….there’s been speculation about Juliette Lewis still being in for quite some time – who the fuck knows but it’s obvious there’s been some behind the scene arm bending of the remaining celebs to keep them in line. Notice the “scientology makes me a better actor” bollocks Michael Pena spouted in his recent interview and then pair that up with his public twitter support [scroll down below]of Jim Carrey in his war with Cathronia’s ex-scientology husband’s money grab… reading between the lines it would be easy to see the first was to appease Miscavige but the second was closer to his truer feelings… or not, who the fuck cares about clam celebs nowadays
Scientology – it’s a religion shrouded in secrecy that completely fascinates outsiders, but it’s often completely underestimated.
It’s a religion that has been heavily satirised and parodied in popular culture, in the likes of Peep Show, The I.T. Crowd and most infamously in South Park, who trolled the church as recently as last week.
And lets be honest, if you haven’t ever read up on them, your knowledge about Scientology could be somewhat limited to the ‘Trapped in the Closet’ episode of South Park.
But recent documentary Going Clear and Louis Theroux’s upcoming My Scientology Movie exposes a much darker side of an organisation that thinks of itself as socially progressive and simply misunderstood.
Scientology was founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard back in 1950. He told a story which started 75 million years ago, when Earth (then called Teegeeack) was part of a confederation of 90 planets under the leadership of the ruler Xenu.
To cure intergalactic overpopulation, he paralysed the people of other planets and flew them to Earth in space planes.
What did they do with these, I hear you ask? They dropped them down near some volcanoes and dropped H-bombs on them, of course.
But Xenu didn’t want those souls to return so he built giant soul catchers in the sky.
The souls or ‘Thetans’ of these murdered people were then taken to cinemas and shown films intended to brainwash them for weeks on end.
The results were that the souls clustered together and inhabited our early ancestors.
An alien ruler? Space planes? Thetans? It does make you wonder, how could people be convinced to join a church which on the face of it sounds utterly bonkers.
Well, it turns out to hear this ‘secret doctrine’ of Hubbard’s, you need to be at Operating Thetan level III (OT III). This not only takes years to achieve, but also tens of thousands of pounds.
We spoke to ex-Scientologists to find out how they joined the organisation and how they were sold a different idea – an idea that joining the church would change their lives for the better.
Pete Griffiths, 61, joined the church back in 1987 and was still in the Scientology ‘mindset’ right up until 2008.
He explained that he was first sold Scientology as a ‘self improvement’ course.
They say it’s all about the mind and it’s all about improving yourself, that’s what I bought into, the fact that I could be a better person and these people claim to have the techniques and the where with all the know how to make myself a better person. I fell for it basically, with my eyes wide open.
And he wasn’t the only one to see it that way.
John Duignan, 52, was in his early 20s and living in Stuttgart when he first became aware of the religion.
He admits that, at the time, he had only just come out of a long-term relationship and was suffering from depression, something he thinks had a major part to play in his vulnerability to being sucked in by the church.
This promise of science and mental and they told me there is this thing called clear, once you’re clear any those things that burden your past are erased, they’re gone and then you’ll have that new this new energy, strength and positivity. It sounded really good, they sold it to me, they’re good salespersons lets put it that way. Literally within a few weeks of that Scientology had consumed all of my life.
But Stephen Jones, 52, doesn’t think this is only limited to the vulnerable.
It was 1986 and Stephen had just failed his second year of university. He was doing a course he didn’t really want to do and he was at a bit of a loose end- it’s something we can all relate to.
He came across the Scientology centre and out of curiosity more than anything, he investigated – and that was the beginning of a 22 year relationship with the church.
You might think ‘they can’t pull one over on me’, but they are absolute masters of manipulating people, they do courses on it. They’ve spent decades manipulating people. You might think you’re immune, but I’d say virtually everyone has the potential of getting involved if they get you at the right time.
He went on to compare their techniques to Derren Brown, adding:
All the things he gets people to do is absolutely ridiculous, but he still gets them to do it. It’s like Derren Brown with almost no conscience whatsoever.
The first thing you do once you’ve been persuaded to come in is to do their free 200 question personality test, something which Pete thinks only makes you more susceptible to being manipulated.
“By the time you’ve answered 200 questions you’ve been asking yourself all these questions for possibly up to an hour, you’re already kind of softened up psychically ready for the evaluation,” Pete said.
The Oxford Capacity Analysis is a tool Scientologists believe ‘identifies the 10 vital personality traits that influence your entire future’.
However, Pete says that despite the name it has nothing to do with the University of Oxford and is used ‘to fool people and give it an air of respectability and authority’.
Pete went on to explain that you’re presented a graph of results by one of their staff, with high and low points – but it’s the low points they really home in on.
[They tell you] you are depressed. And you go, ‘no I’m not’, it says here you are depressed, this is what you’ve told us about yourself, this is your evaluation of yourself. ‘Well I could be happier I suppose’. And once you get some agreement, oncethey get some agreement from you they move on to the next point. But at each point they say Dianetics can help with that or Scientology can help you with that, depending on what they’re selling you.
Dianetics was a best-selling book Hubbard wrote back in the 50’s on the ‘reactive mind’, which he believed interfered with a person’s ethics, awareness, happiness, and sanity. Something he went on to re-package as Scientology as we know it today.
But Stephen has a stark warning for anyone who’s using that as a base for joining the church, adding: “If you value your sanity and your bank balance just don’t get involved.”
Former Scientologist Pete Griffiths reviews Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie Finlay Greig 3 hours ago Wednesday October 5th 2016 Pete Griffiths knows the Church of Scientology only too well. In 1987 he was invited to take an Oxford Capacity Analysis – a personality test and recruitment tool used by the secretive Church. To Griffiths’ amazement his test results suggested he was mentally unstable, miserable and in need of urgent help. Help which could be provided by an auditing course led by Scientology. Feeling emotionally vulnerable, Griffiths signed up for the course and over the following 21 years was an active member of the Scientology movement. But by 2008 he had became so disillusioned with its unrealistic demands that he burned all of his Scientology belongings in a bonfire. Last year he watched the Louis Theroux documentary My Scientology Movie at its London premiere, and here he shares his impressions of its accuracy. “If anything it’s more like My Marty Rathbun Movie than My Scientology movie” It’s not just a vehicle for Theroux Much of the film revolves around Theroux’s relationship with Marty Rathbun – Scientology’s former number two, who, despite stepping away from the religion, is still apparently quite proud of his previous role as Scientology’s ‘enforcer’. Rathbun assists Theroux in reenacting various Scientology rituals, before leaving the project for unknown reasons. According to Griffiths, Rathbun has since tried to distance himself from the movie, due to its focus. “Marty Rathbun said they were more interested in creating a film that was a vehicle for Louis, but I don’t quite see it the same way. It was more like Louis investigates and this is how it goes. “If anything it’s more like My Marty Rathbun Movie than My Scientology movie. Marty directs what’s going on, Louis is more like a spectator.”
‘It was really accurate’ Theroux’s decision to make a documentary focusing on Scientology predictably attracted outcry from the organisation. Further watching Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) Panorama: Scientology and Me (2007) Scientologists at War (2013) Indeed, throughout the documentary members of the Church are seen following the crew around and openly filming them, creating some tense yet absurd scenes. Despite this, Griffiths believes that Theroux does not demonise Scientology, and is fair on his subject. “He doesn’t say anything particularly bad about Scientology, there are no real attacks on the subject itself,” he says. “I doubt a Scientologist would have much to complain about. “It was really accurate – I think people might not believe how Scientology was presented because Scientology is getting more and more bizarre every year.” They drew the line… but there are horror stories to tell Griffiths suggests that Theroux could have done more to highlight some of the organisation’s darker practices. “They could have spent more time talking about the true horror stories of Scientology; like the disconnection policy and forced abortions. “But they had to draw the line somewhere and I think they did a good job.”
Louis Theroux films a Scientologist filming him in My Scientology Movie ‘Scientology always shoots itself in the foot’ The secrecy of the organisation and the subsequent decision to follow Theroux and his team was a classic example of Scientology needlessly making themselves look bad, according to Griffiths. “Louis is only filming what happens and the Scientologists only make themselves look bad by stalking and harassing him,” he says. “My favourite part of the film was Scientology making itself look stupid.” Indeed, Griffiths suggests that the reason for Scientology’s secrecy is down to its historic track record for blundering public appearances. “They arrange to do a live TV show and then they don’t show up. They occasionally appoint a spokesperson to do so, but that is so rare because they always shoot themselves in the foot. “Whenever L. Ron Hubbard was interviewed he made a complete fool of himself.”
Anybody who speaks out about Scientology is brave’ Griffiths enjoyed My Scientology Movie, and gives credit to Theroux, who has been in the news again after his follow-up BBC documentary on Jimmy Savile. “For years I was afraid. I love sticking it to them now, I’m no longer afraid” “I was very impressed,” Griffiths says. “I’ve seen so much stuff about Scientology and what Louis did was a whole new take on it – he basically Louis Theroux’d it. “Whatever subject he touches, he does a very good job, he’s very insightful, he brings his own theme to it. “There were a lot of laughs in the theatre – mainly when Louis was doing his Louis face.” The former Scientologist believes that Theroux’s work, like others who have exposed the inner workings of the Church, was courageous. ” I don’t think Louis could have made this film 10 years ago. “Anybody who speaks out about Scientology is brave. Louis was brave. Because they could come after him. “For years I was afraid. I love sticking it to them now, I’m no longer afraid.” My Scientology Movie is in cinemas from October 7.
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