Over the years The St. Petersburg Times, beat like a drum on this miserable and degraded cult of Scientology. All of these stories have been good but this one really shows what greedy morons people become as they feast on each others money all for the sake of clearing the world. Of course no such clearing goes on, the money ends as DM’s retirement fund.
A young man looked for answers, found a ‘money-hungry cult’
By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers
In Print: Sunday, November 13, 2011
How much do you have in the bank?
“Anywhere else in society … it’s a very rude, invasive, kind of offensive question,” Brian Culkin said.
Not in the Church of Scientology.
Culkin balked when fundraisers for the International Association of Scientologists questioned him about his bank balance in the summer of 2009. But they kept pressing.
Why don’t you just tell us?
What are you hiding?
Culkin trusted his new friends at Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater, so he gave in and told them.
The six-figure sum got the attention of Flag’s “registrars,” the religious workers who collect payments for church services and solicit donations for Scientology causes. No matter how much he gave, Culkin said they pestered him almost every day to give more. He ended up spending $330,000 on church services and donations during the year he spent in Scientology. . .
Culkin recalled several such instances in the church’s Oak Cove building overlooking Clearwater Harbor. Usually he stood in the corner of a room while eight, 10, sometimes 12 people clustered around him.
Other times they were seated at a table, each telling him how wonderful he was. One group included five or so registrars, two “ethics” officers and about four high-ranking parishioners, he said. Their pitch:
Scientology had to expand but was under attack from the media, the psychiatric industry and foreign governments. The IAS needed $50,000 — that day.
Other people were refinancing their homes for the cause. Why couldn’t he?
Finally, the IAS wore him down. Culkin donated $50,000 in increments, the last one in November 2009, making him an IAS Patron. . .
A longtime Sea Org member in his 70s, Foster often pressed the responsibility button: “You know, here I am sacrificing my life to save the planet and I need you to come on board and do it with me.”
Even the church’s most highly regarded figures — the counselors known as “auditors” — tried to wring cash out of Culkin. He said one of them, Nina Palmer, twice pressed him to make a $50,000 donation to the IAS, which helps spread Scientology and protects it from threats such as lawsuits and hostile governments.
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