We all know that the Church of Scientology has collapsed but that isn't the subject of today's post. Today I'm talking about the belief system of Scientology as embodied by the ex-churchies calling themselves "Independent Scientologists".
A number of these stalwart true believers are factually and thoroughly destroying Scientology.
Now, in my opinion, some parts of the Scientology technology are beneficial, or could potentially be useful, and should be investigated. A majority of Scientology technology could be considered harmless -- if someone wants to work with it, no known harm will befall them.
A small, but growing, portion of Scientology is harmful, destructive or just plain evil. The Church of Scientology itself, under David Miscavige's direction, has been emphasizing and building upon these harmful parts. It now could be said, with some validity, that the evil parts of Scientology have become the dominant technology used by the church.
Earlier escapees from the Church of Scientology, often referred to as the Freezone, have, for the most part, discarded such harmful aspects of Scientology. However, many of the newer ex-churcies, these new "Independent Scientologists" seem to have embraced the most disturbing, most barbaric, most tyrannical aspects of Scientology as practiced by the Church of Scientology.
Early on, L. Ron Hubbard said that Scientologists should not consider Scientology the only way out, and not even the best possible way out. They should, he said, only consider Scientology as a workable way out.
Hubbard also admonished his followers, most specifically auditors, to never, ever invalidate or evaluate for others.
As with David Miscavige's Church of Scientology, a number of these "Independent Scientologists" do not seem to follow these precepts from Hubbard. They are offensive, insulting and arbitrary.
They will tell you that Scientology is perfect, and that all other technologies are wrong-wrong-wrong. And if you don't agree with them, completely, you are evil, you have crimes, you must accept the "truth" of Scientology and follow all the "formulas" and "procedures" to "correct yourself" and become a good, compliant, obedient, "standard" Scientologist.
These autocratic Scientologists are heavily into labels: you are a Suppressive Person; you are a "No Case Gain" case; you have "continuous present time" crimes, and on and on.
They are always and forever right, can never be wrong and you must agree with them or suffer the appropriate consequences. They can dictate to the rest of the world because they are applying STANDARD SCIENTOLOGY.
Of course this only describes a few of the "Independent Scientologists", but they are the vocal ones -- and few of the others dare voice any disagreement!
It's the Church of Scientology mindset all over again. The threats, the accusations, the labels, the invalidation and evaluation, the capricious and punitive "assignment of conditions", the attempt to dictate what other people see and think, and the suppression of dissent.
This attitude and public face of Scientology guarantees the destruction of Scientology. Sane people will categorically reject these tinpot dictators and their crazy communication. Appropriately so.
Obviously, I'm not talking to these fanatics. I wouldn't expect these self-proclaimed "STANDARD SCIENTOLOGISTS" to listen to reason -- but I do expect the other Independent Scientologists, who are sane, who do know better, to challenge these fanatics. If you truly believe in Scientology, then you must protect it from the fanatics. You must let them know that they do not speak for Scientology and they do not speak for Scientologists. Call them out for the fanatics they are.
More than the fanatics, it is the silence of other Scientologists in the face of such fanaticism that guarantees the destruction of Scientology.