Scientology

BOOK REVIEW: “Ruthless: Scientology, My son David Miscavige, and Me”, Ron Miscavige and Dan Koon

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Imagine you had a son who had the power not only to entirely control every facet of your life, but to also have the power to control all of your immediate family members and relatives. Then imagine living under this power for over two decades. Now, imagine that you finally escape this control, only to find out that your son has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars paying private investigators to watch your every move, and to find out that your son could care less if you live or die.

This isn’t fiction about a father’s worst nightmare, but a true story about Ron Miscavige and his life in Scientology, where his son David Miscavige has been the “church” leader since founder L. Ron Hubbard died in 1986.

For anybody unfamiliar with Scientology, this book is sure to be an enthralling read. The official “church” policies (which, to this day, are denied by Scientology representatives) of disconnecting and isolating families, verbal, financial, and physical abuse; manipulation, and other cult-like activities, will undoubtedly be disconcerting. These policies are nothing new, and were written and practiced by Hubbard during his reign. Under David Miscavige’s leadership, however (his preferred title being COB, for Chairman Of the Board), these policies have been practiced to such an extent that Scientology has lost many members, including such prominent ones as Mike Rinder, Marty Rathbun, Leah Remini, and Jenna Miscavige Hill who is David Miscavige’s niece. The few members that are left are under a constant cycle of fundraising for new buildings that are basically Potemkin villages, and doing whatever it takes to remain in David Miscavige’s good graces (which, you will learn, is an impossibility).

The book does a good job detailing the basics of Scientology, including the various organizations (“orgs”) that are under their control. Ron Miscavige comes across as a flawed but sympathetic person, who has no problem admitting his faults as well as what he perceives as the positives of Scientology. He has seen it all, from being a lowly Sea Org member living in austerity, to working with such people as John Travolta and Tom Cruise. He is an accomplished musician as well as a former U.S. Marine, and he comes across as a common sense person who is heartbroken by the way that things have turned out with his family. The “suppressive person” policy in Scientology has ruined thousands of families, and it has even ruined the family of the leader of Scientology.

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A recent poster for the Sea Org, a Scientology organization that Ron Miscavige was in. I’m sure anyone with a pulse who is willing to sign a symbolic 1 billion year contract would automatically qualify.

For those already familiar (as I was) with Scientology, this book won’t have too many surprises, as many of the stories of abuse have been written about by other members. It is, however, a fascinating look into the mind of David Miscavige, and Ron Miscavige even alludes to his son being a psychopath at the end of the book, but he doesn’t directly say it, and I’m sure that’s because Scientology has more lawyers on retainer than they do actual “church” members at this point. He also writes that he forgives him, so one can gauge the inner torment that Ron Miscavige is going through. It is obvious that he didn’t write this book for fame or money, but for an inner conviction to expose Scientology for what it truly is, and to help save some families going through the same things in the process.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the inner workings of Scientology.

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L. Ron might be setting up shop in the D

Now remember: this is Detroit, so I want even MORE video cameras in this building than usual! And remember to lock up the E-Meters each night, goddammit!

“Now remember: this is Detroit, so I want even MORE video cameras in this building than usual! And remember to lock up the E-Meters each night, goddammit!”

Scientology, the only religion thus far that requires members to sign a 1 billion year contract, purchased the former Standard Savings building in downtown Detroit back in 2007. Now, there are rumors that they intend to turn the building into a Detroit headquarters, and they have proposed renovations to the building. Man, wait until they run into all the crazy “wogs” on the east side!

Seriously though, Scientologists are wacky. Even more wacky than most other organized religions (and I use the term “religion” VERY loosely). I have extensively researched them, and I know as well as most people that Scientology is predicated on nothing but bullshit. If you join, they will eventually bankrupt you and attempt to disown you from your own family. And if you actually decide to quit, they will continually harass you for the rest of your life. Unless you are a celebrity, in which case they will just happily accept your money, since they love celebrities even more than TMZ.

Back in my college days, I wrote a paper on Scientology, and being the awesome student that I was, I decided to get some first hand research. The closest Scientology building was in Farmington Hills, so I got three of my friends to go up there with me.

Picture that: 4 tatted-up hoodlums randomly walking up into the Church of L. Ron Hubbard. The guy who answered the door didn’t seem to be fazed, though. In fact, he actually gave us a short tour and showed us a half-hour video on the history of Scientology. It’s safe to say that WE were creeped out a lot more than they were of us! Then again, if you can put up with crazy shit like the RPF, I guess you can handle anything.

I ended up getting an A+ on the paper (this was when South Park showed their infamous Scientology episode, so Scientology was all over the news at that point), and I continued to follow the exploits of Scientology ever since then. One thing I do know: the last thing Detroit needs is a bunch of Scientologists running around, so let’s hope that their plan to open a headquarters downtown gets rejected. Besides, in a city that has approximately 90% black residents, do they really want a “religion” whose founder was a well-known racist?┬áMy guess would be no.