Scientology’s Dark Secrets
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
SCIENTOLOGISTS lured Dean Detheridge off the street using their tried and tested technique of offering a personality test. He wasn’t much interested, but they were extremely skilled and persistent persuaders, and he found he couldn’t say no. Seven days later he was on staff in what turned out to be a very full-time job.
Although he rose to executive director of the Canberra branch, Detheridge was always below the poverty line. He worked 15-hour days for the Church of Scientology, plus another three hours in the early morning as a cleaner to feed his family. Days off were rare.
He told The Age how he learnt to lie, bully, intimidate and humiliate people and particularly to extort money in service of the church and its ostensible aim, the greatest good of the greatest number. Now he calls it ”a crock of shit”.