Ex-Scientologist story #217, “The church that kept on taking.”

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Linda Hostetler was a dancer; from the amount of money she made a week I would hazard a guess that it was of the exotic type.  Under normal conditions that would not sit well with the priggish “Church” of Scientology.  But they will put up with damn near anything in order to make money.  The following is from the newspaper article, “The church that kept on taking? / Woman says Scientology church drained her of time, and about $150,000.”  This appeared in the Sunday, 23 Apri,l 1995, edition of the Daily Tribune, Oakland Co. Michigan. 

ROYAL OAK — At first glance, Linda Hostetler appears the vibrant, independent woman who answered a personal ad eight years ago, beckoning her to join the Church of Scientology.

But a closer look reveals a puzzled 29-year-old woman, emotionally scarred by years of what she termed “psychological torture,” and financially ruined by a much-maligned yet resilient and powerful empire into which she said she not only poured her soul, but also tens of thousands of dollars. . .

Hostetler said she wants what’s left of her four-year association with the Church of Scientology of Michigan in Royal Oak. What’s left she said is $6,916.98 worth of nonrendered services. What’s gone, she said, is a chunk of her youth, her sense of trust and about $150,000.

Last month, a Hostetler-led demonstration against an introductory Scientology lecture outside a Livonia hotel yielded little fanfare. Hostetler, her husband, Dan, her mother and a girlfriend picketed the parking lot, trumpeting her warnings against joining the church. An entire room of her modest northwest Detroit home is dedicated to the church. It’s filled with indebted credit reports, bank records, church literature and a decade of magazine and newspaper articles exposing a dark side to Scientology, the self-proclaimed religion of spiritual enlightenment.

In painstaking chronology, Hostetler recounted her five-year odyssey through the church, most of which she spent at the downtown Royal Oak center on Fourth at Williams.

“I was young and impressionable, and I thought I could trust these people,” said Hostetler. “I had a long relationship with a trusting friend, and that friend was L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology — my church — and they betrayed me.”

“It’s not easy to stand up and say, ‘Look, I’ve been conned out of $150,000. It does take a gut,’ ” Hostetler said. . .

Hostetler said she was also constantly berated because of her job as a dancer but was never delivered an ultimatum because of the continuing cash flow.

“They were always trying to make me feel guilty. They said it wasn’t something that they condoned and that I needed to fix myself up,” Hostetler said. “But it was good money, and that was the only way I could afford all the auditing. And they knew that.”

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