We thought we'd take this relaxing time to ruminate about something that tends to come up from time to time with Scientology watchers: just how many Scientologists are there, anyway?
That question came up again this week when the Associated Press happened to mention that Scientology claims 10 million members worldwide.
If that number were true, Scientology would be a little smaller than Judaism around the world, and well ahead of the Baha'i faith.
And if you think that's true, we have a lovely bridge here in New York City that you might be interested to hear is for sale...
When Scientology says it has millions of "members," Jentzsch (president of Scientology in 2000) admitted under oath, it is actually talking about the total number of people, since L. Ron Hubbard first came up with Dianetics in 1950, who have ever picked up a Hubbard book, or filled out a "personality test," or taken a course, or otherwise had any interaction with the organization in any way.