Ex-Scientologist story #400, “OT levels were bizarre.”

No, not the salad, let me counter your intention with soup instead.

 

Martin Foster was involved with Scientology from 1978 to 1995.  For part of that time he was in the Sea Org at Gold base near Hemet, CA.  He had reached OT III.  When asked why he stayed in Scientology he stated,

“I stayed in because the goal of OT seemed cool, it seemed there were some really decent people who had very high goals, to help LRH clear the planet, etc.”

So what caused him to doubt Scientology?

Hearing of people going psycho and being ‘babysat’. poor food, inhuman hours, shoddy living conditions, injustices.

So what was the final straw in leaving Scientology?

I became disillusioned.  Auditing never was smooth to me.  Some of it seemed degrading.  OT levels were bizarre.  I started to think that some of the things LRH said was extreme.  Disagreements with various polices or tech.  Final straw was watching an OT VIII, Class VIII Scn disintegrate and become insane. 

And finally Martin states:   I think LRH became obsessed and paranoid and ultra-serious at a certain point.  ‘This is a deadly serious activity,’ ‘We’d rather have you dead than incapable’ etc.  People seemed very judgemental of each other.  The people who seemed to go up the Bridge were only the very rich or the very arrogant, (sometimes  both).  Everyone else struggled with high prices and barely make progress.

I think some of the tech is workable, some of it the insane rantings of a madman.

To read the full exit report Martin made go here:   http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?204

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Published in: on December 30, 2011 at 6:30 am  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientolgist story #399, Unreported sexual abuse.

Erin Francies was sexually abused twice in her young life.  But don’t expect anyone in Scientology to ever pick up the phone and call the police.  They would rather that the victim suffer any and all indignities rather than get any bad PR.  Other than the sexual abuse her story is like many other’s who were raised in the cult.  They were treated, as one victim termed it, “like cattle.”

I was born into Scientology in 1985. My father was (and is) an HGC auditor, my mother worked to support him (and me). My father joined the church when he was 18 along with his best friend (who is now the senior C/S at their org) after reading Dianetics while stoned and on acid. I don’t know when exactly or why my mom joined. When I was 5 I did my first Purif, I know this was a stat push; there was no reason that a five year old who had never had so much as a baby Tylenol would need a Purif. It was hell, I felt exhausted and sick the whole time I was on it. Eventually I figured out what to say to make them decide I was done. My parents split up when my father started sleeping with their Scientology marriage counselor, who later became my stepmother. My mom packed us up and moved to LA and I moved back and forth every year or two between LA and San Francisco. When I was 6 my step-father (who was ex-SO) told his auditor (out of session) that he had been molesting me when I was asleep. No one did anything. He did conditions from Treason. I found out later that he had done this to his girlfriend’s daughter while in the SO and that was why he was kicked out of the SO. (I’m not sure why he was never declared, but he is now a Kha-Kahn). . .

I was making about $25 per week, sharing a tiny studio with 4 other staff members and trying to live in one of the most expensive cities in the country. All along there had been fundraising going on which consisted of repeatedly harassing the wealthier public to make donations, hard selling them for hours at a time. I got some money from a car accident settlement that I intended to use for college. They convinced me that, as a staff member my investment would return to me because in the new building we’ll be able to get more people in and I’ll get more pay. We were supposed to go Saint Hill Size and we’d all be rich, but not without the money to get us there. Plus I would be considered very upstat and not only would I please my dad and step mom, but I would be more able to get time off. So I donated $5,000. I spent another $4,000 on 25 hours of auditing (I got a staff discount) because I was convinced that I was totally messed up. While I was on staff I went on a date with a staff member in the TTC. We were in my apartment and he raped me. I wrote a report about what happened and gave it to the Ethics officer. Later that day I was called into the SSO’s office. She got very angry and told me I was lying and that I had to be handled in ethics or kicked off of staff before I started to spread STD’s around the org. I was very confused and hurt by this at first, this person had known me since I was a baby and I felt like she was almost family. Then I realized that the org was on a big phase in the SO mission to get auditors so we could go Saint Hill Size. The guy was one of their most promising trainees. Somehow the story got spread all over the org (this should have been an extremely confidential HCO matter) Suddenly my friends and family and everyone that I had known my whole life started turning against me. So I left staff.

For the rest of this story go here:  http://forums.whyweprotest.net/threads/tonight-the-church-contacted-me.53294/

And just for the heck of it here is another video about Hubbard.

Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #388, “Suppressive Acts” cause trouble in family.

Join Scientology and you too could be this happy.

This is the story of one brave woman who disconnected from Scientology instead of her family.

My name is Edie Fields and I got into Scientology in 1989, read Dianetics, joined the SO for a while, left, went back and routed out. My experiences were good.  I stayed with OT’s in their apartment. I worked at the Hibiscus restaurant and got rave reviews on my service to the OT’s. I started getting homesick and wanting to leave and the people I waited on wanted me back on the floor, waiting on them. The public. So nice. They wrote dispatches to my senior and said “whatever Edie needs, we will help her.”  

. . . THEN… my daughter and her husband found out about the evil at the top of management and called me over and told me what they had found. They then sent in a letter of their findings and wanted them to be addressed. Guess what????? You don’t communicate in the COS. You get punished for “Being there and Communicating”.

After the letter Jim and Meshell sent in, I was called into the DSA’s office and told by the Ethics officer and the DSA that I would have to disconnect or I would not be welcome in the church. My job was taken away and I was told to read the things that are supposedly called “Suppressive Acts”.  Now, can anyone say they have never committed a suppressive act?  I don’t think so. So my job was taken over by someone else and I was more or less told to go home or go on course to do the PTS/SP course. I was to see how my daughter was an SP.

But instead of seeing her daughter as an SP she did the right thing and ditched Scientology instead. To read the rest of the story go here: http://littledoubt.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/edie-fields-open-letter/

Here is another interesting bit that I found about the  Great Thetan, L. Ron Hubbard.

Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #397, Another girl in the Sea Org at 16.

Join the SO and become a member of the Borg without leaving the planet.

When one reads reports by former SO members and see how the system operates the idea of “Clearing the Planet” becomes laughable.  There are always people working at cross purposes, little Hitlers who bark out crazy orders to their underlings and mass confusion as to just what Scientology is.  These people work themselves to the bone; too bad their only accomplishment is to send money up lines to fatten DM’s retirement fund.

Hi, I am Natascha Fareed. I am no longer concerned if any Church officials know my opinion of the Church, Scientology or LRH. I am happy to speak my truth rather than anyone else’s. My friends who are still in, you work on the wrong side of the freedom coin. I wish for you, whatever events are needed to open your eyes to how you have been used and manipulated and how your effort and your sincerity is used to draw others into the trap.
I was brought up as a Scientologist. My family was dysfunctional because of the distorted views of Scn about families, about mental illness and about humans and emotion. My father does not speak to me, he says I am a bad Scientologist – even though he is declared. He has no friends, his wife can’t stand him and IMHO his entire beingness has been wrecked by what he learned as “scientology” – which I must say is very different from what I learned as “scientology”. He is of the “no emotion is good emotion” , “you are all responsible for your own unhappiness, nothing I do to you can cause you to be unhappy” type. No compassion for other people. Having said all this I love my Dad and hope he finds a way to love me again before he dies. He is now 72 and not strong any more.
I joined the SO in ANZO in 1981 when I was 16 . . .

Until a year or two before I left I was completely gung ho and 100% aligned with the purposes set out by LRH. Any outpoints I saw I either justified or put them on my “I will make sure it is corrected when I have enough power to do so” list. I was ambitious and saw my purpose in life as establishing HCOs and then the orgs in a sustainable fashion and setting them up to expand forever.
This is what I saw as my part in clearing the planet. My eval, done when I first took over the network, showed that HASes all over the planet were unhatted on how to recruit, they lacked sales skills and although they were pushed for stats they were also constantly overloaded with orders that took them off their “Recruit, Hat, and Keep the comm lines moving” priorities. They were bogged down in handling “ethics” that were often unneccessary, conditions assigned from management orgs, disagreed with by staff and acting themselves as suppression on production lines. These condition assignments were 90% despite up stats. Staff were being called “off purpose” “frying other fish” “CI” “disaffected” etc and treated as if they were enemies while working their guts out. When stats were down, it was often because the staff member had no idea how to raise them. Or it was conditions beyond their control – which was no allowed to be perceived of course. Another major problem was the situation of stat pushes creating unrealistic production levels and thus new targets that could not be met and ultimately you’d get a crash. We even had a bare bones plan for that, however we saw it as priority to get HASes recruiting and hatting. . .

EEI and I saw eye to eye on the solutions and I felt 100% confident we could get the job done. I had a fabulous team at Snr HCO Int and we were hard working and joyful. I was the happiest, most effective and OT I had ever been, we took arbitraries off the lines, helped HASes focus on their priorities and stats in HCOs took off. We were ecstatic. There was a long way to go but we could see our goals being achieved and our values of clear priorities, calm competence and honest effort (vs stat pushes)  were being felt down the lines. The continual panic or apathy found in most HCOs began to lift in many of them and there was much joy.
Then EEI was removed. An RTC mission was fired into SNR HCO Int and I was told to stop whatever I was doing. RTC began sending orders directly into orgs. I refused.   When I was given a white wash comm ev with trumped up charges and taken off post as Snr HAS Int I was completely stunned. Right up until I was removed I believed it could not go through with such BS and on such high stats. When my efforts to speak with ED Int to find out why I had been witch hunted and get it fixed were stymied I assumed there was some kind of conspiracy to prevent HCO from being established. This was reinforced when I found out my replacement was a woman who LRH himself had written an issue oon stating she must “Never be posted in HCO”. I took her post at Flag and found false stats rampant. When I KR’d it I was dragged into the RTC office and told I was trying to sabotage Scientology. When I showed them the LRH order they just shrugged their shoulders. As I was transferred, first to Flag and then to the Freewinds my only purpose was to get back to PAC and get my injustice sorted out so I could get back on with my purpose. I was unproductive and disaffected during that time but still completely shocked to be told I had been “routed out” on an RTC or dIt took me ten years after leaving to realise that Scientology was a BS cult with a so so talk therapy that helped some, did nothing at all for others and was 100% replaceable with a myriad of choices in the real world. And that many of them do not come with an inbuilt individuality destruction virus such as we have seen infecting the Peoples of Scientology. er while I was on leave. . .

For the rest of the story go here:  http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?9733-Belated-Introduction&p=201047#post201047

Here is  an interesting picket video I found of the Orlando Org getting hammered.

Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #386, “. . .business disguised as a church.”

Scott Duncan decided that enough was enough when Mary Sue Hubbard was sent to prison and her husband went into hiding.  This was the failed “Snow White” fiasco.  So Scott went out on his own.

Omaha World-Herald

Omaha Church of Scientology Breaks off Ties

by Lynn Zerschling, February 5, 1983.

Omaha’s Church of Scientology has severed all ties to the mother church, some of whose leaders have been convicted of burglarizing and spying on government agencies.

“What does this have to do with religion – burglary, espionage? How does that better mankind?” asked Scott Duncan, executive director of the 80-to-100 member congregation at 5016 California St.

Duncan said the church cut all legal ties to the Church of Scientology last October – the first congregation in the country to make that move. Since then, Duncan said, four congregations in California have broken off.

He said the Omaha congregation, which renamed itself the Church of Scio Logos, has been maintaining a low profile because of feared harassment from the Church of Scientology leaders.

Precautionary Measures

“We have put in a lot of precautionary measures,” Duncan said.

Telephone calls are screened. A receptionist doesn’t identify the church to callers.

In recent weeks, Duncan said, about two dozen members of his congregation have been receiving what he termed harassing telephone calls from Church of Scientology members. He said the members were told if they didn’t rejoin the Mother church, “your eternity will be black.”

Duncan said “spies” from the Church of Scientology have tried to infiltrate his congregation.

“You feel threatened. There is an implied threat if you go against them,” said Duncan, 28, who has headed the local church for three years.

Because of a concern about retribution, he said, he only recently has discussed the reasons for his church’s break.

Terrible Mix-up

“We’re not hiding anything,” he said. “There’s been a terrible mix-up between the philosophy (of Scientology) and the irrational, illegal, criminal actions of the Church of Scientology.”

According to news accounts, those activities have included:

– the disappearance of the Church of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, 71, a Tilden, Neb. native, science fiction writer and millionaire who was last seen in 1980. Hubbard’s third wife, Mary Sue, and some leaders claim to have heard from Hubbard. Hubbard’s estranged son said he thinks his father is ill and mentally incompetent. Others said Hubbard is dead.– In Hubbard’s absence, some of his young followers have taken over control of the church, purging longtime leaders.

– The Internal Revenue Service is demanding $6 million in back taxes and penalties.

– About two dozen civil suits have been filed against the church by former members who claimed to have been swindled, harassed or kidnapped.

– On Jan. 7 Mrs. Hubbard, 51, was sentenced by a federal judge to serve four years in prison for her role in directing a conspiracy to steal government documents about the church.

Infiltrate Agencies

– Other church leaders have been convicted on charges stemming from a church-directed program to burglarize, bug and infiltrate various federal agencies that the church considered its “enemies.” Those agencies included the IRS, Federal Trade Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Labor, Justice and Treasury Departments.– Under Hubbard’s direction, a paramilitary organization was formed that included secret police and a group to spy on the secret police.

Since it was founded 14 years ago, the Omaha Church of Scientology has always gone its own way, Duncan said.

“L. Ron Hubbard is not some kind of guru that we’re following blindly,” Duncan said. “That’s not the case, at least for members of this church. The rest of the church went into a kind of blind following. My view of him is that he discovered something.”

He said Scientology’s aim is a world without insanity, criminals and war.

Series of Courses

In reaching those goals, Duncan said, church members take a series of courses to obtain levels of spiritual attainment.

The Church of Scientology “charged an arm and a leg” for those courses, Duncan said.

The average church member spends between $10,000 and $20,000, he said. The total program would cost about $100,000, he estimated.

While Duncan called the teachings “priceless” and crucial to his spiritual development, he said, “I think it’s wrong to charge that much… Scientology has been a business disguised as a church.”

The full story can be found here:  http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/omaha-leaves-020583.htm

For more on “Snow White’ go here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Snow_White

Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #385, Hubbard hated competition.

L. Ron Hubbard was as tight-fisted and greedy as any man who ever lived.  Maybe that is why he never kept any business relationships or paid any of his employees, including his son Nibs, a living wage.  He starved his staff and exploited the Sea Org members in every conceivable way.  But nothing got his ire aroused worse than competition.  He termed them “squirrels” because they were so “nutty.”  This story is a case in point.  Werner Erhard was in Scientology for a while, and thought that he could do better than Hubbard.  And for a while he did.  But Hubbard unleashed his fanatical minions against him; they used any means, fair or foul, to bring this man down.

Los Angeles Times

Founder of est Targeted in Campaign by Scientologists

Religion: Competition for customers is said to be the motive behind effort to discredit Werner Erhard.

By Robert W. Welkos, LA Times Staff Writer

In October of 1989, a private detective was called  into the Church of Scientology’s offices in Los Angeles and asked to conduct an  investigation in Northern California.
Ted Heisig, a non-Scientologist based in Orange County, said he was led into a  room and shown five file cabinets filled with documents Scientology had been  collecting for years. The subject: Werner Erhard, founder of the worldwide  self-awareness movement known as est.
“They had contacts [in the file cabinets] dating back to his childhood days,”  Heisig recalled.
Many of the documents were written by former est members who had joined  Scientology and were then asked to write down anything they knew about Erhard  and his organization. Some accused him of having links to neo-Nazis, of  possessing bizarre personality disorders, of being a scoundrel posing as a  messiah.
Heisig said it was clear from the documents that Scientology was preparing a  “media blitz” against Erhard and that he was going to be a key  player, spreading and collecting information that could be used to discredit  the est founder.
“The reason, I think it comes down to, is competition,” Heisig said.  “Since Werner started his est program, he took potential customers…away  from the church.”
The secret campaign against Erhard would span more than a year and become one  of the Church of Scientology’s top priorities. In Sausalito, where Erhard then  lived on a yacht, private detectives spied on him and interviewed scores of  disgruntled followers. They dug deeply into records of his personal and  financial affairs.
In the end, Erhard received so much notoriety, including a scathing segment on  “60 Minutes” last March, that he sold his business and now lives in  Costa Rica. Although he blames Scientology for his troubles, it is hard to gauge  what the organization actually accomplished behind the scenes, because those  who know most are not saying.
As Scientology’s chief lawyer, Earle C. Cooley, put it: “I’m not going to  comment in any way on the use of material that was obtained as a result of the  investigation.”
One thing, however, is clear: according to Heisig, the Church of Scientology  was pleased with the outcome. And no one would have been happier than L. Ron  Hubbard, whose hatred of Erhard was passed along to his followers after his  1986 death.
Hubbard had long held that Erhard, who had dabbled in Scientology, had  incorporated some of its teachings into est, making a fortune in the process.  Heisig said he was told by Scientology officials that the church had lost  millions of dollars because Erhard had lured away potential customers.
Scientology’s latest campaign against Erhard was one in a series of efforts by  church members to undermine his reputation and movement.
Vicki Aznaran, the top ecclesiastical official in Scientology from 1984 until  she left in 1987, said she saw secret files that showed Scientologists were  instructed to enroll in est seminars and “act crazy” and  “heckle” the program leaders to cause disruption of the seminars.
She said they were also told to steal materials from est to cause loss of  business for Erhard.
Aznaran, who has sued Scientology for alleged fraud and false imprisonment,  said Hubbard once devised a plan in which his followers were told to try to  duplicate Erhard’s sales success.
The plan was run by one of Hubbard’s daughters, Aznaran recalled, and involved  sending “lots of people into est and copying it.” But, she said, for  one reason or another, the Scientologists could never make it work as well as  Erhard had.
“Hubbard was very angry at Erhard’s success,” Aznaran said.  “Nothing got under his skin worse than someone taking one or two of his  courses and then running off and making some money off it and him not getting a  slice of it.”

For the rest of the story go here: http://www.wernererhard.com/la_times.html

Here is something about L. Ron Hubbard, master of lies and custodian of greed.

Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #384, Members disconnect from disconnection.

The issue of forced disconnection from family or friends has been dogging Scientology’s heels for decades.  They attempt to play the issue down but it won’t go away.   How many families have been split apart by Hubbard’s paranoid policy’s?  The number must be in the thousands.

Sect row over policy

Members Quit in ‘Disconnection’ Protest

East Grinstead Courier, 9 February 1984, front page

AT LEAST 10 leading local members of the East Grinstead-based Church of Scientology have resigned from the sect over policy differences, it was disclosed this week.

It is understood that the resignations follow disquiet over the reintroduction of “disconnection” practices whereby church members are advised to completely sever relations with fellow members.

These policies were abandoned for a time in 1968.

It is alleged that these disconnection policies are now beck in force since a new policy dated September 10, 1983. following new management of the Church by what is known as its Religious Technology Centre.

It is claimed that these policies also apply to medical doctors and their patients who are Scientologists. There has also been concern over what the sect is charging for its courses. Only the wealthy can afford to buy these courses, it was alleged by some of the disenchanted members on Monday.

Among those who have resigned are Dr Stephen Davies and Dr Alan Stewart, partners in a clinic of natural medicine, and their wives, Dr Shoura Davies, and Mrs Maryon Stewart. They say that the sect’s senior management is misrepresenting and misapplied the teachings of Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

A joint statement issued by all four, says: “We have resigned from the Church of Scientology

[continued on page 8]

International for personal reasons. We endorse and are in full agreement with the philosophy of Scientology and teachings of L Ron Hubbard.

“Because we are fully aware that Mr Hubbard’s writings encourage the unity of the family we cannot tolerate a misrepresentation or misapplication of them that encourages otherwise.”

Dr Davies of Portland Road, East Grinstead. said the statement summed up in a nutshell the reasons for their resignation.

Concerned

“We are in full agreement with the philosophy of Scientology and the fact that we have resigned in no way changes that,” he emphasised.

His medical partner, Dr Stewart, who practises at Hove, said he understood there must be public concern ebout the revival of the disconnection policy. They too were concerned.

Hubbard’s teachings that you did not disconnect but handled the situation was not being followed, he claimed.

Their understanding was that in the majority of cases you discussed and tried to resolve the situation. Only in exceptional circumstances, say if closely associated with a criminal or someone who had criminal intentions, did you disconnect, just as society disconnected by putting that person in prison.

Dr Shoura Davies is a medical graduate of Oxford University. Mrs Stewart is a dental hygienist.

But a sect spokesman dismissed the resignations as “a storm in a teacup”. Mr Mike Garside, public affairs officer at the Scientologists’ UK headquarters at Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, said he thought the two doctors were taking the whole matter much too seriously.

“Local members of the church did get upset with them because they were obviously in disagreement with the church. We are sure the doctors’ differences can be resolved if they contact us.”

Mr Garside said: “About 2.000 Scientologists are living in and around East Grinstead and I know most of them and there are no problems, believe me.

“There have been a couple of people over here from the States to sort out any upsets hanging around. I know they have been bending over backwards to sort out what might be upsetting anyone.

‘This sort of thing has happened before and no doubt will happen again. There is a bit of a noise for a couple of months and then everyone gets back on with what they were doing.

The problem of disconnection didn’t go away by any means.

Published in: on December 23, 2011 at 10:16 am  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #383, “I’m sick of the Church being run by lawyers.”

John Cullison spend some ten years in the cult before seeing that it was all just a scam.  He was on staff, at a mission.  University Way mission, then Burien mission on staff,  and the Seattle Org.  His level  of training included the ARC Straightwire and the Pro TRs.  As usual doubts began to creep in and once that happens the floodgates are open for some very serious concerns, here is what John had to say:

I’m sick of the willingness to drag people way too far into debt for services.  I’m tired of buying services and then being coerced into spending it one something else, just so someone can get a stupid stat up.  I’m so sick of the focus on statistics as a measure of success instead of the Church having the integrity to get people what it promised in the first place, with statistics as the INDICATOR rather than the PURPOSE.  I’m sick of the Church being run by lawyers.  I’m tired of being treated like a product instead of a being.  I’m done being driven into agreement with bullshit I don’t agree with — ‘or else’.  I’m done with being treated like I’m nothing and the group is everything, the only thing that matters.  I’m done with stupid course room rules.  And I’m especially tired of the insanely poor PR the Church generates for itself.

For the full exit interview go here: http://alley.ethercat.com/cgi-bin/door/door.cgi?260

Here is an interesting video of a 2011 picket in Clearwater,  Usually protesters don’t get this close to Sea Org members.

Published in: on December 23, 2011 at 8:35 am  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #382, More fraud at the Bournemouth Mission.

David Cresswell was unfortunate enough to enter the precincts of the Scientology Mission at Bournemouth, UK.  This evil abode has been the scene of fraud and extortion by the cult for many years now.  However, he sued the cult which in many cases is the only way to get a refund. The bad PR is however, priceless.

Arbroath man suing Church of Scientology

The Courier and Advertiser (Dundee, Scotland)/September 8, 1998

An Arbroath man is suing the Church of Scientology — a US-based religious organization which lists major Hollywood movie stars among its followers — for up to £50,000.

David Cresswell has lodged a writ at the High Court in London seeking damages from the Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc. and the Dianetics and Scientology Mission of Bournemouth Ltd.

The writ states that Mr. Cresswell is seeking damages against the two bodies to recover money he claims he paid under “undue influence.”

Mr. Cresswell is suing the two organizations for a number of sums of money including interest and has lodged an alternative claim against the two for damages limited to £50,000.

In the writ, he is seeking to recover a payment of £7350 which Mr. Cresswell claims was made to the Church of Scientology Religious Education College under influence and/or in reliance upon deceits or misrepresentations.”

He is seeking to recovery £19,037 from the Dianetics and Scientology Mission of Bournemouth which Mr. Cresswell claims was paid under similar circumstances.

He is also seeking repayment of £2297 jointly from the two on the same grounds.

An alternative claim has been filed against the two jointly for damages of up to £50,000 for alleged “conspiracy to injure by use of unlawful means.”

The writ was lodged in the Queen’s Bench division of the High Court of Justice in London by solicitors acting on behalf of Mr. Cresswell on August 28. The defendants have 14 days to respond to the legal challenge, either meeting the claim or intimating whether they intend to contest it.

Mr. Cresswell was not available at his home in the Hospitafield area of Arbroath last night and is said to be out of the country until the end of the year. He is a former member of the church having left around three years ago.

The church was founded in America almost 50 years ago by author L. Ron Hubbard and has spread to establish branches around the world, including the UK.

The movement worships a prehistoric warrior figure and was founded on the basis of Hubbard’s principles of Dianetics, a mix of religious imagery, philosophy and science fiction.

The above story can be found here: http://www.rickross.com/reference/scientology/Scien92.html

Here is a little something about the Bournemouth-Poole Mission.

Published in: on December 23, 2011 at 7:14 am  Comments (1)  

Ex-Scientologist story #391, Thus Sayeth Cult Buster.

Joseph Cunningham spent 14 months in Scientology before deciding it was a scam.  This is what he had to say.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on December 23, 2011 at 5:33 am  Comments (1)