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Offline SirBedevere

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Guide to Scientology groups cheat sheet?
« on: August 16, 2009, 14:37 »
During my readings in the SP Times articles posted on this site, I'm finding myself confused about all the Scientology heirarchies:  OSA, WISE, Ideal Org, Sea Org.  I've read "The Complex", so I'm familiar with most of the terms, but occasionally they all start to merge together like the cast of characters in a Tom Clancy novel (big, complex, interrelated list).  A collegue once told me he uses a cheat sheet of characters when he reads a Clancy novel.  Can someone provide a quick reference guide (cheat sheet) to the different orgs and levels of Scientology?

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Re: Guide to Scientology groups cheat sheet?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009, 20:31 »
Some are organizational and acknowledged as being Scientology; e.g. the Sea Org, OSA (Office of Special Affairs, formerly GO, Guardian's Office), Bridge Publications.

Some are what the buildings are generally or specifically called; e.g., Orgs (general), Missions (tiny "org" usually located in a private home, from what I've gathered), St. Hill, Ideal Orgs (expensive buildings purchased to give the Religious Technology Center / COB (Chairman of the Board) more real estate holdings and the True Believers something to waste money on, and to convince them Scientology is "expanding"), Gold, Big Blue, Int Base, Celebrity Centres (Orgs hoping to rook in the future rich and powerful and famous idiots out there with too much expendable income).

Some are front groups that pretend to not be affiliated with Scientology in order to indoctrinate the unwary; e.g. WISE, ABLE, Narconon

That feeling you get--the confusion at all the alphabet soup and weird abuses of the English language--is a calculated effect designed to make the "in crowd" feel special and important and to get them all talking in a special language that prohibits independent thought and expression and to alienate / confuse the non-cultists, who are not supposed to understand all the jargon and code spewed at them.
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Re: Guide to Scientology groups cheat sheet?
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010, 15:20 »
Mike Rinder, in his interview with Tom Smith on Hawk Radio yesterday, states that there are about 40,000 members at most and short about 6,000 of the 8,000 Scn centers ( including groups, missions etc) that the church states exisit around the world. lol!
http://theedgewithtomsmith.com/a/TheEdgeMRinder1.mp3

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Re: Guide to Scientology groups cheat sheet?
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2010, 16:24 »
I listened to that! Thanks for commenting on those numbers.
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Re: Guide to Scientology groups cheat sheet?
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2011, 11:25 »
Those charts and lists at the link in the second post are very helpful. Thank you.

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Re: Guide to Scientology groups cheat sheet?
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011, 15:45 »
Welcome and good luck with your educational adventure! With all things Sci, one thing seems to lead to another.

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