Ron Hubbard were laid bare in two books, British journalist Russell L. Its extreme wealth derives in part from the settlement with the Internal Revenue Service that classed it as a tax-exempt religion.
Scientology leader David Miscavige threatens to sue UK publisher over father's memoir
The kicker: if they had paid the full sum in the Church by now might be just a historical oddity. Even more protected from the reality of this side of the Church are its celebrity spokespeople; their experiences of Scientology are limited to its beautifully appointed Celebrity Centers. She was two when her parents abandoned family life in New Hampshire and committed their lives entirely to the Church.
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One day, with the other kids, she signed a billion-year contract with the Sea Org. She was eight. The Miscavige name subjected her to additional pressure and scrutiny as well as resentment from those who thought it gained her special privileges.
Eventually she was told: her parents had left the Sea Org. Expected to go with them, she was being given the standard leaving treatment; the Church was collecting secrets it could use to silence her later. That came later, after she met and fell in love with Dallas Hill.
Gradually, she came to realize the extent to which her life had been owned by the Church. In , when the high-ranking Mike Rinder blew, she finally learned the inside story of why and how her life had been micromanaged at the behest of her uncle.
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John Sweeney tells the story of his experiences for the first time and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation, from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind's problems. John Sweeney is an award-winning journalist and author, currently working as an investigative journalist for the BBC's Panorama series. This is in addition to our usual 2nd Wednesday of the month talk, both February and March's talks will go ahead as usual.