LMT's Literati
$10,000 Challenge, Year 2000
Let the 2nd annual "Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest" commence!!!

Please note that Copyright © is retained by all authors.
The Lisa McPherson Trust owns First Publishing Rights until December 1, 2002.

The Winners Anounced! Three essays stood out among the 32 entries for this year's Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest and have been selected as winners.

[1st Place] Chris Owen's entry: The Control Agenda Control, Responsibility and Freedom in the Church of Scientology.

[2nd Place] "Anti-Virus" Scientology: Soul Hackers

[3rd Place] "Peter Smith" Doubletalk: Orwellian Reversal of Meaning in Scientology

Special Junior Category Award. "Darla deToledo:" When Can I Start My Life?

LMT's Cartesian Award-winning essay by Erik W. Snead -- January 6, 2001. SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PARADOXES OF FREEDOM

Honorable Mention: Eldon M. Braun's essay: The Attention Fix: Scientology as a Figment of Narcissism

Honorable Mention: David Cecere's essay: Control, Freedom, and Responsibility

Honorable Mention: Arnie Lerma's essay: The Art of Deception Part II

"Christina Wilson's" essay: Rose-Colored Glasses

Mary DeMoss's essay: Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility

David Aden's essay: A Scientologist’s View

Maureen O’Keefe's essay: Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility

Rick Sherwood's essay: SCIENTOLOGY: Control, Freedom, & Responsibility. Apologia for Reason

Patricia Krenik's essay: Peeling the Onion

David Rice's entry: "Total Freedom: Unattainable and Undesirable. Scientology from the Human Rights Perspective."

Scientologist: Paul Martin's essay: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SCIENTOLOGIST

Scientologist: Madeline Paradis' essay: A Spiritual Journey

Scientologist: Mark Perrin's essay: (No Title)

Scientologist: Steve Jasmine's essay: Anschluss(1) – Variations on the Theme of Control or Rapprochement of Scientology, the Presumption of Responsibility for the Group and/or Its Adherents.

Scientologist: Frank Columbo's essay: THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH

Scientologist: Frank Larson's essay: IT'S NOT MY FAULT! THE DOG ATE MY THETAN!

Scientologist: Roger Wilson's essay: Control, Freedom & Responsibility

P.L.Johnson-Holm's imaginary essay: [BLANK PAGE]

Downhill's essay: The Downhill Path

Freeloader's essay: SCIENTOLOGY AS IT IS

Lisa Gibson's essay: (No Title)


Tim Walker's essay: "Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility."

Arel Lucas's essay: IS FREEDOM ITS OWN REWARD?

Roger Gonnet's essay: HUBBARD AXIOMS: Mechanisms used in his most basic texts to control, de-responsabilize , and limit freedom of scientologists & other people

Cheryl Sola's essay: A WORLD WITHOUT

David S. Touretzky's essay: The Hidden Message in L. Ron Hubbard's "Study Tech"

Mark Plummer, aka "Warrior" essay: Make No Mistake About It! What You Are About To Read Is "Entheta."

Comments on various essays.

ebraun-reply1.htm Re: LMT Literati Contest - Honorable Mention: Eldon M. Braun

impinging.htm Re: LMT Literati Contest 2000: Essays by Scientologists


flarson-corrected1.htm Re: LMT Literati Contest Entry - Scientologist: Frank Larson

sherwood-final-solution.htm Rick Sherwood's Final Solution

Essays by Scientologists LMT Literati Contest 2000: Essays by Scientologists

Update Notice. Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest 2000 Update 12-12-00

Repost. REPOST of 2000 LMT Literati Announcement

From: Gregg
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 16:16:05 -0500

Bob and Stacy announced at the large dinner on Saturday night the contest winners would be announced at a later date simply because of the volume of "just under the wire" submissions. I forget the time frame he mentioned (being more interested in a fine cabarnet at that moment) but it was not a substantial delay.

"Evil Incompetent Financial Genius and Spiritualist"

Gregg Hagglund SP7
Free Toronto

From: Bob Minton
Subject: LMT Literati Contest 2000 Update as of 11-30-00
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 16:35:40 -0500
Organization: The Lisa McPherson Trust, Inc.,
33 North Fort Harrison Avenue,
Clearwater, Florida
Telephone: (727) 467-9335
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There are now thirty-one essays submitted for the 2nd Annual Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest from the following individuals:

Eldon Braun
Roger Gonnet
Patricia Krenik
Madeline Paradis
Mark Perrin
David Rice
Rick Sherwood
Steve Jasmine
Dave Touretzky
David Aden
Maureen O'Keefe
Mark Plummer
Lisa Gibson
"Christina Wilson"
Chris Owen
P.L. Johnson-Holm
Cheryl Sola
Frank Columbo
Mike McLaughry
Tim Johnson [*]
Peter Smith
David Cecere
Arnie Lerma
Paul Martin
Tim Johnson [*]
Mary DeMoss
"Undecided Name"

The contest will not be accepting any more entries.

If you have submitted an entry and your name or "nick" is not included above, please INFORM US IMMEDIATELY! A couple of nicks were picked by me based on something in the submission. So call or e-mail if you have doubt about who you are on this list. Please rest assured that no one who has submitted an entry will be left out of the contest.

All entries are now in the judges hands.

Given the large number of entries, it is almost certain that we will be unable to name the winners by December 2, 2000 as expected. However, you can rest assured that we will name the winners as soon as we can without undue delay.

For more information on the Literati Contest please see our web site at: http://www.lisatrust.net/literaticontest/contestmenu.html

Many, many thanks to everyone for their hard work. We will now do some serious reading. Good luck to everyone!

Bob Minton

From: Stacy Brooks <stacybrooks@lisatrust.net>
Subject: Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000 15:36:17 -0400
Organization: The Lisa McPherson Trust, 33 North Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, Florida 33755 Telephone: (727) 467-9335 Fax: (727) 467-9345
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Let the 2nd annual "Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest" commence!!!

In 1999, Bob Minton, now the Chairman of the Lisa McPherson Trust, started a "Literati Contest" on the Internet newsgroup called alt.religion.scientology that resulted in the submission of 12 very insightful essays into the "dark side" or inner workings of the Scientology organization and the real intent of L. Ron Hubbard. These essays are posted in several places on the Internet in English as well as French. They are available in English at http://www.bobminton.org/arslc.htm. The Grand Prize winner in October 1999 was Joe Cisar for his extraordinarily insightful essay entitled "Doing Hard Time on Planet Earth."Second place went to Scott Mayer for his excellent essay entitled "Making God Swallow His Laughter -- a New Perspective on the Goals of L. Ron Hubbard, the Man" and third place went to Arnie Lerma for his masterful work entitled "The Art of Deception."

The Lisa McPherson Trust has agreed to inherit this literary legacy and has renamed the event the "Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest." The Lisa McPherson Trust believes that a more comprehensive understanding of the abusive and deceptive nature of the Scientology organization is the best way to educate government officials and the public at large. Further, this understanding is also one of the most effective ways of helping victims of Scientology recover from prolonged abuse within the organization.

Therefore, in the spirit of a real quest for truth and better understanding of the Scientology organization, we are pleased to announce the following topic for the "2000 Lisa McPherson Trust Literati Contest" as well as the rules and regulations governing this event.

The topic is "Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility." The essay should analyze how control, freedom and responsibility operate together or clash within the organization and how these interface with the non-Scientology world. How that is done or presented is up to the essayist. Here are some examples:

** The organization and many of its adherents claim that they have complete freedom. There is even a "Grade Zero" where members can attain the ability to communicate "with anyone on any subject." But rather than seeing greater communication with family members who are not Scientologists, we find "disconnection" and PTS handling. While this is certainly their right, what should non-members do in response and for what purpose?

** Are there other models, systems or techniques that can be used to understand and better interface and reach members? These are people who fervently believe that they have some "universal solvent"; yet they feel they must withdraw from interaction with those who disagree with them and even attack critics.

** What holds a person to such a system so that they think they have freedoms others do not? What is the "mind set" of such individuals, because they certainly are not evil. Do others have a responsibility to convince them otherwise? If so, how should it be done? If not, is there anything that should be done? Or do we just mark it off as "religious freedom" and let them do whatever they want?

** Scientologists claim that they are participating out of choice and should be allowed to practice their beliefs without interference. Critics say that the members are not aware of the actual activities or beliefs of the organization and the degree of control that is exerted, not unlike trying to speak to dedicated communists in the former Soviet Union. Thus, some critics say, the members aren't really exercising "free choice," and they (the critics) have a responsibility to point this out. Scientology members say they have a right to refuse to listen. How can this be resolved?

** Some say that tactics being used by critics only strengthens the resolve of Scientologists and proves to them that they shouldn't interact with those who disagree, thereby driving them deeper into the organization. If so, what should be done to reach individual members and for what purpose? What is effective?

** Others say Scientology is a reflection of Hubbard's mind. Some Scientologists are delighted to hear this. But what if the organization Hubbard built was really a "reactive mind," a mind that (as Hubbard said a reactive mind does) thinks in complete opposites? Would that explain why the organization responds the way it does when attacked, or how Scientologists can believe they are achieving "total freedom" when in fact they are under full control of the organization? And if it is a reactive mind, does that give a key to understanding and unlocking it? Where is responsibility with such a theory and system?

Essayists are not bound by these examples. They can draw on any parts or add others as long as they are within the given topic, "Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility."

Here are the criteria the entries must meet to be considered:

1. The essay must be an original piece of writing. It cannot have appeared anywhere else.

2. It must be submitted in English, from 7,500-15,000 words, with correct spelling and acceptable grammar and syntax.

3. It must be insightful and thought provoking, and it must provide some practical resolution or approach to the Scientology issue by integrating the perspectives of both sides. Personal (first-person) stories are accepted.

4. Any quoting in the essay of any other material must be within the Fair Use doctrine of the Copyright Law.

5. The essay should be emailed to the following address: literati-contest@lisatrust.net, under the subject heading: "2000 LMT Literati entry (entrant's name.)" Entries accepted for consideration will be posted to a special section of the LMT Web site for open review. Should the entrant wish the essay to be posted anonymously, it should be so stated with the submission.

6. Entry does not guarantee posting to the LMT Web site. Only those accepted by the judges for consideration will be posted. There will be four judges: Bob Minton, Stacy Brooks, Karin Case and Graham Berry. The decision of the judges will be final.

7. Winners will be determined by the same panel of judges.

8. First place will be awarded $7,000. Second place will be awarded $2,000. Third place will be awarded $1,000. Awards and places are to be determined by the judges and their decision is final.

9. Qualifying entrants grant the Lisa McPherson Trust the use of the essay at the LMT Web site. Entrants grant the LMT first republication rights at the discretion of the LMT for two years. At that time, they devolve to the entrant. The entrant retains all other rights.

10. The contest closes at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time in the United States on November 30, 2000. Any entries received after that time cannot be accepted.

11. Winners will be announced at a dinner to be held by the LMT in Clearwater, Florida, on Saturday evening, December 2, 2000. Winners will be notified by phone and email as soon as possible following the announcement.

Good luck to everyone!

Stacy Brooks, President
Lisa McPherson Trust
33 North Fort Harrison Ave.
Clearwater, Florida 33755
Tel: 727 467-9335
Fax: 727 467-9345
Email: stacybrooks@lisatrust.net