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what is your view of Tom Crusise. As he stands like an ambadasor type figure for the orginisation. His reputation never seems to suffer, while countless members and ex members lives are destroyed with the domino effect on family members also. His assosiation alone rienforces the foundations for the movement, orginisation, cult,religion,lifestyle, whatever the preferance to remain acceptable (and he has a lot of fans unfortunately)Hitler had Geobbles as minister of propergander and managed to manipulate millions of everyday folk. This is a bit extreme i know but should he be held accountable before things go to far. To admit to yourself, never mind the world that everything you believed in is bullshit is got to be the hardest thing ever. If Tom cruise would have the balls to stand up and say “you know what man! i was wrong about this shit”. I would respect him massively. Just imagine what that would do for your course. After all the tradgery and suffering i have read about, what do you think off him still standing behind all that.
I love the show and I don’t doubt for a minute that they are capable of a doing terrible things that are beyond my imagination. In the ’90’s, my living situation at home was really bad. The book Dianetics was all the rage, airing commercials for it night and day. I was raised a pretty strict Catholic & their teachings never made sense to me. I thought the term Scientology meant that their beliefs were based on science, so I gave them a call. They were very polite and asked me to come down to the center in L.A. for an intro. When I told them I did not have a car, they insisted on coming out to my place to pick me up and take me there. There was no way I was going to get in a car w/ some people from a strange religion I didn’t know anything about. I told them politely no thank you and would get back to them when I could myself down there (and back safely). They kept insisting, wanting my address and calling me back over and over the next several months trying to talk me into letting them come and take me to the center. I finally had had enough and basically told them to go to hell and leave me alone! I clearly got that “cult” vibe w/ their over eagerness to help “little ‘ole me” out of the goodness of their hearts! Shortly after that, I got the strange feeling that I was being followed. Every time I would go to my private hiking spot w/ my dog, there would be the same unmarked car parked at the end of the road. Nobody is ever there. I would see the same car on different odd occasions. I shook it off as to being paranoid or one of my friends ex boyfriends was checking to see if she was w/ me. It never crossed my mind that it could possibly be members of Scientology. Now, I’m not so sure. Since then, I’ve moved 3 times to 3 different states and I’m still getting letters from Scientology to come to one of their orientation meetings. How they’ve been able to keep track of me and why they even continue to bother really gives me the creeps!
I believe these people’s horror stories and the damage Scientology has done to their lives, I truly do. But, there are a couple of things I don’t understand about some of these ex-members. With life w/i the church becoming so awful and escape so dangerous, if that was me and I finally got out, I would have gone as far away as I could from the church. What I don’t understand is why some of these people still choose to live in Clearwater, FL? How do they stand to look at buildings that bring back such awful memories? How do they sleep at night? I would be scared of some sort of retaliation. People coming in the dead of night and kidnapping me, ending up disappearing of the face of the earth. Also, since these people worked 24/7 for the church for no pay, then when they left I doubt if they had any money in their pockets, no CCs or checking accts. These people are all living in fairly nice homes, not low-end apartments or trailers and don’t appear to be worried about making ends meet. If they haven’t had any formal education or funds saved, what sort of work are they doing now that is allowing them to live so comfortably?