Scientology - Through the Door

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Sunday, 8th May, 2005 00:33:07am

Name or Alias: Funny
Training and/or processing level: no comment
Org or location: LA
Time involved in the Church of Scientology: as a minor
Recommended Website - Pod's Nifty Memorial of Me
1. How did you first become acquainted with the Church of Scientology?
My parents were members.

2. What initially appealed to you about scientology?
It seemed to have solutions for lots of bad stuff going on, and watching the news and thinking these problems could be solved was very heartening.

3. Were there problems in your life that you thought scientology would address?
Yes. I thought I'd be more confident and socially adept with others, able to help people out generally, and I thought it would make a good career, being in a helping profession.

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?
Oh lots. Everyday Scientologists can have conversations, but it seems staff people have to be engaged in channeling you around and KSWing you into a nonentity who complies. Rather than run-off at the mouth, let's just say I got tired of having my friends have to treat me like a subject of work rather than as a friend.

5. Why did you choose to stay in the Church of Scientology?
It was my family's religion.

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'?
Public only. Did some volunteering.

7. Why did you leave the Church of Scientology? Was there a "final straw"?
Someone tried regging me at a public event for something I didn't really think was all that useful a course, and I realized that any actual candor on my beliefs would result in a major flap and could ruin my parent's chances to do what they wanted (at the time) in Scientology. I just couldn't take the heartache of having to play the Scientology game rather than deal with people as people.

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?
Too many to list. Rather than run-off at the mouth, I'd just say it needs to be in the people field rather than the people-as-machines field. It also needs a stout commitment to candor as a prime virtue in life.

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?
It probably isn't likely for me, even if it reformed as drastically as it needs to. I'm following a career in the helping professions courtesy of college and the conventional training, and I'm not likely to be acceptable anymore.

10. Any additional comments you would like to make?
I'm fine. Don't worry. Thanks for the memorial page though. Thanks for being concerned about me, but really I'm fine and doing something with my life that I'll really enjoy.

I still love Silverlake to hang out, still think USC boys are rude snobs, still sober, but black no longer goes with everything I wear ;)

xoxoxoxo !!!
Hugs and Kisses to All
Funny90210 (P.S. Don't call me clam.)


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