Tuesday, March 11, 2008

scientology.is.wack.

but you knew that right?

but how much do you really know about scientology and what they do and what they practice? if you're anything like me, you don't know much about it (aside from the crazy random bits and pieces you've seen and heard).

a friend showed me a website yesterday. it's run by 3 ex-scientology kids. oh.my.god. i had no idea that scientology was THIS fucked up. i mean, i always thought they were wacked, but i had no idea the extent. when you get a chance, you have got to read this site. and then read the discussions on the forums page. it's unbelievable. even moreso, when you aren't a part of that "church" because it just all sounds so far out there.

listen, i can understand believing in something. and really thinking and feeling like what you are doing is the right thing. i get it. i truly do, but the lines that scientology crosses- and how they justify it- is terrifying to think about. is every member seriously that brainwashed that they think their actions are okay? the answer i think is for the most part is yes. they think that all their actions are for the good of the group and serve a better purpose. they believe that what they do, and how they do it, is for a good cause. but don't most crazy groups think and feel that way? in my mind, their way of thinking is no different than the terrorists. they thought what they were doing was right and just. they felt that their actions were for a greater good. it's all the same line of thinking. seriously scary stuff. seriously.

let me give you a couple of examples of the types of things that scientology "supposedly" practices and does:
  • scientology uses a disconnection policy. when someone doesn't want to be a part of scientology anymore, they are disconnected from all other scientology members. this includes parents, siblings, any and all family, friends, etc. the disconnected person is then considered "evil" by the church. the church publicly denies that they use this. probably because it's not good for PR.
  • fair game. while the term is no longer used, "supposedly" the practice still is. and the practice in a nutshell is "Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed." of course, they deny this as well.
there are so many more things on that website that it's truly overwhelming. allegations of abuse (physical, mental, sexual), divisions of the group, people dying, etc. i have to forwarn you that scientology has it's own language, so some of the stuff takes a bit to understand because it all sounds so foreign. i just had no idea that all of these things "supposedly" went on. and i was horrified with what i've read. and so i figured that if i didn't know about this stuff, that most likely you didn't either. i figured that if it shocked the hell out of me, that maybe it would shock the hell out of you.

tom cruise better not send me any hate mail.

9 comments:

Stephanie A. said...

I am not shocked. The reason? Because many years ago I took personality test online and was then invited to a group function. I was silly and went and it turned out to be a scientology function! They told me about all of my issues with my mom that showed up in the personality test (whatever) as well as had me watch a video where I interestingly enough felt very sleepy and dizzy while watching it. It was trying to brainwash me. I think I was there for over 2 hours and even though I asked a lot of questions was told that I could not get answers until I enrolled in their classes. Heh. It seriously is an effed up group.

Yorksdevil said...

I've heard both of those points previously. They also allegedly claim psychiatry is responsible for the holocaust. In Britain Scientology is officially recognised as a cult.

Alison said...

I don't know anything about it and I'm too freaked out to look at the website.

Alison said...

I don't know anything about it and I'm too freaked out to look at the website.

Table for Five said...

I just spent almost 2 hours on that website. The most surprising piece of info is that "lower level" Scientologists are not told about the whole Xenu thing! We know about it, and we could tell them, and they wouldn't believe us. That is just unreal.

It's scary to think how powerful of an organization Scientology must be, to be able to run their own schools that aren't regulated, they've practically taken over Clearwater, Florida. It's not like David Koresh at Waco, where the FBI is just waiting to take them down. This group isn't going anywhere. And their beliefs are based on the writings of a man who believed that an intergalatic overlord blew aliens up with hydrogen bombs!

RWA said...

I'm going to take your word for it.

A few years ago, when I was traveling to Waco, Texas, for business, I decided to visit the site where David Koresh and the Branch Davidians lived.

To do the research, I checked out some of their websites. It was frightening stuff.

When the Scientologists start organizing and living in compounds, people better watch out.

jennster said...

rwa- read about the "sea-org"

Andie said...

yikes.

Sonia (formerly ddm) said...

OMG, freaky. I'm not going to the website you linked, as recently my mother has been through some scary shit with a cult-ish group. It ended with her 'walking away' from her home, family and pets for 36 hours, a search and rescue team dredging a river near where they found her truck, an involuntary admit to the psych ward and a 10 day stay. This was in January. She's *just now* starting to act like herself again with medication, a physchiatrist's care and a counselor.
Seriously folks, cults are fucked up and can *get* you much more quickly than you'd ever guess. Even reading their propaganda or books to research can be deterimental. There are even 'self hypnotizing' books for the love of whomeveryoubelievein!!!
Also, I promise, I'm not a conspiracy theorist despite that whole rambling diatribe. LOL!!!