Scientology - Through the Door

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Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 09:34:04pm

Name or Alias: Barbara Howard
Training and/or processing level: Class 4 auditor
Org or location: Denver
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 1971-1982
Recommended Website - n/a
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Letter from boyfriend telling me about it the day after I decided to quit using drugs. I thought it was a "sign." I was clearly still under the influence of the drugs.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
The fact that you only had to accept what was true for you. Also, that it appeared to take a scientific approach to spirituality.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
I had been using a lot of psychedelics to try to gain greater spiritual awareness (whatever that is). When I decided to stop, I did so with the intention of filling the void and the subject of scientology was quite literally delivered right to my mailbox. At the time, I was in Illinois and boyfriend had moved to Colorado.

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?
Treatment of children. Environment of people snitching on each other even for really trivial things. When I ran into an old friend and she told me she had requested a refund and would soon be declared, I decided that her friendship meant more to me than the church and that I meant more to her than I did to the church.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I started out in a small mission and we were a tight knit group and hung out with other and partied together and had a family type relationship with each other even outside of mission related things. I thought I was going to gain insight "into my soul."

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'?
Mostly staff first with the mission and then, when it became an org, I stayed on for the remainder of my 5 year contract.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
The "family" atmosphere from the mission was gone, I had a baby and was expected to leave him in a filthy nursery. In about 1979, church destabilized. My husband was writing KRs on me and he was a fanatic. Sometime in the early 80s I got a call from HCO and was told I needed to go out to Portland to picket something or come in and pay for a course to show my loyalty. When I laughed and said that I would not, he told me to come into the org to see the ethics officer. That was the last straw. I told him to take scientology and stick it up his fucking ass.

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?
Disconnection. My ex husband tried to disconnect from his own children because they were living with me, who he considered an SP. Human rights abuses including trafficking, negligent homicide, child labor, outrageous money grubbing. Actually the entire practice should be ended since it is based on the lies and hallucinations of a Sociopath. People waste years of their lives with little to no pay and usually have no real world skills when they finally get out.

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?
I would never get involved again. It is irrelevant to my current life and I know it is a scam.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I am glad I "only" wasted 11 or 12 years being involved. I went to school after I got out, graduated summa cum laude, and had a successful career. I have a close, loving relationship with all of my family members and friends and have also became friends with my ex husband who was declared decades ago. Success really is the best revenge.

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