Daily Notifications
Sign up for free emails to receive the feature story every morning in your inbox at


David Miscavige: Scientology saved the universe from its ‘reverse point’ in 2006


Captain David Miscavige is back! On Sunday, we showed you rare footage of what a Scientology “Maiden Voyage” event looks like inside the church’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds. We had located video of the opening night presentation by Miscavige in the 2006 edition of the celebration. And now, we’ve struck gold again — we found the video for night two!

Yes, if you didn’t already get enough of Scientology’s leader going on and on about the church’s unprecedented expansion, get ready for a second dose! This time, the focus is specifically on the growth of missions and “Ideal Orgs” that had opened in the first part of that year.

And once again, we get a look at interesting people in the audience. As we explained last time, this is a small, exclusive gathering of “OTs” and celebrities that takes place in the “Starlight Cabaret” on the cruise ship. This time we managed to spot Debbie Cook in the front row, as well as some of the folks who were seen on opening night — singer Angelo Pagan, the Cardones, and Jenna Elfman.

Miscavige once again makes use of video clips during his talk, and this time a segment about the work to create an “Ideal Org” in Pasadena included the help of celebrities. Specifically, Miscavige showed two brief clips that featured Simpsons actress Nancy Cartwright and Traffic actress Erika Christensen.




We also briefly glimpse Anne Archer helping to open a mission in Santa Monica (which is now closed). Also, among the Ideal Orgs he touts, the Atlanta facility is still, nine years later, not completed for lack of funds. D’oh!

We’d love a rundown of all the missions that Miscavige says were opened just in the first months of 2006 — how many are still open today?

And after running down all of the gleaming new buildings, Miscavige then finishes up the hour-long presentation with his version of a pep talk for his crew.

“We are, at this instant in time, at the reverse point of this universe. We are the ones who can make it happen,” he tells the enthusiastic crowd.

The reverse point of this universe. That slogan is almost as nifty as the captain’s fake-navy outfit.

OK, hit us with your observations. Now that we finally get to see what Maiden Voyage is like, there’s work to do!

Maiden Voyage 2006, Night 2, Part 1

Maiden Voyage 2006, Night 2, Part 2


Bonus photos from our tipsters

No idea.


Indian police bring The Way to Happiness booklet to a school…


Miss Lovely visits a place that’s been giving David Miscavige heartburn lately…


Did someone say they wanted more of that creepy Scientology lion? Here’s the scene in Stevens Creek…


Hey, Melbourne, Scientology is bringing its fake concern for “human rights” to you with Kate Ceberano in tow!


Shhhhh. Don’t tell Chill that we posted some fan photos of him here or he’ll go nuts on Twitter…


Scientology whale Tom Cummins brings the word of LRH to Taiwan!


The struggles of 20 million Scientologists…


Now that the new Ideal Org is open in Colombia, it’s time to start flooding the zone with cheesy videos!




We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

Sept 15: Phoenix, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave in downtown Phoenix, Cronkite Theater on 2nd floor, 5:30 pm, sponsored by ASU’s Barrett Honors College

Sept 23: Cleveland, Parma Heights Library, 7pm sponsored by Center for Inquiry – Northeast Ohio

Sept 24: Minneapolis, Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, 7 pm, sponsored by Minnesota Atheists

Sept 27: Portland, Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave, 12:45 pm, sponsored by Humanists of Portland

Sept 28: Seattle, Razzi’s Pizzeria, 7 pm, with Seattle Skeptics and Seattle Atheists

Sept 29: Vancouver, BC, Seven Dining Lounge, 7 pm

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 25: Melbourne, venue secured (announcement coming later)

Oct 28: Adelaide (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 30: Perth

Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24)


Posted by Tony Ortega on September 9, 2015 at 07:00

E-mail your tips and story ideas to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We post behind-the-scenes updates at our Facebook author page. Here at the Bunker we try to have a post up every morning at 7 AM Eastern (Noon GMT), and on some days we post an afternoon story at around 2 PM. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of LA attorney and former church member Vance Woodward

UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists

GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer
The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill
The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield


Share Button
Print Friendly, PDF & Email