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    My room mate came home the other day with the DIANTETICS CD. He seems intent on going to a meeting next sunday. I just printed out for him, all the scientology facts, but he's a belligerant fellow. Thinking delving into this shite is a sign of his open mindedness. I need to keep him from getting sucked in by these lunatics. Even if it means I go to this meeting with him. If I do go to this meeting, how should I handle these psychos? Should I where a white T-shirt with the word "ANONYMOUS" written across it in magic marker? Should I start talking about Xenu, or whatever the hell the evil god-aliens name was/is? Should I wear an H.P Lovecraft T-shirt? Or should I play along with them, with cunning and guile. Maybe write a report on the experience afterward? Opinions, suggestions, my friends????
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    maybe I should do a handful of Xanax, so as to be super relaxed? Maybe the E-meter will go heywire, or read "perfect." Maybe they'll think I'm the reincarnation of L.Ron Hubbard? HAHHA, this is too funny, actually, but I am genuinely afraid for my friend.
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    Withhold your portion of the rent so that he can’t afford to pay them for all the e-meter readings and training sessions. If they think he’s broke they’ll stop asking him to come around.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2010
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    Tell him to ask them about 'Body Thetans'.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2010
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    Just tell him the truth; that scientology is a clever scheme set up by ruthless crimicals to get as much money from desperate people as they possibly can. Tell him about the crazy Xenu stuff and whatnot. If he's still serious about wanting to join them after that I don't know what what else anyone could do...
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    "Just tell him the truth; that scientology is a clever scheme set up by ruthless crimicals to get as much money from desperate people as they possibly can."

    so I guess it's like all organized religions in that way. ;)
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2010 edited
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    Point him to the Hubbard autobiography Bare Faced Messiah by Russell Miller. On top of the tons of facts about Ron's life & works, I believe it's an automatic refusal for CoS membership to those who have read it.
    Here it is as a free webpage: http://www.clambake.org/archive/books/bfm/bfmconte.htm
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    might join myself, actually. Sure it's those fucking thetans that are bunging up my sinuses, hear they have all sorts of gadgets for clearing them out. Could be pollen, I suppose, but my money's on thetans.
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    They claim that if you read anything higher than OTIII before you've paid enough money, you get pneumonia and die.

    Have him read OTIV. If he gets pneumonia and dies, then he was right.
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    Get a new room mate.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2010
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    Speaking as a current Christian, fear-mongering, even truthful fear-mongering (ie, ruthless criminal cult) is worthless. You cannot save anybody for (or from) a religion. You can only look at its ideas and actions. So, assuming you wish to make the investment, go with your friend, listen to the Scientologist spiel and then talk with him (emphasis with, talk with him, not to him) about them, their ideas and the level of commitment they'll want from him.

    If you make this adverserial, they'll win. Scientologists love enemies. Thoughtful, honestly curiously people who make up their own minds are the death of them, though.
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      CommentAuthorYoav
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2010 edited
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    There appear to be people opposing scientology near you. Whilst I agree with Johnjones I think there may be some clued up people there with local stories.
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    I essentially agree with John Jones.

    Why are you trying to force him to not believe in something? Don't you see something wrong with forcing your opinions/beliefs onto someone else?

    If he wants to believe in Scientology there is likely nothing that you'll be able to say or do that will change his mind. He'd probably write it off as lies spread by people that want to suppress the truth, or some such thing. Look at history, how many times can you find where people fighting about religion/beliefs has actually lead to something productive.

    Everyone has their own mind, they should all be allowed to use it as they please.
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      CommentAuthorFredG
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2010
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    Have you tried using a hammer?