(Note: those unfamiliar with Scientology can get a very good translation of this post at the Village Voice, http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/04/michael_fairman.php)
First, a little context provided by the irrepressible Cowboy Poet (a comment he made on this blog yesterday):
We’re about to celebrate Easter, the Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’s rise from the dead–is exterior, I suppose. (Theologians might dispute my one sentence explanation but we’ll use it.) So now if one were so bold as to examine Christian history with the Church of Scientology history, he would find history repeating itself a thousand fold. I mean how many people here, people of good intention, were crucified and later went exterior when they figured out the truth of the matter? I rest my case. Happy Easter!!!! – Cowboy Poet
There should be no mistaking that the intent of the Suppressive Person declare in modern corporate Scientology is the the public killing of the recipient. Sort of like the crucifixion of old Roman times, don’t just kill them, hang em’ up so others will get the message.
David Miscavige – as is his wont – has evilized the practice so greatly as to have it blow up in his face. He has enforced a firm policy over the past couple years – no SP declares are to be circulated broadly – intstead to be used privately so as to quietly stab the recipient in the back among his friends, family and associates. A sort of stealth crucifixion.
The rationale is three-fold: a) he is declaring so many opinion leaders, the omnipresent Golden Rod would be the best advertisement for people to get the hell out of his “church”, b) his black PR manifestos are so full of easily demonstrable falsehoods that they would “be made fun of on the internet”, c) the accused might try to obtain a comm ev (as everyone who is declared is entitled by Policy to) and the presentation of EVIDENCE at a number of such trials would likely result in comm ev members leaving the burning house too.
So to date, very few high profile Independents have ever seen their own declare orders. Well, leave it to Miscavige’s outfit to get careless with one of the highest profile declare orders ever written. Michael Fairman’s badge of honor mysteriously wound up in his hands. And not surprisingly Michael has a few things to say about it. So, what follows are Michael’s publication of and commentary on his own declare order. And with it goes perhaps the last, remaining shred of credibility such orders may have once carried. And so Micheal’s crucifixion is converted by theta into exteriorization – may all future ones follow suit.