I want to first thank you for the warm welcomes that I have received since my recent first couple of posts. I am not an ex - but a long time critic (and lurker) who first learned about Scientology in 1998 after moving to Los Angeles. At my first protest (Kristi Wachter invited me... is she still in the critic biz?) Anyway at my first protest - an LRH Birthday event - Mark Bunker scared the bejesus out of me when he approached with his camera and asked pointedly "Why do you protest?" "Um, um I don't know..." was all I could come up with. Not very compelling, I know. But I did know why, I just couldn't articulate it at that moment. I came to later find out that it was Mark Bunker's 1st protest as well (pretty sure) and Tory Christman was still in! How times have changed.
My temp job in Century City became my own personal print and copy station as I printed out reams of info from the internet and told anyone who would listen all about Scientology. I wasn't put off by the "tech" because I have a decidedly spiritual side and am fairly open minded. I mean, once you read about the reptilian conspiracy theories and the Illuminati, it makes Xenu sound like Sesame Street.
I didn't have much direct experience with Scientologists but I did lose a couple of artist friends (we weren't close - just from the same hometown) because they started taking classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and suddenly could no longer associate with me or my then boyfriend, now-husband. But I never made my views a secret, so I suppose it was bound to happen.
Fast foward 10 years and the recent resurgence in critical activity has made this a uniquely important time for me to work on a project that has long been close to my heart. I do not want to say much more online but if you are interested and willing to tell your story or talk about your Scn experience (anonymity guaranteed if you desire), please do contact me through the PM system and I will send you more information.
I have introduced myself to Emma and you can also verify my intentions/project details with Kendra over at ESK. I use the same handle and Kendra has put several ESKs in touch with me and Astra Woodcraft has also agreed to participate. I may contact some of you through the PM (as there are many I would like to talk to...) but feel free to contact me as well.
That said, I wish you all a wonderful day and hope to hear from many of you soon.