The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology, No. 14: Tory Christman

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On August 5, we started a countdown that will give credit -- or blame -- to the people who have contributed most to the sad current state of Scientology. From its greatest expansion in the 1980s, the church is a shell of what it once was and is mired in countless controversies around the world. Some of that was self-inflicted, and some of it has come from outside. Join us now as we continue on our investigation of those people most responsible...




The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology

#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)


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Christman
Tory Christman was once such a dedicated Scientologist, she called herself "Queen of the OSA volunteers." She was so determined to help out the Office of Special Affairs -- Scientology's intelligence and covert operations wing -- she went online to do battle with the church's critics. But in the year 2000, the skirmishes being waged at the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology were fierce and frenetic -- how would she be able to make a dent? Her strategy was to post relentlessly, day and night, and under the moniker "Magoo." She wrote so often, defending Scientology by making vicious attacks on its critics, other users of a.r.s came to believe that Magoo was really a team of OSA employees working around the clock.

The truth finally came out in spectacular fashion, when on July 20, 2000, Tory announced to the world her real identity, and that she was abandoning Scientology. It turned out that while she was doing battle with church critics, their arguments had begun to give her doubts, and a caring overture by Andreas Heldal-Lund made her question her deepest beliefs. Tory's defection seemed to symbolize the dire threat a connected world posed to an organization built on secrecy and control.

If Tory was a relentless church defender, she's been an even more relentless critic since her famous escape. I asked Mark Bunker about Tory's stamina as one of the noisiest ex-Scientologists, and he sent this lengthy tribute to her:

I met Tory when she was still in Scientology. I encountered her and her then-husband Harold Bezazian at several protests in which she tried to handle critics of the group. She and Harold were good people. I could see that then. I enjoyed my encounters with them. Tory was feisty but sweet and Harold had a nice sense of humor. He looked a lot like Wayne Newton, too, so it was hard to think of him as a badass. (Here's a little footage of him.) A year later in 2000 Tory left the group and came to the Lisa McPherson Trust for help. I wish I had been at the airport when she arrived in Clearwater because Scientology was waiting to try to snatch her up before she could join us and the police had to intercede. We didn't want our camera there because we didn't want Tory to think we were out to exploit her situation. Ironically, it didn't take long for Tory to decide she wanted to speak on camera and she hasn't stopped since. We took her to a protest in Boston and she was so pissed off by Scientology's actions that she got out of the car to join in. Since that time, Tory has given numerous speeches about her experiences and she always charms the crowd with her natural warmth, her good humor and her ability to connect with people one on one even while in front of a large group. She instinctively picks out a person in the group and explains how a process like disconnection can affect that one person and makes the experience something to which we can more easily relate. Her first speech at the Center for Inquiry West has several good examples of that technique. When she left Scientology, her entire world evaporated. Her husband, her friends, former co-workers all disconnected. She found a new family online. I got Tory a webcam and walked her through how to use it and she makes almost daily videos to post on YouTube. The power of these videos is pretty staggering. There are millions of videos online but Tory has cut through the clutter. I've been around the world with her and seen people stop us in the street because they recognize Magoo from her videos. The most amazing incident was when we were walking outside the BBC in London with John Sweeney. We passed some dude who could have cared less that a nationally renowned TV journalist was standing there with us. It was the sight of Magoo which stopped him in his tracks. Tory also talks about her experiences every day with people in restaurants, and shops. She hands out cards with URLs of sites like xenutv.com and xenu.net and posts her phone number online so people can call her and get answers and advice. I only wish I had her energy. There's no stopping Magoo.

Tory is truly one of a kind. But many other Scientologists who leave the organization choose not to fade into obscurity. We want to recognize those who've had the greatest impact. Some have spent years trying to educate the public about their experiences and warn governments about Scientology's abuses, and some ex-members pose a threat because of who they were in Scientology.


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Larry Anderson joined Scientology in 1976, and he was well known in the organization because the actor appeared on a 1996 orientation video that new (and prospective) members were shown. As the St. Petersburg Times put it, his was "the voice extolling the virtues of Scientology and the perils of walking away." So it shocked the church when, in 2009, Anderson not only wanted out of Scientology, he wanted about $120,000 in refunds. He taped a meeting with Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, who denied him his refund, saying that any money he gave the church was a donation and not refundable. That recorded conversation was the basis for the embarrassing St. Pete Times story -- and the church also reportedly had to spend millions to remake videos to replace the man who had been its recognizable icon.


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Gerry Armstrong was such a trusted member of Scientology, ten years after he joined in 1969 he was asked to gather documents for an authorized biography of L. Ron Hubbard. As he writes on his own website, what he found was shocking: "During the course of my research, I discovered and documented that Hubbard had lied about virtually every part of his life, including his education, degrees, family, explorations, military service, war wounds, scientific research, the efficacy of his 'sciences' -- Dianetics and Scientology -- along with the actions and intentions of the organizations he created to sell and advance these 'sciences.'" When Armstrong tried to bring up these discrepancies with church executives, he was punished severely. So he fled, but then became the subject of a sadistic legal persecution that would strain credulity if it weren't documented truth. Few people have paid as severe a price as Armstrong for speaking out against Scientology. But the man never seems beaten in the least.


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Jon Atack left Scientology in 1983 after nine years in the organization, but he's remembered for writing the most comprehensive and scathing history of Scientology's early years, A Piece of Blue Sky, which came out in 1990, despite the church's attempts to have it blocked. I was stunned at the level of Atack's intelligence and writing ability when I read the book -- and I remember thinking that it was a shame so few copies were available for the world to see. (Yes, commenters, I know the book is "available" on the 'net, but that doesn't have the same impact as a bestseller, which we now have from Janet Reitman.) Even with Reitman's success, I hope people don't forget what an excellent book Blue Sky is, with its mix of personal experience and thorough research.


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Chuck Beatty spent 27 years in Scientology, but an incredible seven of those years -- from 1996 to 2003 -- in the RPF, the Sea Org's notorious prison detail, before finally departing and then becoming one of the church's most outspoken critics. An indefatigable researcher, Beatty eagerly helps journalists gathering information about Scientology, which is why he showed up in Janet Reitman's Rolling Stone article that became the basis for her book, Inside Scientology. Also, he's a hoot. As he boasted to me recently, he'll challenge anyone to beat him on his knowledge of Hubbard's policies like he was talking about taking on all comers in an arm-wrestling match.


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Maureen Bolstad joined Scientology at only 14 in Stevens Creek, California and after some time in Clearwater, Florida spent 17 years at Int base in the southern California desert. Disillusioned by many things, particularly the lack of education she received as a Sea Org employee, she talked to the L.A. Times for a 2005 story about the secretive headquarters. Bolstad was declared a suppressive person (excommunicated) for that bit of indiscretion. She went on to become a key source for Nathan Baca's excellent 2009 series about the base on a local TV station, KESQ. [Here's video of her talking about her story.]




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Larry Brennan is one of the most active former Scientologists, but what makes him so formidable is what he knows. As a former member of the Guardian's Office and the Watchdog Committee, Larry watched over and participated in Scientology's intricate restructurings as David Miscavige wrested control of the organization. As Brennan said in a declaration, "I have more factual and legal knowledge of the history of organized scientology's corporate, tax and other legal matters outside of the courts from the 1970s through early 1984 than any single person currently in organized scientology or outside of same." And that's no boast. Brennan has used his vast knowledge of Scientology's structure to produce the kind of bedrock, unassailable data that governments around the world are relying on to investigate the church. But if Brennan is scarily smart, he's also one of the more gregarious "exes," and one who has moved seamlessly into the newer Anonymous community.


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Laura DeCrescenzo was born to Scientologist parents, and she was working for the church by the time she was nine years old. She joined the Sea Org at 12. She then endured years of the kind of outrageous treatment that we're hearing about now more and more: weeks of more than 100 hours of work for little or no pay, harsh living conditions, promises of education and visits to family that amounted to nothing, the constant threat of interrogation and punishment for trivial slights. Like other young women in the Sea Org -- where having children is banned -- she was forced to have an abortion, which she regrets today. Her life in the Sea Org became so unbearable, she knew only a suicidal act would get her out of a particularly maddening assignment. "So I took a nice big gulp of bleach and made sure people saw me spit it back up. And I was out of there within less than 24 hours," she writes in a series of Internet posts about her time in Scientology. But if Laura's experience was dramatic, her subsequent lawsuit against the church has also been an explosive one, watched closely by many of us. It challenges Scientology's use of e-meters for "sec checks," among other strategies that get right to the heart of how the Sea Org works. Caught up in hellacious legal battles over jurisdiction and timing, her lawsuit was the subject of a recent decision that looks like Laura D is currently in a strong position.


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Will and Scarlett
Will and Scarlett De Boer were recently married in the most unusual way -- they had Russell Brand wed them during his standup concert at a Santa Barbara casino. But that's just part of the whirlwind romance that has joined these unique young ex-Scientologists who were brought up in the church, only to denounce it after escaping. Under their previous names Will Fry and Scarlett Hanna, they are part of a new generation defecting and going public on television and in Anonymous protests. Scarlett's coming out was particularly noteworthy in Australia, where her mother is president of the church. That these two found each other, and made it legal in such an interesting way -- well, as one of our commenters noted, one of the first things you get back after leaving Scientology is your sense of humor!


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Karen De La Carriere went public with her disaffection with official Scientology in a remarkable statement at Marty Rathbun's blog last year. As she points out, she was the last Class XII Auditor (the highest level achievable) trained personally by L. Ron Hubbard himself to leave the church. She was not only known for her achievements in Scientology but also for being married to Heber Jentzsch, who was president of the Church of Scientology International (a largely nominal role, but still respected in the organization). Today, Karen is speaking out about the way she was forced to divorce Jentzsch, and urging Scientology to release her 76-year-old ex-husband from his seemingly permanent prison status at the church's desert headquarters.


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Tom De Vocht for years oversaw construction projects at Scientology's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. But after more than 30 years in the organization, he left in 2005, and in 2009 was one of several former high-ranking executives to make allegations that Scientology leader David Miscavige frequently gets violent with his employees. De Vocht was featured in the St. Petersburg Times series, "The Truth Rundown," and in a subsequent series on CNN.



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Dennis Erlich caused a stir when the former high-ranking Scientology executive began showing up at the Usenet newsgroup alt.religion.scientology in 1994. The posting he did there of Scientology's nutty secret scriptures got him raided by federal marshals in 1995. Those were different days, when the few online critics were facing real consequences because Scientology still had courts convinced that its secrets of the universe couldn't be even whispered by others without facing legal armageddon. Erlich earned a spot on this list for helping to establish an environment of online freedom that we all enjoy.


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Fairman
Michael Fairman is a very familiar face from television and film. The character actor has portrayed villains in productions like the Firefly series, the "Penske" business man in Seinfeld, and for years has been a member of the The Young and the Restless cast. He was also a longtime Scientologist, but he not only recently left the church, in a rare move he made public his "suppressive person declare" which listed his "crimes." He's now speaking out in a big way, and continues to shake things up at Marty Rathbun's blog.


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Garvin
Dan Garvin was a longtime Scientologist whose career included years in the Office of Special Affairs -- Scientology's intelligence and covert operations wing -- as part of his duties in the Sea Org. After he left in 2001, he came forward to tell a remarkable and diverting tale about what finally turned things sour for him -- he was unable to find any evidence of superhuman "OT" powers that he had been assured would be within his grasp as a high level church member. He's continued to speak out about Scientology with a great sense of humor -- after leaving a 25-year career in the Sea Org, he quipped, "That's right, I broke my contract when I still had 999,999,975 years left to serve."


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Haggis
Paul Haggis was more famous for being the director of movies like Crash -- which brought him an Academy Award for writing the screenplay and a nomination for directing -- than he was for being a Scientologist. But it was his defection in 2009 and then his subsequent profile earlier this year by New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright that has made Haggis symbolic of the recent exodus of longtime, loyal Scientologists from the fold. Haggis will get another round of attention as the church's most famous recent "apostate" when Wright's book is released, sometime next year, we hear.


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Harrington
It was only after his death in 2001 that Joe Harrington was revealed to have been "Scamizdat," the anonymous source of high-level secret Scientology materials that were posted and reposted at alt.religion.scientology in the 1990s. For many, it was their first look at these original Scientology documents, and the church fought through the courts to have them taken down.



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Lerma
Arnie Lerma was involved in Scientology for about ten years, but after leaving it in 1976 he's been criticizing it about as long as anyone, and paid the price by being raided in 1995 by federal marshals. One of the earliest and most vociferous of Scientology's online critics, Lerma is best known for giving the galactic overlord Xenu his Usenet debut, by posting a text version of the Fishman Affidavit. On January 1, 2000, Lerma famously embarrassed Scientology by revealing his discovery that the church had published pictures on its website of an event they claimed was attended by 14,000 Scientologists but was actually heavily photoshopped to disguise the thousands of empty seats.



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Mandigo
Brian Mandigo only spent a short time in Scientology, but he's become well known for his relentless protests at the Washington DC org, which landed him in court for both criminal and civil proceedings. Known better by "AnonSparrow," Mandigo managed to make Scientology lawyer Kendrick Moxon look silly as the criminal charges against him were dismissed. Mandigo is still facing a civil lawsuit, but he was recently named "SP of the Year" by east coast activists, which he accepted proudly.


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Many
Nancy Many's book My Billion-Year Contract is a harrowing look at her career in the Sea Org, which included a period in the RPF prison detail while she was five months pregnant -- her punishment included sleeping in a parking garage. Many also is featured prominently in Janet Reitman's book Inside Scientology and Hugh Urban's new academic history The Church of Scientology. And it's no wonder: Many's life has taken her to some of Scientology's most interesting places and eras, from working directly for L. Ron Hubbard to spying for both the Guardian's Office and the Office of Special Affairs, and even running the Hollywood Celebrity Centre. She saw it all.


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Jenna Miscavige Hill was one of three young ex-Scientologists who started a website about what it was like to grow up in the church, exscientologykids.com. But it was that second name that also thrust her to prominence. Jenna is niece to Scientology's supreme leader, David Miscavige, so her criticisms of her uncle's church -- on Nightline for example! -- have made her a real problem for DM's outfit.



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Moher
Patty Moher has never received, publicly, the credit she deserves for bringing to the public the notorious 9-minute Tom Cruise video that caused such a sensation in January, 2008, and helped launch the Anonymous movement. She was integral to bringing it to other people who later got much of the credit. Now an outspoken, brash critic of the church she once belonged to, she told me she's ready, finally, to take a bow for springing Tom's bizarro moment on the world.



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Oliver
Frank Oliver left Scientology in 1993 after working as an operative for the Office of Special Affairs. I met him a few years later, and asked him what his duties were at OSA. "Spy on people. Gather intelligence. Write reports," he replied rather succinctly. Oliver is a no-nonsense kind of guy. And although he's been less active lately, he provided a treasure trove of documents from his OSA days, some of which we used for a story just recently.


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Prince
Jesse Prince fled the Int base in 1992 and didn't start speaking out about Scientology for six years. But then he had a lot to say: how he was once Inspector General of the Religious Technology Center, making him one of the most powerful people in Scientology, and was a witness as David Miscavige wrested control of the church following L. Ron Hubbard's death. As a critic, he faced fierce retaliation, including a Kafkaesque marijuana misdemeanor prosecution that was intended to derail his being a witness in the Lisa McPherson civil trial. Prince was also an influential speaker in Germany, but has been dealing with serious health issues lately.


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Saxton came by the Voice in 2010
Aaron Saxton and "The Australian 7" we're including with thanks from Aussie journalist Bryan Seymour. Saxton, Kevin Mackey, Paul Schofield, Carmel and Tim Underwood, and Anna and Dean Detheridge were the first in Australia to speak out in detail despite the threat to their well-being, families and livelihoods -- their stories formed the substance of Senator Nick Xenophon's speech to parliament that led to a Senate Inquiry, the establishment of a Charities Commission and changes in the law that may rob Scientology of its tax exemption in Australia. This also led to the arrest and charging of Jan Eastgate for "perverting the course of justice" over allegations she covered up child sex abuse. The complainant in that case, Carmen Rainer, who was just 11 when Eastgate allegedly coached her to lie to the police, was inspired to speak out by the 7 Aussies, and Carmel Underwood supported her during this traumatic exercise. Saxton came by the offices of the Voice last year, and helped us understand the dramatic changes happening Down Under.


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Wakefield
Margery Wakefield left Scientology in 1980 after 12 years in the church, then sued the organization in 1982. She was offered $200,000 if she'd keep quiet. She took the money, and then talked her head off. She went on radio, she wrote several books, and faced more litigation from the church. But Wakefield would not be silenced, and she spoke out during a time when courts tended to take Scientology's prattle about trademarks trumping free speech more seriously.


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Wollersheim
Larry Wollersheim finally got his thin dime. Wollersheim's 1980s lawsuit against Scientology is still a landmark legal event in the history of the church. Vowing never to pay "one thin dime to Wollersheim," Scientology fought for years against a $30 million jury award after the former Sea Org member proved that the church's "technology" was really at the root of the harm caused to him. Eventually, as I wrote in a story that was delayed six years, the church forked over almost $9 million rather than allow new evidence in a Wollersheim hearing in 2002. That's 86 million thin dimes.


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Astra Woodcraft
Astra Woodcraft founded the website exscientologykids.com with Jenna Miscavige Hill (see above) and Kendra Wiseman. She is also the sister to Zoe Woodcraft and daughter to Lawrence Woodcraft. All three family members left the church, and Astra in particular has been active speaking out about what it was like to grow up in Scientology with no real choice about it. Along with Jenna, she's been very effective making the media aware of what children go through in the Sea Org. In 2001, she told the San Francisco Chronicle: "You are in such a state of paranoia. All these kids are running around yelling at you. They'll come up to you and yell, `What are you doing! Your statistics are down! What are your crimes?'"


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Young
Robert Vaughn Young died in 2003 of cancer, but not before he labored, through his illness, to produce devastating information that was intended to challenge Scientology's tax exempt status in a court hearing. For years, after his 20 years in the church, RVY had been a willing expert witness in litigation against Scientology. In 2002, he produced an affidavit in the Wollersheim matter that, he and Wollersheim's attorneys believed, would have jeopardized Scientology's 1993 tax-exempt agreement with the government. The very morning that evidence was to be heard in open court, Scientology cut a check for nearly $9 million to end the case and keep Young's affidavit from being presented.


There are many more ex-Scientologists who have made noise and have worked to spread the word about Scientology's abuses. No doubt, our commenters will remind us of many of them. And tomorrow, and next week, and next month there will be even more coming out to speak up. If Scientology conditions people to become fanatical believers, it also leaves in its wake disillusioned, damaged people who want to keep others from falling into the same snare. [And once again, special thanks to Scott Pilutik for his help on this entry.]


UPDATE...

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Bent Corydon was one of the "mission holders" -- somewhat independent operators in Scientology's original structure, something like franchise owners of a fast food chain -- when, in an infamous meeting in October, 1982, the mission holders were terrorized by a diminutive Sea Org commander named David Miscavige, who made it clear that their independence was now a thing of the past. A few years later, in 1987, Corydon, with help from L. Ron Hubbard Jr. (now calling himself Ron DeWolf), produced an unauthorized biography of the recently deceased Hubbard Sr. that the church fought strenuously to prevent from ever seeing the light of day. As Chuck Beatty has commented, L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman? is particularly good for its richness on Hubbard's life in the 1940s and 1950s, as Dianetics and Scientology were first being developed and began to take off.


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Love
Technically speaking, Montreal-resident David Edgar Love is not an ex-Scientologist. But he is an ex-Narconon "patient" and later staff member whose experience illustrates why the line between Scientology and Narconon is not only blurry, but practically non-existent. Love's disillusionment with Narconon grew gradually, first after realizing that most of what Narconon espoused -- such as its claimed relapse rates -- were simply false, and later when he was hired to form a charitable organization in a name other than Narconon which would serve as a Narconon recruiting entity. Once he'd had enough, though, Love became Narconon's -- and therefore Scientology's -- worst nightmare. On July 27, 2011, at Love's prodding, the Quebec College of Physicians formally found that an unnamed doctor working for Narconon was in breach of ethical obligations for "administering treatment not scientifically recognized in current medical literature." Canadian medical professionals are now on notice that providing authoritative cover to pseudoscientific cults can land them in hot water, which spells bad news for Narconon due to Love's efforts (with no small amount of help from Anonymous).


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"Emma"
How could we possibly forget Australian ex-Scientologist "Emma," creator of the Ex-Scientologist Message Board? Emma's message board has become so ubiquitous and integral part of the fabric of the Scientology-watching community that it's as if she was hiding in plain sight. She started the board in early 2007. The newsgroup alt.religion.scientology was useful for ex-members in the early days, but Usenet is unmoderated by design, and Scientology diligently attempted to make it unsafe for ex-members to post there when they weren't otherwise trying to destroy it. Emma's message board thus "filled a void," as she says, becoming a meeting place for ex-Scientologists to share and discuss their experiences. And it's been a smashing success -- an unscientific glance at forum.exscn.net reveals there to be at least 500,000 posts in the less than five years the board's been up and running. And should you imagine Scientology hasn't taken notice of Emma's board, this past November law enforcement officials confiscated three of Emma's computers and two external hard drives after Scientology alleged that Emma had participated in a denial-of-service attack against Scientology's website in 2008. In June of this year law enforcement informed her that there was no evidence to charge her with anything, turning Scientology's fair game into yet one more foot-bullet.



The Top 25 People Crippling Scientology
#1: L. Ron Hubbard
#2: David Miscavige
#3: Marty Rathbun
#4: Tom Cruise
#5: Joe Childs and Tom Tobin
#6: Anonymous
#7: Mark Bunker
#8: Mike Rinder
#9: Jason Beghe
#10: Lisa McPherson
#11: Nick Xenophon (and other public servants)
#12: Tommy Davis (and other hapless church executives)
#13: Janet Reitman (and other journalists)
#14: Tory Christman (and other noisy ex-Scientologists)
#15: Andreas Heldal-Lund (and other old time church critics)
#16: Marc and Claire Headley, escapees of the church's HQ
#17: Jefferson Hawkins, the man behind the TV volcano
#18: Amy Scobee, former Sea Org executive
#19: The Squirrel Busters (and the church's other thugs and goons)
#20: Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and other media figures)
#21: Kendrick Moxon, attorney for the church
#22: Jamie DeWolf (and other L. Ron Hubbard family members)
#23: Ken Dandar (and other attorneys who litigate against the church)
#24: David Touretzky (and other academics)
#25: Xenu, galactic overlord


Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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dickchurch
dickchurch

It's not clear to me how so many people are duped.  Duping the poor and hungry is no problem...just offer them some food.......but the rest of the world?  

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chuckbeatty77

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Karen Schless Pressley

Tom Provenzano


all former Int Base staff who posted important stuff on chat sites that have inspired many of us to also speak out, ought be mentioned, for the history books in this number 14 level of Tony's list.



Graceaaron
Graceaaron

You might want to take a look at www.ReligiousShunning.org for a few more people who have been disconnected from and spoken out about the Scientology policy of breaking up families.

bulldog
bulldog

Tony, it's nice that you put pictures with their names. The above & ex-members are true heroes...very brave!

Arielle
Arielle

Is that Emma's wedding picture? I'm surprised you didn't use her trade-mark picture smoking a cigarette in a rather cool, seductive pose.

WTS
WTS

Love ya Emma, 

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Terrific update! Bent's book was one of the first I read after deciding to really look at what I'd been involved with.

Emma's site really opened up the doors for exes to speak up. All former scientologists now have a forum to listen and to be heard, thanks to Emma.

David Love is one tireless heck of an advocate for victims of Narconon. Laws in the US on rehabs are set at the state and local governments levels and so the task to close down Narconons in the USA is complex and arduous. Federal laws in internet and telecommunications fraud require thousands of individual complaints before the FTC will act. Our Consumer Affairs laws allow businesses to get away with too much and complaints in general by consumers in general have been relegated to the better business bureau and people complaining at ripoff (dot) com or having to go to court.

Canadian and provincial government offices are more centralized and David Love has taken the reins there by locating central ruling offices and filing complaints.  As a Narconon victim himself, he's an inspiration for the many thousands across the world. I'm proud to call him my friend and fellow Narconon Scam Buster and I'm so glad you rightfully honored him here .

Wholigan
Wholigan

I'm so happy to Ems added...She's bad axe! And to David Love, this guy has really worked legal channels to expose the scam of the cult's front's group, Narcanon.

robert
robert

Hey Wholigan, just for the record, it's NarCONon.  Remember Narcanon was the actual helpful organization that Scientology was trying to glom name recognition with.  NarCONon is easy to remember as being Sci because of the con in the middle-There's always a con in Narconon. 

Torychristman
Torychristman

To Tony:

Thank  you, once again, for taking the time ...for many years...to help expose the phony

"church" of $cientology. I (and many others) appreciate the work you're doing and have

done! I cannot wait to hear who 13-1 are. Here's my guess: 3) Tom Cruise 2) Davey boy

Miscavige (Ok, he isn't a critic, per say, but he sure as Hell is "Crippling Scientology").

I'd give 1) to L. Ron Hubbard: Hey ..without him we would not have this entire series, would we, and you wouldn't be reading these words. That's my 2 cents: Whomever it is, my thanks to each person who helps expose the serious abuses of this insidious CULT of Scientology.I made a video about this, and if you'd like to see it, Tony, it's at ToryMagoo44 on YT.

Torychristman
Torychristman

PS: Ok, it may be Davey boy is #1...but keep in mind, Ron did write the very policies he is using to abuse people with, and frankly, using to "Crush Scientology". To the media: PLEASE if you can, help get some authorities to go interview those locked up out in Hemet, CA. People have escaped out, I've spoken with one, and it is happening, still.

NCSP
NCSP

Even though I agree with everything you say about Hubbard, the reason I like David Miscavige for #1 is simple: when you think about who's crippling Scientology today, it's DM who's driving people out in such huge numbers. When people first get out, more often than not, it seems to be because there's not *enough* Hubbard!

Also, I've said it before, but you do hear sometimes from exes who were around LRH that Scientology may be pretty bad, but Hubbard could be an okay guy (occasionally, when he felt like it). I have never ever ONCE heard that from anyone who knew Miscavige.

Torychristman
Torychristman

To Tony:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Thank  you, once again, for taking the time ...for many years...to help expose the phony"church" of $cientology. I (and many others) appreciate the work you're doing and havedone! I cannot wait to hear who 13-1 are. Here's my guess: 3) Tom Cruise 2) Davey boyMiscavige (Ok, he isn't a critic, per say, but he sure as Hell is "Crippling Scientology"). I'd give 1) to L. Ron Hubbard: Hey ..without him we would not have this entire series, would we, and you wouldn't be reading these words. That's my 2 cents: Whomever it is, my thanks to each person who helps expose the serious abuses of this insisdious CULT of Scientology.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What an amazing bunch. 

However, without wanting to take anything away from the others, I would personally just like to stand up, turn to Patty Moher, and <clap> <clap> <clap> <clap> <clap></clap></clap></clap></clap></clap>

dennis l erlich
dennis l erlich

Yer right on, anon.  She's a force of nature that pushed things over the top at a critical time.  Yeah Pooks!  Yeah nonys!

dennis l erlich
dennis l erlich

Dear Tony,

Thanks for the nice personal message the other day. I appreciate you taking the time, after getting the facts rong, to reach out to me.

But just to be perfectly clear:  you and many of the you listed only found out about and became active in this issue because of the campaign that I began in the mid 80s to make the cult the laffingstock of the world by revealing the inner sekret skriptures they hold as carrots before their sheep. 

It was I who first published in the inFormer Newsletter the Class 8 Tape "Assists" where Elrong tells us "the man on the cross ... there was no Christ."  Where he  describes in detail the incident 75 million years ago when we were implanted with the images of Christ on the cross and the thousands of demons that inhabit all our bodies and think our thoughts for us, according to Elrong.  And I was the first to post the Xenu data to the net. 

Additionally there were no Federal Marshals at the scieno raid as you claim.  Only a Glendale PD and a couple of off-duty Inglewood rent-a-narcs.  Plus, of course about 25 scienos who swarmed my home taking pictures and removing materials and computers without receipt.  Google "erlich raid" if you haven't to see the video.  It was this one event that set off the fuse for the explosion of press you see on the subject today.   I went thru years of torment at the hands of the scienos to get this info out and claimed by them so the world would finally know the truth.  Many others helped bring it about.  But there were only a handful of us trying to reform the cult back when this all started. 

I'm not an expert at anything but unraveling the Mindfuck.  I can probably explain it better than anyone else on earth.  That is why I think some day I will be testifying before Congress on the subject.

Now I know you are the professional journalist and you probably know best about such things, but if you ever write about me again, please do me the courtesy of giving me a call or brief email to verify your so-called facts.  Enough lies have been told about me that I admit I'm a bit sensitive about accuracy. 

Anyway thanks for including ~somewhere~ on your esteemed list.  After all, you did spelt my name right.  :) 

Be well, Dennis L Erlich

Oliviazero
Oliviazero

Dennis, your smiley at the end does little to negate your condescending tone. Lighten up a wee bit. Despite the fact the this is a countdown, it is not a competition between critics, but rather a nice acknowledgement of many deserving people, in my opinion.

dennis l erlich
dennis l erlich

Sorry Olivia,

But I've had too many lies told about me by the scienos (and others who shall remain nameless) to accept more from a Professional Journo without correcting him or her.  And btw, you don't think it was shoddy for him not to call me up?  My number is listed and has been for decades.

Hope I'm not outta line. :)D

Torychristman
Torychristman

I'm so glad you mentioned this, as there's no question...there are many people who have not been mentioned, who should be mentioned. To me, the bottom line is *we all* (who have been in this fight) know each person who has helped others OUT, and they shall never be forgotten. Mick IS a major figure..and who knows? Perhaps he's still coming up. Remember there are still 13 more to go. Lots of love to ALL :) Tory/Magoo

SpaceCadetLiar
SpaceCadetLiar

Scarlett Hanna is a pathological liar. 

Olivia Zero
Olivia Zero

^^CULT

Scarlett Hanna rocks. I'm so glad she's getting her own bit of happiness now; especially since she was deprived of a proper childhood, like so many other Scientology kids with parents on staff and in the Sea Org.

SpaceCadetLiar
SpaceCadetLiar

I am not in "the cult".

I know the facts.

Scarlett Hanna is a complete fraud.

SpaceCadetLiar
SpaceCadetLiar

What is your address? I will come and say it to your face.

And she was with Anon - space cadet - "See you on Saturday." Kookaburra - "Wonderful!  I look forward to it. This will give anons a few days to get over the cognitive dissonance some of them are experiencing." (Anonymous Sydney).

robert
robert

Come to the NY area and tell me that, buster.  Scarlett Hanna rocks!  And don't drop something insulting like that when you don't know shit from shinola.  

BTW, Tony, just a point, Scarlett was never involved in Anon protests, as far as I know.  Will was but I think Scarlett deliberately was not so as to not worsen familial relationships. So I'm concerned that saying that might be harmful, as well as not being the case.

Wholigan
Wholigan

   Fucking Sparrow. Love that dude. :)

Ms. Michael D.
Ms. Michael D.

Wow, times have changed where I now feel comfortable typing this under my Twitter name. It is due in large part with several people on this list including but not limited to Tory, Jesse, Astra (and her whole family) and of course Jon Atack of Piece of Blue Sky which I have read several times. Thank you all for making the world a safer place for all cult survivors to be more open about what happened to them. 

dennis l erlich
dennis l erlich

Thanks for the nice personal message, Tony.  Just to make it perfectly clear, your writings about the cult are the direct effects and near culmination of a successful campaign I began in the mid 80s:  to reveal their sooper sekret skriptures and make the scienos the laughingstock of the world.  Gerry Armstrong, Priscilla Coates and Bent Corydon come to mind as forerunners of my crusade.  And deserve major credit.  But damn few other did squat about the abuses back then.  I posted the first official issues the cult could not deny or disclaim.  And just to keep our fax straight, there were NO Federal marshals involved in the raid on me.  Only a Glendale policeman, a couple of rent-a-narcs from the Inglewood Police, and a swarm of scienos into my house,  I know you're the professional journalist, but if you ever write about me again, I suggest for accuracy you might want to contact me directly to get your facts straight.  I have never had an unlisted phone #, my email has been informer@informer,org for years and my website is www.informer.org.  So it wouldn't be difficult.  Anyway thanks for the mention, flawed tho it was.  Be well, Dennis

Maggie
Maggie

What amazes me is how Tony Ortega manages to write with head so far up his ass.

TheGuest
TheGuest

Maggie.  What amazes me is how far you, and scientologists you represent, have devolved from the original days.  If you are, in fact, Maggie Kittringer, well, that's different because you were part of a "special" group, weren't you.  You weren't anything like the normal people who came in because they were Asimov and Cayce book readers and believed that sci fi was about to cross science fiction (it was, and did). 

Most were wild eyed, high minded,  unconventional pioneers or simply yahoo's who thought there was some kind of new frontier where you could simply, quickly and cheaply be a little smarter and a lot less of an ass. 

The above paragraph is a salesman's mantra of what we wanted and only what we wanted.It wasn't all that complicated, holy, or even worthy of a single hoorah, much less a quarter of a million dollars.  A couple claimed they achieved it, most moved on, and the rest who remained are still insisting acceptance and membership in a squirrel golf cart, or something.

C.J&gt;
C.J&gt;

"a little smarter, and a lot less of an ass"

not entirely a bad crusade, minus a religion

Wholigan
Wholigan

  What amazes me is you think this is a weighty response.     

Guest
Guest

The same could be said for you, Maggie - though cudos for getting out a complete sentence without a misspelling or typo.  You should be queen of the $cilos for that alone.  Though you did miss a possessive pronoun. . .  perhaps it's YOUR head that is so far up HIS ass? 

Please say hello to all your other robots.  Ad homs aside here - I wish you'd stop sniffing the glue and join the real world. 

Guest
Guest

Ahem. . . *kudos.*  Now I am queen. 

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Seriously—the realm of Consensus Reality isn't all THAT bad.

dennis l erlich
dennis l erlich

Right, Robin.  It only stings for a little while as the illusions are ripped away one by one from your brainwashed world and self-view.  Enjoy

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

So, are you Maggie Kittinger?

Xenu welcomes you to OT 64.

mcode8
mcode8

Thankyou for such an interesting series Tony,just a quick question"Has the Co$ goon squad and their greasey lawyers come a calling yet?.And please Marcoati keep them posts coming your unique brand of denial,insanity and copy/pasta never ceases to amuse.Remember" WE RUN THIS.anon

CudgelClever
CudgelClever

" Tony,just a quick question"Has the Co$ goon squad and their greasey lawyers come a calling yet?"

Didn't schmendrick Kendrick Moxon the toxin show up with his on team of tame mouthpieces just before his own piece of glory was published?  Didn't they stomp away pissed because Tony had his i's dotted and his t's crossed with documentation?

Or did I imagine that.  I mean, I did just reread all of the Xenu mythos again...(on-line, I did not download them to my PC)

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

What's weird is how Miscavige's Minions always, always, always self-destruct in their attempts to quash exposure of their Kriminal Kult.

This is like shooting fish in a barrel.

Glad I took those upper level classes in Xenuology!

On to OT 4096!

Stat
Stat

Tony, very impressive list! Did you forget about Michelle/Emma, ESMB founder, or it's coming up?...

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

You out did yourself on ths one, Tony. Brings back many memories and definately showcases some of the best trailblazers in the cause. People can find out more about these people, their efforts and travails in exposing Scientology to the world and the people who spoke up because of them by visiting Xenu (dot) net, Lermanet (dot) com or by googling "Internet Resources on Scientology for newcomers" , "List of Critical Information Links About Scientology"   or "The Big List of Internet Resources on Scientology"

Marcotai
Marcotai

The following are just a few of the many comments made by neo-nazi Arnie Lerma’s “hate-mongers supporters”:

[Name Deleted]:“The very first time I spoke to he‘warned’ me about Arnie..told me to ’steer clear of Lerma, he’s a nut job’….that was 2 years ago.… and he said:‘Oh, you’ve been listening to Arnie Lerma’s crackpot theories eh?’.”

Patricia Greenway:“F—king Lermaloon.”

Scott Pilitik:“He seems to be getting some *world class* assistance from Arnaldo [Lerma] and has also not done too badly at all documenting hair raising corruption in the courts himself … Arnaldo will have to fill you in on all that…”

Barbara Graham:“After 25 years or so we all sorta know what rings true.”

Scott Pilitilk:“Help from Arnie’ is oxymoronic.”

[Name Deleted]:“Arnie can only give ‘world class’ assistance in stupidity.”

Scott Pilitik:“It’s like a curse:‘may Arnie help you’.”

[Name Deleted]:“Lerma’s more likely to communicate well with grunts.”

Here are some more comments made by Arnie Lerma’s “supporters”:

Rob Clark:“Arnie’s [Lerma] unfortunately nutz. He actually posted that psycho shit again.”

Patricia Greenway:“He DID?”

Rob Clark:“You know, if I posted something like that I would be mighty embarrassed when I woke up, sober again. Cause it would take some pretty powerful drugs and booze to get psycho enough to write a crazy piece of shit like that.”

Patricia Greenway:“Oh my god, he has no shame. Well, that’s life in George Orwell’s Animal House.”

Rob Clark:“Arnie is so whacked-out he can write a nutty piece of shit like that and then, months later, post it again, completely unaware that he’s crazier than Dorian.”

[Name Deleted]:“He has gotten more incoherent than I remember him being.”

Kady O’Malley:“I think actually, we should have a best of Lermatics contest.”

[Name Deleted]:“… I haven’t seen a single lucid moment out of him [Arnie Lerma] since before last year.… It’s rare you see something this incoherent and yet phrased in complete sentences.… Well, usually Arnie’s Lermacy isn’t in complete sentences.”

Rob Clark:“Arnie’s posting nut rants. God, Arnie is a f—ing tard how aggressively, deeply stupid he still doesn’t get that shafting your kids out of child support for decades while having access to millions is not “forgetting to dot an i.”

Patricia Greenway:“Jesse is FED up with Bunker and Lerma making up all that shit on a.r.s.”

Keith S:“I’m fed up with it too.”

[Name Deleted]:“This would mean that somebody would clear those posts and that refers pretty much to Arnie’s lunatic attempts to control ars.”

Keith S:“I see Lerma’s still pulling the same shit on ars.”

Bill McLaughlin:“Arnie is a one trick pony.”

Keith S:“Posting the names and addresses of scienos who notify him to remove them from his postcard mailing list.”

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

All controversies are resolved by study of what Hubbard wrote and spoke.   Hubbard is Scientology, thus Hubbard's voice, his words, resolve WHAT Scientology is.   Fact is, now we have the Class 8 lecture 10, "Assists" online, for those bold enough to listen to Hubbard tell the Xenu story!    Xenu/Xemu is Hubbard's baby!   Only the self-censored Scientologists through Hubbard's Scientology excommunication penalty system, keep themselves ignorant of their own religion, and incapable of discussing it.   Scientologists' only response is the Hubbard scriptures that Frank Oliver thankfully leaked, namely the Guardian's Office era scriptures now turned into the Office Special Affairs scriptures, which outline the ad hominem replies Scientologists doggedly respond with.   Xenu because it's in Hubbard's own voice, online, for all to listen to, OSA volunteers just can only dodge and deflect using ad hominem counter attacks against those trying simply to get  Hubbard's words and ideas into the pubilc domain.   LRH would have done something different, that's for sure, at this point in history.   The old ad hominem isn't working.   He'd have pushed for the movie to explain the Xenu story be made or something similar.  

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Consensus reality is incompatible with Scientology. 

I'm re-reading "Stranger in a Strange Land." One can easily predict that religions created by science fiction writers are going to reflect their times, be small and then fade out. Heinlein's Fosterites certainly reflect Scientology in being a religion created with the sole purpose of making money. And then there's the six degrees of LRH And the Martian protagonist of "Stranger" as well.

There's a "Church of All Worlds" up in Northern California, and kinda like Sonny Boy Williamson's "Little Village", it's too small be a town, a tiny blip on the global map of World Religions. They're all married to each other and I guess they're all gonna go poof soon. If you're looking for unicorns, this is the place to go, honest.

http://www.caw.org/

I think Scientology, a tiny blip on the global map of world religions but world leaders in the realm of litigation for the sake of harassment, should be put down simply on the basis of their policy of overworking the judicial system. They are a drain on world resources, an expense the world can no longer afford. Gaia will shake Scientology off her back like a bucking bronco at a rodeo.

As alway, Mr. Beatty, your posts have plenty of useful and intriguing info.

Wholigan
Wholigan

"What's a little village?"-Some white guy recording Sonny Boy.     "It's a smaaaal Tooown."-Sonny Boy.

(For the record, I have a collection of Sonny Bow's outakes....That exchange is my favorite.)

Guest
Guest

Mmmm.  Pasta. 

robert
robert

With Drunken Vodka Sauce!  Nom Nom Nom! Me lieks!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Lord Galactic Emperor Xeno approves of Pasta, particularly with clam sauce.

Mmmmmmmmm . . .

Clams!

Michael Hobson
Michael Hobson

[Name Deleted] so we wouldn't know who it was logging the Undernet IRC #altreligionscientology channel. How quaint.

Michael A. HobsonIndependent Scientologist

BBB
BBB

So after raiding both Lerma's and Erlich's homes respectively and basically trampelling their civil rights through loopholes even the devil himself would be impressed with, you access all the info they had on their computers after deleting it all, "submit it to the courts", so years later, you can post the personal information on websites and message boards to smear them in an attempt to further the credibility of your...church???

Do you see how silly that sounds? Yeah, mentioning this organization being a "church" after the smears you attempt to post is really quite eerie, considering it's anything but.

How can you justify the actions in which you seek?

How do you think it's ok to libel these people and post personal things that weren't meant for you nor have nothing to do with you what so ever?

How do you live with yourself knowing that you are simply pushing the agenda of a sinister, hate mongering, vile, cruel, human rights trampelling, life ruining, money scheming, faculty beating, member imprisoning, insanity driving, pyramid driven, satanic cult?

I am all for believing in whatever it is you want to believe in, even if it's one big contradiction, but for crying out loud, no other "church" I've ever seen, including Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Wicken, etc., goes out of their way to steal, libel, and attempt to ruin their critics like you guys do. It's sick, it's twisted, and it's vindicative of the nature of business the higher ups in your organization run.

They brainwash you against Psychiatry to make you believe that if you leave scientology, you will go insane under the guise of "dark psychiatric medicine and electro shock therapy". They make you believe you will commit suicide, just to indoctrinate you deeper into the scheme. If that isn't sinister, I don't what is.

And hey, people who speak up against this organization generally don't advocate other faiths as being anymore superior then scientology, but at least those faiths practice how to live good lives with a good foundation, whether you believe or not. The foundation of your church is a man who was buddy buddy with Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons, studied black magic, and watched as his buddies had sex with women to create children for their satanic rituals. Creepy enough for most of the general public to say thanks but no thanks.

Maybe when you one day see the light, you too will do the same.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Oh, I am so deeply hurt—you misspelled "Wiccan."

But seriously—the neo-pagans I know and have known are all eclectics, they freely borrow from any number of differing, sometimes seemingly incompatible spiritual concepts. They're pro-heresy and dogma free. I'm a male Dianic—go figure*. Nobody's shown up on my doorstep with a camera crew and veiled threats.

This is the opposite of Scientology's paranoid dogma, so Cold War in its reactive, oppositional responses. And what makes it so very weird to me is that it's obvious in these quarters that there would be no Scientology without Aleister Crowley. Truth to tell, I've got nothing against the O.T.O. At least they're up front about what they're up to. Lon DuQuette is a nice, funny, rational man. And my favorite niece has been a part of that clan for ages. She too is rational and very funny.

But Scientology defines batshit insane.

*Note—this is theoretically impossible and probably will wind up as some sort of koan someday.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Anybody out there wanna do a Scientology LOL Catz series?

Wholigan
Wholigan

  Dirt> Made up OT Powerz

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

PS—as I am a dirt-worshiping tree hugger you should know that the dirt beneath the soil is the holiest of holys in our tribe.

You just insulted dirt.

BBB
BBB

Glad to hear you were able to prosper, truly.

A bright future ahead alas, foreseeable through the sand in the glass, forgotten are the pains of the past, the waves of your ocean, stones no longer cast!

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Trust me, we're on the same page. And as for the line about the misspelling, I'm not about to confuse you with that macaroni dude.

I went round the bend, derailing my life, around 13 years ago. I said and did some crazy and stupid things. If it wasn't for some wonderful people in the Wiccan community I would still be on the street. They re-connected me to my family. Judy Foster*, Goddess bless her soul, not only gave me room and board when I was down and out and she was dying of cancer, she insisted that I reconnect with my Father, from whom I was alienated for many years. She got me on the bus back home and stayed in contact with me until she died, only a year later.

Like I said, the opposite of Scientology.

* http://www.reclaimingquarterly...

http://kevinroddy.blogharbor.c...

To take it a little further—In this story, Crowley is Snape, Hubbard is Voldemort.

BBB
BBB

I knew I spelled it wrong, google is my friend! Thanks for the correction.

Truth be told, I don't have a problem with the O.T.O. because in the core, they're honest about what they believe. Hubbard's life is practically based on a foundation of lies. And the irony is that these Scientologists defend the lies as foregone truth of all truths. Guess Ron truly did believe in the "acceptable truth" theory.

It's hard to believe that a tax exempt organization can freely ruin lives and get away with it without consequence. Ultimately, that will change, but for now, it's going on as we speak, where as the other faith based religions aren't organized to promote hate, disconnection amongst mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, complete and utter lunacy and driving someone to the brink of insanity (see Paulette Cooper for an extreme example), and flat out hatred. Athiesm promots equality amongst all, without having to base a foundation around an organized religion, or higher power. They're almost always the target of Christian and Catholics alike, but you don't see them picketing in front of their homes with signs calling them a religious biggot, or contacting their place of work to get them fired for being Jesus haters. They have no care in the world that this man or woman, who essentially just spoke their mind, can potentially lose their job, lose their mortgaged home, lose their family, and everything they have because some prick behind a desk decided it was the right thing to do to make that judgment call.

Also, when I say they're a satanist cult, I mean from the top up, they have sold their soul for all that is evil. And it doesn't get more evil then beating your staff, making them bow to a dog dressed in uniform, having a group of 50 people scream deragatory things in your face at all times, and throw you in a chamber known as the RPF's RPF. That right now, is demonic beyond the dirt beneath the soil. A clear violation of human and civil rights.

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