This post was made on May 26, 2006 in the newsgroup Alt.religion.Scientology by former Ron Bot Shawn M. Hollenshead.
The consequences of involvement with Scientology:
You are going to spend lots of money or lots of time. If you have money or access to money then you will be persuaded to spend it. I personally spent my college savings on scientology services and for 3 years I spent 8 hours a day at the church studying so that I could get the results I was promised. I lived very poorly for those 3 years and realized that I had nothing to show for all my hard work. It is scary to come to such a conclusion. I am
currently seeking a refund from scientology as I feel that the services did not improving my life the way that I was promised they would. I started in scientology when I was 18; I am 30 currently and feel like I am just starting my adult life. This is only one repercussion of scientology.
I feel that my request for a refund is the right thing to do.. When you are old something that doesn’t perform as it should or only sometimes works the way it is supposed to I don’t see that as a fair exchange. I am able to see if something has made a great difference in my life. I think that it is dishonest to say something is beneficial to you if you can’t see the daily results in your hard work. I have no interest in letting someone keep my money because I an agreement. Had scientology been as effective as it was initially sold to me I would still be involved. An agreement is based on fair exchange. If I buy a $60,000 BMW, it had better be drivable otherwise I am not just ging to keep it parked in the garage as a nice souvenir.
To read the orgininal post go here: http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/62597508121eb259
I added this just for fun, Hubbard talks about his “good friend” Aleister Crowley. Go here to read what Wikipedia has to say about this great loon of a bygone era. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley