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  •  Please define "death-agenting" (0+ / 0-)


    Be good to each other. It matters.

    by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Oct 24, 2006 at 05:26:09 PM PDT

    •  "Dead-agenting" defined (0+ / 0-)
      "Dead-agenting" is a term that finds much more usage in Scientology (and originally came from terminology in Scientology)--it in essence involves extreme character assassination of a particular target (usually a critic of an abusive group) in order to not only discredit that person but to demonise them in the eyes of others.  It includes, specifically, the use of false and outrageous claims to deliberately demonise the person and even get that person in Real Life trouble:
      D/A, verb. Dead Agent; to spread malicious lies and rumors about an Anti-Scientologist person or organization, in an attempt to so thoroughly discredit them that everyone concerned will be disgusted with them, and not listen to the information they have to give about the cult. Many attempts to Dead Agent the recently destroyed CAN (the Cult Awareness Network) and FACTnet (Fight Against Coercive Tactics network; a BBS that supplies information about the cult) have been posted to ars. (alt.religion.scientology)

      An example of "dead-agenting" is claiming that a supporter of Fairness Ordinances and other legal protections for LGBT persons supports paedophilia and is quite possibly in fact a closeted paedophile (even if that person is not) and distributing flyers throughout a neighbourhood to this effect (by the way, this has literally been done by people in the church I escaped from); this in and of itself can be enough for people to lose jobs, housing, and even be subject to police investigations (in pretty much all states, paedophiles are subject to registration in sex offender registries and have severe legal restrictions on where they can live; if the person isn't registered, this can trigger a literal "witch-hunt" over whether or not they have committed sex crimes).

      Even though the term "dead-agenting" comes from an official practice of Scientology, the practice of "dead-agenting" is by no means restricted to Scientology but is in fact rather common and well documented in multiple spiritually abusive groups (including the Moonies, abusive neopente dominionist groups, Soka Gakkai, and others).

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