A message to Anonymous
People of anonymous. Thank you for lending your effort to expose the abuses perpetrated by the Church of Scientology. I could go on commending you for the work you have done, but that is not the purpose of this message.
I know that Anonymous is not a homogeneous group. The majority av anons seems to be fighting hard for basics freedoms; Of thought, of speech and of belief. A sub-group of Anonymous think that everything Scientology must be wrong. Totally wrong. And dangerous. Some are advocates of a total abolishment of any practice of Scientology whatsoever.
I have covered the black-and-white world view and fixed ideas in previous posts. There are several other reasons why I believe this stance is counter productive:
- It may help cement and aggravate the human rights abuses within the church. It causes the church management to increase the pressure against the external enemy. It makes it easier to pressure Scientologists even more – for public it is for money and time and for the staff less sleep. It justifies the use of excessive force. Extremist views also distract from the issues of abuse and lends sympathy to the church by the general public.
- It reeks of intolerance. Going after people’s beliefs is in itself a human rights violation. It tends to void arguments against human rights violations within the church.
- It instantly turns off Scientologists who wants to do something about the church they are members of. I know this personally as early in my two years of research, many messages by Anonymous made it somewhat harder for me to take a stance against the wrongs of the church. The original message from Anonymous put light on the abuses. It was aimed at the leaders of Scientology, not Scientologist who wants to practice their beliefs. It caused the largest demonstrations against the church ever.
There must be freedom of thought. There must be freedom of speech. There must be freedom to practice one’s beliefs within the perimeters of the law. These principles must never be a one-way street. My freedom is only limited by yours.
For questions about my motives and stance, please refer to my earlier post – My positions,