I have met several people from the Church (outside of Church) and never had any issues with any of them. I have met some really really nice people from the Church. Having said that A good friend of mine went through a horrid experience in Scientology with his family. They were encouraged to burn bridges with "suppressive" people...even their own family. The Church interjected in their business. The higher they moved up in the Church the more money they spent to "honor" their faith. They were "punished" for questioning any doctrine of the Church. Not to mention some of the bizarre stories he shared with me in terms of "practices". They were told they could never say anything negative about the Church to outsiders or they would face consequences. After leaving the church for various reasons they nearly lost their business and had to move. The Church made their lives a living hell for them even after they left and harassed a couple family members that stayed in the church after they left. Which in turn made them leave the Church as well. It appears to me knowing and meeting people in the Church is one thing but existing in the religion is another. Just like anything, I am sure not every experience is the same but when you hear stories first hand from people you know that is something entirely different. I asked him if he ever would have shared any of this with me while in the Church. His response? Not a chance. I also ran across this site not too long ago that is for people who have left the Church and the stories that are there are very telling.