Why the Death of Lisa McPherson Matters to Me
From: "Jeffrey Liss" <[email protected]>
Subject: Why the Death of Lisa McPherson Matters to Me
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 16:47:28 -0500
There are few if any critics on ARS who knew Lisa McPherson
personally. Perhaps some who knew her lurk here, too frightened to
speak. Had she survived her forcible detention at the Ft. Harrison
Hotel, it is doubtful any of us would even know her name. Who knows:
had she not died, perhaps she would have continued as a member of the
church to which she devoted 13 years of her life. What, then, gives
us the right to use her name, her face, and the story of her tragic
death in furtherance of a cause she herself may not have supported?
Lisa McPherson was not a martyr in the usual sense. She did not die
for her faith but as a result of it. Her death came not by choice and
not as a result of religious persecution. She died -- literally -- in
the arms of her church. She offered Scientology her devotion. It, in
return, made her its victim.
We expect a religion to raise the human condition, to lift both its
adherents and society as a whole. It is entirely within our purview
to question those religions and religious practices which have the
opposite effect. Simply because a belief system wraps itself in the
protective cloak of faith does not mean it escapes public scrutiny.
The moment Scientology's "tech" or "ethics" diminsh the humanity of a
church member, the veil of secrecy must be torn away and the danger
Lisa's breakdown on November 18, 1995 was a crisis of faith, born in
the realization that "the most ethical group of people on the planet"
had taken advantage of her generosity and her quest for spirituality
in order to make a quick buck. It was an epiphany so demoralizing
that it broke her heart.
Scientology's problem was that Lisa's crisis shouldn't be happening.
She had become living proof that the "tech" didn't work. She had
become a liability. Scientology's solution was a 17 day assault on
her humanity. Lisa didn't simply die, life was pounded out of her by
the relentless indifference of her handlers. The church maintains
that they genuinely cared for her, but day after day they chose "tech"
over compassion. They held scientology "ehtics" higher than Lisa's
humanity. She begged for help. They watched her die.
I occasionally write letters for Amnesty International, as do others
in ARS. Is the plight of refugees or the unjustly imprisoned in some
far off land any business of ours? Of course it is! They are called
"human rights" for a reason. We are all entitled to them; we must all
be vigilant in the cause of their protection.
Lisa's rights are my rights -- no greater, no less. The fact that
they were violated in a hotel room 3000 miles away from my home in no
way diminishes the insult or the harm done to me -- done to us all.
What gives us the right to invoke Lisa's name? Humanity -- ours and
hers. We invoke her name as a reminder to Scientology that we are
witnesses to her life and the manner of her death. We hold up her
image as a warning to Scientology that we are watching. We tell her
story to educate others -- so that no one else will die as she did:
deluded, degraded, and destroyed by a cult that found it easier to let
her die than admit its inability to help her.
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the
continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a
manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes
me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know
for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
-- John Donne, "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
From: [email protected] (Rod Keller)
Date: 15 Feb 2000 02:12:30 GMT
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Jeffrey Liss ([email protected]) wrote:
: What gives us the right to invoke Lisa's name? Humanity -- ours and
: hers. We invoke her name as a reminder to Scientology that we are
: witnesses to her life and the manner of her death. We hold up her
: image as a warning to Scientology that we are watching. We tell her
: story to educate others -- so that no one else will die as she did:
: deluded, degraded, and destroyed by a cult that found it easier to let
: her die than admit its inability to help her.
Sorry to snip, but this paragraph really spoke to me. I was asked by a
reporter at one of the Clearwater press conferences "Mike Rinder claims
that Lisa McPherson is just a symbol to you, is that true?" I replied
"Yes, I think that's accurate." She is a symbol to me of all the abuses of
Scientology, not the first, not the last, just the best documented.
Rod Keller / [email protected] / Irresponsible Publisher
Black Hat #1 / Expert of the Toilet / CWPD Mouthpiece / Killer Rod
The Lerma Apologist / Merchant of Chaos / Vision of Destruction
Bigot of Mystery / OSA Patsy / Quasi-Scieno / Mental Bully
From: "Alec" <[email protected]>
Subject: I knew Lisa (was: Why the Death of Lisa McPherson Matters to Me
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 21:02:17 -0600
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Jeffrey Liss wrote in message
>There are few if any critics on ARS who knew Lisa McPherson
I knew Lisa.
Before me she bought Scientology hook, line, and sinker. She made the
ultimate step that even I had hoped to make--to join the Sea Org, fully
believing that the glaze in their eyes was a sign of unwavering devotion to
liberating mankind. Lisa's devotion was instrumental in my own dedication
to the ultimate step in COS. Lisa practiced Scientology with the
determination and the TR's of a highly trained auditor, though I don't know
her training level.
Having accepted the premise that aberration held us blinded and that
Scientology clearing would enlighten, Lisa stood impressively in the
dedicated manner of a Bodhisatva--one who foregoes his/her own salvation in
order to provide it to others. She WAS a role model who influenced others
already near the edge of the abyss of total blind acceptance of Hubbard's
Glassbead Game. Her countenance of devotion made you ache with a burning
desire to give your life to that game. We never had a clue to the deception
in which we moved, lived, and had our being.
She applied Scieno-Tech to me in a way I knew it should be
applied--flawlessly. But unknown to me she went one further and allowed
that the RPEC was merely a trap set by Hubbard to attribute all wrong
practices and mispractices of Scientology to ancient wrong-doings by the
errant parishioner. It was extremely important for the survival of
Scientology that all apparent mistakes in the Tech be blamed on the one who
questioned it--and that is the function of the RPEC (Repair of Past Ethics
Conditions) which lasts for the shortest of 1) eternity, or 2) the earliest
remembered wrongdoing (usually thousands of lifetimes ago). Most members,
rather than continue the process for eternity, are quite ready to settle for
a quickly "remembered" wrong-doing that he/she committed much more recently
(a more recent past life). Of course the rate of $3000.00 per course of
processing extended through eternity would amount to a lot of hamburgers.
One might consider he would never again enjoy a burger unless he found a
quick self-condemning past ethics outness.
But Lisa allowed that I might simply 'not' have committed a prior
wrong-doing that was responsibile for the obstacle considered. Even in her
total acceptance she transcended the "Tech" and brought the cycle to a quick
And for that, COS declared her and invoked the ultimate Scientology
Ostracism--a Scientology penal system sentence (the RPF).
Two years later, as persistent a believer as ever, Lisa counseled me to
persist in my engagement with my fiance (even after COS (Celebrity Center,
Int'l) implied to me that my fiance was an evil and psychotic person (SP).
Me and Lisa... two devoted fools who would follow Scientology to our demise.
Luckily for me the sham snapped me out of the hypnosis. I wish I could have
slapped Lisa's face during her episode at the accident site where she
experienced her psychosis. I didn't and 17 days later her death was partly
on my hands.
>Perhaps some who knew her lurk here, too frightened to
No I've never been frightened to speak out, but as every Scientologist
knows, all this speaking out has the apparent effect of resolving the
injustice for us, and eventually each of us runs down, the injustice
apparently resolved as a lie layered on top of the original injustice.
>Had she survived her forcible detention at the Ft. Harrison
>Hotel, it is doubtful any of us would even know her name.
Nope. I would remember her forever. Her eyes had mirrored for me my own
succumb to the coercion and "Chinese-School"-engrained adherence to the Tech
>had she not died, perhaps she would have continued as a member of the
>church to which she devoted 13 years of her life. What, then, gives
>us the right to use her name, her face, and the story of her tragic
>death in furtherance of a cause she herself may not have supported?
I took the license to do so because I could. That was one small measure by
which I could come to immense cause over the harmful destructive Church of
Scientology and it's incestuous founder, Ron Hubbard.
>Lisa McPherson was not a martyr in the usual sense. She did not die
>for her faith but as a result of it. Her death came not by choice and
>not as a result of religious persecution. She died -- literally -- in
>the arms of her church. She offered Scientology her devotion. It, in
>return, made her its victim.
In a moment of despair I might also have become a victim--a charred body by
which my children would have remembered the effect Scientology had on their
father. As fate had it, I endured the nightmare of "exit psychosis" and had
to grapple with decoding the deception. Now seven years later I can hardly
call myself a survivor of that holocaust, a chagrinned and defeated victim
(receipt point of a wrongful act by a suppressor). stripped of my
childrens' fortune. I decided long ago, I'm not too proud to apply a
dictionary definition (victim) to my own plight. That implant has covered
up many of Scientology's horror story wrong-doings.
-David Alexander (Alec)