Eight years ago:
The Church of Scientology in New York City, located just off Times
Square, was a gift from the International Association of Scientologists
to the people of New York in recognition of their courage and spirit in
the face of the 2001 World Trade Center disaster.
Mr. David Miscavige dedicated the building. He was joined by United
States Congressman Charles Rangel, United Nations Undersecretary Maurice
Strong, and Vice President of the Times Square Alliance, Mr. Bob
In his address to the 10,000 Scientologists and guests assembled for
the grand opening, Mr. Miscavige underscored the meaning of the new
"As we look out across the world, we can speak of international
conflict, of economic instability, and yes, of terrorism. But if we do
my friends, let us not speak in terms of those problems. Let us speak in
terms of solutions, solutions that can solve every one of them.
“This Church represents the work and help all of us must continue to
bring, in achieving the full measure of our aims. For here is the Ideal
Organization from which to bring all of our programs, all of our tech,
“So yes, this is just the start. And that is why I say today is when the real work begins.
“For this is more than just a home for you, the Scientologists of New York.
"It is also a home for the broader community where all men and women
of goodwill are welcome, and who we dedicate ourselves to helping each
and every one.
“And by demonstrating, in action, the conviction of our beliefs, the future knows no bounds. For this is New York, and to help her is to help the world.
“So if evil, pain, bewilderment and injustice are fundamental facts
of today's existence, let's all of us demonstrate with stronger
conviction that something can be done about it.
“Because we believe in Man. We know there is hope. And because we can help, working together, we will make a difference.”