In the process of taking these snaps, a young Maori Scientology rep came rushing out of this tent asking what I was doing here and reaching for my phone. Who was I? he asked. I said I was a Member of Madang's Chamber of Commerce and wanted to know why they had pitched their tent within provincial government grounds? He said they had been in PNG for 4 months and were doing nothing illegal. Not exactly an answer, but then the real answer might be the fear of backlash against this globallyy discredited religious sect if they set up camp anywhere outside these gates.
I want to hear them explain how the science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard came to establish a global 'church' of dianetics. I want to hear them explain how mankind descends from an extraterretrial race of beings and that souls ("thetans") can be reincarnated on different planets. Explain how Hubbard's wisdom about the 'Upper Levels' cannot be revealed led to practitioners until they have paid thousands of dollars to the Church of Scientology.
Tell us how in January 1951, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners instituted proceedings against the Hubbard Dianetic Research Foundation for teaching medicine without a license, which eventually led to that foundation's bankruptcy (says Wikipedia). Also explain to us Hubbard's electropsychometer (or E-meter for short) whi8ch is said to be a tool in detecting changes in a person's state of mind.
Wikipedia further reminds us that:
'In the mid-sixties, the Church of Scientology was banned in several Australian states, starting with Victoria in 1965. The ban was based on the Anderson Report, which found that the auditing process involved "command" hypnosis, in which the hypnotist assumes "positive authoritative control" over the patient. On this point the report stated,
It is the firm conclusion of this Board that most scientology and dianetic techniques are those of authoritative hypnosis and as such are dangerous ... the scientific evidence which the Board heard from several expert witnesses of the highest repute ... leads to the inescapable conclusion that it is only in name that there is any difference between authoritative hypnosis and most of the techniques of scientology. Many scientology techniques are in fact hypnotic techniques, and Hubbard has not changed their nature by changing their names.
The Australian Church was forced to operate under the name of the "Church of the New Faith" as a result, the name and practice of Scientology having become illegal in the relevant states.
...In 1966 Hubbard stepped down... The following year, he formed the Sea Organization or Sea Org, which was to develop into an elite group within Scientology. The Sea Org was based on three ships, the Diana, the Athena, and the Apollo, which served as the flag ship. One month after the establishment of the Sea Org, Hubbard announced that he had made a breakthrough discovery, the result of which were the "OT III" materials purporting to provide a method for overcoming factors inhibiting spiritual progress.These materials were first disseminated on the ships, and then propagated by Sea Org members reassigned to staff Advanced Organizations on land.
In 1967 the IRS removed Scientology's tax-exempt status, asserting that its activities were commercial and operated for the benefit of Hubbard, rather than for charitable or religious purposes. The decision resulted in a process of litigation that would be settled in the Church's favour a quarter of a century later, the longest case of litigation in IRS history.
In 1979, as a result of FBI raids ...., eleven senior people in the church's Guardian's Office were convicted of obstructing justice, burglary of government offices, and theft of documents and government property. In 1981, Scientology took the German government to court for the first time.
On January 1, 1982 Scientology established the Religious Technology Center (RTC) to oversee and ensure the standard application of Scientology technology.On November 11, 1982, the Free Zone was established by former top Scientologists in disagreement with RTC.The Free Zone later became known as "Ron's Org" and was headed by former Hubbard Scientology Flagship Apollo Sea Org Captain "Bill" Robertson. The Free Zone Association was founded and registered under the laws of Germany.
...Starting in 1991, persons connected with Scientology filed fifty lawsuits against the Cult Awareness Network(CAN), a group that had been critical of Scientology.Although many of the suits were dismissed, one of the suits filed against the Cult Awareness Network resulted in $2 million in losses for the network. Consequently, the organization was forced to go bankrupt.
In 1996, Steven L. Hayes, a Scientologist, purchased the bankrupt Cult Awareness Network's logo and appurtenances. A new Cult Awareness Network was set up with Scientology backing, which operates as an information and networking center for non-traditional religions, referring callers to academics and other experts.
In a 1993 U.S. lawsuit brought by the Church of Scientology against Steven Fishman, a former member of the Church, Fishman made a court declaration which included several dozen pages of formerly secret esoterica detailing aspects of Scientologist cosmogony. As a result of the litigation, this material, normally strictly safeguarded and only used in Scientology's more advanced "OT levels", found its way onto the Internet This resulted in a battle between the Church of Scientology and its online critics over the right to disclose this material, or safeguard its confidentiality. The Church of Scientology was forced to issue a press release acknowledging the existence of this cosmogony, rather than allow its critics "to distort and misuse this information for their own purposes." Even so, the material, notably the story of Xenua, has since been widely disseminated and used to caricature Scientology, despite the Church's vigorous program of copyright litigation.'
Is this The Way to Happiness?