Alanzo is an Ex-Scientologist who left after 16 years and became a critic of them 20 years ago. Alanzo has been writing about Scientology for 36 years, both in and out of the subject.
Out of all the lessons he learned by escaping Scientology, and then by escaping Anti-Scientology, he’s 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, Cults & AntiCults.
Alanzo was involved in Scientology for 16 years.
He reached the state of “Clear” and was a staff member, 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 on 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 real life Church of 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.
In January/February of 2007, Alanzo moved to the Ex-Scientologists Message Board (ESMB), where Ex-Scientologists gathered to tell their stories in Scientology.
Alanzo witnessed and participated in the rise of Anonymous in late 2007-early 2008.
Alanzo, along with many other Exes from Australia, witnessed the rise of Senator Nick Xenophon and the Australian Inquiry into Scientology’s Charitable status there.
He was in attendance when Marty Rathbun, in the summer of 2009, announced he’d left the Church and a had a new blog. Alanzo found a target-rich environment to engage Scientologists on Marty’s website – with 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 than he’d ever seen yet on the Internet. With Tony Ortega’s mix of the cruelty of Anonymous – and it’s 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 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 vs anti-Scientology beliefs, Cults vs AntiCults. Mainstream society vs it’s minority subcultures.
Alanzo has come to realize that a position of swinish skepticism toward both Scientology and Anti-Scientology, Cults and AntiCults, is the only sustainable view.
Alanzo’s experience (of the previous 16 in + 20 years out 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, Cults & AntiCults.