Scientology’s “Golden Age of Evasion” (GAE) is unfolding in all its glory.
They ran an ad on the Super Bowl they called “Age of Answers,” proclaiming “welcome to the age of answers.”
Like most things scientological, what they state is the polar opposite of reality.
First, the ad was placed only in those areas with “Ideal Orgs” — and not even all of those qualified. Some of those “ideal orgs” are such pitiful failures that nothing could justify throwing away money placing the ad in their market. The ads were placed FOR EXISTING SCIENTOLOGISTS. Fearing the repercussions of exposure of the reality of scientology in the upcoming HBO documentary, the church is in full defensive mode, desperately trying to shore up their existing income sources by reassuring their sheeple that all is well inside the bubble world of scientology. The ads were targeted to areas of the greatest concentration of scientologists (ie those cities where they had managed to scrape together enough people with enough money to buy and renovate a building) NOT the demographics of those who are most likely to walk into a scientology organization after seeing the ad. (Not sure where that would be these days — retirement communities without internet service?)
Now, if it were really true that this is scientology’s “age of answers,” one might expect they would be answering the questions that are posed about and to them. Answers to questions nobody is asking are not useful.
So, why is there NO scientologist, from Dear Leader David Miscavige on down who will agree to be interviewed on the record by the media?
Why does David Miscavige evade and refuse every effort by the media to interview him since 1992? Perhaps the new Age of Answers means something other than what it appears. Perhaps it is the new age of us telling you what we determine you want to know and screw anything else….
The bottom line is that David Miscavige is afraid he cannot convince anyone other than his loyal sycophants of his sincerity, honesty or value to the world. He rightly fears his wondrous personality is not going to come through on camera and he will not be able to convince those outside the bubble of his infallible magnificence. In short (so to speak), he has NOTHING to offer.
So, after refusing repeated requests to be interviewed, he whines AFTER the film is aired (or after the piece or book is published) that the the person who wrote/filmed it is a “bigot” that “refused to get the truth.” And then takes potshots from the weeds proclaiming everyone is a paid antagonist and wants to “take over the church” and all sorts of other rubbish.
They have now even started targeting those who dare review the film without their permission and including their “comments.” Because if there is one skill Miscavige has perfected, it is the art of making enemies.
The Guardian (along with a number of other media) reported on the church attacking film critics:
You can read the entire article by clicking on the link above.
One particular point of note is this tired old lie foisted off by Miscavige’s sockpuppet, Karin Pouw. Apparently Miscavige believes if they repeat it often enough, people will believe it. Though it’s only going to have ANY credence until people have seen the film.
“The accusations made in the film are entirely false and alleged without ever asking the Church… Gibney’s sources are the usual collection of obsessive, disgruntled former Church members kicked out as long as 30 years ago for malfeasance, who have a documented history of making up lies about the Church for money.”
First, I do not believe any person in the film was “kicked out” — I know in my case I was in London as the international scientology spokesperson and still very much on the board of directors of the Church of Scientology International when I walked out the door and never returned (in spite of the begging and pleading that I do so). Nobody “kicked me out” for “malfeasance” — this is a story invented after the fact.
So too Marty Rathbun, who escaped the Int Base and David Miscavige personally begged him to come back.
And the others? Sara Goldberg left scientology in 2013, not thirty years ago, not even 3 years ago…. She certainly has VERY up-to-date information about the activities of the church. Tom DeVocht escaped the Int Base and the Hole. Spanky Taylor escaped from the RPF in PAC. Neither were “dismissed” for “malfeasance.” Paul Haggis left the church a few years ago. Also, very much NOT dismissed — they did all they could to try and get him back. So too with Jason Beghe. So, are they exclusively talking about Hana Whitfield? I do not even know the circumstances of Hana’s departure, but I doubt she was “kicked out” or “dismissed” until after she left on her own volition.
And as for “making up lies about the Church” — Alex Gibney has it right. The only lies anyone has admitted to making (mostly myself and Marty Rathbun) have been FOR the church. And yes, I guess you could technically say that they were “about” the church, but this is typical sleazeball wording to make it appear that the lies are “about the church” since we left. I readily admitted that I lied when denying that David Miscavige had physically assaulted me in my role as church spokesman. In confirmed that I wrote a “confession” to Miscavige in order to not sleep in a pup tent behind the running program track at Gold, saying what Miscavige had told me to “confess to.”
As for being paid — the best they can concoct on this is also apparently exclusively about me (and everyone else is tarred by the same brush of generality). I have been hired as a consultant by several lawfirms engaged in litigation with scientology. They came to me to help them understand scientology terminology and help them isolate their obfuscation and lies. The BBC flew me to London to be interviewed, Channel 7 flew me to Australia to be interviewed and HBO flew me to Sundance for the premiere. That is their “documented history of making up lies about the Church for money.”
It is rather comical to see the church come scurrying out of the woodwork after the fact, having refused to cooperate throughout the entire process of making the film, and then proclaim “you are not listening to our side.”
The thing they have yet to come to grips with is that what will most damage scientology’s reputation (if it’s possible to inflict further damage on something so destroyed already) is not what “ex-members” say. It is the footage of L. Ron Hubbard and his words, the words of Sara Northrup and the glee of insanity displayed by David Miscavige and Tom Cruise captured on video. Those things they cannot deny or “dead agent.” And those things are devastating to their credibility and make everything else that is said wholly believable.
They are truly being hoisted by their own petard.
And as they carry on with their campaign to create more enemies prior to the broad public airing, they are adding gunpowder so nobody will miss it when it blows up in their face. Their creepiness, dishonesty and general ickiness will be confirmed by what is shown in the film.