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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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Space Jazz: The soundtrack of the book Battlefield Earth is a music album and soundtrack companion to the novel Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, released in 1982. Hubbard composed the music for the album.

Space Jazz: The soundtrack of the book Battlefield Earth is a music album and soundtrack companion to the novel Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, released in 1982. Hubbard composed the music for the album.

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

In the 80’s, L. Ron Hubbard had gone into hiding … mostly from fear of prosecution by U.S. authorities who had already brought indictments against his wife (who eventually went to prison with two other conspirators in 1979) and 10 other officials in an alleged conspiracy to place the religion’s spies in government agencies, bug government meetings and steal government documents.

One of the things that emerged from this self-imposed sabbatical was Space Jazz, an very strange entry into the rock music world. This article from Slate magazine describes the aftermath:

Musically, the album alternates between canned uplift (“Jonnie”, “Golden Age of Sci-Fi”) and droning dirges, broken up with patches of comic-book dialogue, robot voices, and laser-gun sound effects. A then-new, extremely expensive digital sampling synthesizer called a Fairlight CMI peppers the album; Hubbard seemed to imagine it represents the sound of the future, but it actually sounds more like the rightly discarded mistake of an abandoned past. Even for Battlefield Earth buffs like myself, Space Jazz is less a guilty pleasure than a harrowing endurance test. With Space Jazz, L. Ron Hubbard set out to re-create Battlefield Earth as a purely sonic experience. He succeeded all too well.

Less about real music and more like “What should I do with all this free time I’ve got on my hands,” Hubbard proved again in a period of time just preceding his passing that he was nothing more than a professional dabbler in weirdness.

The Slate article is very interesting … make sure you give it a read!

The real science behind Scientology seems to be an understanding of the very human need, as social animals, to be part of a supportive group—and the willingness of people to pay handsomely for it. (Scientific American: The Real Science behind Scientology, by Michael Shermer, Oct 12, 2011).

DID HUBBARD MISS HIS REAL CALLING AS A WHITE WITCH DOCTOR? The real science behind Scientology seems to be an understanding of the very human need, as social animals, to be part of a supportive group—and the willingness of people to pay handsomely for it. (Scientific American: The Real Science behind Scientology, by Michael Shermer, Oct 12, 2011).

The official general treatment of injuries as recognized by Scientology is a monumental contradiction of medical science. Hubbard explained that the purpose of a touch assist is to

… unlock the standing waves that are small electronic ridges of nervous energy that is not flowing as it should.

Here is actual audio of Hubbard discussing the concept of one aspect of the touch assist which requires the patient be returned to the scene of the injury and … well, just listen for yourself.

This treatment for pain is discussed at length in Scientology’s online Handbook, a humorous read for any thinking person.

The purpose of a Touch Assist is to reestablish communication with injured or ill body parts. It brings the person’s attention to the injured or affected body areas. This is done by repetitively touching the ill or injured person’s body and putting him into communication with the injury. His communication with it brings about recovery. The technique is based on the principle that the way to heal anything or remedy anything is to put somebody into communication with it.

http://www.scientologyhandbook.org/assists/sh6_4.htm

To read this entire explanation is an epic study of the ludicrous, or to be more blunt … just plain asinine. Naturally, a claim like this should be demonstrable on a wide scale but aside from the random testimonials of people actually helped by this medical “wonder,” there is NO PROOF ANYWHERE that this has helped anyone. Like I’ve asked the phony faith healers … how about showing up at Egleston Children’s Hospital and let’s go room to room with this wonder cure!!

This theory which, surprisingly, is actually referred to as “THEORY” on the Scientology Handbook website. It is found exclusively in Hubbard’s ramblings and has no medical foundation whatsoever. Much of what is currently being exposed in the news about Narconon stems from this medical nonsense that Hubbard blabbered about in his nonsensical writings about medical science (ironic, is it not, that they are so far removed from ANYTHING scientific?). A thorough discussion of Narconon as a junk science is presented here.

Again, from the Scientology Handbook:

FROM SCIENTOLOGY HANDBOOK:
If a person has received an actual injury to the head such as being poked in the eye or hit on the head with a bat, he can be given a Touch Assist. The same applies to injuries to the teeth or painful dental work.

The Touch Assist is easy to learn and can get quite remarkable results. It has the advantage of being easy to teach others. So use it well to help those around you, and teach them to help others in turn.

One of more insane pieces of nonsense that Scientology merely wizzes by in their quest to deify this Chief of lunatics was his claim regarding the treatment of radiation sickness or even burns:

“Scientology is the only specific (cure) for radiation (atomic bomb) burns.”
– L. Ron Hubbard, ALL ABOUT RADIATION, p. 109

“We are today the only people whose processes will actually cure or handle, in any way, shape or form, atomic energy burns … you get some guy’s case in order, and then you can cure his radiation burns with fair rapidity. More work has to be done on this, but I can tell you right now that it is the one thing that does something about it. Gives us a monopoly. More importantly, it gives us this interesting position. Just being able to cure this makes us the only civil defense agency on the face of Earth today. Think of that for a minute. Because no other agency has the knowledge or equipment to even vaguely handle it.” [Hubbard, “Aims and Goals of Scientology”, lecture of 14 February 1956]

I am only assuming that this this medical knowledge stems from Hubbard’s extensive research as a nuclear physicist.

For an extensive review of Scientology’s history involving the practice of medicine, check out this page at Xenu-Directory.net

Jamie DeWolf, Scientology Founder's Great-Grandson says that the Church of Scientology is one of the most “devious, systematic brainwashing systems that’s ever been invented.”

Jamie DeWolf, Scientology Founder’s Great-Grandson says that the Church of Scientology is one of the most “devious, systematic brainwashing systems that’s ever been invented.”

Robert Robinson at World Cult Watch has posted an article by Monica Pignotti, MSW, PhD, titled The Use of Mind Control in Scientology. The peace loving folks at Scientology apparently didn’t care much for the article and participated in one of the many smear campaigns launched against him (which is what they do with most of their detractors). Monica writes of that effort here on her blog from 2012.

Back to the article … as it does not appear copyrighted, so we will post in its entirety here if there is not an objection from Ms Pignotti or Mr. Robinson:

PART I

THE BEGINNING INDOCTRINATION METHODS

The purpose of this paper is to show how mind control is used in Scientology. In order to do this, I have used the four components of mind control from Steve Hassan’s Combatting Cult Mind Control: Behavior control, Emotional control, Thought control and Information control and have given examples of how Scientology uses each of these. I am assuming that the reader of this paper has read and is familiar with the concepts outlined in this book.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive study of mind control techniques in Scientology, as that could fill an entire book! This is just to give you a start in getting an understanding of how mind control is used at the very beginning levels of Scientology. If a person gets more deeply involved, for instance, and gets into auditing, joins staff and/or does advanced courses, there is much more. I will be writing papers to deal with these issues. The techniques I discuss here, however, have proved quite sufficient, unfortunately, to get many people hooked into Scientology.

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Since the 1950’s Ireland did not have an active Scientology organisation presence until 1987, when the Mission of Dublin was founded. The following extract from a 1988 article in The Star gives the details (and doesn’t hold back): The Church of Scientology has set up shop in the heart of downtown Dublin. A mind-bending cult based on science fiction, it has been described as “corrupt, immoral and dangerous” by a British High Court Judge.

Since the 1950’s Ireland did not have an active Scientology organisation presence until 1987, when the Mission of Dublin was founded. The following extract from a 1988 article in The Star gives the details (and doesn’t hold back): The Church of Scientology has set up shop in the heart of downtown Dublin. A mind-bending cult based on science fiction, it has been described as “corrupt, immoral and dangerous” by a British High Court Judge.

PUT TO THE TEST. Just in from Jane Fallon Griffin, Senior Staff Writer at the University Times, the student newspaper of Trinity College Dublin.

Scientology in Ireland has a little different look and feel than in other parts of the world.

… Church of Scientology has succeeded in extending its influence to Ireland. Here, however, it has the status of a mission, rather than that of a religion which it holds in America, Australia and Argentina. Abbey Street is home to the Irish branch of the church, with its office located above a hairdresser, flanked by a traditional Irish music shop and a travel agent. The attention received by Scientology in Ireland is very much confined to its testing in its Dublin headquarters and the protests of those who aim to restrict any further influence by the Scientologists: Anonymous Ireland.

Jane moved into temporary quarters next door to a Church of Scientology while working in Boston, MA here in the U.S. and became a little curious about the organization.

During my three months living next door to the church, there was a constant flurry of activity in the adjoining house. Curious, I often stood outside contemplating investigating this free personality test and the Dianetics book which was sold alongside the People and O magazines in our local newsagent.  I wanted to go in. My travel companions were vehemently against the mere thought of it.

When she returned home to Dublin, the urge to check out the CoS was just too much for this budding investigative student journalist.

While I waited to be presented with the 200-question test, the Scientologist asked me what I was doing. I answered I was a student but he proceeded to enquire about what job I had, which I found a little bit unusual. When it came to the test, some questions became more thought provoking and frankly somewhat disturbing … I began the questionnaire considering carefully each sentence yet as I progressed through the sheet I found myself more uncomfortable.

Perhaps we should yell, “Jane, get out now before it’s too late!” But she would have none of that. And, of course, this is what you would expect when the results of the “Test” were presented.

In categories such as “happiness” I didn’t fare well, nor in “organisation”, nor “criticism”, nor much else for that matter. In many of them I was below the dotted line which, according to the chart, indicated that my need for attention was “urgent.” I looked at the sheet while he read out each individual result and couldn’t help but think that this personality must belong to someone else. He stopped talking and asked me if I agreed. I tried to be polite, saying that there may have been a few inaccuracies, but on further prompting I told him I disagreed with most of it.

We can report that there is a happy ending to the story, as Jane escaped with all of her senses. This is how the final chapter should read for ANYONE interested in the cult of Scientology…

Interesting as I found the experience, my gut feeling descending the stairs was not to attempt any further research into the next stages of membership.

Nicely played Jane … nicely played.

Related stories about Scientology in Ireland:

Ireland is a land of enchantment, excitement and exhilaration. Rich in history, Modern Ireland is ranked as one of the most peaceful, stable and safest places in the world. Let’s hope Scientology dies a final and quick death so the Irish can continue building one of the best all-round standards of living anywhere on the planet.

Ireland is a land of enchantment, excitement and exhilaration. Rich in history, Modern Ireland is ranked as one of the most peaceful, stable and safest places in the world. Let’s hope Scientology dies a final and quick death so the Irish can continue building one of the best all-round standards of living anywhere on the planet.

Church of Scientology blames Pearl Harbor, 9/11 on psychiatry

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Church_of_Scientology_blames_attack_on_Pearl_Harbor,_9/11_attacks_on_psychiatry

Those folks are really amazing … living in an alternate reality really messes with your head.

In an interview on a television show called the No Drug Show, hosted by Larry Byrnes, the Church of Scientology blamed both the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and the attack on Pearl Harbor on psychiatrists and the drugs they prescribe their patients. Scientology considers psychiatry to be barbaric and a violation of human rights.

“To take [a] person, and turn them into a killing machine, against their will or have them do things that are against their nature, you need something behind that. Psychiatrists employ drugs and conditioning techniques in order to change people from what they would normally be, into killing machines,” added Figueroa.

Figueroa goes on to say that Japanese kamikaze pilots responsible for bombing Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in December of 1941 were “on amphetamines which is a psychiatric drug” when they attacked. However, the the Japanese did not employ kamikaze tactics until later in the war.

Like the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, Scientology must CREATE its enemy if they are to have a CAUSE to fight. This imaginary enemy is the crucial factor that binds their ideology and gives it focus. In this case, psychiatry has always been the transcendent beast … the very one which L. Ron Hubbard used from the beginning to justify his traveling snake oil show. But it is late in the day … and THIS religion is, thankfully, finally running out of oil.

Our newest member of the Blogroll … Ask The Scientologist

This latest post sums up what has been whispered behind closed doors for a number of years …. and like the last words of the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Scientology seems to be saying, “I’m meeeeellllltttiiing.”

But the technology has failed. Even Scientologists can see this, though they don’t necessarily recognize the cause and effect: Fewer and fewer Scientologists are making progress “up the Bridge”. More and more are stuck somewhere. More and more are in trouble. And those that do “make progress” find that nothing happened!

The “releases” end up without the promised “new abilities”. “Clears” end up without any of Hubbard’s promised abilities. The “OTs” look, feel and act just as they did before any of this stuff.

The technology has failed.

Thanks for the “heads up.” Looks like I’ve got more reading to do :~)