Ex-Scientologist story #282, Co$ Crimes in Australia.

This story is about the defection of two formerly fanatical members of Scientology, Ana and Dean Detheridge.  If you want to know what Scientology wants for the rest of us just start reading.  The only thing I can add is that this evil cult is an equal opportunity abuser; they will abuse anyone they get their hands on, member or not. 

Scientology’s dark secrets

The Age
November 21, 2009

SCIENTOLOGISTS lured Dean Detheridge off the street using their tried and  tested technique of offering a personality test. He wasn’t much interested, but  they were extremely skilled and persistent persuaders, and he found he couldn’t  say no. Seven days later he was on staff in what turned out to be a very  full-time job. Although he rose to executive director of the Canberra branch,  Detheridge was always below the poverty line. He worked 15-hour days for the  Church of Scientology, plus another three hours in the early morning as a learner to feed his family. Days off were rare.

He told The Age how he learnt to lie, bully, intimidate and humiliate people  and particularly to extort money in service of the church and its ostensible  aim, the greatest good of the greatest number. Now he calls it “a crock of  shit”.

Detheridge lost 17 years to the church, under constant financial and  emotional pressure. He did much of which he is now ashamed, and suffered much  more. This week his story hit the headlines when Senator Nick Xenophon called for an inquiry into the church and tabled several letters from former members.

For decades the celebrity-recruiting group, granted legal status as a  religion in Australia in 1983, has fought to preserve its secrets. These include  a bizarre cosmology involving the galactic dictator Xenu dumping millions of  corpses in volcanoes on Earth 75 million years ago and blowing them up with 17  hydrogen bombs (the last word in high-tech when L. Ron Hubbard founded the group  in the 1950s).

In this schema, the souls, or “thetans”, of the dead were contaminated and in  turn contaminated humans, who can be cleansed only by Scientology. The process  involves vitamins, E-meters and large sums of money.

As commentator Phillip Adams acidly observed, Hubbard launched his ew “science” of dianetics in that scholarly journal Astounding Science Fiction.  The Church of Scientology around the world has just endured a very bad few  months. A French court convicted it of defrauding vulnerable members and fined  it $1 million; a former top executive went public with damning accounts  including claims of violence by world leader David Miscavige; Oscar-winning film  director Paul Haggis resigned with some withering criticisms; a Queensland  inquest found that a soldier had killed himself after spending $25,000 on a month of Scientology courses; and online encyclopedia Wikipedia banned the  church and people associated with it from editing entries.

Then on Tuesday, Senator Xenophon tabled in the Senate a collection of   damaging letters from former members and called for a Senate inquiry into the  church and its activities. He asked the Senate to investigate its tax-exempt  status, occupational health and safety practices, and the adequacy of consumer  protection laws in relation to its fund-raising and charges. Prime Minister  Kevin Rudd felt it necessary to distance himself, saying he had concerns about  the organisation

The shocking allegations included those of coerced abortions, forced , obstructing justice and covering up child abuse. Life for Scientology staff,   former members wrote, featured unbearable hours, constant punishments, lack of  access to medical care, and sometimes physical abuse and imprisonment. They were  at the mercy of the elite, called the Sea Org, and at constant risk of being  separated from friends and family.

In her letter, Carmel Underwood told of being pressured to have an abortion,
which she rejected, though others had succumbed. Women who refused, it was said,
might be put on hard labour in the hope of causing a miscarriage. (Detheridge
explains the reasoning: “The ‘right’ decision is the greatest good of the  greatest number, and the only hope humanity has is Scientology. So anything that enables a member to stay on staff and keep working is good, whereas a baby would  pull you off staff.”)

Underwood said children whose parents worked for the church and who went to  the Scientology school were forced to work for the church after school and saw  rheir parents for only a couple of hours a week. She described punishments  designed to instil subservience, such as manual labour, or scrubbing an already  clean bathroom with a toothbrush.

Peta O’Brien had herself assigned to the Rehabilitation Project Force (the  penal group) so she could see her son, 17, who had been sent there. She did hard labour, breaking rocks with a crowbar and carting them in a wheelbarrow to make  a car park at the church’s Dundas, NSW, base. When she had cervical cancer, it  was alleged, she had to pay for an operation by painting an architectural rendering of the doctor’s home, because the church, having already taken all her  money, would not help. . ..

Church staff also used intimate information about members to silence them, or  to impersonate them to cancel credit cards or plane tickets, he wrote.

Paul Schofield wrote about a Sydney scientologist who had committed suicide because of debt he had incurred making donations to the church. He alleged that another member had systematically abused three daughters, who complained to the  church, but police were not told. Another man who molested his daughter was
turned over to police only after he had fallen out with Scientology.

Ana Detheridge, Dean’s wife, wrote of physical attacks on staff, and  fund-raising sessions where members were locked into rooms until targets were  reached. People had to sit for hours, being pressured to increase donations.

Why did members stay so long if life was so difficult?

According to Dean Detheridge, the church applies intense pressure to those who want to leave, including using personal information against them. Under a  process called “murder routine” members are locked up and harassed for hours
without food or rest until they give in. “They do intense interrogations . . .  They ask, ‘what have you done to small boys?’ and try to get you into  submission. I was kept in a room till 4am, but after 17 years on staff I was  hardened and stuck it out.”

For the entire article follow this link.  http://www.cifs.org.au/dark.php

This site contains mostly older stuff about the cult in Australia, what makes it interesting is that when these stories were written Dean and Ana were on the side of the bad guys.  http://www.suburbia.com.au/~fun/scn/orgs/canb/

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