Going Undercover to Rescue My Daughter – Would You do the Same?

If you’ve left your church and have lost family or friends as a result of shunning or disconnection then you know how painful and emotionally trying it is to understand it and figure a way around it. It’s a process that can take years!

I have a sneak peek preview of Nancy Sage’s new book, Going Undercover to Rescue My Daughter from the Cult of Jehovah Witnesses 2nd edition. She was kind enough to talk to me about her life in the Jehovah Witnesses.  Nancy takes the word ”undercover” to a whole new level when she decides to go back “In” Jehovah Witnesses to save her daughter. After ten years of being out of the Watchtower and shunned by her daughter and all members, she prepared herself mentally and emotionally to go back to the mindset of a true believer and convince her church and most importantly her daughter that she was sincere.  Without even reading her new book I can tell it’s a story that inspires the true meaning of family and love.

It was horrifying for my husband and I that his oldest daughter, my step-daughter, disconnected from us after we were ex-communicated from the Church of Scientology. It was a very trying time and thankfully it didn’t take years to find a way to get through to her. I believe many people who are “inactive” in these “religious cults / churches” are in some ways very wise for staying “under the radar”. You have to decide what’s right for you. Everyones situation is different and we’ve all made decisions that we now live with, but it’s something to consider if you are one of those who are currently “under the radar” and looking at all your options. Being strategic, educating yourself and formulating a plan before you take the jump takes far less effort than trying to re-connect with a loved one who has shunned you.

We are focusing on Solutions here at Truth Rundown so when I interviewed Nancy I asked her specific questions about her strategy and the tactics she used to help her daughter start “thinking for herself” again. Nancy shares detailed strategies in this interview. Keep a look out for that coming soon – I need to do some editing on the audio file first.

Nancy’s New book  – “Going Undercover to Rescue My Daughter from the Cult of Jehovah Witness2nd Edition - is due to be released at the end of October. The book is twice the size of her first edition with a lot more detailed information. Nancy’s website is  www.nancyjsage.com . I will update you with another blog post when her book has actually been released. I’m excited to read it!

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Lawrence Wollersheim vs Scientology – Reviewing a Historical Win

I was reading an Ex-Jehova Witness blog today about the Watchtowers official stance on Shunning. It referenced a Wikipedia article on shunning, so I took a few minutes to read it. That article then referenced a 1986 court case Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California. I had never heard of this case before, I mean why would I? I have only been out of Scientology about 2 years now and haven’t taken the time to research many of it’s past legal cases, it’s a part time hobby just informing myself of all the current cases and stories.

But Wollersheim v. Church of Scientology of California caught my eye -

Lawrence Wollersheim, a former Scientologist, successfully argued that he had been harassed and his photography business nearly destroyed as a result of Fair Game measures. Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Game_(Scientology)  These included getting Scientologist employees to resign, and Scientologist customers to boycott or refuse to pay him. The 1986 judgment by a Los Angeles jury was upheld by the California Court of Appeal in 1989.

During appeals, the Church again claimed Fair Game was a “core practice” of Scientology and was thus constitutionally protected “religious expression”. The court decided that the Church’s campaign “to ruin Wollersheim economically, and possibly psychologically” should be discouraged rather than protected. Twenty years after the start of the case, the Church paid Wollersheim a judgment, with interest, that amounted to over $8 Million.

The court decided “For reasons set forth in section II, we have concluded Scientology is not constitutionally immunized from civil liability for its cumulative course of conduct to intentionally inflict emotional injury on Wollersheim. However, this course of conduct does not supply a suitable predicate for a cause of action based on negligent infliction of emotional injury.

These actions are potentially actionable only when they are driven by an animus which can properly qualify them as “outrageous conduct.” That is, they must be done for the purpose of emotionally injuring the plaintiff, or at the least with reckless disregard about their adverse impact on plaintiff’s mental health. (III)”
Ref: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Wollersheim_v._Church_of_Scientology

In my opinion, any church who has policies on Shunning/Disconnection and Fair Game is intentionally trying to inflict emotional harm on it’s members as no doubt they enforce their “policies” by applying just the right amount of pressure to it’s members! But if it’s members would grow “a pair” and stand up for themselves and for their family and friends then we would see these so called ”churches” with less and less power over our lives!

Lawrence Wollersheim talks about Winning the largest court case in history against Scientology!

Lawrence Wollersheim talks with Anonymous

Lawrence is Co-Founder of Factnet.org, which is an acronym for Fight Against Coercive Tactics Network. Some of you may be familiar with this website, I know it was one of the websites that got me to really question some things in Scientology. Thanks Lawrence Wollersheim – for doing all you do!

Scientology Presidents Son Alexander Jentzsch’s Death Ruled an Accident

I touched on a story a few days ago about Alexander Jentzsch, the son of former Church of Scientology President Heber Jentzsch.

27-year-old Alexander was found dead on July 3 at the home of his in-laws in Los Angeles. According to The Village Voice, Assistant chief coroner Ed Winter has now ruled Alexander Jentzsch’s death as an accident. Alexander was suffering from pneumonia while he was on a prescription of methadone. His injury was “drug intake,” Winter says, and “final mode” of death an accident.

Alexander’s mother Karen De La Carriere was not told about the death of her son, she came across the information on Facebook. Alexander disconnected from his mother a couple of years ago as she was declared a “suppressive person” by the church and ex-communicated. Church policy states Scientologists can have no contact with anyone ex-communicated from the church, until such time as they “handle” their situation and return to “good standing” within the church.

Alexander was living with his in-laws in Los Angeles at the time of his death, no-one had the decency to call his mother to inform her of his death, in fact Karen’s request to see her sons body one last time was refused by Alexander’s wife, who is a Scientologist.

Karen De La Carrier was not allowed to attend her son’s funeral service at the Church of Sceintology. She instead honored her son with a service at sea amongst family and friends, some of which traveled all the way from the UK to attend.

Memorial at Sea for Alexander Jentzsch

Karen De La Carriere talks about having to petition to have another child in the church when she was on staff years ago

See more details at the following links:

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2012/09/scientology_alexander_jentzsch_pneumonia_methadone.php

http://www.scientology-cult.com/statutory-rape-of-alexander-jentzsch.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/alexander-jentzsch-dead-o_n_1687645.html