Scientology pays its staffers criminally low wages, an abuse that many Independents are happy to blame on church leader David Miscavige. But pitiful staff pay wasn’t DM’s idea – it was L. Ron Hubbard’s. LRH talks about it – hell, he almost brags about it – in a 1970 bulletin entitled “What Your Fees* Buy”:
“A Sea Org member draws only about 4 pounds a week [about $53 in 2010 dollars] and his room and board… staff members over the world work for so little that Execs occasionally get letters from their landladies demanding orgs increase their pay level so staff members can pay their rent. Occasionally some org or franchise goes on a big kick of high pay. We very soon pull the rug out from under that.”
Scientology continues to pay Sea Org members a pittance – estimates range from $25 to $75 per week. ($208 per week is the poverty line.) Once again, it appears that David Miscavige is running the Church of Scientology exactly the way LRH intended…abuses and all.
Read the original bulletin in PDF format here.
* In a 1991 update, the word “fees” was changed to “donations” throughout the document. This web page outlines all of the alterations.
As reported on Xenu TV, Italian authorities have raided a Co$ org in Turin and discovered hidden files with lurid information about church enemies (as well as their members).
Now, anyone who has been following Scientology’s antics knows this is standard operating procedure, and has been for decades. LRH mandated it:
Start investigating [those who “attack” the Church] promptly for FELONIES or worse…Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.” — LRH, HCO PL 25 Feb 1966 ATTACKS ON SCIENTOLOGY (PDF)
My prediction: If Marty reports on this at all, he and his band of merry men will use it as evidence of how David Miscavige has perverted LRH tech and is solely responsible for turning LRH’s Church of Scientology into an evil cult.
Maybe Marty will surprise me by giving the full story. Heck, he surprised me by posting my comment asking if he would eliminate the RPF. (Go here and search for “Caliwog”). He hasn’t yet answered the question, but at least he posted it.
What do you say, Marty? How about acknowledging that what we’re seeing in Italy is a) long-time Scientology policy, b) traceable back to LRH, and c) wrong?