“The online battle is generally regarded as having begun with the arrival of Dennis Erlich to alt.religion.scientology in late July 1994. A former high-ranking official in the Scientology organization who had been personally affiliated with L. Ron Hubbard, he caused a number of regular participants in the newsgroup to sit up and take notice.”
I first encountered Dennis Erlich in the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology in the late 1990’s.
Dennis Erlich had been on staff at the Flag Service Org. In his position in Scientology, it was his job to see to it that all auditors and staff, at the “Mecca of Technical Perfection”, applied the writings and taped lectures of L Ron Hubbard exactly. He corrected all departures from 100% Standard Technology and “crammed” everyone to within an inch of their lives.
On ARS in the late 1990’s, he described his work history as “the Quality Control Director of a Brainwashing Factory.”
And thus, my admiration for this man began.
I’ve had a rough back and forth relationship with Dennis on the Internet which I’m sure would have never happened in real life. Those ups and downs – having been all my responsibility – were also influenced by OSA.
But whatever: Dennis Erlich survives, and so do I.
There are a lot of things about Scientology scriptures and OT levels that we would not have access to today on the Internet without the help of Dennis Erlich. At least OSA thinks so.
If you don’t believe that, watch this video made by Mark Bunker from 1995.
Mike Rinder was the full-on pinheaded fanatic head of the Office of Special Affairs in 1995. I have never once – in the last 8 years since his being on the Internet – seen him breathe or write a word about Dennis Erlich.
Why is that?
Don’t you think, with his new “beingness” as a leading critic of the abuses in the Church of Scientology, he at least owes Dennis Erlich an apology?
Why or why not?
More from Dennis:
These Old Guard critics of Scientology had to exert much higher courage in their environment than the environment we see today. With Marty, Mike, and Dave working shoulder to shoulder, Fair game was very real back then. Marty, Mike and Dave were applying LRH’s policy of “destroy them utterly” – as they were ordered by LRH –for blood.
And Dennis Erlich still beat them.
As Ex-Scientologists, we benefit from his courage today.