|Tony Ortega: The Church of Intimidation: Scientology stalks another ex-member on the taxpayer dime||| Print ||
|Saturday, 09 July 2016 13:07|
Excerpted from Tony Ortega's Underground Bunker: The Church of Intimidation: Scientology stalks another ex-member on the taxpayer dime
What we have for you today appears to be a pretty slight item. It’s a letter, and it’s literally only one line long.
But when we saw it, we thought it spoke volumes, and we wanted to share it with you.
Doing so, however, would be tricky. Let us explain.
It’s a letter sent from the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles to someone who was once in Scientology’s Sea Organization as a child, and who has tried her best to put the Sea Org and Scientology behind her.
But Scientology never gives up. It usually manages to find a way to track down former members.
You know this is the case if you’ve been paying attention to Scientology’s practices. Five years ago we wrote about how Scientology will track you down even if you haven’t taken a course in forty years. But usually, when they do find you, they are trying to get you back on the Bridge.
Other times, as in today’s example, the church appears to be engaged in little more than pure intimidation.
Sharing the letter, and explaining the story behind it, we knew might put our tipster into harm’s way with the church. But she decided she’d rather that you all know about this episode and damn the consequences....
Let that sink in. An organization that had used this young woman as an indentured servant, from the ages of 11 to 16, an organization that gets around child labor laws by claiming to be a church and is subsidized by American taxpayers as a tax-exempt organization, went to the trouble of tracking her down more than a decade later, and for what?
Simply to let her know that it was watching.
That is what passes for a tax-exempt church in the United States.