‘¢ Who Do You Serve? “Scientology”
This is the Movie Stars Religion.
Part #6 of 9
About the Church of Scientology®
A religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard
Scientology is a very expensive religion to pursue. Every aspect of Scientology has some sort of fee associated with it. This is why Scientology’s “pews” are filled only with the wealthy. It is also a very strict religion and very punitive against those who would try to leave behind its teachings and membership. Its “scriptures” are limited solely to the writings and teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.
This again is one religion that is out for your money and really not care was will happen in the after life because they do not take the word of God for what it says.
Though scientologists will claim that Scientology is compatible with Christianity, the Bible counters each and every belief they hold to. The Bible teaches that God is the sovereign and only creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1); mankind was created by God (Genesis 1:27); the only salvation available to man is by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:8); salvation is a free gift that mankind can do nothing to earn (Ephesians 2:8-9); and Jesus Christ is alive and well and is seated at the right hand of God the Father even now (Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3), awaiting the time when He will gather His people to Himself to reside with Him for eternity in heaven. Everyone else will be cast into a very real hell, separated from God for eternity (Revelation 20:15).
Scientology categorically denies the existence of the God of the Bible, heaven, and hell. To a scientologist, Jesus Christ was simply a good teacher who unfortunately was wrongfully put to death. Scientology differs from biblical Christianity on every important doctrine. Some of the most important differences are summarized below.
God: Scientology believes that there are multiple gods and that some gods are above other gods. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, recognizes the one and only true God who revealed Himself to us in the Bible and through Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Him cannot believe the false concept of God as taught in Scientology.
Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power.
This famous article critical of Scientology has been the target of an organized book-burning campaign by Scientologists as detailed in the Scarff deposition. The piece was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism, the Worth Bingham Prize and the Conscience in Media Awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
By republishing it into the digital domain of the Usenet we hope to confer a kind of immortality on it that Scientology never does on either the perpetrators or victims of its crimes.
Please use under the fair use provision of the U.S. Copyright code.
Even as the cult of Scientology tries to destroy the truth, the truth shall be loosed over the planet forever.
Time Magazine May 6, 1991 page 50.
Special Report (cover story)
Copyright © 1991 Time Magazine
The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power
Ruined lives. Lost fortunes. Federal crimes. Scientology poses as a religion but really is a ruthless global scam — and aiming for the mainstream.
Noah Lottick of Kingston, Pa., had been a normal, happy 24-year-old who was looking for his place in the world. On the day last June when his parents drove to New York City to obtain his body, they were nearly catatonic with grief.
This young Russian-studies scholar had jumped from a 10th-floor window of the Milford Plaza Hotel and bounced off the hood of a stretch limousine. When the police arrived, his fingers were still clutching $171 in cash, virtually the only money he hadn’t turned over to the Church of Scientology, the self-help “philosophy” group he had discovered just seven months earlier.
His death inspired his father Edward, a physician, to start his own investigation of the church. “We thought Scientology was something like Dale Carnegie,” Lottick says. “I now believe it’s a school for psychopaths.” Their so-called therapies are manipulations. They take the best and the brightest people and destroy them.” The Lotticks want to sue the church for contributing to their son’s death, but the prospect has them frightened. For nearly 40 years, the big business of Scientology has shielded itself exquisitely behind the First Amendment as well as a battery of high-priced criminal lawyers and shady private detectives.
The Church of Scientology, started by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard to “clear” people of unhappiness, portrays itself as a religion. In reality the church is a hugely profitable global racket that survives by intimidating members and critics in a Mafia-like manner. At times during the past decade, prosecutions against Scientology seemed to be curbing its menace. Eleven top Scientologists, including Hubbard’s wife, were sent to prison in the early 1980s for infiltrating, burglarizing and wiretapping more than 100 private and government agencies in attempts to block their investigations. In recent years hundreds of longtime Scientology adherents — many charging that they were mentally of physically abused — have quit the church and criticized it at their own risk. Some have sued the church and won; others have settled for amounts in excess of $500,000. In various cases judges have labeled the church “schizophrenic and paranoid” and “corrupt, sinister and dangerous.”
This is another cult just out there to get your money and when you don’t have anymore your out on you own.
We must look in to the history of this harsh cult.
In Hollywood, Scientology has assembled a star-studded roster of followers by aggressively recruiting and regally pampering them at the church’s “Celebrity Centers,” a chain of clubhouses that offer expensive counseling and career guidance. Adherents include screen idols Tom Cruise and John Travolta, actresses Kirstie Alley, Mimi Rogers, and Anne Archer, Palm Springs mayor and performer Sonny Bono, jazzman Chick Corea and even Nancy Cartwright, the voice of cartoon star Bart Simpson. Rank-and-file members, however, are dealt a less glamorous Scientology.
During the early 1970s, the IRS conducted its own auditing sessions and proved that Hubbard was skimming millions of dollars from the church, laundering the money through dummy corporations in Panama and stashing it in Swiss bank accounts. Moreover, church members stole IRS documents, filed false tax returns and harassed the agency’s employees. By late 1985, with high-level defectors accusing Hubbard of having stolen as much as S200 million from the church, the IRS was seeking an indictment of Hubbard for tax fraud. Scientology members “worked day and night” shredding documents the IRS sought, according to defector Aznaran, who took part in the scheme. Hubbard, who had been in hiding for five years died before the criminal case could be prosecuted.
Harriet Baker learned the hard way about Scientology’s business of selling religion. When Baker, 73, lost her husband to cancer, a Scientologist turned up at her Los Angeles home peddling a $1,300 auditing package to cure her grief. Some $15,000 later, the Scientologists discovered that her house was debt free. They arranged a $45,000 mortgage, which they pressured her to tap for more auditing until Baker’s children helped their mother snap out of her daze. Last June, Baker demanded a $27,000 refund for unused services, prompting two cult members to show up at her door unannounced with an E-meter to interrogate her. Baker never got the money and, financially strapped, was forced to sell her house in September.
Here are some scams:
HEALTH CARE. HealthMed, a chain of clinics run by Scientologists, promotes a grueling and excessive system of saunas, exercise and vitamins designed by Hubbard to purify the body. Experts denounce the regime as quackery and potentially harmful, yet HealthMed solicits unions and public agencies for contracts. The chain is plugged heavily in a new book, Diet for a Poisoned Planet, by journalist David Steinman, who concludes that scores of common foods (among them: peanuts, bluefish, peaches and cottage cheese) are dangerous.
Three Florida Scientologists, including Ronald Bernstein, a big contributor to the church’s international “war chest,” pleaded guilty in March to using their rare-coin dealership as a money laundry. Other notorious activities by Scientologists include making the shady Vancouver stock exchange even shadier (see box) and plotting to plant operatives in the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Export-Import Bank of the U.S. The alleged purpose of this scheme: to gain inside information on which countries are going to be denied credit so that Scientology-linked traders can make illicit profits by taking “short” positions in those countries’ currencies.
BOOK PUBLISHING. Scientology mischiefmaking has even moved to the book industry. Since 1985 at least a dozen Hubbard books, printed by a church company, have made best-seller lists. They range from a 5,000-page sci-fi decology (Black Genesis, The Enemy Within, An Alien Affair) to the 40-year-old Dianetics. In 1988 the trade publication Publishers Weekly awarded the dead author a plaque commemorating the appearance of Dianetics on its best-seller list for 100 consecutive weeks.
Critics pan most of Hubbard’s books as unreadable, while defectors claim that church insiders are sometimes the real authors. Even so, Scientology has sent out armies of its followers to buy the group’s books at such major chains as B. Dalton’s and Waldenbooks to sustain the illusion of a best-selling author. A former Dalton’s manager says that some books arrived in his store with the chain’s price stickers already on them, suggesting that copies are being recycled. Scientology claims that sales of Hubbard books now top 90 million worldwide. The scheme, set up to gain converts and credibility, is coupled with a radio and TV advertising campaign virtually un- paralleled in the book industry.
For more on this go to: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Fishman/time-behar.html
So many are now leaving this cult. Videos to see:
For brain washing just join Scientology.
Slavery of Scientology.
Is Scientology a religion?
Or is something bigger?
Originally, LRH said Scientology was a science. He didn’t think too highly of organized religion:
“Society, thirsting for more control of more people substitutes religion for the spirit, the body for the soul, an identity for the individual and science and data for truth. In this direction lies insanity, increasing slavery, less knowingness, greater scarcity and less society.”
The original purpose of Scientology in 1951 was to open the gates to a better world. Scientology was not a psycho-therapy nor a religion. It was a body of knowledge which, when properly used, gave freedom and truth to the individual.
Later on LRH said Scientologists voted to qualify it as a religion.
Scientologists have a piece of technology called an Admin Scale. It is a hierarchy of elements relating to an activity: goals, purposes, plans, projects, orders, statistics, valuable final products, ideal scenes, etc. When trying to improve an activity, one of the things you can do is make sure that all elements of the activity are in alignment.
Here’s an example of an activity that doesn’t align within itself: We have a goal of helping people, so the people are threatened, offended, insulted, cheated and robbed of their money. Staff are beaten, threatened and treated like slaves… that are an example of an organization whose Admin Scale is not in alignment.
Let’s discuss Scientology’s tax exemption.
Let’s take a drive down reality street. Reality street is paved throughout every town in the world. You can go clear across the United States. Pick any route you like. Pass through any towns, small or large. Wherever you go, you will see churches. In every neighborhood you will see churches.
And not one of them will be a Church of Scientology.
Thirty one years ago when I got into Scientology there was a tiny mission in Houston. Today, there is still a tiny mission in Houston. Do you know how big Houston is? Thirty one years ago Dallas had about 75 full-time staff members. Today there is a great big empty building out in the sticks (Idle Org) and about 35 actual staff.
The Church of Scientology, “saving” all that imaginary money on taxes, has become as tiny as to be almost imperceptible in the general landscape. Compared to any other church, Scientology isn’t even on the map.
Other sites to view on this cult: http://web.ncf.ca/cj871/scnindex.html
The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power
Did the cult Scientology bludgeon the IRS into a billion dollar tax revenue give-away?
Is Scientology Christian or a cult?
I believe you get the point here. If the movie stars and alike my follow this cult but I believe you are more intelligent then they are. You will never fall for the lies of these.
Please pass this on — Have a blessed forever!!! Joshua Kim