At the film's dramatic climax, Anderson is a portrait of rectitude as the background music swells and the camera zooms in:
"If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice. But, if you don't walk out that way, if you continue with Scientology, we will be very happy with you. And you will be very happy with you."
Now, after 33 years as a Scientologist, the past 13 as the voice extolling the virtues of Scientology and the perils of walking away, Anderson is doing just that: walking away. He says the church failed to deliver the spiritual gains it promised.
He also wants his money back, nearly $120,000 he says he prepaid for services never taken. A church policy [see photo] says parishioners can get repayments, but if they do, they cannot come back.
Anderson goes on to say, the church calls prepayments for services "donations", because "...it serves their purposes down the line, should you ask for a repayment."
In a written response to the St. Pete Times, Tommy Davis - Scientology spokesperson, repeated what he told Anderson: The payments were charitable donations. "The church is under no obligation to return any donations received," he said, "And any refund of donations lies within the sole discretion of the church."
On Feb. 27, 2009, long-time Scientology parishioner Larry Anderson met with two church officials, Tommy Davis and Jessica Feshbach, in Burbank, Calif. Anderson, the star of the Scientology film, Orientation, openly recorded their 90-minute conversation. Here are some excerpts.
And what are some of these prices? (or as Scientology calls them, donations). Well, get ready for some outlandish amounts, because a poster over at WWP has leaked a nice example of what you can expect to pay (and eventually try to recoup).
Below are the links to the 2009/10 pricelists for Scientology auditing and hotel stay in the Fort Harrison Hotel, in Clearwater, Florida.
Oh, and don't go looking for Shatner's Priceline negotiator to help you out on these rates, but visit SCICO.R8.ORG to see many leaked Scientology price lists covering their services, accommodations and cruise trips. 15 minutes could save you $15,000 or more....
UPDATE: Also, more recent exchange of info on this subject is appearing at exscn.net.
Tipping the bellhop at WWP.