Minton's Emancipation Proclamation for Scientologists
[12 Feb 1998]

Ronsamigo's message to Bob Minton (below) reads like something one of the OSA PR writers put together. It is the OSA section I was in, so I'm very familiar with the style, and also with little things that tip me off to where it came from.

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From: sby@eskimo.com (Stacy Young)
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Minton's Emancipation Proclamation for Scientologists
Date: 12 Feb 1998 17:28:24 GMT
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Ronsamigo's message to Bob Minton (below) reads like something one of the
OSA PR writers put together. It is the OSA section I was in, so I'm very
familiar with the style, and also with little things that tip me off to
where it came from. You might have noticed that in the paragraph that
begins "Please realize that the entire purpose of ARS..." the writer
makes several points which he sets apart with "A)", "B)", "C)" and "D)".
Except that there is no point "B)". It skips from A) to C). I noticed
this right away because it is a sure sign to me that this thing has been
edited before it was posted. Someone on the approval line took out
whatever point B) was, and the writer forgot to change C) and D) before
it got posted. You have to realize that these poor people have not had a
full night's sleep in months, and it starts to show up in mistakes like
this.

The way it works is this (and believe me, I know -- I did this so many
times myself): DM got a copy of Minton's Emancipation Proclamation and
it really pissed him off. So he sent an order down to Rinder to get
something posted to the net that would DA Minton by making him look like
ex-members are making a fool out of him. Rinder sent the order down to
the PR writers in OSA. (A couple of the ones I used to work with
are still there -- Richard Wieland and Tom Whittle, although I hear
Aaron Mason is now writing for OSA as well, so this may be Aaron's work.
It has Aaron's smooth, snotty style.) The writer puts the message
together and then sends it back up the command line for approval. First
Rinder has to approve it (as well as anyone else who happens to be on
the "Issue Authority" line at the moment) and then it gets final
approval from DM. Mind you, DM doesn't always have to approve every
little thing that is written, but when it is something as important as
this message -- basically a position statement about Robert Minton, the
most powerful SP on the planet, the force behind the entire global
conspiracy against Scientology -- it definitely has to be approved by
him.

The audience for this message is obviously public Scientologists who
lurk on a.r.s. and are in danger of becoming PTS (Potential Trouble
Source -- someone who is connected to an SP) or even disaffected
(critical of Scientology or DM) because of what they're reading. DM
especially doesn't want anyone to start thinking about what Minton said
in his Emancipation Proclamation.

Public Scientologists are much more easily "handled" by a message like
this than staff or Sea Org members would be because public are shielded
as much as possible from the real face of Scientology. The worst
pressure they get is when they are being regged (pronounced rej'd -- it
is what a Registrar does in Scientology -- they are the ones who sell
the public their services). Reg (pronounced rej) cycles can be pretty
traumatic, especially if the person is talked into handing over their
credit cards or emptying out their bank accounts or their kids' savings
accounts or whatever money they might have, but still, the person gets
to go home when it is over. For staff, the nightmare is never-ending. So
this message is definitely not directed at staff, who know better than
to believe what this message says.

My favorite part is where the writer says that the vast majority of
Scientologists hold DM, Heber, and the other "leaders of our church" in
high regard. Here is a line that DM probably wrote himself and
inserted: "We appreciate the weight of the responsibility they have
taken on, and the personal sacrifices they must make on a continuing
basis in order to continue to serve us." That had to come straight
from DM. Even Aaron couldn't have stomached writing that one.

Here is a line that tells me this thing was written by one of the OSA
writers: "While you may take many or [sic] the reports of
ex-Scientologists at face value, most of us are very skeptical of them
because: A) Many of us knew those making such reports while they
were still Scientologists and did not then hold them in high esteem
for very good reasons." Well, most of the ex-Scientologists making the
reports are former Sea Org members or OSA staff. So who knew us? Public
Scientologists would never say something like this. This is a standard
DA (Dead Agent) line from OSA.

Here is another line I really like: "The Church Of Scientology will
still be here long after ARS is but some footnote in a dusty, never
read, obscure volume." This sounds like another line personally inserted
into the message by DM, waxing poetic the way his hero, L. Ron Hubbard,
used to do.

Since this message was directed at public Scientologists, let me direct
mine to them as well:

I know that many of you have seen the staff at your local org looking
scruffy, underfed and exhausted and wondered what was going on.
Scientologists are supposed to be happy and brilliant and enthusiastic
and CAUSATIVE, so what's wrong with these people? You've explained it
away as just an individual case, but it's been hard to explain away all
the staff members you've seen who looked unhappy and harassed, hasn't
it?

Maybe some of you have been out to ASHO or AOLA or down to Flag, and
you've had a chance to see Sea Org members -- supposedly the elite of
the elite on the planet -- who looked like they hadn't slept in days
wearing dirty, unpressed shirts and eating rice and beans in the mess
hall. Seeing things like that made you wonder what was going on, didn't
it? But you explained it away by telling yourself that they were the
exceptions. The real Sea Org members must be somewhere else, maybe out
in Hemet where DM lives. That must be where the real elite are. Well,
let me tell you something. The higher you get in the Sea Org the worse
the abuse becomes. The poor people out in Hemet have to bear the worst
abuse of all. It doesn't get better as you get higher. It gets much,
much worse.

So let me urge you to think back on what you have seen and this time,
don't explain it all away. Really think about what you have seen and
heard from staff members. Maybe a staff member took you into their
confidence one day because they had no one else to talk to and they felt
they could trust you. Maybe you have slipped a staff member a few extra
dollars from time to time so they could get a good meal or get their
clothes cleaned. Maybe you have secretly thought to yourself how
relieved you are that you are a public and not a staff member. Maybe you
secretly rejoice every time the recruiter fails to get you to sign a
staff contract.

Think about what you've actually seen, not what you've been told at New
Year's and March 13th events, not what you've been told in messages like
this one from Ronsamigo, so obviously written as propaganda specifically
for you. How much longer are you going to allow yourself to be lulled
into a false sense of well being by people who are so clearly using you
for their own purposes? How much longer are you going to continue to
support an organization that is harming and abusing people on a daily basis?

Wake up, Scientologists, and realize who your real friends are. There are
people out here trying to help you come to your senses and regain your own
identity. Listen to them.

If you would like to talk to me about this you're welcome to call me. My
number is 206-463-6809. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stacy Young

>
> On 10 Feb 1998 09:21:20 GMT, in alt.religion.scientology
ronsamigo@aol.com
> (RonsAmigo) wrote:
>
> Robert S. Minton wrote:
>
> >But most of
> >all management of Scientology fears that drawing attention to these
> >things will strike a cord in the heart of Scientologists--who have no
> >voice, no human rights, no civil rights, no legal rights, no free
speech,
> >no free thought. In other words, NO CHANCE, until they can break
> >the chains that THE Church of Scientology chooses to bind them in.
> >
>
> Perhaps you are sincere in your intent, but your rather strange
> assertions just make you look silly to Scientologists. Where on earth
did
> you get the idea that I and other Scientologists have, "no voice, no
> human rights, no civil rights, no legal rights, no free speech, no free
> thought."
>
> When you first came on the scene, my initial impression was that
> you were a sucker being taken for a ride. Reading your "Emancipation
> Proclamation", reaffirmed that impression. Don't underestimate
> the skills of the con-artists you have climbed into bed with. That you
> now believe and espouse the kind of nonsense that you do, is sure
> evidence of either their skills, or of some deap-seated desire
> to be victimized." (What we Scientologists call "motivator starvation.")
>
> What you need to realize, is that the "Scientology" depicted on ARS,
> is not the Scientology that exists in the real world. For that reason,
when
> those truly familiar with Scientology as it exists in the real world
read
> your words, their reation is more than likely going to be, c
>
> In the real world, Scientologists are pretty much like everyone else.
> They go to work, love their kids, go to the movies, have their dreams
> and goals etc. Many are involved in social betterment activities
> (redefined on ARS as "Scientology front groups") such as Criminon,
> Narcanon, Literacy Program, Etc. They do these things because it is the
> right thing to do, and helping others to make dramatic changes for the
> better, is personally very rewarding. And of course we occassionally
> partake of Scientology training or auditing.
>
> The Church of Scientology exercises little or no control over the
> lives of Scientologists. (although Scientologists are expected to live
> moral lives and to abide by the laws of the land, if they wish to
> remain eligible for Scientology services)
>
> The vast majority of Scientologists hold David Miscavige, Heber
> Jentz and the other leaders of our church in very high regard.
> We appreciate the weight of the responsibility they have taken on,
> and the personal sacrifices they must make on a continuing basis in
> order to continue to serve us. Their communication lines are very
> open to us. Many of us get a chance to chat personally with them from
> time to time, and of course they are always willing to engage in the
> exchange of notes, letters, etc.
>
> Please realize, that the entire purpose of ARS is to create antagonism
> toward Scientology and Scientologists. AND THAT IS ALL THAT
> IT'S REALLY ABOUT. The most atypical events are reported as typical.
> The wildest, stupidest lies, rumours, and half truths are blindly
embraced
>
> by most ARS "critics." While you may take many or the reports of
> ex-Scientologists at face value, most of us are very skeptical of them
> because: A) Many of us knew those making such reports while they
> were still Scientologists and did not then hold them in high esteem
> for very good reasons. C) It becomes obvious that many of the
> ex-Scientologist are "ex" because for whatever reason, they
> never figured out what Scientology really is. D) More than a few
> x-Scientologists were then, and are now, just plain nuts. They didn't
> make it in Scientology, because Scientology is not set up for the
> treatment of the insane. Outsiders often jump to the wrong conclusion,
> and assume that Scientology is responsible for their condition. Nothing
> could be further from the truth.
>
> The real strength of the Church of Scientology lies in the unity and
> common purpose of both its staff and its public. That strength grows
> stronger every day, as does our ability to successfully apply our
> technologies and our abilities to flourish and prosper. (both as a
> group and as individuals)
>
> The Church Of Scientology will still be here long after ARS is but
> some footnote in a dusty, never read, obscure volume.
>
> And every day, despite the best efforts of those who live to
> create antagonism against the Church, thousands of people find it,
> correctly assess the real value of it, and become Scientologists.
>
> Amigo