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L. Ron Hubbard
"Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion"

Reader's Digest reprint, May 1980, p.1

Later he created the Church of Scientology.

Introduction

These pages are a collection of information regarding the Church of Scientology and it's dealings with the world around it.  Let me be the first to say that they are not a flattering look at Scientology.  Let me also say that most of this information is not my own.  It is collected from various public sources around the web and newsgroups.  While there is reference to "secret" teachings, none of the documents are stored on this server (although links to sources are provided).

Introduction to Scientology

Scientology is a religion invented by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer who died in 1986. It is a mixture of the 'science of mental health' and religious philosophy. They believe that through their technologies and praticses they can, through their own effort, achieve immortality and spiritual fulfillment.

The offical numbers put the church as "ministering to some 8 million people in more than 100 countries", although how many of those 8 million are active Scientologists is not mentioned.

The upper teachings of Scientology are similar to those of a UFO based religion. They teach that Earth is a prison planet, home to the souls of millions of murdered intergalatic beings. They teach that an evil galatic overload named Xenu had them all killed in order to solve a massive overcrowding problem. This is known as Incident 2. This is not a joke. These are the actual teachings of Scientology. Ex-members have confirmed it. For a complete analysis of Incident 2, please see http://www.xs4all.nl/~kspaink/fishman/ot3.html.

Scientology as a religion
Scientology claims to be compatible with all religions, especially Christianity.  This section looks at that claim, with a special focus on how it relates to orthodox Christianity.

Hear L. Ron Hubbard, the creator of Scientology, speak for himself .  These pages are provided courtesy of Mike Gormez .  Visit his series of pages here.

Christianity

A Scientology book titled "Theology & Practice of a Contemporary Religion Scientology", (Bridge Publications, 1998. ISBN 1-57318-145-5) includes Bryan R. Wilson's essay "Scientology - An Analysis and Comparison of its Religion Systems and Doctrines". In this he says "Scientology differs radically from traditional Christian churches [ ... ] in matters of ideology, practice and organisation."

On the subject of dual membership with Scientology and other faiths, Dr Wilson says "I have spoken with senior Church officials as well as individual Scientologists on the this aspect of Scientology and their response was that while exclusivity is not required, it comes about as a matter of practice. According to them, as one becomes more involved with Scientology, one inevitably discards one's prior faith. For example, my experience is that a Jew who becomes a Scientologist might remain affiliated with Judasim for cultural reasons and might celebrate Jewish holidays with family and friends, but he or she would not praticse and would not believe in Jewish theology. From my view as a scholar this explanation seems correct. Scientologists regard their faith as a complete religion demanding dedication of its members."

As a Christian, you look to the bible for the word of God.  It's in there you find God's revelation to mankind.  You don't look else where for it.

New recruits to the Church of Scientology are told that they can practice their religion of choice and Scientology at the same time. The official introductory handbook "What is Scientology?" (1992) states (p 544):

"In Scientology there is no attempt to change a person's beliefs or to persuade him away from any religion to which he already belongs."

"Scientology is all-denominational in that it opens its membership to people of all faiths."

"Membership in Scientology does not mean that there is any necessity to leave your current church, synagogue, temple or mosque."

"Scientology respects all religions. Scientology does not conflict with other religions or other religious practices"


In 1993, the Church faced an inquiry by the American IRS, regarding their tax exempt status.  This quote shows that as a member of their Church, you are "expected" to be a Scientologist first and foremost.  The bible insists that a Christian put no other before God.  Since when does a Christian look to an organisation of men for enlightenment?

"The Church of Spiritual Technology's Explanation to the IRS As To Why It Qualifies As a "Church" Described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i)."  It was reprinted in the December 1993 (Vol. 8, No. 6) issue of The Exempt Organization Tax Review, a publication of Tax Analysts, Inc.

The magazine gives as its source "Response to Final Series of IRS Questions Prior to Recognition of Exemption of CST Under Section 501(c)(3) As a Church on October 1, 1993.

Footnote 6: Although there is no policy or Scriptural mandate expressly requiring Scientologists to renounce other religious beliefs or membership in other churches, as a practical matter Scientologists are expected to and do become fully devoted to Scientology to the exclusion of other faiths.  As Scientologists, they are required to look only to Scientology Scriptures for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and to seek enlightenment only from Scientology. Thus, a Scientologist who grew up in the Jewish faith who continues formal membership in his synagogue and attends services with  his family violates no Scientology policy or tenet. On the other hand, such a person is not permitted to mix the practice of his former faith into his practice and understanding of Scientology so as to alter orthodox Scientology in any way.

About Jesus Christ, the very basis for the Christian faith, L Ron Hubbard says:
"Man is basically good but he could not attain expression of this until now. Nobody but the individual could die for his own sins -- to arrange things otherwise was to keep man in chains." ["What is Scientology?" (1992)]  This quote is in direct opposition to the bible's claim that Jesus died for the sins of all.
For those of you whose Christian toes I may have stepped on, let me take the opportunity to disabuse you of some lovely myths. For instance,  the historic Jesus was not nearly the sainted figure [he] has been made out to be. In addition to being a lover of young boys and men, he was given to uncontrollable bursts of temper and hatred.... You have only to look at the history his teachings inspired to see where it all inevitably leads. It is historic fact and yet man still clings to the ideal, so deep and insidious is the biologic implanting. [LRH, Student Briefing, OT VIII, Series 1]
"a lover of young boys"?  The author of Scientology and Dianetics claims that Jesus Christ was a pedophile!  Click here for the full quote and a disclaimer (bottom of the page).
 

Scientology on prayer:

HCOPL 15.12.1976R, Rev 25.7.1987

"14. Do not engage in any rite, ceremony, practice, exercise,meditation, diet, food therapy or any similar occult, mystical,religious, naturopathic, homeopathic, chiropractic treatment or any other healing or mental therapy while on course without the express permission of the D of T, Case Supervisor and Ethics Officer."

What??  I'm not allowed to pray, take communion or join in worship without permission of three people?

Side by side comparison of Christianity and Scientology's teaching
Examine some of the teachings of Scientology, and compare them to basic Christian teachings.  This is a must read for anyone interested in if it's possible to be a faithful member of both faiths.  To quote something I read, "It is very possible to be a faithful Scientologist and a Christian.  It is not possible to be a faithful Christian and a Scientologist ".

Islam

Regarding Mohammed and Islam, Scientology says " By the way, the only reason he mocked that thing up, is the trade wasn't good in his hometown. That's right. You read the life of Mohammed ".  Mocked that thing up?  What sort of way is that to talk about the Islamic faith?

A fuller examination of religion and Scientology can be found here.  My thanks go to Perry Scott for allowing me to make a local mirror of his wonderful page .

Coming soon!  Information regarding the Satanic and occult history of Scientology.

Scientology and Others

Lisa McPherson

Here is the tragic story of Lisa McPherson.   In December 1995 Lisa was taken to hospital for treatment and physiological assessment.  Lisa was a member of the Church of Scientology.  Members of that organisation took her from the hospital for treatment at their facilities.  It was in there care that she died from massive dehydration and blood clots. On November 13, 1998, Scientology was indicted on 2 felony charges in Lisa's death. These criminal charges against Scientology were dropped in June 2000, although they are being sued by Lisa's family in a civil suit. You'll have to read all the details and make up your own mind as to what really happened. The Scientology response to the criticism surrounding Lisa's death is here.

Enemies

If you're unlucky enough to make their "enemy" list, then you can expect trouble and harassment.  Especially interesting is the practice of Dead Agenting .  If there is an organisation quicker to run to the courts, I'd like to hear about them.  These people need to be seen to be believed.

Do you still think this is over exaggerated?  Read the story of Paulette Cooper.  In 1970 she published a book criticizing Scientology called "The Scandal of Scientology".  The reaction of the church was "Operation Freakout".  One action they took was to forge bomb threats, even planning on a threat against Henry Kissinger in Paulette's name.  Because of this she was arrested and charged.  Read the whole story and see Scientology's reaction to this woman.

Scientology says lying to people is A Good Thing

This is normally something children by age 8 learn to be wrong. L Ron Hubbard says otherwise. Read this and see how lying is standard procedure for the Church of Scientology. This page comes from Karin Spaink, a critic and believer in free speech. Her homepage has the first legal copy of a remarkable document, known as the Fishman Affidavit. Scientology desperately wants this information off the internet, and have sued a number of people to try and stop the spread of this information. Some of their most valuable ($$$$ wise) secrets are in this affidavit. The "OT" documents mentioned are significant, because it is here the church member learns of Xenu, the intergalactic space overlord, and his crimes against the galaxy.

The price of Scientology

Just what does it cost to go through the ranks ("going up the Bridge")? Well, now you know. This document also is curtsy of Karin Spaink.

A Scientology classic quote: How to justify beating your wife

Well, according to L Ron Hubbard himself, it's because she started the fight, so it's her fault.

Warrior!

Warrior is an ex-Scientologist. His writings and experience in the cult have helped many people. If you use the search engine below, you'll find several documents of his mirrored on this site.

Margery Wakefield

Margery has written a number of books for the internet, based on her 12 years experience in Scientology.  Her testimony is a very tragic story, and needs to be read to see how she was treated in her time of need.  When she needed the help and support of her church, they cast her out.  You can read the following stories online here.
Web Links  about Scientology
 
Mike Gormez
This page is the original mirror for a lot of the information on this web site.

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