Tampa Bay is Adjacent to Clearwater Florida. In case you don't know, Clearwater is virtually the capital of Scientology. As a result Tampa has an interest is what is going on at the neighbors house. www.Tampabay.com has written a story about the abuse of David Miscavige directed toward his staff. Miscavige is noted as the "worldwide ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion:" This is not the first report, and it doesn't come from one source. These reports come from multiple sources and the commonality seems to be that they are all ex-Scientologists whom have seen David Miscavige violently attack people, or have been attacked themselves. Don't read that as they don't all believe in the tenants of Scientology, they just can no longer stand to be abused.
Scientology claims to address psychological issues. Tom Cruse has spoken about Scientology being the Authority on Psychological Issues, Drug Abuse, and "Criminaty?" (crimes). Yet time and again we see death and Scientology linked together with references. Lisa McPherson is the famous death listed but this history of Scientology Video shows many others at the end. So if they can address all of these issues,
Scientology fits the definition of cult. Random House - A religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader People are dying to support a group that would standby and watch a leader beat it's followers. This isn't one disgruntled follower. Many of these followers are so broken that they still want to follow Scientology, just not David Miscavige.
Leaders of cults like this have historically abused their membership. Jones, Koresh, (death) Rael, Manson, Rajneesh, Sai Baba, Dyers, Bent, etc (sexual). If it's true that Miscavige is openly abusing people within his compounds (multiple reports), how long until we see the collapse of Scientology as an organization due to the leader not respecting life and going publicly too far or even privately clearly killing someone? Those whom have witnessed this behavior need to come forward for the preservation of their religion, if not their own lives.
The French have declared Scientology a cult. the Germans don't recognize it as a religion. I think that it's time that we join in that move. Maybe even address what a religion is. Too many times we've seen these cults do great damage and freedom of religion needs to have it's limits just like every other right in this country. Why are we paying for (tax free business, land, etc) a cult to harm our citizens both emotionally and physically? Maybe religions should take the Hippocratic Oath and offer to do no harm.