The Church of Scientology has been called a fake and a fraud hiding behind the "skirts" of its designation as a "religion". Scientology calls its critics "religious" bigots. The origin of the Church of Scientology is relatively new, established in 1953. Compared to other, older more established religions, it's relatively easy to research the one man who was instrumental in bringing "Scientology" to the world, L. Ron Hubbard. That is, depending on the reference and whether the Church continues to sanitize and scrub clean Hubbard's image.
The internet is awash in L. Ron Hubbard sites. Depending on where you look, Hubbard is one of the most prolific and influential writers of fiction, a poet, musician, a "leading light" of popular literature in the 1930's, humanitarian, drug addict, nutjob, malignant narcissist, or Satan.
Most, if not all of the glowing attributes of Hubbard on the web,orginate from websites sponsored by the Church of Scientology. Hubbard's past has been scrubbed clean and santizied to portray the man in a "prophetic" light. While there are literally hundreds of testiments to Hubbard's prolific past as a "wise man" and "prophet" of Scientology, one small interview, published back in 1983 in Penthouse Magazine, singlehandedly deconstructs the Church of Scientology's carefully crafted depiction of L. Ron Hubbard.
Ron Jr. says that he remembers much of his childhood. He claims to recall, at six years, a vivid scene of his father performing an abortion ritual on his mother with a coat hanger. He remembers that when he was ten years old, his father, in an attempt to get his son in tune with his black-magic worship, laced the young hubbard's bubble gum with phenobarbital. Drugs were an important part of Ron Jr.'s growing up, as his father believed that they were the best way to get closer to Satan --the Antichrist of black magic. 1984 Penthouse Interview
In 1983, Hubbard's son, Ron Jr., gave an interview to Penthouse magazine. The resulting article paints a devastating picture of the senior Hubbard and his brainchild, Scientology.
Ron Jr. recounts his father as a "broke science-fiction writer" who believed the way to amass a fortune was through pedalling a "religion" to the "masses". He also recounted his childhood, of his father's drinking,drug abuse, and Satanic worship.
Ron was 16 when Hubbard's book, Dianetics, first hit the scene in 1950. Hubbard opened a clinic in New Jersey where "clients" were assessed using an "e-meter". Hubbard fled the state after New Jersey and the American Medical Association called Dianetics and Scientology a quack science. By 1953 the Hubbards had relocated to Arizona where the first official "church" of Scientology began with Ron Jr. a willing disciple of his father's new "religion".
Ron married in 1953. He never allowed his wife nor his six children and grandchildren to join Scientology. In 1959, after witnessing several activities which involved alleged drug dealing and the laundering of large sums of money plus his father's heavy handiness, Ron decided to leave.
Ron became aware for the first time of the patent paranoia displayed by the Church of Scientology when he realized that he and his family's movements were monitored. When his half-brother Quentin died under mysterious circumstances in 1976 and Ron's belief that his father had died in 1980 and his death was being withheld by church authorities, Ron filed suit to claim his inheritance. Penthouse sent a journalist to interview Ron, who in 1984 was managing an apartment complex in Carson City, Nevada.
Ron spoke about the policy of "Fair Gaming" utilitized by Scientologists to silence their critics. As he had spent years within the top most "inner" circle, he was more than familiar with the tactics being used against him, as he had previously used them against members who had attempted to flee to the fold:
Hubbard: it's very simple. Scientology has always had a "fair-game doctrine"--a policy of doing absolutely anything to stop an investigation or publication of a critical article in a magazine or newspaper. They have run some incredible operations on the several people who have tried to write books about Scientology. It was almost like a terror campaign. First they'd try throwing every possible lawsuit at the reporter or newspaper. We had a team of attorneys to do just that. The goal was to destroy the enemy. So the solution was always to attack, full-bore, with every possible resource, from every angle, instantaneously it can certainly be overwhelming.
He also spoke of his father's "philosophy" on combating the "enemy" in court:
Hubbard: My father drilled into all of us: Don't go to court thinking to win a lawsuit. You go to court to harass, to delay, to exhaust the enemy financially, physically, mentally. You file every motion you can think of and you just lock them up in court. The courts, for my father, were never used to seek justice or redress, put to destroy the people he thought were enemies, to prevent negative stories from appearing. He just wanted complete control of the press --and got it.
DBKP found another instance of Hubbard Sr.'s penchant for instructing his minions to "destroy" the enemy. In 1968 Hubbard sent out a directive from his current abode, as the "Commodor" aboard the freighter, the Royal Scotsman. This was the origin of Scientology's Sea Organization or Sea Org:
ADVANCED ORGANIZATION Yacht Royal Scotsman
HCO ETHICS ORDER
To: Those Concerned No. 30 INT
From: The Founder E/O No. 28 INT added to
Subject: RACKET EXPOSED 6 MARCH 1968
(BPI and goes in Auditor)
PETER GOODWIN JIM STATHIS PETER KNIGHT MRS. KNIGHT NORA GOODWIN RON FROST MARGARET FROST NINA COLLINGWOOD FREDA GAIMAN FRANK MANLEY MARY ANN TAYLOR GEORGE WATERIDGE
are hereby declared Suppressive Persons for pretending to have and distribute forged and altered "Upper Level Materials" which were of a Research nature and not for distribution.
All Certificates and Awards are cancelled.
Having stolen or illegally procured these dangerous materials (at the instigation of a Psychiatrist) these persons did plot to misuse them to cause Insanity and Death.
False report for money that they would furnish the real materials.
They are declared Enemies of Mankind, the planet and all life.
They are fair game.
No amnesty may ever cover them.
If they ever come to a Qual Division they are to be run on reverse processes.
Any Sea Org member contacting any of them is to use Auditing Process R2-45.
The Criminal Prosecution Bureau is to find any and all crimes in their pasts and have them brought to court and prison.
The Public Distribution of False or Forbidden data is a Suppressive Act and a High Crime.
L.RON HUBBARD Founder
Source - Fredric L. Rice
Note: R2-45 referred to a "bullet in the head by a .45"
For more of L. Ron Hubbard: Scientology Saint or Black Magic Sinner? at DBKP.com
Source - Xenu TV - PBS Late Night
Source - Lermanet - Penthouse Interview
Source - Holy Smoke - Hubbard Memo
Source - Mystae.com
Image - E-Meter
Image - Dianetics
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