Geir Isene’s Liability write-up on the Church of Scientology
This write-up is the next step after my earlier published “Doubt write-up“. This is the closure on the support I have given to an organization that is acting contrary to the basics of Scientology and systematically violating human rights. The outpoints that I have witnessed is outlined in my Doubt write-up.
I became aware of systematic violations of Scientology ethics, technology and policy within the church since the autumn 2003. At that time a mission from the European headquarters in Copenhagen (CLO EU) came to Oslo and assigned the whole Norwegian field of public Scientologists the ethics condition of Treason. I was blasted for no real reason by the D/CO EU in a way that made me aware that something was rotten in Denmark. I was since made increasingly aware of the outpoints through my involvement in the OT Committee and in the OT Ambassador Programs. In the last two years before I left I spend approximately 1000 hours researching and verifying my observations. I then concluded, wrote up my Doubt formula and resigned the church on August 7th 2009.
Although I was never involved in perpetrating or promoting any abuses myself, I did in fact support the organization and feel I didn’t do enough to help stop the outpoints. This liability write-up addresses the period from September 2003 till I left.
This write-up follows the formula for getting through the condition of Liability as laid out by L. Ron Hubbard (LRH). As with the earlier Doubt write-up, this also follows the WOIM format (see the WOIM definition page).
Liability formula (LRH instructions in quotes and as main points in the list)
1. "Decide who are one's friends" 1.1. My friends are people of integrity who are willing to change for what they consider better and help others to do the same. Note that this includes a great many people still in the Church of Scientology. 2. "Deliver an effective blow to the enemies of the group one has pretended to be a part of despite personal danger" 2.1. I pretended to be part of a group that worked for the greater good, for human rights, for free speech and for the liberation of free will. I shut my eyes to abuses in the Church of Scientology to foster the illusion that it aligned with my purpose of freeing the will of man by applying the technology of Scientology. The church is not true to its stated purposes. I have since my departure from the church helped others realize the same. My Doubt write-up was broadly published, resulting in many leaving the church. Several OTs read my write-up and decided to leave, creating a ripple effect that has woken up many. Any exact number is hard to come by - but my write-up has tipped the scale for at least 10 other OTs. The signal effect of the only OT 8 in Norway leaving the church has been significant. After my departure, I have been in communication with thousands of people through meetings, phone calls, e-mail and my Internet activities. I put up a blog (https://elysianchakorta.wordpress.com) that has had about 100000 views since I started blogging three months ago. After the number of comments on my blog reached 500 per week, I decided to set up a forum, The Scientology Forum (http://www.scnforum.org) to promote open discussions of Scientology in a safe environment moderated by OTs. After one week of operation it had more than 100 registered members and more than 1000 posts. Feedback shows that Scientologists do wake up to the "out ethics", "out tech", "out admin" and the abuses in the church through reading my blog and The Scientology Forum and deciding to participate in the open exchange of viewpoints. Through several newspaper articles, one radio show and a TV broadcast on the main Norwegian news show on prime time, my messages have reached more than a million people. I took a firm stand in accordance with my personal integrity despite the consequences I knew would come; Most of my Scientology friends have disconnected from me and my family, my company lost three offices in Russia and there is an ongoing black PR campaign directed at me in the church. 3. "Make up the damage one has done by personal contribution far beyond the ordinary demands of a group member" 3.1. My blog and The Scientology Forum has served more than the purpose of delivering a blow to the offending practices by the Church of Scientology. The forum promotes rational exchange of viewpoints and may very well already be the primary venue for courteous and open discussions of Scientology on the Internet. I have as well contributed to hundreds of people that has contacted me for help and support in sorting out their own situation with the church. 4. "Apply for re-entry to the group by asking the permission of each member of it to rejoin and rejoining only by majority permission, and if refused, repeating (2) and (3) and (4) until one is allowed to be a group member again" 4.1. This part becomes tricky as the group I ask to rejoin is the collective of people who are willing to change for the better and help others to do the same. It is clearly impossible to reach the majority of such people on earth. I have thus decided to publish this Liability formula on The Scientology Forum and let people there decide the fate of my re-entry. To vote for my re-entry, go to The Scientology Forum.