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This leaflet has been written, produced and paid for by families and friends of members of the sect and ex-Scientologists.

by Bonnie Woods

Dianetics and Scientology were created by adventure and science fiction writer L.Ron Hubbard. Shortly before publishing his first textbook in 1950, Hubbard told several people that the best way to become rich was to start a religion. Hubbard's wealth when he died in 1986 amounted to almost $650 million, all of it derived from the Church of Scientology.

Hubbard made numerous false claims about his life. In fact, he was not a nuclear physicist, an explorer, nor a war hero. His claims to have studied with mystics in China, Tibet and India are entirely false. He was asked to leave a civil engineering degree course for deficiency of scholarship.

Hubbard was deeply involved with the practice of Aleister Crowley's 'Sex Magick.' In 1946, he participated in rituals aimed at reincarnating the goddess Babylon, the antichristian force of the book of Revelation. Shortly thereafter, he wrote in one of his journals 'All men are my slaves.'

Although Scientologists campaign against drug abuse through a front group called Narconon, Hubbard was a self-confessed barbiturate addict, who experimented freely with drugs, even publicly recommending the use of amphetamines ('speed').

The 'Church' of Scientology was incorporated secretly by Hubbard in 1953, following a letter to an associate in which he asked her opinion of the 'religion angle.' Scientology probably became a 'religion' in the USA to avoid further investigation by the American Medical Association into Hubbard's many far-fetched claims. These included the ridiculous claim that Scientology would even cure cancer.

Scientologists undertake hundreds of hours of 'counselling,' paying as much as �500 per hour. The counselling actually heightens suggestibility, and undermines the critical faculties. Indeed, in a 1955 letter, Hubbard offered his 'brainwashing' techniques to the FBI. While being promised that through Scientology individuals will regain their 'self-determinism,' Scientology actually leads to unquestioning acceptance of Hubbard's belief system and the erosion of independent thought. To complete the elaborate and lengthy steps of Hubbard's 'Bridge to Total Freedom' takes years and costs in the region of �200,000. Some Scientologists have lost their homes and businesses to pay for increasingly expensive courses.

With the secret 'Upper Levels,' Scientologists seek to achieve supernatural powers. Several thousand former Scientologists who have taken these courses can attest that the techniques are completely ineffective, leading only to a progressive dissociation from reality.

A belief in reincarnation is required in Scientology. In the third secret Upper Level, Hubbard asserted that 75 million years ago, the galactic ruler, Xenu, rounded up the populations of 76

planets and had them brought to earth. Here their bodies were dumped near volcanoes which were blown up with hydrogen bombs. The individual spirits (or 'thetans') were collected and 'implanted' with 36 days of movies depicting the symbols of Christianity and all the social, religious and technological phenomena which have since ensued. These spirits were then gathered into 'clusters,' and everyone currently alive is supposedly a mass of such clustered spirits.


In this way, Hubbard exploited the traditional belief in demon possession, and induced multiple personality disorders in his followers. It is not surprising that a number of Scientologists have either committed suicide or ended up in psychiatric hospitals.

Most often, recruitment into Scientology begins with a personality test. The 'Oxford Capacity Analysis' was written by a former merchant seamen unschooled in psychology. The 200 question test has no connection with Oxford University, and demands extensive personal information. The Scientologists have a history of using material supposedly received in confidence to harass former members.

Scientology staff members work very long hours for very little pay (as much as 90 hours per week for less than five pounds). Scientology is governed by the Sea Organisation, members of which wear pseudo-naval uniforms, including campaign ribbons. often, they are allowed to see their children only once every two weeks. The children are brought up in the 'Cadet Organisation,' where they are taught absolute obedience to Scientology.

When their production statistics sag, Sea Organisation members are put onto a diet of rice and beans, sometimes for months on end. Miscreants are moved to 'pigs berthing.' If such punishment fails, the offender is put into the Rehabilitation Project Force or RPF. Membership of the RPF usually lasts for several months, but can last for as long as two years. 'RPFers' eat table scraps, sleep even shorter hours than the rest of the staff, may not speak unless spoken to, work long hours at menial tasks such as toilet cleaning, must obey all orders without question or hesitation, and spend five hours a day confessing the 'evil purposes' of their supposed previous incarnations. The RPF is a testimony to the mind control techniques of Scientology.

Scientologists have been involved in various criminal activities. Eleven, including Hubbard's wife Mary Sue, were imprisoned in the US for infiltrating government agencies and stealing files, including Interpol files on terrorism. During the course of these activities Scientologists bugged and burgled government offices. Scientology is well known for its tireless campaigns against its critics. For instance, Hubbard ordered that a cartoonist be ruined for mentioning Scientology in a single cartoon. According to the private investigator who ran the campaign for Scientology, �100,000 was spent on following Sunday Times journalist Russell Miller. Author Paulette Cooper was framed for a bomb threat by Scientology.

It has often been charged that Scientology splits up families. This stems from the practise of 'disconnection,' whereby Scientologists are forbidden to speak to anyone critical of


Scientology forbids membership to journalists and homosexuals.

This leaflet was largely extracted from Jon Atack's A Piece of Blue Sky, a 428 page hardback, available from Bonnie Woods, who welcomes enquiries about Scientology:

Telefax: ESCAPE 01342/ 316129; e-mail

Published by Bonnie Woods, 61 Sycamore Drive, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3UL.


L.RON.HUBBARD: Founder of Scientology

'We can brainwash faster than the Russians -

20 seconds to total amnesia'

'We are responsible for getting people through to Clear and OT and reserve therefore as our right the use of any means or force necessary to accomplish this'

Scientology Governing Policy:

'Make money, make money,...make others produce so as to make even more money'

Scientology's Targets:

'Depopularizing the enemy to a point of total obliteration'

'Taking over control or allegiance of the heads or proprietors of all news media'

'Taking over the control or allegiance of key political figures'

'Fair game' - on opponents to Scientology:

'May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed'

'...the Law can be used very easily to harass'

On Religion:

'New Religions always overthrow the false Gods of old'

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11 years after Justice Latey exposed Scientology as a dangerous cult, it continues to masquerade as a religion in the UK.

EEC February 1992, the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council adopted the recommendation Doc.6535.

'Supplementary information of a similar nature, and in particular on the nature and activities of sects and new religious movements, should also be widely circulated to the general public.

Independent bodies should be set up to collect and circulate information.'


Germany March 22nd 1995, Kassel.

Federal Court of Labour ruled that Scientology was not a church but a business. It will have to comply with all the laws that govern any other business.


Denmark March 27th 1995

Copenhagen. Minister of Internal Affairs revoked Scientology's religious status effective from 1st April 1995.


France June 1994, Paris. Scientology is not recognised as a religion. The Government seeks payment of millions of francs in tax and socila security contributions through the Court of Commerce.



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'Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious...In my judgement it is corrupt, sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has as its real objective money and power for Mr.Hubbard, his wife and those close to him at the top. It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestioningly, and to those who criticise or oppose it. It is dangerous because it is out to capture people, especially children and impressionable young people, and indoctrinate and brainwash them so that they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living and relationship with others.'

Mr. Justice Latey

The High Court, July, 1984


Sir John Foster, K.B.E., Q.C., M.P. recommended that psychotherapy should be organised as a restricted profession open only to those who undergo an appropriate training and are willing to adhere to a proper code of ethics.

Enquiry into the Practise and Effects of Scientology, 20th December, 1971.

24 years later and still no such controls exist.


This leaflet has been written, produced and paid for by families and friends of members of the sect and ex-Scientologists.

If, like the authors of this leaflet you believe in the right to religious freedom, but are concerned that Scientology's claimed status as a religion may be an abuse of that freedom - act now.

The Church of Scientology recruits people from all walks of life, the young and the old. It offers free 'personality tests' outside its centres all over the country.

Support the call for a full government enquiry into Scientology, its activities and status in the UK.

Complete and post the petition below; write to your MP; or lend your support by writing to ESCAPE, 61 Sycamore Drive, East Grinstead, West Sussex. RH19 3UL.