Monthly Archives: December 2016

Book Review – opening minds: the secret world of manipulation, undue influence and brainwashing

By |2017-03-21T10:45:01+00:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

opening minds: the secret world of manipulation, undue influence and brainwashing is the newest book written by Jon Atack, ex-Scientologist and author of the best book on Scientology.  This masterfully written primer on undue influence is the first project of the newly formed non-profit organization Open Minds Foundation (OMF).   Of course, you might expect I [...]

For Ex-Members: Surviving the Holidays

By |2017-03-21T10:45:20+00:00December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

  For many people, family-oriented holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah are loving, happy times: baking, singing, playing games, decorating, sleeping in, giving gifts, and spending time with family and friends.   However, for former members of “high-demand” groups, it can be a very difficult time. Especially for those with family members still involved with the group, [...]

Freedom of Mind for LGBTQ Youth

By |2017-04-06T17:30:06+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Freedom of Mind, as an organization and as a meme is grounded in a commitment to basic human rights as expressed by the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Please take a moment to look at these profound statements. It’s not surprising that many cults hold doctrines and practices which are intolerant and even violent towards [...]

JW Leadership Fails to Protect Children

By |2017-04-06T17:43:13+00:00December 8th, 2016|Categories: Guest Blogs, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , |

Guest Blog by Steve Guziec   When I was a Jehovah’s Witness, I prided myself on knowing I was part of the only true Christian organization on the planet earth because of the love shown in “Jehovah’s Organization.”  I told myself and others this for decades.  One of the largest “comforts” to me was knowing that [...]

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

By |2017-03-21T10:45:45+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Media Reviews, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  When I first heard that Leah Remini planned to make a show about Scientology, I was cautiously optimistic.  Not that many celebrities have been brave enough to share their stories, much less want to really go further than the HBO Going Clear documentary.  After watching the first episode, I am happy to say that Leah [...]