I am not saying its any sort of sin to ressurect an interesting dead thread, but a one sentence reply to an ancient (by IT standards) posting is, um, how to say... clutterish?
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THE BIG LIST of EX'S who have Spoken Out
Terl going back to your original letter and the answer I suddenly had a little insight.
It's very similar to the homophobe. Some guy who has dabbled and wouldn't mind dabbling again but is in denial about it. He gets very defensive and upset when his girl friend watches breakback mountain, why? denial. The reason that anti-scientology statements are so offensive to a scientologist is that they agree but are in denial. They are almost there! Sighingtologists are almost to a man in denial, but they have enormous doubts or they would just lightly laugh about criticism. Excellent!
Everywhere in the modern world there is neglect, the need to be recognized, which is not satisfied. Art is a way of recognizing oneself, which is why it will always be modern. (Louise Bourgeois)
This is a staff member or public Scientologist that has koolaid stains on their upper lip! They have simply drank too much!
A more effective method - don't say anything about the crimes you have seen, it will not do any good. See above! What I found effective is to tell them you are doing something else that is really cool: O.T.O / Thelema. Tell them that you are painting a picture of the "Rosy Cross" and it is fascinating!
Of course, you don't think it is a suppressive group.
O.T.O / Thelema is based on TRUTH! If they ask you what it is, tell them it is far too complicated to explain but that it is getting you amazing results in your life and is very economical and does not take much time. Your stats are soaring!
CURIOSITY may be the ticket to get them to LOOK!
You must be smarter than the CULT! They are pretty stupid. Too many crimes, too much blood on their cultie little hands!
This is especially true for children raised into any heavily indoctrinated group, like Scientology.
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