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Snc Orignal Freedom Fighter Bent Corydon Happy 70th B-day!


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:dance::winner::cake::runaround::fly2: :woohoo: :woohoo:


Here's my video I made for him. I hope you all like it and IF
his book helped you, please come wish him a Happy Birthday as you have
no idea how much it means to him. :hug:


:bighug: To ALL

PS: Also IF you missed Bill Frank's talk..the link to it is in the comments of my video (as well as one here on ESMB) and also an interview by L Ron Hubbard Jr.


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[SIZE=+9]Happy Birthday
Bent Corydon

Thank You!

[SIZE=+3]What you wrote and did helped me out![/SIZE]​


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Happy Birthday Bent!

You deserve all the best that life has to offer for being a wise warrior at a time when the truth was so badly needed and hidden to our eyes, minds and hearts. Your book helped my family to see the light about LRH and to leave the cult. It was such an eye-opener and I highly recommend it to anyone wondering what the real truth is about LRH. Loaded with facts and dox it ripped the veil from my eyes at a time when it was sorely needed. Your bravery and acts of valor are beacons of light which will shine forever. I hope you are enjoying the things that make you feel good and have many warm hearts that shower you with love on a regular basis because you deserve it!

Please feel free to call on me and mine at any time you need anything. :clap:




I'm pretty sure that the situation with L. Ron Hubbard Jr. is covered in the Preface of the book. I did a quick cut and paste of some stuff already posted on ESMB, which might provide some background.

There are only five pages of material from Ron Jr. in 'Messiah or Madman?' and it has all been verified by other testimony and evidence, including court's evidence.

Unfortunately, the only scan available of the book is the 1998 scan of the 1987 edition (The one with with the "emergency cover.")

Below is a video by Mark Bunker from around 2000. Includes an interview with the former mayor of Clearwater, and a look at Dennis Clarke, cult thug and, then, head of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. From 15:48 to 16:20 Mark holds up and discusses a copy of the 3rd edition of the book, 'Messiah or Madman?' http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4595729596527335458 The 3rd edition (1996) is the preferred edition, if you can find it.

And for those who haven't seen it, here's the statement by Bent Corydon at the end of the 'Preface' of the 2nd and 3rd editions:

"As of the Spring of 1991, I have been a regular target for Scientology harassment - both 'legal' and otherwise - for over a decade. I have been sued six times. I have counter sued twice.

"I have had to struggle within a court system which does not recognize as meaningful the long-standing Scientology policy of using frivolous lawsuits for purposes of harassment.

"It's been very hard work. Yet I've been amazingly successful - or lucky. There are good judges, and even some honest lawyers. Unfortunately, over-all, the 'legal system' works in favor of the rich: competent lawyers are expensive. And the system of near endless 'appeals' often can bring the average person to his knees financially - and sometimes emotionally.

"I've watched many fall by the wayside. Silenced in various ways: by threats, harassment of family members, litigation induced financial problems, stress related illnesses, and - perhaps most insidiously - so called legal settlements arrived at under these and other conditions of duress

"In light of all this, it occurred to me that there is no absolute guarantee that I will always be able to withstand the Machiavellian machinations of this big sticky trap called the Church of Scientology. I have a family to support. It is feasible that I may collapse financially before the legal process is complete, and also feasible that I may have to settle on less than ideal terms.

"With this in mind, I wish to state that no matter what my fate may be, that one thing is absolutely true: I wholeheartedly support all of those who are working to make known the many hidden facts about this amoral and exploitative organization, and expose the truth about its founder, L. Ron Hubbard.

"I unequivocally stand by the contents of 'L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?'. This book has helped many to think through, and sort out, their disturbing experiences with Scientology. It has also helped to 'inoculate' those who might otherwise be vulnerable to the 'dark side' of Scientology.

"I look forward to seeing a second edition.

"- Bent Corydon, 1991"


The book L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman? has been published in three English language editions, each further revised and updated
(1987, 1992, and 1996.)

There is also a hardbound Russian language edition that became available in 2005.

An excerpt from the book flap for the 464 page 1996 edition:

"I have high hopes of smashing my name
into history so violently that it will take a
legendary form even if all the books are
destroyed. That goal is the real goal as far as
I am concerned. Things which stand too
consistently in my way make me nervous.
It's a pretty big job. In a hundred years
Roosevelt will have been forgotten - which
gives some idea of the magnitude of my
attempt. And all this boils and froths inside
my head...
"Psychiatrists, reaching the high of the
dusty desk, tell us that Alexander, Genghis
Khan and Napoleon were madmen. I know
they're maligning some very intelligent

L. Ron Hubbard wrote these words in a letter to
his first wife in 1938.

In 1950 he wrote the bestseller 'Dianetics, the
Modern Science of Mental Health. This inspired a
layman oriented mental health movement which,
ultimately, developed into Scientology, the most
profitable of the money-making new religions.

Hubbard's early Dianetic and Scientology writings
borrow freely from Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and
the founder of General Semantics, Alfred Korzybski.

And P.T. Barnum appears to have been an inspiration.

Hubbard also took much from the writings of Aleister
Crowley - self-proclaimed "Beast 666." This is a source
of embarrassment for the Scientology Church, which
is determined to achieve broad public acceptance.

In the 1960s Hubbard incorporated Brainwashing
methodologies into the subject. He established the
"Fair Game Policy" which states that an "enemy" of
Scientology "may be deprived of property or injured
by any means by any Scientologist, without
discipline of that Scientologist. May be tricked,
sued, lied to or destroyed."

He also became the Commodore of his own private
navy, and began to refer to himself as "Source."

L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman? exposes
as never before the dark side of Scientology, yet
contains an in-depth examination of the potential
positives of the subject and their actual origins.


Happy 70th Birthday Bent......hope it's the best ever!

Thank you so much for writing and publishing your book and helping others to learn more about the cult and it's founder.


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Excellent! kudos! Thanks for the video.

Although I left SCN (Riverside Mission staff) before he wrote that book, I did read it years after I had left staff (course sup) and it brought tears to my eyes (yes, I was literally choked up). It was the 1st expose book that I read, mainly, because I was there on staff during the early days of that Mission.

Please tell Bent that I luved his book and it helped me so much to understand SCN things after I left when I was still young!


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Happy Birthday, Bent! Regarding the oatee III material in your book ... when I read your book for the first time in 1989, in spite of having been out of Scientology at that point for over 7 years, I have to say ... you nearly killed me with that. I came as close to dying from laughing too hard as is humanly possible and still being able to walk away and live another day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Happy Birthday Bent.
I've previously stated to you that you are a personal hero of mine. Your book was the ABSOLUTE DECISION MAKER in my decision to leave SCIENTOLOGY permanently in 1996. In the years after that, any time I had any doubt that anything invented by L Ron HUBTURD may have been correct, I remember your book. HUBTURD stole from his followers all that can have relevantcy to contributing to human life. er ... Homo Novis life. And for the most part twisted it to suit his sociopathic/psychopathic needs.

Davey Miscarriage, take note, you little pile of ...


From 1987 - a full page ad taken out by publisher Lyle Stuart, in the 'New York Times', for the book, 'L. Ron Hubbard, Messiah or Madman?'. If I recall correctly, there were other similar ads in other newspapers.


Somewhere, perhaps on the Net, there's the original cover for the first edition of 'Messiah or Madman?', which was mostly red, featuring an "exploding" (see incident 2 of OT 3) volcano similar to the depiction on the 'Dianetics' book. (This depiction on the 'Dianetics' book was supposed to "restimulate" the "bank" and compel the person to obediently buy the 'Dianetics' book).

I remember seeing a picture of this cover in an magazine article on the book from 1987. It had Hubbard's head popping out the top of the lava-spewing volcano.

The original 'Madman?' book cover was exhibited at a Book Fair attended by Lyle Stuart, and caused quite a stir, especially since a few booths down, was the 'Dianetics' book booth.

Of course, Scientology sued, requiring the substitute black and white cover for the first edition.

I remember Heber Jentzsch gloating on a cable TV show about how it cost Lyle Stuart $35,000 for the expense of book covers he no longer could use.

Heber's gloating was short lived, and there would be three subsequent editions of the book, spanning many years.
Hey! :) This is pretty much what Bent looked like when I first met him:


Of course, I was an itty-bitty teeny-bopper... :baby:
...trying to remember if I was still in jr. high or was a freshman in high school... :unsure: Hmmm..

Anyway, I just recently saw him and I have to tell you, in total honesty...he seriously looks and acts like a man who is still in his 50's! :ohmy: :happydance: :thumbsup: Whatever he is doing, I hope he keeps up the good work, because it's working for him! :biggrin:

In many respects, I think he is doing better than ever and really enjoying his life. He is prospering, thriving, and contributing mightily to the cultural and artistic life of our fine city. :clap:

He has told me that writing his book was his own personal, private amends project...for having promoted Scientology to others. I wonder if he will ever really know what a far-reaching impact it has had on the public consciousness and AWARENESS of what Scientology and the Cult Ron created are really about by telling the truth about Ron, and his life and "work". In many ways it was a pioneering and watershed book, and it will always remain a very important work in the effort to educate the public about the truth about the Cult of Scientology.

Thank you Bent, for all the good you have done and will continue to do. :clap:

And Happy Birthday!!! :happydance: Wishing you everything that you wish for yourself. :)



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With all my heart thank you for all you have done.

Your book soothed me, helped calm me and helped me make sense of many things.

I read it non-stop! Cover to cover! I was a bit of a mess at the time. I well remember where I was when I read your book. I read your book in an attic room. I ate sandwiches and fruit as I read. It was such a strange time for me, my mind was shattered, my heart broken, the world had lost its colour.

Your words, written on the pages I turned so restlessly, contributed to bringing peace into my heart and the smile on my face. Thank you so much!

Thank you for your part in assisting this kiwi woman out of the batty labyrinth of scientology system.

I smile before you. Grateful! :rose:

Warm birthday wishes and love to you Bent
Glenda :)


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Thank you Bent. I am glad to know you are still kickin ! Your book was influential for me and I have often wondered how you are doing.


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Bent's book was the most important book in getting me out, in getting me unhypnotized and getting me over the illusions of Scientology. I owe him a great favor. He should know this. There were other influences for certain. But his one book, which I surreptitiously took out of the local library, put me on the real road to freedom.

After reading the book, I distinctly recall sitting in my kitchen, just having discussed Scientology with my spouse, when this mental mass simply lifted and the realizations that I was duped kept repeating in slightly different angles. It was like a mental vacuum cleaner. I've never had to wonder about Scientology since that moment. It will never take over my life again.
Isn't his name Brent?

Anyway. A very Happy Birthday to you!!

LOL!!! No, it's BENT. :biggrin: It is a Scandahoovian name. (I think Danish...:unsure:)

Just don't call him late to dinner! :giggle:

And while we're at it, Happy Father's Day to Bent! :hattip:

He's been a "Dutch Uncle" :) to me on occasion and given me some very good advice on several important challenges that I faced, so thank you Bent for helping to express that Fatherly energy to many in our community, when they need good advice and ENCOURAGEMENT! :thumbsup:
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