Although the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup (a.r.s.) is prominently an anti-Scientology newsgroup, Scientologists post in from time to time. Some are dumb and others are bright, some are conditioned and others are more thoughtful, like in the outer society. Many anti-Scientologists, however, in their typical black and white mentality ("we are the good ones, they are the bad ones") like to portrait Scientologists as dumb and conditioned Vs the all-thoughtful, knowledgeable, and discerning "critics". In doing so, of course, they once more demonstrate that they are hardly better than what they criticize. Compare the following portrayal, for example, with actual posts from Scientologists to be found on my a.r.s. page, and see how such a depiction is part of the general anti-Scientology propaganda fancied in a.r.s.
Subject: FAQ: How alt.religion.scientology actually works
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 19:42:51 GMT
Typical Critic Post:
"According to these verified facts, L Ron Hubbard was a liar about certain
things. And it also appears, from credible news reports, and reliable
witnesses, that Scientology is abusing the legal system. Boy, that makes me
mad. I think I will tell all my friends."
Typical Pro-Scientology Rebuttal: (greatly condensed)
"ALL Scientology critics are criminals. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. L Ron
Hubbard said so. It must be true, so we must collect EVIDENCE of this truth!
We therefore hired shady private detectives to snoop on you, you evil
SUPPRESSIVE, and they found out that you have a history of unpaid parking
tickets! You have a flagrant disrespect of the law! You're probably also a
murderer, wife beater, psychopath, drug user. Oh, and also, we had the PIs
call your Mother at 3 in the morning and wheedle any negative thing that ever
happened in your childhood. According to YOUR MOTHER, you probably performed
sex-rites with ritualistically slaughtered INFANTS in your bedroom EVERY
NIGHT! We can tell this because she told us that your room was "occasionally
messy." HAH! OCCASIONALLY MESSY inDEED! EVERYONE knows what was REALLY going
on! And you DIDN'T EAT YOUR BEETS! What are you, some kind of NAZI? We're
distributing leaflets of all your CRIMES to every one of your neighbors,
friends, employers! HAH! ALL critics are CRIMINALS! SEE! We've PROVEN this
Typical alt.religion.scientology newbie lurker opinion: (not posted)
"Wow. These Scientology people are a little touchy. I wonder if all
Scientologists are like that? Well, who cares. It's just a cult anyway. They
probably only want all my money. But, this newsgroup is amazing. Think I'll
watch what happens some more. Sure is more interesting than All My Children,
jdrake SP2 now do you think that any of the Scienos is going to listen to
what I say? Will they be able to understand what I'm telling them? Will they
learn how to avoid shooting themselves in the feet, the calves, the knees,
the thighs, the butt, the groin, etc, until they run out of bullets?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Starshadow)
Subject: Re: FAQ: How alt.religion.scientology actually works
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 15:03:13 -0000
> jdrake SP2 now do you think that any of the Scienos is going to listen to
> what I say? Will they be able to understand what I'm telling them? Will they
> learn how to avoid shooting themselves in the feet, the calves, the knees,
> the thighs, the butt, the groin, etc, until they run out of bullets?
> We'll see.
They never seem to learn. It's part of their guru's teachings, after
Starshadow SP4, Granny Dyke
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