This is the third part of my interview with former Scientologist Shane Weightman.
I’ve commented on how being on staff in a Scientology organization can be a maddening experience and Shane only confirms that experience here. The lies that are told to Scientologists at their yearly gatherings are not just promotional puff pieces, but are outright fabrications, painting a picture of how great Scientology is doing when in fact, the organizations are unviable and failing. That’s deception, not promotion.
Being sent to the Mecca of Scientology in Clearwater, Florida for training is a dream many staff never achieve. The Flag Service Organization is supposed to embody the very essence of Scientology in everything it does – the best of the best. There’s an almost mystic status one achieves when he or she is “Flag trained” and it’s mandatory for certain jobs in the lower organizations. But is this status really deserved and does it really mean so much? We talk about that in this interview and Shane describes what it’s really like to be a trainee there.
When you hear over and over again that exact policies and directives L. Ron Hubbard wrote to run his organization are blatantly and repeatedly ignored by its current crop of executives and staff, you have to wonder about the mantra of “keeping Scientology working.” While it may sound nice, is anyone in Scientology’s officialdom really serious about it? Let’s find out more about this.