Ex-Scientologist #306, Young girl abandoned on ship, a witness to abuse.

The cult of Lies and Greed.

Sharone Stainforth was one of the original members of the CMO, or, the Commodore’s messenger Service before she was even a teen.  Her father was sent on a mission that he did not return from (a sad story in itself) so she was left to the tender mercies of a ruthless cult.  Her start in life was a tough one.  Yet she rebounded as this video shows.

Not only was she a witness to over-boarding she saw other abuse as well.  Sharone has a very extensive blog that is well worth taking a look at.  http://theapolloseries.blogspot.com/2011/08/coming-up-to-present-time.html

Published in: on September 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #305, Audited on NOTs, “almost died.”

Scientology claims to “make the able more able,” this however, is seldon seen.  More often people begin to understand that it is just a con to get their money and they leave.  It is the ones who stay who suffer the most.  In this case it is Rueben Hart who stayed in until he was crazy and almost dead.

From April 1975 to April 1976 I was in charge of public relations for the cult of Scientology in Denver, Colorado. I appeared numerous times on television and radio to promote scientology. I hosted an hour long scientology radio program on three different radio stations: KAAT, KTLA, and KWGN. For thousands of people in Colorado, I was scientology. I was keenly aware that in the accepted sense of the word, we were not even remotely a religion. There was however a sham widely in practice throughout the scientology network consisting of mock ‘Sunday Services’  wherein a ‘minister’ wearing the black garb and clerical collar of a
catholic priest would get up and mouth a lot of pseudo-religious sounding bromides, none of which I observed were ever practiced in the cult itself. An odd looking cross, the brain child of L. Ron Hubbard, was hauled out, dusted off and put on display, all for the purpose of reinforcing the religious image of the cult. This was a front. Veteren Scientologists did not usually attend these mummeries except as shills to create the illusion of parishoners at worship, and then only if a large number of new public persons were expected. I recall once, while I was still in Los Angeles the head of our cult branch, Yvonne Gilham Jentzsch laughingly discussing putting up stained glass windows to further dupe the *Wogs.

I joined scientology June 5, 1970 to improve my abilities and my life. But the longer I stayed in the organization the worse I got. I had been brainwashed however to believe that only scientology held the key to my survival. In March of 1971 I attempted suicide for the first time. I had been in the cult nine months. Increasingly I became antisocial and anti-American. I was inculcated with contempt for my government, other religions, and all persons not scientologists. Only after thirteen years did the veil at last drop from my eyes and I was able, with the help of friends, to see what scientology really was. On October 1, 1983 I left the cult; but it was too late. By then I was a shattered suicidal wreck.

In December of 1983 I wrote a formal letter of resignation disconnecting from the ‘Church’ of Scientology.

As regards the technology itself, I continued to believe it worked for about a year after I left the cult. I thus continued to receive  scientology auditing in the field. On July 18, 1984 while being audited on NOTS I almost died. Only quick thinking saved my life. While a staff member at Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles 1971-73 where Mr. Wollersheim was also employed, a high ranking scientologist named Bill Howie came close to dying while on OT III.

Around the same time I saw another staff member, Karen Fuller sitting quietly studying with some other students. Suddenly without a word she fell over in a death-like faint. She was also on OT III at the time.  In 1974 I took over public relations at the scientology mission at  Vancouver, Canada. I was told by several staff members that one Douglas Dewhurst a ‘parishoner’ had commited suicide in his car behind the mission on 6th Street.

For the rest of the story go here: http://www.skeptictank.org/gs/sci631.htm

Scientology methods fail against disease and when they are forced to get outside help they do it on the cheap.  Here a dedicated Sea Org member gets sent to a chiropractor to treat AIDS.  

Published in: on September 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex-Scientologist story #304, Paul Haggis leaves the cult.

 

The following quote is from a story dated Oct. 25, 2009 by Tony Ortega entitiled, “Crash” Director Paul Haggis Ditches Scientology.”

“I am only ashamed that I waited this many months to act. I hereby resign my membership in the Church of Scientology.”

Over the past few days, a remarkable letter was published in four parts at the blog of Marty Rathbun, a former high-level Scientology official who has left the church and now criticizes Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige.

In the letter, written to Scientology’s current national spokesman, Tommy Davis, ‘Crash’ director Paul Haggis explains why he is leaving Scientology after 35 years.

Long known for his humanitarian efforts and strong support for civil liberties, Haggis says he was stunned when the San Diego branch of Scientology publicly supported Proposition 8, the state amendment that took away marriage rights for California gay couples.

Haggis goes on to list other factors — he was shocked when Davis claimed in an interview with John Roberts of CNN that Scientology did not support the practice of “disconnection.” Haggis knew that Davis was lying. He himself was asked to “disconnect” from the parents of his wife, Deborah Rennard, who had left Scientology. 

For the rest of the story go here: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2009/10/crash_director.php

This was big new, lots of coverage.

 

Published in: on September 21, 2011 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment