In the last couple days filming the documentary “Scientology Cult of Confusion”, Marisa Sigmond flew in from Arizona to meet the crew in Dallas, Texas for an on camera interview. Noticeably nervous, Marisa showed courage and calm as she eloquently articulated her story of being born into Scientology.
“I want to help as many people as I can and what I say I hope will have a positive impact – getting the word out that Scientology is no good; it is a mind manipulating cult, nothing more, nothing less.”
When asked if she had witnessed children not being cared for as they should be, Marisa responded: “I have seen a lot of kids in a lot of families -- just put their children on the back burner because of Scientology’s policies and rules.”
In the short embedded video clip, Marisa states that: “If it wasn’t for Scientology my nephew would still be alive today, and it really upsets me that he’s not here today just because of some oppressive cult …”
Marisa confirms what countless other victims have said over and over again – that Scientology’s disconnection policy, unfortunately, is still front and center, and tears families apart. Marisa’s sister was ordered to disconnect from their mother when she was declared a ‘Suppressive Person’ when it was discovered her mother posted a critical comment in a chat room. Marisa was also disconnected from her.
When I asked Marisa if she was concerned or afraid of Scientology’s 'Office of Special Affairs' (OSA), harassing her because of speaking out for the documentary, she calmly relied:
“I’m not afraid – OSA, what are they going to do to me? I mean they’re nobody, of no law enforcement licensing. They’re just a bunch of cult members that try
to be intimidating. If I ever met OSA or found out someone was spying on me, I would just call law enforcement.”
The day after the interview, Marisa joined the film crew at the Dallas Ideal Org protest and she confronted one of the staff who was filming us.
In a calm demeanor, Marisa told the staffer “You can get out of it – you have control over your life, L. Ron Hubbard does not. So, I hope someday you’ll be able to think freely and break away from this cult. That’s my best wish for you.”
And for many who have spoken out, they all say the same about wishing those that are still in the cult, that they will eventually see the light and leave.
The documentary filming is now complete and reams of film footage are in the cutting room for the editors to pick over and critique. Videographer, Bert Leahy, worked long, hard hours for 14 straight days, with little sleep – always focussed on the story he was filming. Colin Henderson was the man who kept the team on track to arrive at the GPS destination on time. Without Colin at the helm, the 14 day, ambitious documentary tour may not have been the success it was.
And referring to Examiner writer, David Love, who tagged along for the journey, it was an experience of a lifetime – not the journey itself, but being in the company of 2 Americans from Oklahoma and Texas who pressed on with caring hearts no matter how tired. Indeed, an inspiring 2 people on a mission of heart and love.
David Edgar Love