A large collection of material about the Church of Scientology
A Piece of Blue Sky
by Jon Atack
Scientology, Dianetics & L. Ron Hubbard Exposed
It was 1950, in the early, heady days of Dianetics, soon after L. Ron Hubbard opened the doors of his first organization to the clamoring crowd. Up until then, Hubbard was known only to readers of pulp fiction, but now he had an instant best-seller with a book that promised to solve every problem of the human mind, and the cash was pouring in. Hubbard found it easy to create schemes to part his new following from their money. One of the first tasks was to arrange “grades” of membership, offering supposedly greater rewards, at increasingly higher prices. Over thirty years later. an associate wryly remembered Hubbard turning to him and confiding, no doubt with a smile, “Let’s sell these people a piece of blue sky.”
Bare Faced Messiah
by Russell Miller
The True Story of Ron Hubbard
There are two wildly conflicting versions of the life story of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, The first, promoted by the Church, is that he was an unfailingly honest, generous humanitarian whose profound insights have transformed the world. The second, propounded in its fullest form in Bare-Faced Messiah by Russell Miller, is that he was a pathological liar, a fraud consumed by greed and paranoia who sucked literally millions of people into an extraordinary fantasy world.
How I Joined Dianetics/Scientology and Became Superhuman
by Robert Kaufman (1995 revision)
The first work ever to disclose the secret Scientology materials.
Dianetics is a “fringe” therapy that first appeared in book form in 1950, is really a “hook” to pull people into the Church of Scientology, a powerful hydra-headed international organization that extracts money and services from its members through its control of their minds and pocketbooks. Scientology (the collective term for the teachings, techniques and network of church corporations created by the late L. Ron Hubbard) sells “mental processing” that bears little resemblance to the book Dianetics. However, Scientology, for reasons my own book makes clear, uses Dianetics to lure “raw meat” (non-Scientologists) into its thought-control machine.
by Steven Fishman
Total Freedom is quite accurately freedom from L. Ron Hubbard … so the parting advice which I wish to give you is to stay Clear — of Scientology.
Don’t bother looking up Mind Control in the Dianetics and Scientology Technical Dictionary. You won’t find it. In my case, Mind Control was a system of influence used to change my beliefs and identity. The Church of Scientology exploited my need for approval, and my desperation to be loved. I allowed myself to be controlled through fear — fear of being invalidated, dread of Ethics, and terror of losing my immortality through Irrevocable Ethics Orders and other assorted cockamamie bull____. I had the felony compounded through massive doses of hypnosis — both by my auditors, and to a lesser degree by Dr. Geertz. Don’t think for a moment that reverie, boil off and anaten are not hypnosis, because they are. Even the TRs are a form of both hypnosis and Mind Control. The language of Scientology removed me further and further from my friends and family, which ultimately made me more susceptible to their system of influence, or thought reform.
Religion Inc.: the Church of Scientology
by Stewart Lamont
A narrative account of life in Scientology
Coming to know the truth about Scientology was by no means the end of my problems. It has taken me ten years and hundreds of hours of counseling to come to terms with my experience in Scientology and to deal with the considerable anger I felt toward the man and the organization responsible for my exploitation and betrayal. I still have nightmares about Scientology. The healing process continues. But I am free. And having been once deceived by a great master of deception, I know I can never be deceived in the same way again. I will never again cede away the deed to my mind, not to anyone, no matter how convincing they may be. My freedom has been purchased at a tremendous cost, and neither my freedom nor my mind will ever be for sale again.
Scientology With(out) an End
by Tom Voltz
This book differentiates itself in vital areas from other published works of earlier members of the organization. Besides the very personal element of his path in the organization and the critical discussion of the ideology which had already begun during his membership and finally led to his departure, Tom Voltz succintly relates previously unknown material. Tom Voltz gives us insight into the realm of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) and points out with unmistakeable clarity that the Scientology system is anti-democratic. At the least the segment about “ethics” makes clear the kind of humanly despicable ideology which is contained in Scientology. The picture which is drawn of L. Ron Hubbard is also new in this edition. His ideas of Scientology’s recruitment strategy are dismantled.
The Road to Xenu
by Margery Wakefield
A narrative account of life in Scientology
Note: “Margery” is a fictionalized character whose story combines Wakefield’s own experiences with those of other Scientologists. Testimony is her factual autobiography.
The Cheryl S Story
This is a true story from inside the “Church” of Scientology from 1977 to 1991.
The author has given Operation Clambake the honor of presenting it under her pseudonym “Cheryl S” (June 1999).
The Shrine Auditorium exploded time and again with the roar of 5,000 sets of hands clapping wildly. The clean-cut, uniformed young man on stage stood there with a smirk on his face, waiting for the sound to die down. Another set of graphs appeared on the giant television screen above his head, depicting yet another set of statistics that were remarkably up over the prior year. The man, a top executive of a controversial Los Angeles church, spoke glowingly about the most recent in a long line of statistics on parade, which precipitated yet another outburst of clapping. I had worked long enough as a staff member of this “church” to know that this many statistics being up this dramatically simply was not possible. And it was at that point that I realized that the members of the Church of Scientology were being victimized by their own church’s public relations techniques. And that realization marked the beginning of the end of nearly 12 years of abuse for me.
The Hubbard Is Bare
by Jeff Jacobsen
It is most certainly clear that Hubbard was first and foremost a synthesizer of ideas, not a creator.
The reason I thought this was an exciting topic was Hubbard’s insistence that he came up with his ideas by himself and that they were as monumental a breakthrough from what came before as was the discovery of fire to the cavemen. If it could be shown that dianetics was simply a synthesis of previous ideas, then Hubbard would be exposed as a huckster and fraud. And I don’t like hucksters and frauds. Generally speaking, it is my contention that Hubbard did no credible research of his own. Instead he distilled ideas from books he had read, the few college courses he took, his own experiences, and his very fertile and disturbed mind, and came up with a mish-mash of bizarre theories which he wrote down in scientific-sounding phrases and words. The ideas Hubbard borrowed were generally bizarre ideas to begin with, and his fertile, twisted mind altered and embelished them to produce an even worse hodge-podge.
The Mind Benders — Scientology
by Cyril Vosper
A fast, furious, funny, violent exposure of a major global cult
Very few people outside of Scientology know what goes on inside it and those inside it are the very last to speak frankly on their life. It is a strange world of insubstantialities, hopes and achievements, happiness and misery, of hero-worship and degradation, of intolerance and conceit. I think Scientology could herald a new form of mental and moral tyranny to a world already obsessed with a large number of enslavements. It could be the deadliest of all as it deals with the spirituality of the individual and when, in the past, religions have been intolerant, their pogroms have been bloody, sickeningly self-righteous and degrading to human self-respect.
The Scandal of Scientology
by Paulette Cooper
A chilling examination of the nature, beliefs, and practices of the “Now religion.”
Paulette Cooper launched her career as a freelance writer in 1968, after she completed an M.A. degree in psychology and a summer at Harvard studying comparative religion. Her first book, The Scandal of Scientology came out three years later, and has been followed by eight others, along with hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. These she wrote, part-time, to support her full-time crusade to expose Scientology, at a time when few outsiders knew much about the cult, and those who did were generally afraid to speak out. In 1982, the American Society of Journalists and Authors recognized the high personal price she paid to fight Scientology and awarded her the prestigious Conscience in Media Award — one of four writing awards to her credit.
The Total Freedom Trap
by Jon Atack
Scientology, Dianetics And L. Ron Hubbard
An enormous amount of documented evidence demonstrates that Hubbard was not what he claimed to be, and that his subject does not confer the benefits claimed for it. The Church of Scientology is an enormously wealthy, global organization, with over 270 churches and missions. Using profoundly invasive hypnotic techniques, Scientology has managed to inspire the at times fanatical devotion of tens of thousands of previously normal and intelligent people.
by Margery Wakefield
It has taken me ten years to be able to write this book. I knew all along that I had to write it. If you explore a strange country, and you find it to be a very dangerous place, and you happen to be one of the few to return from that country alive, it become a moral necessity to warn others of the danger. As trite as it may sound, if I can prevent even one other person, especially a young person, from having to live through the nightmare of Scientology — then I will feel satisfied.
Villa Appel, in Cults of America, writes: Human beings need order. They need a framework that can account for and explain experience. We are all vulnerable. And vulnerability is the exact opportunity exploited by all the cults, especially Scientology. The antidote is information. Education. And exposure. It is the purpose of this book to shine a small light into the dark and secret world of Scientology.
My Nine Lives in Scientology
by Monica Pignotti (1989)
My First Steps on the “Bridge to Total Freedom”
The following is an account of my life in Scientology, a group I was involved in from December 1970 to August of 1976 — about 5 years and 9 months. From 1973 to 1975 I lived aboard the Flagship Apollo (“Flag”), the home of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Dianetics and Scientology. On Flag, I trained to be an auditor (a Scientology counselor). My life on Flag was a continual roller-coaster of ups and downs. One day I would receive a personal commendation from Hubbard and be held up as an example of what a Flag auditor should be and then, just months later, Hubbard would take away all my certificates and send me to the RPF (Scientology’s prison camp) for an auditing error I did not even commit. On Flag as auditors, we were under continuous pressure to be perfect, the standard of perfection being the whim of L. Ron Hubbard.
Scientology: The Now Religion
by George Malko
Scientology is “an evil cloud,” which “settles on a person.”
Malko views Scientology through the eyes of an inveterate skeptic and a newcomer to the subject; his refreshing ability to withstand all inducements to join the cult while researching for this book is commendable, as is his sharply critical mind that relentlessly confronts Scientology PR and dogma, exposing it to the light for his readers.
Social Control in Scientology
by Bob Penny
“Something’s wrong here, Harriet… This is starting to look less and less like the Road to Total Freedom.”
The clues were there all along, so it is no surprise that the experience finally reduced itself to absurdity. The wonder is that I wasted 13 years of my life and more than $100,000 before learning to handle the false loyalties and other tricks in which I was enmeshed for so long. Clearly, something was going on that my basic “street education” had not prepared me to deal with. Rationalizations such as, “it’s the best thing we’ve got,” and “at least it’s moving in the right direction” (neither of which is true) helped perpetuate the stasis. Even afterwards, it was hard to avoid rationalizations like “but I learned a lot,” or “the organization sucks but the tech is good” which were attempts to minimize and not really face the harm which had occurred and from which I had yet to recover. The habits of self-censorship, loaded language, avoidance of contrary data, and other thought-stopping mechanisms took a long time to go away if, indeed, they are gone even now.
The Invasion Begins
A reporter’s first hand experience with Scientology
By James Renner – The Cleveland Free Times
The results of the personality test are not good. “You are irresponsible in your life and work,” he tells me. “You are cold- blooded and heartless.”
He recommends auditing. The first session is free, the rest will be $250 each. Auditing, he explains, can be the quickest way to becoming Clear. We look at the chart again, the Bridge to Total Freedom. Ron touches the chart. “As you progress, you will find that you have developed certain abilities.”
“What, like levitation?” I ask, sarcastically.
“Reading minds,” he says. “Seeing into the future a little.”
Sign me up.