October 2009


On October 27, 2009, French court convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud.

French Celebrity Centre spokesman Eric Roux was quoted as saying:

Religious freedom is in danger in this country.

[Ref.: “Scientologists convicted of fraud,” BBC]

The problem with Mr. Roux’s statement is that he seems to think that fraudulent conduct under the guise of religion should be protected. France showed us today that there is no such thing as religious freedom to defraud people.

France is not alone in ruling that churches are not protected from unlawful conduct. The U.S. Supreme Court also said so in a judgment in 1988, as reported in the L.A. Times in an article titled “Church Can Be Sued on Recruiting – Beliefs Protected but Not Conduct, Justices Rule”:

The court majority, in an opinion by Justice Stanley Mosk, said that while religious beliefs were entitled to full protection, religiously motivated conduct was subject to restriction by the state.

There was no constitutional barrier to a fraud suit “for deceiving non-members into subjecting themselves, without their knowledge or consent, to coercive persuasion,” Mosk said.

Allowing such suits would not intrude on the beliefs of church members, Mosk said, and would pose only a “marginal” burden on religiously motivated recruiting practices.

One of the problem with Scientology, is that the teachings condone fraud. Here is a typical example, an excerpt taken from a Scientology information letter by L. Ron Hubbard (thus, considered scriptures by Scientologists), in which Hubbard essentially tells followers to lie to potential recruits:

[…]

Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, C.E., Ph.D., a nuclear physicist, Scientology has demonstrably achieved this long-sought goal. Doctor Hubbard, educated in advanced physics and higher mathematics […]

The first science to determine the basic cause of disease.

The first science to contain exact technology to routinely alleviate physical illnesses with completely predictable success.

[…]

[Ref.: HCO INFORMATION LETTER OF 14 APRIL 1961]

Of course, L. Ron Hubbard was not a “nuclear physicist,” nor a “C.E.,” and neither a “doctor.” He actually flunked university with very poor grades in science, mathematics. Scientology is not a “science,” and neither can it “alleviate physical illnesses.” The above statements are all fraudulent. And yet, they are still used by the Church of Scientology as a recruitment tool.

The Church of Scientology will not openly discuss its core beliefs, but will have no qualms in making false claims in order to get people to buy its materials and sign-up for courses. It certainly fully deserves this latest conviction in France.

On September 7, 2009, the Australian Herald Sun published an article relating the suicide of Edward McBride. In the article, there was a mention that Edward McBride was aspiring to become a Scientology auditor, and at the time I didn’t think there was any links between his suicide and Scientology.

However, as the story unfold, Edward McBride’s suicide is showing uncanny similarities with other suicides which have been linked to Scientology – and the stonewalling in which the Church of Scientology is engaging regarding this case reinforces the suspicions that the Church of Scientology might be directly related to death of the young Edward McBride.

Reportedly, the Church of Scientology phoned the young Edward McBride 19 times in the 48 hours preceding his suicide.

Reading this brought to mind the following cases (out of many more):

All these cases also share a common theme, ever present in Scientology: The extent to which the Scientologists will go to sell courses and materials. In Scientology, one of the most important measure of “Scientology spiritual progress” is what is called “Stats”, and for staff Scientologists, “Scientology spiritual progress” is all about how much courses and materials they sell.

Scientologists are even trained in “hard sell techniques”, which techniques leave little to no regard to the emotional and financial well-being of people (Hubbard even contemptuously used the word “raw meat” to refer to potential converts…), and using weaknesses of vulnerable people is also part of the training in order to sell.

More to read: Look-up “Suicide” in the Scientology library

There were interesting comments on Marty Rathbun’s blog regarding the Part 2 of ABC’s Nightline special report on Scientology (my emphasis):

Mr. // October 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Reply

I agree with Alex. Part 2 was a hatchet job on the doctrines of Scn. I actually don’t blame Tommy for walking out on the upper level inquisition. A disappointing show, should have left it to Part 1 only.

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martyrathbun09 // October 24, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Yes. A cheap shot. And pretty deceptive in that they never hinted the subject matter would arise, nor pose the questions to me. However, as long as DM and co continue to dodge and lie and BLOW from the questions – the more they’ll be hit with it.

[…]

NOTSaware // October 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Reply

Part two was nonsense. Upper level stuff discussion doesn’t belong anywhere.

Those comments are in response to Nightline’s Martin Bashir asking Church of Scientology’s spokeperson Tommy Davis about the core beliefs of Scientology, more specifically, the Xenu story:

Martin Bashir: Do you believe that … a galactic emperor called Xenu … brought his people to earth 75 million years ago and buried them in volcanoes?

Tommy Davis: OK.

Martin Bashir: Do you believe that?

Tommy Davis: Martin, I am not going to discuss the disgusting perversion of Scientology beliefs that can be found out commonly on the Internet and be put in the position of talking about things for … that … talking about things that are so fundamentally offensive to Scientologists to discuss…

Tommy Davis eventually walked out upon Martin Bashir’s insistence on asking him about Xenu.

To Marty Rathbun, speaking openly of a core Scientology belief on a special report on Scientology is “[a] cheap shot,” and he is of the opinion that ABC Nightline was “pretty deceptive” because they did not warn him that the Xenu story would be addressed in Part 2.

Here is my stance on his stance.

I believe Scientology deceptively ensnaring people without first disclosing its core beliefs is a much worst “cheap shot” and much more deceptive – and it’s exactly how L. Ron Hubbard designed it.

Here is something else that was deceptive. First an excerpt:

Marty Rathbun: I watch him on Matt Lauer. And I go, “That ain’t Tom Cruise. That’s David Miscavige. That’s not the Tom Cruise I knew two years ago.”

Martin Bashir: You’re referring to the moment when he attacked Brooke Shields for suffering post-natal depression and–

Marty Rathbun: Attacked Matt Lauer, I mean, he’s talking –

Martin Bashir: For not understanding –

Marty Rathbun: – he is talking to Matt Lauer like David Miscavige talks to his staff. “You’re glib, man, you don’t get it. You don’t understand… –” you know.

The problem with Marty Rathbun’s statement here is that Tom Cruise doesn’t need David Miscavige to inspire his anti-psychiatry stance. The disgust toward mental health profession is drilled into every Scientologist as anti-psychiatry permeates all of Scientology teachings. Here are some select examples:

We want at least one bad mark on every psychiatrist in England, a murder, an assault, or a rape or more than one. This is Project Psychiatry. We will remove them.

[Ref. L. Ron Hubbard, 22 February 1966, “Project Psychiatry”]

And…

The way to redefine a word is to get the new definition repeated as often as possible. Thus it is necessary to redefine medicine, psychiatry and psychology downward and define Dianetics and Scientology upwards. This, so far as words are concerned, is the public opinion battle for belief in your definitions, and not those of the opposition. A consistent, repeated effort is the key to any success with this technique of propaganda.

[Ref. L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL of 5 October 1971, “Propaganda by Redefinition of Words”]

And…

The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly opposing enemy are:

  1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine).
  2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups.
  3. A few key political figures in the fields of “mental health” and education.
  4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations would make us unable to function.

[Ref. L. Ron Hubbard, HCOPL of 16 February 1969, “TARGETS, DEFENSE”]

All parts of Scientology teachings, as written by L. Ron Hubbard. Even entry-level Scientology teachings plant the seed of suspicion toward mental health profession, as seen in the materials used in Applied Scholastics’ “Study Tech” program.

See also Jeff Jacobsen’s “CCHR – Human Rights Organization Attacks Its ‘Enemies’ ” for more insights re. Hubbard’s hate of psychiatry/psychiatrists.)

Teachings of intolerance and hate in Scientology scriptures are among the root problems leading to the abuses seen in Scientology. Blaming only David Miscavige is silly, Scientology had already a thick track record of abuses, wrongdoings and crimes before he arrived at the helm.