Scientologists have long been trained to deflect criticism by shrieking at protesters, critics, and journalists with tough questions:
“Why are you attacking my religion?!”
“Stop attacking my religion!”
“What gives you the right to attack a religion?!
Scientologists are adamant that Scientology is a religion and it is their religion. Scientologists even sign memberships contracts with the Church in which they legally agree that Scientology is a religion and it is their religion. Many Scientologists also take a course in which they become Scientology ministers to prove their religiosity. OSA Legal Rep Ed Parkin has worn a clerical collar to Scientology-staged propaganda events designed to look like ecumenical events. Ed is very religious. So are his fake stock photo Scientologists.
These days, however, many Scientologists on social media, particularly on LinkedIn and other job boards, have taken a new tack. Scientologists that have worked on staff, in the Sea Org, as fundraisers (FSM’s), or in any formal capacity with the Church of Scientology are engaging in an evasive tactic. This tactic appears on their online resumes.
Specifically, these Scientologists redefine their religious worker experience as having “worked in the nonprofit sector” and absolutely do not mention Scientology. In their resumes, these people do not even give the specific name of the nonprofit for which they worked . The term “nonprofit” is rather used to imply secular work experience with a humanitarian flavor.
When Scientologists go job hunting in the non-Scientology world they don’t want to mention Scientology. And who came blame them for this bit of deception given the Church of Scientology’s earned reputation as a brutal and vindictive Cult? Here is one online example of a well-known and long-time Scientologist FSM describing himself in the third person:
He has also excelled as a fundraiser for international non-profits of his choosing, and socio-economic issues remain close to his heart.
Translation: He has worked as a commissioned fundraiser for Scientology and its front groups but doesn’t want to admit it publicly. “International non-profits of his choosing” could be anything. Maybe he worked to help prevent AIDS in Africa? Scientologists here count on people viewing the term “nonprofit” in highly favorable terms.
Another Scientologist describes their past work experience as follows:
The trend we’re seeing here is Scientologists recasting the Church of Scientology as an “International Non-Profit” in the workplace. As usual, Scientologists want it both ways. They want Scientology to be a religion when it suits them or when they need to deflect criticism by attacking rather than answering the hard questions about Fair Game, Disconnection, and Scientology’s pervasive internal culture of predation, exploitation, and surveillance.
When Scientologists want to attack critics they scream, “Stop attacking my religion!” Yet when some Scientologists want a job or they want to do business with non-Scientologists they suddenly have a very vague background in the nonprofit sector.
Technically speaking, the Church of Scientology is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt religious organization and not a nonprofit. Thus, the Danny Masterson’s of Scientology want their Church to plead First Amendment protections and force their victims into binding religious arbitration.
Likewise, the Church of Scientology never wants to issue repayments of unused money on account so it rejects all claims and states:
There is no law in America requiring any religion to return donations.
Scientology is very religious when it comes to keeping and hoarding the money and arguing First Amendment protections in order to avoid civil and criminal consequences to the greatest extent possible.
Many Scientologists claim there is nothing to believe in Scientology and that it is just a set of tools for living. Some of these same people also allude to an unnamed nonprofit when needed. And yet conduct such as downplaying Scientology or engaging in resume laundering is the behavior of dilettantes according to L. Ron Hubbard. Indeed, the Commodore laid down the law for all Scientologists in KSW:
When somebody enrolls [in Scientology], consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe — never permit an “open-minded” approach. If they’re going to quit let them quit fast. If they enrolled, they’re aboard, and if they’re aboard, they’re here on the same terms as the rest of us — win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half-minded about being Scientologists.
The finest organizations in history have been tough, dedicated organizations… It’s a tough universe. The social veneer makes it seem mild. But only the tigers survive — and even they have a hard time. We’ll survive because we are tough and are dedicated. When we do instruct somebody properly he becomes more and more tiger.
When we instruct half-mindedly and are afraid to offend, scared to enforce, we don’t make students into good Scientologists and that lets everybody down. When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare and she’ll win and we’ll all win. Humor her and we all die a little. — Keeping Scientology Working, L. Ron Hubbard
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Denying that one is a Scientologist is a Crime or High Crime in their policy letters. I wonder if “Hiding that one is a Scino”is also a Crime? That’s got to be worth 25 hours or interrogation.
Phil, you raise an excellent point. It is a crime in Scientology to deny that one is a Scientologist. However, we must invoke Helluva Hoax’s famous maxim: For every LRH policy there is an equal and opposite LRH policy.
As we added to our article, it is okay for Scientologists to lie. L. Ron Hubbard even wrote TR-L (Training Routine – Lie). This is a course on how to lie:
“Purpose: To train the student to give a false statement with good TR-1. To train the student to outflow false data effectively. … The student should be coached on a gradient until he/she can lie facilely.” -L. Ron Hubbard, Intelligence Specialist Training Routine—Lying (TR-L)