One of the best examples ever that Scientology can only be understood from ex-Scientologists - 2016-04-25
We hear it from the academic types again and again. That there's some kind of idyllic, moderate kind of Scientology that isn't being represented in the stories coming out of the controversial organization.
The religious studies types, and some journalists, carp that too much of media on Scientology is based on the accounts by "apostates" — a loaded word that Scientology and some academics use to describe people who have left the church. Such people have an axe to grind, they say, and they only tell us horror stories.
Surely, they suggest, there is some mass number of contented church members who are never heard from. If only we could talk to them, we'd get a truer picture of how Scientology operates for the many contented, non-fruitcakes.