While staring at a huge picture of L. Ron Hubbard, they all shout in unison things like:
"*WE* ARE GOING *UP* WHILE THE WORLD IS GOING DOWN!" and "HIP! HIP! HOORAY!" 3 times.
In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
>In <email@example.com>, Warrior <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> So, if there were 2,000 demonstrators, Scientologists probably
>> comprised 1,000 (including children). The rest were members of
>> other cults/organizations that Scientology managed to enlist
>> the support of. If there were 1,000 protesters, probably 500
>> were Scientologists.
>Don't forget all the critics who infiltrated the demo, and hundreds of
>journalists. One told me that he had never before seen something so
>weird. I asked him whether he meant the many journalists or the mass
>shouting? He meant both. He agreed with me when I told him that it
>reminded me of communist mass events (luckily I knew these only from
>television) and said that another guy from the east had told him the
>same. A day later a third person also said this, called it an "FDJ
>rallye" (the communist youth organisation).
You ought to see a Sea Org members-only event! They all dress in
their uniforms, complete with "service insignias", "specialist
pins", laniards, etc. While staring at a huge picture of L. Ron
Hubbard, they all shout in unison things like: "*WE* ARE GOING
*UP* WHILE THE WORLD IS GOING DOWN!" and "HIP! HIP! HOORAY!" 3
times. Then they all clap.
SO members are given ribbons in recognition for the number of
years of "dedicated service to mankind" (I still have some of
those too!). The members-only events feature "officers" in full
uniform, with white gloves, Sea Org flags, swords and caps. My
laniard (which I also still have) is red, as that color is worn
by those with specialist training. I have my ID badge (issued for
security purposes), service bars, and I even have my award pin for
my contributions to the "Friends of the Safe Environment" (a front
group incorporated to fund the Snow White conspirators' legal fees).
It was also known as the Committee for a Safe Environment and "SEF"
(the Safe Environment Fund).
So many weird memories...