Scientology and Me

89 minutes 8.2/10 based on 7 votes

John Sweeney investigates the Church of Scientology, endorsed by some major Hollywood celebrities, but which continues to face the criticism that it is less of a religion and more of a cult.

Some former members claim the Church uses a mind control technique to put opponents at a psychological disadvantage. During the course of his investigation, Sweeney is shouted at, spied on, visited in his hotel at midnight and chased around the streets of LA by strangers in hire cars.

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  • Lee Donaldson

    Hats off to John Sweeney for not head-butting that p@#%k.

  • Jenny

    I would have cracked alot sooner. No sorry needed John!

  • Elle

    The way this “church” carries itself is absolutely terrifying and disgusting. I’m glad this documentary was made, hopefully it will encourage people to think twice before jumping on this crazy bandwagon.

  • Daniel in Maryland

    I am a First Hand witness to how damaging this Cult is … In the early 1980’s I had a beautiful girlfriend. Her family were immigrants from Ireland – Mom had died, Dad was trying to keep his 2 daughter clothed, fed and educated the best way he knew and could. He did drink and lament his loneliness, for his dearly departed wife was a beautiful woman, and from the traits I could perceive from her 2 girls, she must have been a pleasure as a woman. My former love worked for a chiropractor, who was a nerd, lots of money, no life. He enlisted the services of a “consulting” company, Sterling Assoc., who assessed his practice, made recommendations and promised lots of networking if he would come to Clearwater, Florida for a series of lectures … he brought his 2 assistance. After a couple of weeks my GF become quite distant, analytic, difficult to please … She blamed her hard working Dad for all her problems coping with life (news to all of us, because she was smiling all the time, slept well, was in good shape and health, was loved by more than just family), it seems they made her look and look till they found some hidden dark issue to exploit. She then blamed me and her sister for holding ehr back … she blamed everything around her … she suddenly left for Clearwater, and we never heard from her … There is something wrong with a “religion” that has a Law Firm within its Ministry. That has tactics to denase its critics. That charges thousands of dollars to its “flock” to be “Clear”. I hope ANONYMOUS does reach its goal to show everyone who Scientology really is … and maybe liberate the poor, needy souls it has entrapped.

  • voiceofi

    Indeed hats of to Sweeney, I would have strangled that whiny rat. Sweeney is a courageous man of titan nerves. All the best to him. Stop this cult.

  • Lori

    The British are so polite, we canadians are considered quite polite too, but He says that’s him “losing it” well… I would have gone a lot farther than he did. I probably would have resorted to physical violence, and I”m a VERY non violent person. That head scientologist said that Sweeney was only focusing on the nay sayers of the so called religion, well that’s because he had no access to the pro scientology people!! they’d either refuse to talk to him, or if they talked to him, they’d refuse to let him air their interviews. so how is he supposed to get their take on it again?! plus they’d ONLY answer pre approved questions? wtf is up with that? how is it supposed to be a in depth documentary without asking the hard questions and getting REAL answers? I believed had he gotten that kind of access he would have been completely non biased, and fair to the “church” of scientology. he’s a wonderful journalist. There’s a lot more I’d like to say about this so called religion, but I’ll refrain from ranting anymore, lol.

  • Docu-nerd

    Several years back I relocated to an area pretty far from my home town and got a job working for a chiropractor and his wife. I had heard through the media about this so called religion and its ties to Hollywood but I never personally knew anyone who was a member nor did I know much about their practices. Shortly after getting the job there, I hated it. I mean, I REALLY hated it. At the time it was myself, the chiropractor, his wife, and one other chiropractor of no relation to them. The wife was the most annoying, prying, weirdo I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting. At the time I started dating a guy from the area and I would complain about how weird they were all the time to him. I would seriously say, “I swear if I didn’t know any better I’d say they were in a cult or something.” They had a small apartment above their practice that was divided; one section was used as an employee lounge and the other half was for when they spent the night there. The wife asked me to get something from one of the rooms and I noticed a book on Dianetics (didn’t have a clue what that was but it certainly sounded as weird as they acted) as well as different books on scientology. Alas! Now it all made sense….they WERE in a cult! They were strange people, even the chiropractor of no relation to them was involved. They had a guy who would come in once in awhile to do these audits that they have (in the apartment above the practice). It was always kept very hush, in the year that I was there I never even heard the auditors name, he never spoke to me, and was always brought in through the back door. I was on my lunch break one day and I was reading a National Geographic magazine and the wife (who I usually wanted to slap in the face every moment of the day at this point) told me I shouldn’t read “stuff like that.” She said it would put negativity in me….? I was confused. Nat Geo and negativity? She acted like she caught me reading Penthouse! I just brushed it off and went back to reading about the ever brainwashing hurricane system. To me they seemed very closed minded. Meaning, they didn’t want to educate themselves on things that could possibly explain something better then their church. This documentary talks of the churches spying and stalking and such. That’s how they acted as well. If people called to cancel their appointments, she would harass them and try to get them to come later, even during hours we weren’t open. I mean, she would seriously argue with them and scold them if they refused to come. My boyfriend at the time was considering coming in there for some back problems he had been having. Once I mentioned that to them I was harassed about it. She called him one day (without my knowledge) and when he didn’t answer she asked me where he was. I told her he was visiting his mom and helping her do some things that day and she seriously asked me if she could have his moms number!! At that point I had to flat out tell her no, and tell him to run! They were very intrusive in my personal life and wanted me to get back adjustments (which I didn’t mind – both chiropractors were great at what they did!) but I worked 6 days a week, sometimes until 11pm (all those people coming in that gave up trying to argue with her when they wanted to cancel) and they wouldn’t let you get adjusted during your work day. It had to be after your shift was over. This wasn’t really a question – you were expected to do it whenever they suggested it. I told her I wasn’t going to be getting adjustments anymore, I had a son at home and when my shift was over I wanted to get home with him. That did not sit well at all. I wanted to slap that woman every time I seen her. I quite a year later….I was seriously going to end up hitting that woman and when she started telling me what to do in my personal life, I’d had enough. I just wish I would have smacked her on the way out with my Nat Geo magazine!!

  • heyhi

    lol wow, another pathetic religion with pathetic grassroots. add it with muslims jews christians mormons etc… bunch of clueless fucks with no real grasp of history or science

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