Suppose I summarily described life in Scientology’s compound of Gilman Hot Spring, Hemet, with the following excerpts:

… part insane asylum, part forced labor camp … paint a picture of a … man in absolute control of the people around him; a man who is given to violent outbursts and eccentric behavior … real egocentric … severe temper tantrums … always swearing …very moody, and had a temper like a volcano. He would yell at anybody … screaming … “You are trying to kill me!” … had everyone convinced his … two dogs were “Scientology clears” who could tell if someone was dishonest or disloyal to him … In rebuttal … I have always found [him] warm and considerate … Punishment ranges from shouting repeated insults at the offender to making them run laps around … ordered a young woman to clean out a septic tank pool for three days straight … Dozens of workers, mostly young Scientologists, were brought in last spring to remodel the mansion … concerned solely with making money … If the sales figures dropped below a certain level, [he] became furious … went in to a fit, saying the church wasn’t making enough money and it was all my fault … was stripped of her duties as marketing secretary and assigned to “Rehabilitation Project Force,” … was “forced to do slave labor” planting trees and weeding the golf course in temperature reaching 120 degrees … were locked up for days at a time inside their rooms … were locked inside a shed which had no electricity, water or toilets … Before I got very far, the guards sent a truck for me. I was ordered to get in …

Sounds familiar?

It sure look as a description of current life at Gilman Hot Springs, as reported by the numerous recent whistle-blowers who came forward to speak up about their life in Scientology at Gilman Hot Springs. With passages such as…

  • “guards sent a truck for me”, which sounds very much like Marc Headley’s dramatic escape from Scientology compound;
  • “man in absolute control of the people around him”, “always swearing” and “very moody”, which sounds like how David Miscavige has been described by many recent whistle-blowers;
  • “dogs … who could tell if someone was dishonest or disloyal to him”, sounds like Amy Scobee’s account of David Miscavige using his beagle to spot “out-ethics” people; [ref]
  • “always found … warm and considerate”, which sounds like Tommy Davis describing David Miscavige;
  • “clean out a septic tank pool for three days straight”, which sounds like Mike Rinder or Amy Scobee describing their treatment under David Miscavige. [ref]

Sure sounds like life in Scientology under the tyrannical ruling of David Miscavige, as described by the current flock of whistle-blowers, doesn’t?

The fact is, the above excerpts are from an article published in the Riverside Press-Enterprise 30 years ago: “Defector describes Scientology // Scientology at Gilman”, dated April 14, 1980.

Since this article from historical archives is about L. Ron Hubbard, are the facts reported in it less reprehensible than if the article was describing David Miscavige?

Suppose one take all occurrences of Hubbard in the above article, and replace with Miscavige, does this suddenly make the reported facts more reprehensible?

Suppose one take all the occurrences of Miscavige in the recent media exposing his abuses of people, and replace each occurrence with Hubbard, does this suddenly make the reported facts less reprehensible?

Of course, these questions I direct to those who, despite having left the “Scientology, Inc.”, still defend L. Ron Hubbard and his “teachings” as benevolent.