20/20 (Feb 11, 2019) – [25:50] I’m pretty sure the blonde arguing in the 5-6 minute range is the ex-wife, ex-Scientologist Jeff Hawkins, author of Counterfeit Dreams: One man’s journey into and out of the world of Scientology. One thing that struck me while reading the book is how destructive Scientology is to marriages and families, not just for former members, but for active members.

Another thing that I can’t stop thinking about is how often the Catholic Church is condemned and even sometimes labeled a “cult”, yet how different it is from Scientology, which genuinely is a cult.

Catholics don’t shun non-members or ex-members. But for Scientologists, you’re either in or you’re out; parents, children, spouses, best friends … if they leave, they’re dead. Also, the sacred text of the Catholic Church – the Holy Bible – and all of its teachings are readily available. Comparable texts for Scientology are revealed only to deeply committed members after years of intrusive “audits” and hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars.

60 Minutes (July 2013) – [13:54] Jenna Miscavige is the niece of David Miscavige. Parental time is minimal when a child is raised in the Church, which does not believe in families. Jenna has written a book called “Beyond Belief.”

ABC (July 2012) – [7:42] David Miscavige’s secretary left the cult. Her story about physical and psychological abuse intended to force her into divorcing her husband is appalling.

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4 responses to “Scientology

  1. This can happen inside corporations, where groupthink tends to dominate.

    Thank you for this reminder of what can happen when Jesus Christ is not the focus and center.

    And thank you for the link, a reminder to pay attention.


    • chrissythehyphenated

      You might be especially interested in this site. I didn’t list it above, because it doesn’t talk about Scientology. It’s focus is cults and cult-like groups that claim to center on Jesus Christ.

      We had a group like this in our area many years ago. The members believed they were emulating the first century Christians. They signed over their homes to the church. The businesses they worked for were owned by the church. They sent their kids to the church school. Then the pastor absconded with all the money.

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      • I lived with a group similar to that for a year, back in my misspent youth. I had no idea at the time that it was a cult, since their doctrinal beliefs were consistent with the Evangelical Protestantism in which I had been raised. But it functioned as a cult in all the relevant ways. It took me years to recover from the experience, and the scars never go away.

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