Posts Tagged ‘Remini’

The difference between a Sea Org member and an inmate is that inmates have avenues of recourse for poor treatment – the courts and watchdog groups.  Inmates have the basic human rights (in the US) that citizens are entitled to.  Your rights were trampled under the guise of “religious freedom”.

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The SO is frequently called a “religious order” by the corporate mass media.  It sure doesn’t sound very religious to me.  Your description of it as prison seems much more fitting.  Did you feel like you were saving the world, though?

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Despite what you have been put through, is there ANY aspect of Scientology that you found to have a positive impact on your life? Does any Scientology practice actually have the potential to benefit a person?

As a follow up to these, is if you took the requisite “donations” out the equation, and auditing was administered without the cult-like observance to LRH’s bogus “scripture”, could people benefit from this? After all, stripped of its cult doctrines and criminal practices, Scientology is basically a form of community therapy,

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Can you describe some of the jobs you held while you were in the Sea Org?   How did they pick people for different assignments?  Did you have to go to different buildings or stay in the same place during those jobs?

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When you look back at your first year in the Sea Org, it had to be a big shock.  What were some of the aspects that affected you the most, or surprised you the most, after coming from a regular environment.

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In reading your story of transition out of $cientology, I realized that while I’ve never been in the cult that leaving my background in the controlling fundamentalist Christian background has some similarity.

The differences are that there was no disconnection and no fair game policy, and I was able to read what I wanted.  The similarities are that it was a controlling environment, and that I, as a child and young man, learned that I couldn’t express certain thoughts and feelings.

I also admire you Derek, because you’re a gentle soul.  You also have a lot of sympathy for others who are leaving or who have left.  I can say that though I’m now an atheist, I don’t hold the beliefs of the people I left behind against them.  It is their right to believe what they will.

On the other hand, it is not their right to try to proselytize me when I don’t want it.

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How steeped in Scientology was your childhood? Did you go to a Scientology school or afterschool/weekend/summer activity program? Did you read Hubbard books or take Scientology courses, and if so, were they specially geared for young people? And, in contrast, what non-Scientology activities did you do as a kid?

Also, when you joined the Sea Org at 15, that meant no high school education, right? Didn’t any of your friends or family look askance at that?

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I have tremendous admiration and respect for what you’ve done in the circumstances you were given.

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