On this channel and in my recently published book, Scientology: A to Xenu, I have worked to expose the underhanded and deceptive practices of the Church of Scientology. Scientologists in general are not bad people, although there are individuals in Scientology who find out how to game the system and use it to their personal advantage. Scientology’s real problems are systemic, written in to its DNA by its Founder, L. Ron Hubbard. He created a system which sucks people in by taking advantage of their personal doubts, fears and vulnerabilities and then rapaciously tries to suck as much money out of them as possible. It has all the characteristics of a destructive cult and for many, becoming involved in Scientology has had tragic consequences.
While I know I have some interesting insights into Scientology, if someone is going to get a well rounded look at this subject, they have to get more than just my perspective. I did a series of interviews with Robyn Capella last year which offered such a perspective and now I’ve done another, this one with Tim Dewall. I’m calling these The Scientology Experience.
Tim and his wife Sylvia got out of Scientology just last year after decades of involvement. They didn’t just do services as public Scientologists, but Tim was also a staff member at the Tampa organization, just a half hour from Scientology’s largest service organization in Clearwater, Floria.
In the first part of our interview, we go all the way back to the beginning and see how Tim got started.