Church of Scientology

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Overview

The Church of Scientology is overwhelmingly the primary promoter of the philosophy of Scientology. It was founded by speculative fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, who also created Scientology.

There have been repeated and increasing allegations by many, including former CoS members as well as those not affiliated with the church, that CoS uses highly unethical attack strategies against those who criticize it.

The CoS's Fair Game policy confirms that this is indeed their strategy for dealing with those they deem to be in a "Condition of Enemy": "ENEMY – SP Order. Fair game. May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed." (see Wikipedia for source) The CoS claims that this policy was revoked, but it is not at all clear that this is the case, and their continuing actions seem to belie their words.

In 2008, there were worldwide protests against the CoS.

Comments

AbsurdlyLongUserName said:

Scientology is a dangerous, and brainwashing cult - and they would do anything to have you, and your loved ones believe otherwise. Scientology has already been declared an illegal organization within the Nation of Germany - a practice that should have been adopted by the rest of the world a long time ago. Read about the dangers of the deadly, greedy cult of Scientology at http://www.whyaretheydead.net , http://www.xenu.net , http://www.lisamcpherson.org , and http://www.funky-bunch.blogspot.com

The Scientology Story

Scientology was founded by L. Ron Hubbard as a self-help philosophy. Hubbard's group became very popular and is now considered a mainstream religion. Hubbard's son died mysteriously at a Scientology resort in 1976. Hubbard realized that his group formed to help people solve their problems had grown into a greedy, monry-hungry cult, but it was too late. Scientologist leaders accused Hubbard's wife of embezzling from the "Church". She was sentenced to prison. L. Ron Hubbard himself was charged, but died mysteriously at the hands of Scientology. John Travolta's son, Jett, became a victim of Scientology, when the "Church" would not allow him to recieve proper siezure medication.

If Scientology can turn on and kill its own founder and his son, it can kill just about anyone, member or not. Many naive scientologists have died under the Cult's watch.

To investigate:

  • Is it Scientology that has been declared illegal in Germany, or the Church? Scientology per se isn't an organization but a set of beliefs (arguably a religion), but CoS is certainly an organization...
  • The links should be added to the #Links section, either here or on Scientology, depending on how they apply -- probably CoS.
  • It needs to be made clear whether Hubbard founded the Church, the movement, or both (I seem to recall that it's a rather complicated story).

--Woozle 16:12, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

Related

  • Keith Henson [W] is an outspoken critic of Scientology; the Church has repeatedly declared that Henson is a criminal and a terrorist, and successfully sued him for copyright infringement due to his publishing two pages of a Church manual in an internet newsgroup. The Church has also attempted to co-opt his daughter's allegation that he sexually abused her as a child, which has been publicized by her sister.Source. However, his daughters who have made these allegations have publicly dissociated themselves from Scientology, and rejected the attempts of the Church to exploit the issue for its own benefit.

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  • 2008-02-19 [Talk|Index] Scourge of Scientology dies in apparent suicide § [2]“Shawn Lonsdale, whose one-man crusade against Scientology made him a public enemy of the church, was found dead at his home over the weekend in an apparent suicide. He was 39.”
  • 2008-01-21 [Talk|Index] Why Kids On The Internet Are Scientology's Most Powerful Enemy § “This weekend, an anonymous Internet group (named Anonymous – these are not masters of subtlety) started a war with the Church of Scientology by hammering the group's web site; Scientology.org is down after a brief traffic spike.”
  • 2008-01-21 [Talk|Index] Internet Group Anonymous Declares "War on Scientology" § [2]“Anonymous announced their intention to combat the activities of the Church of Scientology on Monday. A spokesperson said that the group's goals include bringing an end to the financial exploitation of Church members and protecting the right to free speech, a right which they claim was consistently violated by the Church of Scientology in pursuit of its opponents.”
  • 2008-01-15 [Talk|Index] The Cruise Indoctrination Video Scientology Tried To Suppress § [2]“This video's been passed around privately by reporters and writers investigating Cruise's ties with Scientology. Most reporters have been wary of taking on the Scientologists, because they have a history of both litigation, and the harassment of critics. The publication of Andrew Morton's biography of Tom Cruise, which claims he is the second most powerful person in the cult, .. seems to have opened the floodgates.”
  • 2007-12-07 [Talk|Index] Germany moves to ban Scientology § [2]“Germany's top security officials said Friday they consider the goals of the Church of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the nation's constitution and will seek to ban the organization.” This is one of those situations where taking the wrong countermeasure has the potential to make things worse and gain sympathy for the "victim".
  • 2007-06-23 [Talk|Index] The Scandal behind "The Scandal of Scientology" § [2]by Paulette Cooper: “You may not believe this, but you can write something that some group doesn't approve of and then have a quarter of your life almost ruined. I know because it happened to me.”
  • 2007-05-09 [Talk|Index] Keith Henson Back in Jail - Space Elevator Will Have To Wait § [2]“Henson was just thrown back in jail. As best as I can make out from the limited information currently available, Henson and his lawyers were scheduled for a hearing at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 8th. They were apparently unaware that warrants had recently been signed by the Governors of California and Arizona, and after the hearing, Henson was handed over to the Yavapai County Sheriff Department for incarceration until a hearing on Wednesday May 9th at 9 a.m.”
  • 1997-03-09 [Talk|Index] Scientology's Puzzling Journey From Tax Rebel to Tax Exempt § “Scientology's lawyers hired private investigators to dig into the private lives of I.R.S. officials and to conduct surveillance operations to uncover potential vulnerabilities ... One investigator said he had interviewed tenants in buildings owned by three I.R.S. officials, looking for housing code violations ... [and] taken documents from an I.R.S. conference and sent them to church officials and created a phony news bureau in Washington to gather information on church critics.”
  • 1995-09-30 [Talk|Index] Heber on KFI § KFI 640 host Jane Norris interviews Heber Jentzsch (President of the Church of Scientology International), Priscilla Coates of the Cult Awareness Network, and Dennis Erlich, recovered Scientology member.

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Other News

Projects

Books

  • A Piece of Blue Sky: Scientology, Dianetics, and L. Ron Hubbard exposed by Jon Atack (site has full text online)

Video

  • 2008-07-06 Scientology stops disabled woman from walking home "July 5th 2008 was the premier of the OT Celebration and Freewinds Maiden Voyage in Los Angeles, CA. Scientology was scared that Anonymous would show up and spread truth to its members; their only defense would be to abuse the city's permits dept and block off a ridiculous amount of space, restricting access to a residential neighborhood as well as a HOSPITAL. In doing so they attempt to stop a 61 year old disabled woman in a walker from using the sidewalk to go home. Unfortunately for them she has balls of steel and tells them exactly where they can stuff it."
  • 2008-01-22 ANONYMOUS / SCIENTOLOGY : PROJECT CHANOLOGY: why Tom Cruise wants psychiatry outlawed
  • 2008-01-21 Message to Scientology (alt): a group calling itself "Anonymous" declares war on Scientology