Ex-Scientologist story #173, Tom De Vocht Walks the plank.

scientology_worseThe first allegation of violence by David Miscavige, head of Scientology and top wearer of Hubbard’s bathtub navy regalia, that I came across was in an affidavit by former Scientologist Vicki Aznaran in 1991.  She was a top-ranking member of the RTC.  Since then there have been repeated questions asked about Miscavige’s reign of terror but nothing of any great substance until the St. Petersburg Times, ran a series called, “The Truth Rundown,” in 2009.  Here is another one of the defectors, Tom De Vocht.  The following quotes from that news article.

TOM DE VOCHT

Born: Belgium

Age: 45

Joined Scientology: At age 10, in 1974, when mother joined.

Left Scientology: 2005

Family status: Divorced from Sea Org member Jennifer Linson. They had no children.

Career highlights: Supervised numerous church construction projects in downtown Clearwater and, in later years, at the church compound in California. From 1986 through 2000, had administrative authority over Clearwater operations. Started working full-time for church at 14, as bellhop at Fort Harrison Hotel.

Now: Lives in Polk County. Buys and sells used furniture.

Quote: “I was at it for 28 years. … That was my life. Those were my friends. … I respect them. I still consider the vast majority of them my friends. I would love to hear from them. … I’ve never really seen it (Scientology practices) do any harm to anybody.

Even so Tom was made to walk the plank, literally.

Miscavige had the staffers line up at the diving board in their uniforms, and one by one, jump into the pool. Before each person went in, Norman Starkey, once the captain of the Apollo, called on them to be better spiritual beings. He recited a traditional Sea Org saying:

We commit your sins and errors to the deep and trust you will rise a better thetan.

Miscavige ordered the group to go to an office in their wet clothes and stay put until they figured out where they had failed.

Tom De Vocht says he can’t recall what angered Miscavige that chilly night early in 2005. But he well remembers the doubts that crept into his head as he sat wet and shivering.

What am I doing here?

De Vocht had joined the church with his mother when he was just 10 and rose to a top executive post at Scientology’s spiritual headquarters in Clearwater. But in the months after that mass dunking, he no longer recognized the organization.

Neither did Rinder, who went into the pool that night with De Vocht.

For the rest of the “Truth Rundown” go here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/article1012148.ece

To see Tom De Vocht and others on “Anderson Cooper 360.”

Published in: on May 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #172, “What was Ron like?”

 

 

The late Steve Carmichael-Timson (d.2008) left Scientology sometime in 1999, in an internet post he gives credit to Stacy Brooks and “Ishmael,” for helping him shed the chains of Scientology.  Why did he leave?  Curiosity, among other things.  He wanted to know just what the “real” L. Ron Hubbard was like so he asked somebody who knew him; big mistake.

When I got back to the States, I decided to stay with my God-Mother, June Cline. June used to work with LRH, and she had left Scientology by this time. It was perfect. One morning we went out for breakfast.

These questions of LRH were bothering me, so I asked: “What was Ron like?”

“Oh, you don’t want to ask me.”

“No, I do. I want to know what this man is like.”

“If you want to get your answer, you should ask someone in the church.”

Actually, I don’t remember the conversation, but what I do remember, is that it took a long time to get her to answer my question. Finally, she said, “I thought he was a jerk. He knew what he wanted, and he did what ever it took to get it, at any expense. He had no care for the people, he just wanted to get what he wanted. I didn’t like him very much.”

That must of hit you really hard to hear that after being brought up to believe something else.

By Scientology terms, I began to think of myself in the condition of “Doubt.”

For conditions, that’s pretty low, and nobody really likes to be there. I think the toughest part of being in this condition, was telling my Scientology friends, my only friends. By saying I’m in doubt with Scientology, is like saying, I’m in doubt with having you as a friend. My friends didn’t take it so well. One of my best friends, Michael Coleman, wrote me a letter of disconnection, as I was no longer a safe person to talk to.

My father told me that he didn’t know if he and I should carry the father/son relationship we had. He chose the Church, at this time, over me. My friend Chris Currier called me up, and wanted me to say where I stood with Scientology. He said he wanted to hear it from the “horse’s mouth.”

Basically, I told him that I was on my way out of the church. He said, that he was disappointed to hear it, and said he was disconnecting from me. With some slight rage inside me, I told him that Scientology would never “Clear the planet.” When he asked why, I said “because there would always be someone like me around.” He called me an asshole, and that was the last we spoke.

I wonder if this is the reason people are reluctant to leave. They leave all their friends behind and if the only friends they have are from the Co$ then the feeling of loneliness and isolation must be terrible.

My father told me that he didn’t know if he and I should carry the father/son relationship we had. He chose the Church, at this time, over me.

To read the rest of that post go here: http://www.skeptictank.org/hs/lcos4.htm

To see some pictures Steve took at protests go here: http://www.xenu-directory.net/mirrors/www.whyaretheydead.net/misc/cambabes/index.html

Memorial page to Steve with a picture of him: http://www.friendsandrelations.com/html/detail.php/id/365/relations/steve_carmichael-timson.html

 
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Ex-Scientologist story #171, disconnection & “fair game.”

True Stories from a Nasty Cult.

 

Tom Padgett was a “Clear” in Scientology besides taking a number of other courses.  He studied Scientology at the Baton Rouge Mission, Clearwater Mission, FLAG, Cincinnati Org, and FCDC in Wash.DC.  He was a member for nine years, 1978 – 1987.  He says of his reasons for quiting Scientology:

I left in October of 1987. I remember the day well. It was a beautiful day in Washington, DC. Several Sea Org dudes were up from FLAG at the FCDC Org. They held me in a room for several hours trying to ‘handle’ my stall on the bridge. As a last resort they wanted me go online with the Celeb. Ctr, there in D.C. since I was strongly resisting, and resenting, their too in-your-face reg cycles. I recall, asking the 3 guys, ‘What’s the deal with the Navy Uniforms?’ I had told them that I had a year of Naval Reserve Officers Candidate schooling and was put off by the garb. They got snippy with me and I said ‘That’s it, I am out of here!’

 Upon leaving Scientology his Hubbard-bot wife disconnected from him and also withheld their children from seeing him.  This led to court hearings and the predictable “fair game'” by the sleazy cult.  They did everything they could to smear Tom, take his employment away and have him thrown into jail on bogus charges.  As usual in such cases Scientology behaved like total cretins and gathered up for themselves a large amount of negative publicity.  Here is Tom on the
http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/videos/video6.html
Here is the rest of Tom’s exit statement: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?9

And here is Tom’s website in which he gives details in the legal fight he had with Scientology.  http://www.madvillelaw.net/index.htm

 

 

Published in: on May 29, 2011 at 7:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #170, “I reject that Scientology is a science.”

True Stories About a Fake Religion.

 

Mac Stevens of Newport, Oregon, wrote a long letter to renouncing his membership in Scientology, he did this in 20008 on the anniversary of the death of Lisa McPherson.   This is a rather long manifesto so I will just give a few samples of what he had to say.

I’ve been a Scientologist practically all my life.  I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of my own hard-earned money on Scientology.  I’ve spent years studying Scientology courses.  I’m risking losing many friends.  I’m risking the Church ordering my own mother to never speak to me.  Speaking out as I am is not a
choice I made without much painful consideration.  I’m putting my ass on the line, looking like a traitor to Scientologists and looking like a brainwashed fool to everyone else.

I reject that Scientology is a science.  It is a science in the sense that it is an organized body of knowledge.  But in other subjects commonly known as sciences, such as chemistry or mathematics, the scientific method is continuously employed.  This means posing new hypotheses and trying new experiments to more accurately confirm or deny the hypotheses.  Testing and
questioning is ongoing.  No law is sacred.  Anything is open for revision if new observation warrants it.  In Scientology, this is not allowed.  So it’s misleading to call Scientology a science.  If you corrupted a math book or a chemistry book that was in use, sooner or later, the corruption would lead to a failure in practice and the corruption would be traced down and corrected.  And anyone competent in the field could do that.  Applied mathematics and chemistry, by the way, can be very dangerous.  But this does not warrant the existence of a central authority to keep math and chemistry pure, to own the trademarks on the square root symbol, the periodic table of the elements, “Mathematics(TM)”, “Chemistry(TM)”, or “Chemist(TM)”.. .

Mac has questions, a lot of them, here are a few:

 What kind of friend would leave you because someone else told them they had to?

    Why is there not an early-detection system for Suppressive Persons?  Why does it take ten or twenty years sometimes to discover them?
 
    Are your statistics more important than you?  When you’re upset, who is there for you, free of charge?  When you succeed at something you really wanted to do yourself, who cares?

If all you cared about was doing the right thing, you didn’t care who was looking, what would you be doing?  How much of what you are doing is based on following orders or going with the flow, and how much is based on what you truly believe to be right?  Why do you need so many orders?

    How many bulk mail items do you receive?  How many phone calls?  How many e-mails?  Do you want them?

    How many HCOBs do you know of that you seriously doubt that LRH wrote?  Did you verify he did?  How did you verify it?

    What are your crimes?  Hmmmm?  Think about it.  What are your crimes, really?  Ok, scratch that.  Answer this.  How do your crimes stack up against your contributions?

For the full document go here: http://home.earthlink.net/~stevensm/scn/scn_open_ltr_2008_12_05.txt

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