Monday afternoon in The Atlantic. They run a gushing piece on the Church of Scientology’s bizarre and, if we’re to believe first-hand accounts, frequently unhinged leader David Miscavige. What a year he’s had. What a year for the Church of Scientology too.
2012 was a milestone year for Scientology, with the religion expanding to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, spanning 167 nations–figures that represent a growth rate 20 times that of a decade ago.
The driving force behind this unparalleled era of growth is David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. Mr. Miscavige is unrelenting in his work for millions of parishioners and the cities served by Scientology Churches. He has led a renaissance for the religion itself, while driving worldwide programs to serve communities through Church-sponsored social and humanitarian initiatives.
What follow are amazing accomplishments, and a series of spectacular photos showing Scientologists by the hundreds and thousands rejoicing in locations across the globe: Washington D.C., Tel Aviv, Hamburg. The wide-eyed kudos and congratulations pour in from The Atlantic’s readership:
That’s when The Atlantic realizes. This does not look good.
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Oh well fellas, nice try.