Scientology - Through the Door

Interviews

Friday, 29th March, 2002 03:17:43pm

Name or Alias: Cheryl Sola (Clamato)
Training and/or processing level: Clear, Class IV Auditor, HRD Auditor, Purification Rundown Case Supervisor
Org or location: Valley Org (Los Angeles), ASHO (Los Angeles)
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: 1977-1991
Recommended Website - Through the Looking Glass
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
I received an OCA (Oxford Capacity Analysis) questionnaire in the mail when I lived in Glendale, California.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
Overcoming shyness and problems with communicating with other people.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Loneliness caused by shyness.

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?
Read 'The Story of Cheryl S' on the above website or at www.xenu.net for the specifics--there were too many to list here.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
I stayed because of my family. If I had left, my spouse would have divorced me and tried to take the kids because of the church-mandated policies of disconnection.

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 staff. My first post was at Scientology Coordinated Services (SCS) Management Center (Carl Barney's missions) 1978-1979. After his missions were put into receivership by Mission Office Worldwide (MOWW), I was transferred to the Santa Barbara Mission. I left staff in 1981. In 1985, I rejoined staff as the Treasury Secretary at Valley Org (in Sherman Oaks, California, suburb of Los Angeles). I held that post until 1986, when I became ill with CFIDS (and have never fully recovered due to the abuses of that year as Treas Sec). I went back on post in 1987 as the Director of Personnel Enhancement (Staff Section Officer), then as FESer (person who looks through PC folders to find errors), and finally as a computer specialist. I left staff in early 1991 and left Scientology at the same time.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
I nearly died in 1990 when an ovarian cyst torsioned while I was at Valley Org. No one would dare to leave post to take me to the emergency hospital (just several miles down the street) and they would not call an ambulance because they were afraid of creating a public relations 'flap' for the church. I finally got the D of T to take me and he left me a block from the E.R. door. I barely made it inside. I was rushed into surgery and the doctor said the cyst was the size of a cantaloupe (due to being told my Scientology to not bother with routine physicals and such, auditing cured all physical ills) and was on the verge of rupture. If it had, I would have died. It was at that point that I made up my mind to leave. It took another 9 months to execute the plan, but there was no turning back.

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 needs to stop practicing medicine without a license. It needs to have its 'e-meter' independently assessed for effects on the human body (biologically closed electric circuits are influenced by the 'negligble' amount of electricity produced by the e-meter). It should dump its policies on attacking critics and trying to 'utterly ruin them.' It should learn how to apologize and learn from its mistakes. As to how those practices affected my life, see above and 'The Story of Cheryl S.' I still have health issues directly related to the year I was full time staff in 1985-1986.

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. Because I have researched what Scientology is and I do not believe that it is a valid religion or mental health therapy. I am fully convinced that it is a global scam and the whole purpose is not to 'free beings' but to 'make money, make more money' for its coffers, and it doesn't care who it damages to get the money.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
As to all the claims by Scientology that it is doing well and is being accepted all over the world, see my essay, 'A World Without,' available on my website at www.angelfire.com/scifi/Scientology or at www.xenu.net (in the 'Tech' section). Scientology Lies!

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