After nearly six decades of honoring L. Ron Hubbard as Founder and Source of Scientology, Scientologists are finally demoting Hubbard to merely “Founder”, to be given an occasional nod, but not much else.
The responsibility of “Source” will now be assumed by David Miscavige, the current leader of the Church of Scientology.
Miscavige took over the Church of Scientology in the mid-80’s and has been consolidating his position ever since. Over the last two decades, he has removed anyone else who was in any position of leadership or authority within the church. The extensive executive structure, established by Hubbard before his death to carry on his wishes for the church, has been completely dismantled, leaving Miscavige as the sole “dictator” of Scientology. A few years ago, Miscavige finally removed the last executives in any leadership roles and locked them up in a special, secure compound-within-a-compound at the Scientology “Int. Base” in Hemet, California. That move left Miscavige, and the revered ghost of L. Ron Hubbard, alone as the official authorities of Scientology.
Removing Hubbard is the last step of Miscavige’s power consolidation.
In recent years, Hubbard has become somewhat of an embarrassment to the Church of Scientology. Hubbard was well known for his creative story telling, and his stories of his life were no exception. The Church of Scientology had taken Hubbard’s tall tales as gospel truth, and had published many biographical articles and booklets that, on closer inspection, were found to contain significant fabrications. The church was put in a position of defending these published accounts, a task which had become increasingly difficult with the advent of the Internet and easy access to the actual documents regarding Hubbard’s life.
As a result of these problems, and as part of his power consolidation, Miscavige has been de-emphasizing Hubbard’s name and image in the church’s events and publications. In the most recent events and publications, Hubbard’s name and image have all but disappeared, being replaced with Miscavige’s, everywhere.
- Miscavige has been rewriting the technology of Scientology for many years, issuing orders and bulletins that, in many cases, actually go against Hubbard’s specific, written instructions.
- He has had Hubbard’s lectures edited to remove statements that the church now finds embarrassing, or claims by Hubbard that the church now realizes were a bit overblown.
- Miscavige has recently completed the extensive rewrite of Hubbard’s books. The “author” of these books (the “Basics”) is now, officially, the “LRH Library”, but everyone knows that this actually means “David Miscavige”.
- He currently has a complete rewrite of Hubbard’s administrative policies in the works. It is rumored that the full set of revised policies will be issued without Hubbard’s name being mentioned anywhere.
- As well, other actions to move away from Hubbard’s influence have been taken, such as the recent dictate that Miscavige’s orders shall, from now on, take full priority over anything written by Hubbard.
The removal of Hubbard as “Source” is now, essentially, complete. Hubbard will be given a nod, once in awhile, as the beloved (if somewhat “eccentric”) Founder, but will otherwise be carefully moved to the far, far background.
The honor of “Source” as well as “Leader” and, perhaps, even “Savior of Scientology” will be Miscavige’s self-assigned accolade from now on.
We wish him good luck with that.