More ruminations and a few ruinations.. The current issue of RAZOR magazine has a fascinating article on the “Curse of Scientology.” Anybody interested in how this cult operates should pick it up. I include in that suggestion all the cult members I’ve heard from after recently writing unflatteringly about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
I have also heard from numerous ex-cult members who had their own not-so-pleasant experiences with the church, the most interesting being Hana Whitfield.
She was a Scientologist from 1965 to 1984 and knew L. Ron personally.
“(I) worked with him in England, then on his ships and then in the U.S. both in lowly and high positions — a wonderful adventure in part and a sick tragedy in the main,” she said.
“Then from 1989 to 2001 my husband and I exit counseled (people who left the church) — we helped families retrieve their loved ones from scientology around the world while Scientology P.I.s (private investigators) and members followed us and attempted to thwart our work. That was another adventure, but one from which I departed in better physical and psychological health than the first.”
She and her husband, Jerry, appeared on “60 Minutes,” “20/20,” “Larry King Live” and a bunch of shows to expose this cult for what it is, a ponzi scheme that specializes in mind control. The Whitfields’ efforts helped land them on the church’s enemies list of “suppressive persons.”
Today, she and Jerry live a quiet life in Florida, but they still get the occasional spate of hang-up calls and mystery car drive-bys.
It is well documented that church bosses aggressively go after any and all people they consider to be threats to their ongoing mission of recruitment.
Interestingly, I have been getting a lot more hang-up calls at home since my original piece ran. Could it be Scientologists lamely attempting to harass me? Hana says yes. How flattering.