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Orientation Star Demands his Money Back — on Tape

January 24, 2010 by  
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The St. Petersburg Times continues their explosive coverage of Scientology with today’s story about celebrity Larry Anderson departing Scientology and asking for the return money he had in his account:

If you watched TV in the past three decades, you probably saw Larry Anderson. He appeared on more than 30 shows, including Charlie’s Angels, Mork and Mindy, Desperate Housewives and Mad Men. He hosted three game shows and had bit parts in eight movies.

He got lots of parts but isn’t well known. Except to Scientologists.

Anderson starred in the Church of Scientology’s 1996 film Orientation, a 40-minute promotion central to church recruiting efforts. Translated into 15 languages, it has been shown at church facilities worldwide not only to potential recruits but also to parishioners and staffers, to get them more involved in Scientology.

At the film’s dramatic climax, Anderson is a portrait of rectitude as the background music swells and the camera zooms in:

“If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice.

“But, if you don’t walk out that way, if you continue with Scientology, we will be very happy with you. And you will be very happy with you.”

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Now, after 33 years as a Scientologist, the past 13 as the voice extolling the virtues of Scientology and the perils of walking away, Anderson is walking away. He says the church failed to deliver the spiritual gains it promised.

Larry Anderson with the tiny David Miscavige and Shelly Miscavige at a Scientology event in 1996He also wants his money back, nearly $120,000 he says he prepaid for services never taken. A church policy says parishioners can get repayments, but if they do, they cannot come back.

Eleven months ago, Anderson met with Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis to discuss his request for repayment. Anderson, 58, put a tape recorder on the table between them.

The 90-minute tape affords a rare look at how the church dealt with a high-profile defector and his demand for his money.

You can listen to excerpts from the recording on the St. Pete Times website.

Comments

65 Responses to “Orientation Star Demands his Money Back — on Tape”
  1. Knight of Anonymous says:

    Rykart, you troll! Scientology begnin, my ass! Scientology 1. exploits children, 2. enslaves people, 3. tries to censur critics, 4. cries foul when its crimes/beliefs are exposed, 5. defames and slanders watchdogs, 6. has a paramillitary arm, 7. tries to make itself look good in order to decieve people, and 8. denies all the above. Need I say more?

  2. rykart says:

    I said “comparatively benign” and until they massacre 400 children in a matter of hours, as the Judeo Nazi cult of Israel has recently done, that remains indisputably true.

    Further, the victims of Scientology at least had some say in their fate, having chosen to join this band of demented zombies, whereas the victims of israel had no say whatsoever and thousands of them have wound up either murdered or maimed for life, many of these, children.

    …hardly any comparison if the topic is dangerous cults that need to be shut down.

  3. Norm says:

    rykart wrote:

    “And in what possible world can it be said that the Scientologists are a greater threat than the Israelis, who gleefully bomb hospitals, playgrounds, UN food warehouses and incinerate children with white phosphorus because their Judeo-Nazi cosmology tells them they are God’s chosen?

    Irrationality, religious disease, theocratic dementia are an all-too-common feature of society. ALL religion should be subjected to the same withering critique we apply to the comparatively benign nut-cult of Scientology.”

    And similarly, all nations should be held up to the same standards that you apply to Israel.

  4. Knight of Anonymous says:

    I’m saying Scientology is more like the Nazis than you think. Israel has been attacked by the people you refer to. Israel’s retaliation for Palestinian terrorism has been heavy handed to be sure. Scientology commits pre-emptive, vindictive assaults on percieved enemies. Scientology would do Nazis one better if they get the chance. Learn this: Scilon = Nazi.

  5. rykart says:

    Silly debate. The simple fact is that you can’t defeat Scientology as long as you continue to support laws encouraging religion and making religious lunacy immune from investigation and prosecution.

    Scientology is best understood as a branch of the mafia. Instead of dealing in guns, prostitution or drugs, they deal in religion, which is legal and tax exempt. If they hadn’t come up with this ingenious scam, someone else surely would have. (Actually, many are involved in precisely this scam, ie all the televangelists one sees polluting the airwaves) Another equally odious gang of thugs will instantly take their place, until ALL religions are stripped of their tax exemptions and subject to the same laws.

    Norm makes the common argument that Israel should be treated no differently than other countries guilty of human rights violations, war crimes, and aggression. Maybe so. Iraq was in violation of far fewer UN resolutions than Israel and was decimated with high explosives and essentially destroyed. (If he has that in mind for israel, I personally have no objections.)

  6. ArtistsAnonymous says:

    This is bad. But i think, the real problem is the problem of power.
    Whoever has the power, navigates the ship. Like this idiot, D. M.

  7. zontar says:

    To suggest that the treatment afforded Lisa McPherson was “comparatively benign” compared to the Holocaust of your choice is true, but only after you’ve ripped out the dictionary page that defines “benign” and wiped your ass with it.

  8. baaz says:

    ofc, they pulled the video…? i was really interested in seeing it. any other site where its up?

  9. Bierman says:

    The language of that video should tell you everything you need to know about Scientology. They call it stupid, they compare it to violent suicidal imagery and there is literally no respect for the wishes of the individual. They show open disrespect for anyone who wants to leave. That’s pretty much a classic page out of the cult leader playbook.

    I was forced into being part of an extreme religious sect and this is even further than they went. At least they kept the official veneer of communication with it’s members respectful; they said stuff like this, but they wouldn’t record it on video tape. This right here? This is a glimpse into crazy town.

  10. Bierman says:

    I really can’t get passed the language of that video. “We will be happy with you.” We will hate you if you leave. “YOU will be happy with you.” You’ll hate yourself if you leave.. “You’ll will have proven that you are a friend of yours!” You need to prove you’re a decent human being by staying.

    You can get a lot of mileage out of words by comparing them to their opposite numbers.

    This is a classic passive aggressive cult gambit.

  11. Ricky Poole says:

    Scientology is a pox on mankind. The deluded victims and the criminals who continue to defend it will hopefully be freed or brought to justice.

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