Note: Because of the length of this article, I never intended to post it online. I broke it down into six parts and made videos out of each one, which are here on my blog and on my YouTube channel. Once I completed those videos, I made it known that they came from this article and more than a couple of people wanted to see the article itself. So, here it is! I’ve also included download links for a PDF version of this, in case you want to read it off-line or send it to someone else. That link is here.
The Church of Scientology is imploding at what any outside spectator would call an alarming rate. While its leader, David Miscavige, stands before enthralled devotees several times a year claiming highest-ever membership figures and off-the-top production figures, the truth from inside is quite the opposite.
Since the late 1960s, Scientology has claimed membership in the millions. Yet those un-named millions have never been tallied from any official membership rolls nor validated in any way. In fact, it’s been reported by those who were actually there that the reports of “millions of members” were literally created out of thin air as nothing but PR fluff to satisfy some demanding senior Scientology executive who wouldn’t settle for anything less.
While the Church may lie to its public and the world in general, inside the organization they keep tight tally every single week of how many parishioners are actually attending services in every one of their organizations as well as how many attendees they have at their yearly event gatherings. And insiders have reported that these figures are an ever-dwindling spiral, now down to as low as 25 – 30,000 worldwide. Included in those figures are those who actually work for the organizations as well, meaning that public membership could be as low as 20,000. One recent credible source even estimates it as low as 10,000.
L. Ron Hubbard wrote many volumes of policies governing the purposes and activities of every single part of the organization, from its highest management echelons down to how cleaning personnel are to wash windows. No matter was too small for his personal attention. Within the Scientology world, Hubbard’s word is law, so there is no real doubt as to where these policies originated. When things have gone wildy wrong in the execution of these policies, blame has sometimes shifted to those who carried out the orders or even to its intended victims. But Hubbard himself clearly and repeatedly stated that the source of all of Scientology was Hubbard himself and that remains church doctrine today, no matter how corrupted or altered Hubbard’s writings have become.
The belief system of Scientology, what its adherents call “the technology” is not the problem. Like any other religion or cult, Scientology has its own unique set of ideas as to where the universe comes from, what Man’s relationship is with God and life, and its own codes and rules for happy living. None of these beliefs are really so very different from other belief systems, certainly not enough to call Scientology’s adherents crazy just for believing in them. Very few get away with calling Catholics insane for believing that they are imbibing the blood and flesh of Jesus Christ in Mass, and so it is with the Scientologists and their belief in the galactic ruler Xenu, Invader Forces conquering our solar system over the past many millennia and spiritual entities called thetans being the single source of all life anywhere. No, the belief system of Scientology has nothing whatsoever to do with why it is imploding.
A review of Scientology’s policies and activities shows why this world-wide implosion is occurring. While this also gives the answers as to what the organization must do if it is to survive into any kind of realistic future, it also shows why the Church will never execute the needed changes. The truth is that the Church is its own worst enemy. Here are the five aspects of Scientology organizational policy and activities which it must change to survive yet it is part of its very DNA to continue these practices until the very end:
1. Incessant demands for money with no accountability or exchange
Because Scientology is currently classified as a religion and not a for-profit business, it thrives and survives on the “donations” of its parishioners. While Hubbard himself categorically stated that these donations were only to be accepted for actual services rendered and materials delivered, beginning in the late 1970s, donations started being sought for non-service and material-related activities. Initially this was for legal defense when many of the Church’s highest members found themselves behind bars as part of the infamous “Operation Snow White”.
Finding this lucrative, this practice was ramped up enormously with the founding of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) in the 1984, ostensibly a membership fund with different classes of membership dependent upon how much money was donated. Many millions of dollars have been collected over the years by Scientologists claiming that this money was needed for the IAS to fund legal defenses and grant monies for special Scientology projects. This has been such a lucrative activity for the Church that they have continental offices for the IAS with full-time fundraisers who do nothing except spread tales of doom and gloom to alarm Scientologists that their hard-earned monies are needed immediately to avert some deadly crises plaguing all of Mankind, a crisis which only Scientology can handle.
Never is any proof given as to where any of these IAS funds actually go. If Scientologists ask about this, or for any degree of transparency at all, they are hounded by the Church’s Ethics Officers (people who enforce Church discipline and its justice actions) about their lack of faith in the organization and its highest executives. The internal membership rolls of the IAS, listing its actual number of current and expired memberships, is one of the most closely guarded secrets in all of the church.
Over the past few years, since about 2004, further fundraising has been being carried out to the tune of many more hundreds of millions of dollars to purchase and renovate new church buildings. These fundraising activities are carried out with a fervor and vehemence not often seen anywhere else, with parishioners cashing out trust funds and IRAs, giving up their children’s college funds and borrowing money from each other to give even more. All so the Church can buy unnecessarily large quarters for each church building in the world and then renovate them at vastly unnecessary costs. The end result is church buildings which stand nearly empty all around the world. Again, the Church provides zero transparency or accountability as to where the funds that were collected actually were spent. There is plenty of evidence that parishioner funds are being mis-used, and there is even a legal case of fraud brought against the Church right now in Florida by Luis Garcia over this kind of abuse.
In many cases, non-Scientology contractors have gone unpaid for months or even years after these buildings were opened, dunning the local church for the unpaid bills incurred by the international Church headquarters which arranged for these contractors to actually do their work.
The IAS and building fundraising activities have far exceeded the amount of money the Church’s local organizations raise for actual services delivered and materials purchased. So basically, the Church is making a great deal of money and delivering absolutely nothing in return. This practice has been going on for so many years that it is expected and routine for IAS fundraisers to visit each local Church every one to two months to dish out a new round of bad news and then demand the parishioners give more to solve the trumped-up crises.
No world catastrophe or incident is beyond the reach of the IAS fundraisers. If there is a typhoon in Malaysia, funds are needed to supposedly send Scientology Volunteer Ministers to provide relief. If there is war in the Ukraine, funds are needed to allegedly print pamphlet-sized booklets that will somehow be distributed in the region and magically create an aura of calm and goodwill. Whether these Volunteer Minsters ever arrive or whether these books are ever distributed is rarely reported on. In fact, those Church members who do actually believe in the cause, volunteer their time and actually go out to these disaster relief sites often do so at their own expense. The only thing the Church pays for is the airfare of the camera crew they send to film these volunteers doing their work so that they can then claim the Church issued grants of millions of dollars to provide “disaster relief.” It’s all nothing but a big PR show.
The Church of Scientology is a church, but it is definitely not a charity. The lack of accountability and transparency is a very large red flag in regards to its finances. Its incessant demand for more and more money with no exchange to its parishioners is causing ripple effects throughout its membership, who are more and more dissatisfied with the lack of any actual results despite the fundraising propaganda. Empty churches, a shrinking membership and no change in society as a result of Scientology’s efforts are not what these parishioners have been donating towards for all these years, but it is what they are seeing.
2. A complete failure to acknowledge or correct its errors
Fundamental to Scientology’s core beliefs is its inherent infallibility. The key policy letter in all of Scientology is titled “Keeping Scientology Working” (written February 7, 1965) and its first line is “We have sometimes since passed the point of achieving uniformly workable technology.” Hubbard then goes on to describe in some detail how Scientology is a methodology that produces results 100% of the time on 100% of the people to whom it is applied. This claim is absurd from the outset, as easily proven by the numerous and varied reports around the world of Scientology not able to produce the results it promises no matter who is doing the applying or under what conditions. However, within the Scientology world this claim of uniform workability is an absolute truth.
Interestingly, just two months after writing Keeping Scientology Working, Hubbard quietly backpedaled and wrote some more policies to explain why there are some people that Scientology just doesn’t work on. Rather than admit that Scientology might not be for everyone, or that some people are just harder to handle with his brand of psychotherapy, instead he writes this:
“Does their [the parishioner’s] history of routine auditing reveal any gains? If the answer is NO then there is your Suppressive Person….one only uses this one fact – no case gain by routine auditing over a longish period.”
“One hears a whine about ‘process didn’t work’ or sees an alter-is [illegal change] of tech. Go look. You’ll find it now and then leads to a Suppressive Person inside or outside the org.” – policy titled “Handling the Suppressive Person – The Basis of Insanity” written 5 April 1965.
Auditing not working on you? Well, it’s because you are a Suppressive Person (SP). What does that mean exactly? This is defined as “a person who seeks to suppress, or squash, any betterment activity or group. A suppressive person suppresses other people in his vicinity. This is the person whose behavior is calculated to be disastrous.” Hubbard went on to write quite a bit about Suppressive People. Basically, they are evil intentioned psychopaths who are actively engaged in criminal activities on a daily basis.
It is literally a point of Scientology policy that if you don’t want auditing or if you try it and it doesn’t seem to work on you, the only reason for that is because you are a psychopathic criminal.
This makes it easy to understand why Scientology executives have little to no compassion or understanding for its critics, and why absolutely no effort is ever made to change or adjust Scientology itself if someone is dissatisfied with its results.
It also makes it easy to see why getting a refund of services or membership fees is all but impossible, when the organization that is supposed to return your money thinks that you are an undeserving criminal psycho. Those who have asked for refunds have compared their experience to being treated like criminals, and this is why.
For these reasons, Scientology executives and leaders will never contemplate the idea that they or their organization could be doing something wrong and will therefore never seek to make operational changes or adjustments. As history has already proven, any group which cannot change or improve itself is a group that is not long for this world.
3. Suppressing free speech and expelling members for discontent
If nothing else, Scientology is an interesting study in dichotomies (opposites). Its policies, technology and history are replete with contradictions.
At one end, the Creed of the Church states “That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others….and that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly.” Note that this Creed clearly states “all men” and does not differentiate between Scientologists and non-Scientologists. Everyone is supposed to have free speech and free thought, according to one of the most fundamental documents of Church doctrine.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Church has a proven track record of repeatedly and consistently expelling members who openly voice disagreements with the Church’s management or its policies. If a Scientologist is caught even looking at anything anti-Scientology on the Internet, he risks being declared a “Suppressive Person” which will result in his immediate expulsion from the Church and disconnection from all other Scientologists.
In Scientology, freedom of speech is practiced only so long as you don’t try to direct that freedom towards the Church itself.
Very early in Scientology’s development, Hubbard wrote that communication is the key component of life and beings. In numerous ways he repeatedly stated that communication will resolve any difficulties or entanglements and that if someone is having a personal issue with another, it is only through communication that those issues can be resolved. In fact, Hubbard went so far as to state that it is communication alone which permits a being to get better at all.
So it’s somewhat surprising (or maybe it isn’t) that Hubbard would then turn around and write policies that require expelling someone for communicating their disagreements or upsets with Scientology, its founder or its executives. Yet that is exactly what Hubbard did. Rather than use communication to resolve those issues and bring the person back into the fold, the Church finds it more convenient to simply kick the “troublemaker” out entirely.
There is a list of people thousands long who have left Scientology and who then spoke out publicly against it. Almost everyone on that list was unable to have their claims or problems impartially listened to when they were still active members. Most had no desire to be expelled and did not leave the Church on their own volition, but were just kicked to the curb by the Church’s internal “justice” system. Many were trying to bring about some kind of reform or change from within, whether it be trying to reverse some injustice or correct some senior executive who was wrongly applying Hubbard’s policies. Very few of these thousands ever wanted to leave the Church and be a whistleblower. But the Church’s unreasonable policy to silence its critics left them no choice.
Before the rise of the Internet, Scientology’s ability to control the flow of information about itself was relatively easy. Suppressing news media at a local newspaper level or stopping a few television reports with threats of legal action were easy enough to arrange. The Church’s legal division, known as the Office of Special Affairs, liked to flex their muscles and did so often to silence public criticism through harassing lawsuits whose only purpose was to waste the time and money of their target and ruin them personally and/or financially. Hubbard himself wrote the Church policies that demand they engage in these costly legal battles, all to wear down the Church’s opponents and leave them in the financial gutter. “Ruin them utterly” Hubbard said. It’s hard to understand how some ex-Church members can actually continue to support Hubbard when presented with evidence that he personally gave directions like this for how to deal with Church critics.
Like many fascist and dictatorial governments are finding in this modern age, controlling the flow of information since the 1990s has been harder and harder, and now is a near impossibility. So it is no coincidence that since the 1990s, Scientology’s membership has been steadily decreasing.
In 2008, the hacker collective known as Anonymous decided to go head-to-head with Scientology. Almost overnight, the abuses and actual crimes being perpetrated by the Office of Special Affairs and the Church’s management were suddenly known the world over. Information exploded all over the blogosphere and Scientology’s public image went from a mysterious and somewhat kooky fringe religion to something that was actually dangerous and was ripping apart families. Their practices of expulsion and disconnection were now easily proven to be true, as more and more stories began to surface with real people coming forward and telling their stories. Stories of actual physical abuse being perpetrated by the head of the religion were too numerous to be easily explained away or shrugged off.
So it’s no wonder that the Church’s members, who may not be entirely candid with Church officials about how much they are reading on the Internet, are quietly leaving in higher numbers than ever before.
Hubbard died in 1986 and despite all his vaunted knowledge of intergalactic civilizations over the past many millennia, he somehow never envisioned the World Wide Web. Using entirely antiquated and inadequate policies, Church officials continue to try to squelch the free flow of information to their parishioners with ever-increasing draconian control measures over their thoughts and actions. But the tighter they draw the noose, the more members are slipping through and quietly exiting out the back door.
4. Active harassment and persecution of ex-members and critics (Fair Game policy)
There is something very unique to the Church of Scientology that sets it apart from other religions. Like the other policies I’ve been talking about in this article, this is part of the very fabric of the organization. Many Scientologists have no idea that this goes on and would categorically deny that their church does anything like this. However, there is ample proof of it and the church even admits to this. What I’m talking about, of course, is the policy of Fair Game.
Hubbard had things to say about the subject of justice before Scientology even existed, after publishing Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in 1950. But his first real codification of how to go about administering justice was in a now-obscure reference called the HCO Manual of Justice. It was published in 1959 but you won’t find it in any Church policy volumes because it’s a confidential reference.
This manual is not very long but it contains the roots of much of what is wrong with Scientology today. It can be found here. I highly recommend that you read it if you are interested in how Scientology justice personnel are trained. I’m not an expert on covert intelligence operations, but my take on this manual is that it is a fascinating study in paranoia and how to make illogical conclusions almost 100% of the time.
In the introduction, Hubbard wrote:
“People attack Scientology; I never forget it, always even the score.
“People attack auditors, or staff, or organisations, or me. I never forget until the slate is clear.”
He then goes on to say:
“When things go wrong and we don’t know why already by intelligence, we resort to investigation.
“When we need somebody haunted we investigate…
“When we investigate we do so noisily always. And usually mere investigation damps out the trouble even when we discover no really pertinent facts. Remember that – by investigation alone we can curb pushes and crush wildcat people and unethical ‘Dianetics and Scientology’ organizations.”
Now in anyone else’s estimation, what Hubbard is talking about here is stalking and harassment. I mean, what else does “when we want somebody haunted” mean? But he calls it investigation. And so we see a classic example of re-defining words to hide criminal activities in plain sight.
He goes on to describe how people can be interrogated on an E-meter, which he recommends be used as a lie detector, even though he said in many other lectures that an E-meter cannot be used for such a purpose as it is inaccurate in spotting if someone is actually lying.
Later in the manual, he recommends using private investigators:
“Overt investigation of someone or something attacking us by an outside detective agency should be done more often and hang the expense. It’s very effective. Often investigation by a private detective has alone closed up an entheta [bad] source or a squirrel organisation. In fact at this writing I can’t remember a time when it hasn’t!
“The reason for this is simple. Of twenty-one persons found attacking Dianetics and Scientology with rumours and entheta, eighteen of them under investigation were found to be members of the Communist Party or criminals, usually both. The smell of police or private detectives caused them to fly, to close down, to confess.
“Hire them and damn the cost when you need to.”
So you see, all the way back to 1959, Hubbard had it nailed down that only evil Communists and criminals would dare to ever speak out against Scientology. So according to his logic and what he instills in his followers, if you publicly disagree with Scientology and say so, you are a Communist or a criminal or both. You should see the full list he gives in the HCO Manual of Justice of the types of people he says to suspect.
Amazingly, if a Church attacker actually is a criminal, Hubbard’s handling is not to turn the guy in, but instead he advises to use the data to blackmail them into silence. I find this fascinating. If you got the goods on someone and you really wanted to stop them from continuing to speak out, wouldn’t you turn them into the authorities so they could go to jail? Isn’t that actually what real justice is all about?
Now with this background in mind, flash forward eight years to the very beginning of the Sea Organization and Hubbard’s release of the now infamous policy called “Penalties for Lower Conditions” on October 18, 1967.
In it, Hubbard first uses the term “Fair game” as the penalty for being an enemy. He says that the consequences of being an enemy and being “fair game” are “May be deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.”
Now if you read this and you remove any filters or rationalizations, what Hubbard is actually describing here is a penalty wherein a person may be beaten, stabbed, shot or even murdered and no discipline of any kind will be enacted on the offender. You can steal his mail, trash his car or burn his house down and the Scientology Ethics Officers won’t bat an eye. If you think that I’m being extreme, then you don’t know the history of the Church of Scientology and how far the Guardian’s Office and Office of Special Affairs will go to “protect” it.
About a year after the Fair Game policy was issued, there was so much bad PR from this practice, that Hubbard was forced to cancel the use of the term “Fair Game” in a policy he issued on October 21, 1968, CANCELLATION OF FAIR GAME. This issue does not cancel the earlier issue which includes the description of Fair Game. He made special note to mention that this did not cancel any policy on the treatment or handling of a Suppressive Person.
So this doesn’t really change or cancel anything.
As further proof of this, fast forward to 1984 when you have the Church attorneys in a court of law defending the use of Fair Game policy as a “core practice of Scientology”. So if you had any doubts up to now that what I’m talking about is somehow old or not practiced anymore or is ancient history, the Church’s own attorneys can prove you wrong.
Right now in Comal County, Texas, the stalking and harassment of ex-Scientologist Marty Rathbun and his wife, Monique, who was never a Scientologist of any kind, is being actively defended under the same arguments by the Church. It is a matter of court records that both Scientologists and hired private investigators carried out extensive surveillance of the Rathbuns for 4-6 years.
The Church attorneys argue that this practice of Fair Game is a constitutional right guaranteed by the First Amendment as a reflection of their freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
Now technically speaking, standing outside someone’s house and calling them names all day is protected free speech under the US Constitution. So is standing outside a funeral with signs reading “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “Fags Doom Nations” which is what the infamous Westboro Baptist Church does. Just because it’s within the literal interpretation of the law does not make it right or decent or civil. In fact, “disgusting” is more the word that comes to mind.
But if this were just a free speech issue, I wouldn’t be writing any of this. Scientology takes this practice of Fair Game far beyond free speech. In just this most recent case with the Rathbuns, it’s again a matter of court record that the Rathbuns received threatening anonymous phone calls, were followed anywhere they went when they left their home, information about visitors to their home was published on the internet, Scientologists literally tried to pick fights with them and antagonized them verbally in person, and they found hidden surveillance cameras pointing to the inside of their home.
They finally got up and moved to get away from the harassment, only to be followed by Church operatives, who continued the surveillance. According to the testimony of one of the Squirrel Busters (the group of high-level Scientologists who were actually doing the harassment), all of this was done specifically to “make their life a living hell”, which you’ll recall is exactly what Hubbard directed be done in his HCO Manual of Justice back in 1959.
The Scientologists have no shame, no barriers, no limits when it comes to what they think are their “rights” when it comes to taking out their perceived enemies. They will do anything and everything they feel the need to, in order to destroy their opposition.
Thankfully, when the church formally attempted to have the Rathbun’s suite dismissed the judge on the case shot them down in flames and made many interesting points in his written judgment. Amongst them was the point that the Church’s free speech defense was on very thin ice and did not really hold water given the fact that actual physical pain and suffering resulted from the Church’s actions.
Freedom of speech ends when real harm to its intended victim begins. This court case is making it clear that this activity on the Church’s part is not going to be tolerated in the courts any longer.
Pat Broeker is a name from Scientology’s history that most won’t recognize now. He was a top church executive in the 70s and 80s who worked side-by-side with David Miscavige until shortly after Hubbard’s death in 1986. Broeker was ousted as an executive when David Miscavige took over the Church, since Broeker was Miscavige’s only real rival for top position in the Church. Broeker took off and it was thought that he may have had the upper OT levels with him when he left. This turned out to not be true and it’s pretty much agreed-upon that any OT levels beyond OT VIII don’t actually even exist.
What was revealed two years ago was that private investigators Greg Arnold and Paul Marrick were paid somewhere between $10-12 million dollars to follow Pat Broeker for 25 years and report on his every move personally to David Miscavige.
I could write an entire book citing example after example of how the Church has practiced Fair Game policy over the last fifty years. It is well documented all across the Internet. I’ve spoken personally with many people who right now have various Fair Game activities being directed against them, including attempts to directly stop their business activities and means of income, including engaging in underhanded and even illegal activities to sabotage ex-Scientologists business ventures. The history of the Church in this matter speaks clearly: careers ruined, relationships shattered, bank accounts gone bust and lives destroyed.
As Hubbard said, it is required that you “always even the score.” This sounds more like revenge, not justice. And when you see enemies in every single person who ever speaks badly about Scientology, then I guess you get a very inflated idea of what that “score” adds up to.
It’s not a question of “Is the Church of Scientology doing this?” There is no question about that. Just ask anyone in the upper levels of the Office of Special Affairs or the people who are paid to defend the Church.
The money Scientologists give is what supports these Fair Game operations. Literally millions of dollars of parishioner monies are used to hire private investigators and lawyers, so that David Miscavige can defend his right to stalk and harass ex-Church members.
The most toxic and some would even call ‘evil’ policy of the Church of Scientology is the one known as ‘disconnection’. Simply put, this is the equivalent of shunning, where a member is expelled and no other Scientologists in good standing are permitted to speak with or associate with the shunned member forevermore.
In terms of religious practice, shunning is an archaic, uncommon practice, but it is not unique to Scientology. It’s a weird and creepy thing for any religion to do, but Scientology actually takes it to a whole new level.
The policy works like this: if Joe is connected to an SP, no matter who that SP is, then Joe is labelled a Potential Trouble Source (PTS). He is denied any further Scientology services until he “handles or disconnects” from the SP. If Joe wants to continue to be connected with the SP (like say the SP is Joe’s mother), then Joe has to somehow get the SP to recant and stop doing whatever he or she is doing that the Church considers suppressive (such as posting anti-Scientology statements online or telling Joe how bad Scientology is, etc). “Any PTS who fails to either handle or disconnect from the SP who is making him or her a PTS is, by failing to do so, guilty of a Suppressive Act.” So if Joe doesn’t disconnect, he is also declared a Suppressive Person.
When asked, Scientology PRs have vehemently and repeatedly denied that its policies require its members to disconnect from apostates (SPs), something none of the other religions that practice shunning are afraid to admit to.
Yet in keeping with their contrary nature, whenever anyone who has been victimized by the disconnection policy goes to the media about it, the Church claims that the practice is entirely voluntary.
Outsiders find it difficult to understand why anyone would disconnect, voluntarily or not, from their closest relatives, spouses and friends. The choice Scientology presents is simple: either disconnect from the SP or forget doing any more Scientology forever. For people who believe in Scientology, this is really no choice at all because not doing any more Scientology means they are giving up their eternal souls. Not to mention that they will never see their family and people they consider their friends ever again. Scientologists have a peculiar idea of what a “friend” is, because they will easily and immediately disconnect from anyone, even people they have known for decades, if a Church “Ethics Officer” tells them that person is no longer in good standing with the Church.
Disconnection policy is ostensibly stated to be for the protection of Scientologists, to keep them from being harmed by vicious antisocial personalities who seek to belittle or demean Scientology or stop people from achieving spiritual freedom. Of course if someone is viciously attacking you every day (whether those attacks are mental or physical) then it is your right to no longer remain in that person’s vicinity. That is common sense.
When your Church’s “Ethics Officer” tells you that your mother, son, brother, sister or even grandmother are antisocial because they express concern over your spending your retirement savings on Scientology for no visible return, that is not religious freedom expressing itself. It is a paranoid organization trying to control every aspect of its members’ lives so that nothing interrupts the flow of money coming into its coffers.
The Creed of the Church of Scientology is supposed to guarantee the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of thought to everyone, regardless of whether they are Scientologists or not. But that is just a convenient façade, written and promoted only to fool the Church’s members and make them believe that they are part of a humanitarian organization which is fighting to bring an end to the hostilities of the world. The truth is that the Church of Scientology is doing nothing but fomenting hostilities every chance it gets.
Scientology, like so many other small-time cults that have sprung into existence in the 20th century and faded away just as quickly, is not long for this world. Its own policies are seeing to that, while a steady stream of ex-members continue breaking away on an almost daily basis and blowing the whistle on its immoral and even criminal activities.
The seeds of its destruction were sown many years before its current leadership was in power, when Hubbard in his delusional paranoia wrote policies to “safeguard the Church” against his imagined enemies and set up a legal affairs division to enforce them. Those policies and the financial greed of the Church’s current leadership are seeing to it that it will not last much longer.
Those Scientologists who work in the Office of Special Affairs are not just willing, but are actually eager, to violate the human rights of anyone who leaves the Church and dares to speak out about their experiences. The only thing that is holding them in check at the present is the fact that their criminal activities are being exposed on the Internet and in the courts. This exposure is making it more and more difficult for OSA operatives to get away with the kind of activity they used to routinely engage in: stalking, harassment, trespassing, vandalism, breaking and entering, blackmail and worse.
Whether the Church of Scientology goes out with a bang or a whimper we have yet to see, but its destruction is assured. By its very nature, it can’t help but continue to destroy itself from within.
While Scientology claimed to be striving for an end to war, criminality and insanity, it ironically could not prevent those exact things within its own ranks.
The world will be a better place for its passing. It will not be missed.