Former cult spokesperson says Scientology is a destructive rip off


47-year old television and film actor Jason Beghe is a former Scientologist spokesperson who is not afraid to speak about his negative experiences with the cult. He has a new segment of an interview up on YouTube in which he says that it’s not true that anyone in Scientology has achieved enlightenment and that the further up you get in the organization the worse it is for your mental health.

Ruggedly handsome actor Jason Beghe was best man at the wedding of “X-Files” star David Duchovny (his childhood pal) and actress Tea Leoni. In 1998, he starred as Demi Moore’s love interest in “G.I. Jane.” He’s been featured in numerous TV dramas such as “Criminal Minds,” “Numb3rs” and “CSI.”

In 2005, Beghe appeared in promotional spots for the Church of Scientology. But now, Beghe has escaped the church after taking courses since 1994. He’s made a video that’s up on YouTube.

This is what he has to say: “Scientology is destructive and a rip-off.”

He also says: “It’s very, very dangerous for your spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution. I think it stunts your evolution. If Scientology is real, then something’s f—ed up.”

You can see from the video that Beghe does not mince words. But his refreshing candor about the religion he joined in 1994 should shake the Celebrity Center to its core.

“It ain’t deliverin’ what it’s promised. It sure has not.”

The video is billed as a three-minute teaser to a longer interview with Beghe that’s on its way. But the short video packs a powerful punch. Beghe still uses a lot of Scientology lingo like “OT” and “clear.” Still, it’s quite easy to understand the point he’s making. After 14 years and a tremendous amount of money, he’s seeing Scientology in a different light.

[From via The Huffington Post]

Beghe says that it’s all a crock of shit and that being brainwashed to be happy is worse than being depressed. He says that he is lucky to be out of it now:

Warning if you’re at work with speakers – this has a lot of f bombs:

Thanks to the group Anonymous, which has been protesting Scientology and leading the cause online, people are feeling comfortable enough to speak out against it. This is a cult that has a lot of its detractors die in suspicious “suicides” so it does take a tremendous amount of courage to publicly talk about any negative experiences. Maybe Beghe’s story will encourage other people scammed by this deceptive and deadly organization to speak out.

Beghe’s testimonial is still up on one of Scientology’s websites. His profile states that “It is a rocket ride to spiritual freedom.”

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  1. Scott F. says:

    Today on the Obvious News Network – our top story: A Former cult spokesperson says ‘Scientology is a destructive rip off’.

    After the break, weatherman Chip Townsend will let us know just how wet rain really is.

  2. Ur A Loser says:

    i know its from youtube but do you know what was the reason of this recording? Did he put it out or is it an interview on a show?

  3. headache says:

    I’ll admit it. I’m more worried about the offshoot mormons with their horrid treatment of women as nothing more than breeding farms and girls as child brides than what an adult with low selfesteem and alot of money chooses to do with their time.

  4. Margo says:

    This guy better be careful. Tommy Boy might be coming after him! Haha!

  5. Simon Scowl says:

    Yeah, Scott, sane and rational people know it already. But maybe his apostasy will wake up some of the rest. It’s not every day a former Scientologist is brave enough to speak out, let alone one you might have seen on TV.

  6. Roma says:

    Did anyone else think that his manic laughing (while imitating a “happy” person) was very reminiscent of Tom? An offside dig, perhaps?

  7. amy says:

    @ UR a loser,

    It’s an interview conducted by Mark Bunker, AKA “Wise Beard Man.”

    Bunker runs, one of the biggest anti-scino websites. Check it out if you haven’t before – it’s very informative.

    I love Jason Beghe and was bummed out when I learned he was a scino. So glad he’s out – I hope he gets the treatment he needs to deprogram.

    It’s a long road back from crazy…

  8. Lola says:

    Good point headache. But if a cult rips off, why do you allow it to even take more of your precious time hounding it from site to site? Say your piece and move on, you are neither the first nor the last. There are more dangerous cults out there. And former scientologists come off like bitter people who were taught well how to stalk and harrass by their former cult.

    The only danger I see with scientology is that its former members are really messed up. For that, I can agree, other than that, all relisions are a rip off. How else do you think Rome got so rich? and those pentecostals?

    I guess the Cruise wacky videos are finished so this idle loser has resorted to getting some 15 minutes of fame. Go away and get a life. Move on.

  9. lane says:

    Just a week or so ago, a chaeffer from Berlin that drove Tom Cruise the entire time he was in Berlin shooting his latest bomb was found dead. He was 32 years old. Not sure if his death was ruled suicide or homicide. Anyway, another person associated with Tom Cruise is DEAD!!! This has got to be more than coincidence.

  10. Cindy Kennedy says:

    Scientology is expensive to be a member of, that is why its mainly just wealthy celebrities who are involved in it.

    I don’t respect any religion that makes you pay money in order to learn more about it.

  11. Scott F. says:

    Lola, please stop being one of those people that lumps Scientology in with all other religions. Scientology isn’t a religion.

    Even if you are an atheist, you should still be able to differentiate the difference between the two. Religions involve moral codes of behavior for societies and individuals. Religions are supposed to be a sort of bridge between our limited ability to understand the universe and it’s reality. They attempt to answer philosophical questions, or at least better equip a practitioner to try to find the answer themselves.

    Scientology offers none of these things. It tells a story, but there’s no moral to it. It’s the antithesis of religion; in that it’s anti-everything and not pro anything.

    Yes, religions are corrupt a lot of the time. But at least there you can separate the men from the message. The message of those religions is peace, compassion, charity, forgiveness, ect. And at the end of the day, you still don’t HAVE to put money in the collection plate.

    Scientology is like a virus. It has no purpose other than to perpetuate it’s own existence. Since it has to grow in order to facilitate that purpose, it’s willing to steamroll anything that gets in it’s way.

    Sorry for the book, but it REALLY pisses me off when people validate this pseudo-science bullshit by comparing it to real religions.

  12. Bodhi says:

    ^^ Ditto 110%

  13. vic says:

    it is not just celebrities that are Scientologists and it is those ‘average-people’members that suffer the same sort of abuses the you all have mentioned as so offensive in other cults. Scientology is not just a money trap for the idle rich, it is a dangerous cult.

  14. bros says:

    I’m kind of with you headache, except for the suspicious deaths. did you see last night on the news about how that sect in Texas was funded? with pentagon contracts worth millions for manufacturing of some kind. unbelievable. I could not believe it.

  15. Anonymous says:

    It’s NOT a religion. It’s a cult with serious and integral plans to take over the world. One of its stated goals is to infiltrate law enforcement and decicion making bodies.

    “Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.” — L. Ron Hubbard, HCO Policy Letter of 4 January 1966, “LRH Relationship to Orgs”

    «The goal of the Department is to bring the government and hostile philosophies or societies into a state of complete compliance with the goals of Scientology. This is done by high level ability to control and in its absence by low level ability to overwhelm. Introvert such agencies. Control such agencies. Scientology is the only game on Earth where everybody wins.» — L. Ron Hubbard, HCO Policy Letter of 15 August 1960, “DEPT OF GOVT AFFAIRS”

    If you need further proof about the atrocities, read Paulette Cooper’s story here:

  16. Loob says:

    “a chaeffer from Berlin”

    Ouch. My ass is also chaeffing.

  17. Sasha says:

    My bible didn’t cost me $100,000 ergo Scientology is NOT like every other religion. It’s a dangerous greedy cult. There are a lot of regular folks in Scientology we never hear about who are so indebted to the COS, paying for their ‘enlightenment’ that they are virtual slaves to the organization. They do lots of manual labor for free, just to pay the exorbitant fees.

  18. anonymous says:

    The tenets of a legitimate religion are freely available. They aren’t secretive. Bibles, Korans, ect are available for very low cost or often you can get them for free. There is no big secret that you have to wait years and pay endless money to learn. Sure there are “Christian” cults, and other mainstream religions have cults using their basic beliefs but basically cults require secrecy, insularity, they require members to break off from any non-members in their life. That’s the difference from cult and religion.

  19. Loob says:

    “The tenets of a legitimate religion are freely available. They aren’t secretive.”

    Excellent point.

  20. Sasha says:

    I thought a chaeffer was a dish for keeping food warm at fancy dress parties ? lol

  21. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this. Jason Beghe did this video for Mark Bunker over at XenuTV expect the full interview soon. Scientology is worse then you can even imagine. I encourage everyone here to take 5 minutes to google “Operation Freakout” “Operation Snow White” “Rehabilitation Project Force” and “Lisa McPherson”

  22. gg says:

    I am in awe of this man coming out and speaking like this. Massive kudos. More and more people will come and speak out against this horrible cult.

    Never defend, always attack! always attack!

    What kind of church teaches you to sue people anytime they speak against you, and teaches them how to win “any” argument – regardless of the subject. That’s bullshit. It’s warfare and I’ve had enough of these evil nazis.

    MIND CONTROL can be very very easy to pull off if you target weak minded people and others that have no spirituality and therefore want to fill some void in their lives.

  23. Herman B says:

    and how much was he paid, to bite scientology in the arse.

    to be honest you have two very different stories in the bible. one story is over 4 million years old, and talks about paradise. the other story is only 2 thousand years old.

    the confusion in the bible is how the new god says that the old god should not be worshiped.

    Genesis 3.17 And unto Adam he said. Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying. Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow (toil) shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

    Genesis 45.18 And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.

  24. JRH says:

    check them out. Scientology isn’t just some silly little cult…it’s a menace to society at large!