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*William Burdwood - [http://www.forum.exscn.net/showpost.php?p=100674 staff] - [http://www.scientology-cult.com/criticism.html#comment-379 article comment]
 
*William Burdwood - [http://www.forum.exscn.net/showpost.php?p=100674 staff] - [http://www.scientology-cult.com/criticism.html#comment-379 article comment]
 
*Adam James Burgess - aka echo1883 - '''left after 2.5 years''' - staff, HCO Qualified, Director of Public Book Sales, recruiter, [https://web.archive.org/web/20150713134206/http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?19380-Flash!-SEATTLE-HOT-DATA!&p=451757 Seattle] - [https://www.reddit.com/r/scientology/wiki/index#wiki_the_experiences_of_echo1883.3A his story]
 
*Adam James Burgess - aka echo1883 - '''left after 2.5 years''' - staff, HCO Qualified, Director of Public Book Sales, recruiter, [https://web.archive.org/web/20150713134206/http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?19380-Flash!-SEATTLE-HOT-DATA!&p=451757 Seattle] - [https://www.reddit.com/r/scientology/wiki/index#wiki_the_experiences_of_echo1883.3A his story]
*Jonathan Burke - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/j/jonathan-burke.html Class 4 Auditor], [http://scientolipedia.org/info/Advanced_Organization_of_the_Great_Plains#Scientology_Experience staff], OEC, Flag - on the [http://www.scientology-cult.com/declarations-of-independence/the-indie-500.html?tmpl=component&print=1 Indie 500 list]
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*Jonathan Burke - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/j/jonathan-burke.html Class 4 Auditor], [https://web.archive.org/web/20150306230438im_/http://scientolipedia.org/info/Advanced_Organization_of_the_Great_Plains#Scientology_Experience staff], OEC, Flag - on the [http://www.scientology-cult.com/declarations-of-independence/the-indie-500.html?tmpl=component&print=1 Indie 500 list]
 
*[http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/p/paul-burkhart.html Paul Burkhart] - [https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/identification-and-membership/#comment-307598 blog comment]
 
*[http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/p/paul-burkhart.html Paul Burkhart] - [https://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2014/06/29/identification-and-membership/#comment-307598 blog comment]
 
*Richard Burnett - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/r/richard-burnett.html Clear] - [https://markrathbun.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/the-free-spirit-1_new.pdf#page=12 article]
 
*Richard Burnett - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/r/richard-burnett.html Clear] - [https://markrathbun.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/the-free-spirit-1_new.pdf#page=12 article]
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*Cheryl E. Dickens-Harlow - aka [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/c/cheryl-harlow.html Cheryl Harlow], Lori - '''left after 8 years''' in 2009-08-17 - [https://whyweprotest.net/goto/post?id=2522295#post-2522295 mid Grade 4], staff, Public Executive Secretary Communicator DCF, gave $250,000 to the IAS, Washington DC - [https://whyweprotest.net/goto/post?id=2510200#post-2510200 her story]
 
*Cheryl E. Dickens-Harlow - aka [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/c/cheryl-harlow.html Cheryl Harlow], Lori - '''left after 8 years''' in 2009-08-17 - [https://whyweprotest.net/goto/post?id=2522295#post-2522295 mid Grade 4], staff, Public Executive Secretary Communicator DCF, gave $250,000 to the IAS, Washington DC - [https://whyweprotest.net/goto/post?id=2510200#post-2510200 her story]
 
*Emma Dickerson - staff, ?-1978 - [http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/sallyjesse-transcript7-91.html interview]
 
*Emma Dickerson - staff, ?-1978 - [http://www.lermanet.com/scientologynews/sallyjesse-transcript7-91.html interview]
*Howard Dickman - staff for 5 years, Sea Org, HQS, Senior C/S, Excaliburs RPF, San Diego - [http://scientolipedia.org/info/Howard_Dickman his story], [http://freezone-tech.info/blog/2011/01/30/my-days-on-the-excalibur-rpf/#content blog post], [http://www.forum.exscn.net/showpost.php?p=631813 forum post]
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*Howard Dickman - staff for 5 years, Sea Org, HQS, Senior C/S, Excaliburs RPF, San Diego - [https://web.archive.org/web/20140119213858im_/http://scientolipedia.org/info/Howard_Dickman his story], [http://freezone-tech.info/blog/2011/01/30/my-days-on-the-excalibur-rpf/#content blog post], [http://www.forum.exscn.net/showpost.php?p=631813 forum post]
 
*Daniel Dickson - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/d/daniel-dickson.html Pro Metering Grad], AOLA - [http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/the-mad-mind-of-miscavige/#comment-55924 blog comment]
 
*Daniel Dickson - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/d/daniel-dickson.html Pro Metering Grad], AOLA - [http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/the-mad-mind-of-miscavige/#comment-55924 blog comment]
 
*Glen Dieckman - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/g/glenn-dieckman.html Clear] - [https://whyweprotest.net/goto/post?id=2523400#post-2523400 👍]<ref name="fb"></ref>
 
*Glen Dieckman - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/g/glenn-dieckman.html Clear] - [https://whyweprotest.net/goto/post?id=2523400#post-2523400 👍]<ref name="fb"></ref>
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*Jutta Elsässer - '''left after 3 years''' - wrote [http://www.worldcat.org/title/scientology-ich-suchte-das-licht-und-fand-die-dunkelheit/oclc/76001481 Scientology: I Sought Light and Found Darkness] (Ich suchte das Licht und fand die Dunkelheit)
 
*Jutta Elsässer - '''left after 3 years''' - wrote [http://www.worldcat.org/title/scientology-ich-suchte-das-licht-und-fand-die-dunkelheit/oclc/76001481 Scientology: I Sought Light and Found Darkness] (Ich suchte das Licht und fand die Dunkelheit)
 
*Jacques Emond - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/clears/auditor_158.html Clear] - [http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/news-and-updates/#comment-216034 blog comment]
 
*Jacques Emond - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/clears/auditor_158.html Clear] - [http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/news-and-updates/#comment-216034 blog comment]
*Rita Engelhardt - [http://scientolipedia.org/info/File:Com776a.jpg Auditor] - [https://web.archive.org/web/20140416132656im_/http://oracle.home.xs4all.nl/mgarde/irs1023.htm Court Case]
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*Rita Engelhardt - [https://web.archive.org/web/20151023064419/http://scientolipedia.org/info/File:Com776a.jpg Auditor] - [https://web.archive.org/web/20140416132656im_/http://oracle.home.xs4all.nl/mgarde/irs1023.htm Court Case]
 
*Werner Erhard - scientologist who created Est. (Erhard Seminars Training), later called Landmark - [http://www.wernererhard.com/la_times.html LA Times article]
 
*Werner Erhard - scientologist who created Est. (Erhard Seminars Training), later called Landmark - [http://www.wernererhard.com/la_times.html LA Times article]
 
*Beth Erlich - [http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-x8MAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kFwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5257,13810&dq=beth-erlich&hl=en St. Petersburg Times article]
 
*Beth Erlich - [http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=-x8MAAAAIBAJ&sjid=kFwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5257,13810&dq=beth-erlich&hl=en St. Petersburg Times article]
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*François Mathevet - [http://alessiaguidi.provocation.net/varie/the_auditor_1980.pdf Class 3 Auditor] - [http://freescn.freevar.com/Documents/Reconnection14.pdf#page=8 listed as independent]
 
*François Mathevet - [http://alessiaguidi.provocation.net/varie/the_auditor_1980.pdf Class 3 Auditor] - [http://freescn.freevar.com/Documents/Reconnection14.pdf#page=8 listed as independent]
 
*Volney G. Mathison - INVENTOR OF THE E-METER! - [http://www.scribd.com/doc/258449433/Volney-Mathison-and-Alphia-Hart-FDA-investigative-documents letters], [http://www.lermanet.com/exit/creative-image-therapy.htm his denouncement of Hubbard's techniques]
 
*Volney G. Mathison - INVENTOR OF THE E-METER! - [http://www.scribd.com/doc/258449433/Volney-Mathison-and-Alphia-Hart-FDA-investigative-documents letters], [http://www.lermanet.com/exit/creative-image-therapy.htm his denouncement of Hubbard's techniques]
*Michelle Matlock - '''left after 47 years''' - Class VIII, AOLA - [http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/big-trouble-from-the-%E2%80%9Clittle-sps%E2%80%9D/#comment-6026 blog comment], [http://scientolipedia.org/info/Indianapolis_Spiritual_Quest_Center resigned]
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*Michelle Matlock - '''left after 47 years''' - Class VIII, AOLA - [http://leavingscientology.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/big-trouble-from-the-%E2%80%9Clittle-sps%E2%80%9D/#comment-6026 blog comment], [https://web.archive.org/web/20150307031932im_/http://scientolipedia.org/info/Indianapolis_Spiritual_Quest_Center resigned]
*Ron Matlock - Pro Sup, Auditor, Word Clearer, Power Plus, [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/m/ron-matlock.html gave $10,000 to the IAS] - [http://scientolipedia.org/info/Indianapolis_Spiritual_Quest_Center resigned], on the [http://www.scientology-cult.com/declarations-of-independence/the-indie-500.html?tmpl=component&print=1 Indie 500 list]
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*Ron Matlock - Pro Sup, Auditor, Word Clearer, Power Plus, [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/m/ron-matlock.html gave $10,000 to the IAS] - [https://web.archive.org/web/20150307031932im_/http://scientolipedia.org/info/Indianapolis_Spiritual_Quest_Center resigned], on the [http://www.scientology-cult.com/declarations-of-independence/the-indie-500.html?tmpl=component&print=1 Indie 500 list]
 
*Nori Matsumaru - Sea Org for 23 years, finance officer, Int Base - [http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/bfbis-scientology-investigation-balancing-the-first-amendment-with-charges/1270036 article]
 
*Nori Matsumaru - Sea Org for 23 years, finance officer, Int Base - [http://www.tampabay.com/news/scientology/bfbis-scientology-investigation-balancing-the-first-amendment-with-charges/1270036 article]
 
*Oleg Matveyev - '''left after 1 year''' - translator for Sea Org mission - [https://web.archive.org/web/20050502191925im_/http://www.st83.org/services/oleg/Oleg_Non-exist.htm letter]
 
*Oleg Matveyev - '''left after 1 year''' - translator for Sea Org mission - [https://web.archive.org/web/20050502191925im_/http://www.st83.org/services/oleg/Oleg_Non-exist.htm letter]
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*Glen McClelland - [http://home.snafu.de/tilman/mystory/exit.html his story]
 
*Glen McClelland - [http://home.snafu.de/tilman/mystory/exit.html his story]
 
*[http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/m/don-mcclintock.html Don McClintock] - '''left after 30 years''' - on OT VII, staff, Canberra, Sydney - on the [http://www.scientology-cult.com/declarations-of-independence/the-indie-500.html?tmpl=component&print=1 Indie 500 list]
 
*[http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/m/don-mcclintock.html Don McClintock] - '''left after 30 years''' - on OT VII, staff, Canberra, Sydney - on the [http://www.scientology-cult.com/declarations-of-independence/the-indie-500.html?tmpl=component&print=1 Indie 500 list]
*Alfred McConnochie - HPA, [http://scientolipedia.org/info/Antony_Phillips London] - [http://articles.ivymag.org/pdf/IVy78.pdf#page=44 his story]
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*Alfred McConnochie - HPA, [https://web.archive.org/web/20150228050239im_/http://scientolipedia.org/info/Antony_Phillips#Brief_Autobiography London] - [http://articles.ivymag.org/pdf/IVy78.pdf#page=44 his story]
 
*Rodney McCormick - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/r/rod-mccormick.html OT II] - [http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/scientology-and-saving-the-world/#comment-222803 blog comment]
 
*Rodney McCormick - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/r/rod-mccormick.html OT II] - [http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/scientology-and-saving-the-world/#comment-222803 blog comment]
 
*Elizabeth McCoy - Sued by the Church in Alberta in 1976 for informing authorities about Scientology - [http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/library.php?t=Elizabeth+McCoy Many articles]
 
*Elizabeth McCoy - Sued by the Church in Alberta in 1976 for informing authorities about Scientology - [http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/library.php?t=Elizabeth+McCoy Many articles]
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*Lara Wessel - [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/a9c4e262801ed49c her story], [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/f39f8596a9ed020e newsgroup post]
 
*Lara Wessel - [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/a9c4e262801ed49c her story], [http://groups.google.com/group/alt.religion.scientology/msg/f39f8596a9ed020e newsgroup post]
 
*Jeff West - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/j/jeff-west.html gave $50,0000 to the IAS] - [http://www.mikerindersblog.org/puerto-rico-more-ideal-org-fail/#comment-108133 blog comment]
 
*Jeff West - [http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/j/jeff-west.html gave $50,0000 to the IAS] - [http://www.mikerindersblog.org/puerto-rico-more-ideal-org-fail/#comment-108133 blog comment]
*Larry West - aka Lawrence West, Larry Dahlkvist - [http://scientolipedia.org/info/The_Class_VIII_Registry Class 8 Auditor], AOLA cert #240, San Diego - [http://freescn.freevar.com/Documents/Reconnection05.pdf#page=7 RTC Action no.831749G in 1983], [http://ivymag.org/authors.html listed as independent]
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*Larry West - aka Lawrence West, Larry Dahlkvist - [https://web.archive.org/web/20150301235057im_/http://scientolipedia.org/info/The_Class_VIII_Registry#d Class 8 Auditor], AOLA cert #240, San Diego - [http://freescn.freevar.com/Documents/Reconnection05.pdf#page=7 RTC Action no.831749G in 1983], [http://ivymag.org/authors.html listed as independent]
 
*Laura West - [http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/stopscientology/signatures/2200 petition signature #2292], [http://freezoneearth.org/ivy/24/sales.html magazine distributor], [http://freezone-tech.info/blog/2010/02/12/interview-with-terril-park/ interview]
 
*Laura West - [http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/stopscientology/signatures/2200 petition signature #2292], [http://freezoneearth.org/ivy/24/sales.html magazine distributor], [http://freezone-tech.info/blog/2010/02/12/interview-with-terril-park/ interview]
 
*Marcus West - [http://freescn.freevar.com/Documents/Reconnection12.pdf#page=7 listed as independent]
 
*Marcus West - [http://freescn.freevar.com/Documents/Reconnection12.pdf#page=7 listed as independent]

Revision as of 12:52, November 2, 2015

This content originated on WhyWeProtest forums. Click here to see the original thread.


The following is a list of people that have left the official Church of Scientology organization and have spoken out publicly against it. Although some of them still believe in the validity of the core precepts and practice them outside of the Church of Scientology, all of them have denounced the legitimacy of the organization itself. The names are listed alphabetically by last name. As of the last count, there are 2646 names on this list.


The purpose of this list is to give courage to others who are still in to finally leave, or those who have already left to speak out. Also, perhaps those that are still in may recognize a name they may have known before, especially senior and important members, and are unaware they have left. The extensiveness of this list demonstrates that there is a significant problem with organized Scientology, and counters all the claims by their Office of Special Affairs (OSA) in the media that so-called "disgruntled ex-members" or "defrocked apostates" are only a "small group", a "tiny clique" or a "handful" in number.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please verify all names before adding! This means finding a form of media where a person has spoken out against the Church of Scientology (CoS), such as news interviews, books, articles, forums, or personal websites. See a glossary of abbreviations found in this list These are real people, and if there are incorrect results in google, it can affect them directly. Also, if available, please provide information about the number of years in, position in Scientology/levels achieved, and location. See the chart for where Clear/OT levels are on the "Bridge to Total Freedom"


This is a work in progress. If anyone can help disprove any of these names, or fill in blanks (i.e. how long they were in, their position, location, etc), your help would be much appreciated. When put all together, it should act as a compelling preponderance of evidence against the legitimacy of organized Scientology.


To those who are still in: realize that all of these people have left, and you can too. There are thousands more who left, and have yet to come forward to tell their story, and there are also hundreds more who spoke out who did not want their names known. We hope that the courage of those named here empowers more people to come forward with their stories of abuse to ultimately prevent such abuses from ever taking place again.



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1. Find links online to proof you were a member of the Church of Scientology, usually mentions of your name in Scientology magazines, but you can also take photos of any certificates you received, IAS membership card, etc. and upload those to where you can then provide the URL. If you have none of that evidence (in case you threw them all out) p