Mary Johnson suffered financial loss, mental torment and humiliation during the two years she was a member of Scientology. The jig was up when she at last determined that she was being used just for her money, she didn’t just get mad, she got even. The following is from The Irish Examiner, 4 December 2002.
A woman who claims she was brainwashed by the Church of Scientology is suing for damages. Dundalk-born Mary Johnson, 40, who has a sports equipment shop at Westwood, Foxrock, is also suing three members of the church: John Keane, Tom Cunningham and Gerard Ryan.
The long-running action for damages by a woman against the Church of Scientology and three of its members came to a dramatic end at the High Court yesterday when the judge was told the case “appears to be settled”. The costs of the action could amount to E2 million. The surprise development came on the 31st day of the case taken by Dundalk-born Ms Mary Johnston, who was involved with the church from 1992 to 1994.
In the High Court yesterday, Sean Ryan SC for Ms Johnson, said she was “sucked in” by the organisation which brought her under its control and influence.
She was recruited to the church in 1992. Efforts were made to prevent her leaving the organisation, to silence her and to devalue her. The court was also told efforts had been made to intimidate her and to prevent her suing.
Mr Ryan said the court would be introduced to a language of psycho religious-mythical scope and expressions and words with no meaning other than being defined as Scientology.
Ms Johnson had suffered psychological, psychiatric injuries, panic attacks and post traumatic stress disorder, together with loss of short term memory and that condition had been exacerbated by the subsequent illegitimate conduct of the defendants.
The story began in 1992 when Ms Johnson was emotionally upset after splitting with her boyfriend. She knew one of the defendants, Tom Cunningham, a member of the Church of Scientology, who introduced her to “dianetic auditing” of form of amateur psychoanalysis.
Mr Cunningham continually suggested Ms Johnson should go to the church’s Dublin mission in Middle Abbey Street and have a personality test so that she could become involved in Scientology.
The tests involved money and Ms Johnson was not well off. Under pressure she signed up for a “purification run down” an introduction to the church at a cost of £1,200.
Ms Johnson was required to do a medical examination and was sent to a Scientologist described as a doctor. She spent long periods in saunas and was told this was purification. People such as this were described as “raw meat” by L. Ron Hubbard, the church’s founder. In March 1994, she started a “Hubbard Dianetic Auditing” course in Dublin and continued at Saint Hill Foundation in Britain.
In December, a team of recruiters from Saint Hill came to Dublin and she was asked how she was going to further her studies. She said she could not afford further payments and was told she should go to her friends or sell her business.
She gave another £100 deposit for a course on a ship in the Caribbean and subsequently signed a contract for one billion years to work for Scientology.
When Ms Johnson got back to Dublin she was subjected to ever more intimidation.
She left the Church in 1994 after being a member for two years.
The hearing, before Mr Justice Peart, is expected to last about two weeks.
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True to form Scientology decided to settle the case rather than get the official judgement against them. Too bad for them they decided to lock the barn door after the horses were already on their way to town. A great deal of derogatory testimony had been brought forward and was duly covered by the newspapers. Here follows an article, “Irish Case Settled Out of Court,” March 3, 2003, that appeared in The Irish Times.
Opening the case for Ms Johnston, Mr Sen Ryan SC claimed she suffered a personality change after she was “sucked into the grasp” of the church and subjected to mind-control techniques. He claimed she reluctantly signed up for a number of courses, including a “purification run-down” course. The starting point for her entry into the church was a personality test which, he argued, was not a proper psychological test.
He also claimed Ms Johnston was trained to resist her family and, when she tried to leave, there were efforts to silence and intimidate her and members of her family. It was alleged Ms Johnston suffered psychological and psychiatric injuries.
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