Apart from resentful and vengeful ex-members posting in alt.religion.scientology, there are also sometimes others with a more balanced and compassionate viewpoint.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ydrrisil)
Subject: Re: The Cult Experience [was Re: I'm still chasing that $2787 per week job]
Date: 08 Jun 1998 04:20:57 GMT
>I can't say how idiotic and
>counter-productive is the approach of some posters in ars who
>immediately attack Scientologists with things they can't confront. I
>believe the CoS would be either driven out of existence or reformed by
>now if it wasn't for such a mistaken attitude, that in reality
>*maintains* the CoS structure, because it makes Scientologists
>unwilling to listen to start with
You have hit a very significant nail on the head with this paragraph Bernie -
I agree with you that a) there are some good things in and about scientology
and b) that just assaulting with gratuitously insulting messages merely
reinforces the mindset and siege mentality that already exists within the
I still have friends, people who I admire and like, who are in the Sea Org
and much as I may think that there are some very major problems that need to
be handled within the scn organizations and some hard confronting as well I
harbor no desire to see my friends and their urge to help people just trashed.
I think it is important - maybe for critics who have only ever seen the
robotic and idiotic postings from the OSA DA spam people and the likes of the
CofS attorneys - to bear in mind that a lot of the people who work in
scientology are there because they feel that what they are doing is supremely
important. In the same way that I do not get offended when a christian tells me
that he or she has mentioned me in their prayers I do not take lightly the fact
that a lot of people are devoting a large part of their life on my behalf - it
so happens that I wish they wouldn't of course and I wish they were doing that
dedicated work in an organization that actually contributes to society but that
is my end.
Catalogue abuse, document crimes and argue the philosophical basis of
scientology but if anyone on the newsgroup seriously feels that ranting on
about clams and sniggering about OT3 is going to bring scientologists to a new
view then I fear they may be deluded.
I have never seen verbal abuse and mocking do anything other than convince
the recipient that the person doing the ranting is nuts.
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