Tory Christman

Tory Christman

Tory Christman (formerly Tory Bezazian) is a former member of the Church of Scientology. She left the organization in 2000, after being a member for about 30 years and is now one of its most visible and high-profile critics, making frequent media appearances.


Christman was asked to assist the group known as the Guardian's Office in "handling" Richard Tenney, the City Commissioner of Clearwater, Florida, who at the time was running for Mayor, using a campaign, "Save Sparkling Clearwater, Stamp out Scientology." [ [ Sect's critics, local officials hail '60 Minutes' ] ]

Christman said that she thought she was helping her group, mostly by trying to get the people in the town to understand that Scientologists were not as bad as they thought, which she says she strongly believed at the time and still does, for the most part. Even today she reminds people the average Scientologist is basically good, with the executives doing the harmful things. She continued to volunteer with the Guardian's Office, which later became the Office of Special Affairs. [^ a b c d Davis, Derek; Barry Hankins (2003). New Religious Movements and Religious Liberty in America. Baylor University Press, 44, 48, 49, 189. ISBN 0918954924. ]

Reaching the higher levels of Scientology

In 1979, Christman attained to L Ron Hubbard's State of "Clear" and shortly thereafter began the level named , the most well-known regarding Xenu the dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy".Scott, Michael Dennis (2004) "Internet And Technology Law Desk Reference", Aspen Publishers, ISBN 0735547432] [ [] Dead link|date=March 2008] Christman said that she felt having a seizure, was close to dying and began to think perhaps that OT3 could be the answer to her physical problem. After completing the level of auditing, Christman believed she had rid herself of thetans and tried once again to stop medication for epilepsy in line with the Church's anti-psychiatry beliefs. Christman shortly went into Status epilepticus (unremitting seizures) and was admitted to the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. [ [ Operation Clambake present: How the OSA Trap really works ] ]

In 1990, Christman paid for and began Scientology's second to highest level, Operating Thetan VII. She refers to this time as the beginning of her ten-year process of "waking up" and began to read many other books regarding healing. Christman says that this time was comparable to "The Truman Show," where one is unable to see the walls of their isolated world.cite web | url =
title = Sympathy For The Devil - Tory Bezazian was a veteran Scientologist who loved going after church critics. Until she met the darkest detractor of all. | last = Ortega | first = Tony | date = 2001-09-27 | publisher = New Times LA | pages = Feature | archiveurl = | archivedate = 2002-06-09

Public Relations and the Internet

Of her own initiative, Christman succeeded in closing down a web forum regarding the film Battlefield Earth, a 2000 film adaptation of the novel by Ron Hubbard. She also helped supervise John Travolta during his training at the Celebrity Center in Los Angeles. [ [ Sympathy for the Devil (A) - New Times LA article Sept. 2001 (Scientology, John Travolta, Battlefield Earth, Tory Bezazian ] ]

Leaving Scientology

During this time, Christman became increasingly disillusioned with the church. While posting on alt.religion.scientology, a Usenet newsgroup, she met Andreas Heldal-Lund, who she initially perceived as the devil. Through emails, she confided in Heldal-Lund that if she left the Church of Scientology, she would lose all of her friends and her husband because of Scientology's Disconnection policy. Andreas wrote back to Christman, telling her that although saddened by this thought, he asked the question, "what kind of friends could those be, if they're going to leave you because you change your mind?" Christman sat in tears, seeing the organization in a new light. At the same time, she described the joy of having her 'Truman Show' crack open, and how freeing it was to finally see the light. [ [ Speaking Freely - Tory (Bezazian) Christman ] , xenutv, 2000-08-22]

In a post made to the newsgroup, Christman wrote, "To all of you at [alt.religion.scientology] , and to you all reading this from my Church, as of this date, July 20, 2000, I have officially left the church. Please do not call me, or come over to my house. Any friends who care (and only those who do, please) e-mail me. To the rest, good bye. In the future, listen to Andreas. What he said last what is true." [ [ Magoo had LEFT THE BUILDING!] alt.religion.scientology, 2000-07-19]

As a Scientology critic

Christman has become one of the best known Scientology critics on the internet and has given speeches about her time as a Scientologist in addition to appearing on radio and television to talk about her experiences. [ [ Tory Christman-Bezazian ] ]

Some of her criticism against the Church of Scientology addresses the manipulation of its members, sometimes causing the breakup of families through the policy of "disconnection", medical abuses and the organization's use of "Fair Game" against its critics. Christman says that she wants to educate people, mainly young people and artists, to read both sides and to make up their own minds about Scientology.

In 2000 she was convicted of contempt of court for violating a court order banning her from picketing at within 10 feet from the Church of Scientology in Clearwater, Florida, and sentenced to a fine of $100. [Sixth Judicial Court, Pinellas County, Case. No. 99-7430 CL-8, Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization vs. Robert S. Minton et al., 21 Feb 2001]


Further reading

*cite web | first = Bob | last = Gersztyn | title = Scientology - Are we Clear on This? | url = | work = The Wittenburg Door | date = 2002-07-01 | accessdate = 2008-04-11
*cite web | first = Nanette | last = Asimov | title = Scientology link to public schools | url = | work = | publisher = San Francisco Chronicle | date = 2004-06-09 | accessdate = 2008-01-17
*cite web | first = Carl | last = Kozlowski | coauthors = Piasecki, Joe | title = Debunking a movement / Scientollywood | url = | work = | publisher = Pasadena Weekly | date = 2005-08-05 | accessdate = 2008-01-17
*cite web | first = Janet | last = Reitman | title = Inside Scientology | url = | work = | publisher = Rolling Stone | date = 2006-02-23 | accessdate = 2008-01-17
*cite web | author = Nihal | title = Is There Anybody Out There? | url = | work = Radio 1 Documentary | publisher = BBC Radio | date = 2007-02-23 | accessdate = 2008-01-17

External links

* [ ToryMagoo44] , account with personal stories on "YouTube"
* [ Tory Christman - Anti-Science Scientology?] Interview with D.J. Grothe on Point of Inquiry (February 8, 2008):
* [ Tory/Magoo and Scientology, 30 years before I woke up] - Christman's website
* [ Tory Christman on XenuTV]
* [ "Sympathy for the Devil"] "Los Angeles New Times" article on Christman's departure from the Church of Scientology

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