We have set up, by necessity, an Independent Scientology course room, not affiliated with DM's because we want to practice Scientology and due to DM's 'Unclean Hands' (a doctrine in equity) we have been compelled to do so. We can't get real Scientology from DM's church anymore, because it isn't there and because he prevents us from getting it. So, here we are, with a First Amendment right, to practice our chosen religion, as guaranteed by that First Amendment and also put forth by L. Ron Hubbard himself in the Articles and Bylaws of CST differentiating a Church of Scientology (including RTC) from the 'religion of Scientology'.
RE-OPENING THE TRAINING BRIDGE
My name is John Aaron Williams and I joined the SO in July 1988. With no Scientology Courses done I routed onto the EPF and when completed went directly to the 800 Unit (Dianetics Hotline) in CMU (Central Marketing Unit) where I counseled many thousands of people. In 1992 I went to Bridge Publications and was there till I went to PAC Renos and out in August 1995. When I left I was Clear and had completed OT Eligibility. The Sea Org story is saved for another time.After leaving it took a while for me to rebuild my life but I did. I started a computer networking consulting business in LA and did pretty well with it.It was obvious to me that something was very wrong with the church even then but I attributed it to the IAS as I did not know about how far out over the deep end DM had gone. The IAS was most obviously out ethics and off policy. It was so out exchange with the public that it was nothing short of a criminal organization.I wanted to do something about it and a friend of mine said I couldn’t fight it unless I was in good standing so I decided to pay off my freeloader debt.In Feb 2008 I paid it off but it then took 8 months to get my CSW approved as I refused to donate as amends as that is a violation of policy. The Senior MAA PAC told me she would not approve my CSW after we had a loud discussion about it in the reg area at CLO WUS. It was approved in Nov. of 2008 with no donations.
I started doing the Basics at the Mission of the Foothills. While on the second Basics course at the mission I went on break and noticed a piece of promo from Valley Org offering me a chance to “Join the $500 Club”. I had a few minutes to kill and so read it. It was offering me the “chance” to give them my money for nothing in exchange except for membership in their club of nothing. I was a bit aggravated and knew I needed to do something about it.
Once I got home I started drafting a “Things That Shouldn’t Be” report (click to view) and sent it off to RTC on the 2nd of Feb. 2009.Shortly after this was sent off my wife received an email from Dallas Org requesting money for no exchange. I sent another “Things That Shouldn’t be” Report on the 22nd of Feb. 2009 (click to view).March 26, 2009 I received a response from Reports Officer RTC (click to view in full) which read:
“Thank you for your reports to RTC regarding the fundraising strategy.“The current fundraising strategy for Ideal Orgs was fully covered in the recent March 13th Event by Chairman of the Board RTC. I advise you watch the event so you understand what has been done thus far and why it is important to contribute to these projects.”On March 30, 2009 I wrote a KR on Reports Officer RTC (click to view) for her gross violation of KSW1. DM is not Ron and I don’t need him to interpret for Ron for me. I never heard from RTC again. Later a friend told me a couple of CMO Messengers told him RTC had black listed me.
When Steve Hall’s video showed up on the Truth Rundown page of the St Petersburg Times in the beginning of August I finally had someone I knew from CMU. Steve is what he seems from the first time you meet him on. You can see right away that he has a big heart and wants to help. Watching Steve’s video made a difference for me.I had already written what became my first article called Losing Policy to send out to Scientologists I knew. I offered it to Steve and he published it under the pen name "Jimmy Rebel" on Scientology-cult.com. Two weeks later I followed it up with the article Restoring Greatness. Let me say thank you to all who read them and gave such excellent comments.
By this time I had decided that we needed a course room where anyone could come fully learn any material on any subject they brought with them it could even include getting trained to be an auditor, from no where on the bridge to as high as possible.Separately from the course room was the problem with the GAT checksheets and so began my outreach program to get people to assist in sorting this out. Dan Koon was first on my list as checksheets would be needed for all Independent Scientologist and he knew the ones LRH approved and why. He agreed to assist and thus began the creation of Independent Scientology training checksheets.
In late October I received a call from an individual I had been friendly with in the SO; his name was Mark Pisani. He was called “Pizzo” in PAC Renos and now he was in the WUS Finance Office. He was told to handle me on my difficulties with the current registration policies and “Ideal Orgs” donations.He brought me about five event DVDs and an “Ideal Orgs” Promo Piece that had a stainless steel engraved front and back. It must have cost (even with SO labor) about $30.00 in materials. He thought it was a great piece and I saw wasted parishioner money and wasted SO member’s time. He asked me to watch the events and check out the promo. I asked for LRH. He said to please look at what he gave me and he would come back in a week. I said okay.
He came back and we had a polite conversation about KSW1. He said to me that Ron’s way wasn’t fast enough and the “Ideal Orgs” route was faster. I disagreed and said I would only follow LRH. He informed me that I was being robotic. I let him know that I would stay that way but that I wished him the best personally. I meant it and still do as we had always been on good terms.In November I was visited by Kirsten (from OSA) and another fellow who was the MAA from AOLA. They wished to speak with me about what I had seen on the web. I listened as they showed me the declares of Marty and Mary Jo. They even showed me Captain Bill’s. The same calm conversation ensued as with Mark Pisani and was ended and they went on their way.It is painful to see these people rationalize the application of KSW but getting upset with them will handle nothing. I just tell the truth, offer policy that pertains to the situation and continue to care for them. We can all do at least that.
The original idea I had for a course room was going to be in Los Angeles because I lived there and it was going to be for onlines public that had bought a course from the church but were tired of going in and getting regged constantly for donations.It all started one night after my wife was on course at ASHO. When course was over staff were positioned at the doors to let no one leave until they had donated for something or other. This was a last straw for me in believing there were any standard course rooms or sanity left in ASHO. I started talking to about ten or more friends and they would definitely come if there were no reg’s and it was standard. So I started working out how to do it legally.Then the St Petersburg Times hit and I knew I was through with the Church and I would have to create a course room elsewhere for all the people who couldn’t go into the Church anymore but would like to go up the Bridge. I asked Steve Hall to design a logo for us and he did.
The Courseroom opened on the 10th of January, 2011 and is just outside of Tallahassee, Florida. Every one is welcome. If you were declared by the CofS, wear it as a badge of honor. As long as you are here to study and assist your fellow students we would enjoy having you.
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