Ex-Scientologist story #103, time and money lost, par for the course.

True story about a false religion.

Thomas Jefferson was a professional golfer who thought that by using Scientology methods and by taking their courses he would be able to:

(1)It would raise my I.Q.

(2) It would free me from all neuroses and psychosis.

(3) It would enable me to make all the money I would want.

(4) It would enable me to get a better job.

(5) It would enable me to avoid divorce.

(6) As a PGA Golfer it would improve my golf game in the following manner:

(a) It would enable me to improve my golf swing.

(b) It would enable me to improve my concentration.

(c) It would improve my eyesight.

(d) It would improve reflex time.

(e) It would enable me to have a longer memory.

(f) It would enable me to “intend” a golf shot to go where I wanted.

(g) It would enable me to go “exterior” and see over the top of a hill or trees and better able to make a “blind” golf shot.

Little did he know that the person making these claims would say anything in order to sell a course and get their stats up.  And how did his life go once in Scientology?   

At the end of 1970 I was sent to the Celebrity Center in Los Angeles to recruit other PGA golfers. I was told the Celebrity Center is an org whose purpose is to proselytize wealthy persons I worked at the Celebrity Center 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week and was not paid.  At the end of 1971 I ran out of money and left scientology. Early in 1972 I was declared “fair game” by Frank Freedman. Freedman told me I was beyond all protection of scientologists and told me  that they could do anything they wanted against me. Eddy Walters, a friend and fellow scientologist of mine at that time, told me that Freedman had told him that I was an “enemy” ,and “fair game”. Freedman took many of my belongings which I had paid for.   I was told by Freedman that to have the “fair game” policy dropped I would have to “pay off my contract”, which he said was $18,000.  Because of the unknown fear instilled in me by the organization, my addiction to auditing, and the written policy that the subject of “fair game” could be “tricked”, “lied to”, “sued”, or “destroyed”, I worked for a year and paid off the contract.  Between 1973 and March 1979 I worked part-time and took auditing at the Las Vegas Org for which I paid an additional approximately $20,000.  I left scientology in March 1979 because I had lost over $63,000, (including about $25,000 expended while in the Sea Org) and nine years of my life and received nothing in return.

Stories like this are frequent in this series.  But now that we have the internet hopefully they will be a lot less common.  To read the rest of Mr. Jefferson’s story go here. http://www.naderlibrary.com/cia.scientologyclearwater.exhIX.jefferson.htm

Published in: on May 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #102, “Nazis at the top of the org.”

Paul David Schofield spent thirty years in Scienotology.  His level of training was Cl V/FPRD Auditor, Cl IV/KTL & LOC C/S, Staff Status IV, Exec Status ONe, Professor.  Most of this was done a the Sydney, Australia Org.  His experience on staff was very typical.  No matter what country, life in the Sea Org was not too pleasant.  Low staff pay, Nazis at the top of the org, constantly declining stats, injustices masquerading as justice, general blindness among Scientologists as to what was really happening around them – I tried to ignore it as it would all be OK once ‘we’ had the planet ‘Cleared’.

Of his time in Scientology, the lost years, he says this, I still feel bitterness that I spent the majority of my life slaving for a dream that ultimately was a con. I would love to see this idiocy dismantled and all the slaves freed.

To read the rest of his statement go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?263

Since I posted this a few months ago I have found out more about the story of Paul Schofield’s story.  It is sad; incredibly sad.  Little wonder he had such hard words for the cult.  Two of his daughters died while in the care of Scientology staffers.  The crass ignorance and stupidity of those members is more than mere words can describe.

Understandably his wife is sour towards Scientology.  For her comments go here.  It is far from the whole story but still her pain comes through.  http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?8344-My-name-is-Carolyn-Schofield&p=164853#post164853

Update: Paul has commented on the Debbie Cook case on a popular Australian TV show.

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Published in: on May 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #101, Bogus “purification rundown.”

True stories about a false religion

Hannah and Jerry Whitfield, both former Scientologists have been active for many years against the human rights abuses and fraudulent medical practices of the cult.  This includes exposing the front groups like Narconon and the Citizens commission on Human Rights for what they are, recruiting agents for Scientology.  The following is from a story by Lori Bishop & Sarah Hughes in I.F. Magazine, Jan-Feb 1998.  This particular article contains one of Scientology’s bogus medical practices.

Jerry Whitfield sat in his doctor’s waiting room with his head in his hands. The news wasn’t good. The medical tests showed that Whitfield’s liver was damaged. It would never by fully functional again. What was less clear was why.

Twenty-five years ago, Whitfield had suffered from Hepatitis B, a possible cause of his liver ailment. But he also had been a member of the “Church” of Scientology for 10 years. During that time, he had undergone what is called the “purification rundown,” a regimen that the “Church” claims will “assist in releasing and flushing out of the body the accumulated toxic residue which may be lodged in the tissues.”

The controversial program puts a member through two or more weeks of running, lengthy sauna treatments, a special diet, and high doses of vitamins and minerals, including niacin. Participants are advised to consult a physician before starting, but often the advice comes from an in-house doctor who is a member of the “Church” of Scientology. Whitfield was not disqualified despite a liver that already might have been weakened by his bout with hepatitis.

The purification rundown is based on medical ignorance, the story continues, Hubbard himself was no scientist, just a science fiction author. In his public writings, Hubbard never explained how he conducted his studies: how many subjects he used or whether he had a control group — data a trained scientist would be expected to provide.

Nonetheless, Hubbard’s authoritative writing style, which made his 1950 book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, a long-running best-seller, added seeming legitimacy to the program. After his death, Hubbard’s theories gained an aura of dogma within Scientology as the “Church” simultaneously grew richer and more combative against critics. Aggressive use of libel law silenced questions about the safety of the “rundown” and other practices.

To read the rest of this article go here, http://www.holysmoke.org/sdhok/purif.htm

To see and hear Jerry talk about his experience on YouTube go here,

Published in: on May 7, 2011 at 11:21 am  Leave a Comment