The Idle Org money crush to buy extravagant and unnecessary buildings in deserted areas of cities around the world has been the subject of much comment and speculation.
But here are some facts and figures — not for the faint of heart. But it does prove the economic wisdom of Miscavige’s plan. Wisdom is used advisedly of course. If your PURPOSE is to accumulate MEST it is a fabulous plan. Though if your purpose is to help people, it is an unmitigated disaster.
First of all, what does it take to get one of these fancy Scientology Idle Org Donation statuses?
This list, presented on the New Haven Ideal Org website tells the story:
SCIENTOLOGY DONATION STATUSES
(These are contribution levels specifically and only for building donations)
SPONSOR – $500
HONOR ROLL – $5,000
CORNERSTONE – $10,000
CORNERSTONE WITH HONORS -$20,000
VANGUARD MEMBER -$35,000
HUMANITARIAN W/HONORS – $150,000
SILVER HUMANITARIAN -$250,000
GOLD HUMANITARIAN – $500,000
PLATINUM HUMANITARIAN -$750,000
NEW CIVILIZATION BUILDER -$1,000,000
In order to accommodate the whales who are serious about status and want to part ways with really obscene amounts of money (and receive truly ridiculous amounts of sucking up), there are more statuses. Anyone who knows how much these “acknowledgments” will set you back, please chip in. I have no idea but obviously more than the million required to be a “New Civilization Builder”.
SILVER NEW CIVILIZATION BUILDER
GOLD NEW CIVILIZATION BUILDER
IDEAL NEW CIVILIZATION BUILDER
And in fact the Western United States alone has 6 Silver NCB’s, 3 Gold NCBs, 3 Ideal NCBs – that is a lot of privilege and prestige, not to mention a lot of cash (or empty real estate). It also represents fawning and “ethics protection” that would make the Queen of England blush. It is probably hard to understand for outsiders but imagine for a moment that every single person you deal with in your life, your employees, your church minister, your friends, the lady who cleans your floor, all treat you like you were anointed and you could (no, should) be forgiven any fault or flaw by everyone you deal with. Imagine that when you sit down at a function, you sit a few feet away from the “stars” 0f Scientology — Tom Cruise, John Travolta or Jenna Elfman. It’s no different than the whales who blow millions at the crap tables in Vegas because they enjoy being treated like royalty, the most expensive suites, ringside seats for the title fights and shows, the best tables in the restaurants. If you have that sort of money, its the perks and privilege — the STATUS that is all you can buy.
But status generated by buying privilege has NOTHING to do with Scientology.
And I haven’t even mentioned the International Association of Statuses — the original and still the best rip off ever.
Strange Gets Stranger
We all heard about the straight up and photoshopped Portland Idle Org opening and that would logically mean they must have completed the fund raising and then wrapped up the building.
That would make sense but that is not how they roll in David Miscavige’s Fundamentalist Church of Scientology.
Check out this list of Ideal Org Donations showing the huge push in the last month before the Portland opening. What on earth did they need all that money for? Even though the building was purchased and renovated, frantic fund raising occurred right up to the May 11th opening. And most of the donations came from people across the Western United States. It looks like a Scientology wide fund raiding push to donate “for the opening.” Even Miscavige couldn’t blow that much on an event with 500 people?
Now that I know how much these status represent its one of two things: 1. It was just a gimmick to get more money “for the opening” or 2. Miscavige spent the money out of Reserves or from some other building collection fund (Super Power????) in order to HAVE a ribbon to cut to show at June 6th and then started to really put the heat on to demand it be repaid.
My money is on the latter. He CANNOT afford not to have orgs to show at his events. He is staking his entire reputation on this and has convinced the Scientology public that the opening of empty Ideal Orgs proves that he is leading Scientology to the promised land. Now having done that, the Ideal Orgs cannot dry up. They HAVE to keep happening. So you are going to see ever more bizarre things happening — including orgs now opening with virtually NO staff. They always used to have posed photos of all the staff in their new uniforms for the “IDeal Orgs.” Didnt see that for Portland or Pretoria….
So. here is how much was squeezed out of the whales in that last month.