Scientology - Through the Door

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Monday, 16th December, 2002 11:27:55pm

Name or Alias: Richard Williams
Training and/or processing level: Purification Rundown and Book I auditing
Org or location: Houston Dianetics, Celebrity Centre, Dallas
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 1 1/2 years
Recommended Website - N/A
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
Read 'Dianetics' and went to Houston Dianetics Foundation for Book I auditing.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
I actually believed that they were sincere people with a real solution to many of mankind's problems. I actually thought at the time that all peoples from all religions could be part of this organization. I believed this was humanitarian.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Sexual issues; personal relationship and family issues; insecurity and shyness and lack of self-esteem.

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 began to see that the people were not at all as they claimed to be. They claimed to be philanthropic and care about mankind; but thier cold and callous behavior toward each other and especially toward 'wogs' began to belie thier claims. Also, the living conditions were pathetic for the staff, especially upon my first arrival at Celebrity Centre, Dallas, the food was very poor; the pay was inappropriate. What I at first thought of as 'sacrifice for the cause' soon became a feeling of being used and lied to. I began to feel that any kind of thinking for myself and using my own common sense was looked upon as being 'reasonable' and that is looked up as 'suppressive'. It really was pathetic; especially the cut throat attitude I observed Scientologists to have with each other. It was nothing I could recognize humanitarian by the end of my experience. Just greed and selfishness and a kind of paranoia.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I didn't stay on staff more than nine months, THANK GOD. At first I tried to convince myself that I was just 'Q and A ing' or using my 'Service facsimile' or something ridiculous that L. Ron Hubbard had written about and I had read and which had me blind to the obvious truth that this organization was VERY unhealthy to be in. But, eventually I find it too intolerable to stay. It took me a few years, though, to finally realize how duped I'd been and how silly and looney the whole thing had been. THANK GOD I got out when I did.

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 a public at Houston Dianetics Foundation and staff at Celebrity Centre, Dallas.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I think the main thing that upset me was that it simply wasn't what it claimed to be. I felt lied to about many important issues; and the lies were becoming more obvious.

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 think the Church should be exposed for what it is and that it's status as a religion should be taken away. It's simply an extortion business which uses lies and intimidation to prey on decent people's good intentions; not a Church or philanthropic endeavor of any kind. And that's the truth.

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?
Never. The question you just asked proves that you must not know these people very well. They will never change. This organization will lie, cheat, murder; anything and everything it takes NOT to change one iota of 'Ron's word'.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I would say I regret the entire experience about 99.99 percent.

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