Alanzo is an Ex-Scientologist who sees the same tribalism he escaped in Scientology rising up in Anti-Scientology.
Out of all the lessons he learned by escaping Scientology, he learned one lesson harder than any other: Never let your tribe do your thinking for you.
Alanzo thinks critically in the war between Scientology & Anti-Scientology.
Alanzo was involved in Scientology for 16 years.
He reached the state of “Clear” and was on staff as an Executive Director and Course Supervisor in Scientology missions in the Midwest and Los Angeles.
When Alanzo experienced enough in Scientology to see the extent to which he’d been deceived, he left and immediately began speaking out on the Internet to expose its lies and abuse.
Alanzo first began speaking out against Scientology on the Internet as “Poopsy Charmichael” in the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup in the late 1990’s.
As the main Internet battleground between the Church and its critics, ARS became too negative, and so Alanzo moved to Beliefnet.com and elsewhere on the Internet to engage with Scientologists, providing them the information they needed to make informed decisions about their own involvement in Scientology.
Alanzo spent many years in the early to mid 2000s presenting Scientologists with LRH’s entire biography & other information the Church hid from them. Alanzo saw many Scientologists “wake up” around the Internet, after finally getting the information the Church of Scientology had hidden from them.
In January/February of 2007, Alanzo moved to the Ex-Scientologists Message Board (ESMB), where Exes gathered to tell their stories in Scientology.
Alanzo witnessed and participated in the rise of Anonymous in late 2007-early 2008.
He was in attendance when Marty Rathbun, in the summer of 2009, kicked the hornet’s nest with his announcement that he had started up his new website creating the 2nd Exodus of Independents.*
Alanzo found a target-rich environment to engage Scientologists on Marty’s website in his burgeoning Independent Scientologist movement.
During this time, Alanzo spent a few years at Geir Isene’s blog, where he engaged many intelligent and free thinking Scientologists and Exes who’d retained constructive and positive views of their time in Scientology. This influenced Alanzo greatly by reminding him of things that he’d conveniently forgotten about himself and his time in Scientology while becoming an energetic critic of it.
Then, an unknown critic emerged onto the scene from the Village Voice, Tony Ortega.
Alanzo posted often to the Underground Bunker and was one of its most frequently upvoted Anti-Scientology critics.
But that’s where Alanzo was exposed to more “never-in” critics of Scientology that he’d ever seen yet on the Internet. With Tony Ortega’s mix of the cruelty of Anonymous – with its disrespect and disgust for Scientologists, Alanzo began to see tribal behavior in Anti-Scientology that was very reminiscent of the worst of Scientology’s Sea Org.
When Tony Ortega repeatedly went after a woman, a Scientologist whose daughter had committed suicide, he saw the cruelty that all those anti-Scientologists whipped up in each other.
This caused Alanzo to have yet another turning point.
He realized that the deeper he became involved in the Anti-Cult/Anti-Scientology Movement, the more he saw very similar tribal behavior to the most fanatical of Scientologists.
Alanzo saw a rise of some of the same tribalism from Anti-Scientologists that he was trying to escape by getting out of Scientology.
That’s when Alanzo started applying the same critical thinking skills to the beliefs of Anti-Scientology that he’d earlier applied to Scientology.
And that’s when the anti-Scientology mindset collapsed on Alanzo, just like his Scientology mindset collapsed on him so long ago.
And so this is where Alanzo is today – writing from his blog, trying to apply basic skepticism to the world of Scientology and anti-Scientology beliefs.
He’s come to realize that this position of skepticism toward both Scientology & Anti-Scientology is the only sustainable view.
Alanzo’s experience of the previous 18 years has led him to conclude that, as long as you continue to think critically, and you remain loyal to the truth instead of any person or group, then getting out of a ‘cult’ is not something that you recover from, it is something you are strengthened by.
Alanzo’s purpose is to provide the information necessary for people to make informed decisions about Scientology, Anti-Scientology, and tribalism too.