Monday, April 7, 2014

Church of Scientology- Allegations of Child Abuse

Great Grandson of L. Ron Hubbard talking about Scientology

My favorite soap opera, General Hospital, recently named one of their mental hospitals Miscavige. It appears to be an intentional shot at the Church of Scientology, run by David Miscavige. The church was founded by L. Ron Hubbard back in 1953. Although the name is scientology, most people have come to an unofficial understanding that it has nothing to do with science and everything to do with science fiction. Please bear with me, as I know you may be wondering what this has to do with child abuse. There is a link between the two, according to many ex-communicated members of the church.

Scientology does not believe in Jesus nor do they believe in God; not any God whether it is the Christian God or the Buddhist. In order to understand the religion, the one that is included in the tax-free exemption from the United States government, you have to research it, and more likely, be a member of the church. Although there is a website for the church stating what the church is about, members who voluntarily left the church state that it changes once you begin to climb the ladder and there are secrets that anyone considering the religion should know about.

This is not being written in order to bash another religion. Who and what people decide to worship, if any at all, is their business. What is disturbing is the number of people who have come out of the religion with tales of child abuse and slave labor. The church has been accused, on many levels, of this behavior; however, the point is difficult to prove when those in the situation say they are doing it voluntarily.

One of the claims that I ran across last night states that David Miscavige ordered a group of teenagers to severely beat one of their peers. The person who told the story is no longer in the organization, but was there when this happened. The teenagers were told that they would not be allowed to communicate with their families and would suffer great shame if they did not do as Miscavige said. They believed him and proceeded to relentlessly beat and kick the other boy. There are more stories from others who were involved in the church that are very similar to this one. The question is, if authorities could go in to other cult-like situations, such as the Branch Davidians, because of reports of child abuse, why couldn’t they do that with the Church of Scientology?

It would not be in anyone’s best interest for the government to go in and blow up a place as they did with the David Koresh group, but, it is a good idea to make sure the children are safe from harm. Several famous people have joined and ultimately left the church and some of them cited the safety of their children as the reason. Katie Holmes was one of them. Bruce Willis wanted to marry Demi Moore, but, he did not want his children raised in Scientology and she subsequently quit in order to marry him. The stories vary on Moore as some state that she was never officially a member.

Scientology once had a great deal of public backing, mainly because of the celebrities they had as backers. Their celebrity backing is slowly dropping off, although Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley, and John Travolta appear to still be not only strong supporters of the church, but enjoy many perks that some ex-members say came at the price of the people who were lower on the rung. Lisa Marie Presley can be added to the list of once staunch supporters of the church who have now left.

It also pays to know that Charles Manson studied Scientology prior to starting his own religion. Manson once said that he quit because it was just too crazy for him. That would not explain why he used so many of their tactics in order to gain followers. For instance, the children who were part of the Manson Family craziness were separated, sometimes at birth, from their natural mother. The kids were then raised by other “family” members. Although I can’t be certain that Scientologists separate babies from their parents at birth, it was made very clear by ex-members that there comes a time when the kids are separated from their parents and even moved to different states in order to perform jobs for the church.

There is something going on in Scientology that obviously gets hold of some members who would rather die than to go against the church. Leah Remini left the church last year and said that it was because she asked about where the wife of the leader was when they were at the Cruise wedding. She was not given the answer, but rather, redressed for her question. She continued to inquire about the wife who had been missing from public view for several years. She even went as far as to file a missing persons report at the police department. The police closed the case a few hours later because they said there was no evidence that anything was wrong. Maybe they just forgot to mention that the woman was removed and taken to another location, living in solitude, but not because she chose to leave.

The stories are utterly shocking when you read them. You can blow one or two of them off as bitter ex-communicated members. When an entire slew of adults who grew up in the religion come out to tell their stories, you have to take it a little more seriously. One of those members includes the niece of David Miscavige who fled the scene and eventually wrote a book about her experiences at the church and breaking free from it.

Scientologists will tell you that the membership is growing and that there are tens of millions of people involved in the church. That is according to a Kirstie Alley interview. The reality is that the church could soon be as small, but potentially as damaging, as Westboro Baptist Church. There is just something not right in knowing that children are being used by the church as slave labor and being abused within its walls. The argument might be that they have a place to live and that should be payment enough. In that case, was it okay for other forms of slavery before the Civil War to take place? Of course not. It wasn’t okay then and it is not okay now. If there is any doubt, this is a call to action.

This article is about Lisa McPherson who died, some say, at the hands of Scientology and their practices. There are hundreds of articles regarding celebrities and others who have left the cult and though many of them do not speak out against the church, some, like Mimi Rogers, made it clear that they thought the church was oppressive. Odd, considering the fact that she is credited with introducing her husband, Tom Cruise to the mix. Research this organization well if you want to know more about the abuse allegations. There is plenty of material to draw from. Until next time, beware of religions that were bad enough to scare off Charles Manson. That can't be a good sign.

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