The Guardian (UK) picks up the story today:Church of Scientology snaps up Hollywood film studioScientologists say new Hollywood base – where El Cid was made – would become central media hub for its 9,000 brancheshttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/ap ... ilm-studio
and somehow manages to shoehorn in a mention of the Battlefield Earth movie flop of all time.
Also, an uncritical article from the UK Telegraph:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religio ... tudio.html
but which does have a "related stories" link, smack in the middle of the aticle to: "FBI 'probe' Church of Scientology".
The Atlantic Wire does some math and comes up with their "stat of the day"....Scientology Owns 484 Square Feet of Property for Every Member http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national ... tat/37056/
Today, the Church of Scientology acquired the KCET-TV studio in Los Angeles, former home of PBS. In honor of the church's new property, The Daily reporter Hunter Walker took a look at Scientology's various other real estate purchases, including an 185,000-square-foot International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles and the construction of 23 churches and counting over the last six years. By his calculation, the church, which according to the lastest national religious survey boasts 25,000 American members, has "purchased at least 484 square feet of real estate for each believer as of 2010."
Cult deprogrammer and consultant Rick Ross told The Daily that the expansion is likely "a P.R. game. It's kind of like their Field of Dreams'--if you build it then they will come. In reality, they seem to have a serious problem stuffing these buildings, a lot of them are empty."
....as originally reported in more detail at The Daily.....Scientology’s Building Boom http://hunterwalker.tumblr.com/post/4959126086
This week, I examined Scientology’s construction spree for The Daily and found a leading expert who suggested that many of these buildings may be empty husks purchased by a group struggling to keep up appearances in the face of dwindling membership.
Though the Chuch has a fortune that may be worth $1 billion, Rick Ross, a consultant and cult deprogrammer who has worked extensively with Scientology, said, “Scientology will frequently grossly exaggerate without any objective proof the number of members the church includes.” Ross believes the Church’s construction spree is a ”P.R. game” to recruit new members and project an image of power. “In reality, they seem to have a serious problem staffing these buildings, a lot of them are empty … they’re impressive though,” Ross said.
In 2007, Scientology claimed to have 10 million followers around the world with 3.5 million here in the U.S. However, according to a major national religious survey, the group had just 25,000 American members in 2008 down from 55,000 in 2001. If that figure is accurate, it means the group had purchased at least 484 square feet of real estate for each believer as of 2010.
The Church of Scientology has not responded to multiple requests to comment on my stories.
Also, two articles in one....Is Tom Cruise Worthy of a Simon Wiesenthal Award? Also: Scientology's Building Spree
by Tony Ortega. Village Voice 26th April 2011
in this thread: viewtopic.php?p=397547#p397547
Ronbots are wetting themselves over their cult expending millions on dormant property.