Scientology - Through the Door

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Monday, 20th November, 2006 05:41:53pm

Name or Alias: Mona
Training and/or processing level: N/A
Org or location: N/A
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 2 Years
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1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Saw something on TV and became curious as to what it was all about. I went to the local bookstore and purchased Dianetics and then looked up information on the internet (including this site).

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I saw it as a new subject for me to explore. I enjoy reading about different religions. So, for me, it would be an adventure.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Yes. I was depressed over the loss of my brother and split with my partner after 12 + years.

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?
I have not seen nor experienced anything that I would describe as wrongdoing, etc. I am not/have not been staff and therefore know nothing about living conditions. Most of what you are addressing in this question I have only read about on the internet.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I have yet to see anything that I would say is wrongdoing. I base my level of wrong on the Christian Church. If it is acceptable for the Catholic Church to have done/do something then it is ok for any other religion to do something as well. An individual has the RIGHT to allow their chosen religion to act crazy about certain issues. That same individual can choose not to agree. One always has the final option to leave any church, not just Scientology. If you disagree with what ever the church is saying, you probably should not be there. All relgions have a certain amount of conditioning, otherwise not one single religion would ever catch on. One must be conditioned into a persons chosen religion. If one is born a Baptist you can be assured you will be conditioned into it from day one.

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'?
Public

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I have not.

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?
Only the donations. I think it should be done as a percentage of one's check. (Just like all the big churches). It affects the time I must wait between courses. Courses should be offered at different rates depending on ones income. One should simply make a weekly or monthly percentage donation and move on up the bridge.

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?
I have not left. However it would make it a lot easier for me and I am quite sure many others.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I want to say that Scientology has helped me. I do not anticipate leaving the COS anytime in the near future. I am of the opinion that if one becomes staff and is subject to harsh living conditions or anything else, that person has the option to leave. However, if one chooses to remain, one should abide by the rules. If you do not wish to abide by the rules LEAVE. In relation to other relgions Scientology does not even compare (if one assumes all the bad stories are true), to other religions. Look at Islam, certain sects beat women with sticks if they show their face in public. Christians - have blown up buildings and killed doctors because they disagree with abortions. Nuns in days past were tortured because they were gay. Of course there is the continuing story of priests molesting little boys. If you are going to talk about cruel things you must put it in context with other religions. You cannot single out Scientology.

Is it the money? I know quite a few Christians that have left/given millions to the church. Should you not consider that as well?

Scientology serves its purpose for those that choose to follow it. Certainly we are all given the right to choose our religion and to practice it. Why should Scientology be the exception to the rule? I notice that there are not to many web sites beating the hell out of the Muslums. Why Scientology?

I saw one web site that had in it's stats how many Scientolgists had committed suicide. How silly is that? Really, just how many millions of Christians committed suicide? How about Jews or Hindus? How many of them committed suicide? The numbers against Scientology only work if one does not compare them to any other religion. The numbers only shock if they are the only numbers one sees. The numbers are therefore biased and should be disregarded.

Why is it that those that make certain claims, rarely press charges? Sure they try to sue but that is a money issue (greed). If someone tried or did hold me captive I can assure you lawsuit is not the first thing on my mind, it's criminal charges. I would want somebody's butt in jail, hanging with Bubba.

Lastly, I would like to say, simply judge for yourself. Do not take only the negatives, check out the positives as well. You are an intelligent being and should consider nothing until you have at least a minimal amount of personal experience with any subject and Scientology is no exception.


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