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Kansas City Ideal Org

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    New Church of Scientology signs appear in downtown Kansas City | The Kansas City Star

    Excerpt:

    On Tuesday afternoon, it appeared renovations were underway on the first floor of the 65,751-square-foot building, which was built in the 1920s and is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Standing on top of its downtown Kansas City location are unfinished signs facing north and south that appear to say “Church of Scientology.”

    More at https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article224106225.html
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Church of Scientology is getting an extremely high-thetan-level deal in Kansas City

    By David Hudnall, Editor in chief, Kansas City Pitch, January 9, 2019

    Quote:

    For the last eleven (11) years, the Church of Scientology has owned a large building in the center of the Crossroads and paid almost no property taxes on it.

    As The Pitch reported in 2015, Scientology bought the City National Bank Building, at 1801 Grand, in 2007, with plans to move its midtown operations (at the intersection of 39th Street and Main Street) to the Crossroads.

    The move never happened. The church has continued to operate in midtown as the Crossroads building — which is on the National Register of Historic Places — sat lifeless.

    In theory, Jackson County should have been taxing the church. Actually, not in theory — by law. Missouri requires that a property be "regularly and actually used for religious worship" to qualify for tax exemption. Anybody who lives or works in the Crossroads could tell you that 1801 Grand has been thoroughly devoid of activity since at least 2007.

    During that time, the county assessed 1801 Grand at about $3.5 million. The Corrigan Building, just a few blocks away at 1828 Walnut, was also assessed at $3.5 million during these years. But while the Corrigan Building's annual tax bill floated around $140,000 per year, the Church of Scientology paid almost nothing: $84 (not a typo) annually from 2010-2012, and, post-streetcar, $4,000 per year.

    (Of course, the Corrigan Building doesn't pay property taxes anymore either, because rich developers simply aren't asked to pay their fair share in Kansas City.)

    Add it up, and a properly taxed 1801 Grand would have likely added over $1 million to county coffers over the last decade. Instead: bupkis. Sorry, failing jails and schools!

    All of which brings us to our news hook, which is that sometime in the last week, there's been movement around the building. Construction workers crowd the sidewalks outside 1801 Grand, and, most noticeably, there is now a big SCIENTOLOGY sign above the building. Scientology is now a part of the Kansas City skyline. It is hard to read, but it exists, and the church tells the Star that:

    “The new premises are needed to accommodate the Church’s expansion and better serve their parishioners and community. Our parishioners are very excited about the new Church and working with our neighbors on social betterment programs." And: “The building is being designed to provide the full services of a Scientology Church and will have a multimedia information center as well as a chapel for Sunday services and community-wide events.”

    Worth noting: this is exactly what the church has been saying for the past eleven (11) years.

    Also worth noting: this!

    Source: https://www.thepitchkc.com/news/blo...extremely-highthetanlevel-deal-in-kansas-city
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Kansas City: Don’t panic. Your skyline is screwed, but Scientology isn’t taking over.

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, January 11, 2019

    Excerpt:

    The Ideal Orgs are a bust. So why does Miscavige keep building them? Because it’s the only thing he has that he can use to convince his wealthy donors that Scientology is “expanding” despite all the evidence to the contrary. And his donors want to believe him. They’ll ignore any evidence of what’s really going on, that Scientology, according to the best sources, is now down to fewer than 20,000 active members around the world.

    But in Kansas City, the local press appears to be unaware of this background material, or even to have seen Leah’s show. (Except for The Pitch. Naturally, our old rag seems to know what’s what.) The Kansas City Star dutifully repeated Scientology’s absolutely bogus claim that it had TEN THOUSAND members in the Kansas City area.

    Well, that’s the Star, clueless as ever.

    We’d be shocked if the Kansas City org had more than 100 active members at this point. The other couple of hundred people who show up for the grand opening will come from other areas, flown in just for the occasion. (Here’s our prediction: The grand opening will have about 400 people in attendance, and Scientology will claim 2,000.)

    Kansas City, don’t panic. After the Scientologists hold their little party, that Ideal Org will go very quiet. And you can point and laugh at that sign on the skyline, a monument to David Miscavige’s hubris.

    To prepare you further, please enjoy these two brief videos which explain the Ideal Org program and its recent opening in Detroit:

    More at https://tonyortega.org/2019/01/11/k...-is-screwed-but-scientology-isnt-taking-over/
  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    New Scientology building in KC adds bigger Midwest presence | The Kansas City Star

    Excerpt:

    ‘Public welcome,’ sort of

    For the last 16 years, the Church of Scientology has quietly occupied two floors of a low-slung storefront at Main and 39th streets. A neighboring H&R Block outlet commands more attention. A yellow van for hauling “Volunteer Ministers” around the region sits in the parking lot off the church’s back door.

    And beside that door, the words “Public Welcome.”

    Taped on a hallway wall, a recent notice alerted church members that “we got okay to brief public on specific strategies that we are about to launch.”

    But when a reporter for The Star arrived unannounced at the briefing, spokesman Matt Ward said: “You’re more than public.”

    He said the organization was not ready to roll out anything for news media. Then Ward escorted the reporter out of the facility, past maybe a dozen gathering members.

    He said the church was too busy finishing the downtown building’s renovation to consider The Star’s requests to tour it.

    Last year, Scientology enthusiasts attending local fundraising celebrations numbered at least 50, as suggested in group photos and videos they posted on a “Kansas City Ideal Org” Facebook page.

    The site has 377 followers. It shows many dancing, singing, donning costumes and congratulating one another as their individual gifts to the Org climb into the tens of thousands of dollars.

    Such moves out of modest office digs and into fetching new buildings have been happening since the early 2000s. But critics such as Tony Ortega speculate that once it opens, the new Ideal Org will likely appear dormant — like some of the church’s other refurbished showcases.

    A one-time Kansas Citian and author of the anti-Scientology blog The Underground Bunker, Ortega told The Star: “In a year or two, that place in Kansas City will be dead. Then the financial challenge will be keeping the lights on.”

    The charge was echoed by former Scientology architect Paul Burkhart. He told ex-member and actress Leah Remini on a recent episode of her scathing A&E documentary, “Scientology and the Aftermath,” that a few years into an Ideal Org’s operation, most of the buildings stand empty but for the furniture and some staffers.

    While Scientology’s website boasts of more than 10,000 locations — worship places, missions and “related organizations and affiliated groups” in 165 countries — its detractors have long smacked down the church’s membership claims.

    More at https://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article224180030.html
  5. RavenEyes Member

    LOL. That crowd looks fake af. Even Westboro didn't come to "welcome" them, and they show up for EVERYONE. That's how little KC thinks of the cult...they don't. They're written off as freaks. Visitors to the area don't mosey that far down from the Sprint Center, either, so the only people who will walk in will be homeless looking for a warm place to rest or an already-in cult member.

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