Mr. David Miscavige: It is truly my pleasure to join you in the opening of this new Church of Scientology of New York. Because, and let there be no doubt, the significance of this day far transcends what stands before you.
And that really is saying something, since what stands before you is nothing short of sensational, representing the decade long dreams of New York Scientologists.
Yet, while that alone may be cause for celebration, the importance of this new church — your new church — extends far beyond this structure, or this city. In that regard, today marks a milestone step in our planetary crusade to urgently bring on our help on a global scale — with the importance of today’s occasion extending across the Scientology world. And that is why it is my honor to be here today. For as you will soon hear — this last year has seen us opening new churches, like this one, in every corner of the globe. And in the near future there will be even more. But no matter how many — this one is special. As for why — the answers are many.
As a first reason — and as you have just heard — nowhere held a more “special place” in the heart of our Founder, than this city. But that doesn’t say it all. After all, there is a reason L. Ron Hubbard called New York “home.”
For when you consider New York is the hub of everything from American Publishing to fashion, the nation’s financial capital and epicenter of global trends, not to mention the international center for entertainment and media, and all in addition to the most diverse culture on Earth, which sets the trends across every generation and spectrum of life — well, what more need be said? New York is the greatest city on Earth.