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What Are Your Crimes?

Discussion in 'General Scientology Discussion' started by Nona, Feb 9, 2008.

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  1. Nona

    Nona Patron

    And other such questions to fob off picketers.

    If on the protest day they do come out and say "What are your crimes?" for hours on end, what is the most effective thing to say to this, and other awkward questions?

    I have no crimes, but they hear that from everyone. I tried to think of anything I'm actually in trouble for, but a broken tail light that was fixed? Besides, it's a dead end question used to distract both members of the argument. What do you do in these situations?
  2. Alanzo

    Alanzo Bardo Tulpa

    What are your crimes?

    "I have the integrity to stand up to totalitarian tyranny."

    "I have learned that people can so believe that they are helping the world, that they become blinded to their own acts of destruction"

    "I believe that freedom has nothing to do with blind allegiance to any group or cause, and that only serious self-reflection and unflinching resistance to dogmatic fanaticism can keep us free"

    "I have discovered that no person and no idea is above relentless scrutiny, and that anything less will, eventually, destroy myself and all Mankind."

    "I am thinking for myself, and no man, religion, or political group has the right to stop me"

    "I've learned, up close and personal, that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

    "And I'm determined to say it out loud and not let anyone stop me."

    Those are my crimes.

    Go ahead and report me to your authorities.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2008
  3. Lovesnightsky

    Lovesnightsky Silver Meritorious Patron

    I think that ignoring their existence is best, like their are invisible. There is nothing that bothers a Scientologist more than not being acknowledged.
  4. Poofy

    Poofy Patron with Honors

    Heh, you know, Love, you're the only person I've heard who has suggested using no-ack. I'll pass that one along.
  5. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Yes! :clap:
  6. sandygirl

    sandygirl Silver Meritorious Patron

    Or, turn the tables-"what are their crimes?'

    They pulled this in
  7. Wisened One

    Wisened One Crusader


    :thumbsup: I LOVE it, I'm doing it.

    Wisened One
  8. riptide

    riptide Patron with Honors

    answer with a question

    Q: "what are your crimes??!!"

    A: Who is Meade Emory?

    Q: "what are your crimes??!!"

    A: What was Operation Freak out?

    Q: "what are your crimes??!!"

    A: Who was Paulette Cooper?

    Q: "what are your crimes??!!"

    A: Where is the original unaltered C/S series 78?

    Q: "what are your crimes??!!"

    A: Do you break up families?
  9. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    I stole a paperclip from the HASI.:yes:
  10. ExScnDude

    ExScnDude Patron with Honors


    Or "I once had secret thoughts that you were totally evil."
  11. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    I love you.

    Evan though I don't know a thing about you...
  12. namaste

    namaste Silver Meritorious Patron

    I wonder what would happen if you turned it around so that it was your idea for them to ask the question.

    "What are your crimes?"

    "I'm sorry, could you repeat the question?"

    "What are your crimes?

    "Say again?"

    "What are your crimes?"

    "Ask me what my crimes are."

    "What are your crimes?"

    "Good. Ask me what my crimes are."

  13. ExScnDude

    ExScnDude Patron with Honors

    Uh oh! I think you just got stuck to a giant peanut butter and jelly mystery sandwich!

  14. Bea Kiddo

    Bea Kiddo Crusader

    Peanut butter, jelly and love sandwich!!!!!!!!!!!!!:whistling:
  15. riptide

    riptide Patron with Honors

  16. Dulloldfart

    Dulloldfart Squirrel Extraordinaire

    The question is designed to introvert the protester and make him/her ineffective, preferably go away. It is based on the false premise that the CofS is clean and honest and helpful, and that anyone who would attack it must be a criminal.

    The accuser may or may not be amenable to getting into communication with the target.

    I would suggest a two-pronged response:

    1. Try and get into real communication with the person. Don't rise to the bait and get hot under the collar, or shout back. Try and discuss the thing you are protesting about--if it is disconnection, say, ask the accuser about the contradictions between the dozens of personal stories you read on the Net and the CofS's recent denial of practising disconnection.

    2. If the person won't get into communication, whip out a cameraphone or camcorder. "What are your crimes?!!!" videos on YouTube are devastating to CofS PR!

    Practise this with your friends beforehand. Role-play shouting "What are your crimes?!!" in someone's face. This isn't so you can yell "What are your crimes?" back on the day, but so that you no longer feel any urge to react to the accusation, or the discomfort. Practise it until you can accept someone yelling it in your face without reaction, without laughter.

  17. Zinjifar

    Zinjifar Silver Meritorious Sponsor

    You could always throw in random crimes from the 'Whole Track Sec Check', like:

    Well, I'll confess, I used doll bodies for the sensation kick.

  18. ExScnDude

    ExScnDude Patron with Honors

    I'd give what they were looking for in spades:

    "Damn! When did you find out I've been sleeping with your wife?"
  19. lrnobs

    lrnobs Patron with Honors

    I agree. Just politely smile and continue protesting. The protest is not for the Scn agitators. You don't have to respond to their verbal fencing. :)
  20. alex

    alex Gold Meritorious Patron

    Perhaps if both sides could actually listen to each other....

    Nah. Never happen.