The Leaven of the Pharisees
I don’t often quote from the Bible. In fact, this is a first. And possibly a last. Nonetheless, a friend sent me a quote I thought was particularly applicable, from Luke 12:2-3:
“Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight. What you have whispered to someone behind closed doors will be shouted from the rooftops.”
Of course, Jesus had nothing good to say about the Pharisees, whom he considered to be self-righteous rule-followers. The word “pharisee” has thus come into common usage to describe a hypocritical and arrogant person who places the letter of the law above its spirit. And leaven, or yeast, is used metaphorically as an element that produces an altering or transforming influence. Something that might “puff someone up.”
Well, we have our own arrogant hypocrites in the form of the Church of Scientology and its OSA minions, including our favorite puffed-up spokesperson, Tommy Davis.
They believe they can continue to deny, continue to lie. “There is no disconnection,” says Tommy Davis, while every Scientologist knows he’s lying and the internet is flooded with stories of families destroyed by the Church. “No Sea Org Member has ever been harassed,” says Tommy Davis, while horrific stories of beatings, threats, abuses, extortion, sleep deprivation, RPF labor camps are all over the internet – and more being released every day. “No, we don’t pressure women to have abortions,” says Tommy, as stories of forced abortions flood out.
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
People aren’t dumb. They can read. They can see what’s going on. The Church thinks everything will be OK as long as they just keep insisting that the obvious isn’t true, that what happened didn’t happen. They live in a fantasy world where they believe they can impose their reality on people just by repetition. They believe that they can “handle” story after story after story with just a flat denial. Do they actually think people are saying “Oh, if the Church of Scientology says it’s a lie, then it must be a lie”? What universe are they living in?
Their credibility, if they ever had any, is shot to hell. As more and more people come out and tell their stories, it is obvious to even the most casual observer that the Church of Scientology is an abusive, corrupt, lying organization.
So that’s my message to David Miscavige: “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight. What you have whispered to someone behind closed doors will be shouted from the rooftops.”
You may think you have secrets that will never be known. They will. You may think you can get away with anything. You can’t. You may think you can treat people any way you want to. You can’t. You may think you can do anything to Scientologists and they’ll just shut up and take it. They won’t. You may think you can just continue to extort and rake in money and spend it any way you like. You can’t. You think staff and public will always be under your thumb. They won’t be.
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees.