"Have you read Dianetics?" This came up earlier, and I noticed it's posed a bit of a problem in some cities: a scilon comes out, holds up a copy of Dianetics, and proceeds to ask if anyone protesting has even bothered to read it. Silence ensues and anon attempt to come up with a decent excuse, while the scilon just grins, saying we should read it before we judge. If this happens, we're pretty much fucked no matter what we say, because the discussion will be solely about Dianetics - regardless of whether or not anyone's actually read it. Remember: scilons receive extensive training in discussing their doctrine and making the other party sound bad. We'll be defending instead of attacking, which we are definitely not yet accustomed to - plus, even if you've read the book, you can be sure the scilon has read it a thousand times more. So, for the purpose of not looking like complete idiots, here are some things you can tell them instead. Remember to be absolutely open an honest about whether or not you've read it; we're not there to lie or to look smart, just to expose the facts. 1. We are not here to criticize your beliefs or the content of your books. We're here to stop Scientology's crimes. You are free to read and believe whatever you wish. 2. We are not protesting your religion. We're protesting child labor, kidnapping, government infiltration, and murder committed in the name of Scientology. 3. We are not trying to convert you. We just want you to know the facts. You, however, are trying to convert us. Where are your facts? And if they still insist on discussion the content, instead of the context: 1. Did you know L. Ron Hubbard tortured his wife in scientific experiments, and violently ruptured one of her Eustachian tubes? 2. Did you know OT3, which was also written by Hubbard as Scientology doctrine, is completely about aliens and UFOs? 3. Did you know OT7 commands you to go talk to a tree? Is that really what you want to spend your life paying for? 4. We are here because we want to. Do you get rewarded for being here? Will you get punished if you should walk away right now? 5. David Miscavige is squirreling tech. Do you realize the book you're holding may be the only thing left that hasn't been squirreled? Chances are they'll still manage to guide the discussion exactly the way they want it to go, but it should help to have a few basic arguments ready. Also remember: individual members are never our enemy - they're the ones we're trying to help.