One of the most deadly things that a cult or mass movement does is convince its members to self-censor their thoughts and information. By this I mean they get an individual into a frame of mind where they feel that certain information is somehow dangerous to them. They must not think outside the box, so to speak. Continue reading
If you look up Scientology in media reports, books or on the internet, you are going to find it described in a lot of places as a cult. I’m sure most Scientologists find this term offensive, but the truth is that they probably don’t understand what it actually means. So I thought I would make an effort to clear this up and answer the question of “Is Scientology Actually a Cult?” Continue reading
Today I want to talk to you about the Church of Scientology’s legal and covert operations division, the Office of Special Affairs. This is the part of the Church tasked with dealing with critics and those who speak out publicly against Scientology. Continue reading
I was on TV for the first time today! Here is the link to my first televised interview. The Road to Reason is a local cable access television show in the Viriginia/Washington DC area. I was invited by the show’s producers to be on to speak about Scientology and my history with the organization. We didn’t get a chance to field any incoming phone calls because I was so busy answering the hosts’ questions for the whole time we had.
This show was a tremendous amount of fun to do and I can’t recommend getting out there and doing this kind of thing enough.
I hope you enjoy and I welcome any comments or feedback.
Hi. I’m Chris Shelton. I’m a writer, blogger and video producer. I grew up in the Church of Scientology and worked for the organization for 25 years.
People call Scientology a cult. And they’re right. It is a cult.
But the last people who are ever going to realize that, are the Scientologists. Continue reading
The reason that people fall for Scientology or cults like it is not because they are stupid. In fact, it’s been said that the smarter someone is, the easier they are to get involved in something like Scientology and the easier it is for them to create the cognitive dissonance (self-justification) necessary to stay involved despite seeing numerous signs and reasons to get out. Continue reading
Why Criticize Scientology?
When I was a part of the Church of Scientology and in the Sea Org, I always used to wonder about people who attacked Scientology. I wondered what motivated them; why did they seem so passionate about what they were doing. Why couldn’t they just leave well enough alone? Wasn’t it enough that they didn’t like it and left? Couldn’t they just leave us Scientologists alone to practice our religion in peace? Why did they have to spend so much time and effort going out of their way to write blog articles, be interviewed by the press, write books and even make whole movies about how bad the Scientology experience was? In other words, couldn’t they just live and let live? Continue reading
Note: Because of the length of this article, I never intended to post it online. I broke it down into six parts and made videos out of each one, which are here on my blog and on my YouTube channel. Once I completed those videos, I made it known that they came from this article and more than a couple of people wanted to see the article itself. So, here it is! I’ve also included download links for a PDF version of this, in case you want to read it off-line or send it to someone else. That link is here.
The Church of Scientology is imploding at what any outside spectator would call an alarming rate. While its leader, David Miscavige, stands before enthralled devotees several times a year claiming highest-ever membership figures and off-the-top production figures, the truth from inside is quite the opposite. Continue reading
Enforced Disconnection – The Ultimate Evil
In part 5 of this video series, I described the policy of Fair Game as L. Ron Hubbard’s method of getting even with people who were labelled as enemies of the Church of Scientology including anyone who is declared a suppressive person. I’m going to elaborate now on the most extreme aspect of this fair gaming, which in Scientology is called Disconnection. Continue reading
There’s Nothing Fair About This Game
There is something very unique to the Church of Scientology that sets it apart from other religions. Like the other policies I’ve been talking about in this series, this is part of the very fabric of the organization. Many Scientologists have no idea that this goes on and would categorically deny that their church does anything like this. However, there is ample proof of it and the church even admits to this. What I’m talking about, of course, is the policy of Fair Game. Continue reading