Blog: A Solution to Economic Coercion - 2011-05-20

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F0.png A Solution to Economic Coercion May 20, 2011, Marty Rathbun, Moving On Up a Little Higher

The following article is the welcome page to Steve Hall's new interactive webpage, http://www.freeandable.com/ . Steve's timing for release could not be more appropriate given the nature our discussions this past week.

Free and Able is a solution to the campaign of economic warfare waged by David Miscavige against ex members of the Church of Scientology. In flagrant violation of labor laws against discrimination, Miscavige has worked strenuously to silence dissent and stifle free speech by ordering current members to "disconnect" any employee in disfavor with the Church. Not just Church staff, but anyone who works for or with any Scientologist anywhere — perhaps for a dentist or in a bookstore. If that person criticizes Church leadership, the Church moves swiftly, contacting the person's employer and ordering him or her to fire the dissenter, effectively immediately. Any "friends" or "family" are ordered to "disconnect" immediately. But hang on, because that also includes customers, clients, business partners, colleagues, and employees. All ties to any Scientologist and all communication is severed, without so much as a "Gosh Bill, it's been nice working together for the last 25 years. Too bad now you can't support your family or pay for your home, health care or your car."

Most Scientologists of 5, 10 or 20 years have social and business networks infused with fellow Scientologists. So you can imagine how devastating it is to suddenly be alone... with no social or professional network to fall back on.