Today, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the California Secretary of State for First Independent Church of Scientology (FICS), a nonprofit religious corporation.
The name says it all. The first of its kind, and wholly independent of the church Miscavige hijacked and then used to alter, degrade and reverse both the technology and the aims of Scientology.
Establishment – This is Your Church
Now that FICS is incorporated, it will need to be established. This phase will take as long as it takes. A lot depends on the amount of participation and support it receives.
While Jim Fonda is the incorporator of FICS, and we have assisted him, this church belongs to those who build and support it.
Based on the outpouring of support and positive feedback we received in response to the article announcing the plan for FCIS, this new church is greatly and enthusiastically welcomed.
Its success, like the time it takes to make FICS fully operational, will be influenced by the number and quality of persons who step up and take responsibility for it. We invite not only your support but your active participation.
Please notify us if you are interested in lending a hand, and in what capacity and to what extent.
Bylaws are presently being written. They will be reviewed and, no doubt, revised more than once before being adopted. The intention is to establish checks and balances, and to include measures that will reduce, if not entirely eliminate, the recurrence of a power hungry leader who takes over and turns it into a personally run control mechanism.
One remedy appears likely: that members of FICS will be granted legal standing to enforce the corporate articles and bylaws and the provisions of the California Nonprofit Religious Corporation Code. Had that measure been in place for the church’s governing corporations, its members could have forced the implementation of checks and balances years ago.
Questions for consideration are: 1) should these powers be granted to any member? or 2) should they only be given to a class of members, and, if so, how should that class be defined? Examples: Class IV interned auditors; contracted staff members; and/or those members who have completed at least a 2½ year contract in an FICS mission, church, or advanced organization.
We welcome your input. Like? Dislike? If like, how should the class be defined?
Tentatively, it appears likely that a Technical Watchdog Committee (tech WDC) comprised of highly trained auditors with proven statistics will oversee the tech lines, perhaps even having the power to appoint and remove (for cause only) the Senior C/S and heads of the Technical and Qualifications divisions. This is intended to address one of the major causes of the church’s technical failures: Miscavige, who was unqualified to do so, took control of technical lines and, naturally, made a fine mess of them.
How do you feel about a tech WDC being used for this purpose? What should be the qualifications of members on the Technical WDC? Who would you nominate for this position? Any volunteers? We are inclined to require a training level of Class VIII.
Trademark of the Word “Scientology”
One of the unknown variables that could prolong the period of establishment is whether the church will seek to enjoin FICS’s use of the word “Scientology,” and if they do, how a court will rule on its request for an injunction.
We will say this: if the church attempts to block the use of the word “Scientology,” we will cross claim to cancel their trademark for being generic. Examples of lost marks are the words: Escalator, Kleenex, and Band-Aid.
Additionally, the reasons the church was able to obtain a trademark in the first place was due to a lack of opposition and the failure of the Patent and Trademark Office to uncover the evidence we possess; viz., that the word Scientology pre-existed LRH’s research into the subject.
We will take one step at a time.
Today’s filing of the articles of incorporation is a giant stride forward.
* * * UPDATE * * *
The articles of incorporation were accepted by the California Secretary of State on March 7, 2016. To see a copy of the endorsed articles, click here.
 See, e.g., The Primary Synopsis of Universology and Alwato, by Stephen Pearl Andrews (1871), p.34, where Scientology is defined in a similar subject.