Local Scientologists Close Ranks, Leaving Mother on the Outside

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Meshell Little, former Scientologist and grieving mother.
Tony Ortega, editor-in-chief at our sister paper the Village Voice, has written extensively about Scientology for sixteen years. His latest look at the group's inner workings takes place here in St. Louis, and involves a long-time Scientologist leaving the fold, driving a wedge between her and her youngest son.

Meshell Little, the woman at the center of the story, runs this heart-breaking blog dedicated to her son. This is her only way to communicate with him and it's a tough read, regardless of your personal religious beliefs.

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rgravlz
rgravlz

Disconnection is just another of the abusive practices I have read about in that so called church. It must be remembered that abusers of all types like to have their abusive behaviors kept secret.  Perhaps if you are able to broadly broadcast the truth of this abuse, the church may be forces to relent on this abusive behaviors to families.  It would also be nice of the editor of the RFT would take more interest in this topic just like Tony Ortega did for the Village Voice.

 

Jerrydonnetta
Jerrydonnetta

It amazes me that after 22 yrs with this organization that you found the strength to disconnect and enjoy your life. So many are still being controlled and will never leave. I honestly think Jeremy will follow. The sooner the better. Praying for you all!

Meshell Little
Meshell Little

My heart breaks every day.  No day goes by when I don't think of Jeremy.  

He is scared to break the organization's rules and contact me.  He knows it would mean his girlfriend would dump him.  It's like my son has died because there is absolutely no way to have any communication with him.  It's not that I don't know where he lives, but I couldn't bear the pain of him refusing to talk to me.  

His baby sister, who was always so close to him, says she feels like it's worse then him being dead because there is always that hope that he will return and at least in death you can find final closure.  

I thank god he is still alive, yet I also know that if he were hurt or dying --- they would not contact me, nor allow my presence. That one thing is almost more than I can handle when I think of it.  

I wish I had never heard of Scientology.  They have absolutely NO right to break families apart!  After several months of careful research and examination, I resigned (after having been a member for 22 years) and they THEN labelled me as "evil" and require all members to completely shun me and if they don't, they will be labelled as well.  Surely it would seem I did something really bad and then was put out...nope, I just went in and confronted them with my findings and let them know that my daughter would not be coming back to work either.  I told them I could no longer support their organization and why and THEN they labelled us.

I need others to understand that this affects everyone.  If any of YOUR family members or friends ever get recruited into their organization I promise you that in due time there will be disconnections!  I don't know of any scientologist who hasn't disconnected from at least one friend or relative for disagreeing with scientology.  When they disconnect, it's as if you have died. There is NO contact.  

Sad and sick.

Jim Little
Jim Little

Thank you for making our story known to the people of St. Louis. Here is an interview I did almost a year ago outside the Scientology organization, and I would be willing to do another interview and let you know how my opinions are now almost a year later.

http://vimeo.com/21176893 

great white handkerchief
great white handkerchief

People are fucking sheep and religions/cults/whatever are the shepherds.  I feel no sympathy for her son.  If it wasn't scientology it would be some other damn thing.

Tracy
Tracy

Did you say regardless of you religious beliefs? Since when is this cult a religion? What kind of so called " religion " purposely encourages disconnection in families. The cult of Scientology does!

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin

Hi Meshell!I am saddened by your pain...BUT, understand that times have changed dramatically with scientology. If this had happened to you 5 years ago, I would not hold much hope for a quickish change in the situation with your loved ones. What has been unfolding the last few years means that you won;t have to wait as long as you once would have for your family back. Times have changed and current scientology is really getting hammered by the internet and all the church defections.Don't ever lose hope, especially not now when the light of truth is not only shining on the 'church' of scientology, but actually setting it on fire externally and internally

Dan Courtney
Dan Courtney

Actually cults like Scientology are a special case since they intentionally misrepresent themselves and make fraudulent promises. They also use various hypnotic techniques to manipulate their members and take advantage of them. While I don't think any theistic religion is true, cults rise to the status of seriously abusive and, at least with Scientology, criminal. 

dodobird
dodobird

Many religions practice disconnection.

Your Momma
Your Momma

All religions are cults. 

Cult is now used as a derogatory term to deride someone else's religion. But they all share the same factors... 

Meshell Little
Meshell Little

Thank you for your words of encouragement.  I agree with your viewpoint.  There is a lot of hope these days as this organization just won't stop creating enemies and the internet allows us to have our voice.  I have hope one day and despair the next.  Crazy roller coaster.

Your Momma
Your Momma

"they intentionally misrepresent themselves and make fraudulent promises"

Like heaven?

ScamProof
ScamProof

And that makes Scientology disconnection okay? How?

Joe_Lynn
Joe_Lynn

 Hogwash.  The term 'religion' is pretty much meaningless and 'Cult' almost as much so, but, what's meant here is *abusive* cult or 'criminal religion' and however meaningless the terms, the adjectives are the important part. And 'Scientology' as an organization is *not* 'the same' as 'everybody else', much as it would like to drape itself in unassailable vestments.

Your Momma
Your Momma

Wasn't claiming it was okay. As I said, all these religions are cults. All of them are abusive. 

Scamproof
Scamproof

And that makes Scientology okay?? How?

Your Momma
Your Momma

Nice attempt to play the race card. We all know not all catholics molest little boys, just a bunch of them. (Google SNAP, if you think the catholics admit wrong doing and make it right). And only a very small group of muslims resort to violence. 

Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin

Didn't the "Catholics" admit wrong doing and pay compensation? What does scientology do whenever there is instances of CHILD MOLESTATION?They either blame the victims(Google Donald Anthony Strawn or Gabriel Scott Williams), try to conceal the crimes (Google Jan Eastgate and perverting the course of justice charges before the courts) or just plain lie about it.

You really should try have some background on scientology if you are going to try compare them with "Catholics" or "Muslims". I would say you'd be racist the way you have tried to paint all Muslims as suicide bombers.DIAF

Your Momma
Your Momma

"*abusive* cult or 'criminal religion'"

Like Catholicisms treatment of little boys?

Like Muslims that teach people to suicide bomb?

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