamond meritorious is the truly elite status of actually becoming MEST rather than some sort of superhero).
They have used up virtually every name you can think of — CCHR has dibs on the following:
ADVOCATE through REFORMER, PROTECTOR, PATRIOT, DEFENDER, CHAMPION, CHAMPION WITH HONORS, SUPREME CHAMPION, HUMAN RIGHTS HERO all the way to HUMAN RIGHTS HERO WITH HONORS.
The Idle Orgs statuses run from:
SPONSOR, CRUSADER, HONOR ROLL, CORNERSTONE, CORNERSTONE WITH HONORS, VANGUARD, BENEFACTOR, GUARANTOR, HUMANITARIAN, HUMANITARIAN W/HONORS, SILVER HUMANITARIAN, GOLD HUMANITARIAN, PLATINUM HUMANITARIAN all the way to the million dollar baby, NEW CIVILIZATION BUILDER (doesn’t sound as snazzy to me as Champion and Hero for CCHR for less money).
Not even going to bother with the IAS.
But what is amazing to me is that people routinely talk about the “case gain” they get from their status. It is a sad indictment of the state of “the only route to spiritual freedom” when that route consists almost exclusively of giving money. The old saying comes to mind: “You cannot buy your way to heaven”. But that has never prevented those selling tickets from lightening the bank accounts of anyone they can persuade to give it a shot.
What is so amusing is that if you asked any of these people how this differs in substance from the catholic church selling indulgences, they would look at you like you are insane.
The hypocrisy here is that the church of scientology asserts a holier than thou attitude of superiority over all “other religions” that “they have no tech and deliver no product, just promises of salvation in the afterlife.”
Pot, meet kettle.