Scientology is under siege (yay!). They’re reeling from the fallout of the lawsuit being brought against the organization by Monique Rathbun, wife of Marty Rathbun who used to be one of the high-up officials in the cult (and I use that term advisedly).
When Rathbun left Scientology, he was targeted by the Scientology Squirrels, a bunch of people who spy on, and try to make life as miserable as possible for folks who’ve had the temerity to jump ship. Monique has never had anything to do with Scientology and she got fed up with all the spying and intrusions and brought the lawsuit as a consequence.
The lawsuit has opened a can of worms for the cult and its leader David Miscavage.
The Sea Organization, or Sea Org, is an unincorporated fraternal religious order of the Church of Scientology, comprising the church’s most dedicated members. And just recently an undercover journalist secretly attended and videotaped a Scientology Sea Org meeting, capturing high-level Church officials ranting about the “battles” they “have to win” as the church continues to crumble:
Discussing a legal scuffle in Oregon in 1985, in which the church ultimately came out victorious after a former member sued them for fraud, the speaker continues, “The battle of Portland was pretty overt. The battles we’re fighting now are maybe not quite so overt but they’re still battles nonetheless.”
“Like the battle to get people off drugs …” the speaker continues, referencing Scientology’s controversial Narconon program.
Then, the speaker launches into a fundraising pitch, insisting the church needs to raise $3.5 million imminently.
If church members don’t want to donate, the speaker tells the audience not to take ‘No’ for an answer. “Everybody has money or access to it,” she insists. “…people say they don’t have money when they do.”
“You’ve got to sit there,” she says, “while we go online and look up all their credit cards so we can show them to you. So you can see that your people definitely have money.”
This new video comes as the Church of Scientology is facing its greatest challenge yet in the form of a lawsuit from Monique Rathbun against Scientology and its leader, Tom Cruise‘s BFF David Miscavige, who she claims launched an all-out campaign of harassment against her and her husband, former church official Marty Rathbun.