Tommy Davis: Portrait of a Liar
Tommy Davis is a liar.
He’s smooth. Polished. Convincing. But a liar nonetheless.
Consider this gem, from a 2008 CNN interview with John Roberts. Roberts asked him about disconnection, asking if it was true that “if you are a member of the Church of Scientology and someone in your family, a friend or spouse is skeptical or critical of the Church of Scientology, you’re supposed to disconnect from that person.”
Davis answers, “There’s no such thing as disconnection as you’ve characterized it…Scientology actually mandates – it’s really part of the code of being a Scientologist – to respect the religious beliefs of others, so certainly a Scientologist is going to respect their family members’ beliefs…We consider the family to be a building block of any society, so anything that is characterized as disconnection or this kind of thing is just not true. There isn’t any such policy in the Church dictating who you can and cannot be in communication with, it just doesn’t happen.”
Now, any Scientologist knows that this is a lie. Disconnection is in Policy. It is in the Ethics book. It is practiced every day. And particularly these days, Scientologists are being hauled in to Ethics and told to disconnect from family and friends, parents and children, or else. Scientologists are being constantly told who they can and cannot be in communication with.
There is only one honest answer to the question, “does Disconnection exist?” and that is “yes.” If you feel Disconnection is right, you could add a justification for it. If you feel it is wrong, you could announce its cancellation and then actually cancel it.
Davis wants the best of both worlds. He knows it’s wrong and doesn’t want to admit the Church does it, but knows he can’t cancel it – so he just lies.
Who is Tommy Davis anyway – and what qualifies him to speak for the Church of Scientology?
The son of film actress and Scientologist Anne Archer, Davis is independently wealthy. He once told Rolling Stone: “I have enough money to never work a day in my life.” Davis has been doing his best to live up to that prediction. As the son of Hollywood royalty, he was given a cushy job at Celebrity Centre, assisting the President CC in schmoozing celebrities. While other Sea Org Members were working around the clock for pennies, he was attending parties and hobnobbing with the glitterati.
He’s never held another post. He has never run a mission or an org, never held a management post, never held a technical post, never sweated it out in the trenches. His training level is unknown. His Bridge level is unknown.
But, qualifications aside, his boyish good looks and slick manner made him popular. Tom Cruise liked him. So did David Miscavige. He was an ideal spokesperson for the New Scientology – inexperienced, untrained, fanatically devoted, but with a handsome, polished façade.
His first brush with big-time PR was a disaster – he ended up in an unseemly shouting match with BBC reporter John Sweeney. With his dark glasses and over-the-top screaming, Davis looked more like Mr. Smith from The Matrix than a Church spokesperson. He ended up “on the decks,” doing physical labor at Flag.
But when Mike Rinder blew, Davis was tapped to be the number one spokesperson.
In the recent Nightline show, Davis seems to be comfortable lying for Miscavige. Polished and cold-eyed, he simply denies any and all wrongdoing. Was Miscavige ever violent? No, no, not in his nature, never happened. What about the RPF? Oh, that’s a “voluntary” program. And so on.
All in all, Davis is the perfect representative for Miscavige’s Brave New Scientology – all chrome, no chassis.
Addendum: I just watched the second part of the Nightline show and witnessed the most incompetent handling of OT III questions that I have ever seen. Listen, whether we like it or not those materials are out there – in LRH’s handwriting. Denial does not work. Throwing hissy fits does not work. Storming out definitely does not work. It just feeds the controversy. Can’t anyone in the Church see this? There are many, many ways to smoothly handle such questions. Heber could have handled it. Mike Rinder could have handled it. Davis bungled it – I suspect because he himself is not OT III. What business does the Church have fielding a rookie spokesperson who is not OT III and is not comfortable with deftly handling such questions? Tommy Davis has no business representing Scientology on national TV. He is a walking disaster.