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‘Fundamentalist’ Scientology means chasing the ideal of Neo while turning your back on family


We have a new video today from Aaron Smith-Levin in his series, “Growing up in Scientology.” In order to help outsiders understand why Scientologists could dedicate themselves to chasing outlandish ideas about superhuman abilities, Aaron went all Matrix on us.

Yes, he weaves a fascinating analogy about how much the 1999 film by the Wachowskis can help us understand how Scientologists chase the dream of becoming Neo. “And not the shitty Neo,” Aaron says, which has to be one of the more surprising comparisons made on this website lately. Aaron also has some fun reading fan mail to his series.

Here is some explanation from Aaron about how Scientologists can convince themselves that it’s actually a good idea to rip apart families that disagree about Scientology’s aims…

This week’s video discusses fundamentalist Scientology and its relationship to enforced familial disconnection. We examine which of Scientology’s core beliefs are most responsible for driving fundamentalist Scientology and how these beliefs are leveraged to degrade the value of and break apart families.


Disconnection is, in my opinion, Scientology’s Achilles Heel. People will put up with a lot of crap, but disconnection that splits parents and their children, husbands and their wives, or siblings is uniquely sickening not only to the public at large who watch Scientology, but also to the people who live it and experience it. Disconnection is destroying Scientology, yet the Church of Scientology keeps enforcing it harder and harder. Why?

We examine how someone who is a hardcore Scientology believer can convince themselves, despite their true feelings, that discarding loved ones is “for the greatest good.” The core beliefs that drive fundamentalist Scientology do not begin with the secretive OT levels, but are put into the minds of children in Scientology who have no clue at all what the OT levels are all about.

Looking forward to hearing your ideas on this, people.



Karen de la Carriere on Stacy Young, part 2

Karen continues her series looking at the harassment faced by former Scientologist Stacy Young…




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Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

Sept 23: Cleveland, Parma Heights Library, 7pm sponsored by Center for Inquiry – Northeast Ohio

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Posted by Tony Ortega on September 16, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

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Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
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