Who are we?
Dublin Offlines was organised by ex-members of the Scientology organisation, Independent Scientologists*, critics of the Scientology organisation and family members of those who have been affected by the Scientology organisation. The event was held on June 30th 2012.
* Independent Scientologists are Scientologists who practice Scientology outside of the Scientology organisation.
WHY DID WE HOLD THE CONFERENCE?
No matter where in the world the Scientology organisation has had a presence, a trail of broken families and financial ruin has never been far behind. Ireland, through the Dublin branch of the Scientology organisation, has experienced the same examples of pressure selling and the same pressure on members to disconnect from loved ones.
The conference shared these stories – from both the international perspective as well as accounts specific to Ireland – that speak to the harm caused by the Scientology organisation. Those involved in the conference, including those who continue to hold to the Scientology beliefs and teachings, chose to participate based upon a common desire to warn both the public and the media about this dangerous and abusive organisation.
WHAT DID THE CONFERENCE SHARE?
The conference featured testimony from ex-members of the Scientology organisation, both from abroad and from Ireland, describing their experiences within the organisation. Between them the speakers have over a century of experiences to share. Testimony from family members who have been disconnected from their loved ones also featured.
This was the first time that Irish ex-members and Irish family members have collaborated to collectively share their experiences to an Irish audience. In this section you will find videos of their conference speeches as well as video interviews carried out on the day.
Special guests included:
Jamie DeWolf (great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard)
Tory Christman (ex-Sea Org)
Samantha Domingo (ex-Sea Org)
John Duignan (ex-Sea Org, author of “The Complex”)
Stephen Jones (ex-Sea Org)
Sharone Stainforth (ex-Sea Org)
Gerry Armstrong (ex-Sea Org, former personal secretary to L. Ron Hubbard)
Pete Griffiths (ex-Mission executive director)
David Love (ex-Narconon staff)
Gabrielle Wynne (ex-mission staff)
John McGhee (ex-Scientologist public)
Mary Abadi (ex-Sea Org)
Anne Robinson (disconnected sister of Tony Phelan)
Dr Martin Poulter (Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bristol)
Professor Gabriella Coleman (Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University)
Picture by Lisa Tiffany Photography