RE: Finding my religion (Cover feature, 8/25)

I was “in” the organization known as the “church” of $cientology” for 30 years. As George Horton said in his letter to you:
“Butch said Scientologists believe … and went on to describe what Scientologists believe. Well, in his description he got it wrong. One tenet of Scientology he could have said and been right about is that Scientology teaches that it is possible that a person can improve his own life and the lives of others around him.”

I believed as George does, for 30 years, that Scientology helps people improve their lives and the lives of others. It was only after years of trying to help them, that I became privy to what most Scientologists are not familiar with: the darker side of Scientology, written by L. Ron Hubbard and carried out, constantly, but David Miscavige and gang, now running this organization.

Their abuses are undeniable. These are just some:
1) In the Creed of a Scientologist, L. Ron Hubbard says: “We of the Church believe that all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.”

When I was “in,” however, we were not allowed to speak with anyone who they had decided was declared a “suppressive person” — if we did, we would be declared an SP and also lose all of our own friends, possibly family. (And I know it is still true as NONE of my 30-year “friends” or my husband of 27 years has talked with me, once, in 11 years.)

The “church” will try to justify this, saying “Well, if any of our members doesn’t want to speak with an evil person, (or any upsetting person or any other name they flip out), they don’t have to. Where this proves to be utterly false is as SOON as someone leaves the “church” of $cientology, one of THE first things they do is try to contact their friends, who also have left. The same is true for freedom to write freely, and frankly, once you get to higher levels, even thinking is in question. (See “Tory Talks to C.F.I.” if you want to fully understand that).

2) Due to #1 — this same “church” breaks up many, many marriages, families, cuts off children from their own parents, and parents from their own children. Their “PR” Tommy Davis (now gone for some time) said on camera: “There is no disconnection.” Yet I hold in my hand a written “SP Declare” saying, by the “Church of Scientology”: “Her ONLY Terminal is the International Justice Chief.” That IS Disconnection, right there.

3) Medical Abuse: I have epilepsy, and in 1972 I was ordered off of my much-needed medication. I had numerous grand mal seizures, which ruined my short-term memory. I am one example. People, many people have died while “in” Scientology, and/or committed suicide, due to the awful threats, stress, etc.

There’s tons more. Please visit my YT site to learn more:

To anyone “in” reading this: I offer you to come to my home, or meet in a restaurant and talk. I’ve made this offer to Scientologists for 11 years now. Even though I am in “What is Scientology,” gave them 30 years of my life, and more than $200,000 of my money — they now write furious lies about me on the Internet and think that’s just fine, and refuse to ever speak with me.

“Church”? Please. Read, look, listen … learn BOTH sides, and then make up your own minds.
And ask yourself this: If Tory is so evil, why is it she can say “read both sides” but the “Church” of Scientology cannot?
My love to you all. F

Tory Christman lives in Burbank.