I apologize for the comm.-lag in getting back to you on your criticisms. While I can't even begin to take up every issue youÕve brought up in this other thread, I did san though and a few thing caught my eyeÉ
DON: "Bernie's main problem is that she blurs the line from forcible kidnappers in (A), all the way through (D) critics like me. She needs to clarify this. Until then, any blanket calumny heaped on "critics" and "anti-cultists" implies that I personally am a threat to society."
Ahh, I see! You take issue with being lumped into one generalized group. That never happens to Scientologists here! (sarcasm)
DON: "There is one little corner of her website with "good little critics" that aren't bigots, but it's near the bottom of the links and hard to find."
Hmm, you draw an interesting comparison to the Xenu site. Have you noticed you biased the treatment of Scientology is here? You don't find a bunch of positive Scientology propaganda right at the top of the Xenu page either. Give me a break, Don.
DON: "Why is that okay for you but not for Andreas to say "Operation Clambake?" "
Well Don, I'll change mine if Andres changes his. How about that?
DON: "If you're going to become a "Cafeteria Scientologist" who picks and chooses what is "true" Scientology, you'd better start sharpening your teeth and fluffing out your tail, because it's going to be a long winter up in the tree!"
This is totally false, Don. In fact, unlike Christianity, "faith" is not asked for or required in Scientology. You can't really suggest otherwise can you? Please post an LRH reference instead of referring to verbal tech from ex-Scientologists.
Now, I will concede that if one isn't finding the tech compelling they probably should find a set of beliefs that resonates more for them. It's really quite simple, if it doesn't work for you, don't participate. It's a big world out there and no one's making you stick with Scientology. Heck, go get a high colonic instead if that suits you.
DON: "Bernie just WON'T bring up the cockroach bites, which are irrefutable."
Don, are you really still bring up this ridiculous BS? Let it go, brother. I've been a Scientologist for quite some time now, and I've somehow managed to avoid getting even ONE cockroach bite. To suggest that this is some sort of systemic Scientological issue is absurd. Perhaps we should dredge up some lone person who's had difficulty while involved with some other world religions, eh? Are you actually suggesting that we couldn't find some?
My overall impression of your so-called critique is that you haven't really brought up anything new or compelling. It's really a pretty weak attempt at dead-agenting Bernie. But whatever. At least you got people looking at the site.
Everyone seems to assume that I don't visit much because I'm avoiding the "tough" questions or debate. I'm consistently confused by this assertion as I never seem to see an issue I haven't already debated to death here or on my site. I suppose it's just that I don't agree with the common critical conclusions and thus I must not "understand" or I must be brainwashed or stupid.
The critics are not particularly interested in resolving anything. Logic is not of much use because neither side can agree on any common facts. So, OC can stay the little Scientology hate group that it is. I can't think of a major religion that doesn't have it's detractors, be it Jews, Christians, Muslims - even Buddhists. But call a spade a spade. Don't take a high and mighty stance about it. You guys hate Scientology for a variety of reasons. Hate. Read Xenu if you disagree. Your precious distorted facts are comparable to the "facts" used by any other hate group out there.
But, don't mind me. Remember, I'm brainwashed.
All the best,