Ex-Scientologist story #137, “Who is Xenu?”

Dianetics in "Astounding Science Fiction," May 1950. It started with an alien on the magazine cover, it ended with xenu, another alien.

 

Roland Rashleigh-Berry was in Scientology for about five years.  After leaving he devoted his efforts to exposing the upper level Operating Thetan, “OT” levels.  This did not endear him to Scientology.  Here is an excerpt from a  letter published in 1997 that appeared in the newsgroup Alt. Religion. Scientology: 

I used to be a member of your Scientology *cult*, and I use the word *cult* fully knowing its implications. In my experience, it is a *cult* that exploits peoples weaknesses (detected through unfair “personality tests” and the betrayal of personal secrets that the person is persuaded to reveal through deceit and trickery) in order to mentally and emotionally enslave these people while at the same time gaining control of their finances to the point of that person’s detriment. They lose their mind, their soul and their life to this evil scam called “Scientology”. Its sole purpose is to extract money from people, as per its declared policy. It intends to give nothing in return, except lies as to a better future. 

To read the rest of the letter go here: http://www.skeptictank.org/msgtocos.htm

He went on to write the famous “Xenu flyer” used to hand out at demonstrations.  It is found in Operation Clambake, a comprehensive web site devoted to exposing Scientology.  Who is Xenu?

http://www.xenu.net/archive/leaflet/xenuleaf.htm

Is Scientology a scam?  Roland thinks so. 

http://www.xenu-directory.net/opinions/rashleighberry20070122.html

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Ex-Scientologist story #136, “Scientolgy With(out) An End.”

Hubbard’s bathtub navy.

Tom Voltz joined Scientology in 1975 in Germany, he joined the Sea Org and was transferred to Copenhagen in Denmark.  As we have seen frequently in the personal stories life in the SO was not what it was cracked up to be.

I shared a room with eleven other men, the space for personal things was limited to that under the two bunk beds in half the room, the food was miserable, and the one or two weeks that I had to serve breakfast to the uniformed officers of the Sea Organization was one of my most traumatic experiences.

How, I asked myself, was it that in a revolutionary philosophy an upper-level Scientologist ran around in a military uniform with decorations while he was being served as though he were the emperor of China? I decided to end my stay in Copenhagen. Ten days later I was back in Germany.

For many people this would have been the end of the matter.  But Tom thought that there still was value in Scientology so he persevered in training and became an auditor.  For him being in Scientology appealed to his idealism and also promised personal growth.  He also valued the friendships that he had made.  However, his infatuation lasted only so long.  In 1993 he wrote a letter of resignation, he was done, at least as a member.  He states:

All the experience in the five years before my official resignation revised this fundamental opinion. Systematic failures of the Scientology organization too numerous to count (at the cost of the individual, so that it has to do with the sum of millions and therefore with existence) led to the conclusion that thoughts and actions inherent to the system caused the failed developments. A lack of the ability for internal criticism shattered any attempt for correction. Scientology has always regarded itself as the religion of all religions. It sees itself as the “end point of the quest” for people. Lies, defamation, coerced experiments, the radical uprooting of business relations and similar experiences give rise to the suspicion that an elite group is occupying itself in a Machiavellian manner with the defense of its position and sinecure, while empty goals are set up only as magnets to attract the normal people (and source of income).

Tom Voltz wrote a book, Scientology With(out) An End, the source of the above quotes, about Scientology.  It is detailed, well footnoted, critical analysis of the group that covers a great deal of ground.  Much of it cover WISE, the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises, which is a tool that management uses in order to funnel money from businesses into the cult.

The main thrust of his writing is that simply put there is no aspect of a member’s life that is beyond the control of Scientology.  In keeping with a practice usually associated with authoritarian regimes, I am thinking of the East German secret police and Stalinist Russia, members are encouraged to spy on each other.  The author says this about reports:

I have already mentioned that Scientologists have a wealth of reasons for writing “reports.” Hubbard once published a list which told the staff member everything he should report on:

Damage report, Mistake report, Waste report, Alteration report, Missing or Theft report, Discovery announcement, Non-Obedience report, Misdemeanor report, Crime report, High Crime report, No Report report, False Report report, False Attestation report, Nuisance report, Job Endangerment report, Technical Alteration report, Knowledge report.

Reports, reports, reports … they accumulate in the “ethics folder” of a person, and the ethics officer will notice whose folder is particularly thick. A staff member, who does not write a report when he should have automatically becomes an accomplice!

The internal control system of Scientology is extremely well defined. Deviant thinking is very quickly discovered. By this means the “church leaders” can quickly “help” those who have gone astray to find their way back to the straight and narrow path.

To read the rest of this book go here: http://www.lermanet.com/cisar/germany/books/swoe06.htm#pt5

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Ex-Scientologist story #135, Larry Brennan

True stories about a false religion.

Larry Brennan was high in the ranks of Scientology during his staff tenure 1974-1984.  He was in the Guardians Office and did a great amount of the legal work for the cult.  His knowledge has been useful in shedding some light on the highly complex corporate shell game that was designed to frustrate lawsuits.  He tells also of the mask of religion that the cult wears and how that profits Scientology.  Larry has testified at hearing and given a number of interviews, here are a few of them:

 

Published in: on May 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #134, “living like a robot really sucks.”

Catarina Pamnell. from Sweden, was just 18 when she joined Scientology in 1981.  Like others she wanted to be part of something bigger than herself, something that could help the world.  She also wanted personal growth and enhanced capabilites, Scientology looked like it had the answers she had been looking for.  She joined the Scientology staff and set out to help “clear” the planet.  But thing in Scientology were not as rosy as they seemed when she joined:

By 1983, two years after reading my first Hubbard book, I had gone from a reasonably well-ordered life (steady job, friends, money in the bank, no drug or psychiatric problems, etc.) to a complete mess. I had quit my office job, and worked in the local Scientology organisation in Stockholm, Sweden, for ‘wages’ of around $10-15 a week. My money was all gone after paying over $10,000 for their courses. I had nowhere to live, as the person I had been renting a room from got kicked out of Scientology, which meant that other Scientologists were not allowed any contact with her. The organization’s Ethics Officer told me I had to move out within 24 hours. I didn’t eat or sleep much, had practically no contact anymore with my family and former friends, and was becoming increasingly depressed and unstable. So why didn’t I just quit? By then, I had begun to accept the view that if any Scientology methods didn’t work out very well for me, it was solely due to my own shortcomings. People who were not successful and healthy were considered less valuable as human beings, as it was believed that their own evil intentions and deeds caused all of their problems. The worse things got, the more I thought I had to stick to Scientology. Hubbard, the founder and ‘guru’ of Scientology, stated over and over that Scientology was the only way out, and only evil-minded people opposed it. The world outside was controlled by crazy psychiatrists, greedy bankers and corrupt governments.

Scientology is never hesitant to punish staff members who fail in some way or another.  This includes just about everyone sooner or later.  She was put in the DPF, Deck Project Force, which is supposed to be less severe than the dreaded RPF, Rehabilitation Project Force.  Nonetheless she had a tough time of it.

Then I was taken to a crowded, dirty room in the basement, where DPFers had to sit for several hours every day and write lists of their ‘sins’. According to Hubbard’s ideas, a major reason why people are critical of something or somebody, is because they have committed bad acts towards that which they are criticising. By disclosing every immoral or discreditable thing we had ever done, no matter how small, we were supposed to become well-behaved, obedient, uncritical Scientologists.(Of course we were not told that in those words, we were told it was our only chance to redeem ourselves from total spiritual disaster.) . . . Despite the dreadful physical conditions, the worst part was easily the humiliation; we were basically treated like criminals. When I got there, I was in a pretty bad shape mentally, and the situation only got worse. It’s hard to describe, but I seriously thought I was going to die. My body felt like a foreign object and sometimes I could not even walk or speak.

Summing up she states: The Church of Scientology ideals of grandiose, chilly, controlled, super-human perfection hold no attraction. Living like a robot really sucks.

Her story is compelling.  This is the world of L. Ron Hubbard, this is the world that they want for the rest of us.

http://user.tninet.se/~haj197g/my_story.html

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Ex-Scientologist story #133, All Hail Xenu!!

Steven Fishman is, by all accounts, a very complicated person.  His history, including his time in prison, is convoluted.  But what I can say with a degree of certainty is that his lawsuit against Scientology was a milestone of sorts in litigation against the cult.  The information brought in as evidence in the trial included the upper lever drivel concerning the OT levels along with various affidavits by former top Scientologists did a lot to shine the light on a group that would much rather stay in the dark.  Anyway, here is what Wikipedia had to say on the subject:  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Fishman

What is an OT or operating thetan?  It all started millions of years ago when the evil tyrant Xenu.  Earth was a prison planet, I bet you didn’t know that.  Heck, now it gets much better, go here for the full story.  South Park did an excellent renditon of the tale.

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