Scientology is LYING. Here is proof. US Government documents from an old WWP thread: . Scientology insider details 'nightmare' childhood He says children have not been allowed to join the Sea Org for more than 20 years, however the ABC's Four Corners investigation found members have been recruited and separated from their families from the age of 14 since then. Cyrus Brooks is lying. Here is documented proof of children joining the Sea Org less than 20 years ago. US Government documents: http://www.exposescientology.com/visadox/040816_AUG162004_02C1101.pdf Rev. Carnahan, in the above letter, does not offer any details about the beneficiary's job title, duties, or work hours (although he repeatedly adds the title "Reverend" to the beneficiary's name). He does, however, offer more information in a sworn affidavit: [The beneficiary] . . . has been a staff member of the [petitioning church] since March 2000. . . . In 1993, [the beneficiary] joined the fraternity of the [Sea Org] and began working full time for the Church in Canada. He took on a position as the Community Relations Director responsible for creating a favorable public relations atmosphere in the neighborhoods surrounding the Church premises. We interject, here, the observation that the beneficiary was ten years old in 1993. [Redacted] does not offer any details about the duties of the Community Relations Director, the credentials required for the such a position would be consistent with the educational schedule of a ten-year-old child. ... Regarding the beneficiary's age, [Redacted] states that the beneficiary "wanted to join staff from the time he was seven years old and signed a contract on April 16, 1989 in order to do that." April 16, 1989, was the day after the beneficiary's sixth birthday. Therefore, his motivation for signing the billion-year [Sea Org] contract of Employment" (Contract) cannot be that he "wanted to join staff from the time he was seven years old." [Redacted] states that, despite having signed the Contract, the beneficiary "was unable to join the Sea Org until he was ten due to legal restrictions." ... The petitioner has submitted documentation showing that it allows children of kindergarten age to sign a billion-year Contract with the Sea Org; we are not obliged to ignore this information merely because the beneficiary signed his Contract more than two years before the filing date. Whether the beneficiary had been a member for a week or for fifty years, the circumstances under which he first signed the Contract are relevant when considering the nature of the organization. The two-year requirement does not, in any way, restrict reasonable inquiry into the underlying nature of the organization. Counsel maintains that the beneficiary's joining the Sea Org at such a young age "is excellent evidence of the calling to religious life contemplated by 8 C.F.R. § 204.5(m)(2)." This argument would be persuasive only if six-year-old children routinely made reliable predictions about their ultimate careers. There is no evidence that very young children (who are especially impressionable, particularly when a parent is a church official) sign the Sea Org Contract under different circumstances than adults, who have given mature reflection to the nature of a permanent commitment. ===================================== http://www.exposescientology.com/visadox/040802_AUG022004_02C1101.pdf The beneficiary, born in 1978, was only fifteen years old when she signed a "Contract of Employment" (Contract) with the Sea Org in 1993. The Contract reads, in its entirety: I, ______________________DO HEREBY AGREE to enter into employment with the SEA ORGANIZATION and, being of sound mind, do fully realize and agree to abide by its purpose which is to get ETHICS IN this PLANET AND UNIVERSE and, fully and without reservation, subscribe to the discipline, mores and conditions of this group and pledge to abide by them. THEREFORE, I CONTRACT MYSELF TO THE [DELETED] FOR THE NEXT BILLION YEARS. (As per Flag Order 232) ===================================== This US Government document is from 2005: http://www.exposescientology.com/visadox/050301_MAR012005_03C1101.pdf In SRC [redacted] the alien signed the contract at the age of fifteen, and the petitioner submitted a publication entitled "The [Sea Org]: The Religious Order of the Church of Scientology," which states: "There is no age limit for joining the [Sea Org] . . . But there are restrictions for signing a declaration or contract with the local churches. If a person is under the legal age limit of the country he must get full parental agreement and meet any employment laws of the land." ===================================== http://www.exposescientology.com/visadox/050930_SEP302005_01B6203.pdf We note that the beneficiary was fifteen years old when she joined the Sea Org in 1994. By the date of filing in 1999, however, the beneficiary was twenty years old, an age that does not raise concerns about compliance with federal, state, and local laws governing child labor (such as the Fair Labor Standards Act). Such questions would likely arise in instances where the beneficiary is, as of the filing date, too young to work legally. ===================================== http://www.exposescientology.com/visadox/051123_NOV232005_06C1101.pdf The record contains copies of several certificates, including a "Sea Organization Contract of Employment," which reads, in part, "I contract myself to the Sea Organization for the next billion years," signed by the beneficiary and dated December 15, 1996, when the beneficiary was thirteen years of age. The beneficiary's "Welcome to the Sea Org" certificate is dated August 9, 1997. Another certificate, "Basic Sea Org Member Hat," is dated November 18, 1997. ===================================== http://www.exposescientology.com/visadox/060330_Mar302006_02C1101.pdf In a supplement to the appeal, the petitioner submits copies of various church documents. One document, dated February 23, 1994, indicates that the beneficiary passed the Fitness Board. Another document, dated August 2, 1998, reaffirms this finding of fitness. This indicates that the beneficiary was a full member of the Sea Org for more than nine years prior to the petition's March 2003 filing date. The beneficiary was ten years old when he became a full Sea Org member.