Scientologists pride themselves in proclaiming they understand how to correctly locate and assign “cause.” This is a fundamental concept in both tech and admin. “Spotting correct source” and finding “real why’s” and “spotting exact time, place, form and event” are catchphrases sprinkled through the scientology jargon. There are examples cited by Hubbard all over the place about “wrong-targeting” – the guy who is upset by his wife and irrationally “kicks the cat” etc etc
Hubbard proclaimed the Data Series as the pinnacle of logical thought. How you identify illogical thinking and come to the correct conclusion about the real cause of a situation. Identifying correct “ownership” is what everything from OT III through OT VII is all about. And much more. There is even a “Leadership” test unique to scientology that is exclusively about “assigning correct source” (one gets a perfect score by answering everything with the ideal of follow LRH “to the letter” rather than “thinking for yourself”).
Yet, when it comes to their black PR campaigns, all their “sincerely held religious beliefs” go out the window. Only a single overarching policy rules the day: Fair Game.
Here is a little exercise to prove the point.
This is a hypothetical scenario:
A man develops a system for “clearing” the mind.
Stories recounting experiences with it are written on the internet.
A woman, after reading the stories on the internet, uses the system and cures her phobias.
Who is the “cause” of this? The man who developed the system? The internet? The woman?
Every good scientologist would tell you the correct answer is “the man who developed the system.” This is “source” – L. Ron Hubbard.
A second hypothetical:
A man sexually abuses his stepchildren.
The media covers the story.
A legislator reads it and decides to introduce legislation to prevent similar sexual abuse of children.
Who is “cause” of this action — The man who Abused his children? The media? Or the legislator?
Many scientologists, using the same logic as above, would say it’s the man who beat his wife that caused the legislation. The rest would say it is the legislator — based on the scientology principle that you are responsible for and cause your own actions.
Not a single one would assign the cause to the internet.
And a final example:
Scientology and David Miscavige abuse a family and others.
Marc Headley writes about his experience.
A nutjob says that what he read in the book drove him to making death threats against Miscavige.
Who is the cause? Scientology and Miscavige? Marc Headley. The guy who made the threats?
Now, here there is only ONE answer in the twisted illogic eyes of bubble-dwelling scientologists. Marc Headley. Of course. Makes complete senses – as long as you ignore everything scientology proclaims are its sincerely held religious beliefs….
This is what circulated on the internet by one of scientology’s “anonymous” accounts that sends out smears on its “enemies” – [email protected]:
MARC HEADLEY – INCITER OF VIOLENCE AND RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY
Like present day violence and religious bigotry being fought in today’s world, Marc Headley, in his book, incited hatred toward the leader of the Church of Scientology. This triggered a sailor, who had merely read Headley’s book, to institute an online bomb threat requiring the Church to work with law enforcement to track him down and severely punish him.This individual admitted to law enforcement investigators that he was inflamed by Headley’s book, to threaten sending a “vehicle borne IED” [Improvised Explosive Devise] to the residence of the leader of the Church, another to a Los Angeles Scientology Church and a third to an elementary school utilizing Mr. Hubbard’s education methods, which then necessitated evacuations by law enforcement personnel.
Law enforcement officials identified Marc Headley’s book as the sole cause inflaming this individual to post this highly dangerous threat to life.
The link is to one of scientology’s “anonymous” websites.
If the problem was the BOOK, the guy would have been threatening Marc Headley. The problem was the CONTENTS of the book and the stories he recounted. Whoever this nutjob is that made the threats, he would, based on his reported ability to spot “correct source” (the whole thing could be made up of course) for his actions score very high on the scientology “leadership” test and would qualify for an executive position.
If David Miscavige and scientology are concerned about “inciting violence” – rather than trying to say the cause is the numerous accounts of his activities available to the public, he should clean up his act so there’s isn’t no sordid and abusive behavior for anyone to write about.
But that’s way too logical to get any traction inside the bubble.
Once again, the proof that scientology will stop at nothing to destroy its enemies is in plain sight. THEY send it out. Yet, when challenged about their behavior they always claim anyone expressing outrage is a “bigot” and a liar.
As a PR strategy, telling everyone that there are death threats being made against you is Baghdad Bob level crazy. Would not surprise me if sales of Marc Headley’s book increased as a result of this.
It sucks to be Miscavige. You just can’t win.