When this news reached the main Independent Scientologists Facebook group, all hell broke lose. Even before the comments to Ortega’s piled up good.
Without any more data, without any due process. Brian was promptly proclaimed guilty. Not only that, but within minutes, a lynch mob gathered and called Brian anything from “traitor” and “slime boy” to “degraded being” and “sociopath”. He had clearly and intentionally back-stabbed every Indie Scientologist. Clear as day!
Ortega’s view of this was taken as fact, and Indie Scientologists instantly cried out for “Disconnection!”
What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?
Then I dared to ask for known and public facts in the case, specifically, “Did his declaration contain anything that wasn’t already public knowledge”. And instead of answering my simple question (with a number of repetitions), I was lambasted for daring to ask such a question. I was immediately seen to be defending Brian. I was on his side and a suspect guilty by association.
I know Brian from before. In 2011, he moved to Norway for a few months to work with me. Before Scientology, he was a basketball star and successful business person. When he came to Norway, his spirit and abilities was broken. I understand that he wants nothing more to do with Scientology. Our working together didn’t work out, and I haven’t been in contact with him for more than a year until now.
I talked to Brian a couple of hours following the online onslaught. Although he didn’t say much, I got that he did not intentionally want to betray anyone. Others that actually talk to him would conclude the same. He was a fool to sign the declaration, and I told Brian personally that I thought he was hopelessly naive to think that the Church wouldn’t double-cross him. After all, this is one of the most insidious, creepy organizations in the Western World.
I never supported him signing the declaration. I think he was stupid to do so.
I withhold judgment until facts are on the table. I still don’t have all the facts as to how and why Brian signed the declaration. Even if Brian is proven to have intentionally back-stabbed others, it still does not vindicate a lynch mob that cried “guilty!” right off the bat.
Indie Scientologists started to plaster his Facebook wall with horrible accusations to the point where Brian had to take down his FB account. And it went viral. He was accused on more and more channels, labeling him worse and worse. E-mails containing character assassinations were even sent to his family. He was completely shattered to the point were I was seriously worried about the guy.
When I see a group react in such a way to such a serious result, I decided to leave the group.
And all this went down in a group of Scientologists – the most ethical people with the best ethics and justice systems known to man, the most enlightened and mentally balanced people, those with the best communications training on the planet. Or so the legend goes.
From this and other recent events, I concluded that Scientology tends to corrupt what it touches. The results, the products, tell the tale.
I talked to a few of the Indie Scientologists from the FB group back-channel after I left. They agreed that the group got out of hand, and agreed that it quickly became a lynch mob. And no one in the group lifted a finger to handle this KKK. That is cowardice of the same shade we see in the Church where every Scientologists observe shit happening but very few dare to say anything.
Moral: Never interrupt a good lynch mob with facts. Or: Fuck this cult think.
I suspect that then the truth comes out about what really happened in the process between Brian and the Church, it would shake the foundations of the Church of Scientology.