Scientology - Through the Door

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Saturday, 30th June, 2007 12:25:33am

Name or Alias: Stephen Von Hatten
Training and/or processing level: Not Classed
Org or location: Salt Lake City Mission, Santa Barbara Org
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 2/5 Years
Recommended Website - Photos published by the CofS that lie.
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Personality test, Fundamentals of Thought, New Slant On Life, and then finally Dianetics. From then on I was collecting books left and right and reading about Scientology and then talking about it to my friends.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
It was new, I was rebellious, and my parents didn't like the idea. When I got the auditing and believed I was 'saving the world' I started introducing it to others and bought hundreds of dollars worth of books.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
I had some pretty bad communication and family problems. I have Asperger's Syndrome. I hadn't talked to my mom in a couple of years and started contact with her when I was in the CofS. I was later encouraged to disconnect from her.

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 never heard of anything bad while in the CofS. The only thing that I HAD heard (and it was from critics) was the disconnection policy, but I rubbed that off as the disconnected person being VERY terrible. That is, until I was asked to break off from both my parents, friends, etc. I was gradually moving towards disconnecting until I got out this past March (2007).

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I didn't do real deep thinking about it until I realized that I would be declared a 'suppressive person' once I left and stated so. Disconnecting, I saw, was a sacrifice for the greater glory of Scientology.

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. I helped out when I could, though. That included dissemination (i.e. talking with critics, talking with people who didn't know what Scientology was, etc.).

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
When I saw the 'Suppressive Person' document and the requirements. I didn't want to be FORCED to be part of a group, and become a terrible evil person all of the sudden.

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?
Quit destroying families and relationships! Communication is the universal solvent? Let's try that once in a while.

I still use the study technology once and a while, but come to find out, Hubbard didn't originally come up with it.


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?
At one point I thought yes. Now after knowing what I know, I'm just not sure. Maybe if they quit lying so much too...

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
Keep looking, keep reading, keep listening. Your life is up to you, and that's it. No one should make your mind for you. Truth IS out there, you just have to be looking for it.

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