In this video I refute all arguments in support of tithing (mandatory giving of 10% of monetary income), to include the prosperity preachers’ latest scam that Jesus is the High Priest receiving our tithes just as Melchizadek/Melchizedek received tithes from Abram.
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Spiritual Abuse Survey: Is YOUR church a safe place?
Take the survey from wickedshepherds.com and see!
Here is a questionnaire to determine just how healthy your church really is. To find out how well it ranks, answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions:
•Does your church tightly control the flow of information within its ranks?
•Does the head of your church, along with the other “leaders”, use public shaming as a method to gain the compliance of followers?
•Does the head of your church and his “fellow elders” appear to be intolerant or consider it evil persecution when criticized or questioned?
•Are you discouraged to associate with former members, being warned that they are “evil” or “defiling”; a “danger to your spiritual welfare”?
•Is leaving your church to join another church that “is not approved by the elders” equal to leaving God?
•Do you fear being rebuked, shunned, or ignored for expressing a different opinion?
•At church, is there a sense of control, rather than support?
•Is there a relentless obsession of reminding the sheep of “who’s in authority”?
•Are you told not to ask questions as to why others have left? Are you told to accept the statements that the “elders” give you?
•Are books, tapes and CD’s, speakers, music, etc., carefully controlled to keep only the belief structure of your church before your mind?
•Is there is a relentless campaign to keep you around the activities of your church, expecting you to be at all the stated meetings, except if providentially hindered? And if you are absent, is your spirituality and dedication sometimes questioned?
•Is the concept ever so subtly present that, “when you please the “pastor”, God is pleased and when your “pastor” is not pleased with you, God is not pleased with you?
•Is there present, the breaking of even the closest family ties, to “guard” the flock?
•Is there the constant using of guilt and shame as tools of control?
•Is there present at your church the encouragement of the members to spy and report on each other, lest sin be found in the midst?
•Is there present at your church the dominant climate of fear in the group – fear of failing to keep one of the rules, and fear of being held up to public humiliation and rejection?
•At church, are the normal lines between what is private and what is public knowledge broken, and members confess the most personal, and the most minor sins, as the conscience is being surrendered to the “leadership”?
•Are many (if not all) of the results from voting at “congregational business meetings” announced as….. “it is unanimous!”?
•Is questioning condemned as “whispering, back- biting, vicious slander, gossip, nit picking, signs of a proud rebellious spirit, being disaffected and divisive?
•Are those who dissent publicly punished? Are their reputations murdered by veiled, or not so veiled “revelations” of “sins”; past and present, as confidentiality is broken for the benefit of the leaders?
•Is there a misplaced loyalty from Jesus and God onto the leadership, which is idolatry?
•Is there harsh preaching and full of condemnation for your failures and are you deliberately being kept wounded and off balance by the haranguing and condemnation from the pulpit?
•Is “Persevere or be damned” and “listen to YOUR elders; obey YOUR elders”; “submit to YOUR elders” preached over and over again?
•Is paranoia the “very air you breathe”? Paranoia of falling from grace; thinking for yourselves; breaking the many unspoken rules as well as the clearly spelled out expectations of the leader?
•Are you becoming paranoid – carefully watching your every word and even gesture, lest someone report your faults?
•Does a code of silence reign at your church? Is no one to divulge the business of the church, or the faults of the leadership?
•Do the spiritual leaders at your church seem to give you the impression that either covertly or overtly, they have the right to tell you how you should manage your own family; presuming that they know your own family better than you know yourself?
If you answered “no” to all of the above questions, your church is relatively healthy. If you answered “yes” to a quarter or more, your church is showing signs of being unhealthy. If you answered “yes” to half or more, your church is very, very unhealthy. If you answered “yes” to three-quarters or more, your church is an authoritarian cult.
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Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Monday, December 15, 2008 Page 1
Religious School Fees Not Deductible, Ninth Circuit Rules
By KENNETH OFGANG, Staff Writer
Tuition and fees for religious day schools are not deductible for federal income tax purposes, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
The court, for the second time, rejected claims by local residents Michael and Marla Sklar that they received only intangible religious benefits as result of their five children’s attendance in Orthodox Jewish schools, so their school payments should be deductible, at least in part, as charitable donations.
The Sklars have been seeking to deduct their payments, going back to the early 1990s, since learning of a settlement between the Internal Revenue Service and members of the Church of Scientology that allows Scientologists to deduct a portion of their payments to the church for auditing and training.
The IRS allowed the deductions sought by the Sklars for 1991 through 1993, apparently because it believed the couple were Scientologists. But when the IRS and the Tax Court said the Sklars’ school payments for 1994 were not deductible, they appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which ruled against them in Sklar v. Comm’r (2002) 282 F.3d 610.
The panel said it was doubtful that their deduction claim was constitutionally permitted, that it was “unlikely” that religious education for children could be considered equivalent to Scientology auditing and training, and that the deduction was not permitted in any event because there was no evidence that the payments the Sklars made exceeded the value of their children’s secular education—the schools offered both secular and religious classes—so none of the money could be considered a religious gift.
The court agreed with the Sklars that the Scientology settlement violated the Establishment Clause, but said the remedy would not be to make similar payments to other faiths’ institutions deductible.
Friday’s decision dealt with the Sklars’ disallowed $15,000 deduction for 1995 tuition and fees. The Sklars claimed the deduction based on their estimate that 55 percent of the tuition payments were for purely religious education, but the IRS, the Tax Court, and the Ninth Circuit all ruled against them.
Judge Kim M. Wardlaw, writing for the Ninth Circuit, rejected the argument that the school payments have the “dual character” of a purchase and a contribution and should thus be partially deductible.
She cited a U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring that a taxpayer claiming such a deduction “at a minimum demonstrate that he purposely contributed money or property in excess of the value of any benefit he received in return.” Wardlaw agreed with the Tax Court that the tuition charged by the two schools attended by the Sklar children were within the range charged by other private schools and was “not excessive for the substantial benefit they received in exchange, i.e. an education for their children.”
The judge went on to conclude, as the court did in Sklar I, that the Scientology settlement has no bearing on the Sklars’ claims because the Sklars are not similarly situated to Scientologists. The principle that a taxpayer is not entitled to “an unconstitutional denominational preference” just because the IRS gave one to members of another faith, Wardlaw wrote, is “as correct today as [it was] six years ago.”
Wardlaw was joined in her opinion by Judge Harry Pregerson and District Judge Ronald B. Leighton of the Western District of Washington, sitting by designation.
The case is Sklar v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 06-72961.
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Mayor abandons anti-drug program affiliated with Church of Scientology
Ashley Meeks/Sun-News reporter
Posted: 12/07/2008 12:00:00 AM MST
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LAS CRUCES — The city is immediately ending an anti-drug program aimed at third-graders after it was revealed it was created and bankrolled by the Church of Scientology.
The “Drug-Free Marshal” program, started in late November, had only been presented to five schools but was intended to be promoted eventually among all third-graders in the Las Cruces Public Schools.
Mayor Ken Miyagishima apologized Saturday and said it was not his intention to promote the religion. The mayor said he was approached this summer by Richard Henley, of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, who showed him a pamphlet adorned with the seals of El Paso, Española, the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Department and the Horizon City, Texas, and Socorro, Texas, Police Departments and asked if the city would “support eradicating drug use in the community.”
In small type at the bottom, the pamphlet is copyrighted by Foundation for a Drug-Free World, Narconon and Association for Better Living and Education, all Scientology programs.
“It’s my fault for not checking it out,” Miyagishima said. “This is something that I have to put an end to, this portion of it, since it was brought up to me.”
Since all the material was free, Miyagishima said he asked about the funding. He said Henley told him it was donated by a private individual who was interested in eradicating drug use.
“He gave me a couple of names, but not (founder and science fiction author) L. Ron Hubbard,” Miyagishima said.
Most of the literature deals with illegal drugs, but one pamphlet specifically focuses on Ritalin, considered by Scientologists to be a harmful and “mind-altering psychiatric drug.” According to Scientology.org, “psychiatry is not a science.”
Henley said Saturday the church was only one backer and that the material did not have a religious message, comparing it to the multi-faith origins of United Way.
“There is no religious message in any of the materials and the only message of Mr. Hubbard is in connection with the discovery of the toxins,” Henley said, also describing the foundation as “secular.”
When asked if he told Miyagishima about the connection with the Church of Scientology, Henley said “it’s all in the videos on the Web sites that they acknowledge (the connection between the pamphlet and the church).”
Henley also declined to say if the materials had been provided to other New Mexico schools, saying the requests had come from “individual teachers or classes … for two or three years.”
As for the foundation’s message against psychiatric medication, Henley said such prescriptions were up to a “medical doctor” or “medical physician,” terms used in Scientology to distance such doctors from psychology and psychiatry. But he was clear about what he said was the danger of such prescriptions.
“Every single one of the shooters in the schools have been on one form or another of these psycho-pharmaceutical drugs,” he said, though Scientology is opposed to far more than these drugs. According to the Scientology handbook, even aspirin will make someone “unfeeling, insensitive, unable and definitely not trustworthy, a menace to his fellows actually.”
The “Marshal” program was one part of Miyagishima’s “5-2-1-0” fitness initiative, which also encouraged children to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables, spend no more than two hours watching TV, get an hour of exercise a day, and not to drink sodas — aspects which have recently been praised by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen.-elect Tom Udall and the New Mexico Department of Health.
Only the “Marshal” program is affiliated with Scientology.
“I’m going to have to pull the marshal’s badge (program),” Miyagishima said. “First off, I’m not happy that I wasn’t fully informed, obviously, and two, that’s something there that I can’t be — the city can’t be seen as promoting any type of religious activity.”
LCPS Superintendent Stan Rounds said the mayor’s decision Saturday was a good solution to a common problem. As superintendent in Des Moines, N.M., Rounds said his staff was given boxes of materials on math that also contained messages about “the godliness of study” and other evangelical themes. “We had to black all of that out so we could use the materials,” Rounds said.
Miyagishima said he would give out Las Cruces Police Department sticker badges at future events and that anyone with a Scientology-provided badge could trade it in.
“I don’t want to lose any momentum with this program,” Miyagishima said.
As for the Scientology material, Rounds called it “regrettable, but I think the mayor’s planned direction is the right one. Our message to kids is not to use illicit drugs.”
Ashley Meeks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; (575) 541-5462
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What is a Cult and the Occult? by Jim Bramlett
(The information below is summarized from numerous expert sources on cults and the occult)
The two words, “cult and occult,” sound similar. But while different, they both pose a similar spiritual threat to people by appearing to be something they are not. Both can cause its victims to miss God’s loving and free provision for their lives through Christ, and cause them to face a tragic, Christless eternity. There are many nice, friendly and caring people in the cults and the occult. God loves them, so much that Christ died for them. They are not our enemy. Our enemy is Satan and his deceiving spirits.
In popular usage, “cults” are religious groups predicted by the Bible (2 Peter 2:1) that deviate from the central, historic truths of biblical Christianity and God’s revelation in Christ. Some cults are offshoots of ancient pagan religions, have no similarity to Christianity, and are easy to identify. Others falsely try to imitate Christianity, often using the Bible and Christian terminology, and are more difficult to distinguish. These latter cults typically exhibit one or more of the following traits:
1. They may consider Jesus Christ as not equal to God the Father, but something less. But Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), and Paul said that Christ is the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15) The Bible is repeatedly clear that Jesus is deity, and when on the earth, He was God in human form. We can be redeemed from our sins only because God’s own perfect blood (in Christ) was shed for our perfect cleansing.
2. They may typically reject the clear biblical revelation of a triune God, sometimes called the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit — one God, not three, but manifest in three Persons. The Bible refers to all three as Persons, yet One. A mystery, but truth.
3. They may have their own “sacred” book in addition to the Bible. And although they usually deny it, these books conflict with and are given precedence over the Bible.
4. They typically reject the wonderful biblical truth that salvation is a “free gift” from God by grace through faith alone (this truth glorifies God and not man). Instead, cults and all other “religions” falsely say that people must “earn” their salvation by certain works and deeds, often works that will perpetuate the cult (this glorifies man rather than God).
5. Cults are often exclusive, centering around a strong leader (or late founder) who has the only “true” interpretation of Scripture. Whereas Christ came to give us freedom, (Galatians 5:1), cult members are in bondage to that cult or leader, with the threat that leaving the cult will cause a loss of salvation.
Thousands of these cults exist, but here are some major ones listed in most cult reference books: Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, The Unity School of Christianity, The Way International, The Children of God, Scientology, The Unification Church, Unitarianism and the New Age Movement (which is also occult).
If involved in any cult, run — don’t walk — to the nearest exit, and find a Christ-centered, Bible- believing church. Also, apply the four-step process below.
References. There are many excellent books available on cults. Four are: The Kingdom of the Cults, by Dr. Walter R. Martin; The Deceivers, by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart; Cult Watch, by Dr. John Ankerberg and John Weldon; and Larson’s New Book of Cults, by Bob Larson.
The word “occult” refers to what is hidden, concealed, or secret. The occult involves the spirit world, but the spirit world of darkness. The occult is particularly deceptive because the spirit world is very real. Practitioners are dealing with reality — but dark, forbidden, and evil reality.
There are two kinds of spiritual reality. The first is God’s spiritual Kingdom of truth and light, where Christ is King, the nature of which is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17), and where God’s holy angels dwell, worship and serve Him. The second is the world of Satan (a fallen angel), a world of darkness and hopelessness, void of God, and where other fallen angels (called demons) who hate God work to advance this evil kingdom under their leader, Satan. This latter world of spiritual darkness is that which is experienced through the sinister practices of the occult.
The Bible does not reveal a “dualism,” or co-equal forces of good (represented by God) and evil (represented by Satan). Satan is totally subject to the sovereign, omnipotent Creator. But God has given Satan certain authority to operate in the earth as a result of man’s sinful fall. He operates through the minds and wills of fallen humanity, and he has constructed a complex web of many evil schemes, including occult practices, even religions, to deceive and snare people by appearing to offer them access to supernatural power and knowledge. The Bible says that such deception will increase in “the last days” before Christ returns (1 Timothy 4:1). But the Bible also says, “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Those who trust and obey Jesus Christ have protection and victory through Him.
Any degree of occult involvement can produce problems of oppression, depression, despair, hopelessness, and many physical problems, sometimes bringing death, even self-destruction. Demonic influence can produce obsessions, phobias, bizarre behavior, violence, homicide and sexual perversion in its victims. Worse, it can deceive a person into eternal darkness. The occult is a form of idolatry and a sin expressly forbidden by God (Deuteronomy 18:9-12). In the New Testament when the gospel was proclaimed and received, the liberated people gladly burned all their occult materials (see Acts 19:19).
Here are just a few of the many occult practices: astrology, various kinds of “fortune telling,” witchcraft, satanism, ESP, telepathy, clairvoyance, seances, spiritism meetings, use of mediums or “channeling,” automatic writing, ouija boards, hypnosis, parapsychology, psychic surgery, eastern religions, reincarnation, voodoo, magic charming, yoga; involvement with psychics such as Jeane Dixon, Edgar Cayce; the Rosicrucians, and the New Age Movement. The New Age Movement is a catchall term embracing many modern occult beliefs and practices. There is even compelling evidence that UFOs are real, but supernatural and often occult manifestations of fallen angels whose ultimate purpose is to deceive humanity into thinking super-intelligent extraterrestrials will help usher the earth into a golden “New Age” of happiness without God. But with God rejected and without His blessings, occult-practicing, lost and depraved humanity will soon bring upon itself the end-time global holocaust prophesied by the Bible.
If you are now or have ever been, anytime in your life, involved with any cult or occult practice, you can be set free of it and any symptoms it may have brought by doing the following: (1) Confess sincere faith in and commitment to Christ; (2) confess the cult and occult sins to God, naming and forsaking each one; (3) renounce Satan, in Jesus’ name, and commanding him and his demons to depart; and (4), receive and claim your liberation by faith, without doubting, trusting in the authority and total faithfulness of God and His Word. If you do this, Satan must obey and release you, by the authority of Jesus’ Name and God’s Word, and any symptoms that Satan put on you must disappear.
References. There are many books available in Christian bookstores on the occult and the New Age Movement, including The Coming Darkness, by John Ankerberg and John Weldon; Inside the New Age Nightmare, by Randall N. Baer; Understanding the Occult, by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart. For information on UFOs: The Omega Conspiracy, by Dr. I.D.E. Thomas; Planet Earth–2000 A.D., by Hal Lindsey; and the outstanding documentary video, UFOs: The Hidden Truth (the video is available by calling 1-800-475-1111).
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Scientology’s Money Trail
by L. Christopher Smith December 2008 Issue
Celebrities! Tax shelters! Bart Simpson! A glimpse into the finances of the secretive church.
South Park has ridiculed it, protesters have attacked it, and Germany has tried to outlaw it. Yet the Church of Scientology still operates in 160 countries, with an extremely complex economic model that makes it hard for opponents to go after its finances. Ever since the 1980s, when it faced a potentially lethal class-action lawsuit and intense scrutiny from the U.S. government, the group has reportedly spread its revenues—and its liability—among a vast array of independent trusts, corporations, and nonprofits. All are reportedly tightly controlled by David Miscavige, a second-generation Scientologist who has run the church since the 1986 death of its founder, science-fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. Tax filings from the early 1990s show that the church was earning about $300 million a year back then, but the paper trail disappears after that. The church won tax-exempt status in 1993 and is not required to file annual returns with the I.R.S., so it’s extremely difficult to tell just how much Scientology takes in during a given year. (Groups that don’t have direct ties to the church’s executive branch, or “Mother Church,” as it’s known, often act as separate legal entities and file taxes individually.) We asked a number of sources—ex-Scientologists familiar with the church’s finances—to help us arrive at an estimate of its annual revenue.
According to a former Scientologist, a single 2007 event in the U.K. helped pay for dozens of new buildings and fueled a two-week pledge drive that netted nearly $50 million. The biggest recent U.S. gift was reportedly a $7.5 million donation from Nancy Cartwright, who does the voice of Bart Simpson. Other major donors include Tom Cruise, who’s given an estimated $25 million over the years, Kirstie Alley, and Jenna Elfman.
Estimated revenue: $50 million to $100 million
Scientology boasts hundreds of organizations, centers, and missions around the world, which charge fees to members. (Followers also pay to be “cleared” of their problems via counseling sessions known as auditing, which average $500 an hour.) In something akin to a franchise model, the centers send 12.5 percent of such fees to Scientology’s management arm. The biggest chunk comes from the Flag Service Organization, the church’s largest center, in Clearwater, Florida.
Estimated revenue: $400 million
A web of church-related groups promotes the principles of L. Ron Hubbard. One licenses his management doctrines to small-business owners, particularly dentists and chiropractors, who pay fees in return. A portion of those licensing fees goes to a separate entity, which holds the copyrights to Hubbard’s works and which some ex-Scientologists claim is connected to the church itself.
Estimated revenue: $50 million
As long as Scientology can keep generating huge donations while fending off lawsuits, its doors will likely stay open.
Total estimated annual revenue: $500 million to $550 million
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Top Ex-Scientologist says “I’d have killed for the Cruise CULT”
By DAVID LOWE
Published: 03 Nov 2008
A TOP Scientologist who escaped the cult has given the most explosive insight yet into the shady “celebrity religion”.
A-list followers including Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta believe their faith is the secret of their success.
But for John Duignan it cost him everything and everyone he held dear after he become a leading figure in the church’s British branch.
John says he was so brainwashed that he would have killed for Scientology.
And he claims another member was driven to a suicide bid when she was “rehabilitated” after trying to leave.
John tells of his nightmare in his book.
His hell began in 1985 when he was approached in the street by a pretty girl who offered him a free personality test.
John — who had never heard of Scientology — was 22 and living in Stuttgart with his German girlfriend but their relationship was on the rocks. Depressed and lonely, he accepted.
John, now 45, says: “The test is a clever recruitment device because it appeals to people who are searching for something. I was unhappy and latched on to the prospect of gaining confidence. I probably needed proper psychological counselling but I got nothing of the sort. The result of my initial test was Urgent Action Required.
“These friendly people seemed to have the answer in Scientology and I surrendered myself to it.”
In the following weeks, John was grounded in the Scientology doctrine.
The movement was founded in 1952 by an American sci-fi writer, the late L Ron Hubbard.
He claimed humans are really spiritual beings called Thetans which have lived for trillions of years and are constantly reincarnating.
Followers believe that through past life recall therapy they can enrich their understanding and souls.
Under a regime of sleep deprivation, brainwashing and so-called counselling, John gave up his mind to the bizarre teachings.
He says: “On one occasion I sat on the floor while others shouted in my face and flicked things into my eyes.
“It went on for hours. I wasn’t allowed to react or blink. You’re suppressing your natural reactions and that helps Scientology creep in to take over your mind.”
John quickly became fanatical about his new-found faith.
He says: “I saw myself as a soldier for Scientology. I believed it was the only route out of oblivion for mankind.
“The doctrine teaches a human’s body doesn’t matter because it is the Thetan, or soul, which survives.
“If I’d been told someone had to be eliminated because they were a threat to Scientology I could have justified the killing. They’d just lose their body, which isn’t needed.”
When it was suggested John might train to become a church staff member, he jumped at the chance.
He signed up for an “advancement course”, where he endured constant “auditing” sessions, being grilled on every aspect of his life.
John says: “I was hooked up to a Scientology machine called an E-meter. It has a swinging needle and believers think it shows hang-ups or concerns.
“Your goal is to achieve no movement of the needle and a state of “Clear”. That’s when you’re ready to receive the secrets of the universe.
“By now I had cut all ties with friends and family. I was trying to take Scientology doctrine on board but it felt as if my mind was being repeatedly hit with a hammer.”
John persevered, and three months after his personality test he received a call from Scientology Missions International in Los Angeles.
They wanted him to join the church’s 3,000-strong elite core, Sea Org, which oversees recruitment and its other big international interests.
For John it was his ticket to the Scientology big-time.
He says: “As a Sea Org member I’d get to wear a special uniform and be highly respected by other Scientologists. We were told other members would bow to us. Suddenly I felt important.”
But when John arrived at the cult’s headquarters in LA, conditions were not what he’d imagined.
He says: “We were expected to work, eat and sleep Scientology with every minute of the day scheduled, from 7am until lights out at 11pm.”
The harsh conditions John endured were in stark contrast to the luxury enjoyed by stars at the glittering Scientology Celebrity Centre down the road.
L Ron Hubbard believed the church should have famous names as the church’s public face.
John says: “The centre is beautiful. I loved it when I worked there in the garden. Once I spoke to Kirstie Alley on the phone about a rally we were organising. I also saw John Travolta a couple of times.
“But interaction with celebrities wasn’t encouraged. They arrived through a special celebrity entrance and were taken to exclusive suites for auditing sessions.”
After the Sea Org bootcamp John was posted to Scientology’s UK HQ, Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
Here he spent almost two decades devoting his life to the cult — until a bizarre encounter with Scientology poster boy Tom Cruise made John begin to question his faith.
He says: “In 2004 Tom was welcomed to the annual International Association Of Scientologists Gala Ball as the Most Dedicated follower.
“I was working in the grounds and Tom came out wearing a bad fake beard. It was pathetic.
“Scientologists look upon Tom Cruise as one of their best assets, but it was him who made me think twice about the cult.
“I was earning £15 a week, doing my best to spread the word. I had no privacy or time to relax and was afraid or stressed all the time.
“Yet I wasn’t as dedicated as Cruise? It hurt.”
Two years later John made his escape bid.
He says he knew he would be hunted by the sect’s intelligence wing, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA).
John says: “Members who try to leave Scientology are subjected to the Rehabilitation Project Force.
“This uses military tactics and are feared. A friend, Alice, was put through rehabilitation. At 19 she was subjected to daily interrogations for six months.
“One afternoon Alice swallowed a tin of paint thinner and jumped from a 15ft roof.
“The whole thing was hushed up. Alice is now crippled.”
Despite the risks, John told his superiors he needed to visit a sick relative in Ireland, then he fled to a hotel in Birmingham where he hid for a week.
He says officers were sent after him and even staked out relatives.
In a bid to lure them away he made sure he was sighted near the Birmingham Scientology office.
Then he fled to Dublin when he knew the officers had been recalled to England.
John is now rebuilding his life in his native Co Cork. He says: “I gained nothing. I still bear the scars of my time in the church.
“But I’m now studying for an arts degree, getting to know my family and putting the past behind me.”
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Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard: A Legacy of Hate and Intolerance
by Lilly von Marcab
Friday Oct 31st, 2008 9:33 PM
The Scientology cult’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, was a white American middle-class male who grew up in the early 20th century. It is not surprising, then, to learn that he was a racist and homophobe, and that there are many examples of these sentiments in his written and recorded works. What is surprising is that in the year 2008, the Scientology cult continues openly to embrace Hubbard’s extremely offensive statements, and refuses to make even the smallest gesture to repudiate or reject Hubbard’s
Instead, in a tacit approval, Hubbard’s many books and recorded lectures in which these passages occur are re-published year after year after year, without any clarification, comment or footnote. Indeed, no individual Scientologist will personally reject these views, at least not in any public forum. To do so could earn him or her some time with the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF), Scientology’s internal corrections and re-education system.
According to one of the thousands of Scientology web sites:
“The Scripture of the Scientology religion consists of the writings and recorded spoken words of L. Ron Hubbard on the subjects of Dianetics and Scientology. This Scripture includes more than half a million written pages, over 3,000 tape-recorded lectures and some 100 films….This Scripture is the sole source of all doctrine regarding the religion of Scientology and it is an inherent principle of the religion that only by exactly following the path it outlines can mankind achieve spiritual salvation. This concept of orthodoxy in religious practice is fundamental to Scientology. Thus, any attempt to alter or misrepresent the Scripture is regarded as a most severe breach of ecclesiastical ethics.”
Thus, it is simply not permitted to alter, modify, or update Hubbard’s work in any way (although the cult’s current leader, David Miscavige, has made many subtle changes). In fact, it is official policy that members must “exactly follow Hubbard’s path.” Still, even with the “scriptures” remaining relatively intact, this does not explain why the cult will not make a clear statement of its position on Hubbard’s extreme views, nor why it will not stop re-publishing them.
Here are a few examples of Hubbard’s views on people who did not fit into his scheme of things:
Hubbard spent a little time in southern Africa:
The South African native is probably the one impossible person to train in the entire world — he is probably impossible by any human standard. – Hubbard, PAB No. 119, 1 September 1957, as published in Level 0 PABS (c.1968, The American St. Hill Organization).
As long as a white foreman is there, they will prevent soil erosion; but the moment that a white foreman turns his back — boo! There goes the whole program. And you finally get up to the point of where he’s [native] supposed to take care of something, a lesson which has never been taught to the native of South Africa. – Hubbard, 15th ACC (Power of Simplicity) lecture “Education: Point of Agreement”, 30 Oct 1956.
The insanity rate per capita in South Africa is appalling. …it is easily seen that a primary requisite in any programme of the rehabilitation of the Bantu in South Africa would be mental health – Hubbard, HCOB April 1960, “The Scientific Treatment of the Insane”
[Y]ou’ll find in Africans a fantastic amount of heavy space opera and so on, going on … which makes the colored African very, very interesting to process because he doesn’t know why he goes through all these dances … and why he feels so barbarous ….– Hubbard, 1st Melbourne ACC, lecture “Principal Incidents on the Track”, 27 November 1959.
They took people who were totally dedicated to certain tribal procedures … and said, “You’re free.” And they said, “Free. Free? Free. Ah! You mean there’s no police anymore.” Boom! Boom! – Hubbard, State of Man Congress, Opening lecture, 1 January 1960.
…the Zulu is only outside the bars of a madhouse because there are no madhouses provided by his tribe. … primitives are far more aberrated than civilized peoples. Their savageness, their unprogressiveness, their incidence of illness … – Hubbard, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
Illiterate cultures do not survive and they are not very high. The natives of the tribe of the Bugga Bugga Booga Boogas down in Lower Bugga Wugga Booga Woog are mostly no longer with us, or they are around waving red flags today and revolting against their central government. And they didn’t learn fast. Their literacy was not up to absorbing culture rapidly. They’ve been very happily down amongst the bong-bong trees, you know, dancing up and down amongst the bong-bong trees, and the highest level of their interest and so forth was their own back yard. – Hubbard, The Study Tapes, “Study: Evaluation and Information”, lecture given on 11 August 1964
Actually, have you ever noticed how a Negro, in particular down south, where they’re pretty close to the soil, personifies MEST? The gatepost and the wagon and the whip and anything around there—a hat. They talk to them, you know. “What’sa mattuh wi’ you hat?” They imbue them with personality. – Hubbard, Therapy section of Technique 80 (“Route to Infinity” tapes), Part I, a lecture given on 21 May 1952
Gays and Lesbians:
(In his book “Science of Survival,: Hubbard establishes a “tone scale,” ranging from -3 to +4, for classifying categories of people and evaluating human behavior. “Perverts,” as he classified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, fall at 1.1 on Hubbard’s scale. He considered them to be extremely dangerous to society.)
“The sexual pervert (and by this term Dianetics, to be brief, includes any and all forms of deviation in dynamic two [sexuality and procreation] such as homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual sadism, etc., and all down the catalog of Ellis and Krafft-Ebing) is actually quite ill physically.” -Hubbard, “Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health”
“At 1.1 on the tone scale we enter the area of the most vicious reversal of the second dynamic. Here we have promiscuity, perversion, sadism, and irregular practices…. People on this level on the second dynamic are intensely dangerous in the society, since aberration is contagious. A society which reaches this level is on its way out of history, as went the Greeks, as went the Romans, as goes modern European and American culture. Here is a flaming danger signal which must be heeded if a race is to go forward…. The person may claim to love others and to have the good of others as his foremost interest; yet, at the same moment, he works, unconsciously or otherwise, to injure or destroy the lives and reputations of people and also to destroy property… No social order which desires to survive dates overlook its stratum 1.1’s. No social order will survive which does not remove these people from its midst…. Such people should be taken from the society as rapidly as possible and uniformly institutionalized; for here is the level of the contagion of immorality, and the destruction of ethics.,,, The only answers would seem to be the permanent quarantine of such persons from society to avoid the contagion of their insanities and the general turbulence which they bring to any order, thus forcing it lower on the scale, or processing such persons until they have attained a level on the tone scale which gives them value” – Hubbard, “Science of Survival”
“Show me any person who is critical of us and I’ll show you crimes and intended crimes that would stand a magistrate’s hair on end.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, 4 April 1965
“Somebody some day will say “this is illegal.” By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966, “LRH Relationship to Orgs”
“If attacked on some vulnerable point by anyone or anything or any organization, always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 15 August 1960, Dept. of Govt. Affairs
“The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used very easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly.” – Hubbard, A MANUAL ON THE DISSEMINATION OF MATERIAL, 1955
“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.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 18 October 1967
“A truly Suppressive Person or group has no rights of any kind and actions taken against them are not punishable.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 1 March 1965, HCO (Division 1) “Ethics, Suppressive Acts, Suppression of Scientology and Scientologists”
“Now, get this as a technical fact, not a hopeful idea. Every time we have investigated the background of a critic of Scientology, we have found crimes for which that person or group could be imprisoned under existing law. We do not find critics of Scientology who do not have criminal pasts.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin, 5 November 1967, “Critics of Scientology”
“This is the correct procedure: Spot who is attacking us. Start investigating them promptly for felonies or worse using our own professionals, not outside agencies. Double curve our reply by saying we welcome an investigation of them. Start feeding lurid, blood sex crime actual evidence on the attackers to the press. Don’t ever tamely submit to an investigation of us. Make it rough, rough on attackers all the way.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 25 February 1966
Mental health professionals:
“The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly opposing enemy are: 1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine). 2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups. 3. A few key political figures in the fields of “mental health” and education. 4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations [that] would make us unable to function.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 16 February 1969, “TARGETS, DEFENSE”
“A psychiatrist today has the power to (1) take a fancy to a woman (2) lead her to take wild treatment as a joke (3) drug and shock her to temporary insanity (4) incarnate [sic] her (5) use her sexually (6) sterilise her to prevent conception (7) kill her by a brain operation to prevent disclosure. And all with no fear of reprisal. Yet it is rape and murder. We want at least one bad mark on every psychiatrist in England, a murder, an assault, or a rape or more than one. This is Project Psychiatry. We will remove them.” – Hubbard, Sec ED, Office of LRH, Confidential, 22 February 1966, “Project Psychiatry”
“Psychiatry” and “psychiatrist” are easily redefined to mean “an anti-social enemy of the people.” This takes the kill crazy psychiatrist off the preferred list of professions…The redefinition of words is done by associating different emotions and symbols with the word than were intended…Scientologists are redefining “doctor”, “Psychiatry” and “psychology” to mean “undesirable antisocial elements”…The way to redefine a word is to get the new definition repeated as often as possible. Thus it is necessary to redefine medicine, psychiatry and psychology downward and define Dianetics and Scientology upwards. This, so far as words are concerned, is the public opinion battle for belief in your definitions, and not those of the opposition. A consistent, repeated effort is the key to any success with this technique of propaganda.” – Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 5 October 1971, PR Series 12, “Propaganda by Redefinition of Words”
“A Venezuelan dictator once decided to stop leprosy. He saw that most lepers in his country were also beggars. By the simple expedient of collecting and destroying all the beggars in Venezuela an end was put to leprosy in that country.” – Hubbard, ‘Science of Survival”
Other people “low on the tone scale”:
“Unfortunately, it is all too often true that suppressors to a creative action must be removed before construction and creation takes place. Any person very high on the Tone Scale may level destruction toward a suppressor.” – Hubbard, “Science of Survival”
“The sudden and abrupt deletion of all individuals occupying the lower bands of the Tone Scale from the social order would result in an almost instant rise in the cultural tone and would interrupt the dwindling spiral into which any society may have entered.” – Hubbard, “Science of Survival”
“There are only two answers for the handling of people from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale, neither one of which has anything to do with reasoning with them or listening to their justification of their acts. The first is to raise them on the Tone Scale by un-enturbulating some of their theta by any one of the three valid processes. The other is to dispose of them quietly and without sorrow.” – Hubbard, “Science of Survival”
But now it’s 2008
Why won’t modern Scientology refute, repudiate or reject these ideas? Why not an admission that Hubbard was wrong and insane? Individual Scientologists will not address this question. They will only change the subject, and insist that plenty of happy gays, people of African heritage, and other kinds of “minorities” can be found in Scientology; there is no policy against them; Hubbard was just a man of his times; criticism of this kind is pure bigotry; etc. etc. etc. They will attack the writer of the article and the writers of comments in support of the article; they will attack all critics of Scientology as obsessed losers in the pay of evil psychiatrists; they will attack everything Hubbard said they should attack in such situations; but they will NOT answer any of these questions: Does Scientology reject Hubbard’s statements? Should Scientology reject Hubbard’s statements? Do you, personally, reject Hubbard’s statements?
They just can’t bring themselves to answer these questions. Try asking a Scientologist for a simple “Yes” or “No” to any of those questions. They won’t oblige.
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These DC8 space planes then flew to planet Earth where the paralysed people were stacked around the bases of volcanoes in their hundreds of billions. When they had finished stacking them around then H-bombs were lowered into the volcanoes. Xenu then detonated all the H-bombs at the same time and everyone was killed.
That is the end of the story. And so today everyone is full of these clusters of souls called “body thetans”. And if we are to be a free soul then we have to remove all these “body thetans” and pay lots of money to do so. And the only reason people believe in God and Christ was because it was in the film their body thetans saw 75 million years ago.
Well what did you think of that story?
Well so do we. However, this story is the core belief in the religion known as Scientology.* If people knew about this story then most people would never get involved in it. This story is told to you when you reach one of their secret levels called OT III. After that you are supposed to telepathically communicate with these body thetans to make them go away. You have to pay a lot of money to get to this level and do this (or you have to work very hard for the organisation on extremely low pay for many years).
We are telling you this story as a warning. If you become involved with Scientology then we would like you to do so with your eyes open and fully aware of the sort of material it contains.
Most of the Scientologists who work in their Dianetics* centres and so called “Churches” of Scientology do not know this story since they are not allowed to hear it until they reach the secret “upper” levels of Scientology. It may take them many years before they reach this level if they ever do. The ones who do know it are forced to keep it a secret and not tell it to those people who are joining Scientology.
Now you have read this you know their big secret. Don’t let us put you off joining though.
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Tom Cruise has personally, PERSONALLY, been pwned. 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. This isn’t the only group of Internet users unafraid of the intimidating cult; a whole range of sites has turned the Church into a mockery by doing what mainstream celebrity-coverage outlets wouldn’t dare. Here’s a guide to the war (and a creepy manifesto made by The Internet!).
This loose group of Internet vigilantes (vaguely centered around, but not officially connected to, the site 4chan) often harasses unsavory but small-time people, but they did help with the arrest of pedophile Chris Forcand. Their usual tactic is a simple denial of service attack like the one against Scientology.org, but they occasionally get more sophisticated; members tell me they plan to hoist banners above some Church branches. Inspired by the release of Tom Cruise’s secret Scientology video and the Church’s attempts to suppress it, Anon promises an all-out war in the following hokey but entertaining video:
The users are less aggressive, but Digg is a promotion machine for stories users feel are overlooked by the media. They love to stick it to the man, and they love the freedom of information. That’s why the many popular Scientology criticisms on Digg focus on the Church’s history of censorship. Digg promoted the Cruise video, but they gave much more love to the Church’s takedown letter to Gawker.
The Church got the Cruise video removed from the site, but within a few days a new copy was up. Meanwhile there are plenty of parodies less likely to be deleted. The Church may have plenty of money to litigate, but if it tries to force the issue with YouTube, it’ll find itself up against Google, which loves fighting bogus copyright claims.
The site is usually just a jumble of in-jokes, but after several users mocked Scientology’s mythology, user Smoothmedia designed a presentation accusing the Church of destroying several lives and harassing critics. There’s a copy on YouTube (which was popular on Digg, natch):
Mainstream media has criticized the Church too, but the most famous examples are parodies from comedy shows like South Park (in an episode later censored by Comedy Central) and Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show (which still didn’t run footage from the actual video). Maybe media outlets don’t want to lose pull with Cruise and his celebrity friends, or maybe they just don’t care, but the Internet’s doing a great job exposing the dangers of the cult. Thank Xenu for immature Internet teenagers!
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You have to watch this video. It shows Tom Cruise, with all the wide-eyed fervor that he brings to the promotion of a movie, making the argument for Scientology, the bizarre 20th-century religion. Making the argument is an understatement. The Hollywood actor, star of movies such as Mission Impossible, is a complete fanatic. “When you’re a Scientologist, and you drive by an accident, you know you have to do something about it, because you know you’re the only one who can really help… We are the way to happiness. We can bring peace and unite cultures.” There’s much much more. Let me put it this way: if Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah’s couch was an 8 on the scale of scary, this is a 10.
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, has seems to have opened the floodgates. Several indoctrination videos were available on Google Video, on Sunday, and showcased on Gawker, before being removed by the person who had originally posted them. Yesterday, for a few hours, the clip of Tom Cruise discussing his beliefs as a Scientologist appeared on Youtube, and was republished by Radar and Defamer. That video is no longer available, most likely after the Church of Scientology sent in a copyright infringement notice. Gawker is now hosting a copy of the video; it’s newsworthy; and we will not be removing it.
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