Parallels between the David Miscavige and Warren Jeffs

David Miscavige is the leader of the Church of Scientology (COS). Warren Jeffs is the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).

The churches have no doctrines in common, so why do I think there are parallels between the two leaders?

I was doing some research, for a novel I’m writing, and got sidetracked. It happens. I went from religions of the Middle East Circa 1000 BC to current religions.

While reading up on the Church of Scientology, I noticed something. Something that caused me to go back to some research I’d done on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints three-four years ago.

The two sects have no doctrines in common, in fact it is hard to find sects further apart in beliefs (feel free to comment if you’ve got some). What they do have in common is the changes that occurred when the leadership passed away after a period where the leadership wasn’t in effective control.

Rulon Jeffs

Rulon Jeffs was an early leader of the FLDS. He set the most of the original patterns that the FLDS followed for years, and was a beloved leader, often referred to as “Uncle Rulon” by his followers.

Rulon Jeffs suffered a long illness. During that period, his son, Warren Jeffs claimed to be passing on his fathers orders. When his father died, Warren took over.

L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard was the founder of the COS. Due to legal problems, Hubbard went into hiding, controlling the church through David Miscavige. When Hubbard died, Miscavige took over.

The Parallels

In both cases, the new leader had been in effective control for years, before the old leader died. In both cases the old leader didn’t tell anyone else who he wanted to take over, and didn’t leave written instructions, or at least any written instructions that we found…

There was only the new leader’s statements.

We don’t know that the new leaders of either sect were really the old leader’s choice. It would have been fairly easy for either Jeffs or Miscavige to have pulled a hostile takeover. And in both cases questions have been raised about whether a hostile takeover did happen.

And we probably will never, ever know. But it is curious that there was nothing in writing, especially since both sects have a religious attachment to the written word.


Wayne Borean

Sunday January 6, 2013



4 thoughts on “Parallels between the David Miscavige and Warren Jeffs

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  1. “When I was a kid I lived in Utah, and the Boy Scouts was taken over by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). This, so called religion, practices underage polygamy, they send the boy s off on missions to divide the underage sisters among the dirty old men of the clan. Now when these underage girls get pregnant, these same dirty old men, send them to the state to get their welfare checks . You should see some of the palace homes that are paid with welfare checks (not on just one of course). By the way this is the newest religion that was created right here in United States of America, I guess their also in AZ, CA, NM, TX, NV, CO, OK. When someone hides behind religion to do or say something that is wrong we should stand up and point it out (right the wrong). Someone should ask Glenn Beck about it, he seems to have all the answers.”

    1. Newest religion? Hardly. I know of several that are newer, like Oneness Pentacostalism and Germanic Neo-Paganism. Each have their detractors.

      I wasn’t in particular picking on either the FLDS or Scientology, I was just remarking on a similarity that both groups had, in that there had been a change of control under certain circumstances, and that the new head’s actions were disputed. I could have picked different faiths to use as illustrations, I just happened to be familiar with these two.


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