Typically components within works of fiction make it into cultural references within society which is not a problem.It just struck me that, before Hubbard launched Scientology, he had made a living for many years as a pulp fiction writer. Gee whiz. I wonder if that might have something to do with the religion he founded?
Duh. Obviously. But maybe it's worth a bit more thinking about the implications.
Writing fiction that sells is making postulates that stick. You decide what happens (in your story), and other people buy it — literally. It's especially OT if you're writing sci-fi, because then you're making up the whole dang world. And in a sense it becomes real. People pay for it the same way they pay to read the newspaper. When you write something, you get to be the 'big being' whose whim is Fate.
And if you sell your stuff, then somehow it becomes decisive that the stuff was written by you in particular. Your Aunt Betsie could write a Harry Potter story, but nobody would care: it wouldn't be what really happened to Harry. Only J.K. Rowling has the power to decide that, and everybody knows it. Hubbard was never in her league, of course, but he must have tasted some lower grade screw-cap version of the same heady wine.
In comparison with this basic fact, that all writers are "Source" for the stories they write, I think it's only a minor detail that Scientology's 'space opera' scenario could easily have been one of Hubbard's penny-a-word plots. Even if he had somehow been more creative than Xenu, it would still have been true, that in switching careers from pulp writer to cult leader, Hubbard never really switched at all. He just kept on making stuff up, writing it out, and selling it.
Works of fiction being pawned off as fact such as religious texts, tend to make up people's beliefs systems which as we have been seen time and time again turn out to be damaging and have been seen to stifle human development, as in the case of the Dark Ages and modern day religious fundamentalist movements in the Middle East and the United States.