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Leaving Scientology: ‘I think this recovery is something I’ll be doing the rest of my life’

Chris_Shelton4Once again we’re featuring Chris Shelton today. He’s one of the more recent defectors from Scientology’s Sea Org, and he’s been doing a great service explaining his experience, and Scientology itself, in a series of videos.

He sent us a new video that addresses an issue we’ve also talked about with Jefferson Hawkins and Jon Atack. After finally deciding to leave Scientology’s “matrix of thought” (as Jason Beghe put it in Going Clear), how long does it take to recover from L. Ron Hubbard’s mental implants?

We think you’ll enjoy hearing from Shelton on this issue. As he points out, when you get in as deep as a Sea Org member does, you may be recovering from Scientology for the rest of your life. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a burden. As he’s found out (and many others we’ve spoken to), life can be grand when you start over again from scratch. Give Chris’s talk a listen and let us know what you think of it…




Claire on the air!

Claire Headley will be talking about Scientology disconnection today at 3 pm local time (6 pm Eastern) on KUHL-AM 1440 in Santa Maria, California. It’s the first in a series of radio interviews featuring women who found their families ripped apart by the church’s toxic policies. The host, Andy Caldwell, is a 41-year resident of the Central Coast and the Voice of Reason from Ventura to San Luis Obispo. Give it a listen!


Bonus photos from our tipsters

Actual caption from the Tampa Ideal Org: “These two little ones just completed the Assists for Illnesses and Injuries course! Now they can help their family and friends in times of need”




On May 14, you will be able to purchase ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ from Amazon in either electronic or print format, and simultaneously in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

The book will not be available for pre-order before that date. It is going live for sale on Thursday, May 14, and not a moment earlier. And hey, that’s just a few weeks away, so you won’t have to wait long.

Our appearances…

May 16: Santa Barbara Humanist Society (with Paulette Cooper), 3:00 pm
May 17: Center for Inquiry-West Los Angeles, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 11 am (with Paulette Cooper)
May 17: CFI Orange County (Costa Mesa), 4:30 pm (with Paulette Cooper)
May 20, San Diego We’re getting some help from locals trying to assist the San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry (SDARI) find a venue for us (appearance with Paulette Cooper)
May 22: San Francisco (with Jamie DeWolf and Paulette Cooper)

(Finalizing a New York City event in early June)

June 20: Chicago
June 22/23: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper)

June 27/28: Florida (with Paulette Cooper)

July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry


Posted by Tony Ortega on May 1, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of LA attorney and former church member Vance Woodward

UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists

GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer
The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill
The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield


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