Mike Rinder was interviewed in an article a few days ago at http://sweptmedia.ca/2013/11/24/mike-rinder-clears-scientology/. It's not that long an article, but is the clearest expression in one place I've seen yet of Rinder's take on Scientology. Given what he's written and said in the past, it's clear he's continuing to go through changes. I'd love to post the whole thing here, but will respect the original source. Here are a few excerpts: SWEPT: I’m curious, I know that you have said, since leaving the church, that Scientology is a valuable way to work through life, so are you still a believer in Scientology even though you’re no longer a church member? MIKE: I would classify myself as someone who practices principles of the philosophy of Scientology that I find workable and true. I do not consider myself a Scientology “believer” I think that word implies faith and acceptance of anything and everything merely because it is “part of Scientology.” * * * SWEPT: Is the notion of Xenu, and dead alien souls sent to Earth a part of the teachings of Scientology? If so, is this a faith position or is this a claim on some suggested scientific basis? Is this a belief that you hold to? MIKE: Yes, it is (part of the teachings). And yes, it is a faith position. Good Scientologists will tell you it is not faith – it is fact and provable by their subjective experiences with auditing and an e-meter. But that is not scientific evidence, it is anecdotal. * * * SWEPT: Is there anything you would like to say to the readers of this magazine, and to any Scientologists who may come across this? MIKE: Really, the most important thing is to think for yourself. Don’t accept things because you are told they are true or are necessary. If you see something that is abusive or wrong, you KNOW. Don’t let things be “explained away”. The church of Scientology has no monopoly on wisdom – it doesn’t even have a monopoly on Scientology. If there is something you find good and workable about it, use it. If not, forget it.