Australian Critics of Scientology
This page maintained by David Gerard.
Other people's reasons to be a critic of Scientology
There's lots of reasons. Here's a list of other people's
reasons I'm adding to as I go.
- Anima - includes posts from Warrior and
Robert Vaughn Young. "The most scary thing is not that it is true, but
that with the Final Solution spelled out so clearly, so repeatedly, so
persistently, on-lookers will still shrug and deny that Hubbard meant what he
said and will deny that the apparatchiks and their dupes act precisely as
though they were following the views of the Founder on these matters as on all
- Alan Barclay. "I was not a critic
until attracted to ARS by Helena Kobrin. I wouldn't have become a critic
if I hadn't seen with my own eyes over the top reactions by
- Pope Charles (William C. Barwell), SubGenius Pope of Houston. "You
cannot BUY entertainment like this!"
- BC. "If any words I write can help someone
else avoid what I experienced in my time in the cult (and/or much worse ...),
I will have accomplished something good."
- Belladonna 99.
- Ex-Mudder (D. Keith Bennett).
- Dave Bird.
- Klaus Bloemker. "Basically I have a moral
gut-reaction to Scientology: their 'humanitarian' lie pisses me off!"
- Geoff Burling. "There are two
activities that show the true power of the Internet, and what it is
capable of. The first is the free operating system known as Linux. The
other activity is the campaign against the CoS. People with access to an
inexpensive means of communications empowered to do what they think is
right. And somehow, this thing is working."
- Lori Ann Chauvette - short answer and
long answer. "It made me mad to think
that someone would try to stifle me from asking for information in a
newsgroup on the Internet, a place that I've always considered the mecca
for free speech. So now, I'm in this for the long haul."
- Rob Clark explains why it's a bad idea to
try taking on the Net.
- Conner, a.k.a. Seekon, Number 3,
henry 3, Tritium. "what got me the most was the lies. i'm not sure
i'm such a lover of the truth, but i hate a lie. and i have never
seen such liars as scientology. all forms of lies, more forms
than i had imagined - PR, vague testimonials, acceptable truths,
half truths, evasions, word-twistings, perversions of truth, and outright
- Louise Cook: About me, my reasons for
posting and some thoughts on Scientology - "I was provoked by my
disgust at the hypocrisy and abuse I witnessed at the Canberra org ... Human
rights are being abused and good hearted people like Matt are being used and
abused; and pushed right over the edge. Children are growing up without
parents. People are defrauding the government. This is all occurring behind
the facade of a 'Church', a religion, and a tax free organization to
- Frank Copeland.
- DeoMorto. "I actually started out on ARS
being more of a defender of the CofS than a critic - my main disagreement
with the CofS being one of free speech. Gradually over the last two years or
so I have gotten more and more irritated with a lot of the CofS
- Wesley Fager.
- Why Scott Goehring started a.r.s (was at
http://php.indiana.edu/~sgoehrin/scientology/ - now missing).
- Mike Gormez.
- Gregg Hagglund. "It is their
presumed right to conduct harmful activities and impose their will on
others without limit I oppose, not whether they believe in Xenu etc."
- A later answer. "I have
seen the naked lingering terror in the eyes of children survivors of our
modern wars ... But I had never seen that in the eyes of an adult speaking
about their involvement with a 'religion'."
- Joel Hanes. "The reason I can't let
go, the reason that I think that Scientology is evil and must be opposed,
is that its practices of massive litigation and intimidation through fair
game strike at the bases of civil society, and subvert the rule of law."
- Andreas Heldal-Lund:
why he does Operation
- Keith Henson.
- Martin Hunt: short answer and longer answer. "Scientology can fuck with just
so many people over so many years and get away with it, silencing through
fear and intimidation, but eventually they will fuck with the wrong person,
just by the laws of chance. That person was me ... Now they get taken
- Cornelius Krasel. "The CoS is directly
responsible for my HTML knowledge
- Al Landeck.
- Chris Leithis. "Fascinated by the
possibility that an evil (but stupid) organization might be tumbled by
fallible human beings, fighting fair, armed with only intelligence,
information and the ability to communicate."
- Arnie Lerma. "When I found that the
incidents that happened to me in Scientology were MILD compared to what
had happened to David Mayo, Andre Tabayoyon, Gerry Armstrong, I began
soliciting and scanning and ocr'ing affidavits and court records."
- Robert S. Minton. "I'm angry that
the scienos are so bad and so evil that people cannot even believe such an
organization exists. I'm angry that more people are not willing to stand
against the injustices perpetrated by the scienos. I'm angry that there
are so many people who are so vulnerable that they will sell their very
souls to the scienos. I'm angry that there are so many unprincipled lawyers
who will look the scienos in the eye, ignore reality, take the money and
adopt any set of principles the scienos want them to."
- H. Alan Montgomery on the lack of checks and
balances in the CoS's structure. "Until policies and procedures
within Co$ actually allow for members to question and actually implement
the checks and balances in the tech, the abuses that we hear so much about
will go on."
- NoGoot. "I know a lot about $cientology.
Some of it I consider good and will battle with critics to defend it; but
the main things I object to are the anti-social policies that the CoS
- NoScieno. "But for a stroke of pure
luck, I could still be in that fucking group somewhere, or dead like Lisa
McPherson - and so could my girlfriend."
- David Patrick.
- Michael Pattinson, formerly a
'Scientology Celebrity'. "I was shocked at the use of top celebrities by
Scientology to try and give an impression of it which, per my own experiences,
is a false impression. When I compare the ridiculous charges made by
Scientology against the German government with what I know
Scientology has been doing itself I find a very strong similarity
- Elvis Presley. Yes - the King of
Rock'n'Roll was a Critic of Scientology!
- Roland Rashleigh-Berry. "The Co$ betrayed
me and now they will pay the price. They conned me out of $75,000. I'll lose
them a hell of a lot more than that."
- Beverly Rice.
- Michael T. Richter. "I became a critic
of Scientology after being lied to over and over and over again by
- Rondata. "I don't plan on going
anywhere until this whole thing is gone. They have no regard for human
- September. "We must utter a literature
to the public that is easy to understand and eyecatching. We must list their
crimes in a simple, honest format that will appeal to public fancy and place
these lists in public view."
- Clarence Sevdy. "If a 60+ year old man
is still affected by things that happened in the early '50s, what about
the victims of recent time?"
- Sister Clara. (This link to http://www.magpie.co.uk/SisC.html is
currently not working; I am seeking a copy of this essay.)
- Son Of Xenu. "I feel I have a right
and a duty to speak the truth of evils that I see ... The issue with
Scientology is NOT RELIGION, it is CRIME!"
- 'Troutman, Defender of Sticks' was a regular on a.r.s during the latter half of 1995.
Here's his goodbye message, giving his opinion of
Scientology and Scientologists ... formed from reading their own postings on
- Boudewijn van Ingen. "I was outraged
about the onslaught on free speech by scientology when I heard about them
- Kristi Wachter (Jour): Why I Picket
- Grady Ward.
- Warrior. "To let others know my
experience in the hopes that they may avoid having to learn the hard way
(as I did) what Scientology really is all about without the PR,
lies, half-truths and 'acceptable truths' that scientology pushes upon the
world through the various media."
- Jim Wilbur: Scientology in a Cow Pie.
- Lawrence Wollersheim. "I have
gained more personally and spiritually in my difficult resistance to the
spiritual and social evil that they are, than I could have ever gained from
any amount of money or an easier life."
- Lawrence Wollersheim and F.A.C.T.Net on the importance of standing up to Scientology's abuses.
"F.A.C.T.Net believes that various under-financed, under-staffed,
backlogged, and low technology government agencies are acting and will act but
they need to be helped by the victims of Scientology and organizations like
F.A.C.T.Net. The victims need to ethically cooperate and help locate, analyze,
interpret, and prepare the information and evidences on which resource-short
government agencies depend upon to forward their investigations and our
- Steve Zadarnowski. "They endanger
people's minds and lives with their pseudo-scientific crap."
- Zed, quoting from When Corporations Rule
The World, on the power of citizen's networks, especially in the
age of the Internet. "The power of civil society rests with its enormous
capacity to rapidly and flexibly network diverse and dispersed individuals and
organisations that are motivated by voluntary commitments ... attacks on
citizen networks expose the ill will of the perpetrators, offend moral
sensibilities, increase the network's visibility, attract new recruits, and
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