Scientology - Through the Door

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Sunday, 29th January, 2006 02:41:11pm

Name or Alias: Kevin Brady
Training and/or processing level: HQS/Purif
Org or location: Boston Day
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 5 years
Recommended Website - Traumatic Incident Reduction Association (TIRA)
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Science fiction reader, friend recommended if I liked Hubbard's fiction (which I did, mildly), I should read his book about the mind, Dianetics.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
The very coherent way that all of it 'fit together'.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
I was looking for a way to figure out why I seemed at odds with myself, but the real problem I wanted to solve wasn't mine, it was the fragmentation of my family evidenced in my parent's divorce. I wanted to be an auditor, to help others.

4. Did you see, experience, or hear about things that didn't seem right while you were in the Church of Scientology? What were they, and what convinced you to set aside your feelings?
Simple non-application: people who had been there for 20 years who weren't clear. People didn't attend staff study. There was always some 'emergency' or 'danger' condition which seemed to get precedence over actually making progress, or that suspended staff enhancement time.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
Because of the apparent idealism of those I worked with.

6. Were you staff or public? If staff, was it at a mission or an org? Were you ever in the Sea Org or OSA? Which unit? If not on staff, did you ever volunteer to 'help out'?
Staff. Non SO OSA volunteer sometimes. Class IV org, at the time, in Boston, Day staff.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
My wife got pregnant, and I couldn't see supporting her and me and the baby on staff pay. They made it impossible to leave on the routing form, so I 'blew', and was declared.

8. Do you think the Church of Scientology needs to change some of its practices? If so, what should be changed? How did those practices affect your life?
I think that confidentiality needs to be a thing of the past. It is confidentiality and 'need to know' that creates a lack of transparency, so that the membership is not really aware of what the SO or OSA is doing. I think the Church needs to focus on training auditors and delivering sessions, and get out of the Social Control business. I think they should accept scientific study of their methods and results, and be open to new authors using such conclusions to form hypotheses concerning making corrections or improvements.

9. If the items you listed in the previous question were changed, would you consider rejoining or staying in the Church of Scientology? If so, why?
No. Because I don't think that Scientology is a religion, so much as it is a spiritual psychology. I think it belongs in the hands of science, rather than a social group.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I've commented so extensively in the past, that NO! But thanks for the opportunity to state it concisely.

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