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Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:26 PM

Ex-scientology kids: "I was born. I grew up. I escaped."

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Reply Ex-scientology kids: "I was born. I grew up. I escaped." (Original post)
pnwmom Jul 2012 OP
yardwork Jul 2012 #1
pnwmom Jul 2012 #6
MadHound Jul 2012 #2
pnwmom Jul 2012 #7
MadHound Jul 2012 #14
pnwmom Jul 2012 #19
roguevalley Jul 2012 #20
Dawson Leery Jul 2012 #15
Warpy Jul 2012 #16
K8-EEE Jul 2012 #17
hedgehog Jul 2012 #3
DCKit Jul 2012 #4
kestrel91316 Jul 2012 #10
DCKit Jul 2012 #12
kestrel91316 Jul 2012 #13
DCKit Jul 2012 #18
longship Jul 2012 #5
hedgehog Jul 2012 #8
pnwmom Jul 2012 #9
rox63 Jul 2012 #11

Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:29 PM

1. Link doesn't work.

This sounds interesting. I've seen similar websites for people who have escaped from Amish communities, Apostles of God, and others.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:44 PM

6. I hope I just fixed it. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:29 PM

2. The same can be said by any number of kids who grew up with weird religions

 

I grew up in a fundamentalist Baptist household. I was born, I grew up, and escaped, same as these kids.

What is the difference?

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:48 PM

7. The difference is that many of the escapees are telling stories

of imprisonment, beatings, forced work for $50 dollars a week, etc.

And some of these ex-scientologists have come from the very top of the organization.

The one ex-Scientologist I know had a different story. After thirty years working long hours for the SeaOrg for practically nothing, she was kicked out in her late 70's because she was too old to work for them anymore. No pension, no Social Security, no money! Fortunately for her, the family she'd abandoned decades earlier took her back.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 06:34 PM

14. And the same stories can be heard from ex-Christians.

 

Yet one religion is now mainstream, accepted, even celebrated, and the other is derided.

I don't give a damn about Scientology, but I abhor the hypocrisy that people have concerning it.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #14)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 09:00 PM

19. Where are the stories of imprisonment in mainstream Christian religions? Do you have a link? nt

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #19)

Fri Jul 6, 2012, 12:47 AM

20. they don't but that won't slow down some folks.

and I don't consider the polygamists of Jeffers community anything but a pedo ring.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 06:37 PM

15. Correct. Scientology is militant when to comes to controlling their members.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 06:53 PM

16. Did the whole church unite and separate you from your family?

Remember, even if you call Mom on Xmas Day, that's a hell of a lot more than the $cientologists would let you do if you left them.

It's pure, cultish behavior that rips families apart.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 07:00 PM

17. Your story is important and so is theirs

We are all inundated with "born again" stories but the huge amount of people who find peace ESCAPING religion, their voices are silent. I applaud them all and am interested in their stories.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:29 PM

3. Scientology: making Roman Catholics, Evangelists and Mormons feel normal!

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:35 PM

4. Wanna spend some time with me (dogma free) out in the woods?

 

Like I should talk, I'm going to meet the Mennonites on Friday night.

Anyone want to give me a head's-up?

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Response to DCKit (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:58 PM

10. The Mennonites are hardly a cult. Neither are the Amish.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 06:13 PM

12. I grew up with the Amish. They fed us.

 

I'm still learning about the Mennonites, but I'll let y'all know after Friday night.

But yeah, what you said, nobody will ever convince me they're more scary than the Scientologists.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 06:34 PM

13. The Mennonites are the more modern and relatively liberal of the Anabaptists.

They are a peace church like the Amish and Quakers.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #13)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 07:04 PM

18. I'm not bichhing, cute guys and attractive women.

 

Now that I think about it, half the kids I grew up with were probably free Amish or Mennonite. The rest, we knew who they were. We didn't always agree, but we respected them and I had an issue when they had to leave school.. I grew up in the most liberal/conservatiive area that could ever be - a college town surrounded by the Amish. It's why I can blend in at the weeekend place, and why my Republican friends are sane. I don't agree with organized religion, but I respect it.

No different than the Amish kids I grew up with. Not stupid or brainwashed. LIke my Catholic S.O. they know their bible, and I respect that. I've got arabs here in the neighborhood now, need to learn how to deal with that. If it continues to get any more multicultural, I'm going to have to study hard.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:36 PM

5. They escaped, but just wait for Lord Xenu to come back!

Seriously, good for what they are trying to do. Unfortunately, Scientology lawyers are probably busy trying to shut this down.

I wish these kids the best.

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Response to longship (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:53 PM

8. Quite seriously - there are a number of groups within the Catholic Church

that many would describe as cults - I'm looking at you, Opus Dei!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:56 PM

9. Opus Dei is awful. That's why all the Rethug converts love it. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Thu Jul 5, 2012, 05:58 PM

11. The link didn't work for me either

But this one did: http://exscientologykids.com/

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