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The Minnesota Critical Thinker: Come on In, the Sand is Fine!
Last year, after I had quit Scientology’s Sea Organization, I was alarmed to start discovering on the internet the sorts of covert operations and stalking that this group routinely engages in against its ex-members and critics. But what I really should have recognized as the red alert danger signal was my fiancé’s fear of what I was doing: reading anti-Scientology materials on the internet.
She is a Scientologist. It wasn’t the truth of the information that she had a problem with. One could hardly argue with a news story which featured the mug shot of the Scientology leader David Miscavige’s twin sister having been incarcerated on drug charges. Or deny the church’s finger prints when confronted with video coverage of Scientologist “Squirrel Busters” outright harassing critics and former members on their front porch.
While this was disturbing, the real conflict for my fiancé was that I was looking at any of this in the first place. Couldn’t I just leave well enough alone? Why did I have to be looking at this bad news – what Scientology calls “entheta”? This entered a bit of a wedge in our relationship and I didn’t deal with it as I should have: by being open and honest about what I was seeing and getting her involved in what I was doing. I was still in the Scientology mindset of “hide hide hide lest ye be found out” and that was definitely not healthy.
A few months later, she was handled by Scientology’s “ethics officers” to disconnect from me and my suppressive ways. She didn’t even tell me in person – she wrote me a letter. This was a woman who had agreed to marry me, we were talking about children and were already planning when and how the marriage would take place.