Vandalism is vandalism. If the property does not belong to you, you do not have the right to deface it without permission of the owner.
It doesn't matter if it is art or not. It's still vandalism. If Picasso spent his time running around town spray painting or 'sticking' his art on buildings, it would still be vandalism.
The Sea Organization is the equivalent to a monastic order or a convent for Scientology. People just don't seem to get that. How many monks visit their families? How many give up their vows of silence? Whoever does, does by their own choice.
I've worked in the Sea Organization. Seeing family is really not a big deal at all. I never had a problem taking a vacation either.
It sounds to me like the elder Lensch is just being a big pain in the butt. I had an aunt like that. No one in the family wanted to talk to her. She would just nag, nag, nag. Kind of like the fishwives from Monty Python.
Scientology helps people become more able to handle their lives and help their friends and family. It helps people become more aware of their personal foibles so the foibles can be lessened or removed.
If a person in Scientology, truly wants to become a better person and is honest with themselves, they WILL become better people. It can't be helped. They just become better people.
However, if a person wants to become a better person but doesn't want to be honest about who they are, they won't become better people. They just blame others for not making them more honest.
Scientology doesn't make anyone a perfect child or parent or relative. One has to work hard to better oneself and to learn to love one's fellow man in spite of all.
Any religious (and nearly any) organization has detractors, apostates, horror stories, etc.
Just like divorces, there can be quite a bit of rancor from one or both parties.
The stories in the news and online tend to be the stories of the bitter exes. The ones who drag divorce proceedings on for years.
Scientologists as a whole, at all echelons, are decent, hardworking people who are attempting to make a more decent, crime free and drug free world.
The general attacks are red herrings by those who refused to get their own lives in order and need to blame the church for their own misdeeds or lack of responsibility. It's quite sad, actually.
Hopefully, one day, the bitter exes will redirect their vitriol and use it against drug dealers, human traffickers, pedophiles, and other truly evil people who destroy in such mass quantities nearly everyone goes into apathy about stopping those horrors.
I am an ordinary, average Scientologist. I did not know about this article until I came across it while surfing the 'net. I've been a member for nearly two decades. During that time, I've had the opportunity to work on staff and in Sea Organization projects. I've read both sides of the Anonymous story and the apostate stories.
There is something people who aren't familiar with Scientology need to realize. It takes A LOT to get excommunicated from the Church. You have to continually be unethical with no remorse and without ever reforming to be excommunicated. There has to be enough evidence to prove that you are a total dirtbag to get kicked out.
It's a shame that the kids in Anonymous have been so completely snowed by the former members. It's like a grand sociological experiment that shows how aimless internet hackers can be tweaked into action by individuals who have severe axes to grind. And who have been grinding those axes for years.
I'm not suggesting that there haven't been abuses. There must have been, otherwise the former members wouldn't have been excommunicated. They were doing the abusing.
Every movement and organization has its lunatic fringe. Welcome to the fringe and its followers in the form of Anonymous.
I would think that Portland Mercury readers are intelligent enough to figure THAT out.
Again, not to say that every former member is a nut but I would guarantee that they were at least affected by nuts who eventually got the boot.
There is a pattern however. The most strident ex-members always seem to have had the strongest unethical behavior.
Well, I guess it could be a coincidence. I just wish the general public wouldn't be so gullible as to believe these guys. I suppose it's just easier to believe the worst about something than to truly have critical thinking.
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