The Voice of the Silenced
“Rebel008” has always been somewhat of a composite voice. When I originally started this blog in July 2009 (has it only been seven months?), it was because I had been contacted by a group of OT VIIs and VIIIs who were fed up with the Church of Scientology. They contacted me after reading my online memoir of 35 years in the Church, Counterfeit Dreams. They wanted to expose the abuse, the tech and policy violations, the bullying tactics, but for one reason or another (family, business connections) were not free to speak out without retribution from the Church. Rebel 008 became their voice.
In the beginning, I kept my own involvement confidential, out of deference to the OTs who were speaking out. I didn’t want to make it easy for the Church to track them down and harass them. But over the past months, this original group of OTs has gone public and found their own voices. And they have been replaced by dozens and dozens more, some of whom are free to speak publicly, some who are not, as they are still “in good standing” with the Church (whatever that means these days). My own identity is no longer an issue. My friends have known for some time that this is my blog and, through the grapevine, it has been common knowledge for several months. As I have been speaking out publicly since 2006, under my own name, anonymity is not a personal concern of mine.
Personally, I am an Ex-Scientologist. I no longer call myself a Scientologist. That does not mean, as some have intimated, that I hate everything about the subject or its practitioners. I have many close friends in the “Independent Scientologist” movement. They know that, even if we might not always agree on everything, I stand by them and defend their right to practice Scientology outside the Church. They are not abusing anyone. Personally I don’t wish to be labeled, and have no desire to be associated in any way with the oppressive, extremist cult that the Church of Scientology has become.
But this blog isn’t about me, it is about exposing the abuses of the Church of Scientology and its current dictator, David Miscavige. People sometimes ask me why I don’t encourage Scientologists to stay in the Church and reform it from within. Well, anyone who wants to try that is more than welcome. Write your Knowledge Reports and speak out against abuses. But don’t be surprised if you are rapidly silenced, declared, and disconnected. It’s happened to many others. Any questioning of authority is ruthlessly crushed. Any dissenting voice is pressured out of existence. There is no way to speak out within the Church. The only real option is to “vote with your feet,” to leave. Because by doing so, you withdraw your support from the Church and cease to enable its abusive leader.
Speaking out against the abuse has become a crime. Hence this blog. More and more Scientologists are daring to look, daring to listen, daring to speak out. There are many dozens of people who contribute to the articles you read here. There are literally eyes and ears everywhere, and there is nothing the Church can do these days without the world watching.
Rebel 008 is, and continues to be, the voice of those who have been silenced.
PS: If you have information about physical or mental abuse, disconnection of families, corruption, fraud, human rights violations or tech and policy violations within the Church of Scientology, and wish to make it known on this blog, you may e-mail me privately on my hushmail account with the details. Your identity will be protected. You can get a free hushmail account here.