Paranoia Strikes Deep
I heard a heartbreaking story the other day, one that demonstrates both the arrogance of the Church of Scientology and their growing paranoia.
It concerns a prominent Scientologist, let’s call him Dr. X. Dr X and his wife have been Scientologists in good standing for many years. While not super-rich, Dr. X has given the Church hundreds of thousands of dollars, for his own Bridge, his wife’s Bridge, and large contributions to the IAS and the Superpower Building.
His wife completed OT VIII, then was told she was “not Clear” and ordered by the C/S to redo her Bridge from the ground up. This is par for the course with OT VIIIs by the way (see “Messin’ with the VIIIs,” Parts I and II). And of course as soon as this pronouncement was made, a team of Reges – reportedly four people – descended on Dr. X to get the money for this “program.” Dr. X complied, giving them over $100,000. His wife then began auditing on NED. As one might expect, it did not go well. She ran badly on NED, but they just kept grinding away. Mrs. X began to doubt the program, doubt her C/S and doubt Scientology. She ended up in Ethics.
Along came the March 13th event, last week. Being good Scientologists, Dr. X and his wife planned to go to the live event in Clearwater. But when they arrived, they found that in order to sit in the main event space, they would have to go through security screening. That’s right, everyone sitting in the main event space, in the sainted presence of David Miscavige, had to have Ethics clearance. They had to present a numbered ticket and photo ID proving who they were.
It seems they have gotten wind of some of the internet chat amongst Scientologists talking about standing up and protesting Church abuses and mismanagement at a live event.
So Dr. and Mrs. X were not allowed to sit together at the event. She was shunted off to a special tent for people deemed to be “out-Ethics” or “Disaffected.” Second class citizens.
Can you imagine? People who are staunch Scientologists, who have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Church, who have devoted their lives to the Church, who have reached the top of the Bridge, treated like that? Disconnected right at an Int event? Forbidden to sit together? It boggles the mind.
The Church wonders why an estimated 70% of their field is now “disaffected.” They blame “the SPs.” They blame the drug companies. They blame Anonymous. They never consider that it’s their own staggering arrogance and paranoia.
Don’t worry OSA, Dr. X is still a dedicated member of the Church
How long he will remain so, I can’t say.
As an added note:
OSA’s first and only reaction to this post (and believe me, they read this) will be to attempt to find out who Dr. X is and, if they think they have found him, haul that person in for an Ethics interview and try to find out if he is connected to anyone “disaffected” and if so, force him to disconnect. In other words, the only thing it will occur to them to do is further harass their public. It will not occur to the Church to treat people with more decency or change their own behavior. A friend pointed out to me that if the Church of Scientology wished to reform, this blog actually gives them the blueprint of the exact things they would have to handle. Do I think they will ever take that viewpoint? Unfortunately, no, they never will. And that’s why I hold little hope for any real reform.