The art of confusing issues and misleading
I have stated many times that this is the age of the lie. Misleading people is an art that is used constantly in politics but is hard to point out, simply because issues can be very confusing from the get go. So, here is an article that twists facts to form an image but the facts are easy to spot and analyse. The question is, are you willing to look for the truth.
I was a member of Scientology for many years. I left the organization because I did not feel comfortable with Hubbard and his point of view. I knew that my staying there would not work out because my presence there, from my point of view, was not ethical and would not be accepted. I was there for many years, worked for them as a volunteer, helped many people, and left in peace. I did not attack the organization and the organization never attacked me.
You see, the doors to the organization are always open and people can enter and seek acceptance, or leave if they chose, as I did. So, when a person declares that the person was forced to stay in the organization, I find it hard to believe. It's not true. Scientology can't force anyone to stay. The most they do is try to communicate with you trying to get you to return but, as I do, a person, any person, can just ignore their invitations, again, as I do.
Where auditing is concerned, a clear record must be maintained. I was an auditor and I audited many persons. All my consultations were documented and revised as soon as I completed then. This was done to insure I was doing my job and that the person under my care was getting the right kind of attention. I did not write everything in those reports because it was impossible to do so and it was not important. The important part was getting the person to confront his, or her, problems and to get rid of the pain that blocked their reasoning.
In higher organizations those auditing consultations get recorded. The auditors used in those consultations are better trained than I was and the expectations were a lot higher than it was for me. The purpose of the cameras were to insure the auditor was doing the procedure according to expectations, not to acquire evidence against a pc (that's a pre-clear). Normally, by the time a person reached such an organization, the person would have released the tension caused by illegal, or "immoral" acts to someone like me.
So, a person like John Travolta would have nothing to fear from his confessions to Scientology. Fact is that Travolta doesn't care whether someone declares that he is a homosexual, or not. That's why he has kissed men in public, or so it has been reported. To him such an act is meaningless. The same would be true about Tom Cruise, except, maybe he has an image to keep because he is an action type hero in his movies.
As for Scientology forcing people to separate from their families, it's not true either. People who go there do so to fiend relief from the incredible pressure life could put on us. The services there are not cheap, combine that with the purpose that drives the person into the place and you get a desire to get results. Part of the service is to identify those persons that hurt us and block our capacity to face life. Sometimes, those persons are close family members and we must chose to get away from them, or to leave the organization. There are no other alternatives because staying in the organization, while being connected to someone who is blocking progress is a waste of time and money.
I know this from experience since, I was warned that my second wife was not helping my advancement. I acknowledged the fact but i decided to stay with her because I wanted to keep my family together. So my advancement in Scientology was slow and I wound up getting a divorced after 20 some years of a humdrum marriage. It would have been better for all concerned if I had gotten a divorce a lot earlier. Yet, no one hounded me to force me into a divorce.
Then, there is this thing about children. I have never seen any effort by Scientology to separate the children from the parents. I have seen parents send their children into special programs that required the children to live in a special school, far from the family but this was voluntary and had a cost attached. Scientology does nothing for free. It's one of Hubbard's beliefs that people don't appreciate things that they get for free. People must feel that things cost something that give them value and that they acquired those things trough their sacrifice.
Then there is Tom Cruise. A rich, famous actor who many women may want to marry just because of those facts and because he might be a stepping stone to fame. Sadly for them, people in Scientology learn how to spot people who are not sincere. When someone has something to hide, there are behavior patterns that give them away.
People who fail sometimes get bitter. If they have things to hide, they can become troublesome. It's easier to interpret a failure as a betrayal to hide the fact that one has failed. It's a lot easier to lie about a failure when lying can gather the lier money and fame.
A couple of additional things, There are psychiatrists an psychologist in Scientology. So, they are against what is done in those professions, not against the people themselves. Last but not least, what Scientology looks for is not a clear. That was the aim of Dianetics. Scientology looks for an Operating Thetan, or OT. That is a person that knows he is a spirit (thetan) and can function outside of the physical body.
Sorry, for the long winded article that I must end because to speak clearly, it would have to be a book. The point is that sometimes whether something is good or bad, depends on the point of view and that anything can be easily twisted into something else when the person doing the twisting has the ears of people around them. Not everything that is written is true though religion says otherwise.