There are many things the church is not confronting. The greatest however is how widespread the disaffection is among the field. Even seemingly on board members are not all happy. They may show up for fundraisers and smile for a pic but they are not happy.
They simply refuse to acknowledge how many people are unhappy and the length of time it has been going on
A case in point is the below email, sent at the end of 2009 – nearly 5 years ago. The author of the email, Jessica Byrnes is a lifetime Scientologist. Her son is in the Sea Org and her daughters have done time in the Sea Org or on org staff. Her son in law is Dan Brown and she is married to Larry Byrnes a poster boy for the standardness and brilliance of David Miscavige. Jessica is as “on board” as one can be these days. Her unhappiness is clear though. We have no doubt that since sending this email she was “handled” and has now learned to still her obvious disquiet while smiling and nodding at the awesomeness of the strategy. To do otherwise would put her at odds with her children and family and all the risks that imposes.
This email discusses the infamous “debit order system” that was implemented in 2010 as an unusual solution to raising funds for Ideal Orgs. The system, facilitated by Mike Frankel, was a way to raise funds by having Scientologists sign up for a monthly debit order. A wealthy Scientologist would then pay the full term of the debit order toward Ideal Orgs (less a fee of course). As a few of our commenters will attest it was a problem from the start. Clearly Jessica was unhappy.
Thanks for your email. ( I am copying Nikita Howarth on this email in the hopes that she has some way of getting a stop put on this – as I have been emailing Luke and Peach for several months to no avail.)
Can you please reference any LRH policy at all that this is based on?
Any at all???
I did not sign up for 24 months. Where does this figure come from?
Luke and Peach both knew I was leaving South Africa
in September 2009 and have no income in SA. I was pressured into doing the cycle and I told them that my account would close and I would not be able to continue making payments.
I have been asking both Peach and Luke since October to please cancel the auto payments.
Apart from this being a financial irregularity, the R5000 I have paid has caused and contributed (along with Luke taking out another R3000 for IAS and refusing to put it back in the account) to my account in South Africa to be overdrawn.
Luke insists that these two actions have nothing to do with my account being overdrawn, but they have.
Please CANCEL my monthly debit. I have no way of handling it from the USA other than finding someone to put cash into my account so that it is no longer overdrawn.
You do not have my willingness to make these monthly payments and since I have asked Luke and Peach to cancel many many times, they ignore my requests and say they can’t do anything and Luke finally gave me your email address.
I am now considering this theft and will obviously report it on standard lines as it is Off-Policy – and you are contributing to it.
I trust that you have understood the above and will email me to the effect that it has been cancelled. And also attach any single LRH reference to support the auto-debit from public’s accounts. Or even fund-raising for buildings for the Church. The fact that it is being done all around the world does not make it right…… there is only LRH policy against it that I know of.
More than anything it highlights just how deep the disaffection runs. At fundraisers those that show up bellow and wear their hats and wigs and they wonder as they look around the room if they’re the only ones that think this is nuts. The good news is that they are not alone. Now if only they had the courage to find each other.