I probably don’t need to catch you up on how controversial Scientology is, but if there’s anyone out there with the authority to call the maligned religion “absolute poison,” it’s the great grandson of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Jamie DeWolf is an American slam poet and spoken word comedian from Oakland, California, who has received critical acclaim for his work as a writer, poet, editor, producer, photographer, and director. His creativity sparked at a young age, and he was often shown the science fiction works of his great-grandfather L. Ron Hubbard as inspiration.
Though DeWolf was never told of Scientology due to his family’s attempts to escape it, his grandfather was a high-ranking member of the church who left the “dangerous cult” after becoming “disgusted” with the things that happened behind the scenes, reports Perez.
DeWolf provides a unique, familial look into what it was to be a member of the Hubbard family in the early days of Scientology.
Of Hubbard, DeWolf recalls that his great-grandfather became “…more and more unhinged in his last days. He was lost in his own little wonderland, surrounded by this armada, this dark security force. He was totally lost.”
His family’s escape from Scientology caused them to be hunted, which caused DeWolf to become interested in the science fiction books that inspired the religion. His family warned him against it.
“My uncle said it was like poking a sleeping dog. The Scientologists didn’t know who I was or where I was, so why should I take the risk? My family was very wary.”
Just as his family warned, DeWolf says that members of the Scientology cult did indeed find him:
“Immediately they came after me and came to my door and were hunting me down. They had a whole cover story. They told people that they did a show with me and that they were promoters, fellow poets and artists. They were just lying to everybody. I had private investigators following me. It’s possible my phone line had been tapped. They fight nasty. Part of it actually is a certain malicious glee in going after their targets.”
Now, DeWolf performs an expose piece called The God and the Man which condemns Scientology. He recalls of his experiences:
“I’ve met people who’ve had 20 years of their lives utterly destroyed by this cult. They have relatives they can’t speak to any more, lost their kids, lost their house. It’s become very serious to me. For me to even speak out on my own genetic legacy and to be aware that I could absolutely threatened and hunted for that, that really emboldened me. I’m not gonna die with these secrets and they should be exposed.”
DeWolf has long been a vocal critic of Scientology, and the church has denounced him several times, reports The Huffington Post. “Despite his public representations and self-promotion, Mr. DeWolf is not knowledgeable about the Church of Scientology or its founder,” spokesperson Karin Pouw said in a statement which was a response to comments made by DeWolf about Katie Holmes.
Here’s a video of a performance by Jamie DeWolf. As the emcee says, “you’re in for a treat.”