The “True Meaning of Christmas,” Miscavige-style
This is a picture, believe it or not, of this year’s RTC Christmas Card. It is as big as a coffee-table book, ornately foiled, die-cut and hand-assembled. It is estimated that each card could have cost as much as $50 to print and assemble. The postage alone, on each card, was $5.00. It went out to “top Scientologists.” One of them, disgusted by the expense and ostentation, photographed it and sent us the shots.
Here we have “the true spirit of Christmas” according to David Miscavige. Spend as much of parishioner money as possible to put on the biggest and most ostentatious display of excess that you can possibly put together. One of these, we assume, went to Tom Cruise. And we have to impress Tom, don’t we? Other copies I am sure went to all of the top IAS contributors – or, should we say, all of Miscavige’s top enablers. Why? To impress them with how well he shepherds their donations?
Miscavige, here are a few things you could do, in the spirit of Christmas, that would impress me. And they would not cost you much.
1. Give all staff, including Sea Org, including Int Base staff, a real Christmas bonus (Christmas bonuses have not been paid in years).
2. Give all staff, including Sea Org and Int Base staff, at least a four-day weekend. During this time they are free to go anywhere and visit anyone they want (Int Base Staff have had no time off for Christmas for years).
3. Cancel Disconnection (for real) and allow any staff member or Sea Org Member or public to contact any family member they want to.
4. Collect up all those requests for staff to visit their families over Christmas and give them all a blanket approval.
5. Open up the phone lines for any Sea Org Member, including Int Base, to phone any family member – with no restrictions or censorship and no Security Guard or MAA listening in.
That, for starters, would be impressive.
Your over-the-top Christmas Card is not.