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Wright on Scientology

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Lawrence Wright, staff writer for the New Yorker, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11and fellow at the Center on Law and Security at the NYU School of Law, discusses his latest article about the Church of Scientology.

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Comments [18]

Karen de la Carriere from Los Angeles

After contributing 35 years to this "CHURCH" ~~ they turned on me viciously for whistleblowing against David Miscavige.

1) They built a HATE website on me, publishing information from my confessionals.
2) They enforced the disconnection of my son ~~ my one and only Child.
3) They covered up a serious felony that was done to my son when he was 12 and said a Legal letter in a pretense that it was a Lawyer hired by my son for me to not publish the facts on the web. They did not deny the felony occurred, they just did not want the bad PR of a felony on a 12 year old on the Internet.
4) Finally, they manufactured the most incredible sordid crime "trafficking" in underage children and called this in to Law Enforcement to investigate me. (This fell flat on its head when Law Enforcement found out it was the CULT.)
5) Their intelligence branch do dark andf dirty deeds unknown by the rank and file of the Church.

These 4 actions made me throw the down the gauntlet and increase my whistleblowing 1000 times.

This is the degree of vindictiveness and maliciousness against a 35 year veteran

Feb. 16 2011 09:44 PM
shadeed ahmad from New York City

It has been at least twenty-five years ago and I was out of work here in New York City. I saw a sign in a window on 42nd or 43rd Streets which offered jobs inside. I went inside and surmised rather quickly that after viewing some of the people working inside who were doing mostly menial labor I might not want to be employed there.

However, I was unemployed and figured anything beats a blank. I was given a questionnaire which was really a psychological test. I answered the questions as honestly as possible.

A woman with an air of arrogance interviewed me and gave me her assessment of how I did on the questionnaire.

She began by asking me where I got my name from. She said it would give me immense problems in life. She went on to say that she was extremely worried about me. According to her my answers to the questions conveyed to her that I was suicidal and I would be dead within six (6) months.

I told her I stand by my answers and that she and her organization (which was Scientology) are apparently manipulative and wicked and that I would get back to her in seven (7) months to prove her wrong.

I kept her name and called her by telephone to let her know her prediction failed. I had to wonder how many people had been taken in by her foolishness and it she represented honestly, Scientology. I caution anyone approaching Scientology to be self-respecting, careful and to question anything they say.

Scientology wasn't for me. Perhaps it is for some people who are susceptible to its ploys.

Feb. 13 2011 08:59 AM
osa handlers from marcabia

Philphil and Jeanneba are Scientology Office of Special Affairs internet patrollers who are going to every site that mentions this story to try and shoot it down.

Feb. 11 2011 08:11 PM
Bruce from NYC

First came across Scientology, or Dianetics about forty years ago. Pre the time that it officially became a "church" and thus came to be able to arguably operate outside the law. Never quite understood the desperation to believe, or to believe oneself special. But hey, this is America and you have the "freedom" to believe anything. Apparently even in stuff that makes you a dumb-ass slave.

Feb. 11 2011 02:57 PM
mozo from fl

Oh, and France as well.

Feb. 10 2011 04:30 PM
mozo from fl

I think Germany got it right when it comes to Scientology.

Feb. 10 2011 04:19 PM
Victor

I think Lawrence Wright's piece on Scientology is an attempt to create twists of truth, avoid the Church's version of the truth and spin views in a means to make the Church look bad and evil, disregarding all respectful and logical reporting. This isn't reporting. This is tabloid media with an agenda. I could re-write most of the article differently.

Feb. 10 2011 11:58 AM
Old OT 7

@philPhil

"...is another thinly veiled tabloid piece repeating old and new rumors from people with an ax to grind with the Church of Scientology."

"LW could not come up with a single line that had not been discarded as the work of "fanatic" anti-religionist a long time ago."

Huh? Discarded by who now? Your cult?

As someone who has attained the formally highest level, OT7, organized scientology is, simply put, a: mind bending, brainwashing, family destroying (official policy), financial ruining, First Amendment hating, U.S. government hating (just like Al Qeada!), public school infiltrating (official policy) [very scary!], criminal enterprise cult with Satanic and black magic roots.

"The only way to control people is to lie to them."
-L. Ron Hubbard

"You have to understand, my father didn't worship Satan, he thought he was Satan."
- L. Ron Hubbard Junior

Feb. 10 2011 08:55 AM
Seeker

@Jeanne

Quote: "I was quite disturbed by Wright's article because it is nothing but a cut-and-paste of past rumors"

Please Jeanne this is getting old. Not only do you post similar drivel on many site, you fail to realize that there are more trained ex-scientologists in the field than there are in the 'church'.

I've been around about 40 years ... I've seen these kids, I've seen the RPF, I've seen people locked up, I've seen atrocious financial crimes.

Seek help.

There's freedom on the outside.

Feb. 09 2011 06:41 PM
JeanneBa from Los Angeles

I was quite disturbed by Wright's article because it is nothing but a cut-and-paste of past rumors. The only real difference is Wright's artful twisting of the knife in a virtuoso exhibition of innuendo substituting for serious research. I am appalled that the New Yorker printed it--which gives me a whole new perspective on the New Yorker. I was disgusted with his spreading an outright lie about an FBI investigation and using that to garner headlines and promote his new book. And I find it pathetic that the WNCY and newspapers ad nauseum are cutting and pasting his cut and paste.

Feb. 09 2011 06:17 PM
Philphil

Wright's article on Scientology is another thinly veiled tabloid piece repeating old and new rumors from people with an axe to grind with the Church of Scientology. Lawrence Wright could not come up with a single line that has not been discarded as the work of fanatic anti-religionists a long time ago. This piece actually sheds a new light on him as a researcher and writer. How much does his obvious hate against religion taint his judgment?

Feb. 09 2011 05:59 PM
Mauustro Mauxen

Just a note, many Scientologists have been charged with various crimes on behalf of the church.
Most notorious is Operation Snow White, Operation Freakout. and their top Canadian Lawyer got the biggest libel suit in their history successfully slapped on him. not to mention fraud charges in France, plus many more.
That being said the US goverment has done nothing in 20 years, That must change.

Feb. 09 2011 03:58 PM
Joseph Bannes from New York

Scientology is a heavy duty Cult and uses the same techniques that other cult group have used in the past, because it attracts several high profile people and Hollywood stars everybody turn the face the other way and accepts the cult. Pure hypocrisy!!!

Feb. 09 2011 03:16 PM
Sabahow from New York City

My sisterinlaw was a Scientoogists so I saw the damage from the inside, really taking over her mind and life. It is so strange to me when the creation of Scnientology is so well known: Ron Hubbard was looking a way to shelter his substantial income from his prodigious authorship. An he, brilliantly, saw that religious organizations are the largest un-taxed entities, at many levels. So he said let's form a religion. Moreover, he saw that he could collect revenues tax-free from the clearings and e-meter readings. Brilliant if perverse.

Feb. 09 2011 12:11 PM
francyne from Pelham Bay Park

When i first moved to NYC in the late 60ies, a neighbor tried to trick me into Scientology. I was given those tin cans mentioned in Mr. Wright's article hooked to a voltmeter and told that it would indicate whatever. Even as a teenager I had a bull-hocky detector, was not fooled.
the neighbor was pretty much of a loser, so i guess he was hooked into flushing his money down the Scientology toilet.

Feb. 09 2011 11:48 AM
Steven Palmieri from Oakland, NJ

Any religion or philosophy that doesn't cherish open inquiry cannot claim that it is in the least concerned with truth. Yet religions often claim to have a unique access to the truth. I'm happy to let them weave their webs. Atheism works fine for me (even as a practicing Buddhist.)

Feb. 09 2011 11:38 AM
Ellen Goldin from chelsea

This was reported on extensively in the St. Petersburg Times last year. Is there new info in this article that was not in the multi-part original SPT article?

In the 80s I was a lay midwife who delivered a number of babies in the Scientology Hotel in downtown Clearwater Florida, although nor a Scientologist myself, giving me a unique perspective.

Feb. 09 2011 11:24 AM
Carl Wetzel

I have followed Scientology since the late 1960's and have often been asked, "Why do people join an organization which seems to be so controversial?". Of the thousands of pages I have read, this article given the best response to date. Few who take their introductory courses are aware of what their course fees support. And critics fear that speaking openly will bring on costly lawsuits. There is a need to strengthen laws against contentious litigation.

Feb. 09 2011 09:15 AM

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