Scientology - Through the Door

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Wednesday, 29th February, 2012 06:12:48pm

Name or Alias: James Anderson
Training and/or processing level: Class I auditor, ethics specialist, PTS/SP Course etc...
Org or location: Australia
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 24 years
Recommended Website - ESMB
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I walked into a Dianetics Centre in Cairns and bought Book 1...

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
That it had the answers to the mind and upsets in life.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Not particularly but I had an interest in what made people do the things they do and Book 1 seemed to have those answers it made sense to me at the time.

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 saw and experienced all of the following: Disconnection, wrongdoing, poor living conditions, beliefs, biases, unfair treatment...and because i felt that this technology was the only technology to set all of mankind free i put up with these things...after all were we not trying to make a sane planet with broken people (straws) as Hubbard stated somewhere.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
Because I felt I owed it my support and that it was the only hope for all mankind and I truly believed that!!

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 joined the SO almost directly, actually within 6 months of reading Dianetics.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
Probably the leaving process had been accumulative and the final straw was the treatment of our daughter as a SO member, she had been brutalized while on staff and so when we became aware of that we acted and demanded she come home. We walked on the org and got her out.

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?
Yes it does need to change, it needs to get rid of the Sea Organisation and all of the policies associated with it. It needs to deliver what it says it can do. It needs to stop at once and for all time the policy of disconnection. Our family has been split apart due to the Sea Org and disconnection.

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 I would not. But I would not feel the need to continue to be a critic of scientology.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I was a strong supporter of the church until I found I had been lied to, and I would've forgiven that but for the abuse of my daughter at the hands of a group that purports to have all the answers to what ails mankind.

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