Scientology - Through the Door

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Sunday, 4th March, 2012 04:25:58am

Name or Alias: Vumba
Training and/or processing level: Clear
Org or location: Johannesburg, UK, Flagship Apollo, Florida, USA.
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 16 years
Recommended Website - n/a
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I was in Scientology through my parents as a small children, so had no part in a conscious decision to join.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
As above.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
As above, although I will say that I had the opportunity to work with many people in Scientology who had joined to try to find the meaning of life, and to helps with some sort of problem(s) in their lives that needing fixing.

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?
From the off, the living conditions in the house we were living in were far from ideal. My family, mother (6 months pregnant), my brother, sister and I were put in a bedroom that belonged to another family who were away for a week or two. We all slept on mattresses on the floor, including my mother who was heavily pregnant. The house was cold and uncarpeted, and we were fed beans and rice mostly, with porridge and eggs if we were lucky for breakfast. Hours were very long, and very tedious and if staff had targets to meet, they had to work on through, sometimes two days in a row. Lack of sleep was common. Following a week of working until 3 a.m. every morning, my mother was exhausted and suffered a stroke at about the age of 41. She was admitted to hospital, but the powers at be at the Organisation (we don't know who placed the order) sent two Representatives to the hospital to have my mother discharged against the wishes of the hospital, stating that my mother was the responsibility of Scientology, and that they could heal her. She was brought back to Stonelands, and started to deteriorate, to the point where my sister, against the wishes of the "Church" readmitted her to hospital. Shortly thereafter, the "Church" off-loaded my mother, without a dime. She was cared for and helped by my sister and brother-in-law in their home until she could help herself again. For my side of the story, I was sent to the Flagship Apollo at aged 11. Whilst there, L. Ron Hubbard devised the Rehabilitation Project Force (the RPF), then the RPF's RPF. I was put on this, then locked up on the orders of L. Rob Hubbard (along with another child) in the chain locker of the ship (against our will) for three days. Once back in the UK at aged 14, I was sodomised, and when the Ethics Officer found out, they did absolutely nothing about it. Children were casualties of the heavy scheduling, and family life suffered badly, with children very rarely spending more than one hour a day with their parent or parents, and sometimes not even that. Children also had to work and I was taken out of school in the middle of my A levels to work for them. My sister was actually locked in a room and prevented from attending her O level exams. I was also witness to someone having what we called a Type 3 event, and with Scientology's aversion to therapist interventions, the people going through this breakdown were "handled" using L. Ron Hubbard's recommendations, and not those of trained therapists in this field. People really suffered.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
Due to my having been in as a child, and probably the most indoctrinated of all my family, I finally had the epiphany moment when I saw how badly they treated my mother, and also removing good people who were doing well from their posts. Injustice and cruelty was too much for me to bear any longer, so I actually chose to leave, not stay. Initially we thought that we could save mankind from himself and that we were the chosen ones. We were believers in Scientology being THE answer to life, love and livingness. The answer to all one's problems in life.

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, Sea Org. AOSHUK, FOLO UK, GO UK.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
As covered in number 5 above. The final straw was my mother's treatment, and my having been removed from my job despite doing well, and for absolutely no genuine reason.

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?
Whilst in Scientology we (my mother, brothers, sister and I) were made to disconnect from my father and grandmother. Disconnection policy is wrong in so many ways. This has to be banned. Decent hours, with decent pay should be the norm. Real food should be given to staff, not the cheapest and worst. People should not be literally forced and locked in rooms for hours on end until they sign cheques, and hand their money over for courses. There is huge, huge guilt trips played on people to the extent they re-mortgage their houses and max out on their credit cards to pay for a course. There is enormous pressure on staff to reach horrendous targets.

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 never. We were always taught about the outside world being the wrong place to live. That out in their so called "Wog" world that we were the enlightened ones, and people outside were not there yet. We were always told how bad it was, and this just hasn't proved to the case for me. I don't need Scientology to survive, and I cannot, and will never go into agreement with being part of an Organisation that advocates and takes no responsibility for the hurt that was perpetrated by their Guru, L. Ron Hubbard whose whole life was a lie. People believe all that the "Church" says about him, and anyone who dares to challenge this is declared a "Suppressive" person because they don't want their staff and public to listen to the truth. Miscavige was at school with me, and he was a snot then and he still is, but guess who taught him? LRH.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
There are so many loving, lovely people in my life, and sadly too, I left lovely people behind in Scientology. We all live on planet earth together, and we all have differing views, but it is not okay to tell someone how they should and must think and behave (as long as it is not harming anyone or against the law). People with different views are not encouraged, much as they try to put out the PR message that all man of whatever colour and creed is welcome. If someone from another religion prayed or tried to follow their own Religious calendar, this was not encouraged if it didn't fall in line with their own schedules and time lines. There are many other decent, moral and clean avenues to study and follow, and Scientology is not one of them. So, so corrupt.

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