Tony Ortega melder at Basel har fått en “Ideal Org”, en slags påkostet, ekstravagant variant av organisasjonens sedvanlige, trauste “kirker”, kalt “Orgs”. Det som er verdt å merke seg her, er at forrige gang en slik Ideal Org ble ferdigstilt, var for ett år siden. Det ser med andre ord ut til at CoS sliter med å melke den krympende medlemsmassen for penger. (Ja, medlemmene må selv betale for oppgraderingen til en “Ideal Org”.)
Scientology opens a new ‘Ideal Org’ in Basel this weekend — nearly a year after its last one
Our man in Paris — British journalist Jonny Jacobsen — has a special report for us today about what’s been happening in Switzerland. Almost a year since the last new “Ideal Org” opened in Sydney on May 4, 2014, a new one is set to open this weekend. That’s a much slower pace than Scientology leader David Miscavige was on in past years, an indication perhaps of how much more difficult it has become to raise funds from a dwindling membership.
Jacobsen has been talking to the locals, and he sets us up for this weekend’s festivities. Take it away, Jonny…
Local residents and critics of Scientology — including former members — are mobilizing Saturday in Basel, Switzerland, to protest the official opening of the latest “Ideal Org.”
Local resident Thomas Erlemann got official clearance for his counter-demonstration earlier this week, and it will run from from 1:30 pm local time (12:30 London, 7:30 New York) at Burgfelderstrasse — just over the road from the official opening.
Supporters from Austria, France, and Ireland are among those expected at the three-hour event, says Erlemann. There will be music, there will be speeches and their permit even clears them for two five-minute bursts of “ALLES WAS KRACH MACHT” — which appears to translate mean “EVERYBODY MAKE A RACKET.”
Erlemann means business: In his announcement about the protest, he invites participants to bring drums and trumpets. And the Swiss edition of the free paper 20 Minuten has a photo of him holding a vuvuzela, those god-awful horns used during the 2010 South Africa World Cup. (There’s a reason they were banned from last year’s Brazil World Cup.)