12-18-2016, 04:56 PM #1
Michael Rinder - Former Executive Director, Office of Special Affairs
From 1982 to 2007, Rinder served on the Board of Directors of CSI and also held the post of Executive Director of its Office of Special Affairs, overseeing the corporate, legal and public relations matters of the Church at the international level. Rinder left the Church in 2007 after becoming disillusioned with what he perceived to be the increasingly authoritarian nature of senior management under David Miscavige, instead becoming an independent Scientologist.
Since I first spoke out to the then St Petersburg Times in 2009, I have done all I could to bring about change to end the abuses within the church. The philosophy of Scientology is not the same as the organization and its practices. There is much in the subject of Scientology that is harmless and makes sense to people. But there are also many things, especially in the “administrative technology” that are troubling if not harmful. In theory, Scientology is intended to wake one up and make you happier and more able to communicate with the world around you. In practice within the church it accomplishes the polar opposite. Scientologists within the church are cut off from observation and told what to think.
For more than 20 years, Rinder was involved in and led OSA before he left Scientology in 2007. He played a role overseeing Scientology's legal affairs, he ran an office that employed private investigators, and he eventually also became the church's chief spokesman.
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12-18-2016, 09:06 PM #2
Thank you for all this. I have been following Scientology for a long time. The school I attended covered cults which included Scientology. I recommend watching this very fascinating series!
12-19-2016, 02:55 PM #3
I think Leah and Michael are incredibly brave for coming forward. To cross that organization is almost like crossing the mob. It's very frightening. DH and I have been watching the series with great interest.My opinion only, unless referenced or supported by a link. Thank you!
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Just as an aside, I find Mike Rinder to be extensively easy on the eyes. Nice looking man. Sorry his life was so misguided, but I have total admiration for his turn.Thank you, Saint Jude, for favors received.
01-17-2017, 04:09 PM #6
This was on my FB feed today
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01-18-2017, 08:53 AM #7
I can understand if an organization wants to respond to allegations against it but most would do it in a professional way. This organization does it with sneaky and crazy tactics that are almost childish in nature. It really is bizarre.
To me it seems like their tactics backfire on them and just adds fuel to the negativity that they dont want.