When I started this blog, my motivation was to clear up much of the misinformation and misunderstandings about Scientology and the Church of Scientology that were rampant at that time. The bad information came not only from the church itself, but even a lot of the negative information about Scientology was incorrect as well.
I knew a lot, and I was in touch with many Scientologists and ex-Scientologists, so I felt compelled to clear up the confusion.
All I have endeavored to do was get the truth better known and to expose the lies.
Obviously, this would cause the Church of Scientology to consider me an Enemy. The church is built on lies, misinformation and exaggeration and they didn’t appreciate what so many, many people were doing.
Today there are many people who have left the church but who still firmly believe in the Scientology belief system. One would think that, free from the systemic lies of the Church of Scientology, these people would seek to discover and live with the truth. One would hope that Scientologists would seek to root out all lies from their lives. After all, they are on the “Road to Truth”.
So it is with considerable surprise that I find that my blog, Ask the Scientologist, is considered, by some true believers, to be “anti-Scientology”. I read that “true” Scientologists are being warned to avoid this blog at all costs.
Let me be very clear about this, I am not anti- the Scientology belief system. Never have been.
However, I am pro-truth.
All I have asked from believers of Scientology is honesty. It’s a simple request: If a Scientology process, formula or procedure does not deliver what was promised for that process, formula or procedure, then don’t claim that “it works”! That’s all.
This isn’t about whether “Scientology works”. Whether it does work, or should work, or might work is not the point. The point is whether or not the explicit promises made for various Grades, Rundowns, Levels, courses are actually delivered.
And, for a large majority of the services delivered by Scientology, the promised results are not delivered.
I experienced some good things in the early days. But I can see — anyone can see — that the grandiose claims of Scientology on its Grade Chart, in its promotions, in conversations with Scientologists, are not happening. I’ve listed many of these things before. The actual results from public school students using the “Hubbard Study Method” have been analyzed and the technology does not detectably improve student results. The actual results from Narconon show worse results than other methods. Grade 0 Releases are not able to “talk to anyone on any subject”. Grade I Releases still have problems. Graduates from the PTS/SP course can’t handle antagonistic people or situations. Clears and OTs do not have the promised abilities and powers. And so on and so on. Whether Scientology could, possibly, produce those results is not the point. The point is that it hasn’t.
The Church of Scientology does something quite evil about this. When a Scientologist does not receive the promised results from a Grade, Level, course or Rundown, the church says it is the Scientologist’s fault, and has them pay for their own “correction”. When the Scientologist still does not receive the results promised by the church, the church again blames the Scientologist and has them pay to redo everything. This goes on and on with the church forcing Scientologists to pay and pay and pay and never delivering what was promised. And all the time blaming the Scientologist for the missing results.
Finally, when it becomes obvious that the church will never deliver what was promised, and the Scientologist has run out of money, the church blames the Scientologist, saying the Scientologist is “too out-ethics” and kicks them out.
This policy of the Church of Scientology of blaming their customers for the church’s failures ultimately destroys Scientologists. Many Scientologists end up firmly believing that they are evil, they are the cause of the failures, they are “degraded beings” and “suppressive”.
This is so very wrong.
All I’m asking of the true believers of Scientology who wish to practice and promote the Scientology belief system outside of the church is that they don’t do that.
If those who believe in the Scientology technology want to stop destroying people, then they need to promise only results that they can actually, provably and consistently produce. They need to actually deliver every result promised — and if they don’t deliver it they must not blame the customer. And they need to stop claiming results for Scientology that Scientology has not delivered.
Believe what you want but only promise what you can, for certain, deliver. And then always deliver what you promised.
That is living with the truth. That is honesty.
Now, if that request is “anti-Scientology”, then you Scientology true believers have major problems — because all I’m asking for is honesty and truth. If that’s unacceptable to Scientologists, then that says worse things about Scientology than any real anti-Scientology blog or site ever did.