daisy wrote:Along comes Anonymous and I felt that maybe, just maybe there was hope that people would become aware of what this cult was doing. I went to my first picket because I knew Anonymous would be there and they would give me courage. And they did, I stayed and protested with them. I couldn't even pass out fliers, I was too nervous to do so. So I stood there with my sign very serious looking I'm sure. But not Anonymous. These beautiful souls educated the public, were courteous, courageous and stood there with me and expected nothing more from me. And they thought I was brave! Far from it.
The next time I stood with them, it was totally a different experience. They gave me something that scientology took away from me, some life force I quess you could say and for this, I will be eternally grateful.
I love you Anonymous, I thank you and I will always stand by you.
Smithers wrote:Thank you so much for your kind words. You are truly brave, for daring to escape from the cult and for protesting.
Smithers is right Daisy.
I haven't participated in any protests (yet).
When the very first protest got underway I was so
excited. I was glued to my computer looking at images, videos & posts about it.
I spent the entire next day watching everything I could get my mouse on about it. Then I spent evenings after work looking & looking.
I have done the same thing with each protest that followed--I never get tired of it!
The nearest church is far from me, but I am starting to think about taking a trip.
Smithers wrote:While others don't agree with the Anonymous protests, I see them as important in raising public awareness and interest, and showing that there are people who oppose the cult's abuses and want them to stop. It is true that this won't directly change the law, but it does comfort ex-scientologists, and it even emboldens some to speak because they know they will be heard.
If any critics wish to distance themselves from Anonymous they are welcome to. We are not in this to steal your thunder or take credit for your years of efforts. We will always respect and value the "Old Guard" because of the wealth of experience, information and advice that has been generously provided.
I don't see any of this as "stealing thunder". I see it as ADDED thunder, thunder that is needed & is of revolutionary proportions.
I have always hoped that I would live to see the day when the true nature of the church would be revealed to the public on a grand scale.
Now I have hope that the church will finally be held accountable for it's actions, that hope wasn't as bright before Anonymous arrived on the scene.
Just like Daisy, I am thankful for every single person who participates in each protest or makes awesome videos or writes letters & all other activities that are making a difference.
It is both comforting & encouraging at the same time.