One of our regular blog contributors sent this to us. We felt it worthy of its own post.
Here it is:
I have been a supporter of this blog from the very beginning. It has become my soul-food, one of my daily “go to” places for news on the crazy goings-on in the RCS. I love being part of this growing community.
One of the reasons I love this blog so much is the fact that it is a safe place to be – a safe place to communicate. And it is from this view I wish to make a request of this community.
This blog is visited by of a wide diversity of people; united in the common view that the philosophy as originally intended by LRH has strayed very far off the tracks. Some have left the subject behind entirely, others are under-the-radar and not able or willing to reveal themselves just yet. And some have become extremely bitter, hating everything and everyone connected to LRH or SCN.
And then there are the brave folk who have come out into the open – the heroes if you will, that have exposed themselves and set the example of “one’s integrity being more important than one’s immediate life”.
I have read every single post and most, if not all of the comments. I have also contributed my own viewpoints on many occasions. With the very odd exception, people contributing to this blog have displayed a wonderful granting of beingness to others. The acknowledgements and validation are most heart-warming to see.
I have also seen the odd attempt from some trying to slap-down others for communicating their viewpoint. I myself even experienced this. I didn’t personally mind as I considered it open, healthy debate.
I also saw, unfortunately, one or two people take a real nasty side-swipe at Ryan Hogarth when his story aired. These people were not willing to let go of the past and communicated clearly they were still harboring resentment and a desire for revenge.
I also have seen many, many instances of people spewing hatred at Mike and Marty on their blogs which I have followed for some time. These two have done so much in exposing the corruption of RCS – at great personal danger to themselves – and yet here were people trying to take them down ON THEIR OWN BLOGS. This was saddening to see.
When people open their hearts and souls by bravely telling personal stories of their journey into, and then out of the Church, many of these stories have named the perpetrators of the heinous acts of cruelty perpetrated on the hapless story-teller. I do understand that for the sake of fluidity and accuracy, it is necessary to name such names.
The most recent post from Craig Howarth was a perfect example of this. He was cautious in not naming those people he felt did not deserve to be “shamed”. And for those names he did mention, I felt he did so respectfully – keeping the H, E & R off the line (for the most part). My respect to him for doing so.
My point is thus: EVERY SINGLE PERSON that has been part of RCS (whether public or staff) is guilty of having committed acts we are not proud of. Maybe some more than others. I have personal reality and experience of the fact that in order to survive the system, every single one of us had to do things that would make us cringe with shame.
It is my fervent hope that even those being named on our blog will wake up at some point and start their own journey out. Those of us who have already made that journey have gone through the disbelief, hurt, anger, bewilderment and the myriad other roller-coaster of emotions when starting to come into PT on what is really going on.
And when that happened to us, we needed a safe comm-line, someone we could trust. And a safe place to communicate. And so we landed on blogs like this one, Mike’s and Marty’s. It felt like home.
Those of us who are now sitting on the other side of the fence owe it to the others who are yet to make their journey to provide that safe place. And I believe this blog should be one of those places.
The mere fact of waking up and making the decision to walk away is, in my opinion, reason for the rest of us to welcome these people with open arms. And provide to them a clean-slate. An amnesty, if you will.
I will be the first one to offer Albert de Beer, Robert Bokkelmann or Ken Krieger a cup of tea, a bed and a safe place to just “be”. I, too, was victim of horrible treatment at the hands of these terminals, but I know that they are good people – LRH says they are, and I believe this. They are just so utterly PTS that they can’t see the wood for the trees. I understand that.
So may I ask of everyone here, when naming names and telling our stories, can we please do so without added vitriol and hatred. By all means, name the people involved, but let’s just stick to the facts without the necessity for character assassination at the same time.
One day, the very people we speak about in our stories may want to comment on this blog.
Let’s make it safe for them to do so.
Love Black Panther.