Thanks to everyone for supporting the show last night.
There were too many tweets, messages, FB posts, blog comments here and at the Underground Bunker to possibly keep up, or respond to all the expressions of support and outrage. So let this be a general thanks to everyone.
But thanks beyond all thanks goes to two incredible, brave women, Mirriam Francis and Saina Kamula who stood up, spoke up and gave voice to every victim of similar abuse in scientology. There is MUCH more to their stories as you might imagine. Only so much can fit in the minutes available for the show. I wish we could tell the entire story of every person as the amazing details and information they have is so compelling and so heartbreaking. A&E provides the opportunity to tell these stories, but there are limitations in what can be included and what has to be left out. We have to try to capture the important essence of their stories in 48 minutes. From the reaction I have seen so far, it was powerful.
I don’t think anyone who watched that episode feels anything other than empathy for the way they were treated, and anger that scientology got away with it.
Scientology has already trotted out a website of POW style videos from “former friends” saying “I never heard them complain [so they must be lying]” — pretty lame when you know that when they DID complain to the CORRECT people, they were sent to ethics. Why would they tell their “friends”?
Scientology has no limit on its willingness to “attack the attacker” – even children who were sexually molested. Really makes them look like monsters.
I would love to hear your views, as always.
And for anyone newly coming to this blog, I include some relevant links to earlier blog articles.
To begin to understand the mindset scientologists have about those who criticize any part of it, read this article:
And then read this one:
And here is a fairly short explanation of how disconnection is used in scientology (and how they try to spin the practice):
An overview of the efforts by scientology to smear Leah Remini:
And finally this is a post about the lies they tell about their “expansion”: