The recent announcement from "Emma" of Ex-Scientology Message Board that, after October, she is no longer going to run the message board, has gotten me thinking about those on the front lines.
First, I think this is a very good thing for Emma to do. God! What an incredible job she has done over the years maintaining some control over that herd of cats while under continuous attack from the Church of Scientology. In 2010, when the church uncovered her real name, the attacks got considerably worse with bogus legal actions. Then, as if that wasn't hard enough, recently, her mother passed away.
Emma's message board has helped thousands, probably tens of thousands, of people recover from Scientology's thought control and abuse. Her board has been read by millions. She is awesome. And, while she will be greatly missed, there comes a time when a fighter should retire -- undefeated and victorious, for sure -- but enough is enough.
At its core, the Church of Scientology is evil, degraded, abusive and destructive. Those who help people escape from, and recover from, Scientology's abuses and thought control methods and who work to expose the crimes and abuse, are directly connected to this evil. How much can a person take of such evil? How much should a person put up with before they back off and someone else takes their place?
It is amazing to me that one single person can do so much against everything the insane, wealthy Church of Scientology can throw at them. Emma is not the only such person, and they all deserve our gratitude, our thanks and our admiration. The ability of these single individuals to defeat the Church of Scientology shows how decency, goodness and truth can defeat evil.
And don't doubt we all have defeated the Church of Scientology -- especially folks like Emma who have borne the brunt of Scientology's attacks.
Today, Scientology's secrets are all well-known. Today, Hubbard is known in the real world for exactly what he was. Today, Scientology has very few adherents and virtually no new recruits. Today, every Scientology "church" is empty and struggling -- or closed.
Yes, Scientology's few remaining, hard-core believers are still fighting, lying, abusing and attacking but their teeth have been pulled. For the most part, police and the courts recognize their lies and quickly shut down their bogus, desperate attacks.
New allies are showing up to see that Scientology's lies, abuse, crimes and fraud are exposed and the guilty are brought to justice. The opposition to the Church of Scientology actually grows daily.
So, some of the fighters are taking a well-earned break. Some of the blogs and message boards are quieter now, like this one, or even dormant, like Leaving Scientology. These fighters have earned a respite from the front lines. Don't worry, there are lots and lots of fighters on the job, and more to come.
Those fighters who are withdrawing from the front lines do so as victors and those who take over the fight are grateful and thankful.