For today’s post, I am indebted to an supporter of osteopathy, who has provided some interesting information about the activities of Narconon, which recently opened a small facility in the UK
Narconon is a Scientology front group, which claims to provide paid drug rehabilitation treatment, but actually delivers Scientology indoctrination.
The website Osteobiz, aims to coach osteopaths on the business side of their occupation. In one entry, the author warns about a range of cons and swindles which osteopaths are liable to be exposed to.
One of these is headlined “The Drug Rehab Centre Scam”… and that’s where Narconon comes in. Continue reading
Most repressive organisations have a list of banned books. Scientology takes this one step further. In 1983, the Church of Scientology banned a number of texts which:
- Were written by Scientologists in good standing
- Promoted a very orthodox interpretation of Scientology
- Were published by the Church of Scientology
- Were sold for some time, with official approval, in Scientology Orgs.
In short, they banned their own books.
This had been had been happening informally for decades, but in 1983 it was formalised in an internal document. A substantial number of books about Scientology by Scientologists were banned, simply because they were not written by L Ron Hubbard
Admittedly many of these texts were pamphlets, and their aim was limited. A typical disclaimer declared that the author’s purpose was, “to demonstrates various ways the author and others have successfully applied a few of the basic principles of Scientology”. Writing them required a minimum of original thought. They were all based on longer works by Hubbard who was given all credit at every opportunity.
After the break, I offer a theory as to why these texts were permitted for so long and why there were finally prohibited. There is also a partial list of banned books. If anyone has copies of any of these texts, I would be extremely grateful if you would contact me through this site’s feedback page.
In future posts in this series, I will closely examine the full text of at least four Scientology books banned by… The Church of Scientology. I hope that there will be more to come. Continue reading
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Thanks to a kind contributor I have acquired a scan of a rare 36-page pamphlet, written by Mary Sue Hubbard (the third wife of L Ron Hubbard). Entitled “Marriage Hats”. It consists of ‘marriage guidance’ for Scientologists from the then ‘first lady’ of the organisation.
It’s notable for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it’s one of a very few texts that were written by someone other than L Ron Hubbard and published by the Church of Scientology. As the Church became more repressive, and Hubbard established himself as the only source of valid information for Scientologists, these publications were withdrawn and are now rare and difficult to obtain.
Also, the author Mary Sue Hubbard (née Whipp) was, for many years, the de facto deputy leader of Scientology. Hubbard abandoned her in 1976 when Scientology’s “Snow White“project (which his wife organised on a day-today basis) was compromised, and went into hiding.
This project had been tasked with:
- ‘Correcting’ US government records concerning Scientology
- Gathering intelligence which could be used to promote Scientology’s interests using illegal means.
Mary Sue was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $10,000 for her involvement. She served one year, and never saw her husband again.
She was not to know how badly her marriage would turn out when she wrote this pamphlet. It unselfconsciously presents the Hubbards as a model couple and shows the incredibly dated social attitudes of the Church of Scientology – an organisation which is still mired in the 1950’s. Continue reading
In the last post in this series we started to examine the second book given to clients of Narconon, and saw that it is based on a Scientology practice (the “Purification Rundown” or “Purif”).
It is a picture-book version of L Ron Hubbard’s book, “Clear Body Clear Mind” (1990) which owes a lot to ideas introduced in his self-published 1957 text “All About Radiation“.
So far, Hubbard has asserted that he has proved that drugs (including medicinal drugs) can be stored in fat cells, along with environmental pollutants and “radiation”. We have seen that this flies in the face of scientific knowledge and is not supported by published research. In the case of the claim about ‘radiation’ Hubbard does not even seen to understand the difference between a radioactive substance and radiation itself.
We take up the story at page 28.
In this post we will continue to examine the the second Narconon workbook (download as .pdf) which is essentially identical to the Scientology practice know as “The Purification Rundown”.
In the previous post in this series, Hubbard claimed that the drug LSD could be stored in human fat cells and that, as a result, even people who had only taken the drug once would suffer recurring hallucinogenic experiences. We saw that is simply not the case because:
- It files in the face of scientific medicine – LSD is completely metabolised in 2-3 hours.
- Hubbard published no evidence whatsoever to support his claim
- The ‘proof’ which his supporters point to was manufactured by them and published in a highly suspect journal which presented hypotheses, not evidence, in any case.
As we read further into the Narconon workbook, we see Hubbard’s false claims about LSD being arbitrarily expanded to include, “medicinal drugs, food preservatives, tranquillizers, pesticides, chemical wastes, radiation and other toxic substances”. There is no evidence to support these claims either – especially the idea that ‘radiation’ can be ‘stored’, which is scientifically illiterate (see below).
Note: page numbers are those given by the .pdf reader software, not those of the books, to make it easier for readers to search for references. Continue reading
In the previous post in this series we started to examine the second Narconon workbook (download as .pdf).
This presents a central Scientology practice (the ‘Purification Rundown‘) as a drug rehabilitation technique.
We also covered the disclaimers that attempt to avoid any responsibility for the consequences of this ‘treatment’ and the worthless scientific paper that was presented as evidence that it works.
In this post we will move on to assess the ‘research findings’ claimed by L Ron Hubbard which form the basis for both Narconon’s ‘detoxification program’ and Scientology’s practice of ‘purification’ – the claim that drugs can somehow be ‘stored’ in fatty tissues and ‘reactivated’ years later to produce the same effect they had when first taken.
Note: page numbers are taken for the PDF software, not the document’s page numbering, so that the search facilities can be used
It’s either a very good TR, or he’s catatonic – you decide…
In the previous post in this series we looked at the first workbook given to clients of Narconon’s residential ‘drug rehabilitation’ programme, the “Narconon Therapeutic TR Course” by L Ron Hubbard (download as .pdf).
This requires Narconon clients to learn all of Scientology’s ‘Training Routines’ (aka TRs) in exactly the same way as beginning Scientologists do. Scientologists cover the first four of these during their, “Success through Communications Course” and the rest in the “Hubbard Qualified Scientologist” course. Narconon clients do them all in one go in the “Narconon Therapeutic TR Course”.
There are a total of 13 TRs (which are confusingly numbered). In the previous post in this series I described the first three. In this post, I cover the next four. The next post in this series should complete the task.
2003 | Scientology: Religion or Racket? | Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi
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This paper is an original take on the ongoing debate over whether or not The Church of Scientology is a religion or not.
In 2001, after the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Centre, Fox news received an e-mail. It included a ‘hotline’ which the author claimed would provide people traumatised by this terrible event with referrals to appropriate agencies and emotional support.
In the chaos after the attack, journalists included this number in their coverage without checking into its source. For several hours, viewers of Fox news saw a telephone number scrolling across the bottom of the screen: “MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE 800-FOR-TRUTH” (see the image above).
It soon emerged that the hotline was provided by the Church of Scientology in an apparent attempt to insure that vulnerable people contacted The Church of Scientology instead of their perceived enemy, psychiatry (which they believe is engaged in a conspiracy to oppress mankind, and is responsible for many historical evils – including the Nazi Holocaust). Continue reading
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The 193+ files available through the links above are .pdf versions of dated “Ability” magazines. They run from its inception in 1955 to issue 192, published in April 1967 and include the advertising inserts as separate files.
This publication was a short, ‘easy read’, designed principally to maintain contact with Scientology’s customers – essential in the days before the Internet.
Published roughly every month, the format alternated between a ‘Major Issue’ (heavy on articles, light on advertisements) and a shorter ‘Minor Issue’ (which concentrated on persuading people to sign up for training and meetings).
The style of this magazine shows a marked contrast between the organisation of Scientology under Hubbard and the modern micro-managed Church of Miscavige. “Ability” appears to have been run by committed staff who were able to exercise their own initiative (and were probably more motivated as a result).
Hubbard seems to have had minimal involvement in it’s day-to-day running, despite the fact that its subject matter revolved around his writings and ‘cult of personality’. Continue reading
1987 | The Hard Sell Pack | From the Works of L Ron Hubbard
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Scientologists called “Registrars” are tasked with selling “Scientology Services” – the various courses that constitute the practice of Scientology. Before they can begin this work, they are required to study a number of documents written by Hubbard including, “The Hard Sell Pack”.
This is a work of truly astonishing self-serving sophistry and misdirection. Like the previous post, “The Ship’s Org Book” the actual document is a loose connection of Hubbard directives, this time on the subject of selling Scientology services. Later packs contained required reading – a book by a car salesman purporting to teach “Big League Sales Closing Techniques“,
Hubbard’s basic argument throughout is that Scientology is on a vital, time-critical, mission to save the planet. It is (supposedly) opposed by an organised conspiracy of corrupt bankers, tax-seeking governments and psychiatrists. Consequently, Scientology desperately needs to make money to defend itself and swell its ranks with new recruits. Its mission is so important, that normal ethical restraints do not apply – the ends justify the means. Continue reading