Another new wrinkle in the scientology world generated by outside pressure.
It is a PR exercise of course, and will be of no comfort to the broken families around the world who have members who have been declared. But it is an indication that scientology is feeling the heat about breaking up families and Sea Org members who are unable to take any time to visit with their relatives over this holiday season.
Of course, they will also use it as a way of making money and recruiting (hence the “special presentation”) but I have never seen anything like this before (though the posting says “another”) — a “banquet” for those who have family in the SO at Flag. It does not EXACTLY say that those family will be able to see their children/siblings/parents, but the implication is very strong and I think it would be a major flap if they held their banquet and the SO members were not in attendance.
This is further evidence that continuing to put the word out about the abuses of scientology does eventually seep inside the the bubble. The changes may be incremental and they are incredibly slow coming, but there ARE changes. It’s a tiny step, but worth noting.