Alanzo Scientology

Alanzo’s Scientology Blog – Alanzo’s Biography

Alanzo was a Scientologist for 16yrs. He left in the late 90’s & got fairgamed: fired from his job, followed by PIs & endured attempts to destroy his business by Scientology. He’s emerged from that & believes getting out of a cult isn’t something that you recover from, it’s something you’re strengthened by.

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How The Anti Cult Movement’s Ideology Harms Ex-Members

Adopting the beliefs of the anti-cult movement dramatically changes the views and attitudes of those who experience a loss of faith. Those changes have a profound effect on how Exes make sense of their own past. So we must ask: How helpful is the ideology of the anti cult movement in making sense of your […]

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Anti Cult Movement

Is The Anti Cult Movement True?

If there’s one reason that I’m doing these videos, it’s because these ideas from the anti cult movement are destructive to an Ex-Scientologist, or an Ex-member of any minority religion that they call “cult”. And they’re just beliefs – they’re not facts.

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Leah Remini

Does Anti-Scientology Deserve Any Criticism?

During all 3 Seasons of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, Leah and Mike have sought to make anyone who criticizes their show out to be a Scientologist. Because who could possibly criticize the holy work that they are doing but a Scientologist?

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The Difference Between Ex-Scientology and Anti-Scientology

“Ex” is not Anti. Anti is a stance against. As a stance against, it contains an element of “we’re at war”. Because of this stance against, Anti-Scientology contains much more tribalism than Ex-Scientology. Sometimes, Anti-Scientology can contain just as much tribalism as “Scientologist”, in fact. “Ex” is all kinds of individual viewpoints. Ex is more […]

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Brainwashing

The Scientology Brainwashing Defense

The anti-cult movement provides the principle ideology almost all Ex-cult members are given to adopt after they leave their minority religions. The foundation of that anti-cult ideology is the belief in “brainwashing”. But does “brainwashing” really exist? Or is it just an excuse?

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Gerry Armstrong Scientology

History of Scientology Criticism: Who is Gerry Armstrong?

As I’ve mentioned, the history of Scientology criticism dates back to 1950, when a prominent dianeticist, a medical doctor by the name of Joseph Winter, wrote a book about what he experienced using Dianetics. This was the first intellectual challenge to L Ron Hubbard’s fledgling “mental health” movement and Hubbard’s approach to handling criticism from […]

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Leah Remini Scientology and the Aftermath

Why Leah Remini Will Never Get Her Federal Investigation

Social scientists who study minority religions have observed that the main activity of the anti-cult movement is to create a moral panic around a targeted minority religion strong enough to make governments react. Members of the anti-cult movement accomplished this in Waco in the 1990’s, and the resulting catastrophe woke up people in government to their responsibility […]

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Anonymous Anticult Protester

AntiCult Brainwashing Ideology as Totalism by Dick Anthony

“If I am correct about brainwashing ideology being a form of totalitar­ian influence, it would presumably serve the function of ministering to a polarized self-sense and curing identity confusion by enabling converts to it to shift responsibility for undesirable aspects of their person­alities and former behaviour onto a scapegoated contrast category, in this case the […]

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A History of Scientology Criticism: Who is Jesse Prince?

This post was first written in 2012. Jesse Prince is a big reason that I started this series on my blog called “A History of Scientology Criticism.” This series came as a result of seeing so many Scientologists leaving the Church of Scientology recently, as they became aware of Miscavige’s physical abuse, and landing over […]

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Mike Rinder Why Scientology is a religion

Mike Rinder on Why Scientology is a Religion

At one of the most prestigious universities in the English language for debate – The University Philosophical Society of Trinity College Dublin – Former head of the Office of Special Affairs for the Church of Scientology Mike Rinder lays out why Scientology is a religion. This speech was given 4 years after Rinder left the […]

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Brainwashing and the Cults: The Rise and Fall of a Theory

In the United States at the end of the 1970s, brainwashing emerged as a popular theoretical construct around which to understand what appeared to be a sudden rise of new and unfamiliar religious movements during the previous decade, especially those associated with the hippie street-people phenomenon. Most of the new groups were of Asian origin […]

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Tony Ortega

The Unquestioning Arrogance of Anti-Cult Movement Ideologues

An ideologue is so certain of the ideology he has adopted, and the rightness of how he sees the world, that he can sneer at people, knowing how superior he is. It is a lazy way to go through life, intellectually, but if you surround yourself with people who also never question their assumptions, either, […]

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Karen de la Carriere

Was Karen De La Carriere a Prostitute? We Need to Talk About This, Too.

Karen De La Carriere a prostitute? I’ve been waiting for her to file a defamation of character/libel lawsuit on the Church of Scientology for over a year now. It appears here: http://www.leahreminiaftermath.com/articles/karen-de-la-carriere-white-paper.html This is the most shocking thing I think I’ve ever seen about someone high up in the Church of Scientology – A Class […]

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My Anti-Scientology Apostasy

The 19th century German philosopher Max Scheler said that an apostate was ‘engaged in a continuous chain of acts of revenge against his own spiritual past’. American sociologist Lewis Coser defined an apostate as not just a person who experienced a dramatic change in conviction but “a man who, even in his new state of […]

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Scientific Studies That DeBunk The Brainwashing Myth

The following is a compilation of scientific studies which have thoroughly debunked the idea of ‘brainwashing’. This settled science has been completely ignored by members of the anti-cult movement who, for their own various self-interests, keep the superstition of “brainwashing” alive – no matter how many ex-members of minority religions it has harmed. The below […]

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