Note: all quotes come from The Truth About Apostates: The Scientology Story (Exposing Crimes Book 1) unless otherwise noted. The errors in syntax belong to Ryan Prescott.
What is an apostate?
In the first chapter of his book, Ryan Prescott defines it as “Apostate: a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc. Derived from the Greek word apostatēs ‘deserter’”
According to Oxford Dictionary an apostate is:
1. a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle.
2. abandoning a religious or political belief or principle:
‘an apostate Roman Catholic’”
Merriam-Webster defines it: “formal : someone whose beliefs have changed and who no longer belongs to a religious or political group”.
Dictionary.com likewise defines an apostate as: “a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.”
Prescott uses literary license and adds the word “disloyal” to his definition.
Later on in The Truth About Apostates: The Scientology Story (Exposing Crimes Book 1) it says “The attraction of being an apostate is that you can be hired and paid to tell your tales of woe and mistreatment. Basically you can sell your soul for profit and the most visible apostates are all about the money.”
Prescott, a young Scientologist, has appointed himself the job of calling out and publicly abusing people who have experienced his so called “religion” and chosen to renounce it.
With no backing, evidence or proof whatsoever he presumes to delve into their motives, labeling them mercenaries for hire by mysterious “investors”. A shadowy cartel whose members are paying out “big money” and pulling the puppet strings of their evil minions.
“It is actually quite evilly genius in the sense these people meet and go over the next plan to make another big bag of money by tricking the people about Scientology. It is actually quite interesting how many people are so easily fooled by these dark campaigns.”
How he knows about such devious dealings is anyone’s guess. In spite of promises to the contrary, the author never reveals who these people are, where they come from, why they have targeted Scientology or where he got his information. Obviously he is intimately acquainted with “them”. He describes how they “meet and go over the next plan to make another big bag of money”.
“Most people don’t have time to confirm or research what they hear, so they fail to see this simple arrangement of apostates creating controversy so they can get paid and help their ‘employers’ benefit from the exposure and ratings.”
He lists those he believes are working under these shady “employers” but never reveals who the “employers” actually are.
As for the underlings, the puppets, the evil apostates bent upon lining their voluminous pockets with 30 Shekels of gold; are they truly all that Prescott claims?
One becomes part of any group because there is something that calls to the seeker. This is true of any extra curricular activities, religion, sport etc.
If one hates sports chances are he is not going to sign up for his local basketball league. Those opposed to killing animals are hardly going to join a hunt club.
Likewise with religions.
Those who seek to fill some empty place, to answer some call within themselves will be drawn to whichever spiritual path that fits their individual needs.
Scientology makes grand and enticing promises to those whose curiosity leads them through the doors of an Org or Mission.
The thought that one can actually Clear the Planet of crime, making a better world for all is an appealing one. Promises that through the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard the blind can see, the lame walk and those suffering from past trauma can be free of the pain is mind blowing stuff.
Children raised within the isolated confines of Scientology grow up believing that the work their parents, and later that they, are doing is the most important work imaginable.
What normal, good hearted person would turn their face from the opportunity to make such a difference for their fellow man?
Buoyed by the knowledge that the long hours and short rations for little to no pay, the sacrifice of family and steady relationships are all for a higher good, the person embraces Scientology and all it pledges.
Moving through the courses, the daily study one gives one’s heart and soul entirely. Unquestioning loyalty, blind defense and yes, smug superiority become imbedded (implanted?) within the Scientologists being.
He gives all to his faith, believing in the promises made, believing that he is acting for the good of Mankind.
For some, however, cracks begin to form in the gilded façade.
Not only are there no signs of any progress being made toward the betterment of Man but there are unsettling discrepancies, things not quite right that defy ignoring.
Day after day, bit by bit the shine fades leaving an uncomfortable reality that all was for naught, it was all a sham.
There is great pain and a sense of desperation when the rug is pulled. Everything one knew and believed in becomes nothing one ever wanted.
It is a violent loss with no understanding of how to replace it.
One is left adrift in a world they are unprepared for, one they’d looked down upon until now.
A religious belief is not a hobby. One can move from painting to sewing without harm.
Religion is far deeper, ingrained within what makes a person live the way he does. It informs the choices he makes.
His faith guides and defines his being.
Suddenly it is all gone in the blinding light of an uncomfortable and ugly truth.
Darkness descends and there is nothing left to hold on to.
One thought he was part of a good and healing mission only to find he was nothing more than a cog in a wheel that grinds nowhere.
Leaving this great disappointing failure the former member slowly becomes aware.
The loss becomes greater, the pain is a trauma to the soul and mind that only wanted to do good but now stands alone, bereft and nakedly lost.
Who is the betrayed and who the betrayer?
How can anyone believe there is an attraction to losing everything one ever knew and believed in?
Ryan Prescott paints his targets as gleefully embracing their apostasy, joyfully capitalizing on it. He could not be more wrong.
Those who were once proud, dedicated Scientologists did not just decide one morning between brushing their teeth and muster that they’d haul off and leave. None of them wanted to abandon the dream they’d embraced and given so much to.
Scientology drove them off. Scientology betrayed them, not the other way around.
Apostate is a word that describes someone who renounces a faith or belief. This each person on Prescott’s list did.
But there is always a reason for one to renounce something so dearly held as one’s faith. In this case it is because Scientology failed. The cult lied and betrayed those who dedicated themselves to it in the name of Mankind by offering nothing but hollow, emptiness in return.
COS repaid dedication with anger, negativity and greed.
Not just for money.
Forcing it’s members to produce impossible results on impossible schedules. Knowledge Reports on friends and loved ones. Trumped up crimes, Ethics, The RPF, Disconnection, Fair Game, Routing Out, exhaustion; physical, spiritual and mental.
Scientology produces way more apostates than it has ever produced Clears.
It leaves pain and destruction in its wake with its broken, impossible promises.
Apostate is a word to describe those who have turned away from the lies and abuse.
Betrayer is the word for Scientology who has destroyed hope, trust, faith and lives by those lies and abuses.
Apostate does not connote guilt or responsibility for the abandonment of the religion.
So which is worse?
Rejecting a belief system that leaves lives destroyed in its wake?
Or being that belief system.