The Cult That Is Scientology

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The Cult That Is Scientology.

The Houstonian: The Cult That Is Scientology

http://houstonianonline.com/2016/11/01/the-cult-that-is-scientology/

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By Nick Ward

Stay away from Scientology. This sentence by itself can sum up this entire article, but I have to fill up an article and you probably want reasons why, so let me continue. I believe there really is no right religion and everyone figures out their life on their own, except for Scientology because Scientology is not a religion, it’s a cult. Scientology has become a cultural icon so you probably know a lot, but the more you learn about it, the more insane it gets. I’m not just talking about its ridiculous beliefs, but its overcharging of members and its shady leadership. However, let’s start with the first problem; its founder and the birth of the church.

[SNIP]

* * * This contains all the principles from Dianetics with the most ridiculous creation story ever conceived.

The story teaches that we are immortal beings who have lost our way. Further doctrine includes the story of Xenu, that Hubbard details in a document warning that a past trauma gave a person pneumonia if he attempts to solve it. Scientology views the document known as OT III, an auditing step, as sacred and only high level members are allowed to view. However, OT III has been leaked online and depicted in popular culture including the South Park episode, ‘Trapped in the Closet’. The story claims that the leader, a galactic confederacy named Xenu was about to be removed from power due to the overpopulation, so with the assistance of psychiatrists (notice his hatred of psychology got in there,) he gathered billions of his people and sent them to Earth to be transformed into “thetans” erasing their minds and becoming modern day humans. If you want to learn that story the proper way, it will cost you over $100,000. As you realize the beliefs of the Church are ridiculous and a rip-off to learn, but I haven’t even gotten to the criminal activities of the Church.

The Church isn’t very fond of criticism, and will come to extreme measures to eliminate dissent including Operation Snow White in the 70s. Operation Snow White was the Church’s own name for its criminal conspiracy to eliminate unfavorable documentation on the Church. The plan was carried by members in over 30 countries and targeted 136 organizations including government agencies and foreign embassies. Methods that were used included infiltration of buildings, wiretapping and theft of documents including 5,000 covert agents. This ended with 11 church officials going to jail, and the uncovering of Operation Freakout, and this one is even better than Snow White.

Operation Freakout was a plan in 1976 for the Church to have American journalist Paulette Cooper committed to a psychiatric hospital. Cooper was an outspoken critic of Scientology at the time, and the Church considered her a high level threat. The plan consisted of imitating Cooper and making threats on both the Arab consulate and making a threat to Gerald Ford. This however was not put into action, due to the uncovering by the FBI during its investigation into Snow White. Other operations against Cooper included Operation Dynamite, an attempt to frame her bomb threats, and Operation Daniel, exposing Cooper’s sex life. This is only a few of the cover operations carried out by the Church.

There are plenty of wonderful religions to join and to find meaning in, but stay away from Scientology. You shouldn’t have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to be a part of a church, the history of its founding is very concerning, and the ongoing criminal activity is even more concerning.

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The Cult That Is Scientology.

The Houstonian: The Cult That Is Scientology

http://houstonianonline.com/2016/11/01/the-cult-that-is-scientology/

* * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

By Nick Ward

Stay away from Scientology. This sentence by itself can sum up this entire article, but I have to fill up an article and you probably want reasons why, so let me continue. I believe there really is no right religion and everyone figures out their life on their own, except for Scientology because Scientology is not a religion, it’s a cult. Scientology has become a cultural icon so you probably know a lot, but the more you learn about it, the more insane it gets. I’m not just talking about its ridiculous beliefs, but its overcharging of members and its shady leadership. However, let’s start with the first problem; its founder and the birth of the church.

[SNIP]

* * * This contains all the principles from Dianetics with the most ridiculous creation story ever conceived.

The story teaches that we are immortal beings who have lost our way. Further doctrine includes the story of Xenu, that Hubbard details in a document warning that a past trauma gave a person pneumonia if he attempts to solve it. Scientology views the document known as OT III, an auditing step, as sacred and only high level members are allowed to view. However, OT III has been leaked online and depicted in popular culture including the South Park episode, ‘Trapped in the Closet’. The story claims that the leader, a galactic confederacy named Xenu was about to be removed from power due to the overpopulation, so with the assistance of psychiatrists (notice his hatred of psychology got in there,) he gathered billions of his people and sent them to Earth to be transformed into “thetans” erasing their minds and becoming modern day humans. If you want to learn that story the proper way, it will cost you over $100,000. As you realize the beliefs of the Church are ridiculous and a rip-off to learn, but I haven’t even gotten to the criminal activities of the Church.

The Church isn’t very fond of criticism, and will come to extreme measures to eliminate dissent including Operation Snow White in the 70s. Operation Snow White was the Church’s own name for its criminal conspiracy to eliminate unfavorable documentation on the Church. The plan was carried by members in over 30 countries and targeted 136 organizations including government agencies and foreign embassies. Methods that were used included infiltration of buildings, wiretapping and theft of documents including 5,000 covert agents. This ended with 11 church officials going to jail, and the uncovering of Operation Freakout, and this one is even better than Snow White.

Operation Freakout was a plan in 1976 for the Church to have American journalist Paulette Cooper committed to a psychiatric hospital. Cooper was an outspoken critic of Scientology at the time, and the Church considered her a high level threat. The plan consisted of imitating Cooper and making threats on both the Arab consulate and making a threat to Gerald Ford. This however was not put into action, due to the uncovering by the FBI during its investigation into Snow White. Other operations against Cooper included Operation Dynamite, an attempt to frame her bomb threats, and Operation Daniel, exposing Cooper’s sex life. This is only a few of the cover operations carried out by the Church.

There are plenty of wonderful religions to join and to find meaning in, but stay away from Scientology. You shouldn’t have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to be a part of a church, the history of its founding is very concerning, and the ongoing criminal activity is even more concerning.

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