Facebook and Scientology: Making the World More Disconnected
LRH says in Dianetics 55!, “If one gets himself into trouble by communicating, he should further communicate. More communication, not less, is the answer, and I consider this riddle solved after a quarter of a century of investigation and pondering.”
With that as one of the basic principles of Scientology, one would think that Facebook and Scientology would make a great match. After all, Facebook has the stated goal of “Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”
Not so fast.
More open and connected? That’s the last thing David Miscavige’s Brave New Church of Scientology wants. That’s why, if they’re going to use Facebook at all, they use it in reverse.
To disconnect people.
To that end, OSA has mobilized a group of Scientologists to act as “Facebook Police.” They are tasked with scouring Facebook for people with “forbidden” Friends. Then they write to people and “advise them” that certain of their Facebook friends are “in bad” with the Church. They are doing this, of course “for your own good” and “just to give you the information.”
It started, as we reported earlier, with JoJo Zawawi advising people that they should disconnect from Sherry Katz. “Sherry Katz has resigned from our Church,” says JoJo. “She is committing suppressive acts and attacking the Church and making effort to pull people off the Bridge. I have personally verified this with OSA Int. I recommend that you delete your Facebook friend connection with her.” She ends with ”xoxox” – lots of hugs and kisses to go with her generalities and character assassination.
Of course, it backfired, with Sherry’s friends, for the most part, standing by her (even if they felt they couldn’t do it openly on FB).
Soon JoJo was joined by Marty Kassowitz. Marty repeats the generalities, and adds that he has “seen Sherry’s attack data.” Oh really? So writing a KR about tech and policy violations is now classed as “attack data?” Read it again, Marty.
Marty has a short memory. He forgets the time he was declared, and how Bobbi stood by him, believed in him, knowing he was not an SP. You don’t have to turn on your friends, Marty. You might at least listen to their story.
The next Facebook policeman to show up? Brittany Sierra Garrett. Brittany writes to a Scientologist, “I noticed that you friended Marc Headley. He’s a Church attacker and flat out doing everything possible to give good Scientologists bad news. Are you aware of this?”
Oh, you mean his new book, Blown For Good? The one where he tells his personal experiences of what went on at Scientology’s International Base for the fifteen years he was there? The book where he reveals all the craziness, abuse and human rights violations that go on behind the scenes of Miscavige’s Church? And that gets summarized by Brittany as “bad news.” Yeah, it’s bad news. Bad news for anyone who wants to keep David Miscavige’s abuses secret from Scientologists. Tell me something, Brittany, have you read the book? Then how do you know it’s “bad news”? Because that’s what OSA told you to think and say? What happened to that little thing we call self-determinism?
Then Steven Gary Schlussel joins the fray, warning people about friending a certain person “He is disaffected,” says Steve, “ into other practices and no longer considers himself a Scientologist… I figured you should know.” Just, you know, “for your own good.” Another person sent out the same basic e-mail, to eleven more people.
Anyone who knows the person Steve’s referring to knows that he is a sweet guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly. OK, he’s no longer a Scientologist. So what? Does every single one of our friends have to be Scientologists? Last time I read Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (which the church pays endless lip service to), it stated “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief.” Presumably that includes Scientologists – right OSA? Or is your endless quoting of this document just PR window dressing after all?
As to being “disaffected” with the current Church of Scientology – well, who isn’t, Steve, who isn’t?
Also, perhaps Steve’s memory is short as well. He was the subject of a Non-Enturbulation Order a couple years ago after he left the Sea Org at the Freewinds where he was the music director. That order was shown to anybody in LA who knew him asking that they cut him off from any comm lines into the music business that he might be trying to reestablish. Steve might also think about those who stood by him.
So that’s Facebook to David Miscavige’s Brave New Church – not a tool to “make the world more open and connected,” but a tool to make the world more closed and disconnected.
Maybe David Miscavige will end up banning access to Facebook altogether for Church members, joining Syria, China and Iran. They, too, were afraid that public criticism and opposition to authority would pollute their followers.
And maybe if people were more open and connected, they’d find out that all this “reliable information” they are getting fed from OSA about their friends just ain’t so.