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Dialogue Ireland appeared on Prime time when this story first broke.
Aravindan Balkrishnan was known as ‘Comrade Bala’ Continue reading
Disclaimer: Here we are trying to alert the public to the similar processes that occur to the Daesh commandos in Paris, or the IRA volunteers of 40 years ago or the undue influence exercised over vulnerable adults at a place like the House of Prayer. Also think about what happened in Jonestown when there was a mass killing of hundreds of children, women and men in that order. We are not comparing the groups but the processes going on.
This is not a book about physical or sexual abuse. It is not a theological book. This is simply a story about my personal journey from complete faith and belief in one particular religious group to a personal faith in Jesus as Saviour.
Clearly Elizabeth has found a personal faith and found that her own upbringing did not assist her spiritual development. However, clearly she has accepted the logic that any group which does not agree with a particular theology which she believes in, is a cult. I suggest this definition is not adequate and is purely a theological one and does not conform to the notion of cultism which involves undue influence which is much broader than a purely theological definition. Continue reading
In our field of cultism we have clear evidence of what we call magical mystification. That is the use of meditation, or prayer to relieve people of their money. A place like the House of Prayer makes use of an authority figure like Fr Gerard McGinnity gives a loyal Catholic the feeling that if he asks you to support something it is God calling you to do so. The issue is not the intelligence of the subject but the vulnerability factor which relieves them of their discernment and their cash. Even when a family member logically explains what is happening, the more rationality is produced the more the person goes deeper into the process of undue influence. So if a family member attacks this abuse, it actually reinforces the very thing one is trying to change. So a family member shows that Christina has a massive house in Malahide and then another in City West. The more you point out the contradiction the more the person believes you are evil and that you are lying.
The Catholic Church takes the view if a person who claims to have visions is living a life of luxury and refuses to accept the discipline of her bishop then that is proof positive that the visions are fake. There is not even a requirement to study them for their orthodoxy or genuineness
|Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief|
|Directed by||Alex Gibney|
|Written by||Alex Gibney|
|Music by||Will Bates|
|Edited by||Andy Grieve|
|Distributed by||HBO Documentary Films in association with Sky Atlantic|
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a 2015 documentary film about Scientology directed by Alex Gibney, based on Lawrence Wright‘s 2013 book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. Produced by HBO, the film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It received widespread praise from critics for its deconstruction of the church’s claims through a combination of presenting a condensed history of Scientology and its founder, how celebrities interact with the church, the stories of a number of ex-members and the abuse and exploitation that they described seeing and experiencing. The church responded vehemently to the film, complaining to film critics about their reviews and denouncing the film-makers and their interviewees. Going Clear will run on HBO on March 29, 2015 and in a limited number of theaters beginning on March 13, 2015.