Enabling, in a negative sense, refers to actions which are intended to help a person with dysfunctional behavior, but in fact only serve to perpetuate the problem. For example, one attempts to “help” an alcoholic by buying them liquor, making excuses for them, or helping them hide their addiction.
The Church of Scientology is on a very self-destructive path, as is becoming more and more evident. Its addiction to power and money has perverted the Church to the point where it is unrecognizable to old timers. Instead of being encouraged to get up the Bridge, help others, or get involved in community activities, Scientologists are pressured to give more and more money to things like the IAS, the Superpower Building, and “Ideal” Orgs. These days, it’s all about money and buildings.
Add to this the increasing reports of staff abuse and mistreatment, policy and tech alterations and violations, and outright lies, and you have a seriously dysfunctional organization that has nothing to do with the Aims of Scientology.
How can it continue to operate, one might ask, despite its complete perversion of Scientology and its mistreatment of staff and public?
Because of the enablers.
Just like the enabler of an alcoholic or a drug addict, they contribute money, sometimes millions of dollars, out of the best motives. They want to “help” the Church. They are told that their donations are vital to “defend” or “protect” the Church, that they are key to “expanding” the Church (buying more real estate). So they give more and more money.
And they are “rewarded” for doing so. They get increasing “status” – “Platinum Meritorious,” “Patron Excalibur,” “Platinum Excalibur,” “Patron Maximus,” and so on. They get over-the-top pins and trophies to display. They get color pictures and spreads in Impact Magazine. They get big tax write-offs. They get to be part of the “new aristocracy” of Scientology – defined by how rich you are and how much money you give to the Church.
When I first got into Scientology, the people we looked up to were the Clears and OTs, the top auditors, the dedicated staff. Our heroes were the Class VIIIs, the Class XIIs, the hardworking Sea Org Members.
No more. In David Miscavige’s Church, the Sea Org Members are abused, degraded and assaulted. The top auditors are forced to alter and quickie the tech. The Clears and OTs are mishandled and mistreated. But those who donate the most MONEY are wined and dined, validated and rewarded. They are the new aristocracy of Scientology.
They are the ones propping up David Miscavige’s Brave New Church.
They are the ones supporting the abuse of staff.
They are the ones supporting RPF prisons.
They are the ones supporting the disconnection of families.
They are the ones supporting David Miscavige’s extravagant lifestyle.
They are the ones supporting the alteration of tech and policy.
They are the ones supporting Miscavige’s empty real estate empire.
They are the ones supporting the destruction of orgs.
They are the ones supporting the perversion and decline of Scientology.
Yes, I’m talking to you, Michael Baybak, Elizabeth Baybak, Alan Atkinson-Baker, Sheila Atkinson-Baker, David Wilson, Bonita Wilson, Sky Dayton, Pat Clouden, Jennifer Sgroi-Stanzani, Cate Stanzani, Marian Kapusta, Alzbeta Kapusta, Ali Shawkat, Noor Shawkat. I’m talking to you, IAS Patrons and Patrons Meritorious. I’m talking to you, Tom Cruise.
You are supporting a criminal empire.
Please, before you give another penny, take the time to educate yourselves on what is actually going on behind the scenes of your Church.
Take the time to find out where your money is going, and what it is being used for.
Take the time to insist on some transparency and accountability.
You may think your donations are “helping.” They are not. They are enabling the perversion and ultimate destruction of all you believe in.
The “legacy” you are creating for yourself is not what you think it is.