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Deo Morto


Here is another testimony, by DeoMorto, in answer to a post I made asking if any ex-members posting to the newsgroup experienced the RPF. You can skip my long initial rant if you want :-) I have assembled several posts together to make it a logical whole.

DeoMorto, is also an ex-member and an ARS regular more critical of Scientology than I, but he gives a fair depiction of his experience in the RPF.


Usenet post from the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology.

Sources: Scientology myths, <19970711000101.UAA19367@ladder02.news.aol.com>, Scientology myths

ralph@hilton.org (Ralph Hilton)

 

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>>>[Bernie:]

>>>RPF is an extreme, almost last-hope measure. I think that very few people are assigned to it.

>>>The only sign of RPF I ever saw was in Danemark, when I had to temporary stay at the same place in which they lived. There were about 2 or 5 people in it. They weren't locked in basements neither tortured, as some people would like us to believe. They could "blow" any time they wanted - and so did they, actually.

>>>Is there any ex-members posting to this newsgroup who actually experienced the RPF? Maybe. I just don't remember ever having read about it. If so, what is the percentage between those who did and those who didn't?

>>>I was never sent to the RPF, even though I told straight in the face of Jane kember's direct assistant: "I want to leave, please route me out". I also don't know any of my friends who were sent to the RPF, although many experienced difficult living and working conditions - both as SO staff and non-SO staff.

>>>[...]

>>>And don't forget that the RPF is always voluntary. Not in the sense that someone would volunteer to go there, of course, but in the sense that no one is physically coerced into it. It's all part of the general agreement (kind of). In the army, if you do something that the sergeant doesn't like, you are sent to the gaol or made to carry heavy bags of stones for hours. This can be arbitrary too. If you don't like it, you can always resign from the army (not always, though).

>>>[...]

>>>Many Scn ex-members who were not in the SO also come up with horror stories, Ex-Moonists come up with horror stories, ex-nuns come up with horror stories, ex-husband and ex-wife come up with horror stories. I guess that probably about ex-anything may come up with horror stories.

>>>OTOH, many who were in the SO don't make such a ram dam about it. Take David Mayo, for example. He also was a SO member in a SO environment, if it were. Some of the current stories being told comes from him (running around a tree, etc). Yet, he recounted them as objectively as he could, and does not engage in endless moaning about these incidents. I have no problem with his attitude whatsoever. He brings a balance in his criticism and does not try to use the incidents he reports to paint an overly black pictures of the COS at large. He does not try to picture the COS as an organization locking people in the basement or torturing them in the RPF, pushing people to suicide or entrenching themselves in armed camps. The same goes for many other SO ex-members and non-SO ex-members who have at heart to be accurate in their description and who object to critic's abuses with the same strength they do about abuses from the COS.

>>>A few exceptions apart, most of these more moderate ex-members do not post in this NG for good reasons. When they do, it's often short lived. What's the use of trying to convince people who are only interested of having villains they can righteously fight?

>>[DeoMorto:]

>>I did the RPF in Clearwater some parts of it were unpleasant, some parts of it I enjoyed - the co-auditing for example. Funnily enough I think that it was a lot less stressful than being on post. Do I think it was slave labor? I think it can be looked upon that way and I certainly think that as an operating system it can easily turn into that.

>[Bernie:]

>What it can be turned into is the real crux of the matter. Currently, people can just walk out of the RPF and blow. If, however, Scn would gather enough power to impose coercive means on those on the RPF, then we may start to seriously worry about it. Until then, I view claims of people being chained in the basement and being tortured in the RPF as anything short of a true picture.

[DeoMorto:]

I have seen a lot of the RPFs - in PAC, Flag, UK and EU and I did the RPF at Flag - on no occasion, and I mean on no occasion did I ever see any physical abuse.


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