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Star Of Scientology’s Recruitment Video Leaves Church

Daniel Gonzales

January 26th, 2010

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Actor Larry Anderson narrates the Church of Scientology’s 1996 film titled “Orientation” which is shown to virtually all first time visitors in church locations all around the world.  Easily the most infamous line of the film comes at it’s conclusion as spoken by Anderson himself:

“If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice. But, if you don’t walk out that way, if you continue with Scientology, we will be very happy with you. And you will be very happy with you.”

Here’s a clip of that video. That great line comes at the very end.

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The St. Petersburg Times is reporting Anderson is leaving the church because:

He says the church failed to deliver the spiritual gains it promised.

He also wants his money back, nearly $120,000 he says he prepaid for services never taken. A church policy says parishioners can get repayments, but if they do, they cannot come back.

Eleven months ago, Anderson met with Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis to discuss his request for repayment. Anderson, 58, put a tape recorder on the table between them.

As for that tape, the St. Petersburg Times has posted audio here.  In those excerpts Anderson and church spokesman Tommy Davis openly discuss such controversial church practices as disconnection, Scientology’s fear of critics, confidential church doctrine, and corrupt church leader David Miscavige.  In audio segment 13 Anderson says something that really resonates with my ex-gay experience:

I was a spokesman for the church when I truly believed what I was saying.

I too spoke positively of the ex-gay movement while I was in therapy and I believed I was changing.  But later I came to realize it wasn’t so.  I wish I could say this problem of high profile defections is unique to Scientology but it does seem the ex-gay movement has this problem too with former leaders resigning and people used in publicity images changing their minds.

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Mel
January 26th, 2010 | LINK

Why does Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis seem EXTREMELY gay?

AJD
January 26th, 2010 | LINK

What an amazing video. I think I’m going to blow my brains out and dive off a bridge now.

John
January 26th, 2010 | LINK

“Prepaid for services not taken.” This is all very interesting. There is also the claim that Scientology has a reported method for making these refunds.

This prepayment for services doesn’t sound like a charitable contribution to a religious organization. I would wonder about how this money is accounted for on Mr. Anderson and Scientology’s books. You don’t get to deduct the cost of your gallbladder operation at a Catholic hospital or the prepayment for furneral expenses at a Jewish cemetery.

I think that the IRS should look into this little dispute. That may not be good news for Scientology, but it might not be great news for Mr. Anderson either.

Also, I am wondering how long it is going to take for Scientology’s internet defenders to show up to defend Scientology, especially the guy that went on and on last time telling us that he is no longer a Scientologist, but just had to defend them against “unfair” attacks. Shouldn’t take long for Google alerts to kick in.

pierre denerome
January 27th, 2010 | LINK

L’hypocrisie,plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose.

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