The obvious outpoints
Look at the way the Church is handling criticism. Look at it from a distance.
You may notice three obvious outpoints:
- Whatever happens to the church is someone else’s fault. It’s “The Psychs”, “Big Pharma”, “The Media”, “The SPs”, “Anonymous”. These are all generalities. By blaming someone else, the church is giving away its power to those they blame. Maybe that’s a good thing.
- Total denial of own wrongdoings. Tommy Davis goes “it never happened. Never happened. Never happened“. They deny anything bad when they think the accusations cannot be proven.
- If the church is confronted by a (to them) proven accusation, they try to make it “normal”. They even counter such criticism with “you are just trying to make the normal look abnormal”. Like throwing one’s employees fully clothed into the cold swimming pool in the middle of the night. Normal.
Most people respond to the total denial of wrongdoings by “where there is smoke, there is fire”. Well, maybe it is not fire. The smoke could come from a nasty chemical reaction. The stuff that corrodes church foundations.
Edit (2009-09-25): I received an e-mail from a Norwegian Scientologist saying that I am widely generalizing in this specific blog post. So I had a good look at this… and I need your help – because I cannot find an instance where the church would admit to any wrongdoings. I would hate to throw out generalities, but I simply can not find an example of this. If you have an example where the church officially admits to being wrong, please let me know.