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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I am a member of the Church of Scientology. I have been so officially since I took my first course in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1971. I find your article ("Did Scientology Defraud Members?" L.A. Weekly, July 20-26) rather disgusting — which is a personal remark, so I won't spend column inches indulging my repugnance.
So, to go right to the point. The Church of Scientology as a group and as it represents the applied religious philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard has done more to contribute to a safe and sane world than any other group extant today. Scientologists all over the world break their fannies to help others, and I find it rather typical and disgusting that some criminal types who inveigh against being found out regarding their own revolting crimes get your attention. Those "former officials" are not nice people. They are liars of the [?]liest sort. I guarantee you that in order for those "former officials" to be bellowing about fraud, they have been quite fraudulent themselves.
As for your much-heralded Michael Flynn, he is a lawyer who will probably be disbarred in the not too distant future. You failed to include his sordid history with deprogrammer Ted Patrick. You know good old Ted. He's the kind of guy that tries to deprogram devout Roman Catholics from believing in God or any religion at all. Well, they are "partners." They go about drumming up business . . . and there's precious little of it.
If you don't think Ron was a war hero then don't read the published accounts from the War Department about his experiences in World War II. Are you so paranoid as to think the whole Department of the Navy is in on the scam?
The real criminals name themselves; Kima Douglas and Howard Schomer are two. They have stolen money from the Church and they have violated the sacred trust of parishioners. Why don't you look at them, find out who they are? As newspapers are devoted to mining garbage finding out about them ought to be real fun.
Thank you for your article re Scientology defrauding its members ["Insights," L.A. Weekly, July 20-26]. I am glad the corruption inside this decaying militaristic bureaucracy is finally being exposed.
I was one of many who spent thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars in pursuit of the spiritual freedom and powers promised by the organization. We were told we were building a new civllization "without wars, criminals, and insanity," but nobody knew where these huge sums of money were going. I left disillusioned several years later.
These are hundreds of hard-working, sincere people in the organization working for next to nothing because they are convinced they are mankind's last hope, but instead of being used to as an instrument of social betterment, the technnoogy of Scientology is used to create a vast power base and amass huge sums of tax-free dollars. The highest paid people in Scientology — the registrars and field staff members — possess an innate talent for selling and a rather high degree of unscrupulousness. They skillfully find out how much money you have, how much money you make, how muds money your family has, how much money you can borrow, and what property you own that could be used as collateral.
Virtually every Scientologist I knew was in debt to the organization. At one point, a registrar tried to get me to borrow several thousand dollars from an organization of Scientologists that loaned money at a 50 percent annual interest rate.
There are several hundred disaffected Scientologists presently trying to get their money back from the organization. Scientology promises a full refund for any service the person is dissatisfied with, providing it is asked for within 90 days, as well as repayment of any money on account that is unused. In many cases, including my own, we put several thousands of dollars on account for a particular service and were later told that we were considered ineligible for that service. The Church is using every means possible to get out of paying off these refunds and repayments (they now total in the millions). Any help you could give us as far as exposure of this situation would be greatly appreciated.