“The Creation of ‘Religious’ Scientology” by Professor Stephen Kent
“Scientology Auditing and its Offshoots” by Robert Kaufman
“Toward a New Model of ‘Cult Control’” by Robert Vaughn Young
“The Orwellian Nature of Scientology” by Robert Vaughn Young
“Scientology From Inside Out” by Robert Vaughn Young
“My Perspective on Auditing” by Stacy Brooks
“Scientology’s Rejection of the Family” by Stacy Brooks
“Why the So-Called Beliefs of Scientology Matter” by Bob Minton
“The Everchanging Tech of Scientology” by Jesse Prince
“Why Scientologists Don’t Use Scents” by Jesse Prince
“The Hubbard is Bare” by Jeff Jacobsen
“Scientology’s Tax Exemption Should Be Rescinded” by Jeff Jacobsen
“Wise as a Scientology Front Group” by Jeff Jacobsen
The Literati Contest
In 1999, Bob Minton started a “Literati Contest” on the Internet newsgroup called alt.religion.scientology that resulted in the submission of 12 very insightful essays into the “dark side” or inner workings of the Scientology organization and the real intent of L. Ron Hubbard.
In 2000, the Literatti Contest was continued by the Lisa McPherson Trust.
Official Rules for the Year 2000 Contest, Announcement and Background
2000 Winning Essays
“Scientology: Control, Freedom & Responsibility.”
The LMT asked for essays which would analyze how control, freedom and responsibility operate together or clash within the organization and how these interface with the non-Scientology world. How that is done or presented was up to the essayist. The essayist was also free to choose their own title for the piece.
First Place: Chris Owen
“The Control Agenda” PDF format
Second Place: “Anti-Virus”
“Scientology: Soul Hackers” PDF format
Third Place: “Peter Smith”
“Doubletalk: Orwellian Reversal Of Meaning”
Special Cartesian Award: Erik W. Snead
“Scientology and the Paradoxes of Freedom”
Special Junior Division: Astra Woodcraft
“When Can I Start My Life?”
2000 Honorable Mention
Eldon M. Braun
“The Attention Fix”
“Control, Freedom and Responsibility”
“Peeling the Onion”
“The Art of Deception – II”
“Is Freedom It’s Own Reward?”
“What You Are About to Read is Entheta”
“A World Without”
David S. Touretzky
“The Hidden Messages in Study Tech”
“Rose Colored Glasses”
1999 Winning Essays
First Place: Joe Cisar
“Doing Hard Time on Planet Earth”
(12,000+ words – 79Kb)
Second Place: Scott Mayer
“Making God Swallow His Laughter”
(11,000 words – 69Kb)
Third Place: Arnie Lerma
“The Art of Deception”
(11,000 words – 69Kb)
February 22, 2000
Robert Vaughn Young, was a member of the Sea Organization for twenty years, during which time he worked almost exclusively for the Office of Special Affairs. Both he and his wife were highly placed personalities, Stacy Young was the chief editor of the Scientology Freedom magazine and Vaughn Young had made a name for himself in the inner circles of Scientology. Both broke out of the cult in 1989 and started speaking out against it in 1993.
(Originally posted to the newsgroup alt.religion.scientology)
Continue reading “Towards A New Model Of ''Cult Control"”
Scientology vs. Orwell’s 1984
By Robert Vaughn Young
There are disturbing parallels between the book “1984” by George Orwell and Scientology. Try to substitute “Sea Org/Dept 20” for “Party”.
(Text compiled by Andreas Heldal-Lund from different posts by Robert Vaughn Young (RVY).)
Robert Vaughn Young, was a member of the Sea Organization for twenty years, during which time he worked almost exclusively for the Office of Special Affairs. Both he and his wife were highly placed personalities, Stacy Young was the chief editor of the Scientology Freedom magazine and Vaughn Young had made a name for himself in the inner circles of Scientology. Both broke out of the cult in 1989 and started speaking out against it in 1993. Continue reading “The Orwellian Nature of Scientology”
A former insider reveals strategies for managing the news media
Published in Quill, The Magazine of The Society for Professional Journalists; November-December 1993. [pages 38-41, consisting of a major story, a smaller story and four sidebars] Copyright 1993 by Quill. Webbed with RVY’s permission. Continue reading “Scientology from Inside Out”
By Jeff Jacobsen
July 19, 2001
On October 1, 1993, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service formally announced that the Church of Scientology and its myriad corporate entities had been granted tax exemption. This was a stunning announcement considering that the IRS had been in almost constant battle with Scientology since 1966, had several court (and even a Supreme Court) rulings in its favor, and had compelling evidence of Scientology fraud, misrepresentation, and even harassment against IRS officials. The ruling, however, stopped thousands of lawsuits against the IRS and individual IRS auditors filed by or on behalf of Scientology.
“THE WAR IS OVER!” trumpeted International Scientology News magazine, showing the huge rally Scientology held to celebrate their “victory” over the IRS which had created “false reports disseminated overseas.” “…of all the many agencies that barked at Scientology’s heels in the ensuing years, the most persistent – and the most dangerous – was the IRS… It’s ultimate stated purpose: to destroy the Church of Scientology.”
Continue reading “Scientology's Tax Exemption Should be Rescinded”
Stephen A. Kent
Departments of Sociology
Universities of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H4
Paper Presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1992.
PUBLISHED IN: RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY 18 No. 2 (December 1999): 97-126.
[p. 97] The Creation of ‘Religious’ Scientology
Among the most complex and mysterious ideologies of the so-called new religions today is Scientology. A multinational conglomerate dedicated to the propagation and implementation of L. Ron Hubbard’s beliefs and ideas, Scientology operated missions in approximately twenty-five countries and had an active membership of at least 75,000 in the early 1990s (Kent, 1999a: 147 and n.2). (More precise and recent figures are exceeding difficult to acquire.) Aspects of its elaborate ideological system relate to business practices (Hall, 1998; Passas, 1994; Passas and Castillo, 1992), educational techniques, mental health (Wallis, 1976), drug rehabilitation, moral values, environmentalism, and religion. Its religious theology and accompanying cosmology are poorly understood by researchers (for an exception see Meldgaard, 1992),(1) who fail to appreciate how they motivate members, identify societal opponents, and reflect the social and financial pressures that plagued its founder and sole theologian, L. Ron Hubbard, in the early 1950s.
Continue reading “The Creation of Religious Scientology”
by Robert Kaufman (author of “Inside Scientology)
L. Ron Hubbard raised Scientology from Dianetics’ ashes with the aid of a device that tracks electrical resistance on skin surfaces of the “auditee’s” hands during sessions. Hubbard claimed that E-meter “reads” confirmed his notions about tracings of events, images and words making up a destructive mind he called the “bank.” In the auditing procedure, the readings are supposed to signify the presence and dispersal of “charge” present in the events and other “bank” material. The meter not only keeps the processing on course but also verifies the results. Continue reading “Scientology Auditing and its Offshoots”
By Jesse Prince
Stacy’s essay about her perspective on Scientology auditing
inspired me to write something about auditing myself.
I spent sixteen years in the Sea Org. For twelve of those years I was what they call a technical person, or techie. To be a techie in Scientology means you are involved in auditing preclears, training auditors and course supervisors, or correcting Scientologists who misapply L. Ron Hubbard’s auditing tech. Other people in Scientology take care of the administrative side of things. A techie does nothing but take care of the tech. Continue reading “The Ever-Changing Tech of Scientology”
By Jesse Prince
Aug 30, 2000
Hard to imagine, but not every tale from the cult involves criminal activity. Sometimes it’s just plain old bizarre, like this one here.
You may have noticed (especially public Scientologist) that the staff of Sea Org organizations have very strong opinions about how one smells. In particular, Sea Org members can’t stand the smell of scented products. How odd it is that ALL Sea Org members reject the smell of perfume or cologne and act like you have committed a crime if a person should indulge in such. Continue reading “Why Scientologists Don't Use Scents”
by Jeff Jacobsen
copyright 1992 by Jeff Jacobsen
PO Box 3541 Scottsdale, AZ 85271
May be reprinted so long as it is kept in its entirety and not edited.
In June of 1989 I was in Chicago at a large used book sale, one of the largest in the country. I stumbled upon Physical Control of the Mind, by Jose Delgado. Delgado had experimented with various animals by placing electrodes in certain parts of the brain, then passing an electrical signal to those electrodes. By this process he could induce behavior in the animal. Delgado became a notorious figure to me when I had read some of his experiments while researching mind control for a college paper. Continue reading “The Hubbard is Bare”