FR Commenter ‘Alanzo,’ His 16 Years in Scientology, and Why He Criticizes Scientologist Leader Turned Whistleblower Mike Rinder

Allen Stanfield is a former member of the Church of Scientology. Readers know him as Alanzo.
According to Andy Notch on Bitchute, “Stanfield left Scientology and became a Scientology hater, then he realised these people were silly and became a hater of Scientology haters.”
“Hate” might be too strong a word, but Stanfield does criticize both Scientology and its critics on his AlanzosBlog, which promises readers “critical thinking on cults and anti-cults.”
Stanfield also comments on Frank Report under his moniker, Alanzo, sometimes on the topic of NXIVM, taking the comparatively rare stance of alternately condemning or supporting ideas associated with NXIVM and doing the same with the ideas of those who criticize NXIVM.
In fact while criticizing DOS and challenging the women of the Dossier Project on questions of consent of the slave women, he commented, “The Dossier Project, and their friends, are made up of intelligent, thinking and feeling human beings. Some of them are way more educated than me, possibly you, and clearly more than most on the Frank Report.”
These kinds of comments have garnered for him criticism from what he calls “anti-cultists,” people who are unable to distinguish that there might be some good coming from what some people call a cult and some bad from those who criticize the cult.
His 16-year history with Church of Scientology may be of interest to readers.
Alanzo joined the Church after reading Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard, in 1984, at a time when he was “a lonely, depressed college student fighting a dysfunctional family.”
“Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health” by L. Ron Hubbard is about a system of psychotherapy developed from personal experience, principles of Eastern philosophy, and the work of Sigmund Freud.
Scientology offered hope.

He became Executive Director of a Scientology Mission in Peoria, Illinois, but ran afoul of his supervisor in the Church, it appears, because of insufficient recruitment of new parishioners. His superior would “scream” at him and require him to go to Scientology Churches in New York City and Los Angeles to learn how to recruit better, or, as Alanzo put it, “to get my stats up.”

Alanzo began to have doubts about Scientology which he dismissed as being his own fault and looked to find what is called in Scientology “overts,” something undisclosed to his conscious mind which he had done or failed to do which was contrary to the moral code he agreed to on behalf of the Church.
He strove to improve. For years, he was engaged in a Scientology process called auditing, the goal of which is to become “clear.”

According to Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, a person who becomes “clear,” sometimes referred to as “a Clear,” has “an awareness which can create energy at will, and can handle and control, erase or re-create an analytical or reactive mind”.

The process of auditing involves an e-meter, a battery powered ohmmeter believed to work like a lie detector.

A Scientology member, John Travolta, demonstrates the use of the e-meter. John holds two metal cylinders which are connected to the meter. As the auditor asks questions and observes the reaction of the meter. From the movement of the meter, the auditor then formulates additional questions.
When the meter movement shows a reaction, an auditor then leads the person to reveal issues that disturb or upset him which can help that person find his “overts (undisclosed acts), body thetans (evil spirits), and engrams (moments of pain and unconsciousness).”


The e-meter employed in Scientology helps the person being audited reveal much of their past in order to be able to combat various forms of wrong thinking or wrongdoing that prevent them from being “clear”. 

Alanzo was paying for a specific auditing process called the False Purpose Rundown Basic – for about eight years, which was longer than necessary to complete the course. Finances seemed to be holding him back. He needed another $15,000 to finish the course, which is designed to help the individual, with the help of the e-meter and auditor, detect evil purposes or evil intentions.

“During that time, I had convinced myself that any thoughts I had about leaving [Scientology] were ‘bank’ and that I shouldn’t make any big decisions until I finished my False Purpose Rundown Basic. And so I trudged along,” Alanzo said.

He convinced himself he was “keyed-in,” all the time, meaning that he was plagued by memories of past incidents of pain and unconsciousness and behaved based on the irrational association of these with his present activity or goals.

He wanted to be “clear,” of “bank,” a reactive mind filled with undisclosed bad acts [overts] and memories of moments of pain and unconsciousness [engrams].

Finally, Alanzo, with the help of the e-meter and his auditor, came to believe that in a previous life he had actually “gone clear.”
“I was actually a Scientologist in a past life!,” he said he believed at the time.  Consequently, he said, “My whole sense of self-identity became more and more wrapped up in being a Scientologist.”

Alanzo explained, “your Scientology ‘self’ is the identity that will get you to [high] states of beingness where nothing can strike you down… The more you identify with your new Scientology self, and the more you invalidate your old ‘wog’ self, the less your thoughts, goals and beliefs are your own. That’s why I chose, and why most people choose, to stay in Scientology – even with all the crap they have to endure. It’s an self-identity shift.”

L. Ron Hubbard defined “wog” as “a common ordinary run-of-the-mill garden-variety humanoid.” or “somebody who isn’t even trying.” It is essentially someone who is not a Scientologist
Alanzo explained, “My first ten years in Scientology were spent knowing that if I just did the next course, or got the next auditing action, then it would all make sense. And all this stupid, frenetic crap I kept witnessing all around me would be what it always was supposed to be – a sane group of ethical beings who were creating a new civilization out of broken straws.”
Fortunately, he had been working with some exalted Scientologists in Los Angeles, beings who were higher than Clears, who, if Scientology were true, were the very ones who would led the creation of a more noble civilization.These high-ranking Scientologists were deemed “Operating Thetans”, [OT] people who, according to Scientology, are capable of “knowing and willing cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.”

These OTs are believed to be not only free of unconscious impulses like a Clear, but free to operate, and be causative over the physical universe and whose minds are so powerful that they can, if they wish, read minds, kill people with a thought, view things remotely with their minds, change their own body weight at will, and bring wealth or health or success to themselves by sheer will power.

These OTs were only one step below the “Cleared Theta Clear,” a supreme state which Hubbard describes as “A thetan [spirit or soul] who is completely rehabilitated and can do everything a thetan should do, such as move [matter, energy, space and time]  MEST and control others from a distance, or create his own universe; a person who is able to create his own universe or, living in the MEST universe, is able to create illusions perceivable by others at will, to handle MEST universe objects without mechanical means and to have and feel no need of bodies or even the MEST universe to keep himself and his friends interested in existence.”

The Church of Scientology maintains that a state of complete and permanent spiritual freedom is attainable  through the processes and technology available at the Church.

Alanzo closely observed these exalted OTs. They had paid for and taken the requisite courses in order to be declared OTs by the Church.  He noted however that they were not quite the same as what he would expect from someone who can achieve “knowing and willing cause over life, thought, matter, energy, space and time.”

He began to ponder why “they themselves haven’t turned out to be the person they wanted to be by doing Scientology.”  In fact, Alanzo knew eight of these OT’s who had declared bankruptcy.

His registrar at the Advanced Organization wanted him to become an OT himself and in order to advance in that direction to spend $25,000 for a course called the “OT 3 package.”Alanzo told his registrar that he was already deeply in debt largely from previous Scientology courses he took and that he could not afford to repay additional debt.

The registrar had a suggestion — that Alanzo should borrow the money for the course then declare bankruptcy and escape having to pay this or any other remaining debt incurred by previous courses he took.

Alanzo believed that this borrowing money with the intent not to pay it back, suggested to him by the registrar and apparently adopted by numerous exalted OTs, was subverting or “squirreling” Scientology finance policy.

Scientology encourages members to work at “Keeping Scientology Working [KSW]” which requires members to in various circumstances to produce a series of Hubbard Communication Office Policy Letters, [HCOPL].

Based on what Alanzo saw and his belief that it was anti-Scientology to advise people to borrow money to take courses they could not afford with the prior intent of filing bankruptcy, Alanzo was now required to submit a “Knowledge Report,” a write-up of another member’s alleged violations and submit it to the Ethics department.

In Alanzo’s case his report went all the way to International Management where members have security clearance.

His reports, however, were ignored and he was told he was, in the parlance of Scientology, “dramatizing ‘case'” – “case” being the sum of his problems, bad memories, engrams (moments of pain and unconsciousness), BTs (Body Thetans or evil spirits infesting the body), and overts (undisclosed harmful acts) and that, until he took the $25,000 OT 3 course, he actually had no self-determinism.

“Here I was,” Alanzo said, “having conquered the reactive mind and made it all the way up the Bridge to ‘Clear’, and I was being told that I had no self-determinism. I was finally beginning to get the picture…  By this time, I had put enough together, and had experienced it so much before, that I quit looking away from it. I quit justifying for others.  Now I know that the whole thing was set up to be just how it is. There is no huge ‘squirrel problem’ that you need to take responsibility for by ‘applying KSW’. That’s just one more little hamster wheel L. Ron Hubbard has set up for you to keep you huffing and puffing as a Scientologist. After a while, I guess you just begin to wise up. You quit justifying for others. You quit looking away.”

Alanzo concluded that “Scientology is not a religion. It is a psychological con created by a conman to con as many people for as long as possible. That is actually all it is. Hubbard read and regurgitated every psychological and religious idea he could get his hands on, packaged it with hypnotic trance, coercive and classic reconditioning techniques, and then sprinkled it on a Bridge and told you to reach for Total Freedom.”

Was L. Ron Hubbard a great prophet or a conman?

Alanzo determined that the Church imposed “slave-like conditions” and “totalitarian techniques,” that prompted a lack of critical thinking and promoted cognitive dissonance — all devised by Hubbard on purpose.


A commenter on Frank Report, PeaceMaker, criticized Alanzo, charging that Alanzo’s former role as Executive Director of a local Scientology operation, is “In the ‘big league sales’ world of Scientology akin to being the pit boss of a boiler room sales operation, though reportedly Peoria [Alanzo’s mission center] was run on a bit of a kinder and gentler basis than the most ruthless and rapacious franchises. Still, it would be unusual for an ED not to have overseen heavy-handed sales including encouragement of going into debt and plundering assets, not to mention repressive ‘ethics’ punishments for perceived infractions.

“[Alanzo] also admittedly worked for the Office of Special Affairs [OSA], Scientology’s version of the East German Stasi. Specifically, he was involved in an effort to infiltrate, undermine and take over the Cult Awareness Network (CAN), a group that while having some ties to then-controversial deprogramming techniques, provided resources and help – and the demise of which not only completely destroyed an important resource but also resulted in its files full of personal information falling into the hands of Scientology.

“I’ve never seen Alanzo (Allen) try to make any apologies or amends to the people he has deceived, lied to, exploited, and harmed in the service of the CofS [Church of Scientology]. Yet he is very vocal in attacking some prominent former Scientology executives who are working to expose abuses, for not having done enough of that themselves, in his view. It seems to be a typical mechanism ingrained in Scientologists (and the whole Scientology organization), to accuse others of just the sort of things they are guilty of themselves but unable to come to terms with?”

Taking umbrage with this comment, Alanzo replied:

“I love it when one of these guys packs 36 years of my life into a few paragraphs in order to revise my history for their propaganda purposes. This person does not know me, nor what I’ve done in the 21 years since leaving Scientology. Nor what I did when I was a Scientologist. But here they are, trying to make me look like one of David Miscavige’s minions. Again.”

Alanzo offers a link to his story concerning the time he did surveillance for a weekend at a hotel monitoring attendees of a Cult Awareness Network conference in suburban Chicago which he did for Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs.

He did not seem to have done anything of significant other than report back to Scientology’s OSA who and what he saw there.

Alanzo explains he did “one project…  for Mike Rinder’s OSA, and … stay[ed] the hell away from them forever after as a Scientologist, never to do a second project for them. It also let me know what kind of people would do a 2nd job for OSA. And a third. And what type of person would run OSA internationally for David Miscavige for 22 years – complete sociopaths.”

Michael John Rinder is an Australian-American former senior executive of the Church of Scientology International (CSI) and the Sea Organization based in the United States. From 1982 to 2007 Rinder served on the board of directors of CSI and also held the post of executive director of its Office of Special Affairs, overseeing the corporate, legal and public relations matters of Scientology at the international level. Rinder left Scientology in 2007. From 2016 to 2019, he co-hosted the A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. In 2020 he and Remini reunited to launch the podcast Scientology: Fair Game

Alanzo does not think too much of Mike Rinder and he concluded his Frank Report comment with: “Mike Rinder is not trying to make peace with the people he harmed when he was CO OSA. If that were the case, he would have helped Gerry Armstrong. He would have aired Victoria Britton’s interview about the murder of her son on Scientology the Aftermath. He’s doing the exact opposite of that. With regard to just these two people who were destroyed by Scientology, Rinder is still doing exactly what he did when he was CO OSA. He is still protecting the church and its leaders from criminal prosecution.”



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  • Mike Rinder is an interesting guy.

    He has effectively created the policies, procedures, and just the abject evil that Scientology engages in to control its current followers and silence its ex-followers. While he was in the religion, to call him “evil mastermind” is downplaying just how big of a monster he helped to create. He is like the guys in the Christian Crusades who had no problem with ordering the deaths of thousands because their religion’s leadership said it was just. He never really questioned it either. For a long long time, there was no telling how many lives and families he destroyed over the years. Until his own tactics were used against him when he began to sour on the leadership of David Miscavige.

    You all have a problem with Allison Mack? She isn’t even a rounding error to the accumulated evil he probably engaged in for his cult. He is a real-world example of how normal people can do horrible things when thinking it’s safely couched in the “good” of the religion.

    He accumulated a debt of evil that he will spend the rest of his life undoing. He will fail. At least he is trying. Teaching people to avoid Scientology, teaching people of its evil, it’s better that he try to do that than remain silent like so many others. In effect, he is like a reformed serial killer who goes out and tries to stop other serial killers. Evil stopping other evil doesn’t make him good but at least he is attempting to do some good and I will take that.

    • Erasend wrote:

      “He accumulated a debt of evil that he will spend the rest of his life undoing. He will fail. At least he is trying.”

      Yes, there are people like Debbie Cook who oversaw the security check (confession) on Kyle Brennan’s father. She got off with millions and a gag order. She and others aren’t talking but should.

      But you have to realize that while Mike Rinder is making Scientology look bad, making Scientology look bad will never actually change anything, and it won’t get justice for the murder of Kyle Brennan – for just one instance. Making Scientology look bad fools anticultists into believing something is being done while nothing is being done at all. It channels their bloodlust into completely impotent activity that keeps David Miscavige in power, in control of billions, doing whatever he wants to Scientologists.

      David Miscavige doesn’t want new Scientologists. They are a liability to his tax free real estate empire.

      As long as no criminal indictments are filed, along with their penetrative powers where money can’t make it all go away, then Miscavige and Rinder et al are safe and the real estate is intact.

      Avoiding criminal indictments is the whole strategy.

      That’s Mike Rinder’s job. And he’s doing it right in front of everyone’s eyes, and they all think he’s a hero.

      Meanwhile, Kyle Brennan, David Miscavige’s mother in law Flo Barnett, Shawn Lonsdale, Ken Ogger and others are murders made to look like suicides – which as Mike Rinder said on a recent podcast – is Hubbard’s official OSA policy.

      Don’t be a dupe, Erasend. Open your eyes. Despite running the most criminal part of Scientology for 22 years, Mike Rinder has never revealed a crime. And he has also done his best to silence and discredit anyone who has.


      • Of course he doesn’t reveal crimes. That would implicate himself since he approved, led, or ordered many of them. He has also practically stated in multiple past interview that his goal isn’t to end Scientology. The goal is to remove Miscavige and his followers from church leadership. Can’t do that if burn the church down trying to take out the leadership. Can’t help but wonder if you two have the same goals, just different ideas on who should be leading.

        • I want to see criminal prosecutions for the criminal acts committed, and justice for the families of Kyle Brennan and others.

          Mike Rinder and David Miscavige do not.


      • What is the story on these murders? You are all talking like it’s common knowledge, but I think most readers like myself– not having any personal experience with Scientology–, don’t know about them. Where can I find out more? Or maybe you could do a story about them. Scientology is utterly fascinating. I can’t believe what they have been able to get away with.

        • Start here:

          This is a blog run by Kyle Brennan’s mother, Victoria Britton, who’s son was found dead in his father’s Clearwater, FL apartment, having been shot in the head with a 357 magnum handgun. 14 pieces of evidence were wiped clean of blood and fingerprints at the crime scene. The bullet that killed Kyles was never found. Multiple detectives lied to the family about the investigation.

          Kyle’s father worked for David Miscavige’s twin sister as her personal assistant, Denise Miscavige. Both Kyle’s father and Denise Miscavige changed their stories multiple times. The death was ruled a “suicide” even though no gun powder reside was found on Kyle’s hands. Denise, Kyle’s father, and Denise’s husband were all at the apartment that night. They were not tested for gun residue.

          Victoria Britton will be releasing a book by a major publisher in the coming year.

          This is going to change everything.

          Please support Victoria and her fight for justice for her son, Kyle Brennan.


  • Not sure if this applies to Alanzo but it should be noted that most “ex-Scientologists” still believe in the cult.

    Their issue is with David Miscavige and current church leadership. It’s not much different than what created all the Catholic and Christian religions – most were often a protest against those in charge at the time for various reasons (political, religious, corruption, differences in interpretation of a few lines of the bible, etc.). It’s just here they don’t have the numbers, access, money or really the lawyer power to create an offshoot of Scientology but for most, their real goal is to replace the current (to them corrupt) leadership with those that represent the religion better (in whatever way they define that) and then return to the fold. So be wary and look for context clues.

    Also, the Sea Org is for the cult’s literal slave labor. Not even joking or exaggerating.

    It is legal slave labor for the same reason that NXIVM branding was legal – the slaves agreed to it by signing a billion-year contract and/or often getting themselves deep in debt to the cult in an attempt to rise up the OT ladder. Yes I know, you are saying the contract is unenforceable. Not the point. It represents their level of belief in the cult because they see it as binding. The same way a Christian sees the Bible as the written version of morality and what is “right” and refuses to recognize its many questionable passages in that regard. Power of belief and all that.

  • Frank-

    I enjoyed this read and the unmasking of Alonzo! Thanks Frank!

    PS why do you always publish the most unflattering photographs of people what’s wrong with you? You are very mean spirited!!!

  • Wait a minute – someone who runs a blog that competes in Mike Rinder’s space has critical things to say about him? Readers with a heartbeat might have predicted the existence of Alanzo with no further prompting. Not sure why FrankReport is taking sides on this matter. Parenthetically, I would also note the questionable validity of the attacks – because Mike hasn’t reported the stories that I find most meaningful, he’s a stooge, a covert church operative, etc.

    • I am not taking sides in this. It is an interesting story and I would like to delve into it further.

    • Remember the line between what’s illegal and what’s legal but merely morally outrageous?

      This is the scam that Rinder runs: He only “exposes” stories that have already been exposed before, and only those stories that are legally null and fully settled, such as the Lisa McPherson case.

      Mike Rinder never exposes anything new, and especially never exposes anything that would put David Miscavige into criminal jeopardy.

      Yet Mike Rinder ran the most criminal part of Scientology, the Office of Special Affairs, for Miscavige for 22 years – reporting daily directly to Miscavige.

      Rinder distracts and obfuscates, or discredits anyone who talks about things that would put David Miscavige, or any other office of the Church of Scientology, into criminal jeopardy. He has a network of people doing that for him.

      I’ve watched him do this for 13 years. And documented much of this scam on my blog.

      There is a reason David Miscavige has never been criminally prosecuted, or even charged.

      Yes, Frank. Look into this further.


    • Abel-
      Aren’t you the dude that runs the
      Under Ground? It appears you’re trying to take out the competition. You blog people are so cutthroat!

  • Alonzo can prove his good intentions by getting answers to those important question about DOS he asked at the end of his last article.

    • I repeat my earlier questions about Hunter Biden’s art scam, Edgar Bronfman Jr.’s involvement with Hunter’s New York art gallery, and whether the Bidens are using art sales to cover a pay-to-play scheme.
      (Edgar Jr. is supposedly a long time customer of Hunter’s New York art gallery)
      Is there a deal to buy Clare a Presidential pardon?

      Blind Items Revealed #1
      December 17, 2020

      I find it interesting that for the second time in two weeks the family who financed the sex cult is involved, once again, in political theatre. The father to the daughter mentioned last time, personally guaranteed he would purchase multiple works of art in an upcoming gallery exhibit in 2021. One that is getting a lot of press right now. The father is the gallery’s biggest customer and is always given private showings involving the gallerist and the artists.

      Edgar Bronfman/Hannah Bronfman/Georges Berges Gallery/Hunter Biden


      Hunter Biden’s Treasonous Art Grift

      Under the soft scrutiny of the media, Hunter Biden has been allowed to walk away as the intermediary for his family’s pay-to-play scheme while his father sits in the Oval Office.

      And now suddenly Hunter Biden is selling abstract paintings for $500,000 a piece to unknown nefarious donors and those donors will remain confidential. In comparison, an average Salvador Dali painting can cost a mere $50,000. Something smells rotten in Denmark. Of course, Hunter’s resume of zero experience continues to land him the big money from the big guy. As Hunter has zero experience as a painter.

      Just how stupid does the Biden crime family think the American people are? But if they get away with this, they can absolutely get away with anything.

    • Given that Alanzo has already proven that he will repeat things the DOSsier women will tell him without checking the facts of the case, I predict more hilarity to come.

  • Here’s more information on Gerry Armstrong, who has sustained now 40 years of fair game by the Church of Scientology, and who Mike Rinder last year called “a clown car loser”:

    Here’s more information on Victoria Britton, who will be publishing a book later this year about the death of her son and Scientology:

    Rinder runs an information control and character assassination network which attempts to keep these and other stories from getting out, and to discredit and silence anyone they can’t control. We will now probably see that network, and their dupes, arrive in the comments section of this blog post.

    “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth”


      • Unfortunately, sadly, crestfallenly, disappointingly, I don’t hold Leah Remini in very high regard, either.

        She’s like the character of “Martha” in the TV series “The Americans”.

        She is a dupe of Mike Rinder.

  • “Alanzo is a former Scientologist. He nurses grudges against several other former Scientologists for reasons someone in that community can probably better explain. But his schtick is pretty clear: he declares himself the ex-Scientologist the rest of the world should revolve around and declares various others to either be crypto-Scientologists or biased “anti-cultists.” It pisses a lot of ex-Scientologists off, and as a result he’s been made to do his ranting mainly on his blog and his own subreddits.

    Alanzo latched on to the NXIVM case when it first came out, and seemed to take a pretty hard line against Raniere. But soon he did the same schtick with NXIVM as he did with Scientology: declaring himself to be the enlightened centrist of the case who knows Raniere is a sex-addict but knows that the committed loyalists are good people (he has literally written a 2,410 word essay for Parlato’s blog calling Nicki Clyne “a great person.”)

    The source of these good feelings? Alanzo hangs out with a bunch of the DOSsier Project/Make Justice Blind dweebs on Twitter and they retweet him whenever he goes on some rant about “anti-cultists” (they retweet anyone vaguely sympathetic to them, including unhinged conspiracy theorists). And in exchange he retweets them and reposts their videos on his blog, without refutation or basic due diligence.”

  • If it takes you 16 years to realize you’re deeply involved with – and working for – a cult, that’s probably why you were golden cult material in the first place. Alanzo will probably spend the rest of his life ruminating about Scientology and other cults at his customary glacial pace. Move on, Alanzo. There’s still time.

  • Leaving aside for the moment the world of “wogs” and “Therans” and ten foot tall aliens and the folks with tinfoil hats, and back to reality, I just discovered this YouTube video from the Michael Rosenbaum podcast. Actress Laura Vandervoort, who was on Smallville, reveals that Allison Mack tried to recruit her on set. And Vandervoort seems kinda pissed off over it.

  • Alonzo:
    Let me tell you about my experience with Scientology.
    When I was a freshman at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, a young woman handed me some Scientology literature.
    It read like this:
    “How would you like traveling down the road at 100 miles per hour with the windows painted black?”

    Immediately, I knew that Scientology was and is a scam.
    It did not take me 16 years to figure it out.

    Later I read about L. Ron Hubbard, a fourth-rate science fiction writer who figured out he could make more money forming his own religion.

    Researching Hubbard, I discovered his involvement with Jack Parsons, a Pasadena Satan worshiper, and Aleister Crowley, a British Satan worshiper.
    In fact, Hubbard scammed Parsons out of a lot of money and stole Parsons’ wife.

    Scientology sounds like the perfect religion for Keith Raniere, the Salzmans, the Bronfmans, Allison Mack and Nicki Clyne.

    For those of you interested in this scam here is a cartoon version of Scientology’s philosophy.
    What Scientologists Really Believe

    • Shadow, I might not share your political viewpoints, but this analysis is spot-on. My compliments!

    • If you were a freshman at UofI sometime in the 1980’s, then I likely knew the woman who handed you that pamphlet.

      2 points of irony:

      1. Even though I was a dedicated Scientologist for 16 years, 7.5 of those spent on staff, I never knew Scientology believed in Xenu. Only a small fraction of wealthy Scientologists ever get up high enough on “the Bridge to Total Freedom” to be told this story. Most people quit before then.

      2. What I experienced in Scientology there in the cornfields in my early 20’s greatly improved my life. My whole family started getting auditing and taking classes. We stopped undermining each other and started supporting each other. I cleaned myself up and got to work. I’m 60 now, and as I look back on this part of my life, it is clear to me that it was not a mistake for me to get involved when I did. I just shouldn’t have gotten involved as deeply, or for so long.

      Oh well.


      • Wildly the “origin” story of Scientology requires I think OT level III. I think the cost to reach that level is in the neighborhood of half a million dollars. Could be off by a few hundreds of thousands but suffice it to say, it’s out of reach of most people (except the already rich that are absolutely spoiled by Scientology leadership thanks to their slave class, the Sea Org). But it’s not just the cost, it’s time. Again, not sure of exact numbers but effectively it would be about as much time as would take to get a Masters’s degree.

        To put it in layman’s terms, it would be like if you were handed the Bible in chapters. Only after you paid for the previous chapter in some form or fashion. Eventually, after spending a great deal of money, achieving that “Master’s” degree, you finally get to read Genesis.

        Sure you could read that chapter online but remember you are a true believer and everyone around you is telling you the internet is lying to you. Even worse, to read that online Bible is tantamount to spitting on god and turning your back on your faith. And if you read it online, you tell others you believe it’s true, then the church will attempt to “save” you by either sending you to the Sea Org (slavery), burying you in work so too busy/exhausted to give it any thought, or excommunicate/disconnect you from the religion.

        “Disconnection” is when all friends and family who still believe are forbidden from communicating with you in any way. Disconnection is why you never see Tom Cruise with his daughter. She, along with his ex, were “disconnected” when they left and he isn’t allowed to have anything to do with her.

    • If you’re the desperate type who cannot take personal accountability for your life and prefer to blame all of your woes on dead alien souls that have inhabited your body 👽

    • After an estimated 4,000 completely worthless and useless posts, rants, off-topic raves, and outright Republican lies, Shadow has finally contributed something worthwhile to the Frank Report. Amazing.

      btw – how is it that only Shadow’s links have previews of videos and images, while when anyone else does it, it’s just a link? Does Shadow may have special super-user permissions from Frank and is living in Frank’s house using his computer? Hmmm, could be!

      • Ice-Nine,

        “…how is it that only Shadow’s links have previews of videos and images, while when anyone else does it, it’s just a link? Does Shadow may have special super-user..”

        Ice-Nine don’t be so catty and jealous!

        Frank just so happens, to like Shadow more than he likes you! 😉

    • Shadow,

      —Immediately, I knew that Scientology was and is a scam.
      It did not take me 16 years to figure it out

      Alonzo sounds like the Amway Cowboy. The Amway Cowboy knew immediately Amway was a scam…..

      It did not take him 8 long years to figure it out. 😉

  • Is this the same Andy Nolch?Pedestrian TV
    Man Who Vandalised Eurydice Dixon’s Memorial Jailed For Repeatedly Breaching Court Order
    Lavender Baj
    Published May 28, 2020
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    Andrew Nolch arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Wednesday, November 28, 2018. Nolch, an anti-feminist Melbourne blogger defaced a memorial to slain comedian Eurydice Dixon in a “political statement” has launched an appeal, saying he previously had an incompetent lawyer. (AAP Image/David Crosling) NO ARCHIVING
    The man who defaced murder victim Eurydice Dixon’s memorial has been sentenced to jail after breaching his community corrections order.

    Andrew Nolch initially avoided jail for the criminal damage, offensive behaviour and offensive graffiti charges back in 2018, instead being given an 18-month community-based order after a guilty plea. However, after faking illness with his corrections officer to travel overseas, Nolch has been sentenced to 5 months in jail.

    The 31-year-old allegedly travelled overseas to Asia on two separate occasions without seeking the permission of his parole officer, therefore breaching the conditions of his order.

    Back in 2019, Nolch allegedly told corrections officers he was moving house, while actually on holidays in the Philippines, 9News reports. Since then, he has failed to attend a number of community service appointments and again lied about his whereabouts, claiming he was sick when he was actually in Thailand.

    In court on Thursday, Andrew’s lawyer argued that it was a case of “mere stupidity” and that he was simply unaware that the conditions of the order prohibited him from leaving the state of Victoria.

    However, County Court Judge Susan Pullen refuted this argument, asserting that “he’s not stupid” before replaying an 11-minute clip of the original sentence hearing, in which she clearly outlined every condition of the order.

    “What part was not clear? I warned him,” Judge Pullen said.

    Nolch is still required to pay the $19,500 compensation order that was imposed, but will now also serve 5 months in prison. Additionally, he has been charged with driving while disqualified, as well as drug importation and possession, 9 News reports.

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