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Mike Rinder: Scientology Lies and Going Clear. The Sara Goldberg letter.

Discussion in 'General Scientology Discussion' started by CommunicatorIC, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Mike Rinder: Scientology Lies and Going Clear. The Sara Goldberg letter.

    Mike Rinder: Scientology Lies and Going Clear

    Again, read the entire post.

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    Sometimes though, they get caught with their pants around their ankles.

    Here is an excerpt from the newest addition to the Freedom website designed to “dead agent” Going Clear. It is from an 18 February letter written by David Miscavige (under his pen name Karin Pouw) to Sheila Nevins, head of HBO Documentary Films:

    Or in the case of Sara Goldberg, a liar who her own daughter was willing to tell you is the one who broke up her own family—not the Church—by siding with her drug-addicted son over her daughter. The Church had nothing to do with Sara Goldberg’s breakup of her family and friendships. This is a textbook case of someone who now blames others rather than accept responsibility for her own actions.

    The cruelty and insanity of these people will soon become apparent to all the world.

    While complaining in the same letter about “disclosing information about her [Sara’s] granddaughter ‘without her permission’,” in virtually the next sentence they gratuitously publicly label her son “drug-addicted”? Typical.

    But here is what REALLY happened, contrary to the church’s indignant whining lie that they “had nothing to do with Sara Goldberg’s breakup of her family.”

    Being a good, compliant scientologist, Sara had petitioned the IJC to remain in contact with BOTH her children.

    She was told by Mike Ellis, who the church (inaccurately) describes as the highest authority on matters of ethics and justice in scientology, that she could NOT remain in touch with her son as it was a violation of HCOB 10 SEPT 83 PTSNESS AND DISCONNECTION.

    You can see his whole letter here — it was published in the Tampa Bay Times when they wrote this story a year ago.


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  2. BunnySkull

    BunnySkull Silver Meritorious Patron

    There have been several heartbreaking comments on Mike's blog on this recent post. Mike's posts are terrific, but the conversations and comments they illicit from ex-members and people UTR are extremely interesting and important to read as well. His posts seem to draw people out to share their stories of abuse and trauma they suffered at the hands of the cult, which is vital.

    On that note there was this comment from Richard Royce:

    On Mike's previous post on the cult playing the religious persecution card a commenter named Gayle shared these stories:

    Bolding above is mine.
  3. CommunicatorIC

    CommunicatorIC @IndieScieNews on Twitter

    Just wanted to provide the direct link:
  4. BunnySkull

    BunnySkull Silver Meritorious Patron

    There is a direct link to each comment on my post - on Richard Royce's his name and date stamp are hot linked and Gayle's is linked right above the comment where I reference it. They are in blue so the link should be easily viewable and underlines appear when you mouse over it to indicate it's a live link.