For the last decade or so Iíve had a set of pages here on Bernieís website that laid out my position as a Scientologist on issues that I often saw brought up to attack the church.
I was active in the church, on staff and then on services, between the years 1982 to 1990. While I was posting online in the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology (ca. 1998-2001) I felt that things were getting better and being straightened out.
Iíve kept up with the criticism since then, but my position changed in November 2009 when I read the following article by Haydn James:
I visited the Birmingham organization in 1990-2005, as run by Lucy and Haydn James, and it was a remarkable success, but I didnít realize that this was an exception rather than the rule.
I no longer support the Church of Scientology. I have therefore asked Bernie to take down or archive my pages. The points I tried to address are no longer important (and my viewpoints on the issues have now changed).
Here are some articles that, for me, were essential reading. One site referenced below has the word cult in the title; another is run by a man who no longer considers himself a Scientologist.
However the truth is the truth, even when itís sad and hard to swallow. If we can move on a road to spiritual freedom, we certainly canít do it over human rights abuses and with gross alterations to the roadmap.
Two more articles by Haydn James:
Four articles by Mike Rinder:
An excellent website with lots of pertinent LRH references, although with an unusual internal navigation that needs a good deal of clicking and scrolling within the pages to see more information:
Some interesting articles:
I also recommend the book Blown for Good: Behind the Iron Curtain of Scientology by Marc Headley. It is available on Amazon and is a fascinating look at life in the Int base, by a man who rose high in the Sea Org due to an amazing set of circumstances. Itís a horrifying read done in an enjoyable and often funny way.