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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