I have been nosing around the STAND League site of late, just to document what they are doing and have a record of it before it all disappears in a puff of smoke when that becomes necessary for whatever reason.
I came across an article from a couple of months ago, newly tweeted out, smearing my friend of many years, Mariette Lindstein.
I have written about Mariette before and her enormous success as an author of fictional novels that are drawn from her experience in scientology, including working at the Gold Base in Religious Technology Center and other very senior executive positions.
If you have not read The Cult on Fog Island, I highly recommend it.
Mariette’s books (I have only read the one that is so far translated into english) do not mention scientology or any characters from scientology. The cult leader does not resemble either L. Ron Hubbard or David Miscavige, but his behavior is classic sociopath.
Apparently, the fact that the book is about a cult that keeps people imprisoned on an island, with a sociopathic, abusive leader compels scientology to take issue with the author.
It seems they see too much of scientology in the book. They are like the person with the guilty conscience sitting in a sermon who becomes convinced the preacher is speaking ONLY to them. If there was no similarity between the Cult on Fog Island and scientology they would not feel the need to try to smear and trash the author. Frankly, the book could be based on being in Warren Jeff’s FLDS compound, or Keith Ranier’s NXIVM. Birds of a feather….
But scientology sees the mind-control, physical and mental abuse and sociopath depicted in the pages of her books and they know it is all about them.
Quite an admission.
The books don’t bother the Catholic church or the Baptists, Jews, Buddhists, Jains, Taoists or Muslims…
But so typical of scientology — they do not address the ISSUES, they simply try to smear the author.
Written by one-time OSA in-house lawyer Laurie Bartilson who used to have an office on the 10th floor of the HGB building in OSA International. The piece gets started in typical STAND fashion.
She launches her assault by talking about the pandemic, trying to make the subject of her smear seem relevant and topical. She even throws in a plug for their “stay healthy” booklets.
Things are looking a little crazy across the planet right now.
With the declaration of a pandemic, the alarming quality of the news has reached unprecedented heights worldwide.
In the midst of panic-inducing headlines urging us all to stay at home and avoid social interaction, it’s comforting to find sources of truthful, helpful information wherever one can.
While browsing the internet, I’ve found quite a few excellent sources in the last couple of days, ranging from doctors explaining the statistics and dangers in a logical manner, to church groups providing care and guidance to their parishioners. There’s also my church’s Prevention Resource Center, which I found quite useful.
What’s disturbing, however, is that browsing the internet can also lead the unwary to mountains of data that is untruthful, scare-mongering, or libelous. True sources can be hard to find or hidden under a barrage of lies.
If you happen to search the internet because you are curious about my religion, Scientology, you will see an example of this phenomenon. You will find quite a few excellent, truthful and data-rich sources, for example, scientology.org and scientology.tv. But in the midst of a worldwide crisis about a disease that no one yet fully understands, you’ll also find the lies of a less-than-charming Scientology apostate, trying to use hate speech to promote her trashy novel.
I’m speaking about a Swedish woman named Mariette Lindstein. A violent, unstable and self-confessed liar and kleptomaniac, Lindstein joined the Scientology religious order thirty-some years ago and was expelled in 2004. Today she’s trying to “cash in” on the popularity of her former religion, hoping to sell what she admits is a completely fictional account as “truth.”
Well, there you have it. Scientology Fair Game 101 and scientology “logic” all rolled into one.
Mariette, like many of us, escaped scientology. They now re-invent history to try to claim she was “expelled” — that happened AFTER she left. They do the same with everyone “they were unable to live up to the high ethical standards of the most ethical organization on earth so we threw them out.” They have said the same about all of us. When I left, I was the international spokesperson of scientology. But their story changed quickly, I was such a liar and incompetent that they “threw me out.” Sure….
As for the “violent, unstable, self-confessed liar and kleptomaniac” this is so typically scientology it has almost become a joke.
The culture at the top of the Sea Org drove every person in it to being unstable and lying, and many to acts of violence. Scientology has now claimed that every single person who has left, including me, Tom DeVocht, Marty Rathbun, John Brousseau, Marc Headley, Amy Scobee and on and on were violent, but also claim there is no “culture of violence” in scientology. It is a fact that David Miscavige has instilled a culture of physical threats and violence from the top down.
As for being a “kleptomaniac” – this is either just made up out of whole cloth or more likely comes from a confessional where she admitted to stealing candy as a kid, or taking hygiene supplies from the staff canteen when she had no money because there was no pay for months on end. Everyone in scientology is forced to “confess”, especially those at the senior echelons of the Sea Org. Those confessions are on one hand coerced Through duress and threats and on the other, held to be sacredly confidential — until you do something scientology doesn’t like.
I’m happy to say that Lindstein’s delusional and fictional ramblings have not gone unanswered: there’s a website now where you can find out the facts about her and her actual experiences in Scientology. It’s an interesting read, especially the confessions of her own wrongdoing which you’ll see there.
They are so brazen, they even created a “website” to display her “confessions.”
Remember, these were the same people who cried all the way to the US Supreme Court that they could never turn over Laura DeCrescenzo’s OWN files TO HER because they were “sacred” and confidential and it would discourage people from participating in scientology’s confessionals (in fact, they knew the files proved her case).
And, not surprisingly, the reality is nothing like the fiction she promotes.
Well, what a twisted piece of logic this is. She writes a work of fiction and you come out and claim the reality is nothing like the fiction… Really? Why do you feel compelled to say this if there’s no resemblance?
Shakespeare was way ahead of you scientology. His famous line from Hamlet may have been written for Laurie Bartilson:
The lady doth protest too much, methinks…
Stay safe, everyone. And if you are home with time to surf the internet and want to read a little nonfiction, why not try out Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard or watch this? According to the World Reporter Newspaper, “Hubbard’s bestseller has helped millions, and it should be read and used by all who are searching for a true understanding of the mind and a solution to such problems as self-doubt, stress, anxiety and depression.”
And trust me, it’s a fascinating, truthful read.
And a final pitch for the “truthful read” that is Dianetics. And for that, I have another, far less eloquent, but equally fitting quote from much more recent history:
Gag me with a spoon.
Yeah, we are definitely on the same com track my friend!
Wait til the cult sees my book. I am mentioning Scientology and everything I endured. Bring it on OSA.
Mariette “cashing in on the POPULARITY (emphasis mine) of her former religion”…right. Oh, sure! Just cashing right in! She needed some loose change for a cup of coffee 🙂
Please get help. The lies you’re telling are so harmful to all women who have suffered domestic abuse. When I first found your website I was absolutely incensed, but I realize that you are a victim as well, just not of domestic abuse. A victim of brainwashing. There are good people out here in the real world who are willing to help you reintegrate. Leaving will not disconnect you, it will reconnect you to the real world.
So you are saying that Mike is brainwashed by the same reality that we live in and only the bullshit bubble reality of $camatolology can save him?
I’m betting that you are one of Barkin’ Parkin’s “volunteers” or just another sad sheepbot tasked with trying to get a rise from Mike so you can use it in the now childish and petulant attempts to smear him. $camology is dying but you rusted on brain dead idiots just don’t see it.
What will you do when one morning you wake up to find Dastardly Mobster has disappeared with all the cash and building deeds and rights to other sundry real estate? Go on with on with your sheepbot life as usual?
The real story is … if you are successful, but they can’t get at your money, they’ll simply attack and be-smudge your good name.
To: Mike Rinder
From(hic): David Mishcavizh, Shee Oh Bee (hic) Arr Tee Shee
Re: My good friend(hic) Eddie Parkin
I’m naht gunna(hic) tell youzh agin, Rinder! Youzh shtop shayin'(hic) shutff about my good friend(hic) Eddie Parkin! Eddie ish(hic) doin’ far more good in(hic) zha world zhan you an (hic) your bunsh uf idiotsh! Sho you(hic) shtop zhish nonshensh right(hic) now or you can’t do (hic) zha Shcottish Rundown wizh ush!
To: Mike Rinder
Re: memo from a drunken dwarf
I don’t think you’d want to do that process anyway.
Not with him at any rate.
Peace and Blessings
Cashing in on the “popularity” of scientology? What world do these scientology twits live in?
Also, just a reminder, WHERE’S SHELLY!?!
Just saying: Appearances to the contrary, I didn’t steal your line. We be trackin’.
Yeah, we are definitely on the same com track my friend!
The last farts from a deflating corpse.
“Today she’s trying to “cash in” on the popularity of her former religion,”
I had to snigger at that line.
I don’t recall “popularity” being a synonym of “infamy”.
Rip Van Winkle says
Karen Bass should tweet she’s come out in favor of an IRS look at the tax exempt status of the cult. –
I’d love to suggest it to her in a tweet.
Kit Ketchum says
Loosing my Religion says
Let’s be honest. The cult is having a dramatic emorragy of people since several decades. In the last times it is even more tragic.
They should clean up sector 9 of this galaxy but at the moment they can’t keep the members in a normal range around few tens of thousands worldwide.
Eddy instead of harassing Mariette and Dan check out the exact condition of your cult.
You may be one of the first rats leaving this sinking boat.
jere Lull (40 years recovering) says
STINKING boat, IMO.
LONG dead, badly decayed, putrefying.
Well, Laurie Bartilson has really come down in the Scientology world. She was mediocre at best as an attorney, probably valued because she would do/say whatever the Church told her to do/say when in-House. Now she is reduced to this? Vomiting out character assassination mixed with disseminating Scientology all in one slimy package. The saddest part is that if she ever left and spoke out, some other Church shill would be assassinating her character on twitter for fast Eddie P – who by the way, for a while was her staff “attorney handler” when she was in-House, before he got demoted to whatever he is now – in-House twit?
That’s assuming she even wrote it, and that it wasn’t just ghost-written by the OSA and had her name slapped on it
Loosing my Religion says
Mike I don’t know who really reads that Eddy’s blog crap and takes it even seriously.
Sure it has the same effectiveness of trying to knock down a T Rex by throwing dried figs on it.
You and Leah are heros.
The cult is just like a company selling a drink as a great tonic that turns to be toxic and they try to shut up everybody using mafia guys. Simply to not lose money.
Sue T. says
I decided to check into The World Reporter newspaper, which was cited as giving a rave review to Dianetics. Turns out it’s “an open online students’ journal,” which basically means anyone can submit an article. There’s also a “sponsor an article” link on the site. Given that, I’d hardly say that The World Reporter has the credibility of, say, a Washington Post or NY Times, or even a small hometown paper.
Free Minds, Free Hearts says
I loved Mariette’s first book and can hardly wait for the next ones to be translated into English! She is so popular in Sweden – she and her husband Dan Koon give talks in schools and on TV about the dangers of cults, and she has won awards for her books. Go Mariette! I am so happy that both she and Dan escaped and have both built successful careers and happy lives, and are flourishing. It beats rice and beans, for sure.
I”m just curious, when Mariette and Dan give talks on cults and on don’t join one, does she ever mention Scientology by name? If someone asks her if she was in a cult herself, does she say yes and it was Scn?
Mike Rinder says
Google is your friend. Here is headline from an Express article in 2019: Mariette Lindstein: My years of hell trapped in the grip of Scientologists
Chris Shugart says
I read your post and I highly resemble your implications.
Marie guerin says
Free promotion for Mariette . They are so silly .
Willie Phelps says
Scientology is a cult whose members are CONVINCED that they are saving this planet from alien beings that they only know about or can do anything about. This is sad and dangerous to say the least.
This mind-set is so hardwired into them that any crime they commit is justified for the better good. I mean ANY crime.
They know that alien beings have taken over others that have turned against them and they are fighting these aliens not the person with the desire to have the person released so they can now recant and be part of the group once again. This is real spin bin stuff!
I’m afraid Scientology will harm those who remain in this cult so deeply that they will loose all self Identity and live with-in the confines of LRH’s case forever. I’m afraid this has all ready happened to some.
Yes you could pity them but don’t, as you can not afford this luxury with a Monster.
God, I hope scamology puts out many more insane hit pieces like this. SO transparent. Help spread the word about her book to.
Good point. I ordered “Counterfeit Dreams” by Jefferson Hawkins the other day when I read the OSA smear-job on him. Hahaha! It will arrive in a few days.
Mariette’s book is next. I guarantee it.
Hubard built in to scamology a self destruct mechanism. It is working well.
My greatest fear at this time is that Planet Earth will continue to “push back” against the human virus that has been polluting and infecting her for many years now and things will get much worse and eventually, all of the greatest criminals on this planet (you all know to whom we refer) will all die or disappear and will – in one sense – escape the justice they all deserve. I cannot help but ask for justice even though I know that I may well be included in that group. After all, I ain’t no angel. I have an outstanding debt to pay myself. I just don’t know any better way to ask for justice. Surely justice for all must mean justice for every one?
I have really longed to see them all cry out, “Mommy! Help me, Mommy!” as they were led away in chains. But if they escape that scene, I will truly be heartbroken. They deserve to suffer some kind of punishment equivalent to the kind of punishment they have meted out to so many innocent victims. When I think of all the truly beautiful people these monsters have cheated and beaten and made to suffer in so many humiliating and degrading ways, I just cannot imagine this world going on without these people being brought to Your justice.
I know it is not my place to ask this. But, Dear Lord, if you are listening, please hear me and bring the people to your justice. Please? Please?
Skyler, we both like quotes, and the one that comes to mind here is “Though the mills of God grind slowly, they grind exceeding small.” It WOULD be nice to be present to see His Tinyness caught in those mills, wouldn’t it? But here (or somewhere) I have faith that he WILL eventually be caught in them.
And yeah, I hope it hurtz like hell, too.
Loosing my Religion says
Skyler, I believe that they are just delaying their karma as they aren’t above it. But what they gave out will come back to them. No way it doesn’t happen. By the way I believe this is already happening and well in progress.
Briget and LMR, I want to thank you for your considered opinions. I am very happy to have some other people show they feel the same way. I worry sometimes that by hoping these people get their karma, I may be doing something wrong. The only thing I can think of is that by doing that, I am somehow ensuring that I will get mine too. I wish I had more space here to comment. But I just don’t feel right in going Off Topic for any length of time. But thank you both very much.
Tropf Rosemarie says
WOW I wish this whole article could be on the front page of every newspaper in the country. Scn is showing their true colors… in technicolor. Mariette “confessed” and they have it posted on their website!! yet yet they scream pc folders are confidential???? Mike did a great job of showing their hypocrisy along with their guilty conscience. Wow. That blew my mind. I hope this information is integrated into the documentation of the fight to remove their tax exemption! They do not consider pc folders sacred at all. That means they do not have a confessional at all. The people who write this stuff are exactly what they accuse others of being and doing. Such a tirade of hateful attacks such as this shows their true nature.
“Non fiction” Hilarious.
Joe Pendleton says
If more than three people worldwide actually paid any real attention to the silly STAND site, or the attack site against her, then Mariette would at least be getting some pub to increase sales. As it is though , being attacked by the mentally ill at Scientology can only be good for a writer, such is the “church’s” reputation..
O/T. Major news outlets are finally covering the following story. It started last night with Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller, who broke the story in the major media:
Karen Bass, A Potential Biden VP Pick, Praised Scientology At Church Opening In 2010
There are many more news stories about this. Scientology was trending for hours on Twitter last might as a result. Interestingly, while it seemed like Bass’s VP candidacy survived her comments about Cuba, it looks like it won’t survive this.
Bass has tweeted a (very) brief statement from her personal campaign account.
Mike Rinder says
I responded to her
Too late – for her that is. On so many levels. Tragi-comedy rules the day.
The followers of Adolf Hitler really believed they were good people doing good things, we are seeing the same things happening again with the followers of David Miscavidge.
I always thought it a weird coincidence that Hitler shot himself on April 30th, and DM was born on April 30th. 😉
(Of course there were 15 years between, I know.)
Maybe it’s an act of delayed reincarnation.
george M. White says
When I was listening to the “Universes” Tape by Hubbard and Mary Sue a couple of months ago, I remember Hubbard making a statement about Fascism. He was not against Fascism. In fact, he implied that the entities, Targs, Demons and Body Thetans actually prevented it. He was in fact forming in 1952 the basis of Scientology which is Fascism. The post today reminded me of that quotation. To the core Hubbard was Fascist. So Scientology is Fascism.
Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century
Loosing my Religion says
George. Great point. In Italy we have lived fascism in our past history. Fascism is one way thinking and blind enthusiastic devotion to the leader. No other parties or ideas are allowed. They are enemies. Democracy is unneeded. Well scn is exactly a xerox of that.
george M. White says
Thanks, I love your comment. In the USA we never had real Fascism so Scientology just blends in with the lies.
Loosing my Religion says
Thanks a lot George. Good that USA people have a good democratic ground and education. Scn is totalitarian, fascistic and nazi. Same root. “Stay in line, don’t think, we have all the answers you may need. “
Mary Kahn says
“Don’t believe that fiction; it’s not true!” (And all this time I thought fiction was true.)
Thanks Laurie. Now I really DO believe it’s about the church of scientology. You guys just have a way of pointing to the truth.