Reference: The Money Machine, St Petersburg Times.
Tony Ortega at the Village Voice weighed in on the Money Machine series in the St Petersburg Times, Scientology’s Sale Pitch: “Pure and Simple Blackmail.” Tony made some interesting observations. One in particular deserves highlighting:
One of the most frequent questions we get about Scientology from people we meet is some variation of this: “You’ve written that the church is actually pretty small and losing people every day. So where is all this money coming from for new buildings?”
We have to admit, we never really had a very good answer for that. Until now.
The SP Times series, with most of it still to come, has already made us much more aware of how the “regging” process works, and how Scientologists constantly endure a hard-sell approach not only to pay for auditing services, but to make outright donations for new buildings, for memberships, and for books they already have copies of.
I take that as a strong validation of the work of Tom Tobin and Joe Childs and their dozens of sources. Since the mid 09 Truth Rundown series in the Times, Miscavige’s strategy has been to ignore facts, ignore reality, and make nothing of his own criminal conduct by constructing a BIG LIE. That lie was stated in its most blatantly over-the-top fashion in response to the Money Machine series:
The fact is that the church has expanded more in the past five years than in its previous 50, with new churches opening across the globe and our social and humanitarian programs extending our help across the planet on a weekly basis.
As we have known from the outset, this is brashest BIG LIE imaginable. I am glad to see that Tobin and Child’s work has put this lie to rest in such credible fashion that others are beginning to recognize.