Witnessing REAL CRIMES made me jump off the sinking Titanic.
Inspired by a post over at Tony Ortega’s blog, where he asked his readers two questions:
- We’d like to hear about those first stirrings that convinced you that something about the church didn’t seem right.
- What was it that ultimately led you to walk away from an organization that lays on heavy layers of conditioning and control?
I thought about it for a minute, and shared my answers over there. I’ve posted my thoughts here as well:
First red flag: In January of 2003, I was a Veterinarian student, totally new to Scientology, I was called into a room with two Sea Org members [Scientology Monks] at the European headquarter in Copenhagen, Denmark. They wanted me to sign a billion year contract. Behind closed doors for hours until 3 AM on a weekday, I was coerced into accepting that my university science studies of 5 years were worth nothing compared to studying Scientology. I had two adorable dogs at that time, they told me to give them away. NO f…… WAY! They continued their shit until I broke down crying. I though those two guys were insane. Much later I found out the insanity was everywhere.
Ultimate shit: In the end of 2011 I couldn’t take it anymore. I had witnessed, with my own two eyes, REAL CRIMES committed by the Church of Scientology and by individual Scientologists, crimes that can put people behind bars. I had to get out of the madhouse. I’ve been an OSA volunteer in the past. I was called in to sign a waiver / confidentiality agreement, on several occasions. Today, I guess OSA deeply regrets they didn’t manage to get my signature on any such gag order. I will put ALL THE CARDS on the table, one by one, face up. Fucking people over will backfire. My official warning to OSA: Scientology: “She is a criminal!”
I left the Church of Scientology officially in November of 2012, when I met my soul mate, Geir Isene, and we announced our relationship on Facebook.