Dear David Miscavige:
When L. Ron Hubbard passed on in the mid 1980s, you took over stewardship of the Church of Scientology. You have been in control of this movement for longer than L. Ron Hubbard was and have inarguably put your own brand on it in ways that Hubbard could never have foreseen. Much of what Hubbard said and wrote needed to be changed because let’s face it, he didn’t have all the answers and he didn’t predict all the things that were needed for Scientology to continue into eternity.
But let’s not debate the merits of L. Ron Hubbard. Instead, let’s talk about where Scientology is at right now.
Groups are defined not only by their goals and purposes, but also by their actions. I think it is obvious that the power to speak freely, believe freely and think freely are the cornerstones of any movement which claims to bring total spiritual freedom to its members. It is impossible to attain this level of awareness if one is hindered or stopped in any way from being able to express himself to his fullest potential.
Scientology has a creed which states “that all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights”. It further states “that all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.”
This creed is a fundamental document that was written shortly after the founding of the Church of Scientology and is supposed to be a statement of belief for all Scientologists and should be the very essence of all of its activities.
You and I know that L. Ron Hubbard hated criticism and so do you. But I think you’ll find if you were to actually break down the various criticisms of Scientology, that almost every one of them could be found to be a protest of Scientologists not following their own creed. And that is a violation of the Keeping Scientology Working policy letter.
You have stated over and over through the years that your top priority is to see to it that the works of L. Ron Hubbard are followed to the letter.
So here’s the thing. No one who believes this creed and claims to follow it, could possibly enforce a destructive practice like disconnection which demands that your members shun their family and their friends for no other reason than those family and friends speak their minds.
You see, I don’t think anyone’s ever made this point really clear to you so let me make it now: just because you disagree with someone or don’t like what they say doesn’t give you the right to hurt them or carry out a campaign of terror against them or try to ruin their lives.
It doesn’t matter what they say. Never mind what rights we are given by our government, our humanity or by God. Even if you want to ignore all of that, according to your own scriptures, anyone has the right to speak freely, to talk freely, to write freely and to openly criticize anything they want. You certainly exercise that right many times a year when you stand on a stage and make some of the most outrageous claims ever about the harmful nature of psychiatry and world governments.
If someone is telling lies about Scientology, then challenge them publicly to prove it, or better yet just ignore them and move on. How is it any of your business to interfere in the beliefs of people who have never followed Scientology or who don’t want to be part of it anymore? Where do you think you get the right to harass, stalk and ruin people because they disagree with you?
But let me get to the real point, Mr. Miscavige. You see, you are in a power position and I want to actually appeal to your humanity.
You have it in your power to change Scientology for the better.
To restore broken families and frendships.
To allow your members to have real freedom of thought and real freedom of speech.
To let Scientologists live their lives without interference or arbitrary rules as to what is good or bad conduct. They know what’s right and wrong. They don’t need Ethics Officers dictating to them who they can and cannot associate with, or how much money they need to pay to make up the damage for whatever imagined wrongs they have committed against you and Scientology.
You have it in your power to restore the public image of Scientology to something decent and honest. Whether Scientology is something good or bad is really just a matter of opinion. But honesty, decency and human compassion are not. They are the yardsticks by which the world measures any religion. And so far, Scientology is failing to live up to any of its promises.
You could change the course of this religious movement if you so chose.
The world is watching you take this train right over the cliff. Right now, because of what you have done, Scientology is correctly considered a dangerous cult whose sole interest is conning people out of their money. It didn’t have to be this way and it doesn’t have to stay this way. You could do something to change this.
Do you want your legacy to be that of a self-important tyrant, an uncaring dictator who gleefully destroyed people’s lives for your own sick amusement? Do you want to be remembered as a violent, sociopathic narcissist who brought your followers to the point of bankruptcy and suicide by your greed and avarice? That is how the world at large thinks of you, if they think about you at all.
These things don’t have to be true. Perhaps you haven’t done all the violent and horrible things your detractors claim you have. Up to now, you have not provided any compelling evidence of your innocence, nor even defended yourself publicly over the claims made against you. You refuse to be interviewed or come out of your small cloistered world, not even to make good on your claims against your detractors in open court or deposition. It’s like your scared to be seen or heard by anyone except Scientologists.
If you think this isn’t affecting your followers and losing you members every single day, then you need to come down out of your ivory tower and actually go look at what you have done.
It’s not too late to restore the faith of your followers and the world at large. You can be the change that will restore broken lives and broken homes. It’s a long and difficult road and not one that I would care to travel. But if you really want to see Scientology carry on into the future, you need to change your ways and you need to take radical action to change how the Church of Scientology handles itself.
I don’t have a master plan for you, but I’ll tell you where to start. If you cancelled disconnection policy right now, you would change the entire face of Scientology overnight for the better.
If you were to dismantle the Office of Special Affairs and reform your church’s own internal Justice System so that it was truly aligned to the greatest good for the greatest number of people, Scientology might have a chance of surviving into the future.
As it is going now, you have made sure that it is not much longer for this world.
It’s all up to you Mr. Miscavige.
Thank you for watching.