Scientology Wants Your Money! Donate Now!
And we thought yesterday's video by Scientologists was jaw-dropping. This is getting ridiculous.
Thank you, Mark Bunker (a/k/a Wise Beard Man) for finding a copy of this inspirational video made by Scientologists at the Phoenix "org" who are in a big push to extract even more money from parishioners (who are already constantly hit up for more cash in a process known as "regging," by registrars). In this case, it's to raise money for the launch of a new "Ideal Org" in Phoenix, one of a wave of new buildings Scientology has been erecting for God knows what.
As we've pointed out in several recent posts, Scientology is on a building boom as its membership is dwindling. The Daily's Hunter Walker recently estimated that the church now has about 484 square feet of property for every member!
But even after Scientologists are pressed to pay for more and more expensive services, they're being asked to dig even deeper to help finish new "Ideal Orgs" which are supposed to deliver Scientology's "technology" even better than their old, not-so-ideal orgs. Or something.
Anyway, as with yesterday's shiny happy film, we'd love to hear our commenters on what they think of this film. Would it convince you to fork over a few thousand simoleons?
UPDATE: I just got off the phone with the Phoenix org. I told the young man who answered the phone that I had seen the fundraising video and wanted to make sure -- this is an effort to raise money for a new "Ideal Org" in Phoenix?
"Yeah, we're about to buy the building."
Where, I asked.
"Over on the east side."
And why does Phoenix need a new org. Is the current one full or something?
"It's what we're doing now. So we can expand into the city more so people can know that we're here."
And how's the fundraising going?
"It's going great."
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Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:
The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology's Enemies List -- Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology -- An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller's Wild Ride -- Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration -- A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology's Retaliation is "Scary and Pathetic"