Scientology, in their zeal to sling mud and smear anyone they don’t agree with, have created a new whinesmear site about Pastor Willy Rice of the Clearwater Calvary Baptist church.
It is a typical scientology effort — long on adjectives and pejoratives, short on facts and dripping with hypocrisy.
Let’s address the most obvious point first. Pastor Rice’s stance on gays.
I do not agree with his position. I FULLY support the rights of everyone in the LBGTQA community to be treated as equals in all things.
But, to be honest, there are plenty of things I disagree with about teachings from the Bible. I can say with some certainty at this point that there are things I disagree with in every religion.
But that being said, it does not mean I cannot recognize the positive aspects of Pastor Rice and his ministry and laud and support them. His church does an enormous amount of charitable good work in this community — far outshadowing scientology. I admire Pastor Rice’s conviction and integrity – he stands by his beliefs and opinions and is willing to engage in conversation about them. He is a man of his word and truly a leader in the community.
I am proud to call Pastor Willy a friend. And how strange, unlike scientologists, I can be friends with people with whom I disagree, even on very fundamental issues. Because there are plenty of things I agree with him about. Having to be in “thought lockstep” is a sign of extremism.
Of course, this attack on Pastor Rice is simply another distraction — a way to deflect attention from the scientology abuses that are being exposed that they never address.
So, let’s take a look at the people in the glass buildings that dominate downtown Clearwater who are throwing stones.
Scientology claims to be pro-gay, but that is just a smokescreen because they are afraid to publicly announce or defend their true beliefs. Not just about their homophobia, but also their intolerance of other religions, their practices of disconnection and so much more.
Scientology is in fact homophobic (see my earlier post here). They think gayness is an indicator of “aberration” and can be “audited out.” They hide their true beliefs behind a PR facade (how ironic that by scientology definition that is 1.1 “covertly hostile”behavior). And now they are trying to make a big deal about how someone from another religion is homophobic.
Let’s not forget how scientology claims to be so “tolerant” of other religions. Another PR facade. One wonders how long the idea that you can be a scientologist and a member of any other religion would last if that “other religion” happened to be the Calvary Baptist church? We sure know the level of tolerance they have for anyone who is an “ex-scientologist” — zero. They are not merely intolerant, they are outright hostile.
Scientology doesn’t look too “tolerant” and “accepting” when they are attempting to smear Pastor Rice because he thinks and says what they don’t want to hear.
And, while Pastor Rice stands up and speaks for himself, scientology hides behind anonymously written websites. Why is scientology afraid to have an actual PERSON (let alone Miscavige) speak for it and engage in any debate? Why are they always hiding? Taking potshots from the shadows?
Now, here is some of what they say on their whine/website with my comments:
For a long while, some people have been cross with me for my lack of co-operation in believing in a Christian Heaven, God and Christ. I have never said I didn’t disbelieve in a Big Thetan but there was certainly something very corny about Heaven et al. Now I have to apologize. There was a Heaven. Not too unlike, in cruel betrayal, the heaven of the Assassins in the 12th Century who, like everyone else, dramatized the whole track implants – if a bit more so. The symbol of the crucified Christ is very apt indeed. It’s the symbol of a thetan betrayed.
With rapidity and a Meter it can be shown that Heaven is a false dream and that the old religion was based on very painful lie, cynical betrayal.
Religion… being basically a control mechanism used by those who have sent the preclear into a body. You will find the cross as a symbol all over the universe, and the Christ legend as implant in preclears a million years ago.”
…we differ enormously from the Christian statements on the subject. They say, ‘you, son, must save your soul.’ The fellow says, ‘I don’t have one!’ So therefore, the christian religion cannot possibly be true…
Attackers against Scientology located and removed from their positions… These persons can always lose their jobs. This is A POINT OF VULNERABILITY.
If the person’s job is also not valuable to him or if he cannot be made to cost his job, something can be found which he is seeking to protect and it can be threatened.
When identified or even suspected as the instigator, draw up a project which includes at least three channels to cost him his job.
Draw up a second project at once to survey and discover what the person really is defending and threaten it effectively.
Essentially a covert operation is intended to embarrass, discredit or overthrow or remove an actual or possible opponent.
It is a small war carried on without its true source being disclosed.
It follows all the rules of war but uses propaganda, psychological effect, surprise, shock, etc., to achieve its ends.
We must ourselves fight on the basis of total attrition of the enemy. Just go all the way in and obliterate him.
When we need somebody haunted we investigate.
When we investigate we do so noisily always. And usually mere investigation damps out the trouble even when we discover no really pertinent facts.
Investigation to us in Scientology is a fine art.
Overt investigation of someone or something attacking us by an outside detective agency should be done more often and hang the expense. It’s very effective. Often investigation by a private detective has alone closed up an entheta source or a squirrel organisation. In fact at this writing I can’t remember a time when it hasn’t!
Hire a private detective of a national-type firm to investigate the writer, not the magazine, and get any criminal or Communist background the man has.
…he’ll sure shudder into silence.
The only way to defend anything is to ATTACK…
The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway… will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.
Only attacks resolve threats.
If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace.
Don’t ever defend. Always attack. Don’t ever do nothing. Unexpected attacks in the rear of the enemy’s front ranks work best.
…bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology. This is done by high-level ability to control and in its absence by low-level ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies.
For a full description, see this earlier article on my blog: Dealing with Critics of Scientology – The L. Ron Hubbard Playbook
So, just who are scientologists to be squealing about “threats”?
One would be hard pressed to find more explicit statements about eradicating the “lesser” people in society in the Daily Stormer today or Der Sturmer in the 1930’s.
As for the “500 threats” of course there are no specifics. When they first uttered this doozie, Jezebel took them to task as they cited two rather vague incidents:
It should be noted that both of the cited crimes occurred before Aftermath began airing—Andre Barkanov started making his threats in July 2015, and Erin McMurtry drove her car into the lobby of the Scientology building in December of 2015. However, Remini announced she left the church in 2013, and her memoir Troublemaker, in which she details her life in and after Scientology, was released November 2015. The only sources I could find positing Remini’s potential influence on Barkanov are on Scientologist-run sites, while McMurtry did indeed write about Remini a few times on her Facebook page. Still, if the church wants to argue that Remini’s show is doing damage to its members, they should probably update their examples. They apparently have 500 to choose from.