Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, and now Cambridge, Ontario, are feeling the Scientology “Expansion” push by David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion.
“Hubbard's goal from the beginning was to "clear the planet", in other words, to see that everyone on earth became a clear. Up until the time that this happened, he envisioned a sharp demarcation in status between clears (real people) and pre-clears (deficient people). Only clears, for example, could marry and bear children. And, if pre-clears did have children, they would most likely be taken away to avoid the "restimulative" affects that parents would have on the child.”
Scientology continues to inundate its’ members with messages of expansion stating in 2005 its worldwide membership to be eight million, although that number included people who took only the introductory course and did not continue on. Worldwide, some observers believe a reasonable estimate of Scientology's core practicing membership ranges between 100,000 and 200,000 and even more recently, as low as 50,000 worldwide.
Montreal and Quebec City Anonymous protesters say the Churches are dead, with little or no activity most days. Similar reports come from Toronto, Vancouver, and many other cities in North America, Europe, and elsewhere.
In 2008, the American Religious Identification Survey found that the number of American Scientologists had dropped to 25,000.
Many opinions state Scientology is not a religion or church, but rather a commercial business organization that hard-sells books, courses, auditing sessions, and the “Sauna Purification Rundown” where followers sit in a hot sauna for 5 hours each day sweating out toxins.
Once a new so-called church member is lured in, Scientology sales people phone relentlessly, insisting the person needs more courses and auditing services. Donations for new Scientology Ideal ORG Churches are a constant push.
So why all the new church buildings when many are sitting empty and some boarded up like the one in Toronto recently? Perhaps a wishful Scientology postulate of a self-created truth, a prediction and desire, or a David Miscavige “keep Scientology working” push even when the organization is failing more each year?
If Saturday’s opening of the new church in Cambridge was any indication of growth, Scientology appears to be on a slippery Canadian ice-slide, heading downhill fast.
Low Turnout For Scientology Grand Opening in Cambridge Ontario
“Nine protesters counted a couple out of town buses and cars arriving with out of Province and USA licence plates - - an attempt to lure as many as possible for the appearance of Scientology leader, David Miscavige”.
David Edgar Love