[Another OT leaves Scientology - Donna Shannon]
3. I was told too many lies.
4. I saw that the public were ridiculed, to some extent. Thier sessions were videotaped, their overts and withholds publicly discussed in the HGC. This is contrary to the "priest/penitent confidentiality" that is supposedly there.
On November 14, 2006 "Chuck Beatty" posted:
[Another jewel story from an honest ex Scientologist...Through the Door!]
Another reason a person should QUIT FAST if they ever get into Scientology, from the all time excellent "Throught the Door"
http://alley.ethercat.com/frenchdoor/ Through the French Door
http://alley.ethercat.com/xint/ Ex-INT Base Staff Interorogatory ]
Saturday, 12th August, 2006 04:09:35am
Name or Alias: dumbfounded
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
given a leaflet
2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
The people I dealt with were very friendly and kind. The theory re mental image pictures and a past track fascinated me.
3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
4. Did you see, experience, or hear about things that didn't seem right while you were in the Church of Scientology? What were they, and what convinced you to set aside your feelings?
Staff members living on the poverty line with no genuine concern from management about this; some people being discouraged from following their career choices or creative endeavours or building up a credit rating; exceedingly nasty nattering; making fun of Christians behind their backs; rampant natter about people being low-toned or downstat or psychotic or insane or degraded or sp etc; declaring people suppressive unfairly( of course, it is unfair in itself anyway); blocking doors at events and pouncing on people to reg them for the next 'most amazing release ever'; a dictatorial atmosphere, being treated very rudely by certain Sea Org members; regs having bank loan forms in their desk drawers and knowing the bank phone number well; staff calling the public all the time( harassment); preferential treatment based on wealth; not being allowed to think for oneself really as 'it's all been thought out already there in Ron's policies' and to think differently is verging on 'squirrel'; seeing so many Scientologists so focused on ways to get rich in order to pay for their bridges-so much so that wealth and happiness seem to be tightly related( totally in opposition or disrelated with real spirituality); deaths that were kept quiet for pr reasons and ill staff kept working until the end; the Church's fostering of hatred towards those individuals with certain opposing beliefs and not only that but the encouraging of action against those individuals-can you say 'hate-mongering'?; people are ridiculed by the Church as a defensive action the moment they apparently don't get the results tech-wise that 'everyone else' is getting; the Church being the source of more 'entheta' than I ever experienced anywhere else; the Church's desire for revenge on anyone who spouts an opposite view; its OBSESSION with money; Ron himself lying about his background and the Church still blatantly lying-I hate the idea of mass amounts of people being knowingly and deliberately lied to; seeing a person who was declared SP severely introverted as a result and perhaps indelibly; staff being yelled at and invalidated; the RPFers going round and being regarded as the Untouchables; a person referred to as a criminal for not being able to metab on the emeter( based on a policy-yes I'd like to see that one!); an outer org trainee who hadn't seen their child for ten years as they were too busy studying; some staff being forced to work longer hours than allowed by their visa; seeing OSA lying at a picket when hey, those were the good guys, right? etc etc
5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
If you knock someone down enough times they get used to putting up with it. Plus I was always an optimist! ;)
6. Were you staff or public? If staff, was it at a mission or an org?
7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
Quite literally noticed that I was using an unbelievable amount of energy to not think any way other than what was required of a very dedicated Church member. I could just not keep this up. This was not a viable way to exist spiritually and mentally and counterproductive to auditing gains.
8. Do you think the Church of Scientology needs to change some of its practices? If so, what should be changed? How did those practices affect your life?
Needs to abolish disconnection. Needs to reunite those people involved. Needs to take money out of the equation in a big way in everything it does and pay staff backpay from its Swiss bank accounts. Also it needs to stop going after people. In short, it needs to stop its illegal actions. But it won't as those actions are considered 'successful'.
On November 16, 2006 "Robert Thompson" posted:
I am publicly announcing that I am leaving the church. I have been a member, off and on, since 1976. I decided to search the internet concerning Ron's death and found out the truth. Back in 1986 I was at the event at Flag where the top management of the church lied to us. We were told that Ron had voluntarily dropped his healthy body and had decided to do upper level research. It did not sound right at that time, but I did not question it. In retrospect, I cannot believe my gullibility.
I have educated myself regarding the good and bad of Scientology. It is sad to report that the reality is not very pretty. The internet makes finding out the truth a simple matter now. I suspect this ability to easily find answers will hurt the church considerably. The internet is a powerful communication tool.
I want to thank the people who helped me to see through the lies.
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[In Belgian, rough translation follows, thanks to Eldon Braun]
Thielemans interdit l'intimidation au Bld de Waterloo
Le bourgmestre de Bruxelles, Freddy Thielemans, a signé mercredi un arrêté de police pour empêcher les actions d'intimidation des squatteurs qui occupent un immeuble situé 103 boulevard de Waterloo à Bruxelles depuis le 28 septembre.
Le propriétaire des quatre immeubles, la société immobilière Belgium Buildings Acquisition (BBA), a dépêché sur place depuis lundi une équipe d'une centaine de personnes qui se qualifent de "travailleurs volontaires". Motif invoqué par la société qui représente les intérêts de l'Eglise de Scientologie que l'on prédit futur occupant de l'ensemble: entamer le projet de rénovation par des travaux qui ne nécessitent aucun permis.
Jusqu'à mercredi, après un avertissement clair de la Ville de Bruxelles contre toute voie de faits à l'égard des squatteurs de l'aile du complexe située au n°103, ces personnes se sont confinées dans la partie des bâtiments non squattés, soit le 100 et 101. Pour les squatteurs, cette opération visait une nouvelle fois à les intimider alors que le 26 octobre dernier, le tribunal de première instance de Bruxelles avait débouté le propriétaire dans son action visant à obtenir leur expulsion. (belga)
Briefly, the mayor signed a police order prohibiting any type of intimidation or actions involving the squatters at 103 Boulevard de Waterloo. The Scientology "volunteers" are doing superficial work that doesn't require a permit. They must confine their activities to the100 and 101 buildings.
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Could the Church of Scientology be the best show on Broadway?
By Scott Jacobson
HE LYIN' KING Our intrepid scouts take a peek behind L. Ron's curtain
Every day, swarms of fanny-packed tourists wander New York's Times Square in search of the elusive theatrical bargain. Some of them wind up with partially obstructed views of Mamma Mia; others go for the discount nosebleed section at Stepping Out. Inevitably, they will all come to ask themselves the same question: Why has God forsaken me?
As befits a religion with so much star power, Scientology's acolytes have turned proselytizing into a performance art. And with its neoclassical columns and glass-and-marble facade, the Church's Times Square headquarters is a gleaming monument to the magic of theater. You'll probably love the production so much that you'll want to donate the suggested $30 for must-have souvenirs when it's over, but there's no pressure.
On assignment for Radar, I embark on a scouting expedition to the center with my friend Brian, an illustrator. In an entertainment district boasting not only Altar Boys and Jersey Boys but also Naked Boys Singing, we have serious doubts about a show without boys in the title. But we keep a positive attitude. With just four hours, $30, and, as we soon learn, lives lacking in meaning, value, and basically anything at all except animalistic selfishness, we're ready to immerse ourselves in the razzle-dazzlingest religion of them all.
You deck yourself out for a night at the opera. You doll yourself up for a big dinner date. And when visiting the Scientology center, you dress like someone with a void to fill—an abiding sadness that metastasizes with each night spent alone, watching TV, dropping Chinese food on yourself, trolling the Internet for free porn, and wishing for something, anything to fill the vast, whistling emptiness. I choose a Gap polo shirt tucked into khakis. Brian wears a Philadelphia Eagles cap and cargo shorts.
We walk in and meet Jimmy, a plainspoken New York City native who will be our leering Alan Cumming emcee in the cabaret of weirdness that follows. He isn't at all like you'd expect. But that you'd expect anything in the first place is, in Jimmy's opinion, a pain in the ass.
"A lot of people who come in here off the street are your know-it-all phony intellectuals," he says, pegging me without even trying. "They don't come in with open minds."
Jimmy is likable. He wears a button-down tucked loosely into Dockers and talks with the wiry intensity of Midnight Cowboy's Ratso Rizzo. He tells us how Scientology has helped him deal with his girlfriend's constant chatter. His expression for a large amount of something is "pantsload," as in, "Hubbard got his start writing detective stories and such, and I'll tell you, he made a pantsload of cash."
Jimmy leads us to the Spartan screening room where we watch a 15-minute video introduction to Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, L. Ron Hubbard's unifying theory of the human mind and an unparalleled masterwork of yanked-from-the-ass lingo. Hubbard uses jargon like David Mamet uses curse words, only instead of bull sessions between losers at a pawn shop, he crafted a system for losers to base their lives around. Some religions require a big leap of faith, Scientology asks for lots of small leaps to the glossary.
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I went to the big 2006 IAS event at the local org. Attendance was down from previous years.
What they do is show a video of the IAS Event held at Saint Hill from the week before. This annual event was made famous several years ago when Miscavige presented Tom Cruise with a gaudy diamond encrusted gold medal and a big hug and a salute.
They announced the IAS Freedom Medal winners. This year's medal winners weren't as spectacular as Tom. Miscavige just gave them a regular medal and none of that hugging.
One Freedom Medal Winner was reported to have helped to stop drug warlords fighting in Colombia.
Another winner was a Volunteer Minister, he helped tsunami victims in India, giving touch assists, gave out rice, and helped them build boats. I guess he had time to do that between all that PR work and photo opportunities.
They announced opening of a new London Org.
The IAS event video, as usual, is a very long and tiring thing to watch, some points are interesting but they drag it on and on rather than just get to the point. I think it was about 3 hours long, I lost track of time. Good thing the room is dark so one can take a mini-nap.
Miscavige and Heber did most of the talking. Heber looked old and fat and dark tanned or make-up on. He had a rather nice, sympathetic sounding voice not at all like when he does one of his rants.
Miscavige must have a lot of gray hair now because his whole head of hair has that fake dye look. His suit was a bit tight this time, he finally got rid of that big suit that was too big for him with the big shoulder pads, and he must not be wearing those Gucci elevator shoes anymore because he was a good one foot shorter than everybody else. He looked boyish.
Also speaking was a rather good looking blonde but I didn't get her name.
Miscavige has a new Volunteer Minister project. He is going to send VMs out to the most remote areas of Earth. It has a catchy name, I forget something like "Extreme VM Dissemination Planetary Mission" and has a catchy logo like the "Survivor" TV show has. VMs will be sent to the Amazon River.
The video showed a computer animation of a yellow river tug-boat dropping off yellow tents along the banks of the Amazon River and jungle. I could barely keep from laughing out loud. Then it showed a yellow airplane dropping off yellow tents over snowy Siberia. Then the yellow spreads and covers the whole world. I am not making this up.
They were selling anti-psych kits at the end of the event. It's a bag of about 6 dvds of the movies shown at their psych exhibit and some pamphlets. Cost $150. The same videos can be seen for free on the internet but they don't tell you that.
Also announced, the price of the IAS membership is going up Jan.1st , but no worries because now each and every Scientologist can make a 10 % commission off of every membership they sell as an "IAS Field Disseminator".
So now all the Scientologists will be bugging each other to buy a IAS membership and move up the donation ladder.
New prices -
Annual was $450 - now $500.
Lifetime - was $3,000 - now is $5,000.
Sponsor Honor - was $5,000 - now $10,000.
Crusader was $10,000 - now is $25,000.
All in all, it was a pretty boring event.
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"Narcodex is a Canadian Drug Free Initiative of the Association for Better Living & Education Canada."
Narcodex purports to be a wiki about drugs, but it is really yet another Scientology front group. Read their "About" page:
As you can see at the bottom of the page, Narcodex is funded in entirety by Narconon Trois-Rivieres (Three-Rivers). Which means Narcodex IS Narconon.
However when one goes to the Narcodex main page, they pretend to be just a drug-info wiki. If you visit their drug treatment section, you'll notice that Narconon is the only known drug treatment facility. Apparently the people there aren't aware of any other drug treatment places?
Let's see who owns Narcodex.ca:
Ah...It is ABLE Canada!
ABLE the Scientology Front Group.
And the admin has an e-mail account based at Thunderstar.net which is owned by Scientologist and Level 12 auditor Andy Hoare, who until very recently hosted Barbara Schwarz's web pages, until he was forced by his provider to remove the unfounded libel.
Narcodex is now popping out press-releases promoting Narconon and other Hubbard crap.
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Thanks to the amazing Moontaco, I am pleased to announce the addition of two completions lists from Action, the newsletter of the Scientology's Berkeley Mission, dating from the early 1970s.
You can find the new Berkeley Action lists here:
and there'll be a few more up soon.
I'm really excited about this for two reasons:
First, it gives us a glimpse of mission-level completions counts from 30 years ago - complete with the occasional intriguing name: these lists feature Lyman Spurlock and Jim Rego.
In addition, these lists can be compared to mission completion lists that appeared in The Auditor, giving us another data point reflecting how completions have historically been reported.
You may notice that these new lists have a slightly new format (with the nifty Stat Snapshot at the top). Moontaco's contribution motivated me to start implementing the new format, and you should see it appearing on other pages, as I move them to the new system.
Moontaco has made some other lists available to the Scientology Statistics Project as well, and I hope to be announcing more additions soon.
Many, many thanks to the industrious and helpful Moontaco!
the activist formerly known as "Jour" (before $cientology outed me)
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If anybody needs a pdf of this, email me.
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Ron the Magus (from The Beast 666)
[Excerpt from The Beast 666, by John Symonds, 1997]
In the spring of 1945, Parsons met a new aspirant to the Great Work, a young man called Ron Hubbard. Hubbard's magical potential was very great and he made a considerable impression upon the members of Agape Lodge, especially on Betty, the mistress of Dr Parsons; she soon found herself sleeping with him.
Frater 210 (Dr Parsons) was not unduly upset about this; for he had decided to follow even more closely in the Beast's [Aleister Crowley's] footsteps and find, by magical means, a Scarlet Woman, his own true Whore of the Stars. He proposed, in other words, to attract an elemental or familiar spirit:
About three months ago I met Ron Hubbard...[Parsons wrote in July 1945 to Crowley whom he addressed as 'Most Beloved Father'] he is a writer and explorer...a gentleman; he has red hair, green eyes, is honest and intelligent, and we have become great friends. He moved in with me about two months ago, and although Betty and I are still friendly, she has transferred her sexual affection to Ron. I cared for her rather deeply but I have no desire to control her emotions. Although Ron has no formal training in Magick, he has an extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in the field. From some of his experiences I deduced that he is in direct touch with some higher intelligence, possibly his Guardian Angel. He describes his Angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair whom he calls the Empress...He is the most Thelemic person I have ever met and is in complete accord with our own principles. He is also interested in establishing the New Aeon. Thy son, John. 
How to attract an elemental (which one can turn into one's familiar spirit ) is set forth in the top secret O.T.O. treatise entitled De Nuptiis Secretis Deorum cum Hominibus,1 a treatise rewritten by Crowley who added of course his own characteristic touches. [1 'Concerning the Secret Marriages of the Gods with Men.']
The ritual must have been one of Parson's or Hubbard's own making, for it went on for about eleven nights. Hubbard, it seems, partly instructed Parsons. The magical drivel which Parsons was screaming for most of the time (if not the puerility of his verses to Babalon, the Scarlet Woman) would have offended Crowley's sense of magical propriety. Another letter to Crowley contained a further account of the operation. 'For the last three days I have performed an operation of birth, using the air tablet, the cup, and a female figure, properly invoked by the wand, then sealed up in the altar. Last night I performed an operation of symbolic birth and delivery.'
With his Scarlet Woman (Marjorie Cameron) and in the presence of Hubbard, Parsons began to perform IX° magic to produce another higher being. 'I can hardly tell you,' he wrote somewhat incoherently to the Beast:
Dr Hubbard said that he joined the Church of Thelema in California only to break up black magic in America. He 'rescued a girl they were using. The black magic group was dispersed and destroyed and has never recovered. 2 [2 The Church of Scientology: letter published in the Sunday Times 28 December 1969]
Crowley dismissed Parsons as a failure, as he had dismissed Neuburg, Mudd, Achad, and the rest; his final word on Dr Parsons (Frater 210) was: 'He has got a miraculous illumination which rimes with nothing, and he has apparently lost all his personal independence.'
Ron the Malingerer:
Research at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital:
See also: http://www.lermanet.com/exit/covert-hypnosis.htm
In 1952, Hubbard gave a series of lectures called the Philadelphia Doctorate Course. Several times, he instructed his preclears to "mock up" little men and get them to do things like jump through the ceiling. In PDC 53, he had the little man wearing a green jacket with pearl buttons and admiral's epaulets.
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Fair use quoting of the scientology creed, with counterexample quotes.
We of the Church believe:
"Scientology [...] is not a psycho-therapy nor a religion."
- Hubbard, The Creation of Human Ability, L. Ron Hubbard, 1953, passage removed after 1971
That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights;
"In an ancient army a particularly brave deed was recognized by an award of the title of Kha-Khan. It was not a rank. The person remained what he was, BUT he was entitled to be forgiven the death penalty ten times in case in the future he did anything wrong. That was a Kha-Khan.
That's what producing, high-statistic staff members are--Kha-Khans. They can get away with murder without a blink from ethics."
- Hubbard, HCOPL of 1 September AD15, Issue VII, Revised and Reissued 5 October 1985, "Ethics Protection"
That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance;
"15. I promise not to mix the processes of Scientology with other practices except when the preclear is physically ill and only medical means will serve."
- Hubbard, HCOPL 2 November 1968, AUDITOR'S CODE
That all men have inalienable rights to their own lives;
"When someone enrolls [...] never permit an 'open-minded' approach. [..] Never let them be half-minded about being Scientologists"
- Hubbard, HCOPL 2/7/1965, "Keeping Scientology Working".
That all men have inalienable rights to their sanity;
"OPERATION FREAKOUT MAJOR TARGET :
To get [Paulette Cooper] incarcerated in a mental institution or jail"
- OSA, Operation Freakout main planning document, 5/8/1982
That all men have inalienable rights to their own defense;
"the law can be used very easily to harass ... The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage, rather than to win - if possible, of course, ruin [the target] utterly".
- Hubbard, "The Scientologist - A Manual on the Dissemination of Material", reprinted in The Technical Bulletins of Dianetics and Scientology volume 2, pp.151-171, 1979 printing
That all men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support their own organizations, churches and governments;
"The goal of the Department is to bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology. This is done by high level ability to control and in its absence by low level ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies."
- Hubbard, HCO Policy Letter 15 August 1960, Dept of Govt Affairs
"Somebody some day will say 'this is illegal'. By then be sure the [Scientology] orgs say what is legal or not.
- L. Ron Hubbard
That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others;
"ENEMY SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed."
-Hubbard, HCOPL 18 October 1967 Issue IV, "PENALTIES FOR LOWER CONDITIONS", as implemented against critics of Scientology.
That all men have inalienable rights to the creation of their own kind;
"On September 28, 1986, Gillaume Leserve, the Executive Director International ("ED Int"), put out an order binding on all Sea Org members. Within the Sea Org, these binding orders were called Flag orders. The September 28, 1986 Flag Order No. 3905 forbade Sea Org members from having any more new children. The reason given by ED Int. was that the Sea Org simply did not have the time, money and resources to raise children properly. In the event Sea Org members elected to disobey this Flag Order, they would be exiled to a non Sea Org Scientology organization of the Class IV level until the Child reached 6 years of age. Once the unauthorized child achieved 6 years of age, the parents could return to the Sea Org."
- Mary Tabayoyon's sworn affidavit
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On November 15, 2006 "David Touretzky" posted:
I suspect a lot of these media reports are using (uncredited, naturally) my Tom Cruise wedding ceremony page:
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