Following are a few items of news which are not posts in their own right but which we think everyone should know.
Venue for GAT II events:
Both Joburg and Cape Town have changed the venue for their events. Cape Town sent out an email saying they have changed the location of their event due to high attendance expected. However, the new location for the event is the building out of which they have just moved to occupy their empty ideal Org building. We suspect therefore that they have a lease that runs until the end of November so they are making good use of it while they still have it. If this is true it makes logical sense but we just wish they didn’t feel compelled to pump out the PR that they are expecting huge numbers.
On Friday evening Joburg Org experienced some flooding (sadly not with public) due to heavy rains and poor drainage systems. Word going out is that the venue is changing because of the flooding which doesn’t make sense since the auditorium was not flooded. SMSes were sent out over the weekend stating that the venue has changed to Fordsburg just outside the city centre. The SMS came with assurances of parking and security but we still think they will be very hard pressed to convince a large number of people to head into Fordsburg at night. Given the short amount of lead time for these events, this has created some confusion and by Monday morning some Joburg staff still did not know where the event is being held.
A field in turmoil:
The devastation created by the 18 declares is not settling down. An inner core of Scientologists have accepted these and have justified for themselves why it is all okay. But a broader number continue, mostly quietly, to believe that the church has made a mistake from which it may not recover. In an attempt to quell this upset a few people have been informed that a “comm-ev” is being called to allow for Scientologists to write in with their grievances.
We would be interested in hearing from anyone who has been contacted about this. We have collected a fair number of reports that may be of interest to such a forum.
It is interesting to note that management is well aware of the existence of this blog and the consequent airing of many grievances by it’s commenters but, as is their want, they refuse to engage here and, publicly this does not even exist.
It has long been our contention that this sort of forum would be exactly the place to begin the healing. Openly & transparently. but, alas, too many difficult questions demanding answers.
We’ll keep you posted on any further news on this committee.
“They could sue for libel”
Probablly the biggest mis-step by the church with regard to the 18 declares has been to fail to issue these broadly. This has created further confusion, frustration & upset. People have asked why. We have heard from 3 separate sources that the answer given to this question has been because if they are published “they could sue for libel”. Say what? That’s a massive dangling outpoint isn’t it?
We should just change it’s name to a “lie-bill”
Fundraising continues unabashed
Many of you will have seen this picture already in an email sent from “Ideal Org News”. This fundraiser took place in the Joburg auditorium just days after the now infamous declares. Everyone pictured was quite happy to gloss over this massive elephant and carry on like they’re winning at this.
Stay tuned for the next bulletin.