Scientology's Crumbling: Can Gerry Armstrong Begin to Think of Crossing the Border? - 2013-08-03
Gerry's passport photo, 1971 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 on Saturdays he's helping 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.
The Church of Scientology may be around for years to come, but it's in such dire straits at the moment, we can't help thinking about some of the consequences if it suddenly went belly up. One of the first things that comes to our mind are the many people whose lives are affected negatively on an ongoing basis because of the church's legacy of ripped apart families, onerous legal settlements, and silencing gag orders. One of the first people we'd like to see sprung from years of legendary harassment, for example, is British Columbia resident Gerry Armstrong, who avoids stepping foot in the United States because of a legal history that is almost too outlandish to believe.
It's also a very complex history, and that's why we've turned to Jon Atack for help. This week, we begin a series on Gerry Armstrong and his legal plight that we hope will eventually, perhaps, lead to some real changes to make up for an incredible legacy of shameful behavior against a man who simply tried to tell the truth.