Recently, a Scientology church received several threatening email messages. The writer was very specific about the violence he intended to inflict on the Church and its leaders. Through liberal use of foul language, he threatened to kill; he threatened to destroy.
Through the excellent cooperation of law enforcement agencies on two continents, the perpetrator was identified and caught. When confronted with the effects his messages created, he confessed and expressed remorse for his actions. He also confessed that the anti-religious propaganda of Jesse Prince, Tilman Hausherr, Andreas Heldal-Lund, Arnaldo Lerma, Jeff Jacobsen, Joseph Cisar and other extremists on the Internet had prompted him to write these messages.
In his sworn confession, the perpetrator wrote:
“As a result of having read those web sites and web pages I felt compelled to take action or do something against Scientology. As there were no Scientologists nearby, I decided to express my hatred by sending threatening e-mails against the Church of Scientology and some of its members.”
“…had I not read all the negative web sites and web pages put on the Internet by the individuals who have been hostile to Dianetics and Scientology I would not have been influenced and compelled to write and send those threatening and foul messages.”
The man was very specific that the climate of hatred created by these web sites created in him the false perception that when it came to Scientology, no act of violence was too great.
“As a result of reading those sites, I felt that anything I wanted to do or say to Scientologists was OK.”
It is precisely this type of marginalizing of a minority group that is used to excuse the inhuman treatment of that minority.
Fortunately, this man was caught before he could carry out his threats and, when confronted with the seriousness of his actions, expressed remorse for the harm he had caused to innocent people he had never met.
“In the last few months, I have had some time to reflect about my actions. I have come to realize that what I did in sending the e-mails described above was wrong.
“I know it is not right to hate people who I do not even know and I am ashamed of having caused harm to others based entirely on what I read about them on the Internet. My only motivation for writing this declaration is to undo any damage that I may have caused to innocent people.”
These excerpts from the sworn statement of this man (whose identity is being withheld to protect him from reprisals from these extremists) provides valuable insight into the mind of one of the victims of this anti-religious Internet hate campaign. It is presented here as an example of the damage done by these extremists so that others may avoid succumbing to their lies.
Below is the declaration upon which this article is based. It has been redacted to protect the declarant from retaliation by anti-religious extremists.