Scientology - Through the Door

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Friday, 22nd February, 2008 04:15:05pm

Name or Alias: Just Me
Training and/or processing level: ARC Straightwire
Org or location: Various
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 10 years
Recommended Website - http://www.clambake.org
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Personality test

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
The promise of becoming truly happy by getting rid of the reactive mind.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
I wanted to become truly happy and confident, become comfortable with and happy to be myself.

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?
Enforced separations from my spouse when neither of us wanted them (non-enterbulation orders), disapproved requests for time off of course, physically prevented from leaving when I wanted to, leaving staff routing form intentionally slowed for a year to prevent departure, etc. I set aside my feelings because I believed that Scientology was the only way to get rid of what was holding me back in life and I didn't want to lose that.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I chose to stay in, at first, because Scientology was the only way I knew of to become happy and more able and, later when doubts started creeping in, there was a fear of being labelled suppressive and kicked out if I dared to publicly leave it. I stayed on staff simply and only because I was contracted to and did not want to incur a debt if I broke my contract.

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'?
I was on staff at an org for 5 years and went through the EPF for 3 months to join the sea org. I was on post for a very short time. I also volunteered at my org to earn training awards for courses and was a public for 5 years. My last service done was in 1998. I considered myself an inactive Scientologist for 7 years. I have considered myself an ex-scientologist for the past 3 years and life has gotten better and better now that I'm out.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I left because I was feeling the clench of control from too many areas all at once. I was feeling less and less like my life was my own and I began to dread what a world governed by Scientology could or would actually be like. I can't go into detail because I don't want to give up who I am just yet, as I still have family members who are in and I don't want to be labelled SP and have them forced into disconnection from me.

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?
It would fill a whole book to write what practices should be changed and how they affected my life.

In short, let's just say that they should make their premises as available and open as a friggin' Pizza Hut, their products and services delivered with the same professionalism and quality with no strings attached, or expectations expected or control exerted. Can you imagine what it would be like if Pizza Hut actually made you CSW to get up and leave your pizza half-finished, or told you to disconnect from your family because they like Papa John's better and thought Pizza Hut was WAY TOO EXPENSIVE, or sent you to ethics because you complained within earshot of another fellow pizza-eater that your pizza wasn't made correctly? Can you imagine, after having finished your pizza and before being allowed to leave, having to attest that yes, you would want others to eat the same kind of pizza you just ate, and if you didn't you'd have to buy and eat another of the same kind of pizza until you would attest?


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?
Yes, if my freedom to have or not have whatever I wanted to have or not have when I wanted to have or not have it were respected, and they made their service much more affordable, then yes, I might consider rejoining. The courses and auditing are beneficial and enjoyable and I am better today because of them.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
Scientology positions itself as the savior of mankind and uses fear to keep members in line, much like many other religions. In their view, Scientology is a deadly serious activity set out to save every man, woman and child from the agonized future of this doomed planet and Scientology is the only way out. If you buy that, they've got you.



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