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Scientology’s ‘Disconnection’ policy foiled as Jeremy Powers reunites with his family

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We couldn’t think of a more appropriate breaking story for Independence Day: Jeremy Powers, who we first wrote about more than two years ago, has ditched the Church of Scientology and was reunited yesterday with the family he “disconnected” from, including his grandmother, Edie Fields.

After three and a half years, Jeremy suddenly ended his exile from his family when, a week ago, he sent a text to his mother, Meshell Little.

At first, she assumed it was a prank. And it’s not hard to understand why. She hadn’t heard a word from her son in all that time. Not even after she started a blog in June 2011 and wrote post after post trying to get his attention. But after several messages back and forth Friday evening — slowed by excruciating delays — Meshell was certain she was actually communicating with her son.

And once he had made that contact, he knew there was no turning back.

Yesterday, they had the reunion that Meshell has been waiting for. Her husband, Jim Little, captured it on video…

 

 
Last night, we talked on the telephone with Meshell in her St. Louis-area home as she was still reeling with emotion.

“I’m upstairs with my son Jeremy, and we’re putting his room together because he’s moved back in with us,” she told us.

If you read our previous story, you know that Meshell and her mother Edie were longtime, loyal members of Scientology who had grown increasingly frustrated with the church, like so many other veteran members who have been leaving the organization in a recent exodus.

Meshell, her husband, her mother, and her two other children all left the church in 2010. But her son Jeremy was going in the opposite direction. As his family was leaving Scientology, he was increasing his involvement.

Like other children of Scientologists, Jeremy had been recruited at a young age into the church’s “Sea Organization” — the hardcore unit that requires the signing of billion-year contracts and total dedication. Jeremy had brief stints with the Sea Org at only 12 years of age and at 15, but then had returned home, and then later had become involved with the daughter of a prominent local Scientology family.

When Meshell and Jim and Edie decided to leave Scientology, Jeremy was faced with a stark choice: Give up the woman he had fallen in love with and her church, or give up his family. He chose Scientology.

About a year later, the family’s story came to our attention when we learned that Edie, then 71, had been targeted with an intimidation attempt by local Scientology officials, as we detailed in our 2012 story. That’s when we learned about Meshell and her determination not to give up hope about seeing her son — like Lori Hodgson and Cindy Plahuta and other women who have been separated from their children by a church that uses the “leverage” of disconnection to keep its members under control.

In her blog, Meshell wrote about what the rest of the family was doing, trying to keep Jeremy updated about family holidays, or what his younger sister Heather was up to. Meshell also vented her anger at him at times as she tried different strategies to get him to question his decision to cut them out of his life.

Jeremy says he was aware that his mother was writing on the Internet about him, but the DSA at the St. Louis org, Ellen Maher-Forney, had told him not to look at Meshell’s blog. (Scientology’s “Office of Special Affairs” handles the church’s public relations and intelligence-gathering. Each local church, or “org,” has a person who handles Special Affairs in that area, known as a “DSA.”)

Working for his fiancΓ©e’s family in a job that had him on the Internet, Jeremy says he and the church worked hard to keep him cut off from his mother.

“I had people who would check my mail for me. All of my e-mails were scrubbed or deleted,” he says.

But Jeremy admits now that he never stopped thinking about his mom, and always felt depressed about cutting off contact with his family. He wondered if he’d done the right thing.

And despite doing his best to shield himself from “entheta” — Scientology jargon for negative public information about the church — his access to the Internet meant that he couldn’t remain entirely ignorant of Scientology’s bad press.

“I went to the church and I asked a lot of questions that don’t normally get asked. And I got a lot of answers,” he says. “I was given special issues of magazines that were supposed to answer my questions.”

One of those magazines was an issue of Scientology’s propaganda organ, Freedom, which featured stories criticizing Anderson Cooper for CNN’s 2010 coverage of allegations of abuse committed by Scientology leader David Miscavige. Like so many other people we’ve talked to who were shown copies of Freedom from that time, the strategy backfired badly. The magazine only confirmed for Jeremy that the stories about Scientology were true.

But he still avoided looking at websites criticizing Scientology, and especially his mother’s blog. “I was too afraid to look at it because I’d have to confront it,” he says.

Four months ago, he married the young woman whose family he had been working for. And things didn’t go so well. His doubts only increased.

Finally, he decided to look at his mother’s website. Not to read it, he says, but to find her telephone number. A week ago, he sent her a text at 4:38 pm.

About an hour later, Meshell first spotted the message, and then immediately texted back, “OMG I love you so much.”

By that time, Jeremy had gone to a friend’s wedding, and he couldn’t answer for several hours.

Meshell figured she had been the victim of a prank. But then he answered, and confirmed that he was Jeremy Powers.

Jeremy admits that he wasn’t entirely sure what he was doing. “I wasn’t so sure at that point. But the more I talked about it the more sure I was.”

And now, they had some important decisions to make.

Jeremy decided that he wanted to come home. But they knew how hard Scientology fights to keep someone from leaving, particularly someone involved in a prominent church family.

Jeremy decided the only way he could get away was to gather his things and leave yesterday while his wife was at work with her family.

“I didn’t want to be ‘saved’ from my decision,” he says. And then he had to inform his wife. “I called her at work. I had to do it over the phone, so she would be in the right place, where her family was.”

“I feel so much sadness for Sarah,” Meshell says about Jeremy’s wife. “Either he has to leave her to be with his family, or she has to leave her family to be with him.”

That’s how Scientology works.

But Jeremy sounds resolute.

“I made my decision a week ago. It feels like the right one. I’m really happy.”

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on July 4, 2014 at 07:00

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  • rom661

    I just posted something on Bondi’s website referring to this situation and the disconnection policy of Scientology. Also questioned if her support for them had anything to do with money. It is there for now at least. There was another strongly negative post just ahead of mine. Perhaps a nice way to spend a couple of minutes celebrating freedom?

    • she is a fucking republican, she works for our enemies

      • rom661

        I’m not sure I understand your point. My idea was to undermine someone in public office who supports Scientology. I couldn’t care less what party they are.

  • Sibs

    Very very very very very very OT: is Espi around? It looks like France’s Maginot Line couldn’t stop the German attack from scoring a goal.

    Also my friend is over and I am showing her this. What a perfect story for Independence Day.

    • Espiando

      Yeah, I’m around. I was commenting earlier, and I just got out of the shower. And, remember, I’m rooting for the Germans here, as a former resident of said country.

    • Scream Nevermore

      Ye gods, the French played like they were sedated! Very disappointed.

  • Frank Lee

    I think one of the worst things in our society today is when a parent, a boss, or an authority figure answers a question with “because I say so” instead of an explanation. It is that one phrase that undermines clear reasoning. Scientology appears to hinge on that one irrational philosophy.

  • Pierrot

    ***
    RED X +–+ ALERT +–+RED X +–+ ALERT ***

    This mental pain from Los Feliz, Updated to today 30 minutes ago.
    Destroy – destroy http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/act/4537672289.html

  • Espiando

    OSA: The Hurricane Arthur of spai agencies. Lots of wind, little damage, disappointing, and they’re not even Dudley Moore. They’re barely Russell Brand.

  • 1subgenius

    Meanwhile the mainstream media twiddles it’s twat.

    It only comes with a measly $10,000, but a Pulitzer for Tony is a bit overdue, no?

    • i-Betty

      I can’t think of a worthier recipient.

    • Zana

      I TOTALLY agree!

      Also… I love seeing the ads at the top of his page… knowing that he’s getting financial support from them. Hosting this blog not only takes a lot of time, it also takes a lot of money. Tony deserves a medal! A REAL Freedom Medal.

      • 1subgenius

        And some filthy lucre.
        Don’t forget the filthy lucre.

        • Science Doc

          When receiving awards my preference runs towards cash. Certificates and stuff just hang on the wall. Cash is legal tender.

      • 1subgenius

        Ooh, that would be a good shoop….Tony getting the Freedom Medal of Valor from DM.
        Obs? I rarely make requests…..

        • Observer

          I’m sorry, really I am, but I just don’t feel right shooping anyone but prominent hardcore Scientologists and their non-Scilon minions/dupes (like Baca and Bondi) without their permission. The only exception I’ve ever made to that is the army of torch-and-pitchfork-bearing Marty Rathbuns.

          • 1subgenius

            No problem.

        • Zana

          I LOVE this idea!

      • Sunny Sands

        It’s just a little thing, but if you shop at Amazon online, click through his referral link in the left-hand column of the page. I don’t know how much he gets, but 1.5% is about average for a link. I’ve used it quite a few times.

        • Ardent

          I didn’t realize that! Thanks for the tip!

        • Scream Nevermore

          In the UK we can’t shop on Amazon.com – it redirects us to the UK site, and I don’t think he gets anything from that. I could be wrong. (Am I wrong??)

        • aegerprimo

          I have as well and puchased Kindle versions of “A Piece of Blue Sky” and “Bare-faced Messiah” through Tony’s Amazon link . Oh and “Game of Thrones” set.

        • Zana

          Yes. I buy at Amazon all the time. I’ll do that.

    • Science Doc

      I’m a real fan, but the Pulitzers run heavily toward more traditional media. If you look at the masthead for the Tampa Bay Times, it proclaims “winner of 10 Pulitzers”. I don’t know how much success digital media such as blogs have had with traditional journalism awards. Tony has displayed very real talent as an investigative reporter and his tenaciousness following this story has few parallels anywhere. His best bet for an accolade like a Pulitzer is probably to distill his years of effort into a masterful book length account as I assume he is doing.

    • Some things are a labor of love.

  • Minion Gayle

    Wow, way to make me teary-eyed, Tony. In the best possible way.

    Congratulations to the whole family! I hope that Sarah sees her way out as well (sooner rather than later, because I have confidence that the whole house of cards is going to come tumbling down in the next five years.)

    • 1subgenius

      5 years ago I have it 9 months.
      Show’s ya what I know.

      • Science Doc

        As far as the end goes, it depends on where and how you define the goal line. For first order decay processes you can define a half life. If the end of Scientology is in some kind of first order mode, I think we’re seeing a half life as little as two years at this point, but it was something like 10 years 15 years ago – obviously first order kinetics is not applicable over the hole history. In a true collapse some very nonlinear things happen. That’s what we’d really like to see. Something like the Feds sweeping in seizing assets and making arrests at the top coupled with most of the public and staff walking away in disgust. I really think it’s so abad at this point that whatever the details the cult will look fundamentally different two years from now.

        • Once_Born

          Yes. The end, when it comes, will be sudden, unexpected and complete. Also, I suspect it will be rather like the situation in East Germany when the Stazi saw the game was up, and quietly abandoned their posts.

        • Missionary Kid

          I’m saying that the collapse of the Co$ infrastructure will take place this year. I don’t believe the model of half-life applies, because as time goes by, the rate of decay slows.

          • Mooser

            My money is on the same square as your’s MK. By the end of this years, Scientology as a cult capable of attracting and exploiting new people will be gone. The clean-up, and rescues, and court cases will go on for years.

            • Missionary Kid

              Notice that Co$ has gone very silent. It could either be that an eruption is about to take place, or that it’s so wounded that it’s incapable of defending itself.

      • Minion Gayle

        At this point, I think if Miscavige goes down the whole place will collapse with him. Or at least I hope. All these lawsuits have to be chipping away at him, the stress must be enormous.

  • FINALLY another HAPPY ending involving Scientology. Meaning I’m happy the cult is ending!

    • Missionary Kid

      Amen!

    • TDA1541A

      Dirty girl you

  • nottrue

    Scientology your evil polices will doom you. The word is getting out.

  • Synthia Fagen

    Fantastic story and so apt on Independence Day! Happy 4th everyone.

  • KNMF

    Terrific news!
    Love > fear.

  • Qbird

    Today’s news made my day… yay for that BIG long sweet welcome home hug! Smiling big here too!
    cheers…

    • Jimmy3

      And that photo has made my day all over again.

      • Qbird

        a lot of posts are doing that for me today too Jimmy3x’s.

    • Baby

      PURE FREAKIN JOY…

    • nottrue

      That little gal is having a “BIG WIN”

      • Missionary Kid

        And she didn’t need freakin’ $cientology to have it.

    • Scream Nevermore

      Oh bless her, she looks ready to burst with happiness!

    • Baby

      Resized for Screen Savor for anyone who wants it.. xoxo Click on this first to enlarge it..

      • Baby

        refresh

      • Aslansown

        I love that picture. It’s been my FB profile pic for a long time!

    • Captain Howdy

      Awww..some.

    • D.Y.G.

      The baby is cute but I really want the camel.

  • Baby

    Wow.. what a story..I have been over to your blog Mama Bear and you never gave up..NEVER..I listened to this song and added it to my spodify.. Amazing.

    I am sitting here with happy tears Meshell.. I love how you vacillated in your feelings from wanting to throttle Jeremy to wanting to hug him until he turned blue..

    You made me proud to be a mother today.. xo Love Baby.. ( You guys this song is beautiful..)

    http://myjeremy.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/jeremy-you-got-growing-up-to-do/

    • flyonthewall

      hey Baby, I have this pic I thought you’d enjoy. To prevent cancer we taught our baby to smoke. She’s totally on source! (it’s actually a fake cig) ssshh πŸ™‚

      • Baby

        Fly…hahahahhahahha .. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww GIMMIE DAT BABBBBBBIE..

        • flyonthewall

          NO SHE’S MINE! Actually she’s a big girl now, at least she thinks she is. Going to 1st grade! Name’s Imani

          • Baby

            Just beautiful.. Wow I love the name .. Yep, means Faith.. Beautiful name.. She is a big girl now.. ; )

            • flyonthewall

              Thnx!

    • Robert Eckert

      I liked the birthday song she put up for Jeremy a year ago, I played it again today because it’s my birthday:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtjCXPxhMuc

      • Baby

        Hahaha.. That is adorable Robert..

        Happy Birthday to a dear Bunker Friend.. OMG I’m watching Susan Boyle..Crazy..
        ( Hugs.. ) xo baby

      • stillgrace2

        Happy, happy birthday, Robert! I also consider you my bunker friend. You have defended my honor in the past and I appreciate it! It’s my great-nephew’s birthday, too. Here’s a pic of him.(refresh)

      • Captain Howdy

        Happy Birthday You Ole Tosser!

      • Elar Aitch

        Happy birthday Robert!

      • Rita Gregory

        Happy Birthday Robert!

      • DodoTheLaser

        Happy Birthday, Robert!

      • Robert Eckert

        Thanks all, it was a good day full of old friends in the so-called “real world” as well.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    World Cup and $cientology

    “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.”

    Gary Lineker, after losing the 1990 World Cup semifinal to Germany by penalty shootout.

    “Life is a simple game; I can confirm that at the end the infirm con firm always loses.”

    Me

  • Ardent

    What a wonderful story. Thanks for the good news. And happy Fourth, all my American friends.

  • Jefferson Hawkins

    Welcome, Jeremy, and congratulations to you, Meshell and Jim. I know it has been a long battle, Meshell, but you persevered and you won. “The truth will set you free.”

    Interesting, another example of Scientology’s heavy-handed “Freedom” issue backfiring badly. Scientology remains clueless as to how bad that issue makes them look and how it makes exactly the opposite argument that they think it makes. People are not as stupid as Scientology thinks they are.

    • Panopea Abrupta

      “The truth will set you free.”

      David Miscavige: the truth will make you flee, you flea.

  • Verve

    Hi Little Boots. Your tiny “empire” is crumbling. For every devout $ci or whale you have, we have 1,000 intelligent & cognizant people. We have Tony O., we have 2 of your trusted lieutenants, we have your niece, we have dozens of others, and we have a Monkey Horde. You will pay for your crimes in court. It’s 2014- you can’t hide like Hubbard did; you will be found and brought to justice. Who can you trust to keep you safely hid away? No one trusts you, no one loves you, heck, no one even likes you. They are 1) paid well, or 2) afraid.

    I love the smell of banana bombs in the morning.

  • Rita Gregory

    Congratulations! Let freedom ring!

  • TooDangerous

    Little Family,
    I am so happy for you! Your video brought tears to my eyes.
    This story gives disconnected families hope for reconnection!

  • Baby

    Well DM

    Blood is Thicker than Slime!

    • Observer

      Now that is a keeper!

      • Baby

        I was going to say OIL for the Oiliness table..but ya know I had to go for Slime Obs.

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    Such a happy Independence Day! Tears..

  • Captain Howdy

    Meshell won!
    Jeremy won!
    Germany won!
    Her Holiness has returned!
    It’s the 4th of July..and the packy is open!
    Weeeeeeeeeeee,,all the way home!

  • Kimberly Gooden Bumpas

    I feel so sad for Jeremy, having to make such a haed decision and sacrifice those he loves, not once but twice. I feel dor his wife as well. Its so sickening what Scientology doea ro families, all in the name of so-called religion. My heart is with you all. You’ve made the right decision. Enjoy your time with your family.

  • Mark Foster

    Yeah, ¨Scoopy¨ Ortega dropped the bass today. Nice one! Celebrating the love and giving the double middle finger to OSA.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Red-X Red-X Red-X

    Confront the con front.

    https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-99#post-2469098

    ty ap – hope you found your patio furniture πŸ™‚

    • aegerprimo

      Heh heh! Only blown over and very wet.
      CL ads on the other hand are drowned in RED Xes.

  • aegerprimo

    The moment of pure love captured on this video is priceless. I smiled and cried at the same time.

    F*** you L Ron Hubbard for creating the monster called $cientology.

    • Mark Foster

      amen corner, right here…

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Alexa update for July 4: *refresh for images*

    Tony: US rank #20,125 – down 2 from yesterday. (Average rank last 3 months: 23,270)
    Scientology: US rank #63,054 – up 2,354 from yesterday. (Average rank last 3 months: 63,193)

    Difference: 42,929 – 2,356 less than yesterday. (Average difference last 3 months: 39,922)

  • This is such awesome news!

  • Christmas, New Year’s, the 4th of July and Thanksgiving, mostly Thanksgiving, rolled into one 43 second video. Congratulations, Jeremy, Meshell and Jim. YOU WON!

  • Baby

    Just a quick message to OSA and 5′ 1″ Shorty.. Made this just for you guys.. Enjoy!

    • Troy MacGyver SP

      Happy New year,Baby!

      • Baby

        ONE Story at a time.. One celebration at a time.. WE WANT EVERYONE TO WALK THE HELL AWAY.. Just Blow!

  • Gabbyone

    Please take a look at the link below. Fill out the survey if you have been involved in any way by disconnection. I believe that there is a panel discussion involving many movers and shakers at the ICSA conference this very afternoon. Awareness is the key to action against this inhumane practice. No one should have to be placed in the position of making the kind of choice that Jeremy had to make.
    http://www.njsafeandsound.org

  • Missionary Kid

    Totally OT. Has anyone heard even a peep out of Krusty since she joined JennyCraig for the second time? The last press release was in April. I would think that we’d have heard something about her. After all, Jenny Craig has sunk a shitload of money into her already.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      She recently tweeted that she has dropped “three lemurs” (twenty pounds). I am not making this up. She has been avoiding the spotlight, ostensibly until she loses the mere 30 pounds she desires to shed, lest she end up in the sideshow.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2668671/Kirstie-Alley-finds-bizarre-way-reveal-dropped-impressive-20-pounds.html

      • Missionary Kid

        We’ll see if she’s even half-way successful.

      • Sherbet

        One of the commenters said:

        “She’s lost several lemurs before and gained back a few elephants…”

    • Sherbet

      She did a commercial where she said she had “already lost 10 lbs.”

      • Missionary Kid

        Thanks.

      • Captain Howdy

        She loses 10 ibs every morning.

        • Sherbet

          The commercial had her holding up some sexy little wisp of a negligee and making a “Roarrrr!” sound. Oh, puleeze.

          • Observer

            .. pic

            • Sherbet

              Ha! Can you hear me laugh over here?

        • 1subgenius

          All of it brown.

          (sorry I’m late)

        • Eivol Ekdal

          A twisted mass of Lemur fur and bone.

    • Sherbet

      Jenny Craig’s company slogan should be: “Call Jenny. Because we know you’re going to fail.”

  • ThetaBara

    AWWWWWWWWWWWW YEAH!!!!! Welcome home, Jeremy. What a wonderful story for today!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Hey you.

      Happy fourth.

    • Captain Howdy

      Happy Independence Day to you and everyone else in Babylon-by-the-Bay!

    • Missionary Kid

      Happy fourth, Theta!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Life 1 $cientology 0
    (after extra time.)

    Unfortunately the penalty shootout will not occur until later and will definitely not be in Texas.

  • Sunny Sands

    Leah Remini posted this pic on Twitter to advertise her new reality show. (image)

  • I wonder if anyone has ever even attempted to add up how many families Hubbard and $cientology broke up over the years, or how many marriages were broken up like Jeremy’s, or how many coerced abortions took place in the Sea Org. It’s sickly ironic that the evil cult whose main student entry point is the Communications Course is so horribly and continuously disruptive of people communicating with each other, or starting families or keeping them together.

    • aquaclara

      The number is more than the number of members, so if we listen to Davey, it’s more than eleventy-billion. If we listen to our best instincts, it’s still far too many broken families and broken hearts.

      The one time a lie does not help.

  • Observer

    COB’s scissors are getting dull. Soon he won’t be able to cut anyone off.

    *refresh*

  • Narapoid

    Wonderful and yet bittersweet news. I am certain that he loves Sarah, but regardless of how Jeremy feels about his bride, he couldn’t go through life without his Mom in it. No waiting for her to “come to her senses and come back to the Group. It takes the perverse logic of Scio to create the “choice”. These choices will kill the damned thing.

    The creepy action of having to sponge his computer would have had to make whoever did it feel weird. I hope they blow too. *pic*

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Red-X Alert

    Orange County demonstrates that there is, indeed, no rest for the wicked:
    Updates:
    https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-99#post-2469167

  • Sherbet

    Ciao, babies. I’ll catch you later, if the electricity doesn’t go out…LIKE IT DID LAST NIGHT…

    • Captain Howdy

      It only stormed for like 10 minutes last night and it’s barely raining now. I guess it’s suppose to pick up latter on. Hang tough.

      • Sherbet

        I had nothing to do today, anyway, and I slept through most of the thunder last night. See you later.

      • stillgrace2

        Be safe! No running out for smokes during the storm! Not unless you plan to wear a suit of armor with plenty of padding underneath.

        • Captain Howdy

          I remember onetime me and a friend were tripping and we went up on the roof to watch the lighting during a whopper of a storm. The lighting strikes were landing all around us. it was cool.

          • stillgrace2

            Nature delivers some of the coolest experiences. Once I was in Mexico City teaching at the university there and we had three solid days of the severest thunder storms I’ve ever seen. There was deafening thunder during my class.
            Later, a group of us were trying to get to this sushi restaurant (don’t ask me why, but I always get taken out for sushi in Latin countries) and the rain was just coming down in sheets and the thunder was hurting our ears.

            Our host, an inventive problem solver, paid a vendor to borrow his huge street umbrella. “Everyone under!” our host yelled. I took one look at this guy holding this twelve foot long metal rod straight up towards the sky and I said “No way! I’d rather get wet!” Everyone made it OK … luck, I guess.

          • richelieu jr

            I remember coming down after along trip with two friends just as the sun was coming up and at that moment there was a clap of thunder and the rain came, washing us clean and breaking open the clouds to the new day in the clean, desert air…

            One of the best memories of my life.

    • NOLAGirl

      Have a good evening Sherb. Stay dry. (((hugs)))

  • Troy MacGyver SP

    Happy New Year to all my Cyber friends in ,The Bunker! What a great story today! Gotta go to work:( But,I’ll be-redxing tonight.

  • TDA1541A

    The Dark Crystal Deleted Scene “Funeral”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCLJWYc_Zwk

  • NOLAGirl

    Still celebrating today’s news. What a wonderful day it’s been.

    (also, I’m just a little drunk πŸ™‚ )

    • aquaclara

      I am behind you, NOLA, but happy, too.

      • NOLAGirl

        I wish I could pass you some of these passion fruit drinks my sister-in-law made, they’re delicious.

        • aquaclara

          Drinks recipe, pleeeeze.
          Vino Blanc does not equal passion fruit drinks from your sis-in-law, but I will attempt to catch up!
          Happy hurricane celebration!

          • NOLAGirl

            I promise I will ask her for it when she wakes up (late night for all of us lol) and I’ll post it here. xoxox

          • NOLAGirl

            Ok, here’s what she said. She makes it all different kinds of ways because you can pretty much use any fruit/juice you want, but here’s what she made last night.

            Mash cherries (with no pits) into a pitcher or container
            Fill with Ice
            Add as much or as little Vodka as you like
            Pour Passion Fruit juice (she used Welch’s) into container (She says she also sometimes uses an even mix of cranberry & orange juices when she doesn’t have P.F. juice)
            Mix
            Strain (for anyone who doesn’t like the fruit chunks and/or pulp or just leave it all in there)
            Serve in cold glasses over ice. Garnish with a lime slice

            It’s pretty much a “use whatever you like the best” recipe she said. Just an invention she came up with in her kitchen. πŸ™‚

            • aquaclara

              Yum! I can’t wait to try this…thank you!

  • Science Doc

    Amazing semi OT vocabulary word discovery on CNN.com today

    “Under Lester’s “guidance,” the Beatles showed the same brash insouciance in on-screen that they displayed in performance. (John snorting through an empty Coke bottle, Ringo deadpanning under a hair dryer while reading a magazine as the manager, Norman Rossington fumes, “What are you up to?” Says Ringo: “Page five.”)”

  • TDA1541A

    Scientology Interview Part 1of:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR4B87GwVlY

    • Captain Howdy

      Dude! I was going to put this up onetime and another one she does with an ex. and It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact I think she’s gorgeous..I swear to Xenu!

      • TDA1541A

        I had some discussion with her on youtube back in the day.
        Between her and Anonroth we came to an understanding

        • TDA1541A

          Because you upvoted: It was about the going inrto church thing and being part of the service

    • NOLAGirl

      Why do these people think so many people spend all this time unconscious? We’ve all at some point in our lives passed out from drinking, exhaustion etc…but damn, according to Co$, a lot of the people on this planet spend a lot of time in some unconscious state.

      Why am I even trying to make sense of this? LOL

      • Captain Howdy

        I laugh about that one also. I’ve lived a pretty rough and tumble life and I’ve never been knocked out.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    $cientology: Hubturd’s madness metastasized.
    $cientology: there’s a truth serum for that.

    • aquaclara

      Pan, you should get double upvotes automatically.
      Fun. Brilliant.

      Thanks.

  • NOLAGirl

    I don’t know how many of you read possiblyhelpfuladvice.com but they posted this yesterday:

    http://possiblyhelpfuladvice.com/?p=17261

    RIP Plain Old Thetan

    • TDA1541A

      RIP………….

      • NOLAGirl

        Even with all the woo, I like that site. They post great stories about their experiences inside Co$. Very sorry to hear that he passed on.

        • TDA1541A

          In 1901, Allen Upward coined Scientology “as a disparaging term, to indicate a blind, unthinking acceptance of scientific doctrine” according to the Internet Sacred Text Archive as quoted in the preface to Forgotten Books’ recent edition of Upward’s book, The New Word: On the meaning of the word Idealist.[45] Continuing to quote, the publisher writes “I’m not aware of any evidence that Hubbard knew of this fairly obscure book.”[46] In 1934, philosopher Anastasius Nordenholz published a book that used the term to mean “science of science”.[47] It is also uncertain whether Hubbard was aware of this prior usage of the word.[48]

    • I was greatly saddened to see that today when I woke up. Plain Old Thetan was one of my favorite critics.

      • NOLAGirl

        Their stories always reminded me that despite the amount of evil scumbags in Co$, there were (and possibly still are) some well-meaning people with good intentions.

        • richelieu jr

          Sure, and they continue to do evil and perpetuate a sick and evil system.. But they mean well.

          I feel for those who loved him, and certainly hope he suffered no pain, as it is nothign personal, but I f-do hope he had one last moment of clarity where he regretted everything he’d done with his adult life and realized L Ron wasn’t going to save him.

          • NOLAGirl

            I hope so too, but I doubt it.

    • Espiando

      He may have been out, but he was still a Scilon. I never saw him abrogate KSW or the definition of 1.1, so he was still an enemy to me. I’m going to cry no tears.

      • NOLAGirl

        Understood.

      • No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the
        continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea,
        Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a
        manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes
        me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know
        for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. Neither can we call this a
        begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not
        miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next
        house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbours. Truly it were an
        excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and
        scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is
        not matured and ripened by and made fit for God by that affliction. If a
        man carry treasure in bullion, or in a wedge of gold, and have none
        coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he
        travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not
        current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our
        home, heaven, by it. Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and
        this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no
        use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and
        applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another’s danger I
        take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my
        recourse to my God, who is our only security.

        John Donne

        • Espiando

          But one less Scilon is like washing a piece of dogshit off the sidewalk and into the sewer. There’s still too much of it around to step in, but at least it’s a start.

        • jeff

          “No man is an island. He’s a peninsula” – Paul Kantner

      • richelieu jr

        I hope he didn’t suffer and that his friends and family can deal with the loss without too much pain, but I am with Espianado: I never knew him personally, and as far as I am concerned he was a part of the problem, not the solution: In fact, he is the platonic ideal of why I don’t trust ‘Indies’.

        • Espiando

          If by “platonic ideal”, you mean that Indies should be shut up in caves and only be allowed to look at shadows, I agree with you.

    • aquaclara

      Thanks. Rest in peace, sir.

    • outraged

      who was he and why is he considered ‘part of the problem’?

  • media_lush
    • Observer

      Nice find on the e-meter markup!

  • outraged

    OMG, Jeremy Powers!!! You did it!!! Yay!!! Congratulations on your courage and your strength in the face of all you were forced to endure. You have left the dark side and now can start healing. There is a whole community here waiting to assist you in your return to the Real World.

    To Those Who Are Still In:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuTJ98_znVM

    • Sidney18511

      Very touching video.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Thank you for this video, Outraged.

      • outraged

        You’re welcome, though it is not mine. Found it here:
        http://leavescientology.blogspot.com/

        I was stuck in a cult. I understand. I am going to keep posting it once in a while.

  • Claire Swazey

    I am very sorry that Jeremy had to be put in this awful position of having to choose. I truly am. I am happy for him and for his Mom. I am also so glad he stood up to the cult.

  • valshifter

    yes, that’s how it is done, is nice to see some one free and lose from the grip.

  • 1subgenius

    Espi: Funny you mentioned QM earlier.
    Interesting new article:

    Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?

    http://www.wired.com/2014/06/the-new-quantum-reality/

    • Panopea Abrupta

      I met Bohm, interviewed him, in fact.
      Great vulgarization.
      Thank you.

      • 1subgenius

        What does that mean?

        • Panopea Abrupta

          It’s an interesting vulgarization of the history of quantum mechanics and an on-going, if discounted, alternative possible interpretation. David Bohm was an interesting philosopher/scientist., much neglected, IMO.

          • 1subgenius

            But we of the mob appreciated it.
            Perhaps you could put it in a nutshell.
            Just kidding.

            • Panopea Abrupta

              The nut shell around here is well documented and I believe Denise/Larry Brennan has written extensively on it.
              Just kidding.

  • aquaclara

    This has been a beautiful day.

  • aegerprimo

    OT…
    Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans… and β™₯ to those on the other side of the pond (refresh).

  • Frodis73

    Didn’t have time to comment earlier. I just had to say how great it is to hear some good news like this. Ha, ha, DM, you’re loosing, big time. Every re-connection is a “F U” to CoS, lrh, and dm.
    Happy 4th too!

  • Lady Squash

    Happy 4th to all the Bunkerites and to the newest Bunkerite, Jeremy. It does just keep getting better, Jeremy. I’ve been out four years and this is my best 4th of July ever. Last year was good and this one is better. Go figure.

    • Missionary Kid

      Simi Valley has just been out two, and she says that things just keep getting better, too.

      IMO, Co$ is such a mind wash that once you’re clear of it, you start to appreciate yourself. You no longer depend on the valuation of others, (which is all based on for what your contribution to the group is), but you are valuing yourself as a whole, separate, human being.

      • Lady Squash

        Missionary Kid, you’ve got it. I no longer compare myself to some unattainable, perfect, mistake-free, able-to-the-max being. I am just me, warts and all. And I’m okay with that. When I walked away, I was 68 and had next to nothing. I quit my Scientology job and had no idea how I was going to find work or make it on my meager social security and temporary unemployment insurance. I won’t kid you, the first year was TOUGH. Some of my blonde hair turned grey. But amazingly it has all worked out. I have a part-time job in an art gallery; I have a close circle of caring friends and I live in a comfortable house in a nice part of town. Oh, and I found God. I thank God everyday for my many blessings. How weird is that? 34 years WORKING at finding myself. I gave it all up and then there I was.

        • Missionary Kid

          Wow. I’m very glad for you..
          I’m 69, and my blond hair turned white years ago. I tell people I’m a platinum blonde.

          • Lady Squash

            Well Kid, you gave me a good laugh. Thanks

    • aquaclara

      4 years! So wonderful. Congratulations, Lady squash.
      This makes me smile.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ RED X +–+RED X +–+ RED X *** Saturday the 5th of July

    It has not been a happy Independence Day in the orgs, they have been busy flooding CL
    San Francisco and LA need your help.
    Boston ads are sticky, one of the 2,500 has been knocked off, they are now ripe

    Today’s list is now up, do visit
    https://whyweprotest.net/community/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-99#post-2469325

    FREELOADER Debt is ILLEGAL and CAN’T BE ENFORCED.
    DON’T route out, BLOW, Get HELP, get OUT. CALL 1-866-XSEAORG

    Ty Obs

    • philosofa

      Thanks for all your efforts and good work, Pierrot.

      Flagging clam scam ads on craigslist is a simple way anyone can help to end the abuses of the cult. It’s just so rewarding to see this sort of shameless and dangerous scam…

      http://wichita.craigslist.org/cls/4551289494.html

      …turn into this πŸ˜€

      http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/for/4550561964.html

      • Pierrot

        Thanks Philosofa,
        Good the books are falling slowly, we need more flags people, use the RRT (Reboot Router Tech) to get a new IP address and flag them again until they drop.
        If you are sticking around can you try to post a link in Tony O’s new article?

        • philosofa

          Sure. Will post a link to today’s list as soon as the new article is up.

    • Pierrot

      Philosofa has got an extra book down, they are now fragile and ripe.
      If you can use the RRT (Reboot Router Tech) to get a new IP and flag JJ to oblivion!

  • And I’m Cute, Too

    Once more, the Co$ proves that it has no idea how to “handle” the Internet. Even after all the safeguards and firewalls they built up around Jeremy — and forced him to construct in his mind — even the smallest contact with ‘entheta’ was enough to get him doubting his own “cherch”.

    And, once more, Freedom magazine is proven to be utterly useless as a propaganda tool, even internally. Counterig ideas with other ideas isn’t such a bad idea. In the case of Freedom Mag, though, the ideas are all those of David Miscavige himself. And Miscavige’s ideas are so peurile and vicious, anyone with half a brain and a semi-functioning sense of decency will realize (or at least start to suspect) that DM isn’t worth following.

    Congratulations, Jeremy! I hope you had the best Independence Day ever!!

  • Jeremy Powers

    Thanks everyone for your wonderful support. I’ve kept up with the comments for a while now. I’m just happy to be able to breath. I get so mad at myself for missing out on everything with my family all this time, but I’m accelerating out of my bubble and just as I’m about to hit the ground I’ve got family and friends outside who are just so awesome. All my love, Jeremy.

    • Baby

      Jeremy…OMG … Just keep breathing honey.. OMG

      Honey.. You Did What You Had to Do at the Time..

      As Maya Angelou says, ” When Ya Know Better You Will Do Better! ”

      And I will give you my favorite saying.. ” Everything will be OK in the end..If It is NOT OK ..it’s NOT the End..”

      What awesome family and friends.. Will They Adopt Me? I’ll quit smoking..xoxo love Baby

      • stillgrace2

        Baby, I also love that saying! “Everything will be OK in the end … and if it’s not OK … it’s not the end.” It’s featured in the movie “The Exotic Marigold Hotel”, one of my favorite movies. One of my favorite actresses, Judi Dench, repeats the saying at the satisfying end of the movie.

        • Baby

          My absolutely favorite movie Grace..

          and Judi Dench.. LOVE her.

    • Mark

      Very, very well done.

    • Observer

      I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!

    • outraged

      oh how wonderful. I have tears. thank you jeremy. Thank YOU.

      Whatever you are feeling right now is the right thing to feel. Just keep breathing. One day at a time.

    • stillgrace2

      Go, Jeremy! I am so proud of you. That was a difficult, but life-saving decision. Breathe that fresh air. Good things will coming your way.

    • Missionary Kid

      Congratulations. You made a hard decision, and, as many of the people posting here have said, it gets much better. I wish that for you.

    • aegerprimo

      That was then and this is now. Take a deep breath, enjoy, and know your life is going to be great.
      So happy you are out! I’ve been out for over 15 years. Life has been good, hard at times but worth it. Like you, I had family who were there for me.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      My advice from experience:
      1) Get some well padded underpants for those moments you will be kicking yourself in the butt.

      2) When those moments come and go, the fastest way back to your happy place is to close your eyes, click your heels 3 times and repeat the greatest win of all:

      Thursday at 2:00 Does Not Exist!

    • Jimmy3

      Very happy for you, man. Wishing you all the best.

    • pronoia

      Awe. Just keep breathing — and leave space for both celebration and grief. Real life is complicated and sometimes messy. But out of all the unknowing and seeming confusion, incredible possibilities arise. You are still young, young enough to not “settle” for barely good enough, ever.

      And congratulations — there are way more people outside scientology rooting for you than there ever was on the inside.

    • *hug*

    • Unex Skcus

      So glad you made a better choice for your life. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

    • D.Y.G.

      I bet it feels pretty freaking awesome to be able to use the internet at will.

      Don’t beat up on yourself too much. Your people love you, you love them, and that’s what matters. Make peace where you can and where it’s safe to do so, then move forward.

    • Sejanus

      You look truly happy….and it is infectious….thank you for being so very brave.
      You will inspire others.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Keep on rocking, brother.

    • Elar Aitch

      Your actions made my day xxx

    • Frodis73

      Dear Jeremy- It’s so hard to explain how your story has touched a bunch of strangers on the net. I am so happy for you & your family…you are young and have lots more living ahead of you. Don’t beat yourself up too bad…scientology works that way.

      You are free now & we want you to enjoy every minute of it. We are not “SP’s”, we are ppl who care about the abuses going on.

      Also, congratulations on your first, true “win”! Best of luck to your future.

    • Ruby

      Hi Jeremy. I have been thinking of how to reply to your words all day.
      First of all, I just want to say, I absolutely love a man who loves his mom! In my experience, these are the men of the highest cut, ever.
      Secondly, as an ex of 5 years, who had been in for over 35 years, and 23 of those as a staff member, I am STILL having those moments of being mad at myself…so, welcome to my world.
      It’s all good, all a lesson…and you are a better man for it on YOUR path to love, life and freedom. You have learned a huge lesson that will make your future so wonderful. I only wish that I knew what you now know when I was your age. Here’s wishing all the best to you. πŸ™‚

    • Panopea Abrupta

      Jeremy, you made me cry yesterday,
      tears of joy for you and your mom and your grandma, tears of rage because of disconnection.
      I am happy for you.
      It’s a strange beautiful extraordinary world which gives us endless questions and no final answers.
      Welcome and thank you for choosing love.
      Here’s a song for you and your mom:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P524AJ63il0

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      I wanted to make sure you got an actual reply rather than just tons of upvotes. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck for your future. We’re here for ya.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Late to this party, but wanted to pop in and add to the hugs and welcome.

      Don’t let the past get you down– and don’t worry about the future. Just live in the present for now.

    • Narapoid

      Don’t dwell long on that stuff, it’ll take away from the now. But DO kick yourself a little while, it’ll make the present time moments and the contemplation of the future that much sweeter.

      Welcome home pilgrim!

    • philosofa

      Be very proud of yourself, Jeremy. You took a huge, courageous leap into freedom and you deserve all the time in the world to heal and recover. Well done.

      There are people all over the world that are wishing you well and are all cheering you on. If you feel you want to unload or chat here I am sure you realize how much we would love to hear from you.

      If, on the other hand, you want to cosy up with your family and decompress and savour your freedom in private, without the involvement of a whole heap of well-meaning Bunkerites, then that is exactly the right thing to do. Your own needs and those of your family come first and that is how it should be.

      With Best regards.

    • richelieu jr

      Dear Jeremy,

      Welcome to the real world. You remember it, I hope! A lot of it is a drag, but even when it’s a drag it is a REAL one, not some made-up crap to make you suffer.

      Not to take anything away from your past poor judgement, or bad decisions, and I am sure you were a real idiot, but– You’ve wasted enough of your life on that silliness. Don’t keep giving them your time and mental energy. You’re out now, so BE out. Give your famoly some of the attention you failed to give it before, and realize that there is no one who doesn’t have some stupid shit in their past.

      And, of course, should you wish to do penance, you now where you can spill the beans!

    • Toni m

      Dear Jeremy congratulations to you and your love ones for this happy reunion. Follow the advice of the ones that have done before you the big step of getting out of scio. Their experience on what happened to them when they left will help you. You have a great advantage, the family who love you very much and the thousands of ex-scio and never in that are you friends.
      More important Jeremy, do you realize what you just did?. You have put hope in the hearts of many moms and dads that have been waiting for their kids to do the same. It happened to your mom………….. it can/will happen to them too.
      Be happy Jeremy. You have the right to live your life as you want, to make decisions at your free will. Now is the time.

    • shasha40

      So happy for you ! Your story made me cry tears of sheer joy ! You give me hope that more will allow their love for their families to trump the church ! Best Wishes !!!

    • Hey bud, as someone in the exact opposite position now, as you were until a couple of days ago–leaving Scientology is always the best choice.

    • A bird in the chimney

      Wishing very good things for you and yours, Jeremy. I was so glad to read this! And what’s important is you’re out now, and can start anew. I hope the best for you going forward as you transition to life out, and a great life with your family and friends. Be well!

  • Pepper

    My best wishes Jeremy and Good Luck! Life will only get better now that you’re out.