Jon Atack: How to talk to a Scientologist to plant the seeds of doubt - 2014-10-04
Jon Atack is the author of A Piece of Blue Sky, one of the very best books on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. He has a new edition of the book for sale, and for more than a year on Saturdays he helped us sift through the legends, myths, and contested facts about Scientology that tend to get hashed and rehashed in books, articles, and especially on the Internet. He was kind enough to send us a new post.
Jon, it looks like you have found another fun way to turn the words of L. Ron Hubbard back in on themselves. Let's hear it.
JON: "More communication, not less, is the answer," or so L. Ron Hubbard asserted, some time before introducing "disconnection" as a core policy. And there is a key in this statement as to how we might help current inmates of the cult. John McMaster, the "World's First Real Clear" — who left after struggling with a broken collar bone for three hours, having been hurled from a ship into the sea — used to call Saint Hill just before the bus took the poor slaves back to Stonelands and engage a registrar in conversation. I have little doubt from my meetings with John that these were rambling and long, but they were well meant. And by the time he was done, the registrar would have accumulated some first-hand material about "Tubby," as John called his former master.