It’s not often that it happens, but it does happen: Marty posted something on his blog that I agree with.
In this case, it’s an article from one of Marty’s colleagues on how and why the Church is lying about its statistics. Nothing ground-breaking but well worth a read. You’ll find the article here: Statistics (you can scroll past the all-caps nonsense that Marty tacked on; the meat in the sammy is under Nanook’s byline).
For those who prefer not to visit Marty’s site (and don’t know how to use a proxy server), I’ll summarize: There are statistics established by L. Ron Hubbard that every Scientology organization must report to Scientology HQ. They include gross income, book sales, and sales to new customers. (And you think LRH didn’t design Scientology as a money-making venture? Hah!)
Anyway, the Mother Church knows all these stats, and yet if you watch any of their gala videos, they present the flock with ridiculous statistics like the weight of LRH books donated to libraries or the number of words in LRH taped lectures translated into Swahili. The only logical explanation for this is that the important stats – the ones LRH hisself said to keep, and the ones we know are reported to Scam Central every week – are in the dumps. If any of the real stats were growing, Scientology would be screaming it from the rooftops.
As we see from both the Church and the Independents, Scientologists seem to thrive on bullshit. I had a guy once tell me that Scientology’s stats went up after the 1991 Time Magazine article. They listen to the lies and clap on command, just like LRH taught ’em.
Anyway… I recommend reading the original article, and good on Marty for running it, even if he did have to tack on an anti-DM pre-ramble that has nothing to do with the subject at hand. (Oh, and I posted a positive comment – we’ll see if it gets posted or censored.)
Update: Yep, my comment made it!