I think there are some Scientologists, both church-affiliated and independents, who think the purpose of this blog is to convince people to stop believing in Scientology.
The purpose of this blog is twofold:
1) To counter Marty Rathbun’s attempts to take advantage of the bad publicity against the Church of Scientology by attempting to put all of the blame on Church leader David Miscavige and whitewash Church founder L. Ron Hubbard.
2) To help non-Scientologists understand the true nature of Scientology so that they can come to their own informed opinion about this group.
Change only comes from within
I could no more convince a Scientologist that LRH and Scientology are frauds than I could sprout wings and fly. People come to their own decisions.
Look at the most famous and outspoken defectors from Scientology. (Their stories are all over the Internet.) Few, if any, came to the conclusion that Scientology was a con because someone convinced them. Most came to that conclusion on their own. They saw things that didn’t add up, so they investigated, they thought for themselves, and they made their own decisions.
Real change comes from within. That’s just the way it is.
Now, if reading this blog helps some Scientologist somewhere to come a bit closer to the truth, then that’s fantastic – but that’s not why I do it and it’s certainly not the expectation that I have.
“What do you care?”
This leads to another question: “Why bother? What do you care if a bunch of people get conned by LRH, DM and Scientology?”
I care because Scientology isn’t just a harmless religion with some odd beliefs. Scientology is a carefully-planned scheme that was designed with the express intention of enriching its leader.
I care because many of the practices in Scientology are physiologically, emotionally and mentally harmful, if not outright dangerous.
I care because almost all of the Scientologists I know are decent people who really do want to help mankind – and because LRH (and now DM, and to a lesser extent MR) have taken advantage of their good nature to build their own empire.
I care because what LRH did was wrong, and because I am concerned with the welfare of my fellow humans.
I care because I believe that when one sees evil being done, one has an obligation to stand up in protest.