Lies Debunked: George Orwell


Scientology's doublecross

Scientology's® Claims

From: Public Relations (
Subject: George Orwell
Date: 1999/03/31


We have commonly hear the claim that L. Ron Hubbard said to get rich quick you should start a religion, or words to this effect.

We can find no claim on record like this aside from what George Orwell said - "I have always thought there might be a lot of cash in starting a new religion..."

This was proven in a court case and can be found in the ruling of County Court Munich I, dated 22 October 1982, which held that these statements could not be attributed to Mr. Hubbard as it was proven that he did not make them.

Public Relations
Church of Scientology

And now for the truth

When conveinient, Scientology apparently considers the lack of evidence to be either proof of innocence else it's a conspiracy. In this case it's apparently both.

In a 1981 issue of Reader's Digest, L. Ron Hubbard was quoted as saying:

"Writing a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion."

For some mysterious reason the Scientology organization "forgot" to mention this quote and -- in the claims faithfully reproduced above -- the organization expresses ignorance as to what the actual quote is.

To be fair, there have been a large variety of rumors regarding this quote, including the suggestion that Hubbard made a bar bet with Robert A. Heinlein. In Bare Faced Messiah which Scientology tried very hard to stop being published, Neison Himmel who shared a room with Hubbard stated:

"I always knew he was exceedingly anxious to hit big money -- he used to say he thought the easiest way to make money would be to start a cult."

Sam Merwin who edited Thrilling Science Fiction Magazine also commented upon what he knew about the claim. He confirmed the quote which Reader's Digest offered. Details of that confirmation are also discussed in Bare Faced Messiah. It's interesting to note that at the conference which Hubbard was supposed to have made the claim, numerous people who attended apparently recall the comment yet a number of Science Fiction writers have reported that they don't recall ever hearing the comment during the conference.

About the best coverage of this rumor I've ever encountered can be found at which provides a good review of not only the rumors, the quotes, the Scientology organization's usual denials, and background into lawsuits the criminal organization has filed in an attempt to halt these rumors and I recommend checking that web page out. It describes where George Orwell (writer of the world-famous "Animal Farm") factors into the issue.

Is the claim that Hubbard entered into a bar bet with George Orwell true? I tend to doubt it since there's really no evidence that can be found other than the testimony of Mr. Robert Vaughn Young who has provided an otherwise stellar exposure of his involvement with the organization.

Is the claim that Hubbard admitted publically that he felt the best way to make money would be to start a religion true? The evidence could swing either way with some people who was there and who would know better than most saying Yes, he did. Others who were apparently also at the conference don't recall Hubbard making the statement yet it's a question as to where Hubbard was at the time he supposedly made the admission.

It's also important to note that Hubbard didn't create a religion -- as a result of a bar bet or otherwise. Hubbard created a criminal enterprise based upon his delusional fantasies and only looked in to what he called his "religion angle" as a method of acquiring tax exemption so he and his fellow criminals could hold on to more of the take. His "Volunteer Minister" scam is based upon the fradulent tax scam.

In the end it comes down to who you believe: A massively criminal organization that apparently and by all external indications considers lying to be a religious sacrament, else individuals who knew Hubbard, attended Science Fiction conferences with Hubbard, or were once close associates with Hubbard who later escaped from the Scientology organization and started talking to the media and testifying in court.


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