Over the past couple of weeks we have watched Miscavige go to war with Winter the dolphin.
What has been amazing is the breathtaking hypocrisy they have put on display for all the world to witness.
The Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), home to Winter of the Dolphin Tale movies, is a highly regarded, completely transparent non-profit organization that does wonderful work rescuing marine wildlife (like Winter), but also supports children and other programs. The CMA is the single biggest draw for tourists to Clearwater outside of “the beach.”
Miscavige, as is his style, threw a hissy fit because the CMA and its Director did not agree to sell him a piece of land he coveted. He wanted it to to keep the “wogs” away — though he claimed it was to build a swimming pool. If the Oak Cove really needs a pool – build one in the parking lot as there are never any cars parked there anyway.
Miscavige’s personal attack/lap dog, Muffins Yingling, sent a letter to try to prevent the County allocating some of its tourist tax income to upgrade the Aquarium in an act of pure vindictiveness. That money is NEVER going to scientology which is the ANTI-tourism kryptonite of Clearwater — though they do contribute to it with taxes paid on hotel rooms they rent.
What was SO insane about Miscavige’s attack was not just how inaccurate it was, but what he chose as his targets:
Muffins accused the CMA of having the “stench of commerciality” pervading its operations. Of course, scientology is the exempt organization calling itself a religion that offers numerous courses, seminars and briefings on “how to make money” and “be prosperous”, that has a detailed price list and discounts for every last item and “service” they offer, that does not return any funds paid in advance for services never taken and that offers ever-increasingly absurd “statuses” to those who hand over tens of millions of dollars to them for NOTHING in exchange.
They also complain that the head of the CMA is “over compensated” — though refuse to answer how much Miscavige makes. And even his direct salary would not reflect his real compensation unless it included the value of the unpaid slaves who wait on him hand and foot, his handmade shoes and suits, living facilities, extravagant meals, vehicles etc. The CMA is run by a pauper in comparison to Miscavige.
They also paid some climate change-denier at the local university to claim the CMA misled the public with their economic impact studies. That is especially rich when scientology touted their own economic impact study which was based ENTIRELY on their OWN figures.
L. Ron Hubbard wrote about what he called the “Criminal Mind” — criminals accuse others of doing what they are doing. How prophetic.
The CMA responded to these claims and you can read their dignified and compelling response here.
A lot of what I say above I have said before in posts and on Facebook and Twitter. It bears repeating but it really serves as an introduction to this new item that one of our Special Correspondents sent in.
Once again, the astonishing hypocrisy of scientology.
This is the latest pitch from the IAS about the dire need to hand over your money so they can do something about human rights abuses. As always, they toss out alarming figures like 150 million caught in child labor and 27 million victims of human trafficking. As if the IAS is doing anything about this. Or will do anything about this.
What is most galling about receiving this is that scientology is, in the US at least, one of the worst institution offenders when it comes to child labor and human trafficking.
The number of people who have reached out to Leah and me after Scientology The Aftermath aired who are telling us of their horrendous experiences is both overwhelming and also proof that there is a very widespread pattern of abuse in the organization. While we are dealing with the very real aftermath of child labor violations, sexual abuse and human trafficking, these people are brazenly pretending to need money to do something about the problem.
The problem is scientology and the policy/”tech” it is bound to follow. The IAS doesn’t need any money to put an end to this systemic and widespread abuse. It is happening right under their noses, in the SAME BUILDINGS they work in.
This is a criminal organization through and through that presents a false face to the world by pretending to be against the very things it perpetrates.