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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By Michael Pattinson more
Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom" is a horrible and deceptive misnomer.
BY DEFINITION A BRIDGE MUST JOIN TWO PLACES SEPARATED BY A BARRIER.
Scientology's Bridge is not that.
It does not have a far end that reaches anyplace.
It was not a bridge at all but basically just a pier leading away from the shores of real life, self-worth, success and love and out into the stormy disturbed waters of cult dependency, financial ruin, oppression by totalitarian bureaucracy and heartless abuse by injustices and tyrannical whims.
I could not go further as there was no more road to walk. (Feb 1990). The end of the OT road was a realisation (NEW OT 8 END PHENOMENON: "NOW I KNOW WHO I AM NOT AND AM INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT WHO I AM"), but in fact that was the state I was in BEFORE spending $500,000 on the cult's "Bridge".
I tried finding my own way forward (reading things from non-Scientology subjects) that helped me know more about who I am, but was forbidden to read them by Scientology's #2 executive (Marty Rathbun) and given an ultimatum to stop reading and talking about the "other" books or get expelled. I had paid for a bridge but the deed I held was like a fake deed on purchasing the Brooklyn Bridge, except that the Brooklyn Bridge is really a bridge! I could not go on and so I "fell" off (their viewpoint on why I left).
In fact I was pushed off the end into the icy waters of litigation against the fraud that was claiming it had sold me a bridge.
The mobsters of the criminal cult tried to affix two buckets of official cement to my ankles so I would be deep-sixed and disposed of "quietly and without sorrow" (per Hubbard's instructions on gay people and all others that dare to tell the world about the Scientology scam). The cult attorneys of "Moxon and Kobrin" and hired goons used tax-exempt dollars and funds destined to charitable purposes to enforce an eventual bankruptcy on me (1999) by illegally solicited lawsuit against me and an attempt to sabotage my US immigration application (in addition to blackmail threats, PIs harassing my friends, sabotage of my job, attacks on my attorney, loss of all my assets, home, car, bank acounts, credit standing,....etc.....).
The immigration sabotage failed when my special attorney sued the INS and won.
The rest of the sabotage did occur and it was only by a series of miracles that I even survived it. I was eventually able to get washed ashore and crawl up onto the edge of real life again (2000).
I guess I was a piece of the cult's "flotsam" for a while there.
Others who have also swum ashore somehow are posting here to alt.religion.scientology. They got shoved off the criminal cult's "Pier to Total Flotsam" too, probably when they started to see through the fraud of the false promises. I salute their bravery for sticking up for the truth and having the courage and sheer guts to continue to tell about it.
Let's all enjoy the vast and glorious mainland of non-cult reality and help to stop others from getting scammed and thrown overboard into the ocean of Scientolgy's deceit and viciousness.
Love and warmest regards to all those who "Survived Scientology".
I will never "vote you off"...... lol
I know first hand what they have been through.