A couple years back some Texas big wigs rammed through a deal with a Spanish construction company to build and operate toll roads (with millions in kickbacks,and free interstate travel forever lost) across this great state. In response, more than ten thousand ranchers, farmers and common folk marched on Austin. Didn’t take long for the deal to get canceled. A seventy-something year-old sod buster was interviewed at the time. He said words to this effect: people think Texas is run by the New World Order; I got news, when the beginning of the end the New World Order happens, it’ll start right here in the heart of Texas.
I’m not sure what that all has to do with this, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when I received the following announcement from a couple of major league O.T.s from Austin.
Yvonne (OT VIII) and Ken (OT VII) Schick are free and clear and independent. Ken was head of the Austin OT Committee and Yvonne was its Exec Sec. The Schicks are IAS Patrons with Honors, Ideal Org Humanitarians, SuperPower Key Contributors and have donated out the wazoo to library campaigns, planetary dissemination, you name it. Most would consider them among the leading OL’s in the area.
Give me a T for Texas!
“For a thetan there are two very essential rights: One is the right to his own sanity, and the other is the right to leave a game.” LRH, PDC, Dec 3rd1952
Ken and Yvonne Schick hereby announce that we are withdrawing our support and leaving the organization of the Church of Scientology.
We know that we have both benefited from auditing and training we have received. We respect L. Ron Hubbard and believe that his intention to help his fellow man was sincere. We still consider ourselves Scientologists in that our spiritual beliefs about the nature of man and relationship with his fellow man and the universe are consistent with the principles of Scientology. Furthermore, we will continue the application of Scientology in our daily lives.
We know that the staffs at all the orgs are filled with very caring, very dedicated individuals who would do anything to help their fellow man.
Some of you receiving this are our closest friends in the world with whom we have shared play time, work, the ups and downs and joys of life. We realize that this decision will mean the end of our friendship with some. We will let you decide if that is your own determinism or one enforced upon you by others.
All of that said, we can no longer support what we feel the organization has become under the leadership of David Miscavige. We feel that LRH started a church for the purpose of bringing spiritual freedom to man and that Mr. Miscavige has morphed it into something else entirely that appears to be mostly about money and his personal aggrandizement. We have each personally experienced the “forbidden cognition”: that our church is declining, that there is an SP behind that decline, and that the SP is David Miscavige.
There has been no single incident or source that brought us to this point. Rather it has been years of personal experiences along with observation of events and data that finally started coming together. For most of the last 20 years, any doubts or reservations we had were categorized as something that would get handled eventually. We began to violate our own sense of personal decency and core values in order to be “on board”, “KSW-in”, members of the team.
More recently, we decided we must resolve our doubt and our evaluation led us to conclude that Miscavige has grossly altered LRH tech, has focused the largest percentage of the activity of the group on fundraising in one form or another, is intent on milking every dime out of every member, and (quite frankly) has gone psychotic. For any of you who want to know more about how we came to the decision, we suggest you think for yourself and look for yourself starting with the websites that report information Mr. Miscavige does not want you to have. We were especially moved by the letter written by OT VIII Luis Garcia. He did a very thorough job of documenting the exact points that were there for us. We recommend reading Luis’ letter; A Letter From Garcia. We also recommend: Friends of LRH, Leaving Scientology, and Marty Rathbun’s blog.
Our decision is made. We do not welcome any handling from anyone who might feel so inclined or be so directed. If anyone shows up at our home unannounced and uninvited, we will assume it can only be a “mission” and you will be asked to leave with no further discussion. That said, we are not cutting our communication lines or disconnecting from anyone who wants to call us friend.
We do not know if retaliation will be unleashed against us. One factor that motivated us was the malicious attacks we saw against people who decided to leave the group. Perhaps you will be told how very “evil” we are. Perhaps information we gave in session or to an MAA assuming confidentially will be broadcast. Ask yourself, “What kind of church does this?”
To those of you who already know this just is not what LRH intended, we hope that our leap will give you courage to do the same for your own peace of mind.
To those of you who want to leave but feel trapped by family and business relationships, our hearts go out to you. Keep looking, stay true to your personal integrity, and you will find a way.
To those of you who remain loyal to Miscavige’s org, we ask that you simply LOOK. Just like LRH advised us. Look at the real results, not the PR. Look at the effects being created in the general public. It has been a downhill ride since that man took over LRH’s church.
We are grateful to the bold men and women who have had the courage to leave the church run by Miscavige and then speak out publicly so that the truth is told. We appreciate that there are committed individuals who want to keep alive LRH’s purpose and technology for helping others.
We wish all of you the brightest of New Year’s with all of the spiritual freedom you have dreamed of for the ages. “Flourish and prosper.” LRH, The Way to Happiness.
Sincerely, Ken and Yvonne Schick
OT VII completion and OT VIII