Michael Fairman, Familiar TV and Film Actor, Makes Public His Expulsion from Scientology

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"Accused -- prosecuted -- found guilty -and sentenced right there on my door step. And here is my certificate of doom."

For Scientology watchers, spectacular news this morning. Familiar television and movie character actor Michael Fairman, a longtime member of the "church," has made public the document which declares him a "Suppressive Person" and tosses him out of Scientology.

Like the director Paul Haggis, who also made his unhappiness with Scientology's leadership plain, Fairman is not leaving the organization quietly. Posting his expulsion letter at Marty Rathbun's blog, Fairman blasts Scientology for dismissing him after he had spent years promoting the church with work in its videos and television commercials. Despite all that work, the SP letter vaguely accuses Fairman of various deficiencies, such as "financial irregularities."

"I have been debt free since early 2010, and am supporting two households.
I make car and insurance payments on my Mercedes...So what 'financial irregularities and out-exchange' are they fucking talking about?" Fairman writes.

As Rathbun points out in his introduction to the posting, when Scientology declares someone a "Suppressive Person" or SP, the document listing that person's "crimes" is held within Scientology and kept secret.

"To date, very few high profile Independents have ever seen their own declare orders," Rathbun writes, referring to the increasing number of "Independents" like himself who have left the church and its diminutive leader, David Miscavige, to practice L. Ron Hubbard's ideas of Scientology on their own. "Well, leave it to Miscavige's outfit to get careless with one of the highest profile declare orders ever written. Michael Fairman's badge of honor mysteriously wound up in his hands. And not surprisingly Michael has a few things to say about it. So, what follows are Michael's publication of and commentary on his own declare order. And with it goes perhaps the last, remaining shred of credibility such orders may have once carried."

Go here to see the entire "Suppressive Person Declare" on its own. It's a remarkable document, and one we rarely get to see outside the inner halls of Scientology.

The document opens by announcing that Fairman has been declared a Suppressive Person and has been ejected from the church. It then makes this accusation:

Michael Fairman has been pretending to be a Scientologist while covertly attempting to divert unsuspecting Scientologists in good standing off The Bridge to Total Freedom. He is not a Scientologist and has also participated in squirrel activities with a squirrel individual...

Like much in the declaration and Fairman's response to it, this stuff is swimming with Hubbardisms and church jargon, not all of which we're going to try to unravel for you. But for the uninitiated a few notes: Scientologists who advance in their study of Hubbard's "technology" are said to go up "The Bridge to Total Freedom." They do this by participating in increasingly expensive "auditing" sessions -- a kind of counseling -- which must be done under strict conditions of church control. Increasingly, however, former high-profile members are objecting to Miscavige's leadership of the church and are flocking to Marty Rathbun, once the second-highest ranking member of Scientology. Rathbun, who lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, is encouraging these disaffected members to continue to practice Hubbard's methods outside of church control. The church refers to such people as "squirrels."

Continuing with its somewhat vague accusations of Fairman, the document then states, "Investigation into Fairman's background shows a long unchanging pattern of out-ethics and of squirreling the most basic Scientology principles."

Fairman responds to this by listing his long track-record of loyalty to Scientology, which included acting in many of its in-house films.

In addition I hosted the IAS's 8th Anniversary Gala Show on the Freewinds and was presented with one of the first copies of "What Is Scientology?" I was invited to perform in the initial readings of Mr. Hubbard's pulp fiction stories at Author Services. I was a voice actor on four recordings of Mr. Hubbard's pulp fiction stories at the Mad Hatter Studios. And I performed for several years in Christmas Stories at Celebrity Centre Int in the company of many, if not all, of Scientology's luminaries. (These events helped raise funds for the LA Police Dept to buy toys for kids.)

Fairman later goes into a long, and for close Scientology watchers a very familiar, tale of how much he gave up over many years to remain a paying member of the "church."

In 1993, for example, Fairman says he was "debt free and had 8K in the bank," but he was encouraged to pay for three additional levels of auditing that would take him to the highest levels of training in Scientology.

I found myself in the FSO office depleting my bank account and maxing out about a half dozen or more credit cards. With assurances from all that my career would leap into affluence after getting onto VII, I increased the credit limits on most of the cards to pay for the services, accommodations and airfare. My wife was to accompany me so we could conceive a child at Flag, and she purchased L-11 with her own money. This left me deep in credit card debt and she was broke.

Like other longtime Scientologists that I've talked to, Fairman found himself stuck for a long time on OT VII, the second-highest level of training in the church. He indicates that he was training on it -- and paying -- for a decade, from 1994 to 2004.

In 2003, he says, despite all the money he had already spent from his bank accounts and credit cards, he was presented with a bill for $28,000. He stopped auditing soon after that.

(Jason Beghe, another character actor who left Scientology in recent years, estimates that he spent about a million dollars during his dozen years in the church.)

Ironically, it was only after he had stopped auditing and then ceased all church activities in 2008 that Fairman's career suddenly turned around. (One of Scientology's most repeated claims is that its "technology" will lead to career success.)

A year later, Fairman became aware of Paul Haggis' defection, and he began doing his own research into problems in Scientology. He also looked into Marty Rathbun's independence movement -- and then he went to Rathbun to begin counseling outside the church.

On January 16 of this year, Fairman writes in another posting at Rathbun's blog, he was visited by Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis and a member of Scientology's covert operations wing, the Office of Special Affairs:

Mr. Davis explained that the matter of great importance and concern was the fact that I had been audited by a member of a squirrel group in Texas; and that this had to be addressed and handled immediately. Since I had told no one about my trip, I asked him how he came to know of it. He replied that he "just knew". He also "knew" that I had posted the wins and extraordinarily positive experience from this auditing under a pseudonym on a blog written by a declared SP. Had they surveilled me? Had they taken photos or video of my visit? How did they know that the pseudonym was me? Mr. Davis said he "just knew."

One threat that Fairman says Davis made to him: if he was tossed out of the church, Scientology would have to re-shoot all of those official films that featured him, and the church would then sue him for the cost!

After Fairman refused to let Davis come into his house, he heard from an old friend:

Monday afternoon I received a call from another friend (my best friend) a Scientologist, whom I've known for twenty-five years. He asked if it were true that I had left the Church. I said yes and he asked if he could come to my home and discuss it with me. I said he could, if he came alone. He promised he would. Later that day he arrived and we began to talk. Not ten minutes later there was a knock on the door - it was Tommy Davis and two more friends. I asked them all to leave but they persuaded me to let them stay.

As in the case of Paul Haggis (see his complete story in the fantastic piece by The New Yorker's Lawrence Wright), Scientology's strategy was to attempt a sort of intervention to convince Fairman not to leave:

Again there was a knock on the door. Three other friends had arrived, and I was told there were two more on the way. Now very angry, I insisted that the conversation be ended, if the others did not leave.

Fairman says that part of the reason he was able to fend off this attempted intervention was that he had been reading some of the remarkable defection narratives that have surfaced lately, and that we have been writing about at Runnin' Scared. Fairman indicates that he read both Marc Headley's stunning escape narrative, "Blown for Good," and a book by Jefferson Hawkins, "Counterfeit Dreams."

Like so many of Scientology's recent attempts to shore up its image and rein in defectors, Tommy Davis showing up on Fairman's porch only backfired. Fairman writes:

If I had the slightest sliver of doubt regarding my conclusions (which I do not) about what the current Church of Scientology has become, that doubt would have been dispelled Sunday -- spying on me; officials show up at my door without warning, and albeit in a civil tone, threatening and intimidating me with a law suit and expulsion, warnings of consequences to my friends and family -- if I did not come back to the "path from which I have strayed". Officials who have, even before they arrived at my door, informed friends and family of my "transgressions"? , What kind of Church is that? Is this what LRH intended?

As for the SP declaration, it is a remarkable document in part for its inanity. It's hard to imagine any other "church" excommunicating a member with the following words:

Michael Fairman is a squirrel.

Fairman, in response, had this to say directly to David Miscavige:

"in response to this piece of crap you have published on my behalf -- PPPPPTTTTTTHHHHH!!!!!!"

Take it from a longtime Scientology watcher. It's really hard to imagine, even only a few years ago, a high-profile, actor Scientologist expressing something like that to the organization's dictator-for-life.


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation


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91 comments
Jacklord1967
Jacklord1967

Well it took long enough. Mike used to be my step-dad & is a great guy & now I feel I can talk with him without the the subject of scientology coming up in a positive light & me knocking it down. He should SUE & get ALL his money BACK from those scumbags. Also, he's not responsible for any re-shooting of any film as he was hired as an actor not as a a 'scino'. F**k them! Now if only my mom would see the light !!

Tommy Girl
Tommy Girl

they're collapsing like a house of cards..... which is nice

their behaviour is reminiscent of snake oil salesmen trying to maintain their orders when being discovered for the bullshit they're actually selling

Guest
Guest

Wow - that declare notice is unbelievable to read.

It basically says you are committing a "sin" if you stop paying for scientology courses.

It says "the person who is not getting case gains" i.e. paying, "is committing continuing overts," i.e. sins

Fredric L. Rice
Fredric L. Rice

"So what 'financial irregularities and out-exchange' are they fucking talking about?"

He stopped giving the Scientology crime syndicate money. That's the only reason these insane criminals "expel" people -- the stop giving crime boss MIscaviage money.

Katie
Katie

That of course is the problem. The orgs stats are crashing all over the world. Which means by leaving and removing a money source, you hasten the org's descent to failure. Ergo, you bad!

SciCult
SciCult

yes!!!! This is better than anything on cable- I can't get enough of it! True is stranger than fiction. Yay, for Michael!

John Cruisolta
John Cruisolta

Tony Ortega: You are a freaking saint. Thank you for having the brass cajones to expose this dangerous cult. There is nothing like the truth.Fuck you very much, $cientology. HEY Miscavige and OSA Bots: TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK

El Duderino
El Duderino

What a crock Scientology is.

I worked at a place where the boss was into it. We all had to go to one of the meetings one time. The salesman tried to get me to sign up for a $7000 course. I told him I was happy with my life. He said that's a sure sign of someone in denial. I replied it's also a sure sign of someone happy with his life.

Any "religon" that requires you to pay in order to receive it's divine truth is a scam.

Amazing that so many otherwise rational people fall for this con.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Scientology would have liked to treat your defective personality (being happy without Scientology) and taken you up a $300,000 bridge to total Xenu. In their vision of a clear planet, happy, well-adjusted types like yourself would have to be "disposed of quietly, without sorrow."

You didn't want to spend hundreds of thousands telling your most intimate secrets to a group of money-sucking loons, led by a nutty sci fi writer, and were unresponsive to their techniques of trying to find your "ruin." That's very low on their tone scale.

Except in Hollywood, where it is a career club, or when someone is dragged into it by a close friend or family member, Scientology is going after a very small percentage of the population, less than 1%. These people are looking for something secret, and different, that offers something they find appealing. The illusion of having to accept "only what is true for you" seems to have appeal for most people who get into it, usually during a time of vulnerability.

To most people, the $$$ up front screams scam. A chain smoker and college flunk-out who died at 74, but is a revered health and longevity expert, screams scam.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

Yes, Tony. Fine fine work, again!

It's all really appreciated, and you know why. Thank you!

Any chance you can investigate, write & publish a story on the recent alliance of Nation Of Islam and $cientology/Dianetic$? If you do, I expect it will be yummy and delicious.

'til next time, Adios Amigo.

Louanne
Louanne

Thanks for mentioning that Gary. I too would love to see an article outlining their relationship.

Joy Holder
Joy Holder

Wow,Funny thing is Scientology is doing something about life and about different things in life. There is no hard proof unless you actually have someone hitting a person on a camera. People are great liars in this world and they do it for many reasons, the only way you know if something works is try it and I am proud to say I am a Scientologist!! I always will be because I have the courage to stand up and say what is true for me and what is not true for me. I have seen Scientology work in my life!! seen not felt or thought actually watched it make my life better.

choocho
choocho

Sup Louanne, how was your Easter?

Laura
Laura

wait until you realize that you're disconnected from all your friends and totally endebted. Scientologists are only "friends" if their cult tells them so. Cause they do exactly what their cult tells them to do. Not courage, just submission.

Abrahamo Lincolni
Abrahamo Lincolni

You've heard about Miscavige hitting people then? Funny how current Scientology leadership admits that there was a systematic environment of violence at Gold Base for many years - even putting this in signed affidavits. Of course they wrote this to say that only Rathbun, Rinder, and other people out of grace with Miscavige did the hitting, but in the process they gave evidence that Miscavige presided over this for a long time without doing anything about it. So both sides agree that there was hitting - they just disagree whether Miscavige hit himself or only let other people hit each other. Lose - lose for the CoS.

Even if a video tape surfaced they'd try to "explain" that too, right?

More importantly have you read the article you're commenting on Joy? Any comment on the bad treatment given to Michael Fairman?

Anon A
Anon A

Another black eye for the unethical "church" of Scientology!Looks like this means another "downstat" report for Scientologist staffers this Thursday.

Pamelaleetucker
Pamelaleetucker

To think that this cult still has members after all this truth is out here! It won't last for long Davie....tick...tock..tick..tock

Robin
Robin

Michael, I hope you find peace and happiness and can disconnect yourself from ALL Scientology. It's a mind washing money-stealing cult, whether run by Miscaviage or anyone else. The source of all the materials was a very disturbed and bad man, and even worse, he was a terrible writer. Good luck to you my little squirrel friend.

Everett
Everett

As usual, great article Tony!

My very best wishes to Michael Fairman.....it takes a lot of courage to stand up and say what Michael did.

Guest
Guest

He seems like a fool. He's complaining that he gave so much and was kicked out for no reason. He's not complaining about the way the church operates as much as complaining that they aren't grateful or loyal to him. I don't see how this makes him special.

Laura
Laura

Hope he'll publish the full report on all the crazy shit he witnessed within the cult. In my country the fact that Davis showed up with a bunch people in this situation would be coercion, maybe blackmail attempt...

Artoo45
Artoo45

What kind of Church is that? Is this what LRH intended?It is exactly what LRH intended. You fool yourself to think these policies are Miscavige's doing. Miscavige's childhood was taken from him, having grown up in Scientology under Hubbard's batshit crazy "tech". He's just another of the great conman's victims, victimizing other.

Jacklord1967
Jacklord1967

I have to agree with you there. MIS-cavige is exactly like abused people who perpetuate the psycho-pathology of the person who abused them *& so on & so on & son...ad nauseam . That doesn't relieve them of responsibility of their actions not that I think your saying he is of course.

Gary Lee-Nova
Gary Lee-Nova

This is been one of the most hilarious weeks in the Adventures Of $cientology And The $quirrels, the emergence of $quirrel Bu$ter$!

We've also been witness to Louanne at her lowest ebb. She has no original thoughts of her own to express. All she can muster here is to obfuscate and to quote LRH, a dead psychopath who would be the ideal poster child for retroactive abortion.

Can you imagine anyone actually typing that crud out again?

Miscavige has been having conniptions since that New Yorker article by Lawrence Wright appeared. It's just been syndicated to The Guardian in London and San Francisco in the USA.

Word is getting around BIG TIME and you're losing, Louanne. The whole $tinking $cam is headed for the gutter.

Expect it!

Katie
Katie

Louanne,

Truly what do you think? That all these people are leaving for no reason? Everyone is a liar? You are told that you are winning and Anonymous was handled. Yet you have to write comments more than ever. And where is all the planet clearing that Miscavige talks about? He says all these glowing things yet YOU keep having to read all the bad news. Take a real step back and think about what it is that you are doing and saying. Is this what you joined Scientology for?

Eponymous
Eponymous

People go to Marty's house and he listens to them talk about their problems. Some mutually agreed upon sum of money is exchanged. His beliefs are weird and not truthful, but is he really doing anything so wrong? If it makes people feel good, and he's not recruiting anybody by deception, then I don't see the harm. He's not breaking up families. He's not stalking his critics--in fact, he's communicating with them.

When the cult aspects are stripped away, all you're left with is people who believe things that are weird and untrue. But it is a logical certainty that the majority of human beings alive today believe things that are weird and untrue. You don't have to agree with any of them, but you ought to tolerate them as long as they're not hurting anybody. Marty isn't hurting anybody; the Church of Scientology is hurting people.

Louanne
Louanne

I read Mr. Fairman's SP Declare...It states that he failed to "disconnect" from a known SP. I thought the CO$ spokesman Tommy Davies told everyone at CNN that the church didn't have a disconnection policy...interesting!!!

Differentiation
Differentiation

Tommy Davis and David Miscavige routinely get hoisted in their own petards. That was a classic. They say "no disconnection" (lie) then issue policies attacking people for "failing to disconnect." Typical. They lie. Because no one has rights except those who PAY$$$$

Wu Kapauw
Wu Kapauw

Let's see . . . just to name a few of the over 1,500 escapees who have spoken out now: Arnie Lerma. Gerry Armstrong. Jesse Prince. Larry Wollersheim. Amy Scobee. Tory Christman. Geir Isene. Paul Haggis. Even Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder. David Montalvo. And now . . . . .MICHAEL FAIRMAN! Welcome to the ranks of ex-Scientologists. Please don't trip on the "squirrels" on your way out the door.

And let me peek into my crystal ball at this growing list a few years hence . . . oh my, Ms. Lirones! Is that you? Congratulations!

Rick Mycroft
Rick Mycroft

Suppressive Persons radiate negative theta waves that stop Scientology powers from working--just like Superman and Kryptonite. As long as there's a single SP in range, Tom Cruise can't fly.

Laura
Laura

omg! So was he trying to take off of Ophra's couch? But there was an SP around? How much did he pay for that OT ability?

The real Louanne
The real Louanne

I'm quite happy for Michael Fairman that he has his life back. I encourage any one inside the cult of corporate Scientology who is able to read this article and these comments to simply ... LOOK. What does it look like you're involved with? Does your affiliation with the Church of $cientology help you anymore? Or has it become a millstone around your neck? If so, all you have to do is ... walk away. Walk away.

Katie
Katie

"The way out is the way through." Walk out.

Optimisticate
Optimisticate

Scientology was a cult run by David Miscavige.

Scientology is a cult run by Marty Rathbun.

What Rathbun is doing in Texas is no different than what Miscavige is doing wherever he is, both of them claiming to be operating under scientology policies written by Hubbard.

They're both ill.

Eponymous
Eponymous

Really?

Let's take a random checklist of characteristics of cults (here I picked the first one in the Wikipedia article "Cult Checklist"):

1. A movement that separates itself from society, either geographically or socially:

- Church of Scientology: Disconnection. Need I say more?- Independent Scientology: They've made common cause with Anonymous, ex-Scientologists, Free Zone Scientologists, journalists, and law enforcement. It seems the only people they've really "disconnected" from are Miscavige and those in his thrall.

2. Adherents who become increasingly dependent on the movement for their view on reality:

- CoS: They're not to look at the internet and they're forced to attend/watch a plethora of brainwashing events.- IS: They basically exist BECAUSE they looked at the internet and continue to do so. Marty pushes non-Scientologist art/literature/role models all the time.

3. Important decisions in the lives of the adherents are made by others:

- CoS: People's financial and family lives are co-opted.- IS: I don't see how you can argue that anybody's forced to go to Texas or anywhere else. If someone really wants to purchase Scientology services from an auditor independent of the CoS, he or she has a variety of providers to choose from who are, in a sense, in competition with each other.

4. Making sharp distinctions between us and them, divine and Satanic, good and evil, etc. that are not open for discussion:

- CoS: On the one hand, you've got your SPs, your psychs, squirrels; on the other hand, there's Miscavige and his particular version of Hubbard.- IS: Miscavige is bad: I don't think any of us would disagree. I think you could safely be considered a non-Scientologist if you think Hubbard was bad. Between those poles, however, there's room for spirited, open debate on the likes of, for example, David Mayo.

5. Leaders who claim divine authority for their deeds and for their orders to their followers:

- CoS: Miscavige claims authority from LRH/"Source" for his cars and private jets and motorcycles, and for telling Church of Scientology members to give him all their money.- IS: Marty claims to follow the "policy"/"technology"/teachings of Hubbard, but I'd challenge you to point to even one "order" that he's issued since he's been out of the CoS (with the exception, perhaps, of auditing "commands").

6. Leaders and movements who are unequivocally focused on achieving a certain goal:

- CoS: The overt goal is "clearing the planet"; the covert goal is the personal enrichment and aggrandizement of Miscavige and his chosen favorites (Tom Cruise, etc.).- IS: I think their goals are mixed. Job 1 is bring down Miscavige. Second (or maybe synonymous with #1) is doing Scientology auditing with people who believe in it and want it. "Clearing the planet" could be in there too, but I figure if they start using objectionable methods of prosthelytizing, we'll strenuously object. Until then, I think there is a clear distinction, and independent Scientology represents the lesser evil by far.

Ragner Danneskjold
Ragner Danneskjold

Louanne L,

Oh, how much I love seeing you try to do damage control after these articles. For the sake of old times when I used to do the same--I did a better job than you can ever imagine--, let me give you a piece of advice. It's not a good idea to try defining what a squirrel is. Nobody cares. What you should do is, although impossible, try to show that what Ortega is writing is false and he is lying. Unfortunately, what he is saying is true, proven with hard evidence and clearly shows your cult's erratic, duplicitous and violent behavior towards people in general. That has never changed and never will. Don't try any harder; you are just digging yourself deeper.

LouLou Lee
LouLou Lee

I'm so glad Louanne L is here to give us all her organizations definitions. Phew....I mean I was waiting for that all day. SNORE. Do you really think anyone really give a rats %**.Louanne Lee has a FB page if you want more of her Cult Propaganda. I'm beginning to think she's Tommy Davis is a dress.

Louannetic
Louannetic

Hey Lisa Lirones, have you got your driver's license back after the DUI in MIchigan? Sorry Lisa, but no evidence exists that Hubbard's S.P. strawman exists. The fields of psychology and sociology agree that anti-social personality disorder exists. Do you resemble that much?

MarkStark
MarkStark

Fairman was 10 years on OTVII? Get a clue. They tapped him out. That's what the cult does. He's used tissue. If you don't have life savings, they go for your credit. Doesn't matter if you're an actor or a hapless young Australian soldier without a Mercedes.

The cult has to get five new levels out quick. Too many of these older members should be breezing through VII and VIII so they can get their astronaut training in, and get to Level XIII so they can "cognate" that they are super-empowered ectoplasmic Scientology salesmen.

Hold that call to Hubbard's spaceship about Teegeeack being all-CLEAR.

Louanne (Lisa)
Louanne (Lisa)

The declare is a must read. "Squirrel e-meters"? "International Justice Chief" "Continental Justice Chief"?What a hoot! Something tells me that whomever is responsible for the leak of this hilarious declare is finding himself on the receiving end of the tiny terror's fists of fury!

Fred Milker
Fred Milker

wasn't over 95% of Hubbard's personal staff later declared under miscavige?

Differentiation
Differentiation

Miscavige and his pompadour hairstyle are a dead give away: he's a parasite, he was jealous of Hubbard. Fortunately people are waking up to the fact that Shamtology and Scientology are two different activities.

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