Brian Sheens historie

Tony Ortega har intervjuet eks-scientologen Brian Sheen (62) om hvordan Scientologikirken nekter ham å treffe sin egen datter.

Brian var en svært aktiv scientolog på 1970-tallet, men brøt med organisasjonen etter en stygg, pengerelatert episode.

36 år senere får han vite at han er erklært “undertrykkende”, selv om han ikke har hatt kontakt med scientologiorganisasjonen siden bruddet på slutten av 1970-tallet. Datteren, som giftet seg inn i en pengesterk og viktig scientologifamilie få måneder før erklæringen, brøt all kontakt med faren.

Brian bestemmer seg for å komme til bunns i erklæringen fra organisasjonen, og i mellomtiden leverer han inn en såkalt “civil rights complaint” til staten Florida. En egen kommisjon behandler slike klager, som stort sett omhandler forskjellige former for diskriminering.

Nylig kunne vi lese på Tony Ortegas blogg at kommisjonen har avvist Brians klage, i og med at klagen faller utenfor deres vanlige arbeidsfelt.

Brians nye strategi er å appellere direkte datterens nye svigerforeldre, som han møtte under bryllupet. Ekteparet har en viss tyngde som stordonorer, og Brian håper de kan legge inn et godt ord for ham.

Jeg skal oppdatere innlegget hvis det dukker opp ny informasjon om utfallet!

En kort oppsummering og oppdatering av saken:

Brian Sheen forlot Scientologikirken i 1979. Datteren hans ble imidlertid værende som medlem. Brian har, siden 1979, verken kritisert organisasjonen eller oppfordret datteren til å forlate den. Overraskelsen var derfor stor da han plutselig fikk høre at han var blitt stemplet som et “undertrykkende individ”:

So when Sheen got a letter last April informing him that he had been declared a “suppressive person” by the Church of Scientology and would need to perform an amends project in order to get back into the good graces of the organization, he says he was completely taken by surprise. But more importantly, he soon heard from his daughter, who told him that until he completed the project, she couldn’t have anything to do with him. She was disconnecting.

Brian har ikke ligget på latsiden siden han fikk beskjeden:

Sheen has fought back in interesting ways. He filed a civil rights complaint to a Florida commission which was denied, and he created a website trying to raise awareness about Scientology’s policy that rips apart families.

I et intervju med Ortega kan vi lese hva han har syslet med det siste året:

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And now that it’s been a year since he was declared, Sheen wanted to share with us what he’s been doing since we last wrote about him.

“I saw my daughter,” he told us, and that definitely got our attention. He said he went to see her on March 28. What happened? we asked him.

“I was out in California, and I went to her place and knocked on the door,” he said. And?

“I didn’t have any idea of what would happen. But it was very clear that she was really stressed out to see me, that’s for sure.”

So she wasn’t cooperative?

“The question she kept asking was, why are you here?”

When we wrote about Brian last July, we managed to get Springsong on the phone and talked to her for several minutes. Our conversation tended to bolster what Sheen had told us, that he believed she was disconnecting from him on instructions from the church and not because she really wanted to turn away from her own father. “I love my dad very much and I want him to sort things out. And he knows what he needs to do,” she told us.

But this time, Sheen says, things had changed.

“It’s clear that she looks at me like now I really am an enemy to the church, and therefore to her. And even though I tried to bring in information about what a fraud L. Ron Hubbard was, and why I’ve taken the position I have, it was just really weird,” he said. “It was like my daughter, who loves me, who I always had a loving relationship with, now it was dad, you need to go to the church and you need to do your ‘a to e.’ I told her there’s no way I’d submit myself to this church I call evil. They don’t follow their own policies, why should I pay them a few thousand dollars to get in good standing? They need to make amends to me.

“It didn’t go very well,” he added.

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