Few ever have the gall to merely mention that word for fear of legal threats and/or murder, but here I offer the evidence I’ve gathered on Scientology through extensive research that should prove to discredit the cult as any legitimate organization in anyone’s eyes, as well as revealing what they really are, why celebrities flock to them, and show you what they really teach inside (their Operating Thetans – which usually costs a lot of money and time investment to see). Here at Silicon News, we aren’t afraid to blow the whistle on anyone.
Their Teachings, In Full
“Church” members who have gone through all the little hoops involved in climbing the ranks (including paying out large sums of cash) are assigned “OT Levels” in exchange for their efforts. Each “OT Level” has an associated paper/teaching, and the levels go from 1 to 8, where 8 (VIII) is considered the “highest” level reserved only for the best members of the church with utmost privilege.
We can’t display them here natively due to Copyright laws here in the U.S., but we can link to them directly where they are stored on Wikileaks: Here are the OT Thetans in full and here is the relevant Wikileaks article which also proves their authenticity (by way of legal threat).
Why Celebrities Flock
Basically, as I’ll elaborate below, the teachings are the work of Science Fiction author (and serious nutjob) L. Ron Hubbard, and as such the whole “religion” is a huge realistic application of a giant Science Fiction movie.
By paying large sums of money to the “church,” its followers are essentially living the experience of a Sci-Fi movie in reality – something actors would be the most interested in, hence their high numbers within the “organization.”
As for the other members, they are either interested because the celebrities are, or are easily influenced (like the general public so easily is these days) by the little Scientology tents they have set up around California and other metropolitan areas to reel in new members.
The “church” also has a history of making new members “feel good” about themselves in a way tailored to ensure that their members stick, something even Tom Cruise has admitted to being “helped” with in regards to his dyslexia. The “church” merely incorporates aspects of “you can be awesome” motivational teachings used in other organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous chapters in order to boost their success rate, and it works.
L. Ron Hubbard, as any basic research will show you, was a failed college student who turned to writing Science Fiction pieces before starting the “church” of Scientology – claiming the latter is definitely real despite the former being pure works of fiction created by the same imaginative man.
He has had his share of controversy, being forced to live out his last years on his “Sea Org” ship (now reserved for high-ranking members of the church played off as some “elite” paradise) surrounded by young boys who were his “elite helpers.” He lived on the Sea Org to escape the IRS, which made him a fugitive for the acts of fraud he committed against the U.S. government and therefore its allies over the years.
One of my favorite readings about him that demonstrate his mental instability was the “official” Scientology protocol of R2-45 (info) – that is, the protocol of murdering someone with a .45 caliber handgun, or “releasing their inner thetan back into the realm” as he put it to the Scientology sheep.
While modern Scientologists try to play R2-45 off as a joke, he clearly used it in serious contexts, ordering the procedure to be used against any enemies of Scientology on numerous occasions in both writing and verbally.
Their current leader has been accused by numerous people close to the “inner circle” of Scientology as being an incredibly violent man, including toward women. That alone says a lot about the organization as a whole.
What else but money. The main goal of Scientology is for the guys in charge (and shareholders, which I highly suspect there are) to make money off of all the easily-influenced people they can rake in off the streets given the celebrity appeal – not to mention the celebrities themselves, who may be investors.
The “church” is notorious for its lobbying, legal threats, and controversy – including the death of Lisa McPherson (memorial site), a Scientology member and later ex-member vocal about their poor practices whom was tortured and killed at the hands of their members. Her death was not some rogue incident that occurred by random members – there is strong evidence that it was a “church-sanctioned” activity, even worse than R2-45.
She is documented by police as being held against her will for days, and her autopsy reveals cockroach bites on numerous portions of her body that happened while she was alive – along with evidence of restraints used.
Scientology is a piece of shit. That alone isn’t news, most sane people in their right mind know this given all the overwhelming evidence supporting it, yet people continue to flock toward this scam in exchange for something to believe in place of normal religions given its Science Fiction appeal.
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Chris started at The Coffee Desk during its hey-day as an infrequent guest author who slowly grew to becoming a mainline contributor. He is a business grad student at USC who is very fluent with technology and the ever-evolving web, and has priceless contributions to Silicon News as a result. He is known for looking at the "big picture" of things, namely new technological trends, and analyzing them from a business perspective that so many IT professionals tend to glaze over in their focus on the technology's specifics.