See previous blog post Scientology’s Aftermath.
this is the second new PR spin to tumble out of Scientology in the last 24 hours.
Responding to an article in Rolling Stone, headlined Leah Remini Wants Federal Investigation Into Scientology, Dear Leader Miscavige offered up further butt hurt whining:
Regarding Remini calling for an “investigation,” it is pure balderdash. The Church is a religious institution committed to our religious, social and humanitarian missions. The Church says Remini and her “sources” have continuously filed false reports with law enforcement that have been unceremoniously dismissed at both the state and federal level. The Church states this is yet another false call and is nothing more than a publicity stunt and further harassment of the Church and its parishioners.
This is classic Miscavige. He “handled” the IRS and gained the ultimate “religious recognition” for Scientology and he does not want anyone to forget it. It has been the shield that has prevented oversight of his and his empire’s misdeeds for a quarter of a century. Scientology has successfully hidden itself behind the First Amendment. It certainly makes it difficult for law enforcement to proceed. But it does not grant immunity to abuse.
Miscavige is becoming more and more desperate in his public utterances. He feels the need to remind law enforcement that they are a “religious institution committed to our religious, social and humanitarian missions.” But his sheep’s clothing is no longer disguising the wolf too well. Snarling through gnashing teeth “we are really sheep, baah, baah” is falling on ears that are becoming deafer as every abuse is exposed.
And as for the continuous “false reports” filed – were this true, no doubt there would be prosecutions as it is unlawful to file false reports with law enforcement.
But the real spin is this: claiming the reports were “unceremoniously dismissed” sounds dramatic, but it’s a lie. Many of these reports resulted in serious investigations, though they have not resulted in prosecution. Yet. They were not “dismissed” as being ridiculous, in fact they have been taken very seriously, but prosecutors are abundantly cautious in entangling themselves in the First Amendment and with scientology at all.
The truth is that there are a lot of frustrated law enforcement people who know there is something rotten in Denmark. And THAT is precisely why Miscavige’s message focuses on being a “religious institution.” The barriers thrown up by the First Amendment to prosecution are daunting – but they are not insurmountable.
Pedophile priests acting holier than thou and hiding behind the walls of the church got away with it for a long time. But not forever.
Neither will scientology.
When your “religious mission” results in abuse, pain and shattered lives, it is a mission that needs to be reined in, no matter how loudly you shout that you are “saving mankind.”
PS: what happened to the complaints you filed about the 500 incidents of hate crimes you have suffered? Were they all “unceremoniously dismissed” or were there no complaints at all because these are merely figments of your victim-hood, where every media article that covers your abuses is another “hate crime” against you?