In every aspect of scientology, the hypocrisy runs VERY deep.
They accuse others of “hate” while perpetrating it themselves. The rail against human trafficking while engaged in human trafficking of Sea Org members every day. They shout loudly about anti-Semitism while supporting and promoting some of the loudest anti-Semites.
And here they are again. Complaining that the APA’s “recent apology for its support of structural racism understates psychiatry’s racial human rights abuses and its long history of instigating racism…”
CCHR thinks their apology is inadequate. Frankly, it seemed almost over the top to me — they are quoted as follows in the CCHR piece:
“The APA apologizes for our contributions to the structural racism in our nation….”
“These appalling past actions, as well as their harmful effects, are ingrained in the structure of psychiatric practice….”
They complain these statements are somehow not up to their expectations, yet there has never been a SINGLE apology for anything by scientology. And there never will be.
Let’s stick with the subject at hand, racism. Where is ANY apology for Hubbard’s blatantly racist statements? You can find a fairly good collection of them here: L. Ron Hubbard’s Racist Statements
Some of my personal favorites:
“The trouble with China is, there are too many chinks here.”
“India: wonderful place — except for its people.”
“…the African tribesman, with his complete contempt for truth and his emphasis on brutality and savagery for others but not for himself, is a no-civilization.”
“This is the only way I know of to keep Australia from being deluged with Asiatic hordes.”
“You can put these things into the hands of some Chinese and send him to Hong Kong and we’ll have cleared chinks.”
“The Arab is to a point where he won’t even follow a decent leader. He’s got to have a man of blood, a man of cruelty, exaggeration and bigotry. Then he’ll follow him.”
“It is considered in England and the United States that the Government of South Africa is altogether too harsh with its native peoples. It is sadly humorous to notice that the native in South Africa, however, holds an exactly reverse opinion and the fault he finds with the South African Government is that it is far too lenient in its administration of laws throughout the native populace.”
“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 …”
“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.”
Pot. Kettle. Black.
A scientologist would argue that criticising Hubbard’s…errm…”racial denigrations” is presentism 101 and unfair, considering he was “a man of his time” and “knew no better.”
I would ask, if that is indeed the case, wtf then did he stand for? What does it say about a religion (and its founder) whose “absolute, eternal truths” become cringe and false with time and social progress?
If Hubbard knew no better in his day, what is the point in chasing “certainty” in present time?
Can you be certain your truths/beliefs won’t also become cringe and false in the future? Are you willing to change your ideas, if so, or do you consider them fixed?
He didn’t know any better in the ’20’s.
He didn’t know any better in the ’30’s.
He didn’t know any better in the ’40’s.
He didn’t know any better in the ’50’s.
He didn’t know any better in the ’60’s.
He didn’t know any better in the ’70’s.
He didn’t know any better up until the day he kicked the bucket in ’86.
Pretty much sums up a life long racist if ever there was one.
Jere Lull says
He didn’t know any better — and didn’t WANT to know any better — ANYthing which could upset his prejudices. He thunk what he thunk because that was what he thunk was right. I guess it made him feel better somehow, the poor bigot.
WTF is “structural racism” ? Is that the same thing as that other propaganda term “systemic racism” ?
Too bad people think that CCHR is a real organization dedicated to furthering human rights issues rather than another money-grubbing sham created by Scientology………
American history is the story of systemic racism.
For insight into systemic racism in American law/jurisprudence,check
out DRED SCOTT’S REVENGE: A LEGAL HISTORY OF RACE AND FREEDOM IN AMERICA by Andrew Napolitano.
America’s constitution was conceived and written by slave owners. The country’s expansion was built on land theft and genocide(systemic, unapologetic racism).
And so on…
Actually Mark, the USA was first part of Britain which had slavery. Slavery was incidental. The primary slavers were Africans who engaged in tribalism in the extreme for millennia. Getting wealthy off of selling other tribes into slavery. That was going on for CENTURIES before Britain and the US had slaves. So go to the ROOT of the problem. 😉
The “root of the problem”? “Slavery was incidental”?
Your avatar name is ironic.
Yes, INCIDENTAL “accompanying but not a major part of something.”
It was INCIDENTAL to the civil war with Britain and NOT the Raison d’être for forming the USA as a seperate country. Glad I could teach you some English and history.
My comment was about systemic racism being an essential, foundational component in the establishment and development of the US.
The bondage, slaughter, and degradation of millions of people was and is not “incidental” relative to the foundation and expansion of the United States; its economy, legal system, and culture were built on slavery and genocide, and 400 years after the arrival of African slaves and 200 years after 100+ Native American tribes were wiped out, there has been no formal political or social acknowledgement of this travesty(unlike Germany or South Africa regarding their national, historical issues with genocide/systemic racism), much less any concerted effort to apologize or make amends for said injustices.
I find it ironic that people seeking religious freedom justified their brutal marginalisation, enslavement, and murder of others with the belief that it was their God-mandated-and-blessed destiny and RIGHT to do so.
Addendum to my other reply to you.
Suggesting/inferring that African slave-trading before Europeans arrived on the African continent was as widespread, normal,and brutal as it was AFTER they arrived is just..heinous and factually incorrect.
The trans-Atlantic slave trade was the largest long-distance forced movement of people in recorded history. From the sixteenth to the late nineteenth centuries, over twelve million (some estimates run as high as fifteen million) African men, women, and children were enslaved, transported to the Americas, and bought and sold primarily by European and Euro-American slaveholders as chattel property used for their labor and skills.
And let’s not even get into the Papal Bull that basically stated it was God’s will that the African continent was destined to be ruled and “uplifted” (i.e. pillaged, plundered, and phucked)by the white Christians of Spain and Portugal…
I.. I just can’t anymore. My father who was in the sea org in the 80s while we lived in the roach infested Fountain Building is still indoctrinated. I’m so sick of these hypocritical bastards.
I’m so sorry. I was never in Scientology and I simply cannot imagine having my parents being indoctrination and deluded. So sad.
Thank you. I currently live in the interior of Alaska and have run out of heating fuel. Now I have to board my cat and go live in another gross shelter. It is -20⁰ right now. Why am I here?
Holy sh*t! Having lived in Southern Calif my whole life, I cannot imagine dealing with such freezing cold. Do you have plans or the means to maybe move out of Alaska in the future?
Sorry you have to deal with that. Sounds quite brutal.
Oops… meant *indoctrinated*
Jere Lull says
“hypocritical bastards” is right, though IMO, not intentionally; they just don’t look and THINK about the things, they’re too busy doing the busy-work of being scientologists, reading the reams of “inspirited revelation” and delving into their own fabricated space-opera stories for some insight into why they’re as messed up as they are told they are.
When I was in the United States Army there was only one color. GREEN.
Jere Lull says
GREEN Is the only color scientology/DM cares about: money, mo’ money EVEN MORE MONEY! Perhaps even the black of a high-limit Chase card as a second choice
Clearly Not Clear says
It’s hard to swallow, that I was affiliated with and supported, this theoretical religion whose leader spouted these heinous, racist, statements.
I’m glad you’re shining light on this evil ugliness.
Jere Lull says
He hid that ugliness behind nice-looking platitudes which never did have no real currency in scientology. The “creed” was one of those nice sounding pieces which were more famous in their breech. Hubbard, and now Miscavige, required complete adulation.It’s most laughable with DM since he had no hand in growing scientology, only in sucking it dry for his own gratification.