Excellent Scientology information
Clambake.org is fighting againt The Church of Scientology and I think it's an excellent Scientology information site. Read The true story of L. Ron Hubbard and What Scientology Won't Tell You.
What is Scientology?
Scientology has its roots in a maverick form of psychological counseling that rejects the principles of modern psychiatry. In 1950, L. Ron Hubbard published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. (He founded the Church of Scientology a few years later.) The book outlined a philosophy of mental and physical illness and a method for treatment. Hubbard rejected the notion that psychiatry could provide lasting cures for psychological problems and condemned psychiatric treatments he deemed inhumane, like electroconvulsive therapy.Scientology uses brainwashing techniques and there are many different tactics they use on their people. They call them techniques to help "better" the lives.
The extent of the feud might stem from the immediate backlash that Hubbard received from mainstream mental health organizations. Dianetics was published in May 1950; by September, the American Psychological Association had advised therapists to avoid it. Not long after, the board of medical examiners in Hubbard's home state of New Jersey pursued legal action against him for practicing phony medicine.
I am not saying that Scientology isn't a cult, but Scientology is definitely about money. "The way to make a million dollars is to start a religion." And of course it's about control, but the sole purpose for controlling its members is to ensure the flow of money. It's unlikely that the people at the top of the organization believe any of its "teachings" any more than any of us here. Money is first and foremost and this is Hubbard in his own words:
"MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY."Scientology is possibly the largest and most widespread scam ever.
- L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384