Once again, scientology demonstrates “do as I say, not as I do” — following the well-trod path of founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Here again we see the so-called “Stand League” (I prefer to call it by its true acronym, STAAD — “scientologists taking action against discrimination”) railing against anti-Semitism in one of their recent blog posts.
This is their attempt to present themselves as champions of religious freedom and speech by taking a sure-to-gain-agreement stance that anti-Semitism is to be deplored.
How brave. How noble.
Old Martin Landon has really gone out on a limb with this one. And at the end of his piece he even invokes MLK:
How can you help turn off the “bigot spigot?” Simply don’t buy into any invitation to hate—anybody. As Dr. Martin Luther King observed, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.”
There are just a couple of large problems with this scientology propaganda.
First, scientology has its own “scripture” (as they call it) written by L. Ron Hubbard which calls for the utter destruction of their “enemies.” It is enshrined in a system of abuse and harassment he called “Fair Game.” They don’t even “return hate,” they emanate it. Especially for those who are no longer scientologists. This is a class of people — ex-scientologists — who have absolutely no right to even exist in the eyes of scientology. We are the scientology equivalent of the Jews to White Supremacists.
Second, one of the most celebrated and lauded people in scientology is IAS Freedom Medal Winner, international fundraiser and IAS poster child, Tony Muhammad. He straddles the two partners of the marriage made in hell between scientology and the Nation of Islam.
I have done a number of posts about this before — this is a recent one: An Update on the Anti-Semitic, Racist and Homophobic Statements by Tony Muhammad.
And here is a selection of quotes from “Minister” Muhammad:
“I’m going to show you how the Jews came to make sure that Black people never made no gains in America through jobs.”
“The serpent is the press, is the media, is the Jewish control. They’re lying. Lie, lie, lie, lie.”
“And I’m telling you the Jews do control the entertainment business. They control the banking. They control the athletics. They control basketball. They control baseball. They control it all. And, they control the drugs. They control the pimping. They control pedophilia. They control pornography. They control it all.”
Tony Muhammad continues to be featured on ScientologyTV as one of their “Voices for Humanity.”
Hey Martin, don’t you think you might do something about putting your own house in order before you star complaining about the White Supremacists? You have an avowed anti-Semite being lauded and promoted within your own organization. You know, people in glass houses…
Is there any way to start a petition on Change.org to have the IRS deny their tax exempt status? We need a million people to sign and send to the IRS showing that people are waking up to their scam. It is reverse pressure. If they can pressure the IRS, why can’t we?
Mike Rinder says
It’s been done a couple of times in the past.
Binge-watching all 3 seasons of The Aftermath was eye-opening – lots of tears. I’m just dumbfounded that they are allowed to call themselves a church and tout non-discrimination with their abusive ways and elitist structure. I just try to imagine if the Catholic church or other denomination put in place a program where rich people could buy their way to “spiritual freedom” but poor people’s only way to get it was to become an indentured servant/slave and be locked away for years of their life not allowed to leave. They’d be dismantled in a heartbeat. How is this allowed to happen in America??? I HOPE they lose their tax exemption. If you pay for services in any organization/religion it’s NOT a donation. Scientology must have gotten some members to work their way into key positions in the IRS. They are so slimy and the whole organization is a travesty. I will be glad when they implode.
“It was Mithoff, not Miscavige, who Hubbard asked be with Hubbard at the end.”
Well now, that is not surprising. After all, Mithoff very likely did not smell as badly as did the rat. I think that I would have made that exact same choice because one of those people is easily twice as tall as the other one and I certainly would have preferred someone who did not rise to the level of my nostrils given that they both carried a horrible stench with them. (actually, I would have probably asked for Shelley just for the annoyance factor for the rat. It would be such fun to watch him fester, fret, fume and foam at the mouth). I have heard that even the skunks who lived on the property would dig desperately to try to dig themselves foxholes so that they could cover themselves with earth in order to escape the stench of these scum suckers.
After all, it seems impossible to find any fault with that conduct. It could be classified as stench avoidance. See the relevant chapter in the Sea Org Combat Guide for Stinkers. But, be sure to wear your gas mask or other protective gear before you do.
Then, there is the issue of entertainment. I know that I would never want to spend my last hours with someone who was terribly boring and would drone on and on and on forever about the same kinds of crap and bore me to death. If I was on my death bed, I would like to try and find my own way to die and not succumb to the most boring scum on the planet.
Know what I mean?
To the best of my knowledge, psychiatrists and the psychiatry profession as a group has never said a bad word about this scam. Never once have they “pushed back”. I wonder why that is. In the end, my only conclusion is that these doctors have invested a huge amount of their life (I believe it takes 20 years of schooling to become a psychiatrist (12 years grade school plus 4 years undergrad plus 4 years med school plus 5 years as an intern and resident). All the psychiatrists I have ever met seem too busy serving the interests of their patients to be bothered getting into some kind of squabble with a cult who seems to make “nutjob” attacks on them.
IMO, that is what professionals and fine people do when verbally attacked by nutjobs – they do nothing. They are too busy trying to help some of the most seriously disadvantaged people in this world. Bravo to Psychiatrists!
Hate = Breaking up families like the CO$ does.
Hate = The IAS bankrupting SCN members.
Hate = Fair Gaming those who buy auditing elsewhere.
Hate = Declaring conscientious objectors suppressive.
Hate = LRH settling baseless “imaginary” scores and ruining people.
Hate = Miscavige beating up Sea Org members.
Hate = Non-enturbulation orders on those protesting DM’s fabricated donation racket.
Hate = Sec checking those questioning the whereabouts of DM’s wife.
STAAD – Spiteful Twats Acting Against Decency.
STAAD – Stinking Turds Always Acting Dishonestly.
Kronmex. I see you are somewhat expert in the art of Zingers. I seriously do wish you would come by more often and possibly even give us some lessons in the art – providing you don’t mind, that is?
You are clearly and expert in this area and I would love to hone my skills so that I could deal with some of these crazies when the come out and bother us.
Oh wise master! Please do return. I would definitely appreciate some of your expert guidance.
I don’t see any long range winning at being a Scientologist, following the full extent of what Hubbard wrote, especially trying to fulfill Hubbard’s final decade of orders, many of those orders still unexecuted, and more of Hubbard’s administrative rules and policies being not observed (a good thing).
Scientology theoretical practices and the Hubbard rules for staffs and followers are a mix of damned it you do, damned it you don’t, do what Hubbard said.
Best to just skip out of the movement, and get onto further adult education in life and learn something wiser.
Hubbard felt he failed at the end of his life, something he expressed briefly and apparently to Sarge Stephen Ffauth, but observers of Scientology history may wait in vain to hear what Pat Broeker thinks of Hubbard’s final state of mind.
It’s hard to really get a full detailed picture of the final day by day events and thoughts of Hubbard.
I so wish that Ray Mithoff would defect out and tell in detail his time with Hubbard.
It was Mithoff, not Miscavige, who Hubbard asked be with Hubbard at the end.
Not even the LRH lawyer was called by Hubbard.
You would think that just this snippet of info would be a lead to make contact and help Ray speak freely and in detail of Hubbard’s last thoughts and state of mind.
Anyways, even with those final details, it’s clear by a detailed study of Hubbard’s final 5-10 years of publicly available writings and the Ron’s Journal tape messages (it’s unfounded to think the Ron final briefings were faked by someone else, they were Hubbard), there is enough to let Hubbard give himself his final word about things.
No one’s even done a paper on Hubbard’s final 10 years of public output, but if done, that’d be Hubbard on Hubbard.
And then Sarge’s input is in Wright’s “Going Clear…” and in Marty’s “Memoirs of a Scientology Warrior Book.”
Hubbard all said, leaves an impossible position for the Scientologists to defend.
OT levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are simple exorcism of the “body-thetans” that Xenu dumped onto earth.
How can Scientology in this day and age sell that much exorcism of Xenu’s earth dump of “body-thetans.” It sounds just too much like endless paid for snipe-hunting.
Hubbard was still snipe-hunting for “body-thetans” in the final months of his life, that’s just a fact.
How can Scientology sell this?
If Scientology official dismantled and refunded all the donors, that’d be a start. Then let people who wished, do the pseudo-therapy and exorcism on their own, at their own expense and leisure, freely or not, to each other. Just use Hubbard’s books and lectures.
Hubbard left a mess that cannot be fixed, no matter what. The Scientology quackery which Ed Parkin hasn’t even learned how to do all the exorcism of Xenu’s “body-thetans” yet, he’ll never do any good for himself doing that stuff.
Golden Era Parachute says
Mike, you continue to impress me. I couldn’t have written a better piece in my own words. STAAD is embracing false ethics, as they are built on a lie. I have made statements when I was younger that I disavow. Can Scientology make such a claim? They obviously make statements publicly through front groups and lawyers, so when will it thst they disavow Tony Mohammad? I already know. When the money runs dry from NOI and they can no longer be an ally in Scientology making inroads into Muslim countries like Malaysia.
I speak out against groups that use violence for political means or groups with a history and ongoing pattern of abusing innocent people. Scientology fits the later, as they abuse former members without any fair process to stop the ongoing abuse or any justice and equality in handling matters of familial or financial harm. They choose not to act as responsible members of society. They abuse and then forcibly silence the victim or cover up the abuse completely. Seriously, is there a Stat for creating islands of moral decay around Orgs?
This part is a personal message for Ed, you are doing more harm by supporing an organization that has created victims out of innocent people. It has slandered them, and when the question of their innocence arises, they go searching for a ‘ruin’ to deceive others into thinking they are worthy of attack and abuse. This isn’t solely about the victims anymore, it’s about us helping Scientologists like you who are being fed lies in a vain attempt at more power and wealth for a dead movement and lost cause. Stop being part of a spiritually immature cult and stop following a long dead atomic age guru. I will personally be able to help you or anyone who wishes to leave with you. Start doing the right thing instead of being this mad PR narrative front man.
Todd Cray says
Aside from the obvious hypocrisy of “he may be an anti-Semitic hater but at least he’s OUR Freedom Medal winner hater,” the “religious” hatred against exes and the blanket hatred against “psychs” and anyone near and dear to those psychs (just ask Nicole Kidman), it’s remarkable to see this “religion” condemn ANY form of discrimination at all. This is a group steeped in an us vs them mentality.
You’re either in or out. “On our team”–bring your wallet–or a deplorable wog–a racist term. You’re either “able” (i.e. your credit line isn’t maxed out yet) or not worth bothering with. You’re either a homo novis, even though there’s zero evidence to distinguish anyone as such, or a homo sap. You’re either a scientologist, or your religion is a mere “implant.”
You’re either part of about 20,000 who recognize Hubbard’s long ago debunked status as a genius, or you’re with the other 7 billion or so over whom control yet needs to be established so that all of us may follow command intention.
Also, what about hating “psychs”? Scientologists practically froth at the mouth in their ire – and I’m sure some actual spittle has flown at CCHR rallies.
Between them and Hubbard’s reference that “Our enemies are less than twelve men. They are members of the Bank of England and other higher financial circles.” he definitely played on anti-semitic stereotypes about doctors (particularly the many Jewish founders of psychiatry, such as Freud and Breuer) and scheming bankers, without being explicit about it.
It’s been reported that Hubbard was fond of one of what we would now call alt-right newspapers like
The Spotlight, which dealt in conspiracy theories – some of what he wrote about definitely took inspiration from such sources – and similary flirted with anti-semitism while not being overt about it.
It always strikes me that Scientology uses lines such as that people should try it for themselves before judging it (especially if they’ve heard negative things), but then warns people of ever going anywhere near psychiatry due to its lures and dangers – but of course hypocrisy knows no bounds, especially in the Hubbard tradition.
Clearly Not Clear says
When I was a child, I was told many simple moral truths. One of those truths was, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
I really liked that one and it told me what I needed to know, when thinking mean thoughts of others or planning some mean thing to say about someone who didn’t agree with me or ticked me off.
In other words my hands weren’t perfectly clean and it was wrong to attack others for no good reason.
Maybe homilies and stories with morals weren’t told to Scientology kids because they were too busy learning how to use their demonstration kit and their clay to demonstrate difficult concepts and convoluted contrary things that Hubbard wrote.
Methinks the person at STAAD, writing against bigotry, when they have a gigantic public-facing bigot on their stage videoed as one of their heroes, is a really fantastic demonstration of the concept of irony.
George M. White says
Martin Luther King was friends with a famous Buddhist monk born in Viet Nam but with a temple in France. Here is an amazing video of this monk’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
To update us on Scientology Freedom Medal Winner Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad, during July 2020:
— NationTown TV rebroadcast the 4/11/18 lecture by Minister Tony Muhammad entitled, “Why The Jews Hated Jesus… And Why They Hate Farrakhan”:
— Minister Tony Muhammad published seventy (70) anti-Semitic “Understanding the Synagogue of Satan” graphics on Facebook:
— Minister Tony Muhammad continued to promote the anti-Semitic book series, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews”:
The books have been banned by Amazon. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., head of the department of Afro-American studies at Harvard University, called the first book in the series “the Bible of new anti-Semitism” and added that “the book massively misinterprets the historical record, largely through a process of cunningly selective quotations of often reputable sources.” See:
Clearly not Clear says
These are amazing examples.
Helpful information, thank you. And a joyous shout out that Bass did NOT get the VP pick. I very much doubt that if Biden wins Kamala Harris with her San Francisco District Attorney background and subsequent CA AG background would EVER be susceptible to the flattery, or needful of the money of the Church of Scientology, and as for the Nation of Islam and their anti-Semitism, with Harris’ Hollywood connections these hate-mongers wouldn’t stand a chance! Now all we have to do is cross our fingers that Biden is elected, Scientology Ass Kisser Bass won’t be offered a Cabinet position. There’s still that (possible) issue. But for now, Cult Ass Kisser Bass is OUT. I for one am enjoying that win.
Antisemitism in politics is the practical equivalent of a dead canary in a coal mine, I can’t say this often enough.
Michael Winters says
You’d think Scientology had figured out by now that people know how to Google and fact-check. Just goes to show you the extreme sheltered mind built on Hubbard’s teachings cannot ever evolve or even keep up with the times. And that is their doom. Miscavige just navigates the ship toward their oblivion.
Let’s send today’s article to every organization that deals with anti-Semitism! Every Senator, every Congressman The Attorney General of every state. You get the idea. Let’s do it.
Let’s help to make that easy by posting a list of all those people?
I do not live in the USA and so I would hope someone who does could do that more easily than I could
Good idea, Skyler! Now, if I could only figure out how to post a link. I am quite (hanging head in shame) IT-challenged!