In 1975 Micheal Pattinson had already been a Scientologist for several years, in Europe, where he had already run into some of the seamy aspects of this group. Yet he expected that once he got to Clearwater, Florida, the “Mecca” of auditing perfection that it would all be worthwhile. It was always the “next course” that promised the substantial gains. He felt, like so many others, that if he could just tough things out the rewards would be huge, huge and eternal. But what did he find in this Promised Land of Scientology? He found the land of Hubbard a confused mass of adolescent totalitarianism that resembled a grade “B” movie about George Orwell’s book, “1984.” Here are some selections of Pattinson’s statement about his time in Scientology, It is well worth the time to read it.
Oh, and by the way, if you are gay don’t go to Scientology. You would be better off putting all of your money in the gutter and lighting a match to it. It won’t help you and Scientology is as much against being gay as extreme Baptist churches are.
I was appalled at the brutality of existence as a “Sea Org member” at Flag. I saw a heck of a lot, knew most of the senior people personally, observed the “bustings”, the tirades of psychotic hate, the heartless smashing of devoted staff members into subjugated silent robots when Ron sent them to the hotel basement purgatory called the “R.P.F”., the forced submission of kind but un-flawless people, the hideously dirty and crowded berthing, the punishments of rice-and-beans diet for lowered production stats,…and Flag was NOT what it was advertised to be, either “The Friendliest Place in the Whole World” (excuse me while I run to throw up), or “The Mecca of Technical Perfection” (I saw virtually NOTHING “perfect” at Flag) at about $800 an hour for Flag auditing. The glossy facade hides a roaches nest of false promises, hidden costs, imperfect delivery, hidden distress, poverty of staff, public with vast upsets and broken dreams.
. . . One of the most shocking but frequent occurrences was a staff member suddenly being marched off by gestapo-like uniformed people and taken to the basement where they were forced to live in squalor and humiliation. They were not allowed to speak to any one who was not in the “Rehabilitation Project Force” (RPF), had to wear dark blue overalls, run EVERYWHERE, clean the grounds of the hotel for most of their day, and study 5 hrs a day too.
Being gay was not ever my choice or intention but it is not something that Scientology will ever “handle” however much one spends (I spent close to a half million dollars in Scientology, and I still want my money back!). Scientology considers being gay as an “aberration” that needs to be erased. However, they don’t erase it and are in actual practice anti-gay (as I and others got sent to “ethics” correction for such behavior). They did, however, accept hundreds of thousands of “Gay dollars” from me in full for a service they never delivered in full.Being gay may be something we don’t understand yet but it exists in millions of people and, even when humans who misapply their own religious beliefs and spit hate out at gays, God loves me just the way I am.
To read the rest of Micheal Pattison’s story go here: http://exscn.net/content/view/75/101/