Scientology, disability, and the illusion of transcendence

A picture of Scientology’s Pacific Area Command Base, a large blue building in Los Angeles affectionately known as ‘Big Blue.’ The words from Red Bull’s famous slogan, ‘Gives You Wings,’ have been edited in below the building’s large ‘Scientology’ sign.

Scientology is for an able guy like you or like me … The insane and so forth, somebody else can have them. They’ve already failed.
- L. Ron Hubbard, 1966.¹

The Church of Scientology is obsessed with the concept of 'ability'. In his only public interview to date, David Miscavige, the current leader of the movement, said that the singular…