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A former first grade rugby league player has accused the head of the Church of Scientology of being violent towards church members.

Footballer Chris Guider accuses Scientology

Footballer Chris Guider accuses Scientology

Chris Guider, who played for St George in the mid-1980s, gave up his sporting career at the age of 24 to join the church full-time.

Mr Guider said after two and a half years he moved to the US, where he worked closely with David Miscavige.

He alleged Mr Miscavige committed a number of acts of violence.

“I found out that the leaderof the church, David Miscavige, is basically a very toxic person,” Mr Guider told ABC Television’s Lateline program.

“He’s a violent individual. I’ve seen him physically beat one staff member … who worked very closely with Miscavige for a lot of years.”

Mr Guider said Mr Miscavige told him to hit a colleague, who was putting together a promotional video for Scientology.

“Miscavige told me to beat the guy with the stick. I looked at him and I refused to do that.

“He took that very, very seriously because I didn’t do what he wanted me to do.”

Mr Guider said he was punished over the incident and sent to the church’s Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) in Sydney for two and a half years.

“It’s like prison except it’s worse. You don’t have television. You don’t have visitor rights. You can’t read the newspaper. You can’t read books. You can’t listen to music.”

Mr Guider is no longer a member of the church.

“It’s not about people’s lives and helping other people and being a beneficial program for other people. It’s not about that.

“It’s about control and getting money and I disagree with that. And that’s not what interested me in the first place. It’s not what got me to quit my football career.”

In a statement to the ABC, the Church of Scientology in the US said Mr Guider’s allegations were delusional and produced copies of three sworn declarations from church members who deny the incident.

These included his ex-wife and the editor involved.

The Church of Scientology in Sydney said in a statement the RPF is a voluntary religious program offered to provide a second chance to people who have failed in their responsibilities.

(Re-blooged from Yahoo, original report AAP)

Everything I read about Scientology encourages me to believe it is an awful organisation. But what do others think?