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Miscavige changes course: All remaining Scientology orgs to go ‘Ideal’ at the same time

[It’s convention season for Scientology!]

“Doing it all simultaneously.” This cryptic slogan showed up at an “Ideal Org Convention” for Canada last week. But it’s becoming clear that this is a message that is being sent to all Scientologists around the world. So what does it mean?

As unlikely as it sounds, the call is going out that all orgs will become “ideal” at the same time. Beginning in 2003, David Miscavige has been personally appearing at the grand openings of Ideal Orgs, a few each year, and totaling more than 60 now. But now, instead of more openings one or two at a time, Miscavige is calling for the rest of the orgs around the world to go ideal at the same time.

News of the plan was released at a series of continental conventions this week. The participants in those meetings returned to their home orgs to share the exciting news.

 

[In 2017, Perth was next]

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Until now we have seen each continent announce the next Ideal Org project, and Scientologists from all the orgs would donate to help the priority org reach ideal status. No longer. Now donations flow to every Ideal Org project at once. All orgs are “next.” Will this speed up the opening of new Ideal Orgs? It seems unlikely.

There have been no Ideal Org openings yet this year. The last one was Detroit in October. There are several that appear close to opening but things have to start moving to reach the expected seven or eight per year. Austin, Kansas City and Columbus could all open soon. Diverting donations from these three to mostly inactive projects such as New Haven, Philadelphia and Boston could put a wrinkle in their schedules.

 

[Ideal Org convention in Malmö]

[Ideal Org convention in Mexico City]

By our count Europe has by far the most non-Ideal Class V orgs at 34. That spreads out the donations considerably making it harder to complete any of them. Here’s the breakdown:

Africa – 5
ANZO – 3

 

[Winnipeg’s empty Ideal Org building]

Canada – 6

 

[Vienna’s non-Ideal Org]

Europe – 34

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LATAM – 9

 

[Empty Ideal Org building in Gateshead]

U.K. – 5
U.S. – 15

It must be exciting news to Scientologists that all orgs are going Ideal at once. It abandons the strategy of concentrating of donations on one project at a time. That allowed recent Ideal Orgs such as Birmingham, Miami, and Joburg North to open with help from donors in their continent. The new strategy might be an incentive for increased donations as members can see the light at the end of the tunnel of endless funding demands. 2019 is lagging behind with no openings so far, but we expect the usual seven or eight this year and for 2020. Beyond that it would be a huge accomplishment if all orgs went Ideal by 2022.

— Rod Keller

 
Your proprietor here. We really want to thank Rod for deciphering what that “Doing it all simultaneously” business was about. And now that we know — a plan to make the rest of the orgs all go Ideal at the same time — let’s think about what that actually means.

First of all, it’s a ludicrous goal. Kansas City and Columbus are completed and ready for their grand openings. Others are close behind. Are they just going to sit with the wrapping on their signs for the next few years as fundraising and design and construction gets done for the other 75?

No, something else is going on, and we think we know what it might be.

Has David Miscavige gone underground?

With the “Jane Doe” lawsuit targeting him and more coming (we expect the second one to hit this week), Miscavige might not want to show up at a previously announced location. He knows that if he shows up at the Kansas City grand opening, for example, process servers (or worse) could be waiting for him.

But rather than tell his people that he’s suspending the Ideal Org program for a couple of years to make it harder for him to locate, Miscavige pretends it’s actually an even bigger goal: open Ideal Orgs all at once.

“He always turns something negative like that into something bigger, something better,” Tom DeVocht told us when we informed him about the sudden change. “When you mention the lawsuits, I think you’re right. He’s probably scared shitless, and he’s locked up in a conference room somewhere, beating on his lieutenants and trying to figure out what to do — and in the meantime, everything is on hold. He’s very much into the legal shit. And he’ll go onto it full time.”

But Tom cautions us about assuming that Miscavige has gone into hiding.

“He can’t not show up at places. He’ll show up,” Tom says.

If the Ideal Org program is on hold, then Miscavige’s next scheduled public appearance is the IAS event in England in October. Will Miscavige show up, or will he beam in a speech from an undisclosed location?

At that point, we’ll know.

— Your proprietor

 
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Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?

 
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THE WHOLE TRACK

[ONE year ago] Here it is, your passport to Scientology godhood: Next stop, infinity!
[TWO years ago] Scientology ‘dead agents’ our own Rod Keller as it pursues more illegal activity in Mexico City
[THREE years ago] L. Ron Hubbard as sad, oversexed schlub: The very personal writings his admirers never discuss
[FOUR years ago] The Church of Scientology’s forgotten president: Karen de la Carriere on Heber Jentzsch
[SIX years ago] Scientology’s Needle Exchange: When David Miscavige Got Technical
[SEVEN years ago] Mimi Faust on Scientology: “They Wanted Me To Sign a Contract To Work For Them And I Refused”

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,523 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,652 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,156 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,676 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 696 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 587 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,894 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,762 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,536 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,310 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,656 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,222 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,141 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,309 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,890 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,151 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,190 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,902 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,428 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,517 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,657 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,977 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,833 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,952 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,307 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,610 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,716 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,118 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,990 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,573 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,068 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,322 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,431 days.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 30, 2019 at 07:00

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