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Two formerly dedicated Scientologists whose "crime"
was applying Scientology correctly.
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 a Scientologist.
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.
As a 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.
After researching Scientology
from other perspectives - and doing a lot of soul searching
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 interviews they've
participated in as well as copies of internal reports written while they
attempted to resolve the problem that ultimately led to
We think you'll enjoy meeting this intriguing couple as much as we have.
Stacy Brooks introduced the Barnes story on the LMT website in the fall of 2000 by posting a series of letters they wrote which were successful in obtaining a large refund from the IAS.
The Barnes' tell
their story in a video interview, "Speaking Freely" made
shortly after their decision to leave Scientology.
Greg and Debra got
together with other "OT VII's" to discuss "Moving up the
Bridge to Total Freedom" in Scientology. Watch the OTVII panel video.
Greg Barnes paired up with LMT's president, Stacy Brooks, to refute
claims made by the leader of one of Scientology's Clearwater
front groups -Mary Demoss of the cult's "Foundation for
Religious Tolerance" ("FaRT".) This excellent program aired locally on PBS
in September of 2000. Although we are not able to show the program
on our website, you can click here for further
Background: In a nutshell, the
Barnes discovered that someone was re-writing Hubbard bulletins and
they they were excommunicated for making that discovery. Read more about this here.
Internal "Knowledge Reports"
exchanged in the organization in accordance with Scientology's
"Ethics" procedures while the Barnes' fought to clear their names
and to get Hubbard's technology applied correctly during the upper
*Contains Scientology terminology which may make it
difficult for those unfamiliar with Scientology to understand.
Please refer to Martin Hunt's unofficial glossary of terms at