A little history about the Buttersquash Conspiracy
The Buttersquashers are mainly found on the Undernetâ€”IRC channel known as #altreligionscientology.
The channel is not just Buttersquashers but also includes respected critics such as, Dr. Dave Touretzky, Tanya, barbz, and other critics that occasionally post to ars. Many of the members of this channel have never been Scientologists but they are completely open to talk with Scientologists and debate the issues. There are also a few Exâ€™s on that channel, including myself, Emma, Dennis Erhlich, and a few others than pop in and out. It also includes people who still consider themselves a Scientologist, such as Jay Random User, who is a non Churchie Scientologist and Fluffy even pops in on a rare occasion.
The one thing that all these different people have in common is that they believe in freedom of speech. The channel is all about communicating with others as long as they behave and donâ€™t get abusive. They can disagree, and believe me there are plenty of disagreements on that channel, and sometimes the discussion gets quite hot, but over all, there is a general welcoming and friendly attitude there. However, you are there to annoy
or troll then you will get thrown out in a heart beat as is their right.
The Buttersquashers pretty much run the channel. They consist of Henri aka ptsc, Kady Oâ€™Malley, Tikk, and Deana Holmes. Before they had the name of Buttersquash, they were known as the Elves. They were given that name because they would quietly get a lot of work done behind the scenes and then unleash researched and accurate data that would help to expose the cult.
This band of critics was given the name of Buttersquash by Zinj on ars.
To say that Zinj and the Elves donâ€™t like each other would be an understatement. Zinj doesnâ€™t like the Elves because he was banned from the IRC channel for being abusive and doing really dumb things such attempting to physically meet a 14 year old girl that was on the channel.
My understanding of how Zinj got the name was because one of the Buttersquashers had a unpublished url on their website with the word
Buttersquash in the url.
So for example, it might have been www.tikk.com/buttersquash
but I donâ€™t know the actual url.
The only way Zinj could have gotten this unpublished web page was by nosing around on the web site looking for private unpublished links. Which is kind of a crappy thing to do.
So Zinj found this buttersquash link and that link had all the transcripts of the hearings on an important part of the Lisa McPherson case. And these transcripts included testimony from Bob Minton and Stacy and showed there
turning and helping Scientology. There were other transcripts as well.
Mikey Gormez has webbed them all here.
If you want some really interesting reading, then read those transcripts, they are quite fascinating.
Ok so a big stink is made about the Elves having these transcripts and not sharing them and Zinj renames the Elves the Buttersquashers.
Now if I have any of this wrong, please feel free to correct me.
The Minton Wars
The Buttersquashers then get into a huge war on ars with the â€?Bobistsâ€? or the people that support Bob Minton and Stacy Brooks. The war goes on for months and itâ€™s quite viscous. Iâ€™m not going to get into specifics of the Minton Wars but if you read the transcripts and then go read ars from April 2002 you can get a good idea of what was going on.
Now let me give you some info about the individuals in the Buttersquash Conspiracy. First let me tell you that I have been hanging out on this IRC channel since mid 2003. Iâ€™ve come to know the Buttersquash gang quite well.
Kady is as sweet as she is smart. She has an incredible gift to research and sort through and present facts.
One of the major Buttersquash projects was:
This is a site put together by Tikk but
Kady did the lionâ€™s share of the research
Kady also did the work on putting together all this information
about the Guardians Office here:
Mireleâ€”Deana Holmes put this site together on Lisa McPherson
henri runs this site
And did this brilliant research on Scientology manipulating the google rankings. This caused Scientology many headaches and destroyed their
Plans to control the google rankings.
Tikk also organize and runs this:
And these are only a few of the major contributions that the Buttersquashers have made to expose Scientology.
So what Buttersquash really is, is a group of very talented people that would research and present facts about Scientology. Anyone can post to a newsgroup or message board and complain and call Scientologists, clams and evil etc, etc, blah, blah, but these people did the research and provided accurate DATA and shared it with others.
They didnâ€™t make stuff up, they didnâ€™t get sloppy and just give their opinion of what they thought, they did the research, they dug up the facts and they posted them.
They also did not agree with some of the others critics and would also research certain critics if they felt that the critics were lying, making things up or being lazy with presenting accurate information.
They were well know for NOT being in the anti cult mindset. They had no problem with criticizing other critics and calling them on the carpet if other critics said or did stupid stuff or lied.
There is a mindset among some of the critics that it is wrong to criticize other critics and point out errors and sometimes down right lies that critics make.
There is a bunch here that will pull out that â€œyou must work for OSAâ€? card if you dare to confront them and tell them they are full of shit. Either that they
will tell you that you are off topic and not â€œundressing Scientologyâ€? because
they donâ€™t want anyone talking about their unpardonable stupidity and meanness.
Certain critics then ran a black PR campaign on the Buttersquashers and reviled them and basically drove them out of the anti scn community. The end result is that this excellent group of researchers and truth tellers have
just about given up on the critical movement and now contribute little to nothing.
These lies and Black PR comments can be seen here on OCMB by people such as Ladybird who has never met these people and only knows the Black PR lines and willing and stupidly repeats them.
These people were there for me when I was at my darkest hour. Leaving Scientology and waking up took itâ€™s toll on me and these â€œevil Buttersquashersâ€? helped me and basically helped save my life and whatâ€™s left of my sanity.
For you ladybird to foolishly berate these people just goes to show what a narrow minded ass you are. I suspect youâ€™ve always been that way. You were probably like that in Scientology, now you just do the same kind of crap for the other side.
You attack my friends, people I know and people that have helped me. They are not OSA. And if â€œmoderate criticâ€? means one that looks at all the facts and is not afraid to speak the truth then I guess I am a moderate critic as well. Iâ€™d rather be that than a knee jerk, intolerant, fundamentalist anti-cult - cultist.