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Facebook and Scientology: Making the World More Disconnected

November 10, 2009

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.

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16 Comments
  1. SherryMK permalink
    November 10, 2009 4:04 am

    I had to laugh at this one Rebel008. Here’s this great idea to connect friends and family – Facebook, which of course becomes twisted to exactly the opposite by Scientologists, or rather, management of Scientology putting pressure on public Scientologists. Guess we could rename it “Assbook”!

    If this weren’t so pitiful it would be hilarious. I’m sorry to hear of the others who have been affected by the “Scientology Facebook Police” unit. I hope they can have as good a chuckle over it as I have. I’m SURE Marc Headley is busting a gut over this.

    • Mickey permalink
      November 10, 2009 2:58 pm

      I’m thinking “ClosedmindsBook” is fairly accurate!

      • rebel008 permalink*
        November 11, 2009 7:13 pm

        Or “Can’t Face Book”

  2. November 10, 2009 5:02 am

    “Assbook”

    I love it Sherry!

    See you can be a comedian 🙂

    Seems Slap Happy Dave and his Koolaid drinking clowns are now reversing the Third Party Law!

    How hypocritical, while inveighing against entheta or bad news when they are the ones generating it!

    Remember that lil’ guy on the tone scale with the little dagger hidden behind his back?

    Well this is sorta the picture I’ve got of Miscavigology’s Face Book crowd.

  3. Barney Rubble permalink
    November 10, 2009 7:04 am

    Wow, this is real and serious. Stop please the jokes.

    I have experienced the same stuff. I’ve deleted suspect ‘ Friends” in the last 24 hours, and this was BEFORE I read this blog. Everyone, needs to get their act in order if you are a facebook user.

  4. ExVet permalink
    November 10, 2009 4:34 pm

    Words like “libel,” “slander” and “hate crimes” come to mind.

  5. Miss Penguin permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:19 pm

    I’ve gotten a message on FB from one of the Facebook Police. I ignored it. Blows my mind that they think they have the right to control who I choose or choose not to communicate with.

  6. Hubbardianen permalink
    November 10, 2009 8:05 pm

    I believe in disconnection. If it’s an SP. A person who wants no betterment and spends most of his time criticizing others and tries to push them down. CoS practices the SP-declare to wide and in my opinion it should be narrowed down for the real SPs, and not for those who criticizes CoS.

    1984 comes to mind when reading this post.

    • rebel008 permalink*
      November 11, 2009 12:04 am

      I think anyone has the right to choose who they want to associate with or not – it should never be enforced on them. As to Disconnection as a practice, LRH said in HCO PL 15 November 1968, “Cancellation of Disconnection,” “Since we can now handle all types of cases disconnection as a condition is cancelled.” One would think that a trained Scientologist, particularly one who has done the PTS/SP Course, could confront and deal with pretty much anyone, even an SP, and would not have to avoid or shun them particularly – although they could certainly choose to not associate with them socially, as a personal preference.

      • November 11, 2009 12:23 am

        You are so right Rebel 🙂

        Also there is tech to handle the possible adverse relationship. The PTS RD and the SP RD. If Ron wanted people to disconnect then why did he develop these two Rundowns?

        Especially the latter which puts the person back into communication with the SP terminal!

        Also the PL says that until the SP is handled that the person is not eligible for auditing or training. It does not say if you remain connected that you will be declared SP! This is standard practice since technically a person connected to an actual SP doesn’t keep their gains!

        However, this provision does not preclude auditing and training on the subject of PTS!!!

        Why the hell are such actions available?

        You also can’t do routine auditing over drugs either yet you can still run assists!!!

        Never mind the fact that non of these terminals that people are being told to disconnect from, have never been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to actually be “SP” by an actual Com Ev! All it is folks is rumor,third party and black PR!!!!

  7. Ex-RPFer permalink
    November 11, 2009 12:48 am

    Great post! I have been contacted by these people on facebook telling me to disconnect from someone. I just ignore them frankly and go about my life. No one has the right to tell me who to choose or not to choose as a friend. That is up to me and me alone. Not only is the governed by policy as set out by LRH but it is my guaranteed right as an American Citizen in the Declaration of Independence. So even the government says I can be friends with who I want.

  8. Barney Rubble permalink
    November 11, 2009 8:31 am

    The irony is, that most of the terminals FB police refer to, are in fact not declared in writing.

    That is a whole ‘nother thread or story, declares issues are apparantly no longer practiced.

    So for those C of S members who are worried of being ” busted” , per LRH Policy you’ve done nothing wrong on the above referenced facebook friends, because in most cases these people are not declared.

    As well, forget the threats and bullying/control tactics, remember what self determinism is.

    What’s truefor you is true for you. A men.

  9. Sinar permalink
    November 11, 2009 10:47 pm

    What’s true for me is that those “friends” who disconnect aren’t the friends you want anyway. Those can’t confront the evil and barbarity of that aspect of life and just go along with it, forgoing any affinity, bonds and ties with you

    Good riddance!

  10. December 22, 2009 5:55 am

    Disaffected: LRH Definition: Uhhh there isn’t one. This is a squirrel term invented by someone to describe being in disfavor somehow. The next time some one mentions that another is disaffected, ask for the LRH reference on that and watch them pale.

  11. January 19, 2010 8:48 pm

    Great article Steve.

    Here is one of the Scientology celebrities on Facebook doing the deed of disconnection!

    Meskimen

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