All of them, those in power, and those who want the power, would pamper us, if we agreed to overlook their crookedness by wilfully restricting our activities.
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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA
IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF MARICOPA
Janice Hayward, being first duly sworn, deposes upon her oath and says:
1. I am over 18 years of age, and have personal knowledge of the events set forth herein.
2. In January or February of 1991 I began taking Dianetics Courses from the Church of Scientology in Phoenix, Arizona.
3. My purpose in associating with the church was to obtained certain promised results to clear my mind and body from the effects of certain traumas and bad experiences in my life, including child abuse and a serious car accident, and to achieve career success.
4. In 1991 I was a active and practicing Christian attending a local Christian congregation.
5. At the time I became associated with the Church, I was told that I did not have to become a member of the Church of Scientology, but that if I became a member I would receive discounts for the courses I wanted to take.
6. In order to receive the discounts I took out a membership. At the time I took out the membership I was not asked to abandon my Christian beliefs, nor was I asked to embrace the religious or spiritual teachings of the Church of Scientology.
7. From 1991 to 1995 I paid over $60,000 to the Church of Scientology.
8. During this time I took at least 14 courses from the Church of Scientology. Each course was offered at a specific price. I took the following courses among others:
9. I paid for additional courses which I did not receive. I also paid for various books, tapes and other materials. I did not receive the promised benefits.
10. At no time during the time I was associated with the Church of Scientology was I asked to abandon my Christian Beliefs, nor was I asked to embrace any of the religious tenets of the Church of Scientology.
11. Prior to, during, and after the time I was associated with the Church of Scientology I remained a practicing, believing Christian.
12. What attracted me to Scientology and Dianetics was the representations made that through their psychological program I could become free from physical and emotional pain, undesirable emotions, and the ups and downs of life. I did not join for spiritual purposes, not did any representative of the Church request that I abandon my own religious beliefs or embrace any of the Church's religious beliefs. Even though I became a "member" of the Church, that action was taken solely because I was told that was the way to obtain the discounts. At no time was I asked to embrace any religious or spiritual doctrine, nor I did.
13. In 1996 I filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology to recover the monies paid plus damages for emotional and mental pain. I represented myself in the lawsuit because I could not afford an attorney, having paid so much to the Church. I subsequently requested that the case be dismissed because I was unable to continue without an attorney. The case was subsequently dismissed without prejudice.
14. While the Church of Scientology represents itself as a church, to my knowledge it does not hold church or religious services.
15. I was promised that if I took the courses and followed the program that I would receive the benefits of freedom from emotional, physical and mental pain and distress, as well as career success. Furthermore, I was promised that if the promised results were not achieved all monies would be refunded.
16. The promised results were not achieved. To the contrary, following my involvement with the Church of Scientology I was released from two separate positions with Phoenix Union High School District. I am currently unemployed, being unable to find a job. I am not free from emotional, physical or mental pain. In fact, I feel that the Church itself was a cause of much emotional, physical and mental pain, not to mention the huge financial loss which I incurred.