Scientology - Through the Door

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Monday, 29th October, 2012 07:41:22pm

Name or Alias: Derek Bloch
Training and/or processing level: Objectives and Pro TRs
Org or location: Orange County Org, Glendale Mission, AOLA and FLAG
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 20 years
Recommended Website - Tony Ortega's Blog
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
My parents became involved when I was age 6. I was practically raised in Scientology. Eventually recruiters spend a year or so breaking me down until I joined the Sea Org at age 15. I was eventually kicked out for having homosexual impulses at age 18.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I was born into it. It was practically all I knew.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
I thought Scientology would cure all my ills. I was taught it was the end all, be all of the world.

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?
Lots of things. People being degraded, screamed at, unfairly blamed for things that were not their fault or out of control, becoming ill despite all attempts to use Scientology to fix them, people going into bankruptcy from debts they earned while paying for church services... I was a victim of a lot of those things as well as a victim of disconnection. I have not spoken to my parents since April 2012. They threw me out because the church discovered I was posting on the Ex-Scientologist Message board under the name Adam7986. I told my whole story from beginning to end there.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I chose to stay under threat of disconnection. I would have lost my parents at a younger age than 26 and probably would have been less prepared if I didn't pretend to be a Scientologist as long as I did. I was pretending both for my own benefit and the benefit of others. I had lots of doubts but I kept them quiet. Being gay in the Church is not easy at all. The teachings are inherently homophobic.

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 AOLA and training at flag from 2001 - 2004.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
It wasn't my choice. I was not able to keep my mouth shut any longer because I was losing my mind. I decided to go online and share my story with other exes at the Ex-Scientologist message board. I needed someone to talk to who would understand my predicament. The church found my postings tracked me down and showed them to my parents and they disconnected 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?
I don't care one way or the other about Scientology as a religion.

I think that the practice of recruiting minors into the Sea Org must stop and that disconnection needs to be stopped.


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. Hubbard was a sociopath and his teachings encourage the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder in his followers.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
If you want to read more of my story you can start by looking me up at http://forum.exscn.net and then my blog http://dbloch7986.blogspot.com.

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