Can you believe....
[27 Sep 1997]

For a long time I was a clam. I was as dedicated as the best of them. I worked hard and felt that I was making a difference and that the TECH had indeed helped me. I was good at it too and I was productive. But I was disturbed by the dirty hidden side of the story that I had become privy to until I'd had enough.

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[ Son of Xenu ] (Somebody's got to look afer Pop)
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[ Las Palmas ] 27 Sep 97
[ Teegeeack ]


Can you believe ex-Scientologists? Well there's only two groups
of people who can give you any real data about scientology as its
practiced (especially since the terminology is so dense). Those
in it and those who aren't anymore. Question is, do you hear anyone
who stopped being a Scientologist voluntarily speaking up for it?

I can't say too much about my own experiences without giving
away my identity. But, I can personally vouch (in general terms)
for much of what is said about Scientology management. I knew some
of the people convicted of crimes (not well, but enough to know how
they ran things). I'm well acquainted with the operation of the GO.
I know people who have been DECLARED because they were productive
and wanted to stop the insanity. Scientology is it's own worst enemy.

For a long time I was a clam. I was as dedicated as the best
of them. I worked hard and felt that I was making a difference and
that the TECH had indeed helped me. I was good at it too and I was
productive. But I was disturbed by the dirty hidden side of the story
that I had become privy to until I'd had enough.

I was lucky to get out relatively unscathed. Many are not so
fortunate. Many become disillusioned after reaching OT 3 and above.
Many are pushed out by the 'Church'. The standard response to any
failure or crisis in the 'Church' management strata is to vent
frustration at the nearest poor smuck. If you're lucky you just get
screamed at for 10 or 15 minutes. If its a particularly bad screw-up
(not necessarily yours), you're going to be assigned a low ethics
condition which means loss of time off (which is precious little to
begin with), manual labor at menial tasks, and making amends. If
you're Sea Org staff you'll probably get the RPF, etc.

Now that's just for normal screw-ups. If you're insubordinate, a
trouble-maker, someone who was in charge of something that turned
out really bad, or play politics and back the wrong horse, then you
risk being declared an SP (Suppresive Person). That means you're OUT!!
NOW, do not pass go, no pay, no communication with anyone in the Church
(including your family, friends), etc. You're ex-communicated scum.
You're history. You failed to complete your contract so pay up
immediately on all the services you got!

You could counter that that was then, and this is now. But the
problem is the 'Church' never really fixes anything. It's against
policy for one thing to change anything set up by Hubbard. And they
certainly are NOT going to admit that there is anything wrong in the
things that they are doing, since they are following Hubbard's TECH.

What really bites me is the fact that I see the current management
of the 'Church' doing exactly the same types of things that lead up
to the convictions of previous 'Church' leaders. They never learn.

So, can you believe an ex-Scientologist? They certainly do have
a lot of bad things to say. I know how the 'Church' would respond.
They would TELL you what to think of ex-Scientologists in no uncertain
terms. I'm not going to tell you what you should think. Only that
you should decide for yourself.


SON OF XENU


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