by Craig Branch
In a 1984 child custody case involving a Scientologist and his non-Scientologist wife, the court awarded custody to the non-Scientologist after seeing the documentation on the horrid practices of the organization.
BBC journalist Stewart Lamont, in research for his book, Religion Inc., obtained court documents in the case revealing that Justice Latey of the High Court of London called Scientology a “cult,” and wrote in the judgment, “Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious…. It is corrupt, sinister, and dangerous” (p. 149).
If Latey’s observations are true, how can one explain the growth and power of Scientology? How can an organization like Scientology influence its members to practice on outsiders and even each other, acts which virtually everyone outside the group see as predatory, immoral acts?
No doubt, many would locate the problem in the members, pointing to the dark side or depravity of man, and his penchant for self-deception, self-delusion, and lust for power and control. The Christian can agree with that explanation but must add that there is also the possibility of demonic powers influencing and working through men, exercising power through leaders to ensnare and control the followers.
It is not surprising then, that an examination of L. Ron Hubbard’s life reveals he was significantly influenced by, and was a practitioner of, the black arts – the occult.