35-Year Scientologist Steve Poore Says Church Leader David Miscavige is "Scared to His Core" - 2012-10-20
We talked this week with yet another longtime Scientologist who is quitting the church, 35-year member Steve Poore.
On September 30, Poore became the latest veteran church member to declare his defection at the website of former high-ranking Scientology executive Marty Rathbun. Since 2009, Rathbun's blog has become the place where more and more Scientologists are publicly declaring that they're fed up with church leader David Miscavige and are going "independent" — still adhering to the philosophies of L. Ron Hubbard, but ditching the official, corporate church.
One of the first to use Rathbun's site for that purpose was a British man named Martin Padfield, who in 2009 declared, "I recognise that there is every likelihood contents of my ethics or PC folders will be used to nullify and denigrate me now, and I will take that risk."