MUST WATCH: Ex long-time Scientologists attest to danger of the cult

In this set of videos taken at a press conference in Clearwater, Florida in 1998, former high-ranking Scientologists Arnald (Arnie) Lerma, Scientologist of 10 years, and Stacy Young (Brooks), fourteen years, speak out against the cult. They speak of the cult’s standard practice of imprisoning its members (often in isolation) – indeed, each of these speakers experienced such forced detainment, and their regular application of intimidation, silencing, spying, coercion, interfering with members’ family lives, and extremely low wages for Scientology members on staff ($10/week, according to Lerma). They speak of how during their time in Scientology, it was common for members to suddenly disappear, often because they had fled in the middle of the night. They also speak of how terrifying the idea of speaking against Scientology is for ex-members, because of the cult’s unforgiving ruthlessness.

The case of Lisa McPherson, who was pulled out of hospital by Scientologists and detained for 17 days and died of a pulmonary embolism (and was found severely dehydrated, malnourished, and covered in insect bites), according to Young, was not an isolated incident or one that resulted from Scientologists not following protocol. According to Young, the Lisa McPherson tragedy occurred precisely because Scientologists were following protocols.

Amazingly, often the last people to know how dangerous Scientology is is the members themselves, as much is done to keep them ignorant of the many deplorable practices of the cult and keep them under an illusion of benevolence.

The take-home message of these two former members, who have each been protesting against the cult for over 10 years, is that Scientology is not a religion, it is not benevolent, and it is not harmless. It is a dangerous, abusive, morally-indifferent, deceitful, suppressive, oppressive, profiteering criminal cult.

These videos absolutely should be viewed.

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