David Miscavige says "The war is over" and counts the IRS to his best friends
Quote of David Miscavige's IAS speech, 8 October 1993
David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center - gave a speech to the 9th anniversary event of the International Association of Scientologists. 10,000 members of the International Association of Scientologists had gathered in the Los Angeles Sports Arena to hear Miscavige announce a spectacular victory: After 30 years of conflict with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Church of Scientology (CoS) had won complete tax exemption for all of its 150 US entities.
Tonight you are here to get word of what has been promoted as our biggest breakthrough on the fourth dynamic ever! Let me begin by assuring you that is not an overstatement! I feel safe in stating that if you were to take all of our previous external wins - those over the last four decades - and combine them all into one, they wouldn't even approach the magnitude of what I will announce tonight.
We usually cover many different activities. Tonight will be different. Because what we are going to talk about is the war to end all wars.
We did meet with the commissioner, and, as the saying goes - the rest is history.
- There will be no billion dollar tax bill which we can't pay.
- There will be no more discrimination.
- There will be no more 2,500 cases against parishioners across the US.
- The pipeline of IRS false reports won't keep flowing across the planet
- There will be no more nothing - because:
On October first, 1993, at 8:37 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the IRS issued letters recognizing Scientology and every one of its organizations as fully tax exempt!
The war is over!
... And what about all those battles and wars still being fought overseas - many of which were brought about originally by IRS false reports. Well, there's good news on that front too. To begin with, we will waste no time carrying news of this new breakthrough to all foreign countries. Those battles have been being held in place by suppressive governments just quoting the IRS.
The line has been:
"You are an American religion. If the IRS doesn't recognize you, why should we?"
The answer is - "They do. And now, you better as well!"
Make no mistake - there is much work to be done on those fronts. But we have already taken the first steps in using this IRS victory to end the rest of the battles. What about all of the false reports I mentioned tonight? We are now in possession of them and will be receiving many more documents out of our files. We will diligently work to clean up all false reports.
But there is another step that will go a long way in cleaning up the false representations the IRS has made about us. The IRS has agreed to send out leaflets to the governments of every nation. These letters will state that they have done a thorough review of all Scientology activities from top to bottom and having found nothing wrong - fully recognize us as a bona-fide and qualified tax exempt organization to the full extent of the law.
Furthermore, they will be attaching to each of these letters a printed fact sheet on Scientology that explains what Scientology really is. Who LRH is, and what all of our organizations are. It is very complete and very accurate. How do I know? We wrote it!
And the IRS will be sending it out to every government in the world! Even Interpol will receive our fact sheet directly from the IRS. That's what it looks like! (visual)
The real thing I want you to understand is that we didn't just get exemption - we ended a war.
We wanted to end all conflicts, to have a fresh start - to get rid of any potential future conflicts so some SP couldn't start it all up again. It took time. It took a lot of work. It resulted in a peace treaty. I even brought a copy of it to show you. This represents what it took to resolve each and every outstanding conflict with the IRS.
Here is a photo. It shows the handshake when this was all over: (picture)
Represented in this picture are each and every person from the IRS side and our side. But I have another picture to show you. It is this one. (picture)
You can see how happy Norman, Heber, Marty and myself are. But who is that giving the thumbs up on the left? That's right - the IRS. Let me be clear. These people - once our enemy - now see us as friends. And for my part, the feeling is mutual.
But I would like to thank 3 individuals who were there on the front lines helping to fight this battle.
They are Marty Rathbun, Norman Starkey and Heber Jentzsch.
But we have many fine people, names that are now famous in Scientology - like Earle Cooley, Bill Drescher, Eric Lieberman, Michael Hertzberg and others. But for fighting this war, we have some professionals who specifically should be acknowledged.
But I can tell you with absolute certainty there isn't an individual more hated by the Department of Justice or the Internal Revenue Service today. He truly brought them to tears. They are both being presented with a trophy that is inscribed: "Truth knows no impenetrable barrier and only truth pierces the thickest armor. With sincere appreciation to Bill Walsh and Rick Moxon who pierced the armor."
The final three awards are for some individuals who have been directly involved in the war with the IRS for the last 8 years. Not a few battles. But every one of them.
"With deepest appreciation to Jerry Feffer, Tom Spring, and Monique Vingling, who paid the price."
I am declaring a general amnesty for all Scientologists. Except for suppressive acts, any and all offenses committed are forgiven. Full details of this amnesty will be made available to you. Avail yourself of it.