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Scientology bombshell

By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
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She was once a high profile member of Scientology. Now, she's left and is speaking out against it.

It's the bombshell rocking the church as she reveals what really goes on inside the controversial religion.

Jenna Miscavige's book is entitled Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.

Statement from the Church of Scientology:

The Church will not discuss private matters involving Ms. Hill, nor any of the efforts to exploit Mr. Miscavige's name.

We note that recollections in Ms Hill's book about her schooling are dramatically at odds with the recollections of 30 of her classmates. Their personal memories describe the exact same school at the exact same time as an idyllic summer camp and boarding school-like environment with a swimming pool, basketball courts, football fields, horse stables, citrus orchards and organic gardens as well as facilities to study academics and the arts. These former classmates have gone on to further the Church’s social and humanitarian goals, to enjoy successful careers of their own and to start families. Far from expressing inconveniences, annoyances and bitterness, they describe experiences leading to lifelong friendships while obtaining an educational and spiritual foundation that continues to enrich their lives today.

Moreover, it should be noted that once her time at the school was completed Ms Hill as an adult voluntarily chose to continue in the Church's religious order. However, those who successfully devote themselves to any rigorous religious order do so with full commitment, without any sense of entitlement and without any expectation of preferential treatment. Those who decide a religious order isn't for them are free to move on with their lives, as Ms Hill did. Every religion has its detractors; there is no faith that can satisfy everyone's spiritual needs.

The Church has long respected the family unit while accommodating and helping those raising children. Any suggestions to the contrary are false.

The book itself acknowledges it contains "re-created"” dialogue and two dozen pseudonyms. Likewise, descriptions of the Church when Ms Hill attended years ago as well as second - and third-hand accounts of how the Church is today are equally dubious. Revisionist histories are typical of apostate behavior and tabloid tales should always be taken with an enormous grain of salt. The real story on the Scientology religion, its beliefs and practices can be found at www.scientology.org.

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