With a special offer like this — a FREE 6 month membership (that anyone gets just for turning over their name and email address) — how could you resist? But you have to get in NOW because this “offer” only lasts until 31 December. At that point they will send out a “new” offer of a free 6 month membership.
Even something as stupid as this has to be a lie.
But of course, this IS “the most successful and effective group in the world.”
Also the most modest.
One thing that IS interesting is that it proves they have records of EVERYONE, and pretty accurate ones. This was sent to someone who had taken an intro service many years ago, but did nothing further and has about the same level of interest in this as an offer for a free doze of ebola. I really don’t think that many people who let their free 6 month membership lapse without giving in to the relentless pressure to cough up for an annual or lifetime membership are going to be enticed by another free 6 months….
So, despite the claims scientology makes about the fuzzy nature of trying to track their tens of millions of members — in fact they have a VERY accurate list of people who have Free, Annual and Lifetime memberships (and they still count all the “lifetime members” who are no longer “members” and have been ejected or have withdrawn their support and allegiance). So, that number, the number of FREE MEMBERS plus the NUMBER OF ANNUAL MEMBERS plus the LIFETIME MEMBERS would give a relatively accurate, though still inflated, count of the number of scientologists on earth. Because you cannot call yourself a scientologist if you don’t have an IAS membership. These days they won’t even give you service if you are not an IAS member, and once you get to the “friendliest place in the world” to become “cause over life” on “the level” they won’t allow you to progress unless you are at least a “Patron of the Association” as that is what measures your “worth” as a scientologist.
But they NEVER reveal this number.
It’s a simple number that is tracked EVERY WEEK and is available with a few keystrokes. The count of the number of scientologists.
10 years ago it was below 30,000. And it is NOT more than that today.
Hell, they can only round up about 10,000 total on earth to attend their annual IAS gala bash — 4,000 in UK, 2,000 in Clearwater, 1,500 in LA and 2,500 scattered around the rest of the world.
And this for the single most important event that occurs on planet earth each year — the annual gathering of the most effective group in the history of groups.