Academic Paper: Narconon, Scientology, and the Battle for Legitimacy, by Prof. Stephen Kent

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    Academic Paper: Narconon, Scientology, and the Battle for Legitimacy, by Prof. Stephen Kent.

    Marbrug Journal of Relgion: Narconon, Scientology, and the Battle for Legitimacy, by Prof. Stephen Kent

    http://archiv.ub.uni-marburg.de/ep/0004/article/view/6495/7412

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    By Stephen A. Kent

    Abstract

    This article provides an historical description and analysis of Scientology’s controversial drug treatment program, Narconon. Following scholarship by sociologist Terra Manca on Scientology’s pseudo-medicine, I argue that Scientology initially wavered about acknowledging its program to be part of its ‘religion,’ but eventually dropped this claim as it attempted to get Narconon programs and teachings established in communities. I show, however, the intimate association between Scientology and Narconon courses, and present some of the evidence that the program lacks scientific validity - especially its Purification Rundown.


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  2. Tilly

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    The article was long and I didn't feel like reading the whole thing but wasn't surprised that:

    Quote: "Narconon program used Scientology material that was not intended or designed for drug treatment.".........the State Department of Corrections canceled a $35,000 contract with NARCONON, a group that was doing drug abuse work with prisoners. State officials, calling the
    group’s program a ‘con,’ said it was really a recruiting effort for Scientology and had dubious success rates."..........During the early years of Narconon’s operations, and while Scientology was gaining control over the program, Hubbard clarified his position about what appropriate ethics were for Scientology members and the organizations they ran.In June 1968, Hubbard published one of several definitions of Scientology ethics, which ma
    de the elimination of counter-Scientology programs and positions an imperative for members, at the same time requiring them to eliminate
    all programs that were indifferent to or not involved with spreading his influence.UNQUOTE
     

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