How many ex-CoS have been ‘deprogrammed’? I ask this in the context of JR Lewis’ open letter: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/thre...is-academic-author-of-scientology-book.68063/ There are a couple of thoughts that spring to mind. Firstly, there is a spectrum of deprogramming in terms of members leaving. On one side of the scale you have no outside interference with the member leaving through disillusionment. Next comes the member getting booted out and/or declared. Then you have instances where that member comes across critical information that motivates them to leave. Next you have instances where critical information was given to that member by either friends or family. At the next level you have instances where much critical information (documentaries, books, victim testimony, etc.) is given to the member with friends and family strongly encouraging that member to view such (this instance would cover exit counselling). This scale continues until you reach the opposite end where forcible deprogramming takes place. Clearly the CoS uses the term in their materials in the sense of being closer to the forced end of the above spectrum. Lewis seems to use the term to cover family and friends getting involved, and everything beyond that. So there is an inconsistency in how the term ‘deprogrammed’ is being used. I suspect that very few ex-CoS would qualify as ‘deprogrammed’ in the sense espoused by the CoS. I further suspect that a majority of ex-CoS would actually fall under Lewis’ use of the term. It would be interesting if someone with more experience in this field could shed some insight on this. Secondly, I find it utterly bizarre to see the term ‘deprogrammed’ being used without acknowledging the occurrence of ‘programming’. Lewis’ fundamental hypothesis is that ‘deprogramming’ renders ex-members unreliable and not objective, and that it cultivates illegitimate feelings of hostility towards the CoS. Consider how the vast vast majority of current Scientologists are unreliable and not objective regarding psychiatry, and how those Scientologists have illegitimate feelings of hostility towards psychiatry. It seems bizarre to me for Lewis to attempt using the concept of ‘deprogrammed’ to discredit ex-members while he simultaneously ignores the readily observable phenomenon of ‘programming’ that CoS members undergo (with psychiatry being an illustrative example). Tl;dr: The use of the concept ‘deprogammed’ seems very flaky and inconsistent with observation.