I started this site in July 2009 as a resource for people who wanted to leave Scientology, and needed information, assistance, or just a friendly ear. I wanted to provide a central place where people could find insider information about the Church of Scientology, where they could peek “behind the curtain” and see what was really going on, and where they could begin to understand the lies and mental manipulation that has been used to keep them from questioning the Church of Scientology. Within the Church, secrecy is the order of the day and ordinary Scientologists are kept in the dark as to what their Church hierarchy is up to. The defection of a number of high-ranking Scientologists has given an unprecedented view into the abuse, human rights violations and fraud going on at the highest level of the Church.
At the same time, I wanted to provide an atmosphere where former Scientologists could openly discuss their experience with others, without fear or censorship. Scientologists in the Church are not allowed to have open discussions, exchange ideas and viewpoints. The discussions on this site have been, to say the least, interesting.
Life moves on, and I unfortunately no longer have the time or the interest to maintain this site as a blog, with the demands for frequent postings by myself, and the constant need for moderation of comments. My business is booming and requires my constant attention, and I would rather spend my spare hours with friends, pursuing my many interests and hobbies, and exploring the world.
And, to be honest, I find I have very little interest any more in the subject of Scientology these days. I have written extensive critiques on the subject, which are preserved on this site. I have also published the key essays from this site as an e-book, Leaving Scientology: A Practical Guide to Escape and Recovery, which is intended to assist anyone leaving the Church.
But that part of my life is long over. The Church, as far as I am concerned, is dead. It is a small, minor cult which today influences only a few thousand people at most, and has zero impact on the world. They may be able to maintain something of a façade for years, holding on to the last of the faithful, but there is really no substance to it. Its ultimate and inevitable collapse is a mild curiosity for me.
As to the Independent Scientology movement, I wish them well, however I have no personal interest in continuing Scientology in any form. I hope they can avoid the pitfalls and traps which led the Church to degenerate into an abusive, failing cult.
This site will continue as a resource for those who are leaving Scientology. I have tried to make it as easy as possible to find the information on this site. There is a wealth of data here, and I invite you to explore it. The page headings on the menu bar above give valuable information about leaving the Church, and you will find a listing of post categories to the right. Search these categories to find subjects and discussions that may interest you.
If others want to continue these discussions, I invite you to start a blog.
As always, I remain available for anyone needing assistance in leaving Scientology, and I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And of course I will continue to speak out against the abuses of the Church at every opportunity.
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