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|Who Are Those Masked Broadway Dancers?
You may have seen them downtown; a group of people wearing Guy Fawkes
masks from the movie, 'V For Vendetta;' dancing to a boombox, waving
signs, handing out cards and fliers.
You probably wondered why they're wearing masks, what brings them to the
street, who these people are, where they're from. And what's up with all
the signs about Scientology?
History is full of charlatans, dangerous or greedy, who hide behind the
veil of religion. Everyone has heard of Jonestown, Heaven's Gate, Waco.
While the sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway by the Aum Shinryoko cult
was widely publicized, people might not know that the first biological
attack by a "religion" happened in Antelope Valley, Oregon; when
followers of the Baghwan Sri Rajneesh tainted local restaurant salad
bars with bacteria the day before a local election.
Then there are those who use religion for self enrichment. During the
depression, "Brother Love" ran soup kitchens for the poor, and strutted
around in shoes with diamond studded heels.
The Baghwan, whose followers lived in poverty, had a Rolls Royce for
every day of the week.
Even today, charlatans and con men flood the airways, begging for funds
to spread the good word while wallowing in material luxury. A commonly
heard defense is, "My parishioners want me to have this stuff."
There is a tendency in America to consider anything religious as "good."
There is also a fear that, if one church is targeted, yours might be
next. Under the protection of "religion," abusive groups often operate
under society's radar until egregious abuses come to light.
When these abuses are brought forward into the public light, authorities
have no choice but to act. The trafficking in young girls married off to
polygamous older men, is a good example.
Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, people who invoked the name of Jesus at every
opportunity, were exposed as fraudulent hucksters who misappropriated
the donations of good people to fund an opulent lifestyle.
Less fortunate victims of religious con men only make the news when
tragedy befalls them, as in the case of Jonestown.
Most of these abusive groups are relatively small and wield little
influence in communities outside of their own walls. This is not the
case with Scientology.
Started as a self help movement by pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard,
Scientology later sought religious protection to avoid abiding by
regulations restricting the practice of medicine without a license,
having to pay taxes, and fraudulent promises of curing disease,
enhancing intellect, and promising super human abilities at the upper
For over fifty years, this insidious organization has wormed its way
into government offices, targeted "opinion leaders," and worked its
influence behind the curtain. It has virtually taken over an entire town
in Florida; today Clearwater is widely known as the "Mecca of
Scientology." The Scientologists initially came into town under a false
identity, "United Churches of Florida." The city government of
Clearwater is heavily under Scientology influence.
On the surface, it would be hard to criticize Scientology by reviewing
their glossy brochures and happy mantras. They claim they help drug
addicts, work to end illiteracy, help people during disasters and assist
people who want to improve their lives.
The truth about the group is much darker. And, since the advent of the
internet, the truth has become much harder to conceal.
There have always been stories from those who have left this cult, but
they were few. Scientology tries to intimidate ex-members into silence
by threatening their families, their pets, their jobs and reputations.
The few speaking out had few listeners, and nobody to help them recover
from their experience. People who have spent decades in such an insular
group are poorly equipped to succeed in the outside world, or so they
are told by Scientology leaders.
Followers firmly believe that the world is in a downward spiral that can
only be salvaged by Scientology. They "know" that anyone who opposes
Scientology is a criminal or lunatic; for who could possibly be against
As the internet expanded, so did the availability of information
Scientology had successfully kept hidden for many years. There are
stories of sexual and other abuse, and forced abortions imposed on women
who join Scientology's paramilitary "Sea Organization;" L. Ron Hubbard's
There are tales of children working long hours for the cult, receiving
little formal education, substandard food and living conditions,
inadequate medical care. Days off and family visits are dependent upon
While claiming to support freedom of speech, the Scientology
organization has worked hard to censor or quash any articles, news
clips, or programming critical of their abusive practices. As more
people get online, their success at controlling information about them
In January of 2008, a video clip of Tom Cruise was posted, timed with
the release of Andrew Morton's unofficial biography of the star. Taken
from an internal promotional video, it shows Cruise in full-blown
Scientology mode, spewing incredible nonsense about Scientology being
the only authority when it comes to mental health, getting people off
drugs, being the only ones who can help during disaster.
Notably, he gloats over the day when "SPs will only be read about in
history books." SP stands for "suppressive person," Scientology's
version of the evil represented by Christianity as the devil. Hubbard
wrote that 2% of the population are suppressive, and should either be
processed by Scientology or "disposed of quietly, and without sorrow."
Scientology moved quickly to get the video taken down. One site,
gawker.com, refused, claiming it had become news. The clip was wildly
popular, and widely viewed. The attempted censorship outraged thousands
of netizens, many of whom informed themselves, donned suits, ties and
Guy Fawkes masks, and took to the streets as Project Chanology. They
call themselves Anonymous, and their goal is to dismantle Scientology,
expose its dark history, and bring justice to its many victims.
They wear masks, not only to identify themselves as part of Anonymous,
but to protect themselves from the harassment and intimidation
perpetrated by this "church" on its critics.
Anonymous is a leaderless group of likeminded people who participate in
global activities once a month, and stage many local events worldwide.
Without leaders or members, they have managed to stage well organized
demonstrations without committees or staff. Their success is the envy of
other activist organizations, they rule by consensus, they plan on the
internet, and they protest with style, flair, humor and cake.
While the Scientology PR machine tries to marginalize Anonymous by
claiming they are "just a bunch of kids in their parents' basement," the
awful truth is that they are from all demographics. Old, young,
professionals, students, united by a single cause; the exposure of
Scientology as a destructive, grasping, totalitarian cult.
They are freedom fighters in the purest sense, dedicating their time,
money and talent to help those still trapped inside the Scientology
bubble, as well as working to defend human rights and freedom of speech.
Their work is not just on the street. It can be seen in their videos
online, essays, articles, letters to editors and articles like this.
In San Diego, there is a strong and active cell of Anonymous
participants. The Scientology organization targets demographics they
know have money, even as their written doctrine reviles them as
subhuman, perverted, or worse.
Hubbard said homosexuals were degraded, yet the cult actively tries to
recruit them. Thus, Anonymous joined in the festivities at the Pride
Parade this year, handing out thousands of fliers warning people about
the hidden intolerance behind the happy PR. Anonymous' presence in the
parade was loudly cheered by the thousands of people lining the streets!
Anonymous also was present at the Comicon, San Diego's huge pop culture
celebration at the downtown Convention Center. Thousands of cards and
fliers were given out to attendees, some of whom joined at later events
Last Saturday, Anonymous joined the march against Proposition 8, where
20,000 people marched in favor of human rights and against religious
oppression. Scientology San Diego is on the list of organizations that
supported Proposition 8. A curious bit of hypocrisy for a group that
claims to be a champion of human rights. Again, thousands recognized the
masked protestors, cheered their presence, and took information.
Anonymous has educated people at high profile events such as these, as
well as staging smaller weekend rallies and information blitzes. They
can be seen marching through the Gaslamp, dancing to music and handing
out cards as they go. On Halloween, they passed out brochures in La
Mesa, warning residents that the new occupants of the old Coleman
College building will soon be trying to exert influence in their
schools, their churches, and their local government.
Anonymous responded to the Scientology "Free Stress Test" booth in
Balboa Park by warning passersby of the connection between Dianetics and
Scientology, a little detail those trying to sell Dianetics at the booth
fail to mention. When Anonymous appears, the Scientologists fold their
tent and scuttle away, knowing the business of bamboozling passersby is
over for the day.
At some point, Scientology will attract the attention of public
officials who will no longer be able to take campaign donations and turn
a blind eye to the unlawful actions and abuses perpetrated by the cult.
Public opinion will eventually turn Scientology into a pariah, political
death, as accepted and admired as the KKK, the American Nazi Party, Al
Qaeda, or any group that advocates the removal of inconvenient races,
religions, or attitudes.
You can help bring this day closer by educating yourself about this
insidious, destructive organization hiding behind a happy mask of
religiousity. In fact, the Anonymous movement is not about the
persecution of a new religious movement at all, it is about behavior,
the lies, the fraud and the harmful tactics perpetrated by the cult
against critics and its own members.
Scientology cannot reform. Its entire doctrine consists of the writings
of L. Ron Hubbard; writings that cannot be changed or modified. Designed
to enrich its founder, Scientology is a complex, multifaceted entity
whose corporate structure is as convoluted as that of Enron.
Inform yourself, and protect your loved ones from falling into the
myriad traps set by Scientology to draw people in to their failing scam!
Google is your friend, use it creatively to learn the truth about this
destructive, hate-filled parody of true religious faith.
And if you feel like it, grab a Guy Fawkes mask and put on your dancing
shoes! San Diego Anonymous welcomes new participants. Upcoming events
are listed on their website. Anonymous only asks that you remain
peaceful (they're the Good Guys) and bring cake.
Original article by Xenubarb.
Dit artikel werd geschreven door Xenubarb.