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

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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)