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Picket Suggestions

The Worm, 08 Nov 1997

Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 01:47:44 +0100 (MET)
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From: nobody@REPLAY.COM (Anonymous)
Newsgroups: alt.religion.scientology
Subject: Picket Suggestions

Familial constraints prevent me from picketing, though there is almost nothing in the world I would love more than to stand outside ASHO, AO and the entire Cedars Complex in Los Angeles with a huge picket sign chomping on a corn dog.

I would make sure than someone was covering me with a video camera because for sure, Scientology's "security" force (the low-IQ-cannon-fodder staff members) would stop at nothing to silence the kind of speech/picket slogans I'd use.

Being a Scientology picklehead, I know these "buttons" are the ones to press.

First, you have to understand the degree of loyalty these people have to L. Ron Hubbard. It surpasses loyalty to family, country, one's own goals and even to the Church management itself.

This provides a convenient fulcrum for applying intellectual pressure on the members. Using that fact, you can split the organization like Paul Bunyan cording tonight's firewood.

You have to understand that 99.9% of Scientologists are frustrated beyond tolerance with management.

I can only explain it by analogy.

It's like being helplessly in love with someone who is only using you. You know something is wrong but you think you need this person. You think your life and existence depend on them so you excuse all problems as being outweighed by the positives.

You cannot invalidate their beliefs. It won't work. It just makes them more certain they are right. You cannot understand why someone gets addicted to Scientology unless you've been there. Just accept that they are without knowing why. If I told you, you wouldn't believe it.

You can ridicule Scientology to non-Scientologists. That's effective. Who wants to join a UFO cult that believes in XEMU the alien?

But once they've had a piece of L. Ron, you have to change the method of attack.

One of the qualities of the human mind is, it ALWAYS does what is right! People are doing their best. They are doing whatever they think is right from their viewpoint and situation. You can't tell them they are wrong directly because they aren't! Anymore than you are. What you CAN do is sow some seeds that let them RE-EVALUATE why they are doing what they are doing.

What you need to do is VALIDATE their frustrations with the organization. They KNOW they are right about that.

Make them right for seeing wrong. They do see the wrong. They are just scared of being declared an SP. They are scared of losing their "Bridge". So, the lesser of two evils is to continue supporting the crooked management.

Help them stop justifying the insanity.

Divide and Conquer. An historically proven method.

Believe me. The stress that staff are under is, well, as Steve Fishman put it when he was in jail:

"I was so glad to be in jail. It was so much nicer than the hell of the Sea Org.

Well, that's paraphrasing, but I too know EXACTLY how he felt. Just about any staff member will tell you this too. Believe it or not. They'd almost all want to be ANYWHERE but in the Sea Org, it's just that, well, their task is so important (saving the world) that they are applying this stress to themselves.

It's a very sick situation.

So, you need to tap this frustration, and turn it against the management by using their loyalty to Hubbard and Hubbard's attitudes, i.e. "Ron wouldn't put up with this would he?" type stuff.

You need to align your picket signs with Hubbard, and against management. OSA will crap in their pants when you start with big slogans such as the one's I'm about to show you.

You also have to direct their attention by telling them what to do with that frustration. Always direct it back at RTC, The Religious Technology Center. This is the corporate entity that owns the copyrights and calls the shots, even though each Scientology Church is supposedly a separate entity legally.

You will see BIG REACTION, believe me. Exposing Scientologists to these concepts, will make RTC want to slither away and shudder into silence because you are using their own cherished ideas against them:

By exposing the everyday Scientologist to these ideas, you will start a cancer in Scientology. These ideas give people "stable data" upon which to hang their frustrations. The mounting feelings of hell that being a Scientologist gives one will now have a proper outlet.

Working from the inside,

The Worm

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