Reasons to Picket the Church of Scientology
Wynot gave a speech at a neo-pagan festival, which is transcribed here. He also doesn't like the way they pervert science, and explains why.
Here is an interview with ethercat.
David Gerard collects other people's reasons to be a critic of Scientology
For years, CoS has stifled exposure of their actions by harassing critics in an attempt to intimidate them into silence. This is still going on, as covered under a policy referred to as "fair game", making it acceptable in CoS to use any means that will work to silence anyone who is critical. Recently, this harassment, instead of silencing critics, is drawing new critics who read about incidents of harassment on alt.religion.scientology, and can't stand by silently themselves. Our local Atlanta harassment is archived, and linked to archives of other harassment around the world. CoS will say that individual "parishioners" act independently, but the similarities across the globe make one wonder.
What makes members carry out the orders of their superiors in CoS without question or regard for the local laws? Words like "ethics" are redefined for members, so that "ethics" becomes something which, paraphrased, means "protective of CoS at all costs". Language, Jargon and Mind Control, courtesy of Anti-Cult, explains this phenomenon quite well.
This system of redefining words has a way of making scieno-speak unintelligible to outsiders. If you run across terms or acronyms you don't understand, here is the ARS Acronym/Terminology FAQ v3.5
A lot of speculation centers around the ways by which CoS gained tax exemption as a charitable, non-profit organization. Prignillius writes on why the Church of Scientology is not a Charitable Organization. Joe Cisar offers us a case where financial advantage was taken of a mentally handicapped person, in the name of Scientology. Chris Owen has done some excellent research on the subject also.
Here's an example of how the Church of Scientology puts itself above the needs of others, even an entire county's needs. A bomb- and drug-sniffing dog was "borrowed" from the K-9 unit in Chatham County, Georgia to inspect a site for a conference of the Church of Scientology.
Hubbard's own words alone are reason enough; read his Manual of Justice for examples of how people who question his authority and oppose his "policies" should be punished. Note: This book by L. Ron Hubbard has fallen out of copyright, and is in the public domain, yet contains some excellent examples of the totalitarian nature of L. Ron Hubbard and his followers.
Also on the subject of Hubbard, he is known to be a deliberate liar on a number of topics. Chris Owen has researched Hubbard's Naval record with the U.S. Navy and found some "inconsistencies" in the version told by Hubbard and the version told by the U.S. Navy.
Hubbard was a racist and a homophobe, classing them as inferior on his "tone scale" and suggesting that the world would be better off if they, along with scientology's critics, were "disposed of quietly and without sorrow".
Children and the elderly, not being big money producers, are not treated well in the cult of scientology.
Kevin Brady, a ex-scientologist who has now joined the Free Zone, explains why he left the Church of Scientology and why pickets are the best way to get the people on the inside out.
When a scientologist begins to ask questions that management doesn't want to answer, they are said to be in a "condition of doubt". A scientologist who had been posting to the newsgroup, trying to resolve the problems between the public and his "church", recently posted a "Condition of Doubt Announcement". Responses to this announcement are linked from this page also. This is a textbook example of the paranoia exhibited by CoS. Opposition is seen as a part of a "grand conspiracy" seeking to eliminate CoS for selfish reasons. For more on this delusion, see the official Church of Scientology page, Behind the Worldwide Campaign.
The high cost of Church of Scientology membership drives some people to attain the money they need to continue through illegal and unethical means. A former Scientologist is alleged to have cheated German investors out of 22 million franks. During his hearing, he stated, "For me Scientology was like heroin."
The recent declaration of Robert Cipriano outlines the extent of deceit that the Church of Scientology will go to, in order to supress critical information. Judge Williams, mentioned in the declaration as "A friend of the Church of Scientology" by Kenneth Moxon, an attorney for the Church of Scientology, ordered the supporting evidence to be sealed from the public, and refused to return Cipriano's legal files. Lronscam gives us an insight into Moxon's games, and Garry Scarff tells us where to send complaints.
Scientology has repeatedly fostered felonious conspiracies.
"The courses and auditing in Scientology cost so much...where does the money go? I had thought that perhaps the staff was well paid, and evidently this is not so. I've seen people getting paid less than $10 per week?!? I don't know how they live on this. So when these courses cost thousands of $$$$$, where does it go? Anyone know?"
Some of the money goes to the private investigators and some goes to the lawsuits.