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.
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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.