Scientology: Corrupted Theology

Posted on September 9, 2011

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Scientology has two faces, one portrays a worldwide fraternity of faithful followers, devoted to the advancement of mankind, with celebrity endorsement from the likes of Tom Cruise and John Travolta: the other face is that of a dangerous cult devoted to the fraudulent extortion and or imprisonment of vulnerable individuals.

Throughout this article I intend to distinguish which persona is a face and which is a mask however before we make any rash judgement let me first expand on what Scientology is.

L. Ron Hubbard or L.R.H to close friends

L. Ron Hubbard or LRH to his close friends and slaves

Fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard is responsible for creating Scientology, the world’s most controversial and secretive religion. His first church was opened during 1954 in Camden, Los Angeles. From this building the questionable ethics of the faith spread faster than syphilis in a budget Victorian brothel.

Even with its humble beginnings Hubbard had ambitious objectives for the church:

A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.”

From day-one, Hubbard aimed to gain the status of religion (in the eyes of the US government) for Scientology, perhaps because he truly believed in the faith or (despicably) to gain tax exemption, this would naturally maximise profits.

What makes Scientology so interesting is that most of its religious doctrine is unavailable to the vast majority of society, this is due to the waves of litigation imposed upon anyone who dares to break the silence, more as a means of harassment than anything else. This lack of information in the public domain benefits the organisation greatly, if the CoS was understood on a larger scale we would probably be more vigilant in regards to disrupting the church’s more questionable actions.

The reason no one knows too much about the cult is predominately down to Hubbard’s simple philosophy:

Never discuss Scientology with the critic. Just discuss his or her crimes, known and unknown“.

Those foolish enough to attempt to break the wall of silence surrounding the religion often find themselves sued, harassed and slandered both professionally and personally, often a combination of them all. Many of those who have investigated the faith have been followed by Scientologist-hired private investigators whose sole purpose is to unnerve and dissuade any potential whistle-blowers.

John Sweeney from the BBC investigated Scientology for Panorama in 2007, even he, an experienced journalist, who has previously covered conflicts in over 60 countries, was broken down to utter madness due to the intense hypocrisy, lies and inflammatory techniques applied to him ruthlessly by CoS officials. I have great respect for the man but go on, have a laugh at his expense, watch the video.

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So what do Scientologists believe then? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you… but I will give it a try anyway.

They believe that a being’s soul -the thetan- is immortal and has inhabited many bodies (this is loosely based upon the Buddhists belief in reincarnation). A thetan’s existence is considered to outdate mankind’s venture to earth (more on that next).

The only decent picture of Xenu on the internet...

Evil, warlord Xenu, dictator of the Galactic Confederacy, forcibly abducted billions of human beings, 75 million years ago. He brought them to Earth, dumped them near volcanoes and slaughtered them by placing hydrogen bombs in the aforementioned lava-holes. The spirits of those who died in the attack are reported to haunt and corrupt those of us alive today. This event is known as “Incident II“.

If that’s incident II, incident I must have been a right doozy.

Here is an extract from Hubbard’s Revolt in the Stars, a sacred text which tells the tale of Xenu:

Simultaneously, the planted charges erupted. Atomic blasts ballooned from the craters of Loa, Vesuvius, Shasta, Washington, Fujiyama, Etna, and many, many others. Arching higher and higher, up and outwards, towering clouds mushroomed, shot through with flashes of flame, waste and fission. Great winds raced tumultuously across the face of Earth, spreading tales of destruction…

That is indeed a sacred text. Is anyone else struck by the irony that L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer, created the religion. Writing stories similar to this “real-life event” was his job.

Let’s just ignore my previous point though, lets give the text the benefit of doubt: I have several logic holes to poke into the tale of Incident II, and the documentation regarding the decimation of billions of humans.

Geography lesson first, 75 million years ago, there was no Loa, Vesuvius, Shasta, Washington, Fujiyama or Etna as the landmasses were considerably flatter, the tectonic plates were yet to travel to where they are today. It is worth noting that Mount Etna did not have its first volcanic activity until around half a million years ago, so there you have it, the volcanoes weren’t even inactive, they simply didn’t exist. Hubbard’s specifically mentioned volcanoes didn’t exist at the time of Incident II; it’s almost as if Hubbard picked a few lava-spewers from memory. Already the tale of Xenu is flawed and I have only read a single extract, if the scripture is as flimsy as this tale, it is no wonder it is kept under wraps.

Next, a history lesson (of sorts), Scientology flourished during the Cold War. This is because after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki society’s biggest collective fear was that of nuclear annihilation. So, remembering that fact, it is suspiciously flawed that Xenu had the technology to transport billions of humans through space on a futuristic space-vessel yet he had to rely on comparably low-tech atomic bombs to kill those people, if he had highly developed space travel surely Xenu could have splurged on a Death Star or two to eradicate mankind.

His inefficiency boggles the mind. This line of thought also begs the question, why bother bringing the people to Earth just to kill them? Xenu may be a dictator of the Space Confederacy but it is a testimony to evolution that his species didn’t yet have the brains to jettison the humans from his space craft on the journey to Earth. He could have watched billions of pathetic humans simultaneously, silently choking and decompressing in the vast expanses of space, hell it would have been a great deal more watchable than Big Brother.

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And, intelligent apes only started emerging on this planet around ten million years ago, the whole Xenu story not only conflicts with geography, common sense and practicability but also with the theory of evolution. 75 million years ago Xenu could only have been abducted billions of very, primitive simians, there is conclusive evidence proving that no humans were even close to existing at this point of time.

And, I stress, this tale hangs in the balance as it implies that there is indeed, not only life on other planets but more specifically, it requires the existence of ape-like creatures to occur in nature, twice, and within a relatively short period of time (75 million years isn’t much when compared with infinite). It is close to an impossibility that simians would ever exist on more than one planet at any given time in the whole universe, the hundreds of millions of years of precise natural selection and mutations required to even produce something similar to a simian would require an almost endless amount of genetic and environmental occurrences to play out not only identically but any variances in the order of these mutations would also greatly change our (human-to-be) simian into a Slug or a Wookie.

The actual chance of human-kind existing is so minuscule, so close to zero that just being here is very humbling. In a way I worship that tiny chance of existence as my deity, if anything. I don’t need to follow a God to feel special or loved, my very existence relied on an almost innumerable amount of ancestor species, surviving in adverse conditions, against all odds, just to reproduce and die. In a nutshell, we exist because our forbearers participated in lots of impractical sex, be that asexual reproduction as simple, single-celled organisms or sweaty apes participating in the sexual reproduction (the good type) perhaps in cosy cave, lit by candles.

What does this evolution rant have to do with anything? Not much, but I sat advanced Biology and I am sure as hell going to use it anyway I can. And I reckon, if people realised how wonderfully improbable their existence was, they would stop feeling as if they deserved to be happy, just be grateful to be here, by all means feel insignificant, trust me you are, get used to it, just don’t go and join any cults to fill the empty void within please?

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Incident II seems ever more unlikely the more I look at it. Also if you, the readers have any thoughts or theories I would be honoured to hear them down below in the comments box.

The symbol of Scientology

For years, the story of Xenu was protected, denied and hidden from the public as potential Scientologists would have to pay thousands of dollars to gain such “sacred” knowledge. It is also believed that every one of us has been reincarnated an almost infinite of times, spanning different galaxies, planets and nations. Naturally anyone interested in unlocking their hidden past must join the church.

In order to become a Scientologist, the potential pilgrim will have to go through many rigorous processes, each stage costing exponentially increasing quantities of money. At each level a technique called auditing is applied.

To be blunt, auditing is the act of interrogating the would-be Scientologist in an attempt to earn their darkest secrets, this is achieved through the guise of spiritual counselling, and the CoS claims to aid its victims by increasing IQ , self-control and happiness levels. The list goes on. In reality, any information the pilgrim divulges during the proselytizing is kept in pre-clear folders (archives for folk who don’t do the lingo). Such information is unofficially kept for “security reasons“.  Auditing is similar to Catholicism’s confession but instead of what you divulge being between a deity who doesn’t exist or is apathetic and a hung-over priest/minister (imam is excluded because they don’t drink alcohol), auditors keep the confession, instead of divulging to God, you divulge to a person, a person who arguably has an agenda and not your best interests in mind.

Scripture is copyrighted and practises are legally protected, including auditing. Therefore one needs to jump through the church’s hoops in order to unlock what’s wrong deep in their minds so they can vanquish evil influences from past lives.

In the past, intel, gathered during audits, has been released and used against those who left the church. Each session is recorded by a camera hidden behind a one-way mirror or even in smoke-detectors; it is a rather covert operation. The church claim that:

Auditing helps people examine specific areas of their existence so they can rid themselves of unwanted spiritual conditions. This in turn helps them reach higher levels of being“.

I agree this all sounds like conspiracy theory bullshit but alas if only it were that simple, the Church of Scientology have actually admitted that they record sessions, although they say that all auditees are aware that they are being recorded, maybe they are but I would bet a million pounds that the church don’t exactly advertise the fact that recordings take place with concealed cameras.

Hypnosis techniques are all part of the practise too but what makes the indoctrination complete is the use of the E-meter less commonly known as the Hubbard Electropsychometer.

This device is conceptually similar to a lie detector, only a lie detector actually works. The user holds two objects that resemble tin cans, then a small five volt charge is passed through them. Officially the device is used to measure resistance to questioning, however its application may be more sinister, it is intimidating, gives scientific credit to the what is simply an interrogation and what’s worse is it scares the pilgrims into telling the truth.

Even if the E-meter is only for show, Hubbard, the man who invented it claimed that if connected to a tomato or a similar fruit, the device was so sensitive that you could hear the fruit “scream when sliced.

Anyone who believes that fruit can scream is no scientific genius and certainly no great inventor. It is widely acknowledged that Hubbard Electropsychometer is pointless and it has been for over 40 years.

In 1971 the United States District Court, District of Columbia , specifically stated that the E-meter, “has no proven usefulness in the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of any disease, nor is it medically or scientifically capable of improving any bodily function.” So to put that to rest, the E-meter doesn’t do anything. Want to see an E-meter in action, watch the video below.

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Furthermore, nearly 50 years ago, back in 1965, an Australian official produced the Anderson Report. It claimed that auditing was primarily “authoritative” and used “command” hypnosis, in which the hypnotist assumes “positive authoritative control” over the patient. It continued:

It is the firm conclusion of this Board that most scientology and dianetic techniques are those of authoritative hypnosis and as such are dangerous.

The scientific evidence which the Board heard from several expert witnesses of the highest repute … which was virtually unchallenged – leads to the inescapable conclusion that it is only in name that there is any difference between authoritative hypnosis and most of the techniques of scientology. Many scientology techniques are in fact hypnotic techniques, and Hubbard has not changed their nature by changing their names.

So there you go, Australian officials reckon the SoC are hypnotising those who seek enlightenment in return for large amounts of cash. Why not go to University if you want to pay through the teeth for enlightenment.

The CoS is a very deceptive organisation, those whom intend on becoming more enlightened are systematically being made more vulnerable to future attacks. With every audit session, the individual’s defences are degraded until no such defences exist.

So how much does it cost to become a scientologist? Deceptively, it is free to become a member of the church however I think a famous L. Ron Hubbard quote is necessary:

Make money. Make more money. Make other people make money“.

The church compartmentalises its scripture and releases it to the individual if and when they declare he or she is ready. To progress up the ranks in order to gain the knowledge, all new recruits are recommended to take “self-help” courses. The first course can cost as little as $15, it is decent value if you like being manipulated into parting with more of your money. The costs of courses increase exponentially subsequently with costs spirally up into the thousands.

In a 1959 letter instructing church staff responsible for recruiting the newbies, Hubbard says:

When somebody enrols, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe — never permit an ‘open-minded’ approach … If they enrolled, they’re aboard, and if they’re aboard, they’re here on the same terms as the rest of us — win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half-minded about being Scientologists … When Mrs. Pattycake comes to us to be taught, turn that wandering doubt in her eye into a fixed, dedicated glare … The proper instruction attitude is ‘… We’d rather have you dead than incapable.‘”

Hubbard sounds more like a forceful, contemptuous, salesman than the leader of a respectable faith and what’s scary is that the letter still circulates among the church’s staff even today, they still treat their followers (or clients?) in the same disgraceful manner.

Like Vodafone, Scientology is “you pay as you go”.

To many, Scientology is more than a religion, it is a lifestyle and the cornerstone of the communities who live in seclusion on Scientology compounds, some with their families. Such establishments have 24-7 security, CCTV and high walls yet there are more than walls and guards keeping the unwilling in line. For those with families, it is remarkably difficult to leave the church with the family still intact.

Some believe that brainwashing is central to the faith, to a degree I am willing to agree, sometimes family members are unwilling to sacrifice eternal life for those they love most, their ethics have must have been manipulated. There have been cases of betrothed couples having to abandon their wife or husband and children just to escape the grasp of the organisation. Contact with the family will then be prohibited by the church, more as a way of emotionally hurting the defector, or from their point of view to protect the family from an “undesirable”, this is called disconnection. It is a commonly applied technique and there is no doubt in my mind that it is one of the great deterrents keeping disillusioned followers in line.

Some of those who have defected have shared stories of involuntary confinement and forced labour, at remote Scientology re-education camps. The issue is so series that as of this year, the FBI have been investigating claims that the CoS is involved in human trafficking. According to the New York Times, escapees from Scientology’s heavily guarded desert compound were pursued and forcibly returned. Also women in the compound were discouraged from having children and were allegedly forced to get abortions.

"Xenu hates you"

It is well know that those at the top echelon of the church live lavishly whilst workers, like those in the compound, can be paid as little as $24 per week, in return for back-breaking labour, at least they get eternal life in return. High-profile celebrities associated with the church allegedly also benefited from such slavery, one of the workers earning $50 a week, said he was forced to customize a pair of motorcycles for Tom Cruise that would have cost thousands of dollars however that’s not all; the man commented that Cruise also had an SUV customized and an airplane hangar renovated with forced Scientology labour. If this is true, then that means that Tom Cruise benefits greatly from slave labour…

We cannot remain blind to the authoritarian control exerted to exploit those who were deceived into joining the organisation. Under the pretence of helping individuals, Hubbard knowingly made them more dependent upon the organisation; it is hard to leave something you love, even harder to leave which gives eternal life. It is the “my way or the highway” philosophy of epic proportions.

What’s known about the SoC is scarce and disjointed however what is known is rather can get rather unsettling. If you haven’t already guessed I am not a religious man however I will never disrespect anyone’s beliefs unless those beliefs harm anyone else.

In my opinion Scientology is no religion, even if it claims to be. There may be a harmless faith in the midst but primarily it is a business devoted to the disproportional redistribution of the followers’ wealth. I don’t mind people following the faith of Scientology, it is the organisation that has polluted what can be viewed (rather naively) as a harmless, space-opera religion. I also respect the belief of reincarnation, I don’t believe in it, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I am correct, let’s just say I will be pleasantly surprised if I exist at all after I perish, very pleasantly surprised indeed.

There is a fraternity within the church called Sea Org, many of whom live in the aforementioned compounds. Members are employed by the CoS, they receive a weekly allowance and sign a contract pledging to serve the church all your life and all your future lives, Here is an example of such a document:

“I, [Insert Name], DO HEREBY AGREE to enter into employment with the Sea Organization and, being of sound mind, do fully realize and agree to abide by its purpose which is to get ETHICS IN on this PLANET AND THE UNIVERSE and, fully and without reservations, subscribe to the discipline, mores and conditions of this group and pledge to abide by them. THEREFORE, I CONTRACT MYSELF TO THE SEA ORGANIZATION FOR THE NEXT BILLION YEARS.”

For those who do leave, there is a charge known as a “freeloader’s bill“, this retroactively bills defectors for any auditing or training they received. If Scientology is a religion, then it is almost unique. Others faiths like Christianity do not charge their devotees for services, in traditional religions, the vast majority of clergy have the well-being of their “flock” at heart. Also note, have you ever seen a pope drive a Ferrari?Religion doesn’t tend to attract gold-diggers.

These guys are also less likely to harass those leaving the parish; it is a rare occasion that a minister will appear on your doorstep to give you verbal scolding and condemnation for missing the service.

Even Hubbard’s life achievements have been altered to justify the messiah-like adoration his followers exude. Scientologists claim that he was a nuclear physicist and a decorated war veteran who commanded navy ships during WWII. They paint the picture of a heroic, religious hero, a Dalai Lama. The truth is that Hubbard was an extensive drug user. He is rumoured to have participated in black magic rituals. What’s most amusing is that Hubbard never saw any combat during WWII as his superiors saw him as unfit for command; to add insult to injury he also failed a course on atomic and molecular physics. Naturally the truth contrasts with what the church would are willing force-feed us.

Scientology is a new form of faith, with its structure like that of a business, there is a definite capitalist agenda, the CoS did appear in the 50’s when capitalism and communism were locking horns on an international scale, perhaps it is the birth-child of a unfulfilled, money-centric, paranoid society or maybe it is just blatant opportunism.

Ignorance and mystery protects the SoC from its critics.

However, there is no place for censorship and mystery in the 21st century; it will not be tolerated, from anyone. Transparency is vital and the CoS is anything but. Perhaps they are scared someone will steal their business structure…

Scientology has made itself a target, and regardless of claims that it is the world’s fastest growing religion, the church is shrinking rapidly. If people want to worship Hubbard why can’t they do it in their own households, or independent churches? Why tolerate the injustice?

Organisations such as Wikileaks have released sensitive information from the CoS, the skeletons in the closet if you like. Also, the hacker collective known as Anonymous, battle injustice on the internet, organising anti-scientologist protests all over the world and targeting the churches servers in denial of service attacks. No doubt there is more groups out there, doing what they can.

It may be the case that CoS lore is correct, there is a massive power struggle or war being fought in space:

Cyber-space.

Hopefully the world becomes enlightened to the dangers of the organisation, before too much damage is done, I have no problem with people believing what they want, the world is at times a spiteful place and sometimes a higher being is necessary to put everything into context but faith should be a choice one can enter and leave from freely, no written contract should be required, nor should large quantities of money be exchanged for information that should be freely divulged. Such behaviour reminds me of the Incident II and Xenu, is the church too different from the Galactic Confederation run by evil dictator Xenu?- Think about it.-

One day people will stop staring at the stars, investing faith in what is not there. The truth is if we want to better ourselves, we must invest the previously misguided faith in ourselves and our-own God-like abilities. We emerged from the fray and adapted to the world that birthed us- then tested us. We spread out, settled down, and tamed the wild lands, we prayed to deities we created, I am thankful for my existence. There was much death, too much, the Gods we fought for would cry if they knew what was done in their names. We learned ethics and morality, enlightenment followed, then emptiness, for deep in our heart of hearts we knew that the mighty God had died, now merely a vast metaphor for the world we occupy. We now understand the world that forged us, we conquered Mother Nature.We emulated our creation and became Gods.

What of the religious readers who disagree with my views, well if I am wrong, I burn in hell for all eternity while you eat marshmallows and play cricket up in heaven. You can still save yourself.

Forget Scientology for enlightenment, science is where the truth lies.

For further dead/watching/ knowledge. Whatever, watch these two videos. They both affected me in different ways and I am sure you will appreciate them. Any questions, just post them below.

Or enter this link for a seriously amusing song regarding the SoC.


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