In this story we hear how Emma Dickerson, who once wasted time on Scientology staff herself, lost her mother to the cult. Scientology shows no shame in making a 60-year old mother wash dishes 14 hours a day. This is pure Scientology, this is the wonderful world of L. Ron Hubbard.
SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL
Air Date: July 9, 1991
SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL: This is Val and Emma, two sisters who say they’re worried sick about their mother. Three years ago, Val and Emma’s mother Dorothy abandoned her family and went to work for what they say is a dangerous, bizarre, religious cult known as the Church of Scientology. They say that their mom has been brainwashed to believe that the Church comes before her own family. Now, just last Sunday, in a desperate attempt to rescue their mom from the clutches of the Church, Val and her brother secretly videotaped a conversation. Val questioned her mother with hopes that she would snap out of it. . .
VAL: Well, my mother is different now. She is, like, real fragmented. I could talk to her, and every once in a while, I’d get a little piece of coherent information, but then there was a lot of incoherent stuff coming out. So it’s like somebody scrambled her mind, and there’s a million jigsaw pieces of this puzzle that are just thrown on the floor, and she’s just trying to pick up little pieces here and there. And any time I’d try to get an answer out of her, I would get some kind of cult lingo.
SALLY: Right, that you probably didn’t understand.
VAL: Yeah, there’s a lot of things. She told me, later, from my sister, Emma, found out what exactly she was talking about.
SALLY: How did you know about the lingo, Emma?
EMMA, Wants Mother to Leave Church of Scientology: Well, I was involved in the organization 13 years ago, I was on staff.
SALLY: In Scientology?
SALLY: For a long time or a short time?
EMMA: I spent seven months with them. My father told me that if I joined the staff they would train me and give me a career, and I didn’t have any hopes of being able to go to college because of my financial situation. So I thought, “Great, a golden opportunity.” And I spent 14 hours a day working and getting nowhere and not really getting any training and just under a lot of stress. And
so, I had left. . .
VAL: Well, of course, they study on their own time. She can’t see her family. So everything —
SALLY: So that’s why this is the first time in three years you’ve seen Mom?
EMMA: They control her every moment.
VAL: That’s right. She has to get permission from them. She has to call them in on her day off. She has to call in and get instructions. She had to call them and get instructions how to handle me, because I was questioning them. And because I question her and what is going to happen to her, she is going to have to impose punishment upon herself, because I have asked her to take a vacation.
SALLY: I’m not quite sure I understand. You asked your mother to take a vacation, she has to be punished by herself because you’ve done that.
VAL: She told me that she would be considered a “PTS,” potential trouble source, because she is supposed to have me under control. And, like she said, she’s never had me under control. And then she’ll have to go to a book and she’ll have to pick out what her crime is, because I’ve asked her to take a vacation. And then, once she’s decided what her crime is, she has to pick out conditions. Now, if she doesn’t pick out the appropriate conditions, then they will help her pick out conditions. Now, that’s what the 14-hour dishwashing was. She evidently committed a crime a couple of years ago.
SALLY: So she washed dishes for 14 hours. . .
VAL: Why should a 60-year-old woman not have a week off to see her children? You know, the first year, I thought, “Well, my mom wants to have a new life, that’s fine.” The second year I thought, “This is kind of different,” you know. I really think that the family should be connected. And the third year, I thought, you know, “Eighty-four hours a week,” I think it’s boiling down to about $1.19 an hour, no benefits. I mean, what is retirement? What about health insurance?
EMMA: My son doesn’t even know his grandmother. He’s never had a time to spend with her, because he was about 7 when she got involved. And, before that, he was too young to remember her. And that, for me, is very hard, because he —
SALLY: Describe her now. You said she appeared to be deprived of sleep, not able to think clearly.
EMMA: It’s like I have two mothers. There’s an old mother and a new mother. My old mother was bubbly, happy-go-lucky. She loved to travel. She loved to cross-stitch. She just loved life and she loved people. She loved being with people and my new mother — You have to feed the conversation. She doesn’t offer anything. She doesn’t want to travel. She’s passed up opportunities to travel. She’s just a completely different person and there’s no bubbling. The bubble is all gone.
For the rest of the story go here: http://www.lermanet2.com/scientologynews/sallyjesse-transcript7-91.html Also on this show was Roxanne Friend who died of cancer. After she sued the daylights out of them for their phony medical cures and abuse of her human rights. And Hana Whitfield was interviewed also, she was a ship captain under Hubbard.
Why, you may well ask, do Scientologists abuse others and act like fools? Perhaps because they are idiots, jerks and dickwads. Here is Mark Bunker having some fun with him.