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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Accidental Truth From Scientology

If anyone is watching the Anderson Cooper 360 series, Scientology, A History of Violence, you have to be amazed at what the Church of Scientology is saying.

Of course they are lying, but look at what they are saying:
  • They admit that there was physical and mental abuse that went on for years!
  • They admit that nobody reported this to the police or ever talked about it to outsiders, even family members.
Excuse me?  What kind of cult is this?  Years and years of physical and mental abuse and they covered it up!

Naturally they are trying to say that David Miscavige was not involved and knew nothing about it.

Pay attention to what they are claiming:
  • David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology, was absent from the Church of Scientology's International Headquarters for years!
Then who was running the Church of Scientology?
  • They assert that, for years, David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology, had no knowledge of what was going on at his International Headquarters!
  • They also claim that not one person at Scientology's International Headquarters reported the horrible physical and mental abuses to David Miscavige in all the years that it continued!
These are astounding admissions by people at the very top of Scientology!  This is what they claim.
The leader of Scientology is absent from Scientology's International Headquarters for years and years at a time; the leader of Scientology is completely unaware of and is not informed of what is going on at Scientology's headquarters; and no one did anything to stop the abuse, year after year after year.
Do these people sound totally insane?

Yes, they do.  This is an example of what happens when you live in a cult.  You become completely unaware of what is normal.  So when you try to explain (and cover up) the things that go on inside the cult, you have no idea how very crazy you sound.

The "bitter ex-spouses" show was pretty revealing, if lacking in information.  These "witnesses" weren't actually witnesses, they were more of the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" type.  These ex-spouses were bound and determined to prove that absolutely no abuse ever took place. "Nothing happened, and we would certainly know". Apparently, they didn't coordinate their lies stories with Tommy Davis' lies story - that there was abuse, but it was "all Marty's doing".  That's the problem with lies and cover-ups: It's hard to keep it all straight.

They really should be given time to all get together and figure out what their official story is going to be.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Church of Scientology Accidentally Tells the Truth

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.
Mark Twain 
The Church of Scientology has a problem.  Well, actually, they have a lot of problems, but one major one is that the Church of Scientology can't keep all its lies straight.

As any accomplished liar knows, you should always tell the truth as much as possible.  One lie engenders another to back it up, then another and another.  Unfortunately for the church, they have drifted so far from the truth, so long, long ago, that they are trapped.   They can't even begin to tell the truth now.

But, oddly enough, if you look carefully, you can discover the truth in what the Church of Scientology says.

Let's take a look.
  • Non-OTs, reading OT III, are not harmed.  In fact, even running OT III when you "aren't ready" does not harm you.
Yes, this is true.  The church has definitely said that.

You've heard the stories, there are hundreds of them, but you may not have realized what they meant.  Certainly the church didn't understand the truth they let slip.

Typical story: A loyal Scientologist, an OT 3, 5, 7 or even an OT 8 is informed that they "aren't Clear", they "never did the lower levels".  They are told they must go all the way back to the beginning and start (and pay) all over again.

You've heard those stories, they are quite common in today's Scientology.  But understand what the church is actually saying.  You see, these people were not "properly set up"; these people "weren't ready";  these people "hadn't properly done their lower levels" -- and they read the super-dangerous OT III materials without any problems!  That's what the church is saying!

Not only that, these poor, unprepared souls actually ran the dreaded OT III materials without any harm!  No flu-like symptoms, no coma, no death.

The OT III materials can be read and even run by un-prepared individuals without any harm at all.  The Church of Scientology has officially said so!
  • L. Ron Hubbard is a huge embarrassment to the church.
Miscavige was interviewed at length by Ted Koppel of ABC News. When played an audio recording of L. Ron Hubbard describing a visit to the Van Allen belt, Miscavige rejected it as "[not] part of current Scientology." Wikipedia
That is exactly what Miscavige and the Church of Scientology are doing to handle the "L. Ron Hubbard problem".

You see, at first they tried to cover up the truth about Hubbard and that didn't work.  They then tried to disprove the truth and that didn't work.  All that's left is to distance themselves from Hubbard.

They are rewriting and "sanitizing" what Hubbard said and wrote to remove the embarrassing, discreditable, racist, homophobic and just plain crazy statements by L. Ron Hubbard.  As time goes on, there have been fewer and fewer references to Ron at events, fewer and fewer mentions and photos in church publications.

All of Hubbard's books have been sanitized.  All the lectures are being gone through with large sections excised.  Some lectures have been removed entirely as "too crazy".  In fact, there is an entire congress put on by Hubbard that will never, ever be heard.

Not only has the church removed large chunks from Hubbard's lectures, they have employed a voice actor to add in words that they think Hubbard should have said.

All of this is a clear and obvious acknowledgement by the Church of Scientology that they find L. Ron Hubbard to be a big embarrassment.  He lied -- a lot.  He was a racist and a homophobe.  He was into crazy, space opera fantasies.

Soon you will hear the Church of Scientology quietly add a notice that "Scientology is based on 'concepts from L. Ron Hubbard', but that Hubbard is no longer considered the source of current Scientology practices."
  • The Church of Scientology knows that their "solutions" do not actually work.
In this case, you need to pay attention to what the Church of Scientology is not saying to get to the truth.

Scientology's "solutions" have all been commercialized.  They are all actual businesses, selling their "solution" to the public.  There are dozens of various front groups, but the main ones are:
  • Narconon/Crimanon - Selling drug and criminal rehabilitation.
  • Applied Scholastics - Selling Hubbard's "Study Technology".
  • W.I.S.E - Selling Hubbard's "Administration Technology".
Like I said, there are dozens and dozens of others.

Now, these businesses are selling their "solutions" and they promise fantastic results.  But listen to what they do not say.

The Church of Scientology does not, ever, show actual, verifiable, evidence that their "solutions" work.  They are amazingly silent about that.  Any normal, legitimate business would happily provide proof of all their claims -- but the Church of Scientology will not do that.

If you request actual evidence, you will only get PR and glossy brochures.  If you insist that they provide actual proof of any of their claims, they will stop talking to you.

The Church of Scientology's refusal to provide any evidence of their claims is their tacit admission that their "solutions" do not work -- and that they know it.

This, by the way, is Scientology's kryptonite.  Just ask them for proof of anything they claim and they wither and fade away.

This is, by far, not a complete list of all the truths that the Church of Scientology has accidentally admitted to, but it's a start.

When the Church of Scientology says something, it is a sure thing that they are lying.  But if you pay attention to all they are saying, or notice where they are conspicuously silent, you can find out the truth -- the truth the church doesn't know they let slip.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Scientology: Apostates, Ex-Spouses and Whistleblowers

I want everyone to pay close attention to the statements made by the Church of Scientology in "defending" the church against accusations of mental and physical abuse, human rights violations, crimes and fraud.

The Church of Scientology uses mental manipulation, and their statements are very good examples of exactly what they do -- or try to do.  Time after time, I notice that reporters accept, or at least not challenge, premises from the Church of Scientology spokesman that are simply not true -- because they are quite subtly done.

Lets take the first example, from Tommy Davis' statements as quoted in the New York Times:
As for the defectors, Mr. Davis called them “apostates” and said that contrary to their claims of having left the church in protest, they were expelled.
Note the use of pejorative terms: "defectors" and "apostates".  This is quite deliberate.  This is "standard tech" in Scientology, attempting to alter the perception of Scientology and Scientology's enemies by subtle mental manipulation.
a·pos·tate [noun] a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.
Now get this, as part of this word's description:
Related words: deserter, ratter, recreant, renegade, turncoat
This is the label that the church wants everyone to associate with those who have left and who are critical of the church.  It was very deliberately chosen for its negative meaning and association.

Of course, the term "apostate" is quite incorrect.  Many of those who have left the church still consider themselves true Scientologists, and they still practice Scientology.  By definition, they are not and never have been "apostates".

Naturally, the church disagrees:
Mr. Davis said there is no such thing: “One can’t be a Scientologist and not be part of the church.”
But, of course, he doesn't get to define who is and who is not a Scientologist.  Only the people themselves can make that determination.  Obviously, if they still believe in and practice Scientology, they are not apostates.

So what term should be used?

There are several terms that more accurately describe those who have left.  Some good ones are detractors, escapees, reformists, protesters or possibly rebels.

But these are Scientologists who saw abuse, crimes and fraud at the highest levels of the church, and saw that the church cannot and will not correct itself.  The correct term for such people is whistle-blowers.
whis·tle-blow·er [noun] a person who informs on another or makes public disclosure of corruption or wrongdoing.
The Church of Scientology will fight very hard to keep reporters from using this term, because whistle-blower has very positive connotations.  The fact that "apostate" is quite inaccurate, and "whistle-blower" is quite accurate is immaterial.  When you wish to manipulate people, you don't care too much about accuracy.

Another phrase the Church of Scientology has been throwing around a lot recently has to do with "ex-spouses".  For example, again from the New York Times:
Joanie Sigal is a 36-year parishioner in Clearwater who promotes the church’s antidrug campaign to local officials. She said the defectors’ stories were like what you would hear “if I asked your ex-husband what he thought of you.”
Note, again, the attempt to manipulate public opinion by using negative images and terms.

(Now, personally, I think asking an ex-spouse about a person is a very good idea.  There are many people who got into a bad relationship who wished that they had asked an ex-spouse, ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend about their prospective partner.)

But, of course, that's intentional misdirection by the church.  This statement by the church is completely lacking in logic.  This is nothing like marriage and divorce -- unless someone can have tens of thousands of ex-spouses!

What the church is fighting is thousands of ex-churchies who are all telling the same stories about the greedy demand for money, money, money coupled with pervasive lies and a consistent failure to deliver anything that the church has promised.  More importantly, the church is fighting hundreds of Scientologists who worked at the highest levels of the church who are all telling the same stories about crimes, physical and mental abuse, human rights violations, lies and fraud by the Church of Scientology -- even by David Miscavige personally.

This is absolutely nothing like a disgruntled ex-spouse.  Come on, nobody should be falling for that analogy!

The Church of Scientology desperately wants reporters to equate these incredibly serious charges with a private marital spat.

A few reporters fall for it.  But not many, and fewer every day.

The charges levelled by these Scientology whistle-blowers are very, very serious.  And it should be noted by everyone that the Church of Scientology has presented nothing except tricks to answer these accusations.  They use loaded language, vague, unsubstantiated slander and misdirection instead of actually confronting and addressing the whistle-blowers' accusations.  This is quite significant.

They will not answer these serious charges.  They will not open up their compounds and their "RPF" prison camps for inspection.  They will not permit any of their Scientology staff or public to talk to the press or to anyone about these things.  They will not be open and honest about their organization, their hierarchy, their policies, their punishments, or anything, really, at all.  All they have is tricks to manipulate people's opinions.  Tricks.

Pay attention to these tricks, or you may find yourself unknowingly manipulated by the Church of Scientology.  It's what they do.