The great slave labor…
According to an article in the most recent issue of theNew Yorker-written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright-the Church of Scientology is currently being investigated by the FBI over allegations that the church is engaged in human trafficking.
Claiming to have gathered his proof from interviewing several former members, Wright claims that the sci-fi religion that's been all the rage in Hollywood is mired with accusations of abuse and unfair treatment to workers.
Citing court documents, the magazine alleged that Church leader David Miscavige engaged in violent acts against staff and members, claims that Miscavige and Scientology have denied.
The story also alleges that the church subjects it's more troubled followers to Nazi style “reeducation camp”.
“Sea Org (the more religious members of the Church) members who have ‘failed to fulfill their ecclesiastical responsibilities’ may be sent to one of the church’s several Rehabilitation Project Force locations,” the article said. “Defectors describe them as punitive reeducation camps.”
Three sides to every story
In response to the New Yorker's scandalous piece, the Church of Scientology released this statement through the Australian:
"The Church [of Scientology] has never been advised of any government investigation, a fact The New Yorker knew before it went to print. Moreover, the subject of the alleged investigation was recently raised in a lawsuit by the same individuals who are the sources for the article and the complaint was resoundingly dismissed by a Federal District Court Judge.”
And as much as we would like to believe that the weird alien cult is guilty of everything it stands accused of, it's only fair to point now that AOL News is reported that the FBI is closing investigation on the church:
"A federal law enforcement source told AOL News the investigation has fallen short and no criminal charges are expected to be filed,"
And just like that, all those nasty things said in The New Yorker seemed to lose some of their sting.
Then along comes Radaronline the story about Tom Cruise...
The gossip site is claiming a former staffer of the Scientology higher up is claiming that the celebrity used church funds and cheap labor to have an extravagant limo built for him and his wife.
According to RadarOnline.com, John Brosseau, a 30-year member of the church who has since resigned, claims he worked on two motorcycles, an airport hangar and the SUV for little Suri's parents. During this time, Brosseau was being paid $50 a week and was "supposed to be working for the betterment of mankind."
Brosseau, brother-in-law to Scientology leader David Miscavige, was denounced by the church; claiming the testimony given by Brosseau to be nothing more than ever it lives from a disgruntled former follower.
All Hail Lord Xenu!!!
For some reason, I’m not too shocked to hear that the church of Scientology may be involved in human slavery.
An awful lot of Scientologists live in the theater Bay Area (where I live... 813 represent), what with their giant temple located in downtown Clearwater and all, so it's not uncommon for you to hear things... strange odd things like stories us of electroshock therapy cruises taken out in international waters, or of dormitories in residential neighborhoods where the church would force multiple families to move into the ”Church homes” (homes-it is said-that the churches received from convincing the aforementioned family to sign over their homes as well as all their worldly possessions for the greater glory of Lord Xenu.
With all that said about them, slavery and torture unseemly to far stretch really. Hell, taxes seems like the next natural step.
But even with all the rumors and the articles and the speculation... nothing is income from this.
There are way too many high profile people who I'm sure have enough money and popularity to garner the necessary political connections to ensure such an outcome. It's not like it hasn't happened before... the Catholic Church managed to keep child rape under it's funny hats for decades!
Is it so hard to think that Lord Xenu can use Wild Hogs and mission: impossible money he has laying around to keep people from noticing little white slavery here and there?