All I could say was "Well done!"
But, here it is, a new year and I had in mind doing a pretty ordinary look back and then make predictions. It's fun to do.
But there is a new and significant event that just happened which changed my plans for what would probably have been a predictable and boring article.
I am, of course, referring to the Debbie Cook email.
This is significant. While it is true that Scientologists "in good standing" have been talking with each other about some of the problems and it is true that prominent Scientologists have spoken out after leaving the church, there has never been a prominent Scientologist speaking out while still, technically, "in good standing".
This email went to a lot of well connected Scientologists who have no reason to doubt that Debbie Cook is still in good standing.
Let's take a look at what Debbie says. She is not attacking Scientology or Hubbard in any way. She uses the line "The truth is that as a Scientologist you are more able, more perceptive and have a higher integrity" to appeal to the Scientology ego. While she names David Miscavige, she doesn't personally attack him (i.e. call him "suppressive"). She quotes Hubbard appropriately to make her points. While lengthy, her email does not get bogged down in too much detail as so many other "doubt formulas" have. She has done a good job talking to Scientologists in their terms.
I believe this will be effective. I'm guessing that speaking freely about everything Debbie has brought up will become common within Scientology. That is all to the good.
I read a concerned comment by someone to the effect that we don't want Scientologists to rebel and reform Scientology as Debbie urges. We want, the commenter insists, the church to continue to abuse and defraud Scientologists in order to speed up its collapse.
I'd say that this email will greatly speed up the church's collapse. First, Debbie urges all Scientologists to stop sending any money to the church except for donations for services -- which monies remain (mostly) local. This cuts off Miscavige's lucrative income from all his bogus fundraising tricks.
But wait! By pointing out all the "out-tech" now being enforced by the church, she is discouraging Scientologists from actually taking services.
And, finally, by detailing the total destruction of the upper management of the church, Debbie is making it perfectly "legal" to ignore the dictates coming from "management".
UPDATE: I see some speculation as to why Debbie emphasized that she hasn't spoken to the media and then says "Please keep this email among us, the Scientologists. The media have no place in this" when she must know it would be quickly spread everywhere.
I assume this has to do with her gag agreement with the Church of Scientology when she left the Sea Org. She is, undoubtedly, forbidden from talking to the media. By saying what she says, she is abiding by the agreement. If others ignore her request and spread it about, it's not her fault.If this doesn't cause a majority of the remaining churchies to disassociate from the Church of Scientology, I'll be very surprised.
They may remain True Believers, and they may then be captured by the Independent Movement, but that group is not organized and is not effective.
And remember this: True Believers must use Scientology and only Scientology for all their endeavors. They must use the Admin and Ethics "tech". The built-in flaws in all of that ensure that any future Scientology organization will not succeed.
This certainly is a good way to start a New Year.