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If Scientology sold hamburgers or any other retail product, they would have been hauled into court long ago for false advertising. But because they have IRS protection as a "church," they can continue their deceptive practices with immunity.

If Scientology sold hamburgers or any other retail product, they would have been hauled into court long ago for false advertising. But because they have IRS protection as a “church,” they can continue their deceptive practices with immunity.

As former Scientologist Arnie Lerma wrote in his 1998 article, The Art of Deception:

Hubbard was master of only one thing, the Art of Deception.

Lerma continues his lengthy dissertation with a history of his 20 year involvement with the deceptive cult and he fully analyzes how L. Ron Hubbard created his masterpiece cult religion. He begins his study with this summary of how he became involved with Scientology in the first place.

After resisting efforts to get involved with Scientology for a considerable period, I finally decided to give it a try. This supposedly wonderful technology of the mind was, after all, developed by a nuclear physicist, in order to cure himself of crippling wounds received during active duty as a highly decorated Navy hero.

Of course 25 years later, sitting amidst piles of documents, including a copy of Hubbard’s official Navy record and a copy of his transcript from George Washington University, I found that the entire premise for Dianetics and its spawn, Scientology is, and has always been, a complete fraud.
Hubbard was neither a war hero, highly decorated, wounded in action, nor a nuclear physicist. His discharge papers reflect the only affliction he seems to have acquired while in the Navy was an urethral discharge.

If the entire stated premise for the creation of Dianetics was a lie, then it follows that everything that comes after it must also be a lie.

In two concise paragraphs, Lerma summarizes the complete “bait and switch” of the entire Scientology enterprise, much like our photo of “Truth in Advertising.”

Dianetics teaches you in grisly detail how this complicated fabrication is constructed. While you think you are learning the “secret” of the human mind, you are instead being set up to swallow Scientology as the ultimate solution for mankind. And of course “ultimate solutions” go on to make otherwise unconscionable acts possible.

The “reactive mind” you are then tricked into creating, or “mocking up” is that very same ‘reactive mind’ that you spend years getting rid of in Scientology.

If you have some considerable time to kill, I would highly recommend reading the balance of Arnie Lerma’s article … it is insightful as it is comprehensive.

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From WikiNews: “In response to The Guardian report, Eric Pickles issued a statement saying that Scientology should not receive privileged tax status and did not deserve to do so, “Tolerance and freedom of expression are important British values, but this does not mean that the likes of Church of Scientology deserve favoured tax treatment over and above other business premises.”

The new British coalition government has warned local authorities in the United Kingdom not to provide tax breaks to branches of the Church of Scientology. After an investigation by The Guardian newspaper revealed that several local authorities have granted Scientology tax breaks worth over a million pounds, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles intervened to urge councils to end the practice.

Pickles noted in a statement that Scientology was not officially recognised in the UK as a religion or a registered charity and was not eligible for tax relief. Pickles commented, “I do not believe the majority of the public would want their own council to be giving special tax breaks to such a controversial organisation.”

The minister’s intervention followed the disclosure by The Guardian that at least four local authorities have given Scientology lucrative tax discounts on branches in their areas.
So… when was the last time they were in YOUR community battling drug abuse, illiteracy, declining moral values, human rights violations, criminality and more?

The depth of deception that is Scientology is incredible.

pulling_strings.jpgWhat’s YOUR guess? Examine for yourself these quotes from Jeff Jacobsen’s well-documented article, “Scientology’s Tax Exemption Should be Rescinded.” You should also Google tax exemption for Scientology and research the circumstances for yourself. Just like most other matters related to this “Cash Cow” organization … it’s shrouded in mystery. Is it time for the mystery to end?

On October 1, 1993, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service formally announced that the Church of Scientology and its myriad corporate entities had been granted tax exemption. This was a stunning announcement considering that the IRS had been in almost constant battle with Scientology since 1966, had several court (and even a Supreme Court) rulings in its favor, and had compelling evidence of Scientology fraud, misrepresentation, and even harassment against IRS officials. The ruling, however, stopped thousands of lawsuits against the IRS and individual IRS auditors filed by or on behalf of Scientology. (more…)