However, something the troll said struck me. This Scientologist was insisting that the ex-Scientologist whistle-blowers had "betrayed Scientology". And, because of this "betrayal" the Church of Scientology was "justified" in its very vicious, unethical and illegal attacks against them.
"Betrayed?" Really? That's pretty harsh. What, exactly, did the whistle-blowers actually do?
They told the truth.
The fact that stories of abuse and lies are totally true was confirmed by the Church of Scientology itself in the Headley trials. The significance of the trials was summarized quite nicely in the article on Examiner.com: Scientology wins legal victory, loses public image war.
So, in spite of the fact that the whistle-blowers told the truth, they had, according to the Church of Scientology, betrayed the church!
This sounded familiar. Where had I heard something like that before?
A little research and I found this:
The Blue Code of Silence (also known as the "Blue Shield") is an unwritten rule among police officers in the United States not to report on another colleague's errors, misconducts or crimes. If questioned about an incident of misconduct involving another officer (e.g. during the course of an official inquiry), while following the Blue Code of Silence, the officer being questioned would claim ignorance of another officer's wrongdoing. [Wikipedia]That's close, but not exactly it.
Then I found an even closer match:
Omertà is the mafia code of silence and secrecy that forbids mafiosi from betraying their comrades to the authorities. The penalty for transgression is death, and relatives of the turncoat may also be murdered. For instance, a mafioso will not call the police when he is a victim of a crime. He is expected to take care of the problem himself. [Wikipedia]There it is! That's what the Scientology troll was talking about. That is Scientology's definition of "betrayal".
Compare the above definition of omertà with the following excepts from Introduction to Scientology Ethics under the "High Crimes" section. ("High Crimes" are the very, very worst crimes in Scientology):
It is a high crime if a Scientologist does:Note that absolutely none of these "High Crimes" say anything about whether the accusations against Scientology or a Scientologist are true or not. Scientologists may not report any crimes by other Scientologists to the police.
- "Public disavowal of Scientology"
- "Public statements against Scientology or Scientologists"
- "Testifying hostilely before state or public inquiries into Scientology"
- "Bringing civil suit against any Scientology organization or Scientologist"
- "Writing anti-Scientology letters to the press or giving anti-Scientology or anti-Scientologist data to the press."
- "Delivering up the person of a Scientologist ... to the demands of civil or criminal law."
Scientologists are required to handle it all internally, within the church.
"But," you are asking, "what if the church doesn't handle it? What if it is the leaders of the Church of Scientology who are committing the crimes and abuse? What if the Church of Scientology blames you for being a 'victim' and punishes you and lets the perpetrator go unpunished?"
Makes no difference. Scientologists may not report any crimes by other Scientologists to the police.
Take a look at these ex-Scientologists committing "High Crimes" by reporting Jan Eastgate (Senior Scientologist and President of CCHR) for covering up child abuse. Yes, according to the Church of Scientology, Jan Eastgate is a "good Scientologist" and those who reported her crimes have "betrayed Scientology".
Does this sound like omertà? Does this sound like a criminal organization "protecting its own"?
Time and time again, the Church of Scientology protects the criminals within its organization and attacks the whistle-blowers.
No matter how evil and corrupt a Scientologist is, you may not report him or her to the police. Ever. You may not sue them. You may not speak of their crimes to the press. You must remain silent or you will "betray" the Church of Scientology and they will viciously attack you and they will try to destroy you. Just like the Mafia.
This is Scientology. This is exactly how L. Ron Hubbard designed it. This is exactly how David Miscavige runs it. This is "Standard Scientology", straight out of Introduction to Scientology Ethics.