Re: Scientology lied to me over and over for years
[26 May 1997]

On the lies of Scientology.

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Subject: Re: Scientology lied to me over and over for years
Date: Mon, 26 May 1997 23:12:18 GMT
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On 23 May 1997 17:38:56 -0700, Warrior <> wrote:

I have read with interest through all of the postings started by this
article with great interest and understanding. Although my experience
in the Cof S was not as long as your own, my actual involvement with
the $cn technology spanned 12 years. I have found that only in the
last 6 months I have been able to open up and discuss what I went
through and what I have witnessed. My exposure to $cn took place in
Scotland, England and LA. I really do appreciate reading others
experiences and acknowledging the similarities in my own experiences.
> I have been involved with many churches in my lifetime.
Me too and you are right, I know I have never been lied to in the
outrageous way as in the CofD
> I will never forget how astonished and disbelieving I was when payday
>came after my first week as a staff member. I had worked approximately 48
>hours my first week. My pay was $7.00... Granted, I was a newbie with much
>to learn; but then I was earning about $120 - $150 per week managing a
>restaurant for my day job which I put in an average of 40 - 50 hrs/wk.
>At only $3.00 per hour, my day job wasn't making me rich either, but at
>least I was able to work my schedule around my classes at the University,
>and food was available to me at what it cost the restaurant owner. So I
>was happy.
I worked full time both in the Class IV org and the Sea Org, other
than receiving 20.00 salary over a two year period. I did earn some
other money for book commisions, this was only while in Class IV orgs
though, in the Sea Org base I had no contact with the public.
> There is so much more that I could say, but the point I wanted to make
>is that the only church that ever lied to me was the "church" of Scientology.
>And that I was lied to over and over and over again through the almost 8
>years I was a Sea Org member. This post only deals with a few of the initial
>lies I was told in order to dupe me into signing a Sea Org contract.
You know, in discussing my experiences with friends and family now,
the question that keeps coming up is "why didn't you just walk away?"
I think like you, in the beginning I felt proud to be a part of a
group which purported to have strong altruistic beliefs and goals. As
time went on and I became further entrenched I found that fear,
isolation from the outside world and destitution played a large part
in keeping me there.

In February/March of this year I posted two articles giving a
testimonial which summarized a lot of what I experienced. I found it
very therapeutic. However, I don't think I am finished yet either, I
am working on writing a full account of my story too.
> More later...
I look forward to it


Moira Hutchison