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« on: December 25, 2008, 07:20:12 AM »

"...This is a hot item with the Church of Scientology: Exchange.

The Church of Scientology claims that the concept of exchange is the
reason for the church's "fixed donations" for all services. It's just
not right to get something for nothing.

OK. Fair enough. Let's take a look at the Church of Scientology and
exchange.

So what did Ron mean when he considered exchange in relation to
Scientology services?

He arranged it so that, if you wanted a Scientology service, you
needed to pay for it. If you wanted free auditing, you could volunteer
to be a guinea pig for student auditing. That's pretty
straightforward.

Hubbard never said he wanted anything more from people in exchange for
his work. That was the way he set things up. That's the way he ran
things. There's no reason to believe he wanted anything else.

What did Hubbard say about "contributing more"? In "An Open Letter to
All Clears", he said:
If you wish to help, your first duty is to protect the repute of the
state of Clear by exemplary conduct. Your second duty is to attain OT
as soon as possible. Your third, if you wish to help, is to become
part of the endeavour to clean up this sector of the universe and make
it safe not only for ourselves but the billions of others who have
been harmed.
In other words, if you thought you should do more, then join staff or
otherwise work on various Scientology projects as needed. He never
said anything to Scientologists about "give me more money". He never
indicated to Scientologists that he thought they owed him more than
they'd already paid.

But then L. Ron Hubbard died. And with him died that concept of
exchange.

Now how are things run?

Yes, all Scientologists still must pay for any and all Church of
Scientology services. The basic idea of "fixed donations" is still
with us, although those prices have increased substantially. But that
is only the beginning.

After Ron died, David Miscavige took over the church and made
significant changes. One of the first changes was bringing in "pure
donations". The idea was that Scientologists now had the obligation to
give the Church of Scientology lots of money, for no exchange at all.
This first fund was the International Association of Scientologists
(IAS). But it wasn't long before this was expanded. There soon were
many other Scientology "causes" that required Scientologists' pure
donations: Super Power, the new buildings, CCHR and on and on. Now we
had pressure to give and give with no exchange back to Scientologists.

It soon developed, in Miscavige's church, that Scientologists were
considered "out-ethics" if they didn't contribute heavily to all these
causes. Eventually, this became so bad that a person would be denied
their next service if they hadn't "voluntarily" contributed enough to
these funds.

And what about exchange? What about the all-holy concept of exchange?

Well, the party line from Miscavige is, if you're a Scientologist, you
owe Hubbard big time. You owe Hubbard more than you can ever pay, for
the wonderfulness of Scientology.

But wait! There are just a few problems with that:
Hubbard never asked for that kind of donation. He set things up
exactly as he wanted to. He defined what exchange he thought was
correct and that's how it was while he was alive. He never, ever put
that kind of it's-never-enough obligation on Scientologists.
At one time, someone suggested the idea of pure donations to Ron. He
immediately rejected the idea and, further, wrote specific directions
forbidding the practice.
Even more to the point, Hubbard isn't around. That money goes to
Miscavige. Now, Miscavige did not create Scientology, so why should
Scientologists pay millions to Miscavige for something Miscavige says
is owed to Ron?
Exchange is seriously out. Scientologists are being forced to pay
millions and they get nothing in return. They pay millions to
Miscavige who did nothing to earn it. This violates this supposedly-
key Scientology concept of exchange.

In fact, Miscavige is paid somewhere around $150,000.00 per year to
run Scientology, where is his exchange? He pays nothing for his staff,
his clothing, his food, his cars and motorcycles, his vacations, his
many houses, his cigarettes, his whiskey ... he has no expenses. And,
he controls millions and millions of dollars with very little
accounting.

His job is to run the Church of Scientology correctly and well. It's
his job to keep the church out of trouble. It's his job to boom
Scientology. It's his job to run the church so it makes enough money
selling its regular services that it doesn't have to come, hat in
hand, to every Scientologist, begging for money!

If the church needs more money, it is Miscavige's job to boom the
church and make that money. Hubbard made many disparaging remarks
about "having to have before you can do," but that's Miscavige's
story: Scientologists have to pay millions and millions to Miscavige
before he can do his job! But, even when he has all that money,
Miscavige fails.
Under Miscavige's leadership, independent religious surveys have seen
the church go from a very minor religion to virtually non-existent--
too small to count.
Under Miscavige's leadership, mistakes by the church have triggered
the largest protests against Scientology in its entire history.
Under Miscavige's leadership, the entire executive structure of the
church has been destroyed. Previous leaders of the church have left or
are now locked up.
Under Miscavige's leadership, the image of the Church of Scientology
has gone from "somewhat acceptable" to "really kooky cult".
Under Miscavige's leadership, membership numbers have crashed.
Existing members are leaving in largest-ever numbers and new recruits
are virtually non-existent.
Under Miscavige's leadership, reports of crimes and abuse by the
church have gone up several orders of magnitude.
The only things that Miscavige does do well are those fancy (and
fanciful) event presentations. But don't look for any outside evidence
for anything Miscavige says, don't go check for yourself. Those
wonderful bits of Scientology news exist only in his big event
presentations. If those events told the truth, there would be nothing
to applaud. Miscavige has failed miserably.

Exchange? David Miscavige is badly "out-exchange" with all current and
former Scientologists, and with society."
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« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2008, 05:40:27 PM »

                                                      Obituaries
                                Traci Williams; Actress With Outreach Troupe


Thursday, December 25, 2008; Page B06

Traci L. Williams, 45, an actress and arts educator with Living Stage Theatre Company from 1985 to 1995 and more recently an administrator with the Church of Scientology, died Dec. 14 of cancer at the Washington Home hospice. She lived in the District.

Living Stage was the community outreach branch of Arena Stage and was led by Robert Alexander.

Ms. Williams, whose stage name was Halima, was a performing artist, writer and educator with the company, which performed in schools, jails and the juvenile justice system. It also organized theater workshops for disabled children, troubled teenagers and the incarcerated. In 1994-95, she was co-artistic director.

"When I came here [to Living Stage], my life changed," Ms. Williams told The Washington Post in 1990. "It was like enlisting in a revolutionary work corps or boot camp."

She also performed in two museum theater pieces at the Smithsonian Institution. Four of her plays have been produced professionally.

From 1995 until earlier this year, Ms. Williams worked with the Church of Scientology. She was director for community outreach and education programs in New York, executive director of the church's Harlem foundation, also in New York, and director of quality assurance for the church's counselor training program in Los Angeles. ........
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/24/AR2008122402399.html

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This wonderful woman did a lot for Scientology.
And what did Scientology do for her ???

What are they doing for her family right now ??

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