Scientology presents a glittering public façade, with their high-profile celebrities, polished videos, slick TV ads, and impressive buildings. It is a public image that Jefferson Hawkins helped to craft, in his 35 years as a top marketing executive for the Church of Scientology.
Yet behind that façade is a hidden world of physical and mental abuse, harassment, sleep deprivation, labor camps, family disconnection, and human rights violations. Anyone who dares to reveal what really goes on behind Scientology’s dazzling curtain is mercilessly attacked and vilified by the Church.
In Counterfeit Dreams, Hawkins traces his Scientology experience from his first eager fascination with the subject in the late 1960’s to his departure, 35 years later, discarded, vilified and shunned as a “Suppressive Person.”
Here is the detailed story of Scientology’s gradual descent into abuse, fanaticism and violence. It is a story that resonates with anyone who has ever experienced abusive control, who has ever seen their idealism and dreams turned into mental manipulation, and who has ever had to turn their back on life as they know it and start anew.