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This $145,000,000 Spiritual Headquarters Is Just Ridiculous. I’m Sure You Know Who Built It.

You have likely heard of Scientology (or instead, the “church” of Scientology). Scientology is a body of beliefs and practices created by L. Ron Hubbard, and to most folks, it looks like a cult that’s literally crazy and focused just on taking people’s money. Scientology instructs that “individuals are immortal beings that have forgotten their true nature” and through their many publications and systems you can pay for, you can achieve enlightenment. If that does not seem familiar, then you will understand all of the stars that are Scientologists: Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, Jason Lee, John Travolta and Juliette Lewis.

And should you not believe just how many individuals are convinced to give the big bucks in exchange for “spiritual liberty”, just check their new headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. It cost $145 MILLION.

The religious headquarters was initially valued at $80 million.

The spiritual headquarters was originally valued at million.

But the church delayed building to raise more resources.

But the church delayed construction to raise more funds.

They clearly are training Bond villains here.

They obviously are training Bond villains here.

Simply walking into this area would make your jaw (and all your cash) on the floor.

Just walking into this place would leave your jaw (and all of your money) on the floor.

“It is so wonderful, how could they possibly be wrong?”

"It's so beautiful, how could they possibly be wrong?"

The atrium is three stories tall and crosses the length of a whole block.

The atrium is three stories tall and spans the length of an entire block.

Now, there’s an in-church cafe rather than walking to other stores in the downtown region where the workers spend their cash.

Now, there is even an in-church cafe where the workers spend their money, instead of walking to other shops in the downtown area.

Sunday services Scientology churches frequently have, and conduct marriages, although it frequently occurs behind closed doors and is all very costly.

Scientology churches often have Sunday services and even perform weddings, although it is all very expensive and often happens behind closed doors.

Are the services are not well attended and volunteers. They may be simply attempting to show they’ren’t that distinct from Christianity.

The ministers that preside over them are volunteers and the services aren't well attended. They are just trying to prove they aren't that different from Christianity.

Although, in these churches, L. Ron Hubbard’s nonsensical estimates cover the walls.

Although, in these churches, L. Ron Hubbard's nonsensical quotes cover the walls.

The building contains book stores where “pre-clears” can purchase all their opening content.

The building includes book stores where "pre-clears" can buy all of their introductory material.

All the historical-seeming texts that members are supported to purchase.

All of the ancient-looking texts that members are encouraged to buy.

The “planetary dissemination” office is in charge of supplying Scientology contents through the world.

The "planetary dissemination" office is responsible for providing Scientology materials throughout the world.

A hall filled with “auditing” rooms.

A hallway filled with "auditing" rooms.

Their bridge to total independence (hmm, I wonder how many gifts are contained on that list).

Their bridge to total freedom (hmm, I wonder how many donations are included on that list).

An exclusive and pricey Emeter they use at the headquarters.

An expensive and exclusive E-meter that they use at the headquarters.

And it is beginning to seem more than a little futuristic…

And it's starting to look more than a little futuristic...

Classes are offered by the church at their headquarters.

The church offers courses at their headquarters.

A private patio for high level donors.

A private terrace for high-level donors.

Their digital, interactive displays educate visitors on how beneficent Scientologists are.

Their digital, interactive displays educate visitors on how benevolent Scientologists are.

Scientology has numerous front groups with distinct aims, like A-ble and WISE.

Scientology has numerous front groups with different goals, like A-B-L-E and WISE.

And obviously, L. Ron Hubbard has an office in every Scientology organization, to symbolize that it is true to his ideals and teachings.

And of course, L. Ron Hubbard has an office in every Scientology organization, to symbolize that it's true to his ideals and teachings.

When you examine the individuals, ridiculous those spiritual buildings are, and the basic teachings of Scientology, it is difficult not to be overwhelmed by how deceptive and creepy it all looks. Maybe Scientology is some lunatic’s set of beliefs we do not understand, but we do understand that it seems like wicked villains are made perpetually from those headquarters.

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