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The Nightmare of Christianity

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2009 by arievergreen

Max Blumenthal, writing for the Nation, describes how a young man went from being oppressed as a young Christian, to rebellion via various occult traditions, to murder and suicide. The media played a part in blaming his violence on his beliefs during his rebellious phase, while avoiding or glossing over the crucial role his earlier brainwashing played in eroding his mental health. This story is three pages long, and well worth the read.

A few miles down the road from Colorado Springs [a home to James Dobson’s Focus on the Family], in the quiet bedroom community of Eldredge, a deeply disturbed young man named Matthew Murray followed the unfolding debacle at New Life Church [once under the stewardship of Pastor Ted Haggard] with an interest that bordered on obsession. Murray, a sallow-faced, bespectacled 24-year-old, had been indelibly scarred by a lifetime of psychological abuse at the hands of his charismatic Pentecostal parents. Murray’s mind became crowded with thoughts of death, destruction, and the killings he would soon carry out in the name of avenging what he called his “nightmare of Christianity.”

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Scientology Jargon in Action: Squirrels, Locationals and Time Tracks

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by arievergreen

Scientology’s quest to perfect humanity never rests, not even on the weekend. Which is why this member of the cult’s elite “Sea Org” spent his Saturday yelling at an infidel about his inevitable and pathetic death.

The guy with the camera, ex-Scientologist “Axiom142,” spotted some Sea Org staffers getting off a van in East Grinstead, England, and pulled out his camera. The Scientologist he ended up talking to supposedly holds the church’s highest ranking, OT-8, and advised him to “destimulate from your… electronic incident” or die in agony.

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In this article, the dude doesn’t do much besides yell insanely. But I think this shows the level of brainwashing and control that folks in the Church of Scientology are subjected to. If an ex-Scientologist gets this kind of flak from Church leaders, what must it be like for active practitioners?