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Meerkat - 2015-03-27

Needs an "attack the messenger" tag.

Old_Zircon - 2015-03-27

So is this meant to convince the general public, or is it one of those things that was made for the people who have advanced far enough that they are only allowed access to Scientology-approved media?

spikestoyiu - 2015-03-27

Freedom Magazine is something that's exclusively written for and distributed amongst Scientologists. But with all of the eyes that will be on this documentary on Sunday, I'm sure this was meant to be seen by everyone. They launched a massive marketing campaign to deal with this movie, going as far as to pay what is probably an ungodly amount of money to get their attack sites at the top of the Google results. But since this is all done in the style LRH specified, people will probably just laugh at it.

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2015-03-28

Hubbard had a dictated style? Is that where all the terminology that sounds straight off of a gradeschool playground comes from, like "loser" and so on?

Bobonne - 2015-03-28

I know he laid out exactly how the cult should go after anyone who crosses them in very specific ways. Stretching that to include specific terminology of insults wouldn't surprise me much.

spikestoyiu - 2015-03-28

Scientology isn't Scientology unless you do things exactly the way LRH laid them out. And since he couldn't keep his fucking mouth shut, there's like an infinite amount of policy and "technology" that was made available during congresses and memos and shit. A lot of that stuff revolves around how to "communicate" and engage in "fair game", which is dealing with opponents of Scientology. So I don't think there's a specific verbiage laid out, but this kind of lame attempt at a smear job is exactly what he had in mind.

baleen - 2015-03-27

I guess Tom Cruise can never leave because then the entire world would know he was gay.

infinite zest - 2015-03-27

A couple of years ago I got laid off from a job that I had had forever, and was pretty much looking for anything in a very tough job market. After nearly a year I got an interview for front desk person at the Church of Scientology bookstore and was pretty much hired on the spot. Excitedly I called my parents and they were appalled, and almost went as far as to threaten to disown me if I took the job (they wouldn't have but that's how much they condemn Scientology) and sure enough my mom was reading Going Clear. Like, I dunno. The guy I interviewed with seemed cool, and if people would rather pay to "level up" or whatever it is they do in Scientology, well, that's not that different from The Freemasons, of which my grandfather was a member. Or a church of.. I dunno.. Second Life. But they were like "oooh they'll brainwash you and break you down blah blah blah" and basically offered to pay for my rent until I got a different job so I was like "ok" and didn't take it. And they're not the conservative/easily convinced types (they're Episcopalians for Christ sake) but I was like "ok whatever guys."

Bobonne - 2015-03-27

Sounds like your parents love you, man.

It might have been a bit of an extreme reaction, but scientology preys upon those in hard spots and financially desperate, just like it does upon the rich and gullible. You would've been a juicy steak dinner in their eyes, walking through the door needing a job and knowing nothing about their cult.

infinite zest - 2015-03-27

Yeah, they do. Thing is, I wasn't desperate for a job, as I was getting pretty awesome unemployment insurance. Basically I was just bored and wanted a job. Basically my job was everything from manning a front desk to bike messenger to database specialist; things I'd gleaned from other jobs, so it was tough when people said they wanted 3+ years in a specific field (the cherry on top was I am a Philosophy major.. yay).. And as far as I know, besides taking your money and all that fun stuff, Scientology has never hurt anyone in the literal sense of the word like every other religion has (as far as I know) and they ask for money too.

But ya, I didn't do it, but I did watch Battlefield Earth all the way through.

Bobonne - 2015-03-27


lotsmoreorcs - 2015-05-29

WOW DUDE YOUR PARENTS ARE SO CHILL fuckyourparentsforbringingyouintothisworld

lotsmoreorcs - 2015-05-29

I BET YOUR GRANPA WAS EVEN MORE CHILL since this place is reddit

Hooker - 2015-03-27

You know, it's hard to take sides with Scientology, but some of the stuff Wright claims in the book is beyond outrageous. There's a two-line part that's never explained or expanded upon where someone was allegedly forced to walk in the desert until his teeth fell out, for instance (I might have the details a bit off - it's been a couple years since I read it by now).

spikestoyiu - 2015-03-28

I really don't remember the part about the teeth. People would have to walk and run in circles at Gold Base (their spot in the desert), but I don't remember anything about teeth falling out.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2015-03-27

"All con artists are charming, that's how they get people to believe them."

This coming from a Scientologist is so ironic that it's physically painful to witness.

kamlem - 2015-03-27

So in this specific case the separation from family members is actually a bonus.

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