“Scientology’s in my blood but I’m here to fight it”
THE great-grandson of the father of Scientology is set to come to Dublin — to speak out against it.
JamieDe Wolf will be one of the main speakers at the Dublin Offlines conference, which features former members and critics, as well as rebel Scientologists. The 34-year-old poet, actor and comic is a vocal critic of the religion founded in 1953 by great-granddad Ron Hubbard.
In 2001 DeWolf told how his mum and girlfriend were visited by Scientology agents, who quizzed them about comments on the movement in his poetry.
Hubbard based his religion on a set of ideas and self-help measures called dianetics. Scientology is often dubbed a cult by critics, who say members are charged huge fees.
The popular religion — whose famous followers include actor Tom Cruise teaches that people are immortal spiritual beings who can achieve spiritual rehabilitation through counselling called auditing.
Conference organiser Pete Griffiths from Mayo says he has been labelled a “suppressive person” by the organisation. He also believes he suffered a form of brainwashing. “You can’t voice your doubts,” revealed Pete.- “You just don’t. If you do; you’re routed to Ethics, their internal police force, and basically told to shut up.”
He added: “If you complain or express doubts you are told you are a Suppressive Person (SP) — and they don’t like suppressive people. The religion is full of little traps and pitfalls like that.”
Pete joined in 1987 when his brother bought Scientology’s bible, a book called Dianetics. Promised ENO a week to work for them in Sunderland in England, he got nothing for six weeks… and then was given just £8.
Pete claimed his wife was kicked out of the Church because she used to be a psychiatric nurse. He said “They didn’t like
that, as they are against psychiatry and psychology. They believe they have all the answers to problems of the mind.”
The Church of Scientology claimed to The Star that Pete Griffiths and other critics have screamed abuse at members as they come and go from their premises in Dublin’s Middle Abbey Street. “Our members do their best to ignore them, but their presence is intimidating,” said a spokesperson.
He went on: “The real story of the Church of Scientology is it has been experiencing unprecedented growth over the past five years, opening more than two dozen new churches in major cities and cultural centres around the world.”
Dublin Offlines is on June 30 at The Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
SECRETIVE CULT GRABS CRUISE CONTROL AND WRECKS LIVES
THE Church of Scientology is often slated by ex-members as a secretive sci-fi cult that ruined their relationships with friends and family.
The movement is famous for celeb followers such as actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta — but long-time devotee Lisa Marie Presley is believed to have left recently. Its founder, the late L. Ron Hubbard, was an American writer of science fiction. His best-seller Dianetics is the bible for those who follow the faith.
Hubbard claimed humans are actually spiritual beings called Thetans who have lived for trillions of years and are constantly reincarnating. Tom Cruise is believed to be a high-level Thetan… just one step away from the top grade where the ultimate spiritual truth will be revealed to him.
Cynics also say anyone who wants to reach that elusive peak may have to fork out a substantial sum of money. The religion, which claims to have millions of members worldwide, attempts to explain the power of the human mind.
It also promotes a unique counselling method called `auditing’, to enable people to deal with their past. The religion claims to have all the solutions to real-life problems such as parenting, relationships and work.
Ex-members say the faith’s spiritual development courses are extremely expensive and that converts hand over large sums of cash. The Dublin ‘mission’ has not been hugely successful and it is believed to only have a few hundred members.