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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark W. Heaney)
Subject: Re: Daily Affidavit [4,5,6/?] Testimony offered by Reuben Hart aka Robert M. Hart
Date: 25 Oct 1995 02:21:00 GMT
Organization: University of Maryland, Chesapeake Biological Lab.
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A former (Colorado) radio spokesperson speaks out about life, work, and
religion in the "Church" of Scientology.
[Standard Disclaimer: I have no personal knowledge regarding the veracity
of the following testimony and present it for discussion, it should not
be taken as proven fact. I have no reason to either disbelieve it or
Testimony offered by Reuben Hart aka Robert M. Hart:
To whom it may concern:
In support of Lawrence D. Wollersheim's charges against the so-called
'Church' of Scientology, I herewith offer the following testimony.
- From April 1975 to April 1976 I was in charge of public relations for
the cult of Scientology in Denver, Colorado. I appeared numerous times
on television and radio to promote scientology. I hosted an hour long
scientology radio program on three different radio stations: KAAT,
KTLA, and KWGN. For thousands of people in Colorado, I was scientology.
I was keenly aware that in the accepted sense of the word, we were not
even remotely a religion. There was however a sham widely in practice
throughout the scientology network consisting of mock 'Sunday Services'
wherein a 'minister' wearing the black garb and clerical collar of a
catholic priest would get up and mouth a lot of pseudo-religious
sounding bromides, none of which I observed were ever practiced in the
cult itself. An odd looking cross, the brain child of L. Ron Hubbard,
was hauled out, dusted off and put on display, all for the purpose of
reinforcing the religious image of the cult. This was a front. Veteren
Scientologists did not usually attend these mummeries except as shills
to create the illusion of parishoners at worship, and then only if a
large number of new public persons were expected. I recall once, while
I was still in Los Angeles the head of our cult branch, Yvonne Gilham
Jentzsch laughingly discussing putting up stained glass windows to
further dupe the *Wogs.
I joined scientology June 5, 1970 to improve my abilities and my life.
But the longer I stayed in the organization the worse I got. I had been
brainwashed however to believe that only scientology held the key to my
survival. In March of 1971 I attempted suicide for the first time. I had
been in the cult nine months. Increasingly I became antisocial and
anti-American. I was inculcated with contempt for my government, other
religions, and all persons not scientologists. Only after thirteen years
did the veil at last drop from my eyes and I was able, with the help of
friends, to see what scientology really was. On October 1, 1983 I left the
cult; but it was too late. By then I was a shattered suicidal wreck.
In December of 1983 I wrote a formal letter of resignation disconnecting
from the 'Church' of Scientology.
*Contemptuous term for non-scientologists
At that time I was employed in my family's business in Long Beach,
California. My father (a non-scientologist) was president, my brother
(a Scientologist) was second in command. As soon as I wrote my letter
of resignation, the cult began to put pressure on my brother to
disassociate from me and fire me from my job. My father at first
refused, but my brother eventually gave him an ultimatum and he was
obliged to fire his own son, which he did in March of 1986
As a result of these events I had a nervous breakdown. I became so
emotionally undone that I couldn't hold even the most menial job. After
three months I became penniless and homeless. I attempted suicide on June
30, 1986, and ended up in the county mental hospital, on Johnson Street
in San Luis Obispo, California. 'Church' of Scientology policy had been
carried out on me. My life was now 'ruined utterly' This cult has destroyed
my ability to function in the every day world. I am suicidal often and
must take pills to prevent deep depressions, a problem I never had before
scientology. For the past three and a half years I have lived in a garage
existing on food stamps.
As regards the technology itself, I continued to believe it worked for
about a year after I left the cult. I thus continued to receive
scientology auditing in the field. On July 18, 1984 while being audited
on NOTS I almost died. Only quick thinking saved my life.
While a staff member at Celebrity Centre in Los Angeles 1971-73 where
Mr. Wollersheim was also employed, a high ranking scientologist named
Bill Howie came close to dying while on OT III.
Around the same time I saw another staff member, Karen Fuller sitting
quietly studying with some other students. Suddenly without a word she
fell over in a death-like faint. She was also on OT III at the time.
In 1974 I took over public relations at the scientology mission at
Vancouver, Canada. I was told by several staff members that one Douglas
Dewhurst a 'parishoner' had commited suicide in his car behind the
mission on 6th Street.
I affirm the allegations made by Lawrence D. Wollersheim as being
consistent with my own experiences in the cult known as the
'Church' of Scientology.
Reuben Hart aka Robert M. Hart
the Church of $cientology declares War KoX "Some call it Allah,
on the Net and your freedom of speech! SP3 some call it God,
More info: alt.religion.scientology some call it Buddha,
or ask me: email@example.com I call it Love"-C.Blonde
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