After Leah Remini included your Twitter handle on her list of Scientology accounts you have found it necessary to respond with offended indignation.
The question here is WHY are so many people so hostile towards Scientology? Your organization refuses to even consider the possibility that there may be some “issues” needing to be addressed and changed.
Thad, you want everyone to believe that Scientologists are normal, everyday people like everyone else.
Normal, everyday people are flawed.
We are as capable of bad as of good.
Your insistence that there is no difference between COS and anyone else falls flat when at the same time the group denies any wrongdoing of any kind.
Right now the Catholic Church is rightly facing criticism and yes, hate, because of their mishandling of sexual abuse by priests.
Further, our hierarchy in Rome is embroiled in financial scandal, the teaching of heresy that is threatening schism within our Church and actively protecting corrupt Priests, Bishops and Cardinals.
The difference between you and me is that I can publicly say that my Church is guilty of egregious wrongdoing and is in serious need of change.
I can call out Pope Francis for causing division and, to use a Scientology term, “Squirrelling” our doctrine without fear that some Bishop or Cardinal will create a website filled with ugly accusations.
I do not fear that my Priest will reveal anything that I have confessed during the Sacrament of Penance. Nor will he steal my trash or hire a private investigator to follow me and my family.
Thad, if you were to look, you would find numerous Catholic groups like Church Militant staffed solely by Catholics yet who have the faith and courage to expose the sin and corruption ongoing within our religion.
There is nothing wrong with exposing such things. Ripping off the veil and letting sin and wrongdoing see the Sun is the first step to healing, growth and a better community.
You cannot dispute that Scientology has labeled itself “The most ethical religion on the planet”. As such Scientology created the yardstick by which the world judges it. Becoming outraged and defensive when the world then holds you to that responsibility is both counterintuitive and counterproductive.
Thad, you are in fact being treated like every other religion.
To hear Scientology tell it, the organization has never done anything wrong in its history. COS is the most lily white, saintly and pure group on the planet.
You cannot reasonably expect non members to accept that Scientology is no different from anyone else then also expect belief in such perfection. It is impossible.
It would go far better if COS would simply be humble enough to say “Yes, we have done things in the past that were terribly wrong and we continue to make mistakes.” If this preceded your insistence that “We are just like everyone else” it would then be relatable and acceptable.
Scientology certainly does this often enough in justifying their practices.
Pointing to shunning by the Amish or Excommunication in Catholicism in the defense of Disconnection is just one example.
In for a penny, in for a pound as the saying goes.
Despite documentation that policies like Fair Game and Disconnection exist, Scientology insists that no such actions are real.
We all know that LRH wrote the policies. Just as he wrote the TR for how to effectively tell a lie, how to mislead journalists, how to create good PR by aligning with legitimate groups or causes and other less than ethical instruction.
Why not just admit to your own history and your Source’s teachings and then go from there?
If you want to be a religion “just like everyone else” then BE human and fallible like everyone else.
One might proffer that in reality Scientology is perhaps better understood than is comfortable. Thus the defensive lashing out.
Are revelations of wrongdoing by victims of priests, imams, pastors or ministers attacks?
Why are they so labeled when applied to Scientology?
Thad, this may be frightening, uncomfortable and hard to accept but Scientology is imperfect and as prone to abuse as anyone else.
Your creation of idyllic familial bliss appears more a head-in-the-sand denial of reality when one considers how many broken families suffer from disconnection. Extolling the wonders of your children’s accomplishments rips the heart from parents who have not held their children for years because they are labeled Suppressive for not towing the line. (For the record Catholics do not shun or spurn family or friends in the event of Excommunication.)
Promoting medically, scientifically proven dangerous formula for infants is going to induce anger.
Consider this; while there are multiple, unbiased documented research studies all leading to the conclusion that barley water formula can cause failure to thrive and malnutrition in babies, you cannot produce a single document proving that LRH actually did any research that the mixture is safe.
You claim that Scientology is “deliberately misrepresented” yet there is no offered evidentiary backing to your claim.
How is Scientology deliberately misrepresented?
Obviously you are referring primarily to Leah Remini and Mike Rinder. In doing so you are denying the experiences shared by hundreds (if not thousands) of former members throughout the years who lived their truth in COS.
Are all of those people lying? Is there a historical, global conspiracy throughout decades by former members, many who have never even met each other for no other reason than to induce non members to hate Scientology?
While Scientology has categorically denied any and all of the statements made either by Rinder, Remini or their guests on The Aftermath, there has never been a single shred of proof to contradict that hasn’t come from Scientology, itself.
Case in point:
The claim: Scientology deliberately lies to fair game others.
Scientology denies this is true.
According to the Australian Court; “As Chih-Jen Yeh lay bleeding and unconscious on the driveway, the teenager again demanded to see the staff member who’d promised to help him restore the data. The standoff continued until police arrived and told the teenager to drop the knife. He was arrested and later charged with murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.”
Rather than shouting “vicious religious hatred and propaganda, incited by A&E and the Leah Remini/Mike Rinder series,” he is actually quoted as yelling in Mandarin, “I’ll give you two minutes to find him otherwise I’ll kill everyone else here.”
Thad, is this a vicious hate attack against Scientology?
Unpack this one event using simple logic.
- Karen Pouw in her capacity as Scientology spokesperson wrote a clearly untrue statement.
- The reason for this statement was to create the belief that Leah Remini and Mike Rinder were responsible for “inciting” this tragedy.
- Australian Courts have provided documented facts surrounding this event that irrefutably dispute Pouw’s claim.
- Scientology continues to allege Rinder and Remini’s complicity in this murder.
Deny it if you will, the question remains; is this the action of a religion?
If you say “I like my Church” without also acknowledging behaviour such as this then you cannot be offended by public disgust.
As long as websites such as whoismikerinder, whoisleahremini, Whois… exist your insistence that Scientology is normal is going to be met with resistance. As long as your “religion” insists upon publicly making claims against those who want to address the toxicity and abuse that are patently, provably untrue and you defend it there will be backlash.
L. Ron Hubbard set the bar by which Scientology is to be measured.
To be the most ethical, superior and only hope for Mankind is to take upon yourself the responsibility of those rôles. So important to recognize that power and responsibility.
Stop whining that the world hates Scientology. It’s tantamount to juvenile “they’re picking on me for no reason!”
No one is attacking you or Scientology.
We are simply attempting to hold you to the superiority and moral preeminence you, as a group, espouse.
L. Ron Hubbard made this bed. Don’t act outraged and surprised when you are expected to lie in it.