If it were only one or two stories, I'd agree ? but when all the information we have on Sea Org agrees, and nothing contradicts it, what does that say? Has some worldwide, anti-CoS conspiracy (probably funded by psychologists) gotten together to tell the same bogus story for years and years? Given the CoS' massive, documented crimes, is Sea Org really that unbelievable? By all means, gather all the information you can before deciding what to believe ? but again, all the information that's ever come out points one way only, and it comes from many, many sources over the course of decades. Here's one source: The Sea Org contract. Just as described in exscientologykids, it features the words, "I COMMIT MYSELF TO THE SEA ORG FOR THE NEXT BILLION YEARS." Janet Reitman corroborates the existence ? and purpose ? of the RPF in her Rolling Stone article "Inside Scientology." This may be the first you've heard of any of this, and you're not alone in that regard; the CoS works hard to keep its skeletons in the closet. But don't write it off just because it might sound too bad to be true. Speaking of bad: CoS leader David Miscavige takes a group of 17 large men to bully an elderly widow into signing away her fortune, as told in a court affidavit by one of the large men. (The widow, of course, was Hubbard's wife, who Miscavige promptly stripped of rank and placed under surveillance for the rest of her life.) Five different private investigators testify to being paid by the CoS to stalk that same large man, after he left the church, in an attempt to undermine the credibility of his testimony in the Lisa McPherson wrongful death case. And, just in case you hadn't heard of it: The Lisa McPherson wrongful death case. With sources galore. Religious or secular, this is not how a legitimate organization behaves.