“To sin by silence…”
Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.”
Most Scientologists know that there is something very, very wrong with the Church. One would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to notice. Violations of LRH Policy have become the order of the day. Violations of HCOBs have become rampant. We see the orgs being destroyed in front of our eyes, staff being mistreated, OTs being harassed and invalidated.
A few have written Knowledge Reports, only to see those reports disappear, with only the lamest of acknowledgements. Or worse, others have found themselves to be the ethics target after writing KRs – censured for their “counterintention” and “enturbulation.”
Most just keep quiet.
Which is exactly how OSA likes it. Quiet.
In fact, OT VIIIs who have recently spoken out report the exact same reaction, almost the same wording, from two different OSA people:
“Why didn’t you just stay on the fringe.”
In other words, it’s fine to “be on the fringe,” to be “disenchanted, disaffected, disillusioned,” to see all the outpoints, as long as you keep quiet about it. They actually don’t care that people see outnesses in the Church. What they object to is people speaking out about it.
Recently, two very brave OT VIIIs have spoken out publicly about outnesses they have seen in the Church – Mary Jo Leavitt and Sherry Katz. Their KRs were ignored, so they used the only open, safe forum they had – Marty’s blog.
Recently, a friend of Mary Jo was summoned to a meeting and told she must disconnect from her. Present at the meeting were several Ethics terminals and members of the friend’s family. Amazingly, no one present had actually read Mary Jo’s Knowledge Report. When she offered to let them read her copy, they actually refused to even touch it. She then offered to excerpt the LRH references and let them just read those – still they refused.
So now it’s a crime to show people LRH references? (Yes it apparently is – another friend was recently reprimanded for showing a C/S Series HCOB to an OT!)
But back to the meeting. Mary Jo’s friend then asked to see the SP Declare on Mary Jo – they could not produce it. She asked for any information they had on Mary Jo’s supposed crimes – they could produce nothing. They had nothing in writing – only the verbal assertion that she was “psychotic.” When asked how an OT VIII could suddenly go “psychotic,” all she got was some insipid comment about “implants in restimulation,” or “sudden psychotic breaks.”
Excuse me, but who is “dealing in generalities” here and who is giving specifics. It seems that Mary Jo was the one citing actual facts and LRH references, and the “Ethics” people were trying to forward unfounded verbal gossip and natter.
And what is amazing is that here was a room full of intelligent people, perfectly willing to accept verbal generalities and unwilling to look at specific written facts and references.
Why? Because they knew what they would find out.
The truth they already know. The truth they have refused to face. The truth that they have remained silent about for all these months and years.
It is time to stop “sinning by silence.”
It is time to speak out, all of us.