David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientology

CommunicatorIC

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David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientology.

The post is long, and cannot adequately be summarized nor excerpted -- though that of course won't stop me from attempting the latter.

The article is well worth reading in full.

Mike Rinder: David Braverman — A Too Familiar Story

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/david-braverman-a-too-familiar-story/

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As for raising money, we were 1.2 million short the night before the so-called deadline. So two OT committed members, Chuck Simon and Michael Holstein, gathered about 15 of us together around midnight, and said that they would get a bank loan for the 1.2M balance the next day if we each would sign an agreement to pay back our share, which came to $76,000 each, with interest, at the rate of $1000 per month for the next bunch of years till it was paid off. Some of the guys refused, the rest of us signed. Later the Org knighted us the “Legion of Heroes.”

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Anyhow as you can imagine the conversation didn’t go well, and after a few minutes I began to let him know that I didn’t like the way Int Management was running the Church, specifically the excruciating regging, the catastrophically stupid Ideal Org program, the cruel realities of disconnection, and the fear Scientologists had of seeking information or speaking their mind, among other things. I asked him if he had received Debbie Cook’s email and he said he had. I asked him what he thought of it and he looked at me like I was an idiot and said “well I didn’t read it,” you know, once he realized that the contents were critical. I said “OK, let’s get this straight: Debbie Cook, CO of Flag for 13 years, who had gotten more people up the bridge than you’ll ever even meet, has something to say and you are not even interested?” He muttered something about how some enemy line had gotten to her. And not only that, but he also said that I must be a “borderline” SP.

Well, I had never heard of a “borderline” SP, but I figured a sharp guy like Frank would know one when he saw one. At any rate, I saw no reason to continue the conversation so I got up and began to make my way to the exit, with Frank yelling across Starbucks at me that I had “evil purposes”, and now even the baristas knew. The man was a total robotic bubble-dwelling tape-loop. No room for conflict in his life.

I guess it took about 2 or 3 months before the envelope arrived from the International Justice Chief informing me that I was now an SP, just like Marc Headley.…maybe even worse! (Only kidding Marc, if you’re reading this. I’m sure you’re much worse.) There was no inquiry, no committee of Evidence, not even a request for a meeting or a phone conversation or any clarification on my part (just in case maybe Frank had misunderstood). The declare itself was not in the envelope, just a letter and the suppressive acts policy with all the bad stuff I had done highlighted.

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After my declare I was still paying off the $1000 per month “Legion of Heroes” money, which had dragged on for reasons I won’t get into. Of course, I had no interest in the Ideal Org, but the money at this point was a debt I agreed to pay Chuck Simon and Michael Holstein as individuals, and I didn’t want to not pay them.

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Then on a hunch I went on the “Philly Freedom” Ideal Org website to find my name on the donors list. I figured I was at least in some upper status like “Super Emeritus” or something.

Surprise, surprise! My name was not on the list at all.


Now, don’t misunderstand, I could give a shit whether my name is on the Ideal Org donors list. But this pissed me off. I mean, I gave a lot of money (not to mention the catering, and my supporting role in the Golden-Era-productions-Philly-Ideal-Org feature). So I wrote a letter, a real letter, on real paper, explaining that I know I’m an SP and all, but nevertheless I donated to the Ideal Org with a sincere desire to help, a LOT of money, and therefore why was my name removed from the donors list? I sent the letter to Chuck, Michael, Steve Oleck (the ED of the Org), and the chairman of the OT committee. Of course I had no expectations of actually having my name put back on the donors list, but I thought they should at least be made aware of their hypocrisy.

I sent each person the hard copy of the letter, and emailed it to each of them as well, twice. I got no response from anyone, except Chuck. He told me he would look into it. This went on for several months, during which time I sent him reminders every couple of weeks. Finally he sent an email back saying why didn’t I contact the people in charge myself. Well, I thought I had done that, but I asked him who he suggested I contact who would communicate with me. He said he would get back to me on that, and a couple of days later he sent me email which said I should contact the International Justice Chief, and he conveniently provided me with the address.

So I wrote back to Steve, explaining to him that if my name was to be put back on the list, the decision would have to be made on a local level, by individuals choosing to actually do the right thing, defying whatever policy they thought they were following. I told him that if I contacted the IJC as he suggested there were two possible outcomes. Outcome #1: (most likely) no response at all, or outcome #2: I would be told to do A to E, which was not going to happen.

By that time I had finished paying Steve the money, and I haven’t heard from him since. I haven’t written either. I suppose I could pursue this matter more vigorously, but life’s too short.

I have to say my life since being declared just gets better and better.


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AnonyMary

Formerly Fooled - Finally Free
Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

This is terrific! A Phili Org member and 'OT' is out and speaking up!! Thanks! :thumbsup:
 

CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

David Braverman to Marc Headley:

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/david-braverman-a-too-familiar-story/#comment-82103

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david braverrman says
March 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Hi Marc, Seriously, you were my first SP exposure ever! I don’t remember who the interviewer was or what station but it just happened one night by accident on an internet station. I heard the words Scientology and “blown for good” and got myself to leave the station on, but even though I was alone, I kind of went about my business and pretended not to listen, sort of, so I could claim in some potential future ethics interview or sec-check that it was on but I didn’t inhale, so to speak. But it’s good to know I started with a high-caliber SP. But seriously, you were majorly instrumental in me getting the idea that SP’s were not really all that bad. I definitely owe you some free bread. By the way, “Blown for Good” was a riot to read. Good luck to you and Claire with everything, especially the kids. I bet you’re a great dad.

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ILove2Lurk

Lisbeth Salander
Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

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"I kind of went about my business and pretended not to listen, sort of, so I could claim in some
potential future ethics interview or sec-check that it was on but I didn’t inhale, so to speak. "
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That's kinda hilarious actually.

I always read ESMB with the TV on. Same idea? :coolwink:
 

ForLease

Maximus Squirrel
Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

It is a great article.

He does, however, mention in the comments that he's a David Icke/conspiracy theory guy.

Which made me sad.
 

WildKat

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Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

I read the whole article on Rinder's blog last night. His story is so similar to a lot of others.

Here is basically a decent, if naive, family guy, a successful businessman, who has honor (repaying a huge church debt because he made a promise to a friend), etc. etc. The story details all of the shit he put up with and still remained a "good Scientologist" for years and years. Like so many others.

Anyone who had never been in Scn and who reads his story would have to think: "This guy is just stupid!" I'm pretty sure a lot of never-ins look at Scientologists as just plain stupid--gullible idiots.

But these are basically intelligent, good-hearted people, who put up with tons of abuse until the pile of crap started to outweigh the pain of the loss they would feel by leaving. They really believed they were doing good, improving themselves, helping society, etc.

I can't help feeling so sorry for those still in, and what pressure they must be under. Most of them never witnessed the outright abuse that occurred at Int. If their only experience is with the local org or mission, you can understand why none of what is in the HBO film would be "real" to them. All they see is their church being attacked, so they close their eyes and keep on.

It's really sad to me.

Anyway, I'm glad this guy made it out in one piece and kept his sense of humor, and seems to be doing OK.
 
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CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

David Braverman has been made aware of this thread.

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/david-braverman-a-too-familiar-story/#comment-82258

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David Braverman says

March 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

Dear communicator I/C, Thanks for cross-posting, although I never intended to be famous. And thank you for your compliment on my story. I found it soothing and sort of energy-giving to write it down, and fun too.

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CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

Philadelphia Daily News: LeBust: Scientology's dark tower on Chestnut Street

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160117_LeBust__Scientology_s_dark_tower_on_Chestnut_Street.html

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By Jason Nark, Philly.com, January 16, 2016

Adark tower on Chestnut Street was the beacon that David Braverman said he needed to navigate his way out of the Church of Scientology.

Braverman, founder and owner of LeBus Bakery, says he spent close to $1 million on Scientology during nearly four decades - on the church's so-called auditing sessions to restore "beingness and ability," on travel to its massive Flag Building in Clearwater, Fla., and in fulfilling constant requests for donations. He also provided the catering for fundraising events.

Foremost in his largesse was the estimated six-figure sum he gave toward purchase of the 15-story former Cunningham Piano Building, on Chestnut near 13th Street. The church bought the building in 2007 for $7.85 million, touting it as its first "skyscraper" to replace its longtime Philly headquarters a half-mile away on Race Street. Plans for the building included a chapel, a bookstore, and even an office for a dead man - Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986.

But the Chestnut Street building appears no closer to opening in 2016 than it did in 2007. According to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Church of Scientology has yet to apply for work permits on the property. An L&I spokeswoman said recently that an issue over sprinklers and standpipes could land the church in blight court if a variance isn't granted by the Fire Department.

Braverman left Scientology about two years ago. He says something about the building bothered him: The Philadelphia area didn't have enough Scientologists to fill the Race Street offices, let alone a Center City high-rise.

"It was a catastrophically stupid idea," Braverman, 65, of East Falls, said during a recent interview at a Starbucks on Main Street in Manayunk. "I started to voice my opinion about it, very quietly, even though I had been behind it with catering events and donating all this money."

In 2011, Karin Pouw, a Church of Scientology spokeswoman, told the Daily News that the building would be open by 2013 and that the church's leader, David Miscavige, ideally would return to the area to cut the ribbon. Miscavige grew up in Burlington and Delaware counties and joined Scientology as a teenager.

One of Miscavige's victories was in gaining tax-exempt status for the Church of Scientology in 1993, assuring that both the Race Street and Chestnut Street locations would be untaxed.

When asked the other day to comment on the status of the Chestnut Street building, Pouw said only that it was still in the "planning stages."

In 2011, the church said the "Philadelphia/New Jersey area" had about 10,000 Scientologists.

But Braverman estimates that 50 or fewer practicing Scientologists live in the area, and he believes the church isn't having much luck recruiting and isn't even trying.

Increasing numbers of adherents have become disaffected with Scientology, he says.

A 2015 HBO documentary, Going Clear, based on journalist Lawrence Wright's book of the same title, was called the "final nail" in Scientology's coffin by The Week magazine in March.

"Scientology is a toxic name, way more than it used to be," Braverman said. "I don't think David Miscavige is looking for new members. He claims to be. As far as I know, he's just trying to milk as much as he can out of the diminishing flock that there is now."


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TheOriginalBigBlue

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Philadelphia Daily News: LeBust: Scientology's dark tower on Chestnut Street

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160117_LeBust__Scientology_s_dark_tower_on_Chestnut_Street.html

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By Jason Nark, Philly.com, January 16, 2016
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But the Chestnut Street building appears no closer to opening in 2016 than it did in 2007. According to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Church of Scientology has yet to apply for work permits on the property. An L&I spokeswoman said recently that an issue over sprinklers and standpipes could land the church in blight court if a variance isn't granted by the Fire Department.
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This is a good point. The city may not have legal grounds for action just because a building is sitting empty but that doesn't mean that it doesn't have to be meet minimum fire code requirements. I would assume that they would still inspect the sprinkler systems for a vacant building and require pressure tests, flushings and require upgrades, etc.
 
Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

Philadelphia Daily News: LeBust: Scientology's dark tower on Chestnut Street

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160117_LeBust__Scientology_s_dark_tower_on_Chestnut_Street.html

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In 2011, the church said the "Philadelphia/New Jersey area" had about 10,000 Scientologists.

But Braverman estimates that 50 or fewer practicing Scientologists live in the area, and he believes the church isn't having much luck recruiting and isn't even trying.
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This is interesting. Braverman is saying that active CO$ membership in the area is one-half of one percent of what church management claims. If this statistic extrapolates to the population at large, this means that anytime they claim a membership of, say, 1 million, the reality is they are referring to 5000 people. Sounds about right...
 

TheOriginalBigBlue

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Re: David Braverman has been Declared a Suppressive Person by the Church of Scientolo

This is interesting. Braverman is saying that active CO$ membership in the area is one-half of one percent of what church management claims. If this statistic extrapolates to the population at large, this means that anytime they claim a membership of, say, 1 million, the reality is they are referring to 5000 people. Sounds about right...


http://tonyortega.org/2016/01/10/a-...entology-as-a-poorly-run-business/#more-27830

Jeffrey Augustine is back, this time with a new look at Scientology’s current strength in the United States. We think he’s got a unique perspective in this piece.
I did an analysis of the Church of Scientology in the United States from the perspective of a business executive and not a church executive. As with any business analysis, I began by dividing the US into a very typical business division of four main regions: Western USA, Great Lakes/Central, Southern USA, Northeast USA.

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