“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 tolerant, less self-righteous.
Ex allows you to be free of blind loyalties, allows you to point out hypocrisy, and to apply human kindness – even to Scientologists.
Exes are not necessarily at war with their previous spiritual pursuit – Exes have simply graduated.
Ex can be an antidote to the tribal cruelty of Antis.
“Anti” is a very specific and tightly controlled tribal belief system which comes out of the AntiCult Movement. The AntiCult Movement has a branch for each ‘cult’ – Anti Scientology, Anti-JW, Anti Mormon, etc. Same beliefs applied to each minority religion.
That belief system contains the belief in “Cult Brainwashing” at its core. Cult brainwashing is a belief only. It has been debunked by science every time it has been studied. When you adopt the belief in Cult Brainwashing you de-legitimize other peoples’ minority religious pursuits and dehumanize those who pursue them – whether they have harmed anyone or not.
After many long years as an Anti, I’ve found that it is much more healthy to be an Ex, than it is to be an Anti after Scientology.
Being at war with your previous spiritual pursuit, and being at war with who you used to be in the ‘cult’, ultimately ends up being self-destructive. I was a prominent Anti-Scientologist for about 15 years. I found that lifestyle unsustainable, toxic and corrosive.
The first casualty of war is the truth. And so the thinking in anti circles is that any fact or true story which would be neutral or – god forbid – a positive fact to the benefit of the ‘cult’ is to be hidden and smashed, and the person promulgating it discredited and banned. Because we are at WAR, dammit, and you are helping the enemy by telling the truth about them!
The truth of anything is BOTH the good and the bad.
Scientologists can not tell the truth about Scientology because IT MUST BE ALL GOOD.
Anti-Scientologists are equally unable to tell the truth about Scientology because IT MUST BE ALL BAD.
Like I said, this is an unsustainable way to live. It’s self destructive and harmful to Exes to live this way over time.
Because it, too often, is not TRUE.