That Scientology is considered a religion is strange enough in that there is nothing about faith in God, no such thing as prayer and the only public work they really do is go to devastated areas and distribute they brochures that tell of wonderful ideals people should follow, which they as a church refuse to follow. Worse is these pamphlets promote who Scientology wants you to believe they are so you will but their books and take their services, all which have set prices.
Fortunately even thought the United States has allowed them religion status many countries across the planet refuse to participate in this deception. Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Norway Chile, Czech Republic and Russia. In CANADA and Ireland they do not have status as a federally registered charity for tax purposes.
What Church do you know charges nearly $1 million dollars to discover their “secrets” at the “OT” levels which contradicts EVERYTHING they had taught you up to that point which had them become a member?
What Church do you know PAYS COMMISSIONS to it’s members to bring their friends into the church so that the more courses and counseling their friend does, the more they earn? That sounds like multi-level marketing system at best and a ponzi scheme at the worse!
Why is it that according to the FBI’s definition Scientology qualifies as a Hate Group as it promotes animosity, hostility, and malice against persons which differ from that of the members of the organization. “In the US, crimes that “manifest evidence of prejudice In the US, crimes that “manifest evidence of prejudice based on religion which is intimidation directed at an individual, may be investigated as acts of domestic terrorism.Not being a Scientologist and/or critical of its practices.
Scientology practices both hatred and domestic terrorism under what they call Fair Game. The term Fair Game is used to describe policies and practices carried out by the Church of Scientology towards people and groups it perceives as its enemies. Founder L. Ron Hubbard established the policy in the 1950s, in response to criticism both from within and outside his organization. Individuals or groups who are “Fair Game” are judged to be a threat to the Church and, according to the policy, can be punished and harassed using any and all means possible.
Applying the principles of Fair Game, Hubbard and his followers have targeted many individuals as well as government officials and agencies, including a program of covert and illegal infiltration of the IRS and other U.S. government agencies during the 1970s. They also conducted private investigations, character assassination and legal action against the Church’s critics in the media.The policy remains in effect and has been defended by the Church of Scientology as a core religious practice.
Hubbard told his followers to take a hard line against perceived opponents. In 1955 he wrote, “The purpose of the suit is to harass and discourage rather than to win. The law can be used easily to harass, and enough harassment on somebody who is simply on the thin edge anyway, well knowing that he is not authorized, will generally be sufficient to cause his professional decease. If possible, of course, ruin him utterly”.
In Hubbard’s Manual of Justice in 1959, he wrote “People attack Scientology. I never forget it, always even the score.”
He said that in dealing with opponents, his followers should “always find or manufacture enough threat against them to cause them to sue for peace. Don’t ever defend. Always attack.”[ He urged the use of “black propaganda” to “destroy reputation or public belief in persons, companies or nations.”[9
In 1965 Hubbard formulated the “Fair Game Law”, which states how to deal with people who interfere with Scientology’s activities. These suppressive persons could be considered “fair game” for retaliation:
By FAIR GAME is meant, the person designated may not be further protected by the codes and disciplines or the rights of a Scientologist.
In other words, the person would not be offered the rights or protection offered to Scientologists.
Hubbard later reissued the Fair Game policy with additional clarifications to define the scope of Fair Game. He made it clear that the policy applied to non-Scientologists as well, declaring:
The homes, property, places and abodes of persons who have been active in attempting to: suppress Scientology or Scientologists are all beyond any protection of Scientology Ethics, unless absolved by later Ethics or an amnesty … this Policy Letter extends to suppressive non-Scientology wives and husbands and parents, or other family members or hostile groups or even close friends.Yet even with a so called “amnesty” they can,as in my case,ignore it completely yo accomplish its hate filled goals!
In his Introduction to Scientology Ethics, published in 1968, Hubbard wrote that no Scientologist could be punished “for any action taken against a Suppressive Person or Group during the period that person or group is ‘fair game’.” He made it clear elsewhere in his writings that the policy would be applied to external organizations, including governments, that interfered with Scientology’s activities. He told Scientologists:
In a 1967 policy titled Penalties for Lower Conditions, Hubbard wrote that opponents who are “fair game” may be “deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”
Is that what you want your tax dollars to support? Plus this Church gets free services from the police, fire department, roads and highways and contribute nothing to education of students in the community as they don’t pay real estate taxes on their hundreds of millions of dollars of properties, why DO we pay for these services for them?
But look even deeper as how they hide behind the first amendment to make a mockery of our constitution.
L Ron Hubbard himself says they are not a religion over and over again in his own writings…
In 1952 L. Ron Hubbard said in his book History of Man, Chapter 8 he made it clear how what he does is NOT religion when he said
“…..rule out… spiritualism, or religion.”
In his book The Creation of Human Ability, L. Ron Hubbard said in1953.
“Society, thirsting for more control of more people substitutes religion for the spirit…. In this direction lies insanity, increasing slavery, less knowingness, greater scarcity and less society. Scientology has opened the gates to a better World. It is not a psycho-therapy nor a religion.”
Then in his book Fundamentals of Thought, L. Ron Hubbard, in 1956, Bridge Publishing, the 1983 edition, p. 7. He says “Scientology is a branch of psychology which treats human ability.”
Then on page. 8 he says
“The term Scientology is taken from the Latin word socio (knowing in the fullest sense of the word) and logos (study of). This term was not original as it was coined decades before by Dr. A. Nordenholz
“Scientology…..improves the health, intelligence, ability, behavior, skill and appearance of people. “It is a PRECISE AND EXACT SCIENCE [emphasis added], designed for an age of exact sciences.” (Of course Hubbard’s definition of science is a complete sham as science allows others to question theories and practices and do independent research to verify or disprove another scientist’s findings. Of course its laughable to consider Hubbard a scientist or his work science as he attacks anyone who questions his “findings” and labels them as an enemy to be attacked if anyone dares question him.)
While Hubbard has a chance to define Scientology in religious terms, he instead claims that Scientology is an EXACT SCIENCE. This is at odds with a religious definition which would involve faith, beliefs, and elements of the supernatural. Also note the barrage of medical claims made by Hubbard – in the United States, a religion can claim that dubious medical practices are rituals of faith, thereby avoiding government scrutiny.
Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter (HCOPL) 29 Oct. 1962, “Religion” said
“Scientology 1970 is being planned on a religious organization basis throughout the world. This will not upset in any way the usualactivities of any organization. It is entirely a matter for accountantsand solicitors.”
Perhaps these are many of the reason so many countries do not see Scientology as a religion but a money making scheme that makes false promises and seeks to punish anyone who criticizes them.
Even when the current head of the Church’s father, Ron Miscavige, wrote a tell-all book about how “Ruthless” his son is, The Church started found ways to get emails sent out through stooge email accounts to remind the world of the authors list of mistakes he made in his life and had video’s made from brainwashed parishioners to attest to the author’s weaknesses. Yet not once did they say regarding this, or the many other attacks they did on their former Scientology “stars” and organization leaders like Marty Rathburn, Mike Rinder, Karen DeLaCarriere and David Mayo, how despite the many decades of advanced work each had done, it was clear from Scienotlogy’s stand point, they were never helped to get better! Leah Remini shared in her bestselling book Troublemaker, published by Ballantine books in 2015, after she had given the Church over $1 million dollars for help over the years she was involved with the purpose to reach Scientology’s top secret levels supposed filled with special spiritual abilities “It didn’t work for me or anyone I knew. All those years of applying LRH (Scientology) didn’t make me less flawed, hurt, aggressive or insecure.”
This has also been my observation. As soon as someone leave the confines of the Church they begin to realize it was a deep group hypnosis that kept them so confined and unquestioning, that they fall into the cult mentality that they are special and everyone else is crazy. It impresses indelibly in one’s mind that only this way is the way to salvation and anything else will send you to hell! Remini sums it up this way in her wonderful book Troublemaker “my problem with Scientology-despite its claims to the contrary, the practice doesn’t help you better the world or even yourself; it only helps you be a better Scientologist”
And remember IF you leave the “Church” and decide to think on your own about it, question ANY tenat of it or communicate to anyone who does, you are considered an enemy,a suppressive person (SP) and therefore Fair Game to be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. As Hubbard says ..as an SP you “May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”
Is this what you want your tax dollars to support? Please write and call your congressman and senators and demand they take action against this vile, evil hate group.And please sign our petition to end their tax exemption now!