Breaking from the traditional silence which is upheld by Scientologists on their religion, one disgruntled congressional member spoke out against the rising amount of money which members are expected to donate in order to be ‘spiritually enlightened’.
In an email sent to 12000 other Scientologists Debbie Cook warned her brethren that the large amount of money which they are now expected to put up is not backed up by the great Hubbard’s teaching but merely a ploy, created by the current leader David Miscavige, to create a surplus profit. Since taking over the cult in 1981 from L Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer and creator of the -cough- ‘religion’, Miscavige has caused a large amount of questionable media attention as reports have surfaced of him physical attacking colleagues and pressurizing members to donate large amounts of money with the promise of ‘enlightenment’. Ms Cook, who spent 30 years as part of the élite council of Scientologists, claims that Miscavige has amassed unused reserves of over $1 billion (or £640 million) supposedly from celebrities rocketing the insane sect to ‘cool’ status.
Scientology, which is essentially talking about your problems so that you feel better about them, has increased in popularity over the years with shocking speed, despite being based on the work of an author of fantasy books and stems from us being from alien life forms. However the rising popularity, especially in the States has caused concern in the global community at large. Enormous churches now litter the Los Angeles sky line and the Church of Scientology in San Francisco has its head quarters in the commercial-business area of the city. Its congregation amounts to 3.5 million people at the last count in 2007, 1800 of those in the UK, and has undoubtedly risen in the past few years.
Debbie Cook, who was obviously brushed aside by Miscavige who claimed her to be ‘unenlightened’, remains true to her religion, despite the fact that she just proved that part of it was a con to get money and says that other beilevers should ignore Miscaviage and only give money when it can be supported by Hubbard’s teaching i.e. when you pay someone to listen to your problems or when they need to build the spaceship to return to the mother-world.