Lies Debunked: Why is Scientology called a religion?


Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

Subject: Why is Scientology called a religion?
Date: 2000/03/06

Why is Scientology called a religion?

Scientology certainly meets all three criteria generally used by religious scholars around the world to determine religiosity: 1) a belief in some Ultimate Reality, such as the Supreme or eternal truth that transcends the here and now of the secular world; 2) religious practices directed toward understanding, attaining or communing with this Ultimate Reality; and 3) a community of believers who join together in pursuing htis Ultimate Reality.

Scientology's beliefs in an Ultimate Reality that transcends the material world include its concepts of the thetan, the spiritual world (the seventh dynamic) and the Supremem Being (the eigth dynamic). The second element can be found in Scientology's life-rite ceremonies such as naming, marriage and funeral services, but predominantly in the religious services of auditing and training, through which Scientologists increase their spiritual awareness of themselves and attain an understanding of the spiritual world and, ultimately, their relationship with the Supreme Being. As to the third element, a very vital community of believers can be found at any church of Scientology at almost any time of the day.

Scientology holds in common with all great religions the dream of peace on Earth and salvation for man. What is new about Scientology is that it offers a precise path for bringing about spiritual improvement in the here and now and a way to accomplish it with absolute certainty.


And now for the truth

And that's complete nonsense. Documents seized by Federal authorities over the year show that L. Ron Hubbard started trying to demand that his criminal scam was some how a religion so that he would not have to pay taxes or otherwise b sent to prison for failing to pay taxes on the money he was raking in from the rubes.

In March of 1953, L. Ron Hubbard wrote to his colleague Helen O'Brien:

"I await your reaction on the religion angle. In my opinion, we couldn't get worse public opinion than we have had or have less customers with what we've got to sell. A religious charter would be necessary in Pennsylvania or NJ to make it stick. But I sure could make it stick."

"Customers." "Selling." "Making it stick." Scientology's own internal documents show that it is a business -- and its criminal history shows that it's a criminal enterprise. In numerous other documents that have either been seized by Federal officials or smuggled out of the crime syndicate, we find the deliberate deception to try to pretend that Scientology is some how a religion further exposed.

As an example, in 1962 Hubbard wrote:

"Scientology 1970 is being planned on a religious organization basis throught the world. This will not upset in any way the usual activities of any organization. It is entirely a matter for accountants and solicitors" (HCOPL 29 October 1962 "Religion").

So Hubbard admits to his fellow criminals that the deception that they're some how a religion is for money and lawyers. When Hubbard's crackpot medical healing claims began receiving scrutiny by governments and others, Hubbard apparently saw the need to distance his claims away from the secular to the religious. In United States v. Article or Device, etc.) the court stated:

"The bulk of the material is replete with falsehood medical and scientific claims devoid of any religious overlay or reference."

Hubbard started trying to make his criminal enterprise look like it was some how religious. In yet another document seized by the authorities, we read:

"...promotion of the practice of Dianetics as a treatment for the sick or afflicted... by other than medical doctors, will violate the medical practice laws where they exist and lead to trouble" (HCOPL 3 June 1969, "Legal Statement Concerning Dianetics and Medical Practice Laws").

So to try to avoid the laws against practicing medicine without a license and to avoid the laws punishing bunko fraud, Hubbard began to set policy on how to make Scientology appear to be religious. In yet another once secret document seized by the authorities, we read:

"Visual evidences that Scientology is a religion are mandatory on the PES... Stationary is to reflect the fact that orgs are churches... " (HCOPL of 12 February 1969, "Religion").

So we find that Scientology's attempts to pretend they're some how a religion to be a deliberate deception by their mad messiah L. Ron Hubbard. This is somewhat ironic since Scientology tells their followers (after they purchase the privelage, of course) that religion is an "implant" created specifically to keep humanity enslaved and that Chrisrtianity was started "when some madman discovered a piece of R6." Hubbard demanded, "The man on the cross. There was no man on the cross!" and then went on to describe how the "image"e; of a betrayed "thetan" -- Jesus -- is all an "implant."

But Scientology's belief that religion is a trap and that Christianity was created by a mad man et al. is prefectly acceptable as beliefs and few would suggest that Scientology has no right to such beliefs. In fact Scientology lies about what they believe and that's just simply wrong.

The Scientology spokesperson quoted above mentions "dynamics" and claims that layer number is 8 a "Supremem Being" -- in the hopes that you'll mistakenly assume that they're talking about god or gods (or even goddesses.) A "dynamic" in Scientology is a subgrouping with -- horribly -- the Scientology cult subgrouping being placed above the family subgrouping thus making giving money to the Scientology organization and devoting one's life to the Scientology organization more important than one's own family.

This philosophy is evidenced in the rampant child abuse alleged by former victims of the Scientology organization, and is also further evidenced in the freakishly bizarre "Sea Org" paramilitary branch of Scientology where children are considered throw aways.

Scientology has a saying:

The greater good for the greatest dynamic."

It's a fascist, totalitarian, authoritarian ideology that's sadly been reflected down through history from time to time. The notion is that whatever one must do for the good of the group -- even though it's against the law and harms people -- it's perfectly acceptable because it's done for the betterment of society somehow. Something like 17 million people died during World War 2 because of this notion; a notion that has been and continues to be used to justify massive inhuman tyrannies. And Scientology continues to use this ideology to justify their crimes.

Investigating Scientology and their claims to some how be a real religion turns up the convincing evidence that what the organization's ringleaders worship is money.

Sadly, however, many remaining followers actually do believe that they're involved in a religion. They're the unfortunate rubes that have not yet twigged to the never-ending bait-and-switch bunko scam; the people who have not yet had enough of the constant lies, swindles, demands for ever more money; the people who honestly believe that some how they're actually working to save the world. They're the people who have not yet discovered what Scientology's criminal history is or what it's actually all about -- or if they have, they're the people who have been so broadly mindwashed and abused by Scientology that they no longer care about the truth.

It's unfortunate that something like 40,000 followers are left in the organization and that many of them honestly believe that Scientology is some how a religion. They have the right to believe such yet the rest of us who are allowed to review the organization's history and are allowed to think for ourselves don't have to believe such lies.


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