Village Voice: SCIENTOLOGY CRUMBLING: An Entire Church Mission Defects as David Miscavige Faces Leadership Crisis
The Dror Center, with about 50 people associated with it, is a healthy size for a mission...http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninsca ... berger.php
On January 2, Lemberger received a copy of Debbie Cook's infamous New Year's Eve e-mail...
Lemberger reacted to Debbie Cook's e-mail by forwarding it to church officials, asking them to comment on it. Instead, the church's Office of Special Affairs put him "in ethics" and asked him to read a copy of the church's propaganda magazine, Freedom, which contained attacks on the credibility of numerous former church officials...
"The Freedom magazine had referred to Marty Rathbun having a blog. So I went to the Internet, finally," he says. A loyal (if often complaining) member of Scientology for more than 30 years, Lemberger had never explored the 'Net to see what people were saying about his church -- and he knew nothing about the crisis it was in.
But now he absorbed as much he could stand.
"I found out that the world has changed," he says.
Besides the controversies, he also realized that there was a burgeoning independence movement that takes several different forms in Europe and the US. And these groups are using the same materials as the official church, but without the layers of control and constant demands for large donations.
"Everything now is on the Internet. All the Bridge, all the training Bridge, the auditing Bridge. There's no more monopoly," Lemberger says. He was stunned to realize that L. Ron Hubbard's entire "Bridge to Total Freedom" is now available to anyone with a computer and Internet access.
Dani said he came to the realization that his entire mission could continue to honor Hubbard's ideas, but break away from the church itself.
"My people in the mission know Tami, they know me. All of our staff are well paid. All of our customers get great service. I manage it my way," he says. "I took my staff together and told them about Debbie Cook. I encouraged them all to do their own research."
He even cited a Hubbard policy to justify their research project.
"As the church says, 'Think for yourself'," his wife Tami adds.
So the people at his mission began reading stories about Scientology on the Internet
My comment: The Village Voice
's lively and intelligent readers point out that Dani's claims of repeated guillotine executions conflict with the guillotine only being invented in the 1700's. They also point out that Dani says the OT III Xenu story is a myth, yet Dani still peddles auditing of body thetans based on this Xenu "myth."