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Children in Scientology and the Sea Organization

Children in Scientology and the Sea Organization

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Scientologists believe children are ageless souls in small bodies. What religions call the "soul" and philosophy terms "consciousness" - is called a "thetan" in Scientology. Since thetans are forever mature, a child thetan requires no special nurturing. And this grossly negligent attitude leads to blatantly ignored child abuse.
Scientologists believe children are ageless souls in small bodies. What religions call the "soul" and philosophy terms "consciousness" - is called a "thetan" in Scientology. Since thetans are forever mature, a child thetan requires no special nurturing. And this grossly negligent attitude leads to blatantly ignored child abuse.

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Published by: AnonLover on Apr 15, 2010
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Children in Scientology and the Sea Organization
From Why We Protest Wiki
Children are mature "thetans"
There was also no such thing as unconditional love. After all, we weren't kids who needed love and acceptance. We were just thetansin small bodies...Source: "Oshana".
(Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. 2008.[1] 
Scientologists believe children are ageless ‘souls’ in small bodies. What religions call the ‘soul’ and philosophy terms ‘consciousness’ - is called a ‘thetan’ in Scientology. Since ‘thetans’ are forever mature, achild ‘thetan’ requires no special nurturing.How child ‘thetans’ are cared for in Scientology is best understood in light of two fundamental 'church' beliefs:1.)
 Every ‘thetan’ has lived multiple (even hundreds) of lifetimes and comes into the world with every pastexperience and past educational attainment imprinted in consciousness. A 'thetan' learns to 'know what italready knows' as Scientology training unlocks this consciousness. For this reason, a child has nodevelopmental needs, in the conventional sense.
 A ‘thetan’ operates the human organism the way ‘a bus-driver operates a bus’. The human body is amachine. A ‘thetan’ ‘drives around’ in a human body until that vehicle wears out. A ‘thetan’ can ‘pick up anew body’ as easily as trading in an old car. These beliefs have a profound effect on how children are treated in Scientology. A child is expected to actas an adult, and work as an adult, because a ‘thetan’ has been an adult in prior lifetimes. A child’sdeficiency is simply the temporary physical limitation imposed by a smaller body.
According to
 Ex-Scientology Kid 
- Karen Wolf:
Children are considered to be exactly the same as adults, just reincarnated into a body that hasn’t grown up yet. It would be an insultto treat them otherwise.Source: Karen Wolf. 
(Blog). September 20, 2008.[2] 
As "Anonmom" describes:
According to L Ron Hubbard, children aren’t really children. Everyone is a thetan (spirit) living in a body. We all have many, many past lives. So children are just thetans which are very old beings currently living in young bodies. Therefore, there is no reason totreat children different than adults, even where punishment is concerned...Source: "Anonmom". 
,Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008.[3] 
Additionally, since a "thetan" is a mature "able-being", a child has the same responsibility to work and "payit’s way" as an adult. Scientology teaches that every human interchange requires fair compensation. Failureto compensate for something received is called "out-exchange" and children are not exempt. A child mustcontribute the equivalent work of an adult to ‘pay’ for food, clothing, or shelter.
One "Ex-Scientology-Kid" (ESK) described her parents’ Scientology beliefs:
Both my parents had another typical scientology belief, that children need to contribute to the family equally as much as adults. So,even as a young child I was viewed as needing to perform proper exchange to the family group. Just because I was a kid was noexcuse not to pull my own weight in the family.Mom especially believed kids were just thetans in small bodies, "able beings" who should not be allowed to go out exchange andtherefore out ethics...Source: "dolphinlover".
(Forum post),Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. October 3, 2008.[4] 
 Ex-Scientology Kid 
...[Mom] had white glove standards, and we spent a lot of time cleaning. She was a typical Scientologist parent in that she viewed usas "out exchange" by nature of being her children. She clothed and fed us, so we owed her.Source: "Doublevee". 
(Forum post), Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. April 11, 2008.[5] 
Left unsupervised
Scientology’s conviction that children are mature souls devalues physical and psychological nurturing.'Thetans' don't require nurturing. They are also capable of taking care of themselves. As a result, parentalsupervision is not a high priority in Scientology.
One of my first memories was being picked up by the police as I was walking to the Church nursery by myself in a city that wasknown as the murder capital of the United States. I must have been about 4 years old. I was waiting for a light to turn green when aman took hold of my arm and flagged down a police car. He couldn’t believe I was by myself and wanted to make sure I was okay.The police drove me to the nursery (following my directions) and made sure I arrived safely.Source: "Choice". 
,Ex-Scientology Kids. 2008.[6]  I remember one time my brother got bored and disappeared. The police brought him back in to the org. He had gone outside onto afour lane street and was walking on the yellow line. He was four or five at that time. Another time he was found walking down thestreet by a friend about 1/2 mile from the org. The friend asked him where he was going, and he said he was walking to hisgrandparents house (500 miles away). He brought him back to the org.Source: Bea Kiddo.
,Ex-Scientology-Kids. 2008.[7] 
Dormitories and communal living
Children live in dormitories or nurseries separate from parents employed on Scientology staff or in thecult’s
Sea Organization.
"Family time" is set at 1 hour per day, when children share a meal with parents,typically in a crowded cafeteria
"Dolphinlover" describes her living arrangements at age 6 ½:
...after my Dad/Father died my Mother joined the sea org. My infant sister was a few months old and I was 6 ½...Suddenly we werethrust into the Child Cadet Org......"Family Time" was scheduled as one hour a day at dinner time for my Mom to come over and visit us!! But only if my Mom’s statswere up and her org stats were up...My mother came to see us, but it was inconsistent. I never knew if she was coming or not.I remember living in the children’s berthing...My baby sister was in a crowded nursery in a small crib, and I was in a dorm like roomwith about 5 other girls around my age. I was 6 1/2 years old. I was not allowed to see my baby sister, however I would sneak up tothe nursery room and visit her sometimes.My Mom lived in a building across town for Sea Org staff members...None of my other family members were scientologists, so I hadno contact with any of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. ...during this time.I cried a lot, missing my Mom, missing my grandparents, and my Dad...Mostly I cried when nobody could see me.Source: "dolphinlover".
(Forum post),Ex-Scientology Kids Forums. October 3, 2008.[4] 

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