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Quick facts on Scientology

Like many other people, I knew very little about Scientology. I knew something about Tom Cruise and another something about placentas. Until recently, that was just about all of the time I was willing to dedicate to learning about it. After seeing the hundreds of people who have dedicated their lives to it as I drove through Clearwater, Fla. where the headquarters resides, I decided it was time to dig a little deeper.

Scientology was founded in 1958 by L. Ron Hubbard, who was an American science-fiction writer. The church’s religious texts are from Hubbard who wrote on things like “dianetics.”

Dianetics, according to the Church of Scientology International’s Web site, is a “spiritual healing technology” that can alleviate unwanted feelings or thoughts. The ultimate goal is to obtain the state of “Clear,” which can be obtained by the thetan (spiritual being of a person) going through dianetic auditing (something akin to counseling).

According to the official Church of Scientology Web site, “Scientology is about the individual man or woman. Its goal is to bring an individual to a sufficient understanding of himself and his life and free him to make improvements where he finds them necessary and in the ways he sees fit.” They believe that each person has a different truth, saying “Only those things which one finds true for himself are true.”

The main focus is to enable people to improve their own lives through knowledge of everything. Scientologists believe that man is basically good and that because of this he is able to, though his own actions, be a “good” person through controlling his own life…and making it be what HE believes is right.

The Church of Scientology has eight dynamics, according to Religion Facts:
1. Self – the urge to survive as an individual.
2. Creativity – the urge to survive through family.
3. Group survival – the urge to survive through a group such as a nation, team, community, race, etc.
4. Species – the urge to survive through the survival of the human species.
5. Life forms – the urge for life itself.
6. Physical universe – the urge of the universe to survive.
7. Spiritual dynamic – the urge for the survival of the life source.
8. Infinity – the urge to exist as infinity or God.

Yes, it’s all quite complex, but just based on those facts, it doesn’t seem to be too outrageous…right?

If you’re looking for some of the more quirky accusations, there are plenty.

In 1991, The Times referred to Scientology as “The thriving cult of greed and power.” Since then, it’s impossible to say it’s gotten any better.

Still, from all of my research, it’s REALLY difficult to find anything off of the Church of Scientology’s official Web site that could confirm anything. There’s talk about placenta eating, murder, kidnapping and money obsession. The truth about these ideas isn’t anywhere to be found. There are many people accusing scientologists of doing these things and then there are many scientologists refuting these ideas. It’s a classic game of he said, she said.

So, what to make of it?

Here’s what I’ve decided: It sounds a whole lot like a cult. Any organization or religion that is as private as the Church of Scientology is not helping its cause. The concept of “innocent until proven guilty” isn’t going to fly for this.

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It’s not just he said, she said. For example, Google ‘Wikileaks RPF’ for leaked internal documents about how they have set up their gulags. These type of documents, together with hundreds of testimonies on the Internet (about 500 have posted theirs under their own name, with many hundreds more posted anonymously) go well beyond what would be needed to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. And all of that is public information.

A few decades ago, US senator Ryan visited a fairly large commune somewhere in South America. He did so because it was getting a lot of bad press. Luckily, his draft report was pretty reassuring. He said he enjoyed the entertainment offered by kids singing and dancing and felt confident about the many reassurances from residents who claimed that they were very happy in this commune.

However, when Mr Ryan was about to leave, a few people gave him little pieces of paper on which they had written a cry for help.

From there on, things kinda escalated.

That commune was called Jonestown.

Unfortunately, the US government still don’t understand much about mind control cults. Scientology has about 50.000 public members who are indoctrinated to believe in an expensive scam about gaining super powers.

However, there is also an inner circle of employees called the Sea Org. Its 5.000 members live in complete isolation from society, partly in Gold Base (or Int Base) near Hemet, California, which is a classic cult compound. It features such nicities as armed guards and razor wire and motion detectors on the inside on the fences.

I sure hope not that the Sea Org will turn out to be an even bigger Jonestown when the US government finally moves in to put an end to the forced abortion, slave labor and child labor.

In the meanwhile, folks, please do not believe a guy who’s making a comment with such outreageous claims on face value. But please also be advised to research this organization thoroughly, should you be inclined to pay your local Scientology ‘org’ a visit.

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