What Are Your Crimes?
I got home tonight and got another e-mail asking why Scientology says critics are criminals. In doing a quick google to find the Scientology policy, I clicked on a site that mentioned me by name.
Q: Mark Bunker ran into [this] aggressive questioning when he was armed only with his camera and tried to do a documentary on a July 4th Scientology street fair. He was asked what his crimes were and was accused of beating his wife and being a child molester by 3 scientologists.Do Scientologists actually believe that anyone who criticizes the Church must be guilty of molesting children, spousal abuse or some equally horrible criminal act? Why is it that Scientologists accuse there critics of such horrible things?
A: First, Scientologists do not respond this way to critics as a rule. I never have. Mark Bunker is not just some guy with a camera. He is a leading and pro-active member of at least two groups dedicated to doing harm to Scientology and blackening our reputation to the maximum extent possible. He has been and may still be on the payroll of the most rabid recent attacker of our church around today. He explicitly, for money, plots and deliberately provokes trouble and then claims he was totally innocent. Judging by his actions, it would be his aim to eradicate the church by any means at his disposal. So, yeah, Scientologists may have challenged him verbally. As he is/was paid to cause trouble, I wouldn’t put too much stock in his version of events.
This is on a site moderated by a Scientologist. I sent a response but since they control what gets posted, I thought my response might never show up online so I am going to archive it here.
Well, I was out for an internet stroll and found my name invoked here. To set the record straight, I do not “plot” or “provoke” incidents involving Scientologists.
I am opposed to the fraud and abuse in Scientology and speak out about that. For this, I am labeled a criminal by your group.
Why? Because L. Ron Hubbard explicitly wrote that anyone who criticizes Scientology is a criminal. He ordered your group to investigate critics and promised they would find “blood, sex crimes” that could quickly be used to “shudder them into silence.”
Why didn’t you simply answer the initial question with Hubbard’s own policy on the subject? Go to Source for the correct data:
I eagerly await your response. I trust you will post my message and not break this comm cycle. Scientology is about communication, after all.
Incidentally, I found it quite remarkable that a search for “What are Your Crimes?” brings up a ton of material on Scientology. I mean, really…you don’t even have to put the group’s name in the search. It should be their slogan instead of the ironic, “Think For Yourself.”Explore posts in the same categories: Scientology Policies