This is the eighth “vacation” post, revisiting some of the more important articles to have appeared on my blog over the years.
The original post and comments is here.
Scientology likes to tell the world that you can be a scientologist and also be a Christian, Jew, Buddhist or anything else. This is an “acceptable truth” (defined by Hubbard this way: Handling truth is a touchy business also. You don’t have to tell everything you know-that would jam the comm line too. Tell an acceptable truth. Agreement with one’s message is what PR is seeking to achieve. Thus the message must compare to the personal experience of the audience) intended to deceive the public until they become scientologists and can be properly indoctrinated to continue the lie “for PR purposes.”
Scientologists, Celebrities and PR spokespeople dish up this line routinely to make themselves sound benign and unthreatening. They talk about “respecting the religious beliefs of others” (as long as they are not former scientologists) and other pablum that sounds sort of “religious” as makes them seem more “acceptable.”
This is a recent tweet that was sent to me (I cannot see Erika’s tweets because I am blocked, even though I have never tried to tweet to her, friend her or even mention her):
This is a lie.
How do I know? Well, let’s go to “Source” and take a look at what L. Ron Hubbard says about this.
Arguably Hubbard’s single most important writing – the one that every scientology must study at the beginning of EVERY single course in scientology — is entitled “Keeping Scientology Working.” It is hammered into every scientologists’ mind that Hubbard’s words here are literally a matter of life and death for every man, woman and child on earth (and beyond). He explains at length that he, LRH, is the ONLY person in history to have found workable answers to life, that nobody else has contributed anything to his miraculous “technology” and he exhorts people to be 100% dedicated scientologists and not to veer from the carefully delineated path he has discovered in scientology. Here are a few quotes:
We have some time since passed the point of achieving uniformly workable technology.
I once had the idea that a group could evolve truth. A third of a Century has thoroughly disabused me of that idea. Willing as I was to accept suggestions and data, only a handful of suggestions (less than twenty) had long run value and none were major or basic; and when I did accept major or basic suggestions and used them, we went astray and I repented and eventually had to “eat crow”.
We will not speculate here on why this was so or how I came to rise above the bank. We are dealing only in facts and the above is a fact—the group left to its own devices would not have evolved Scientology but with wild dramatization of the bank called “new ideas” would have wiped it out. Supporting this is the fact that Man has never before evolved workable mental technology and emphasizing it is the vicious technology he did evolve—psychiatry, psychology, surgery, shock treatment, whips, duress, punishment, etc, ad infinitum. So realize that we have climbed out of the mud by whatever good luck and good sense, and refuse to sink back into it again.
When somebody enrolls, consider he or she has joined up for the duration of the universe—never permit an “open-minded” approach. If they’re going to quit let them quit fast. If they enrolled, they’re aboard, and if they’re aboard, they’re here on the same terms as the rest of us—win or die in the attempt. Never let them be half-minded about being Scientologists.
The proper instruction attitude is, “You’re here so you’re a Scientologist. Now we’re going to make you into an expert auditor no matter what happens. We’d rather have you dead than incapable.”
We’re not playing some minor game in Scientology. It isn’t cute or something to do for lack of something better. The whole agonized future of this planet, every Man, Woman and Child on it, and your own destiny for the next endless trillions of years depend on what you do here and now with and in Scientology. This is a deadly serious activity. And if we miss getting out of the trap now, we may never again have another chance. Remember, this is our first chance to do so in all the endless trillions of years of the past.
A week later, Hubbard wrote another policy letter that is the SECOND reference studied on EVERY course in scientology. He explained the concept of “squirreling” and further reinforced the idea of “Scientology or nothing.”
For some years we have had a word “squirrelling”. It means altering Scientology, off-beat practices. It is a bad thing.
Scientology is a workable system. In fifty thousand years of history on this planet alone, Man never evolved a workable system. It is doubtful if, in foreseeable history, he will ever evolve another. Man is caught in a huge and complex labyrinth. To get out of it requires that he follow the closely taped path of Scientology. Scientology will take him out of the labyrinth. But only if he follows the exact markings in the tunnels. It has taken me a third of a century in this lifetime to tape this route out. It has been proven that efforts by Man to find different routes came to nothing. It is also a clear fact that the route called Scientology does lead out of the labyrinth.
People have following the route mixed up with “the right to have their own ideas”. Anyone is certainly entitled to have opinions and ideas and cognitions—so long as these do not bar the route out for self and others. Scientology is a workable system. It white tapes the road out of the labyrinth. If there were no white tapes marking the right tunnels, Man would just go on wandering around and around the way he has for eons, darting off on wrong roads, going in circles, ending up in the sticky dark, alone. Scientology, exactly and correctly followed, takes the person up and out of the mess.
Scientology is the only workable system Man has. It has already taken people toward higher IQ, better lives and all that. No other system has. So realize that it has no competitor. Scientology is a workable system. It has the route taped. The search is done. Now the route only needs to be walked.
This indoctrination that scientology is the ONLY path to spiritual freedom continues to be reinforced as you progress in scientology. Aside from the fact that Hubbard is clearly asserting nobody else has ever found answers to help man — not Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Siddhartha Gautama or anyone else — you soon discover a scientology term used to describe things in the field of the mind, spirit and religion that are NOT scientology — “Other practices.”
In 1966 Hubbard made the following “crimes” in scientology:
Failure to personally apply Scientology
Disagreement with standard technology
Use of other practices instead of Scientology
Then this became the subject of sec checks to find out if you are engaged in “other practices” — this is a question included in a standard sec check:
Have you mixed the processes of Scientology with other practices?
Everyone in scientology is expected to subscribe to the “Auditor’s Code” which says:
I promise not to mix the processes of Scientology with other practices except when the preclear is physically ill and only medical means will serve.
In scientology, this precludes other religious practices as well as yoga or meditation or other things that are generally considered benign in normal society but are seen with contempt in scientology. You get how severe this prohibition is — “other practices” even includes “medical means” unless this is the only resort for “physical illness.”
But all of this is just the precursor to the bombs that are dropped by Hubbard on the OT levels. This is where the REAL revelation about how other religions should be viewed is laid down as the law of scientology. The secret material of OT III leave no doubt.
This is a couple of pages of his handwritten notes about OT III:
You will note that it discusses “36 days of picture implants” (for those unfamiliar with scientology terms, he is saying that people were electronically “hypnotized” to think and react a certain way — to obey or to reject) and these picture implants contain “God, the Devil, Angels…”
A simple translation of this arcane language (remember this was only supposed to ever be seen by advanced scientologists) — Hubbard is saying the ideas of God, the Devil and Angels are concepts put in people’s minds by the forces of evil in order to control them.
He goes into more detail in a lecture he delivered in 1968. He is explaining further the content of these “picture implants”
Anyway, every man is then shown to have been crucified, so don’t think that it’s an accident that this crucifixion .. they found out that this applied. Somebody, somewhere on this planet, back about six hundred BC, found some piece of R6. And I don’t know how they found it either by watching mad men or something but since that time they have used it and it became what is known as Christianity.
The man on the cross. There was no Christ but the man on the cross is shown as every man so of course each person seeing a crucified man has an immediate feeling of sympathy for this man. Therefore you get many PCs who say they are Christ. Now there are two reasons for that. One is the Roman Empire was prone to crucify people. So a person can have been crucified. But in R6 he is shown as crucified.
Now, set aside whether this makes any sense or not — the clear statement is that Christianity derives from an implant and “there was no Christ.”
So, in the words of Hubbard on the secret OT level III, there is no such thing as God and no such thing as Christ and Christianity is a manifestation of an evil electronic mind control mechanism that was placed in everyone 75 million years ago.
The Scientology Cross
A lot of people have asked about why scientology has a cross. I have seen various discussions about it relating to the occult and Aleister Crowley etc etc.
Let me explain from the scientology/Hubbard perspective.
Again, it begins with an “acceptable truth” – “the cross has long been a symbol used by man and the scientology cross has 8 points to represent each of the dynamics.”
But that is not REALLY why scientology uses a cross. If it was intended to represent the 8 dynamics it would be an 8 pointed STAR with all arms equal. No dynamic is considered to be more important than the others, yet the “scientology cross” does NOT have them equal in length.
Hubbard placed an enormous amount of importance on the symbols contained in “the R6 bank” — this series of “implants” installed in everyone on earth 75 million years ago. Here he is talking about this subject, again in 1968:
The whole population of the planet responds like a clock to R6 symbols. They respond to nothing else. They do not respond to reason. They only respond to R6 symbols.
Now I could give you much of the symbolism and so on which goes along with this but you find it recorded. This, of course, man responds to an exploding volcano [shows a DMSMH book front cover, which is an exploding volcano]. He responds to that. He understands that.
Hubbard put the volcano on the cover of Dianetics subsequent to “discovering” OT III in 1967 and it has remained there ever since. It is not there because of “explosive power” of Dianetics, but because it is associated with the “R6 bank” and Hubbard believed people would “respond” to that.
So, too the cross. As he says, the picture implants include “every man is then shown to have been crucified” and of course the whole population of this planet “responds like a clock to R6 symbols.”
There is a LOT of use of this symbology by Hubbard. The covers of the books he designed, the colors he used, the dress of the figures was all based on his ideas about the “R6 bank” and how to control people.
The cross represents religion to people. Because everyone has been implanted with this idea (though it seems the implants didn’t work so well in Asia).
The truth is that scientology is fundamentalist.
Every good scientologist religiously follows the words of L. Ron Hubbard who dictated that scientology is the ONLY path. Everyone else on earth is lost and has no way out. ONLY scientologists have the answers and doing anything else is not just a waste of time, but a hindrance to saving yourself and the planet as a whole.
But scientologists do not have the strength of their convictions. They will not come right out and say what they REALLY believe for fear of rejection or being scorned or laughed at. They will not admit they believe every other religion is a fraud up front. Just like they won’t admit to the REAL practice of disconnection. Or Fair Game. Or many other things that might cause people to reject them at first blush – before they can be indoctrinated into the party line that the lies are told for the good of all mankind. Remember, if you believe everyone has been “implanted” to believe other religions are their salvation you will not get anywhere by trying to tell them they are wrong, they must be brought along to an understanding that scientology DOES contain the answers and then they can ultimately be relieved of their implants and see the trickery of other religions for what they really are.
Every scientologist knows this “acceptable truth” is not true, but it is so ingrained in the culture of scientology to tell “acceptable truths” they will all say publicly that you can be a Jew or a Buddhist or anything else and still be a scientologist. Yet every scientologist would laugh at the idea of someone telling the course supervisor that they are not attending course on Saturday because it is Shabbat. Or that they could not stand and applaud L. Ron Hubbard (or David Miscavige) because it was worshipping a false idol. They would last 30 seconds and be sent to Ethics as “PTS” at a minimum, with orders to be “handled.”
This is just another small part of the deception of scientology.
The Last Word:
A commenter provided this and it really IS the last word. The official statement of the church to the IRS in seeking tax exempt status. Bolding mine:
The following is from “The Church of Spiritual Technology’s Explanation to the IRS As To Why It Qualifies As a “Church” Described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i).” It was reprinted in the December 1993 (Vol. 8, No. 6) issue of The Exempt Organization Tax Review, a publication of Tax Analysts, Inc.
The magazine gives as its source “Response to Final Series of IRS Questions Prior to Recognition of Exemption of CST Under Section 501(c)(3) As a Church on October 1, 1993. ”
Footnote 6: Although there is no policy or Scriptural mandate expressly requiring Scientologists to renounce other religious beliefs or membership in other churches, as a practical matter Scientologists are expected to and do become fully devoted to Scientology to the exclusion of other faiths. As Scientologists, they are required to look only to Scientology Scriptures for the answers to the fundamental questions of their existence and to seek enlightenment only from Scientology. Thus, a Scientologist who grew up in the Jewish faith who continues formal membership in his synagogue and attends services with his family violates no Scientology policy or tenet. On the other hand, such a person is not permitted to mix the practice of his former faith into his practice and understanding of Scientology so as to alter orthodox Scientology in any way.