Around the late 1960s Hubbard was asked why he had turned Scientology into a religion. Some people, Hubbard said, might think it was mere opportunism. “There are many, many reasons. Amongst them is that society accords to men of the church an access not given to others. Prisons, hospitals, and institutions … cannot do otherwise than welcome men of the church …” [Scientology: the Now Religion, by George Malko, 1970. page 65].
Opportunism would be too kind a motive to assign to Hubbard’s methodology … there are much better words: PLUNDERER – to take wrongfully, as by pillage, robbery, or fraud; PERLOINER – to steal, often in a violation of trust; SWINDLER – to put forward plausible schemes or use unscrupulous trickery to defraud others; SCAMMER – a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud; EQUIVOCATOR – to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; FABULIST – a person who tells or invents fables.