Niece of Scientology Leader Blows the Whistle


Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has escaped from the “church” and written a book detailing the horrors of her life on the inside called Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape. I’ve just ordered the Kindle version but haven’t started reading it yet, but the Daily Beast has some of the more appalling details.

1. She signed a billion-year contract with Sea Org at age 7.

At age 6, she was sent to a place called the Ranch, a training academy for the Sea Organization (Sea Org), the highest order within the ranks of Scientology. She writes that she and other children there were expected to dedicate themselves fully to the church’s mission, and only saw their parents for a few hours each weekend. At age 7, she says she was forced to sign a contract pledging to serve Sea Org “for the next billion years.” Miscavige Hill says she was told by the recruiter at the Ranch, “We come back lifetime after lifetime”—Scientologists believe that after you die, you come back and begin a new life in another body—“You are signing a billion-year contract.” Even at 7 years old, Miscavige Hill says, she sensed something wrong. “Before I signed, images from The Little Mermaid flashed in my mind, particularly when Ariel signed the Sea Witch’s magic contract,” she writes. “Whatever my future held for me, one thing was now certain: my life was no longer my own.”…

3. Children in Sea Org performed manual labor.

Life at the Ranch was military-like, Miscavige Hill says. Days were spent performing manual labor. Several buildings had holes in the walls and floors, and the kids were charged with renovations and construction. Part of each day was devoted to “decks,” which were labor-intensive assignments. Miscavige Hill estimates that roughly 25 hours a week were spent on these projects, ranging from cleaning the swimming pool to weeding for fire prevention and digging irrigation trenches. She describes temperatures that would often exceed 100 degrees. Though the children were given salt and potassium pills to keep from overheating, breaks were rare, according to Miscavige Hill. “The conditions we worked under would have been tough for a grown man, and yet any complaints, backflashing, any kind of questioning was instantly met with disciplinary action,” she writes…

6. As early as 13, she was required to detail her sexual history.

When she was 13, Miscavige Hill says she required to fill out a life history form. In addition to supplying her Social Security number, all her ID numbers, credit-card number, information about her bank account, and nonexistent criminal record, she was required to fill out a questionnaire asking who all of her relatives were and how they felt about Scientology. She was also told to “detail every single sexual experience, including masturbating, that I ever had.” The questionnaire asked for hospital records, too. “I knew I had to do it, but it was hard to understand why the church needed this information,” she writes. “Even though I had nothing to hide, I felt like the church was asking me for information just for the sake of having it, almost asking for material they might blackmail me with that served no Scientologic purpose.”

And of course they will try to discredit, intimidate and destroy her, using the information she gave them. Since they have her social security number and every other possible bit of information they need, they can spoof her identity and cause all sorts of trouble.

Comments

  1. illdoittomorrow says

    “Even though I had nothing to hide, I felt like the church was asking me for information just for the sake of having it, almost asking for material they might blackmail me with that served no Scientologic purpose.”

    Bingo. Blackmail is a “scientologic” purpose, possibly the only one.

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    “Even though I had nothing to hide, I felt like the church was asking me for information just for the sake of having it, almost asking for material they might blackmail me with that served no Scientologic purpose.”

    The Holy Roman Catholic Church discovered the usefulness of the sacrament of confession ages ago.

  3. grumpyoldfart says

    Her revelations won’t make a scrap of difference. When a criminal organisation (eg Catholic Church, Scientology) calls itself a religion, it instantly gets a free pass to do whatever it likes to the children of parishioners. The Catholics fuck the children, the Scientologists use the children as slave labor, and only occasionally does a low grade preacher ever face the courts.

  4. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

    I second ArtK@4’s recommendation of Bare-Faced Messiah – perhaps the best biography I’ve ever read. The most fascinating aspect of them is that Hubbard apparently ended up believing his own lies, and died an angry, frightened man. It’s interesting, in a ghoulish fashion, that Miscavige has managed to keep the scam going for another generation, but I’m inclined to think – and certainly to hope – that the degree of exposure the religion is now getting online will prevent it passing to a third prophet.

  5. freemage says

    Grumpyoldfart: There’s some hope in the case of Scientology. Without several hundred years or more in which to lose your history, you often can’t quite claim the social legitimacy given to ‘real’ religions, and get branded a cult, instead. “Cults” are bad, “religions” are good. So Scientology can still occasionally end up in trouble with the law (though they did a marvelous job, from what I understand, of manipulating the IRS.)

  6. Acolyte of Sagan says

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    dmcclean
    February 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm (UTC -5) Link to this comment

    “Backflashing”?

    Just a guess, but I’d suggest it means arguing back against an order, or ‘back-chatting’ as kids (and adults) tend to do when at the end of their tether.
    “Work harder”
    “No! I’m too tired”
    Whack!

    That sort of thing.

  7. Michael Heath says

    Is it wrong of me to advocate that people inside the movie industry boycott working with Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and all other industry-insiders who are Scientologists; as long as that group abuses at least children? I’m not currently advocating such, but I feel like I should. Not think I should, I’m reacting emotionally here as I begin to digest the horrors be reported.

    I’m cognizant of how obviously wrong it was to blacklist supposed Communists in the Red Scare days. But those people were not members of an organization directly abusing people like Travolta and Cruise are. Those Communists were predominately wrong, not evil; and some weren’t even communists.

  8. lanir says

    Scientology apparently uses it’s own jargon. It’s a standard principle. Helps to hide things and convince people they aren’t really doing what they’re doing because you gave it another name. The internets say this about that term:

    Backflash – Backflash is when a Sea Org member or Scientologist gives an unnecessary response to an order. Anything besides “Yes Sir” is effectively defined as Backflash. In the Sea Org, backflash is strictly prohibited.

    More terms:
    http://blownforgood.com/?page_id=39

  9. Hayden says

    At age 7, she says she was forced to sign a contract pledging to serve Sea Org “for the next billion years.” Miscavige Hill says she was told by the recruiter at the Ranch, “We come back lifetime after lifetime”

    How do they determine who the reincarnated indentured servants are?

  10. says

    It reads surreal.

    How could a 13 yo have all that information to give anyone?

    Michael Heath:

    The Hollywood 10 and others blacklisted and prosecuted/persecuted by HUAC and Hoover’s FBI were as communist as Martin Luther King. A number of them had joined the American Communist Party, some few of them were actually guests of the soviets in Moscow or “useful idiots” in the common parlance. They were in most cases union activists and social activists. They represented a threat to corporate america. Since they were, among other things, trying to disrupt Hollywood’s studio system, movie industry execs found making nice with McCarthy served their ends.

    Scientology is a disease. Travolta and Cruse are arrogant yet insecure morons who traded their humanity for a wholly illlusory set of beliefs. I quit watching their films, along with a number of other peoples’ a long time ago.

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