|Letter: Letkeman to Editor, Buffalo News 30 January 2005|
January 30, 2005
Dear Mr. Sommer:
Thank you for reporting the tragic story of Jeremy Perkins and his mother.
L. Ron Hubbard taught that the real psychotics in our society are not the people in the mental institutions, and not people like Jeremy, but are rather a class of people whose evil intentions and activities cause others to go insane. Hubbard called, and Scientologists call, this class of citizens "Suppressive Persons" or "SPs." My husband Gerry Armstrong and I maintain a web site that exposes Scientology's "Suppressive Person" doctrine: http://www.suppressiveperson.org .
Hubbard and Scientology teach that SPs are completely evil, criminal, irredeemable, and the cause of all illness, accidents and insanity. Psychiatrists, Scientology also teaches, are a sub-class of Suppressive Persons, and the subject psychiatry itself is a "Suppressive Group." It is convenient, comforting and conglomerating, of course, to have a class of persons to blame and attack for all the world's ills.
Scientology proclaims that its "technology" is the only way to identify and shatter SPs, and Scientologists are all programmed with this "tech." Even the cult's mega-celebrities, such as Tom Cruise, are trained in and live by the "Suppressive Person" doctrine. [ SPDL essay ]
Your article touched on two essentials of the SP doctrine: that anyone opposing Scientology is a criminal; and that the SPs, psychiatrists included, oppose Scientology because its "technology works." In fact, opposition to Scientology, or even criticism, is the way or the "tech" by which the cult identifies Suppressive Persons for shattering.
Hubbard called his policy and practice of shattering SPs "Fair Game." Contrary to the Scientologists' protestations that Fair Game was cancelled in 1968, it remains Scientology's treatment for SPs to this day.
I was in Scientology from 1975 to 1999, attained the grade of OT 5, and trained to Class IX auditor, a high level psychotherapist, at the cult's base in Clearwater, Florida. When I left Scientology's clutches, the organization's leaders forced my daughter to "disconnect" from me. She has not communicated with me since 2001. [My declaration]
Since that time, I have learned that my daughter has married a man I have never met, and now has a daughter of her own in the cult. My family and I are living proof of Scientology's cruel and damaging policy of "Disconnection." Scientologists' claims that Scientology repairs marriages or brings people together is a grotesque lie, and only adds to Disconnection's cruelty.
Scientology ripped me off for over $60,000 with its false promises and extortion tactics. Despite its guarantee of full refund if a customer is not satisfied with the results -- and I am as not satisfied as it is possible to be -- the cult has refused to refund my money. My site documents some of Scientology's fraudulent claims and lies and my efforts to obtain a refund. [ Fraud documentation ]
Rather than comply with Scientology's public refund policy, however, the cult's leaders declared me to be a "Suppressive Person," and use that terrifying label as reason to not return my money they ripped off from me.
This cult stole my money, and it stole 24 years of my life. Now it has stolen my daughter and granddaughter. Scientology is evil to the core.
Gerry is also a declared "SP," who has been a target of Scientology since he escaped the cult in 1982. His web site, which includes an extensive archive documenting 23 years of fair game against him, is http://www.gerryarmstrong.org .
Scientology is currently prosecuting a case against him in the California courts seeking $10 million and to have him jailed for speaking about his Scientology experiences and knowledge. This is not because Gerry defamed Scientology in any way, but for telling the truth.
The Armstrong case proves beyond any argument that Scientology is a human rights destroyer, and that the cult's claims of being human rights defenders and promoters are bald faced lies. But then, as we ex-Scientologists know very well, lying in Scientology is this "religion's" central sacrament.
As you say, Scientology presents an unwaveringly shiny, upbeat public image. Where it succeeds in implanting this unreal image in the public consciousness, Scientology does so in great part by denying its victims - us SPs -- our voice, by shattering us, and by shuddering any critic into silence with Fair Game and litigation overwhelm. Thank you, and thanks to the Buffalo News, for your courage, and for using your voice to make Scientology's image a little less shiny and a little more real.
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