Jun. 24th, 2005 07:59 pm
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Yes, Tom Cruise seems to have gone crazy, but what else could he do? Check out the craziness of his Scientology Guru:

L. Ron Hubbard was insane

Date: 2005-06-25 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pfeifferpack.livejournal.com
What Tom and co. also don't realize if WHY L Ron started Scientology in the beginning (he admitted it on more than one occassion too)...a tax shelter! He never intended or expected anyone to actually believe the twaddle his "religion" taught!

If you pay enough money and rise high enough in the ranks you discover the real "truth". Earth is a prison planet. We are all convicts here who must go through many incarnations to finally be redeemed and allowed back to our home world (the name escapes me, but I did know it at one time). It was straight out of his science fiction writing plot bunny pool. (Yes, he was a Sci/Fi writer). He started the religion and funneled all his money into it so it would be tax exempt! His right hand hench men had L Ron under "house arrest" on his yacht for the last 10 years of his life to prevent him from making any more comments telling the hoards of new followers the truth about the truth. He had a big mouth it seems and they didn't want to spoil a good thing.

They not only discourage any therapy, etc. of a medical or professional source (other than their "clearing" process where your past lives are examined to help you grow and move forward in your striving for redemption), but will threaten a member if they do go. Eventual expulsion happens if you don't back down.

In the 1970's the leaders of this "church" (cult) regularly made death threats against any reporter or official who dared to examine them too closely. They are well known to blackmail "important" members, keeping them in the fold. They prey on the weak, offering alcohol and drug clinics to help addicts quit. Once in, they are a dangerous group to cross.

They give "free personality tests" to lure the average guy/gal in (actually to weed out anyone who might see through them) and them bleed them dry financially with each "clearing" and class costing more and more until these people are deep in debt.

It is one scary group of folks.


Date: 2005-06-25 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenofattolia.livejournal.com
Yeah. My nephew has dropped out of the Cruise-backed tutoring program, and obviously not a moment too soon. Those people are loony.

Makes me sad about my Veronica Mars favorite Jason Dohring, though, because he has been "of the body" since he was a child. :/

Date: 2005-06-25 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spikewriter
Oh, I've been painfully aware of that one for years. I've had more than my share of run-ins with them in RL and in fandom -- they are painfully active trying to recruit people in the SF community here in LA, especially at Loscon, the annual SF lit convention out here.

Date: 2005-06-25 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I forgot to add -- Larry Niven apparently has a copy of the original version of Dianetics which has the bit in the forward about this being the way to start a religion. He loves mentioning that to the people from Bridge Publications, which is a Scientology front company.

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