Alt.religion.scientology Week in Review Volume 0, Issue 1 04/23/95 by Rod Keller [firstname.lastname@example.org] copyright 1995
The articles in A.r.s Week in Review will be brief summaries of the articles. Many will include an excerpt, and I'll be including message IDs for the articles I cover. This may or may not be useful to you, depending on how long your site stores articles in the newsgroup before expiring them.
Hana Whitfield Affidavit
A new affidavit (for me at least) was posted this week, that of Hana
Whitfield. Her stories of life in the RPF are chilling. This should be
used as a standard reply when the RPF is made to sound like summer camp.
Here's how Hana sums up her experiences in Scientology.
"I was in Scientology for 19 years from March 1965 to August 1984. The majority of those years, particularly the last 10 were filled with great emotional, mental and physical trauma. This experience as the most humiliating and degrading one I've ever experienced. I still suffer from frequent nightmares, emotional distress and severe headaches because of it."
"The wonder is that I wasted 13 years of my life and more than $100,000 before learning to handle the false loyalties and other tricks in which I was enmeshed for so long. Clearly, something was going on that my basic "street education" had not prepared me to deal with. Rationalizations such as, "it's the best thing we've got," and "at least it's moving in the right direction" (neither of which is true) helped perpetuate the stasis. Even afterwards, it was hard to avoid rationalizations like "but I learned a lot," or "the organization sucks but the tech is good" which were attempts to minimize and not really face the harm which had occurred and from which I had yet to recover. The habits of self-censorship, loaded language, avoidance of contrary data, and other thought-stopping mechanisms took a long time to go away if, indeed, they are gone even now."
"Scientology was not a beneficial experience for me. I avoid the word fraud because it connotes a deliberate and knowing deception which is rare among the misled, but I do believe the organizations practices are based on fraud. The "tech" is certainly fraudulent. But as regards most individual Scientologists, I suggest instead the word trip, in the sense of a self-justifying system of thought which, once entered, leads only into itself.
Scientologists are heavily indoctrinated with training routines to look you in the eye when communicating. This is not meant to be a threat or a show of strength but actually meant to enhance communication. However, it is often performed robotically and feels strange. Anyway, it is a trait rather rare amongst non-scientologists but very common amongst scientologists so it is the primary visual indicator that you have a scientologist in front of you.
Many clears proudly wear a bracelet that looks almost identical to a medic alert bracelet except that it carries the scientology symbol and their clear number on the back. If someone is wearing one of these you can bet they are a scientologist."
LRH was fond of making up words ending with -ness, beingness, doingness and havingness. You will often find scientologists doing the same thing. It will just slip out in conversation."
Cos Lawyer Kendrick Moxon called Dennis this week to inform him that he is filing for a Temporary Restraining Order "to make me cease my "continuing civil harassment of Robert Lippman (a person with whom I've never communicated or met)". Stay tuned.
In an unrelated development, the EFF has set up a fund to pay for expenses that result from his legal entanglements. Make checks payable to the Dennis Erlich Defense Fund at this address:
Electronic Frontier Foundation
1667 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
"The cult has to pay 90.000.000 F (about 17.000.000 $) to the French IRS and has lost all the juridical tricks it attempted to avoid this. So the US scientology is coming to the rescue. Monique Yingling, the advocate of the International CoS, has proposed to buy the French CoS. The project proposes the creation of two new entities: the New CoS of Paris, and the New Spiritual Association of Scientology of Paris. The former has a 'cultural vocation', and the latter has the vocation to continue the activity of the current French CoS. Note the change in the names to create the confusion: the 'New CoS of Paris' won't be the New 'CoS of Paris', in fact the New 'CoS of Paris' will be the 'New Spiritual..'"
"A fellow named Marcellus, an Feild Staff member for the Cof$, worked his way into the confidence of Willis Carto, the Chairman of liberty lobby, which ran the IHR. Marcellus spent 13 years gaining Willis' confidence. Marcellus brought some friends into IHR who were member of Cof$. At an opportune point in the litigion surrounding control of IHR, Marcellus offerred himself as a 'disinterested' party who could be named in control of IHR, as a caretaker whilst the court concluded its business. In a blink of the eye, Marcellus went from trusted friend of Mr Carto, to enemy, as he took control of IHR for someones ends... - Is it just circumstantial that Marcellus was a Scientologist, a Field Staff Member, or was Marcellus acting as a mole for another octupus like group - the OSA of the Cof$?"
Included in the message were several form letters used to warn users who violate netiquette. It's unclear at this time how many warnings Vera has been given. One would be my bet.
"These references to the alleged debt repayment which pepper the record convince us that L. Ron Hubbard was personally receiving a certain percentage -- in most cases 10 percent -- of petitioner's and other Scientology organizations' gross income in the late 1960s."