Ex-Scientologist story #245, Larry Anderson wants his money back.

 

Big name Scientologist have been dropping like flies during the last few years.  Here is another.  Of course the cult tries to “handle” these cases but the “hill ten” has just gotten too steep for these  nincompoops  to climb.   

Larry Anderson, star of Scientology’s ‘Orientation’ film, wants his money back

By Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin, Times Staff Writers 
Sunday, January 24, 2010

If you watched TV in the past three decades, you probably saw Larry Anderson. He appeared on more than 30 shows, including Charlie’s Angels, Mork and Mindy, Desperate Housewives and Mad Men. He hosted three game shows and had bit parts in eight movies.

He got lots of parts but isn’t well-known. Except to Scientologists.

Anderson starred in the Church of Scientology’s 1996 film Orientation, a 40-minute promotion central to church recruiting efforts. Translated into 15 languages, it has been shown at church facilities worldwide not only to potential recruits but also to parishioners and staffers, to get them more involved in Scientology.

At the film’s dramatic climax, Anderson is a portrait of rectitude as the background music swells and the camera zooms in. . .

Now, after 33 years as a Scientologist, the past 13 as the voice extolling the virtues of Scientology and the perils of walking away, Anderson is walking away. He says the church failed to deliver the spiritual gains it promised.

He also wants his money back, nearly $120,000 he says he prepaid for services never taken. A church policy says parishioners can get repayments, but if they do, they cannot come back. . .

HIS LEAVING

By late 2008, Anderson was frustrated with more than his auditing.

He brought five recruits to the church but all of them left, weary of pushy supervisors. Some told Anderson they were urged to join the church staff, and others were pressed to work fewer hours at their secular jobs to leave more time for Scientology study.

Anderson also objected to church leaders urging parishioners to repurchase the updated 18-volume set of Hubbard’s basic teachings, for $3,000. The church blamed stenographer and editing errors that had to be cleaned up.

These books were published 20 years before LRH died. How is it we’re just discovering that stenographers made mistakes or rearranged pages?”

Through the years, Anderson said, he bought re-released books multiple times. “Each time they said, ‘We got it perfect now.’ ”

He was among thousands of Scientologists gathered in Los Angeles to hear Miscavige’s filmed announcement that the re-edited basic volumes were being released. “I looked around and everybody’s in a standing ovation, getting their checkbooks out. I thought, ‘Oh, my God, we are sheeple.’ Not me. I’m out.”

Davis, the church spokesman, rejects Anderson’s reaction as “absurd.” Hubbard himself launched the re-edit in 1984, two years before he died, Davis said. As part of the project, the church recovered and restored several lectures Hubbard gave in the 1950s that existed only on deteriorated tapes. Translated now into 15 languages, Hubbard’s 18 volumes, plus 280 lectures, are available to more people than ever, Davis said. The materials also are available at no charge in church reading rooms.

Anderson told a high-level church executive his concerns about the costs of the re-released books and his frustration with his years “grinding and grinding” in auditing sessions. He also asked about anti-Scientology material he read on the Internet.

For the rest of this juicy story go here:  http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/he-wants-his-money-back/1067720

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