As we’ve mentioned before, the co-host of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, Mike Rinder, ran the Office of Special Affairs – allegedly the most criminal part of the Church of Scientology – for 22 years, reporting compliance on his nefarious activities directly to David Miscavige.
And yet, in 11 years of being out, Mike Rinder has not exposed one crime that can be prosecuted by law enforcement.
This is a curious situation, and Scientology watchers naturally try to understand why this would be. Usually, a person will look for a way to explain this, latching on to the first explanation they encounter which confirms their present beliefs. Then, clutching to that one explanation, or hypothesis, they will discount all other possibilities that don’t fit in with what they already think.
This is a bad way of getting to the truth.
I’ve made this same mistake myself many times, and have seen many others make this mistake in Scientology watching over and over. I learned to use multiple hypotheses to explain what we see in Scientology watching, assigning a probability percentage to each one. I’ve found this to be a much more effective way of trying to figure things out.
So Twitter has a feature where you can create multiple tweets. I wrote these tweets as my thoughts on this area a couple of days ago, and as an example of holding multiple hypotheses on a subject. Here are the tweets:
I present these tweets to show you what Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath contributor Aaron Smith-Levin was responding to when he began a Scientology-style Twitter campaign to try to discredit me as a critic of the show. Just like Scientology does to critics of Scientology, Aaron and others tried to portray me as “insane” and “irrelevant”
Show contributor Aaron Smith-Levin (Season 1, Episode 3) sent out this tweet to his 7,215 twitter followers, who are mostly people from his Fans of Leah Remini’s 10,000 member-strong Facebook group.
As you can see, this is an oversimplification of what I wrote. And it is an oversimplification of what, and how, I think about this. Aaron read my tweets, and Aaron knows how I think. But he intentionally ignored all that in his attempt to discredit me as a critic of the show.
As any good demagogue knows, you can’t emotionally manipulate your tribal ninnies with complex, nuanced ideas that are intellectually honest. You have to deny the nuance and over-simplify the idea if you have a group of tribal ninnies to motivate.
Here are some choice contributions to the mob by other fans and members of the show:
One fan of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath actually published private direct messages that I had with her without my permission in order to show how insane I am.
But if you’ll look at her screenshots of our private conversation, you’ll see me make the point that this is only one hypothesis to consider. None of the members of the show ever mentioned the ethics of publicly posting private messages without permission, of course.
But do you think the oversimplification, lack of ethics, and missing nuance mattered to the Scientology and the Aftermath contributor (Season 1) and “Critical Thinker at Large” Chris Shelton?
Other people connected with Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath show chimed in as well. Here’s Nora Ames, an associate producer of Scientology and the Aftermath:
And here’s another contributor to Scientology and the Aftermath, Jeffrey Augustine, (Season 2) liking Aaron’s tweet under his “OTVIII is Great” sock account:
And here’s Scientology and the Aftermath contributor Christi Gordon (Season 2, Episode 1) weighing in:
And then, taking a page right out of L Ron Hubbard’s playbook on how to handle critics, Karen De La Carriere (Season 1) chimes in with some of LRH’s ham-handed “Dead Agent” techniques she learned from 5.5 years of working under Mike Rinder at the Office of Special Affairs:
“Alanzo is a true mental case”
Ouch. That hurts.
So apparently, the Church of Scientology is not the only group who goes after their critics. Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath seem to be just as fervent in their desperation to silence and discredit their critics as David Miscavige is.
I was the recipient of this kind of tribalism from Scientologists when I criticized Scientology and L Ron Hubbard. And for the last few years, since waking up from the emotional manipulation in Anti-Scientology and writing about it, I’ve been taking it from them too.
While I think that a lot of what Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath exposes about Scientology is extremely valuable, not all of it is. And so when they lie about Scientology and Scientologists or are exceptionally cruel to mothers who have lost their children to suicide in Scientology, I speak up about that.
And I will continue to.
If you want to get a different perspective on the stories that are shown on Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, be sure to keep coming back to AlanzosBlog.com. We’ll be having an in-depth analysis of each episode of Season 3, plus many more stories from behind the scenes.