Caroline, that you open with an attack on me does not surprise me for the Armstrong Agenda
is built upon attacking its enemies while perpetuating a series of truths and lies that form an intellectually bereft myth called the Armstrong Contract
After I saw how Gerry was in fact attacking the Indies -- indeed he is crucifying them in a way that would make OSA proud -- I began to dig deeper into the Armstrong archives in search of what would motivate such an utter lack of compassion on Armstrong's part. What I discovered was simple: What we have in the Armstrong Agenda
is an ideology that, while exposing Scientology's lies, simultaneously perpetuates the lie that Gerry is somehow a victim for having signed a gag agreement for which Scientology paid him $800,000.
Gerry has piggybacked his legal case onto Scientology criticism for decades. Gerry has consistently sought to place his legal case at or near the center of Scientology criticism in order to morally obligate Scientology critics to fight his
personal battle. Of course, no other Scientology critics were paid $800,000 but we are somehow nevertheless obliged to take up Gerry's cause as our own.
The shadowy Brian Ambry plays into the Armstrong Agenda
, but that is for a later thread.
Gerry Armstrong on SP's:
Telling the truth about Scientology is all it takes to become an SP, and is the essential religious exercise of the SP class.
The SPs Scientology targets for the most attritional and threatening fair game campaigns are those who know the cult’s evils, expose the evils they know, and stand up and keep standing when the fair gamers attack to silence and destroy them. Scientology imposes on its most attacked and threatened SP targets, naturally, the greatest need to expose the greatest amount of Scientology evil as possible, which we have tried to do.
Under Armstrong's own definition, then, the Indies qualify as SP's. However, the Armstrong Agenda
must attack and vilify the Indies for one simple reason: Gerry Armstrong wants to hold the entire Indie Movement hostage to his demand that he be freed from the legal requirements of the gag agreement he signed with the Cult.
Rather than accepting responsibility for his actions in having signed a gag agreement for which he was paid $800,000, Gerry chose to violate his contract with the Cult. The courts have ruled that the gag agreement Gerry signed is valid and that Armstrong violated it. As Dorothy brilliantly described in her response to Caroline
, Gerry has created an ideology. I call this ideology the Armstrong Agenda
In this agenda, Gerry has craftily attempted to equate his personal legal case
with the much larger, higher visibility Scientology Criticism Movement
, a movement that even the mighty Anonymous
famously joined in 2008 with its powerful Original Video.
In order to be a valid Scientology critic in the eyes of Gerry Armstrong one must hold their nose and drink down the nasty ideological Kool Aid that is the Armstrong Agenda.
One must agree with Gerry's contention that he got a raw deal from the Cult when he took $800,000 in blood money and signed a gag agreement. Never mind that the courts have ruled the agreement valid and enforceable. Gerry takes care of this inconvenient legal matter by waving his hand and dismissing the legal system.
Gerry inveighs against the legal system for having enforced an "illegal contract" that makes all Scientologists beneficiaries of the contract Gerry signed. Well, yes, this is exactly what Scientology had in mind when it paid Gerry $800,000 for his silence. The Cult paid Gerry to not talk about Scientology. Gerry agreed and signed the contract.
Never mind that Gerry signed the $800,000 Cult contract on video with his attorney and the Cult's attorney present. Gerry dismisses this as having had a bad lawyer who what? Tricked and lied to Gerry?
The Armstrong Agenda
demands that Scientology critics must agree that the Indies are Evil because they will not help Gerry -- this even as Gerry repeatedly curses the Indies as liars. Gerry does not have the common sense to understand the damage he is doing to his own legal case when he attacks the Indies as liars. Ironically, if any Indies were to write affidavits as Gerry demands, the Cult's lawyers could easily refute those affidavits by arguing that Gerry himself has repeatedly called the Indies liars.
Gerry's proxy "Veda" took a swipe at me on ESMB as "No longer being one of us." This was due to my pro-Indie position. My response is this: I am an Old Guard critic, and, I reject the Armstrong Agenda.
I do not have to drink the Armstrong Kool Aid
in order to be a Scientology critic. In my case, I am specifically decoupling the Armstrong Agenda
from Scientology criticism.
It is that simple.