A common question that non-Scientologists ask and I am sure many ex-Scientologists ask themselves is: how could someone do such horrible things?
Scientology is built on a culture of fear. You spend your days in fear of being snitched on or caught doing something human. In the Sea Org this is especially true, because you are surrounded by other hardcore Scientologists. If you are caught saying or doing anything out of line you are immediately reported to the thought police.
Typically, after being caught masturbating or in the restroom too long, you are immediately humiliated by having your "sin" exposed to the entire group. You then have to "make up the damage" you did--by touching yourself or pooping--through various "amends" projects. Followed by a survey asking for your re-admittance to the group. You have to not only share your mastubatory habits with hundreds of people, but you also have to ask for their forgiveness.
For Sea Org members, who work 100 hours a week, this must be done after working hours. Meaning that in order to "make amends" most Sea Org members will spend 48-72 hours with less than a couple hours of sleep. The reason is because payday is every Friday. If you are not done with your amends program by payday, your meager $30/wk salary is cut down to $15.
The amends process applies to Scientologists who do not work for the church as well. Typically spend hundreds of hours of the fake counseling (called "auditing") that they pay for confessing things such as--but not limited to:
- Oral sex
- Anal sex
- Gay tendencies
- Gay thoughts
- Not sleeping enough
- Not eating enough
- Smoking pot
- Doing other drugs
- Taking prescription drugs
- Watching porn
- As well as many other activities which are also considered crimes in the "regular" world. [However, on this note--let it be known that it is also considered a crime in Scientology to report a Scientologist to the "real world" authorities without first reporting it to a Scientology employee. I have heard of Scientologists getting away with murder (literally) or child abuse because of this rule, though I have never experienced it myself. It is also considered a crime in Scientology to sue another Scientologist in civil court--which even applies to divorces. The church is used to settle domestic and financial disputes through tribunals. The outcomes of which inevitably lean in favor of the person who has donated more money to Scientology--and donation status is the only thing taken into account.]
|Featured above: Expensive fake counseling|
|This is the "Tone Scale" used in Scientology. Everything below 2.4 on that list is considered "bad".|