We believe Scientology is a cult in the generally defined and accepted sense of the word.
Justice Latey for the London High Court, Queen’s Bench Family Division had this to say in his summation of an action brought before him involving custody of children related to a scientologist:
"Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious...It is corrupt sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has its real objective money and power for Mr. Hubbard..
It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it. It is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others."
What the Scientologists don't tell you
Dianetics and Scientology were created by adventure and science fiction writer L.Ron Hubbard. Shortly before publishing his first textbook in 1950, Hubbard told several people that the best way to become rich was to start a religion. Hubbard's wealth when he died in 1986 amounted to almost $650 million, all of it derived from the Church of Scientology. Hubbard made numerous false claims about his life. In fact, he was not a nuclear physicist, an explorer, nor a war hero. His claims to have studied with mystics in China, Tibet and India are entirely false. He was asked to leave a civil engineering degree course for deficiency of scholarship.
Hubbard was deeply involved with the practice of Aleister Crowley's 'Sex Magick.' In 1946, he participated in rituals aimed at reincarnating the goddess Babylon, the antichristian force of the book of Revelation. Shortly thereafter, he wrote in one of his journals 'All men are my slaves.' Although Scientologists campaign against drug abuse through a front group called Narconon, Hubbard was a self-confessed barbiturate addict, who experimented freely with drugs, even publicly recommending the use of amphetamines ('speed'). The 'Church' of Scientology was incorporated secretly by Hubbard in 1953, following a letter to an associate in which he asked her opinion of the 'religion angle.' Scientology probably became a 'religion' in the USA to avoid further investigation by the American Medical Association into Hubbard's many far-fetched claims. These included the ridiculous claim that Scientology would even cure cancer.
Scientologists undertake hundreds of hours of 'counselling,' paying as much as £500 per hour. The counselling actually heightens suggestibility, and undermines the critical faculties. Indeed, in a 1955 letter, Hubbard offered his 'brainwashing' techniques to the FBI. While being promised that through Scientology individuals will regain their 'self-determinism,' Scientology actually leads to unquestioning acceptance of Hubbard's belief system and the erosion of independent thought. To complete the elaborate and lengthy steps of Hubbard's 'Bridge to Total Freedom' takes years and costs in the region of £200,000. Some Scientologists have lost their homes and businesses to pay for increasingly expensive courses. With the secret 'Upper Levels,' Scientologists seek to achieve supernatural powers. Several thousand former Scientologists who have taken these courses can attest that the techniques are completely ineffective, leading only to a progressive dissociation from reality.
A belief in reincarnation is required in Scientology. In the third secret Upper Level, Hubbard asserted that 75 million years ago, the galactic ruler, Xenu, rounded up the populations of 76 planets and had them brought to earth. Here their bodies were dumped near volcanoes which were blown up with hydrogen bombs. The individual spirits (or 'thetans') were collected and 'implanted' with 36 days of movies depicting the symbols of Christianity and all the social, religious and technological phenomena which have since ensued. These spirits were then gathered into 'clusters,' and everyone currently alive is supposedly a mass of such clustered spirits.
In this way, Hubbard exploited the traditional belief in demon possession, and induced multiple personality disorders in his followers. It is not surprising that a number of Scientologists have either committed suicide or ended up in psychiatric hospitals. Most often, recruitment into Scientology begins with a personality test. The 'Oxford Capacity Analysis' was written by a former merchant seamen unschooled in psychology. The 200 question test has no connection with Oxford University, and demands extensive personal information. The Scientologists have a history of using material supposedly received in confidence to harass former members.
Scientology staff members work very long hours for very little pay (as much as 90 hours per week for less than five pounds). Scientology is governed by the Sea Organisation, members of which wear pseudo-naval uniforms, including campaign ribbons. often, they are allowed to see their children only once every two weeks. The children are brought up in the 'Cadet Organisation,' where they are taught absolute obedience to Scientology.
When their production statistics sag, Sea Organisation members are put onto a diet of rice and beans, sometimes for months on end. Miscreants are moved to 'pigs berthing.' If such punishment fails, the offender is put into the Rehabilitation Project Force or RPF. Membership of the RPF usually lasts for several months, but can last for as long as two years. 'RPFers' eat table scraps, sleep even shorter hours than the rest of the staff, may not speak unless spoken to, work long hours at menial tasks such as toilet cleaning, must obey all orders without question or hesitation, and spend five hours a day confessing the 'evil purposes' of their supposed previous incarnations. The RPF is a testimony to the mind control techniques of Scientology.
Scientologists have been involved in various criminal activities. Eleven, including Hubbard's wife Mary Sue, were imprisoned in the US for infiltrating government agencies and stealing files, including Interpol files on terrorism. During the course of these activities Scientologists bugged and burgled government offices. Scientology is well known for its tireless campaigns against its critics. For instance, Hubbard ordered that a cartoonist be ruined for mentioning Scientology in a single cartoon. According to the private investigator who ran the campaign for Scientology, £100,000 was spent on following Sunday Times journalist Russell Miller. Author Paulette Cooper was framed for a bomb threat by Scientology. It has often been charged that Scientology splits up families. This stems from the practise of 'disconnection,' whereby Scientologists are forbidden to speak to anyone critical of Scientology. Scientology forbids membership to journalists and homosexuals.