Main Office of the Religious Technologies Center
The Religious Technology Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to serve as the keeper of the religious texts and revered symbols of the Church of Scientology. The Religious Technology Center (RTC) is owned and operated by members of the leadership of the Church of Scientology, however, it claims that it stands as an independent organization intended to protect the logos, texts, canon, and technologies of the religion of Scientology as a whole. The international headquarters of the organization is located on the northern side of Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, in an iconic building bearing the Church’s name.
Backstory and Context
The RTC claims to primarily protect the Church’s technologies and paths to enlightenment, while simultaneously protecting the public from misuse of those same techniques. From the headquarters in Los Angeles, the RTC engages in extensive research and, when deemed necessary, litigation. They accept online and mailed “knowledge reports” from both Scientology adherents and non-scientologists reporting misuse of Scientology’s trademarks, technologies, scriptures, and more.
One of the most notable cases of the RTC auditing and policing usage of the Church’s materials is the US District Court case of RTC v Robin Scott and the Church of New Civilization. The case was in litigation for over ten years, finally being dismissed in early 1996 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the determination that the RTC was “playing fast and loose” with the judicial system. Critics of the RTC’s behavior in this incident claim that it is an example of the Church attempting to quash dissent via legal means, while the RTC alleges that the Church of New Civilization used stolen Scientology documentation to establish its teachings. In another notable case, RTC v. Lerma, the judge presiding over the case determined that the lawsuit was intended to pursue “the stifling of criticism and dissent of the practices of Scientology.” Despite these cases, the RTC has largely pursued copyright and trademark cases in court.
The RTC is the subject of much internal dispute within Scientology itself. Led by “Chairman of the Board” David Miscavige, who also serves as the spiritual leader of the Church of Scientology, the RTC has come under criticism by a number of high-ranking ex-scientologists who allege that its function as a protector of the purity of Scientology is an incomplete understanding. Of note, according to the Affidavit of Jesse Prince, who previously served in the second highest position within the RTC, the RTC is used to maintain complete control of the greater Church of Scientology by the chairman David Miscavige. André Tabayoyon, a previous Church of Scientology security officer, additionally claims in his affidavit that because of the RTC’s legal power, David Miscavige is able to wield considerable power over nearly every other organization within Scientology.
the Religious Technology Center. Accessed July 02, 2017. http://www.rtc.org/guarant/index.html. The official website for the Religious Technology Center
Religious Technology Center. Wikipedia.org. Accessed July 02, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Technology_Center#cite_note-prince-38. A meta-source for general information on the RTC and its dealings
Tabayoyon, Andre. Affidavit of Andre Tabayoyon. cs.cmu.edu. Accessed July 02, 2017. https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/Declaration/andredec.txt. An archive of the court affidavit of Andre Tabayoyon concerning the RTC internal ongoings