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Great article from Jeffrey Augustine.
http://scientologymoneyproject.com/2015/02/26/the-sea-org-fact-or-fiction/There was one extremely curious omission however.
This a very crucial subtlety: The Sea Org does not have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status!
Why does the Sea Org not have tax exempt status?
Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson is now one of twenty-two lawyers working for David Miscavige and the other defendants in Rathbun v. Miscavige et. al. in Comal County, Texas. Mr. Jefferson stated in his Writ of Mandamus:
“Plaintiff asserts that Mr. Miscavige exercised control because he leads the Sea Organization, a religious order within Scientology. But the ‘Sea Org’ is not a corporate entity; it has no physical or legal existence. It is not incorporated or established pursuant to legal formalities. It has no constitution, charter or bylaws, and no formal or informal ecclesiastical, corporate, or other management structure. It has no directors, officers, managing agents, or other executives; no employees, staff members, or volunteers; no income; no disbursements, no bank accounts or other assets; no liabilities; no stationery; no office, home, address, or telephone number. It does not create or maintain any financial, personnel, or other records. It can neither give nor receive orders because it has no one to either give or receive them or to carry them out. It cannot sue or be sued. (MR1810-12 at ¶13.) The evidence Mrs. Rathbun has submitted fails to establish a prima facie basis for an alter ego finding, because none of it involves the defendants’ purported contacts relating to this suit, nor does any of it speak to the organizations’ current practices.”
The public and the courts are supposed to believe that the multibillion-dollar transnational “ecclesiastical hierarchy” known as the “Church of Scientology” is wholly managed and operated by ~3,000 unpaid volunteers from a legally nonexistent “Sea Org” that — per by Mr. Jefferson’s own words — “has no directors, officers, managing agents, or other executives; no employees, staff members, or volunteers.”
The ultimate lie in the Church of Scientology is that the Sea Org is an actual organization.
It is not.