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January 6, 2010

Just a few months ago, we used to regularly announce people leaving David Miscavige’s Brave New Church of Miscavology. These days, there are so many leaving it’s hard to keep up. Kudos to Kathy Braceland, Murray and Exilda Pearlman, Dr. Brad and Natalie Hagemo, and Silvia Kusada, to name just a few of the recent, high-profile ones. Of course, for every one going public, there are many more behind the scenes, out of the Church but still flying under the radar, usually because of family connections.

But if you think it’s hard for us to keep track of everyone who is leaving, think of the poor Scientologists who are still in the Church! From all indications, there is massive confusion as to who one can and cannot talk to!

Case in point: we recently received an e-mail from Tomi Lyn Bowling, forwarded to us by one of our “reporters.” Tomi is, bless her, trying to make sense of all this and trying to keep people from connecting with, or talking to, the wrong people. It’s something like herding cats, but she makes an interesting attempt.

“With the new explosion of social media,” Tomi begins, “comes the need to say things or look at things we have never had to before…Sometimes our followers, friends, connections, or whatever you want to call them, expand enormously. As the landscape changes our need to remove friends or otherwise disconnect becomes necessary.”

That’s a little convoluted, but to put it in plain language, “so many people we know are leaving the Church now that we have to continually police our social networking connections, find these people, and delete them.”

Easier said than done. Here’s how Tomi recommends to go about it: “if you see someone listed as a ‘friend’ to someone else and that ‘friend’ is not in good standing please tell them ‘hey did you know that your friend is a declared SP- really I recommend you contact OSA so you can see the declare’ DO NOT contact the ‘friend’ that is not in good standing but do be sure that the one who has them listed as a ‘friend’ is aware of this.

“Please verify that the person is not in good standing yourself before you do this,” Tomi advises. “For example if you have Joe Smith as one of your friends and he has Susie Bell listed as one of his friends. You KNOW Susie Bell is declared, you have seen the Declare at the org. Contact Joe Smith and tell him that you have seen the declare order on Susie Bell OR urge him to contact OSA so he can confirm that there is a declare order on Susie himself.

“If you do that and the connection remains then you should write a KR [Knowledge Report] on Joe Smith (in the example above). Please write the KR per the KR policy. Send a copy to them via Facebook private message if you do not know how else to get it to them.

“BUT do not just send private messages to everyone else telling them that Joe Smith has SPs as friends without first confirming that he even knows this. Perhaps Joe Smith does not know. It is tantamount to simply third partying someone that may have NO idea that there is any problem. Conversely if they do know and they are not doing anything about it the need to put ethics in on them is now your responsibility.

“I have received several of these alerts about connections being suppressives. In one case it was true. The others turned out to be ‘panic’ alerts that had not been verified at all. They were false. I even received a private message from someone saying that some lady, listed as a friend of mine, was in bad standing and should be removed from my list. When challenged by someone else (it was a broad message to many people) that did try to verify this her response was that she was removing her just to be safe. Upon pulling the string the lady had done absolutely nothing. In fact it was the opposite, she had been the subject of an attack by a squirrel group. This is a way to really trash someone who has not done anything if you are lazy about it and just keep spreading something without verifying it first. It is a responsibility that you bear to verify these things before spreading them around.

“We have policy on ethics, justice and third party. We do not need to be allowing ourselves to be connected to those that have gotten themselves declared and are stopping our group and its members. We also do not need to go crazy spreading false information that ruins a reputation without cause or proper use of our own ethics and justice.

“Please learn LRH policy on JUSTICE. DO NOT allow your social networks to become a hot bed of suppressives and do not fall prey to falsely labeling someone ‘just to be safe.’ Don’t be lazy.”

So, are we all clear on this? Go through all of your friends’ friends lists, and see if they have any friends they should not have, and then tell them to unfriend the friends who shouldn’t be friends. If they don’t, then KR your friend by PM and, if your friend still refuses, unfriend him or her, and let all your friends know that they should unfriend your friend too, but you have to verify that your friend’s friend is indeed a friend they should not be friends with, otherwise you could 3rd Party the friend and get people to unfriend your friend unnecessarily.

Well, that’s clear enough. But I see a couple of glitches.

First, they don’t publish SP Declares any more, so often the local Org has no clue who is and is not declared.

Secondly, OSA has no clue who has left the Church and who hasn’t. They only have the names of those who have publicly departed or spoken out. There are thousands who have quietly left the Church and told no one. So how do you find those?

Third, how do you know an SP declare is just? Many of those now leaving the Church are not attacking Scientology, the subject. They are merely speaking out against current management abuses. They have legitimate gripes. But they have been declared to shut them up. Is that just? Are these people “SPs”? Shouldn’t we at least read what they have to say before condemning them?

Factually, you are probably connected to many people on social media who have already left the Church, but have not publicly announced it. Should you disconnect from them? How do you know who they are?

Like I say, it’s complex. But let me simplify it for you.

Talk to whoever you want to talk to. Connect to whoever you want to connect to.

After all, didn’t Tommy Davis, the Church spokesman, announce on national TV that “anything that is characterized as disconnection or this kind of thing is just not true. There isn’t any such policy in the Church dictating who you can and cannot be in communication with, it just doesn’t happen.”

It’s official – there is no such thing as disconnection. The Church cannot dictate who you can and cannot be connected to.

And neither can Tomi Lyn Bowling.

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17 Comments
  1. SherryMK permalink
    January 6, 2010 7:33 am

    Ha ha ha! I’m splitting a gut over here Rebel008!! This is prime!! It brings to mind that LRH quote that goes something like “the degree of complexity is equal to the degree of non-confront”!!! Welp..you sure have a LOT of complexity going on here. How absolutely hilarious! I truly feel sorry for my friends who have chosen to disconnect not only from me but consequently from other friends that chose to continue to be my friends despite other of their friends warning them that their friends had told them that they should unfriend me and therefore stating that they had to unfriend my friend for being my friend and friends with other of my friends who remained my friends.

    • Nicki Davidson permalink
      January 30, 2010 7:03 am

      Hahaa!!! I was a recipient of this comm by Tomi Lynn and felt it would be interesting for all of my “SP” “friends” to know about.
      The nerve.
      I was also a recipient of several of these communications on social network sites…about how this or that one was a declared SP or attacking the church on the internet, etc. They need to beconme aware of how “cult like” they seem. I hope that my comm back showed some of them that.
      All of this has only solidified my decision to “unfriend” the CoS.
      The number of declared SPs must now well exceed the 2 % ratio…don’t ya think?

  2. TRUTH permalink
    January 6, 2010 8:05 am

    Thank you Rebel008 for this informative post.

    I guess Tomi Lyn Bowling needs to be educated on the “Creed of church of Scientology” and the 30 articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and apply them to her life. She is missing some major points of Human Rights articles :

    WHEREAS disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

    #1)All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

    #12) No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

    #18) Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

    Tomi & friends, I strongly suggest you educate yourself more by going to this Amnesty site:

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/human-rights/universal-declaration-of-human-rights/page.do?id=1031003

    Tomi, Once you clear your MUs and have a conceptual understanding of this declaration, you will regain your integrity and self-respect. Otherwise you will be a prisoner of DM and his Reverse Scientology and will go down with him.

    WARNING to Youth For Human Rights (Mary Shuttleworth) and Artists For Human Rights (Ann Archer & Micheal Wisner)! Your church members need your help. Please stop your church from violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You are making the world believe that you stand for Human Rights. Why aren’t you stopping the violation of Human Rights inside your own group, Int Management and OSA?

  3. January 6, 2010 10:07 am

    Rebel.

    That email was hysterical!

    It reminded me of some of the dialogue in ‘Get Smart’.

  4. January 6, 2010 10:34 am

    Rebel,

    Another hilarious chapter is beginning as the Cof S continues its long slide into oblivion.

    Let me see if I have this straight… I have to unfriend my friend because his friend has refused to unfriend some one who is accused of….

    My head begins to hurt at this point.

    Following your Code of Honor keeps you from spinning while smoke and flames erupt from the management levels of the Cof S.

    Stay clear and avoid falling debris.

  5. January 6, 2010 10:45 am

    You put that one right over the plate, as per usual!

  6. Mary Jo permalink
    January 6, 2010 2:29 pm

    OMG Rebel008, you are the best! I enjoy your writing so much and this one had me rolling! For a philosophy that has volumes on the concept of ARC=Understanding, Tomi and her friends sure are confused about the subject! They don’t know who to like, they don’t know who is real or who they should or not communicate with= no clue!! Pathetic, really. Mestology is becoming more and more the church of Uncertainty.

  7. Boyd H. permalink
    January 6, 2010 5:16 pm

    It’s likely that 30% of your friends are SP’s. There’s been a massive campaign since July 09′ and some of your “friends” were in fact 30 year deep cover SUPPRESSIVE PERSONS. Tread carefully and remember we pulled this in from nuclear expansion. Red flags are profiles mentioning “auditor training”, “stats” and “idle orgs” (tech degrade), “superpower rundown”, “70 million”, “HCO PL’s”, and “F/N’s”.

  8. Ex-RPFer permalink
    January 6, 2010 5:48 pm

    Thanks Rebel for this great post. Recently I have been getting more and more emails on Facebook telling me that so and so is declared and what not. I usually just ignore them all together but the people are becoming more persistent. I tell them I haven’t seen it in writing and then they want me to contact OSA. Not a chance or else my name will be the next one circulating.
    I suppose I should be flattered that so many people want me to be “Safe” I mean isn’t that what the PTS/SP course is for? Shouldn’t I, a graduate of that, be able to confront and handle, in fact shatter any SP?

    To quote a tech film, “Don’t you believe in your own tech?”

    • Jim Logan permalink
      January 6, 2010 6:31 pm

      Ex-RPFer,
      BINGO! NO they don’t believe in their own tech. They don’t KNOW their own tech. If they did, they wouldn’t be the adverse effect of an area. You’ve pointed it up with the PTS/SP materials; if you really know these and can apply them then…well, you’d be cause and not effect.

  9. Barney Rubble permalink
    January 6, 2010 9:35 pm

    I had my own Facebook police incident. This is getting to be like the SS hunting down and sniffing out the Jews. But this time people WILL fight back, and hold our ground.

    You have to realize the only real Tomi Lyn Bowlings left are the ones that rely on other dup’s for their commissions and income. Top FSM Steve Besio renounced on his home page “the quitters” on his New Years resolution.

  10. martyrathbun09 permalink
    January 7, 2010 1:25 am

    Thanks Rebel. Informative. There are so many connections with each of those declaring independence that it is beginning to look like mass chaos in the field. The church’s continued adherence to an anachronistic – at best – policy may become its ultimate undoing. Leave it to a died-in-the-wool SP to orchastrate that from within.

  11. William Burke permalink
    January 7, 2010 4:22 am

    Oh, shucks. The answer is really simple: Just unfriend everyone, abandon the Internet, cancel your email, hunker down and hope for the best. Don’t answer your phone.

  12. Antoine permalink
    January 7, 2010 5:45 am

    ROF LMAO, ouch…that is precious! Holy cow that was funny.
    Rebel008 you are so original.

    You know how LRH says, cutting comm lines, can cause them on the lines to explode?

    I got this image of “Friends” tossing to each other a stick of dynamite with a 12 inch lit fuse, from hand to hand, to hand. Trying to figure out Who to toss it to.

    Fizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

    They are going to scream in one unison; “Trough it at Dave!!”
    (DM)

    And we didn’t even light it! Hilarious.

  13. WomanSetFree permalink
    January 14, 2010 2:02 am

    Oie Vey….

    Co$ will never survive the digital age if this the handle, ‘police the friends of your friends and their friends, and so on, and so on, and so on…..’

    Reminds me of a shampoo commercial….

    Refuse to disconnect & just COMMUNICATE, that’s the universal solvent don’t cha know 😉

  14. ExVet permalink
    January 19, 2010 12:41 am

    Miscavology is obviously in a *total* muddle on the subject of disconnection. If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be laughable.

  15. Nicki Davidson permalink
    January 30, 2010 8:34 pm

    I so agree with Womansetfree and Rebel.
    Friends are friends – or they’re not.
    Amazing that all of the friendships that many of us have made over 30 or more years in CofS Scientology are so fragile, when it comes to “cult think”.
    All someone has to do is say, “So and so is Declared” and that’s it, eh?

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