But while the CoS may be able to revise history in its own
publications, removing Reed Slatkin from his longtime association with the Church
is proving considerably more difficult.
During his first of two appearances before the SEC,
Reed gave an impromptu treatise on Scientology to the doubtless befuddled SEC
lawyers after being asked a seemingly innocuous question about his educational
He began by describing his first
encounter with Scientology as a young boy dealing with the death of his father,
and continued till reaching his decision to go into the investment management
business to help his fellow
Scientologists, and his church.
He also discussed his own history in the church, including studying
with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard at the Scientology centre in England,
meeting his wife-to-be, Mary
Jo (also a Scientologist), working
on staff for various Scientology projects, being part of the creation
of the Sea Organization (the Church's most demanding order requiring those
who join to sign a "billion year contract" for service, the Sea Org
is described as "the core of the religion" in Scientology publications),
being ordained as a minister of the Church
and finally, bringing Scientology
to Los Angeles as one of four founders of the American Saint Hill Organization,
familiar to Los Angelenos as part of the sprawling "Big Blue" Scientology
To read excerpts of the deposition that feature Reed's discussion of Scientology,
The full deposition can be read here.
After spending most of his late teens and twenties as a Church of Scientology
volunteer, Reed began running
his own, quasi-independent "field counselling" business, which offered
Scientology processing to other Scientologists.
These articles from the Scientology publication "The Auditor", published
feature Reed as a field auditing "success story".
(These independent field counselling businesses are, of course, highly regulated
by the Church of Scientology, which strictly monitors who is 'licenced' to provide
Scientology training outside Church-owned facilities.)
Reed's membership in the Church of Scientology also gave him more than simply
spiritual comfort, however -- it also provided him with added credibility amongst
his fellow Scientologists, many of who invested with the Reed Slatkin Investment
For a complete list of Reed's investors, including (where known) their affiliation
with the Church of Scientology, visit our Investor
During his heyday as a self-perceived financial guru, Reed Slatkin was a generous
donor to the Church of Scientology himself (as were many of his Scientologist
$500,000 as a Founding Member of the group raising construction funds for
Scientology's Super Power Building in Clearwater, Florida.
He is -- or was, until very recently -- also listed
as a Patron of the International Association of Scientologists, according
to Impact Magazine, a CoS publication.
(The "Patron" Status requires a donation of $35,000.)
Recent reports suggest that his name is conspicuously absent from the latest edition
of Impact however -- no word on whether the CoS returned his donation, or if this
is simply an effort at further disassociation on the part of the Church's public
Reed was also a member of the World
Institute of Scientology Enterprises in 1997, but according to CoS spokesman
Aron Mason, quoted in Esquire
(September 2001), he left the organization in 1998 because he "could not
live up to WISE's ethical standards." (According to the article, Mason "declined
to comment" on the specifics.)
Bezazian was in Scientology for 30 years, and had reached one of the highest
levels of Scientology training (OT7) when she left in July 2000. She has personal
knowledge of Reed Slatkin's role in Scientology.
For more information on the Church of Scientology's involvement in the Slatkin
affair, read about the efforts of Scientologist volunteer
Bennetta Slaughter to insiniuate herself into the bankruptcy proceedings as
a clearinghouse for 'investor information' - an effort that failed in part due
to revelations about her strong ties to the Church of Scientology management in