were devout Scientologists who lived their lives in accordance
with Scientology's primary doctrine, a policy called "Keeping
Scientology Working" that outlines what is expected of
relocating from Texas to Scientology's Mecca in Clearwater,
Florida, they began running a business that employed Scientologists,
applying Scientology administrative "technology"
as their one and only management philosophy and turning over
a very large portion of their earnings from the business to
Scientology for training, auditing and books. Their child
attended a Scientology owned and operated school, where he
was taught to apply Hubbard's "Study Tech." Their
friends were all Scientologists.
accounts, the Barnes' were ideal Scientologists. Yet, in a
bizarre series of events, because they understood Hubbard's
writings so well, the Barnes' were thrown out of Scientology
after challenging some changes that were being implemented
by the organization's management - changes that contradicted
Hubbard's own policies regarding auditing on the upper "OT
levels." As a result of their battle to apply Scientology
technology correctly, they were ex-communicated from Scientology,
or in other words, they were declared by the organization
to be "Suppressive Persons" - at the time, a devastating
and unexpected blow for them.
result, all of their Scientology connections were severed;
their business took a big hit from losing their Scientology-related
clients and staff and even their son was forced to leave the
Scientology run school he attended.
researching Scientology from other perspectives - and doing
a lot of soul searching - the Barnes eventually left Scientology
of their own accord, then began to speak out publicly against
the sect. The LMT has documented their story with copies of
letters they wrote which were successful toward obtaining
a large refund from the International Association of Scientologists
(the "IAS") a video interview wherein they describe
how they traversed the bridge to ex-communication, TV Media
they've participated in as well as copies of internal reports
written while they attempted to resolve the problem that ultimately
led to their declare.
you'll enjoy meeting this intriguing couple as much as we